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Mariam Williams

Adjunct Professor
Liberal Arts
Mariam I. Williams is a writer, arts educator and public historian born and raised in Kentucky. She holds an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in public history from Rutgers University-Camden and also is an alumna of VONA/Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation. As a member of The Decades, a Philadelphia-based woman of color arts collaborative with members of different generational, ethnic and regional identities, Mariam seeks to present counter-narratives to people of color’s collective trauma and objectification. She currently is writing a memoir and thinking about projects that combine writing, dance, visual art and podcasting to present the true stories of underserved communities whose narratives historically have faced erasure. Mariam’s work has been published in Women’s Review of Books, on Hidden City Philadelphia, on Longreads.com, The Common and several other publications. Outside DCAD, Mariam is project director of “Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance,” an initiative by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to think about current collections, resistance narratives and ways to build partnerships, strengthen collections and engage new audiences. She also teaches dance fitness classes for Freedom Valley YMCA.