Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry
Stella Santamaria is a Latinx writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a teaching assistant at Saint Mary’s College under Professor Brenda Hillman. Stella is an MFA candidate in Poetry and will be graduating this May, having studied with Professor Matthew Zapruder as well. She also studied meditation with Brother Camillus Chavez. Her poetry has been recently published in Juked, The Brooklyn Review, The Furious Gazelle, Pennsylvania English, The Courtship of Winds, and The Rumpus. Stella was a reader for MARY: A Journal of New Writing at Saint Mary’s College. She performed spoken word in the Lab in San Francisco and Nuyorican Poets’ Café in New York City. Recently, she was nominated for Best New Poets 2020. She was also featured in Latino in America, an HBO films and CNN documentary.
While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were
My favorite SMC memory is
I'm looking forward to most
It was the spirit of poetry who reached out and found me as I stood there at the doorway between panic and love.