Hello! My name is Marika. I am an educator, a cross-cultural broker, a verse-maker in translation, a yoga & meditation guide.
Hello and welcome. My name is Marika Preziuso and I am an Associate Professor of World Literature at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I hold a Ph.D. in Literature from the Caribbean Diaspora and an M.A. in Gender, Society and Culture, both from the University of London, UK.
Prior to discovering my calling as a teacher, I studied for and worked as a translator. I bring to my teaching the sensitivity of a translator of cultures, by designing classes that examine dynamics of cultural differences and create space for cross-cultural understanding. My published research and teaching focus on contemporary Western imaginaries of ‘otherness’ and how the works of diasporic artists and creative writers (Wangechi Mutu, Doris Salcedo, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat, among others) critique and expand such imaginaries. At MassArt, I teach postcolonial and comparative literature, literature and visual arts from the African diaspora, and speculative fiction that tackles social justice issues. My instructional approach emphasizes the cultural and social analysis of literary and visual texts across cultures.
Additionally, I am the organizer of the Creative Counterpoints series, which began at MassArt in Spring 2016. The series, which features symposia, art exhibitions, performances and artist talks, examines the intersections of creativity and difference. Creative Counterpoints features MassArt faculty, students and alumni, as well as artists, educators and public intellectuals, such as Brain Pickings founder Maria Popova.
For updates on Creative Counterpoints series, check out www.creativecounterpoints.com
"Where is joy? - you ask.
I saw it in the brave alchemy
we call art
some capturing the changing light
or bringing our stories to relief,
our septembers, our beginnings."
- Excerpt from the poem Where is Joy?