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Saroya S. Marsh '10

Recipient of THE 2021 BROTHER ROBERT A. DURNING RISING STAR AWARD

Bronx, New York native, Roya Marsh is a nationally recognized poet, performer, educator and activist. She is the author of dayliGht (MCDxFSG, 2020) and works feverishly toward LGBTQIA+ justice and dismantling white supremacy. Roya is the co-founder of the Bronx Poet Laureate initiative, a PEN America Emerging Voices Mentor, 2021 faculty with Lamda Literary's Writer's retreat for Emerging LGBTQ+ Voices and the awardee of the 2021 Lotus Foundation Prize for poetry.

Roya’s work has been featured in numerous places including, The Academy of American Poets, Poetry Magazine, the Village Voice, Nylon Magazine, Huffington Post, The Root, Button Poetry, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, Lexus Verses and Flow, NBC, BET and The BreakBeat Poets Vol 2: Black Girl Magic(Haymarket 2018).

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