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Nia McAllister is an award-winning poet, writer, environmental justice advocate working at the intersection of art, activism, and public engagement. As Senior Public Programs Manager at The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, Nia creates participatory spaces for creative expression and literary dialogue. She is the host and founder of the Open Mic series at MoAD and is committed to creating platforms that amplify the work of Black artists on a global scale. 

Nia is the Editorial Lead for Earth in Color, a creative studio and media platform focused on Blackness and greenness. She directs the editorial vision of the platform's storytelling and contributed to the publication of the inaugural print publication Radicle magazine.

Nia’s writing and poetry have been featured on Poets of Color Podcast and published in Radicle magazine, Meridians journal, and Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion (Nomadic Press, 2022). She is one of the recipients of the 2023 Nomadic Press/San Francisco Foundation Literary Awards. 

She received her B.A. in Environmental Analysis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Environment from Pomona College. She is born and based in the Bay Area.



MoAD is rich in art, culture and inspiration

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Poets of Color Podcast Ep. 18 with Nia McAllister 

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