Maya Richard-Craven is a journalist from Pasadena, California. She studied English with a focus in Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. In the fall of 2013, she was asked to open for Dana Gioia, a part-time USC professor and former California Poet-Laureate.
Richard-Craven never considered reporting until a friend suggested that she try writing for Neon Tommy, USC Annenberg Digital News. In February of 2014, she wrote “You’re Pretty, For A Black Girl,” and followed with a second installment called “Check All That Apply.” Although Richard-Craven began reporting in October, her first column (two-part series) attracted readership across several continents.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) named her two-part series “You’re Pretty, For A Black Girl” best college column in the nation. In an article posted on the NSNC site, former U.S. News & World Report Associate Editor, Nikki Schwab, said Richard-Craven “has a really edgy voice” and that “she’s tackling some pretty big issues for someone her age.”