Umanskaya participated in the Program for Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University.
I watched each poet, learned from each poet, slowly felt each poet, but became just one. I hadnt slept so I couldnt focus except then, when she was crying, I was crying. Raw passion was onstage, surging from the face, hers. Her body became her vessel; she smacked my brain across the face, Mayas. Maya Williams.