Born and raised in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, Maria chooses to live her life in the world yet tries to never lose sight of the housing projects where she was raised and the heritage she holds dear.
Always a deep lover of words, it wasn't until April of 2003 when she went to see one of her best friends, Rich Villar, read at Cornelia Street Café that she was inspired to put pen to paper. It took until November of that year for her to gain the courage to share her work on the open mic and since that day she has been on one of the loveliest adventure of her life. She has been blessed to meet many beautiful people on this poetic journey and is grateful both to them and for them.
Maria has been a featured reader at the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase, louderMondays @ Bar|13, Columbia University's Latino Law Students Dia de los Muertos Celebration, and Women Holla @ The Point. She can be found most Mondays at Bar|13 and religiously travels to the Bronx every second and fourth Tuesday of the Month from the northern reaches of Manhattan where she lays her head every night. The exact name of her neighborhood is currently a hotly contested subject.