Maria Aponte is a Poet/Performance Artist/ Community Arts Activist/Educator. Maria’s work focuses on Latino Theatre against racial discrimination and women’s rights. She has written and performs her two one woman shows, Lagrimas de mis Madres an autobiographical play based on the women in her family, and I Will Not be Silenced based on the life of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Maria has performed her work at colleges/universities/ conferences locally and nationally. She has been featured on Bronx Net, News 12, NBC Latino and WABC-TV TIEMPO. Maria has been published in The Marymount Review, the literary magazine of Marymount Manhattan College. She studied at the Iowa University Summer Writer’s Workshop. Her one woman shows, Lagrimas de Mis Madres was published by Marquette University and Western Michigan University in Caribe Revista de Cultura y Literatura. She has been published in Phati’tude Literary Magazine’s issue; ¿What’s in a Nombre? Writing Latin@ Identity in America, The Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology published in Voice’s e/Magazine, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College- CUNY, an online literary journal, editor Dr. Nancy Mercado.
In May 2013 Maria’s first book, Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella won 2nd Place for Best Poetry in English at the International Latino Book Awards. Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella is listed on RockThoseReads selected books about Harlem by Total Equity Now. Maria’s second book, The Gift of Loss her memoir, won 2nd Place for Best Autobiography at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. Maria has her Masters in Latin American/Latino Studies from Fordham University. Maria is the former Assistant Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Career Counselor in Career Services at Fordham University. Maria recently retired from Fordham University, but will continue to work with students in the Bronx Community in other programs.