“There are so many good things about Maria (her diligence, her sense of humor, her ability to continue even when she is a bit fearful, her capacity for friendship, her “let’s do it now” attitude), but as her creative writing teacher and mentor, I’d say one of the most remarkable things is that she actually listens to suggestions and, as a result, has become a strong writer in a very short time. What a great student and person! A life-long learner, I’d say. A life-long listener.”

— Lois Marie Harrod, poet, writer and teacher