“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 “lets do it now” attitude), but as a 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