Maria Nazos is available for readings, life-coaching sessions, performances, workshops, and speaking engagements. 


Poet, translator, and creative non-fiction essayist Maria is the author of two collections of poetry: Still Life (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and A Hymn That Meanders (Wising Up Press 2011). She served for three years as Ted Kooser's editorial assistant for his "American Life in Poetry" nationally-syndicated column. 

Her poetry and translations are published or forthcoming in The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, The Columbia Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Mid-American Review, American Life in Poetry, The Greensboro Review, The North American Review, The Tampa Review, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The New Ohio Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.

She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and PhD in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and minor in Women's and Gender Studies from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Her work has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from The Sewanee Writers' Conference, various other scholarships from The Santa Fe Art Institute, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and fellowships from The University of Nebraska, The Vermont Studio Center, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.


I have worked in a broad range of professions, from a whale watching boat attendant to a barista to a sunglass salesperson. Raised in Athens, Greece and Joliet, Illinois by a speech pathologist and a sea captain, my diverse background has fueled my passion for understanding others. Having had a colorful and tumultuous past and an ultimately successful present, I emerged as a strong, grounded, and compassionate human. People are my passion; helping others is my forte. As a teacher, life coach, writer, and student-of-life I am down-to-earth, tough, funny, and irreverent. Whether you need creative assistance, career advice, or transformational coaching I will help you to accomplish your goals. As an ally, I am especially committed to assisting members of the LGBTQA community.