Poet, translator, and lyrical essayist Maria Nazos is available for readings, performances, workshops, and speaking engagements.
Maria is the author of two collections of poetry: Still Life (Dancing Girl Press, 2016) and A Hymn That Meanders (2011 Wising Up Press). 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.
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. She received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
She is a doctoral candidate and Great Plains Fellow studying English and specializing in Ethnic Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches poetry, Women's and Gender Studies, and creative writing and serves as Graduate Assistant to Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry column.
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 past and an ultimately successful present, I have dealt with loss, grief, and confusion. Most importantly, however, 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.