Maria Aponte

Poet/Performance Artist/ Community Arts Activist/Educator, Maria Aponte works in Latino Theatre against racial discrimination and for women’s rights. She has written and performed 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.  Aponte has been featured on Bronx Net, News 12 and NBC Latino. In 2010, he  received special recognition from the Eve Ensler Foundation for “someone who has suffered or witnessed violence, and then does extraordinary work to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else in their community.” In May 2013 Aponte’s book; Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella won 2nd Place for Best Poetry in English at the International Latino Book Awards. She is also the founder of Latina 50 Plus™ a program honoring Latina Pioneers. Currently, Aponte is working on adapting the book Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia into a full length play. She holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American and Latino Studies from Fordham University.

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