Maria Aponte is a Poet/Performance Artist/ Community Arts Activist/Educator. She is a two-time recipient of the International Latino Book Award for Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella and The Gift of Loss. In January 2022 Maria was invited to be included in The Puerto
Rican Literary Project Arte Publico Press, Houston University. The Fordham University Bronx COVIID 19 Oral History Project. This past June, Maria was a featured poet in the “Emergence Arts Presents Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rican Art Celebration” produced and curated by Rescue
Poetix. Maria is a 2021 honoree from the Bronx Book Fair for Community Service and Literary Excellent. On May 21, 2022, Maria was honored as Distinguished Alumni from Marymount Manhattan College, the Mother Raymunde Mckay Award in recognition of distinguished service
and outstanding contributions in the community, and Diversity and Inclusion work at Fordham University.Maria has her MA in Latin American/Latino Studies from the Graduate School of Arts &
Science Fordham University. Maria is also the Founder and President of Latina 50 Plus a nonprofit honoring Latinas 50 and up dedicated to various professional career fields.