Maritza Mejia
Miramar, FL, United States

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Maritza Martinez Mejia a bilingual substitute teacher born in Colombia lives in Florida with her husband and their two teenagers. She graduated from Universidad Mayor de Cundinamarca in Commerce and Foreign Language and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Humanities with a Certificate in Women's Studies from Florida Atlantic University. For her active participation and service to the community, she is the recipient of the "Crystal Apple Award 2006." Maritza published her memoir "Hazel Eyes" in 2010 and won the FAU Treasure Coast Poetry Contest Spring 2010. She is working on a Bilingual Children Books Collection called "Lessons for Living" both books received a FIVE Stars Seal Review by Reader's Favorite: "Vanilla and Chocolate/Vainilla y Chocolate" (2012) and "Grandma's Treasure/El Tesoro de la Abuela" (2014). Her first bilingual poetry book "Poems, Thoughts and More" was released in April 2015 by WRB Publishing and won the Christina Poetry Award 2015. Maritza has translated into Spanish "Temporary Permanence" by Yashi Nozawa, "The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid" by Janet Balleta, and "Hazel Eyes" as "Ojos Avellaneda." Maritza writes to inspire others to be better persons.

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