Maria Ostrowski, a novelist and poet, is currently working on Cliffwood, an atmospheric mystery set in 1930s New England

   following the historic Fairfax and Pinthis shipwreck.

   Her recently published essay, Lionheart, explores what she learned about letting go of fear from her

   brother’s battle with schizophrenia. It appears in the anthology, Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts,

edited by M.E. Hughes.



As a master teaching artist for the Bushnell's PARTNERS (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools) program, she led poetry workshops in 2016 at the Greater Hartford Arts Academy, and in 2015, she was the poet-in-residence at West Middle School in Hartford, CT.


In 2015, she also attended the Peripatetic Writer's Workshop and Retreat in Woodstock, NY.


She has traveled and performed nationwide at the Brave New Voices poetry festival, and after receiving a degree in English at the University of Connecticut, Maria assisted in coaching young adults in performance poetry through the Connecticut Youth Poetry Slam Team. During this time, Maria also worked as a marketing strategist and consumed excessive amounts of coffee.



   She lives and writes in Springfield, MA with a husband who patiently accepts the chaos of a household run by a writer.

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MARIA Ostrowski