The spoken word comes to life when imbued with the spirit & soul of Maria C. James. Maria is a dynamic spoken word artist who possesses a gift for touching hearts with the pen.
Her first book, "Windows to the Soul", touched on issues of cultural pride, sisterhood, spirituality, & love. She wrote & designed that collection of poetry while a student at Shippensburg University, where she earned her BA in Communications/Journalism. While working on a Masters Degree in Communications Studies she completed her second book, "Rising Waters".
Maria has been performing her poetry since the mid 1990’s & has ‘blessed the mic’ at venues in New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Delaware & Washington D.C. Her poetic honors include winning three poetry slams in Harrisburg, PA & a poetry contest at www.christian-poetry.com.
In 2004 Maria co-starred in Court Street Poetry Jam at Open Stage of Harrisburg. The show featured the original poetry of 8 phenomenal spoken word artists. Maria wrote the theme poem for this production, “America : Seasoned and Raw”, and it was published in the Harrisburg Review in 2004. “America” is one of the phenomenal tracks on her first spoken word CD, FREEverse .