Maria Rodriguez-Morales is a Puerto Rican Writer and Performance Artist born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. She discovered her penchant for self-expression during her adolescent years while writing songs to a Freestyle beat. Maria has been published in the New York Daily News, Me No Habla with Acento an Anthology of Contemporary Latino Poetry, Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College; Centro E-Zine, Huffington Post, Latin Trends and was also featured on Lifestyle Blog Boriqua Chicks as 10 Puerto Rican’s You Should Know. Maria has been cited by Vibe Magazine and Fusion. She has curated workshops and panels for Amherst College, El Museo del Barrio, NYC Latina Writers Group and has partnered with NYC’s Write to Read and Young Authors Program in fostering workshops that provide youth in marginalized communities an outlet to foster their voices. In 2013 Maria made her debut in the theatrical spoken word play Soledad Speaks which opened to rave reviews and a sold-out run at Teatro IATI . The same year Maria also self-published Brooklyn’s Daughter her first chapbook of poetry and has gone on to perform in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets, The Brooklyn Book Festival, The Carribean Book Fest, Meryl Meisler’s Defying Devastation: Bushwick Then & Now photo exhibit, Chicana Poet & Activist Ana Castillo, Mujeres de Maiz, Association of Writers & Writers Programs, BAAD! Ass Women Festival, in addition to her beloved Brooklyn Open Mic Capicu Cultural Showcase and the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe. After a brief writing hiatus, Maria applied her enthusiasm for pop culture and trending topics and rebranded into what’s currently bkwrita.com. Brooklyn at her core, Maria’s writing is peppered with Nuyorican idioms, Hip Hop influences, and cultural anecdotes wrapped in an honest and raw voice that has garnered both praise and criticism. In 2017 Maria founded BRILLA (Broadening Representation in Latino Literature & Art) a platform to celebrate the accomplishments of Latinx creatives while also combatting the invisibility of Latinx creatives in influential spaces.