Maya Stringer, who graduated from ACE Sonoma in 2010, can add an exciting accomplishment to her resume: published author. Her book of poetry, Song of a Shadow Soul: Poems by M.A.R.S., is available from Publish America, an on-demand Internet publishing house.
Maya describes her poetry as “sad and dark,” and it has become a way for her to express her emotions when conflicts arise. Maya began working on these poems in 2006 and found that, although they typically do not rhyme, her writing has a distinct rhythmic quality.
The title refers to Maya’s recurring theme of a shadow in her work, which becomes something of a character in its own right. “I’m usually sad or angry when I write them,” she said. “I write poetry to get down my feelings on paper.
“These poems are a documentation of my anger,” Maya said. “Sometimes I don’t want to let go of anger, and I want people to know that this is how you made me feel, that a specific problem needs to be addressed or changed. I want to make sure that people can see my point of view.”
Everyone at Anova is so proud of Maya’s accomplishments. “It’s really incredible that a person who has struggled with communication has found such an amazing way to express herself, especially those darker emotions that are hard for so many of us to articulate,” said Anova Founder William Henkel.
Maya began studying at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco this year, but she will be working on animation, rather than writing, to achieve another goal. “One of my dreams is to have a cartoon on [cable network] Nickelodeon,” she said. “I want to do something for young adults, something more mature but not really serious.” Maya still watches cartoons—including her favorite, “Invader Zim”—“all the time,” and she has filled 25 sketch books with her artwork since she began drawing in middle school.
To purchase Maya’s book, please visit www.publishamerica.net.