Maria Judge is a writer, storyteller, and educator.
She is the author of Jake Hanna, the Rhythm and Wit of a Swinging Jazz Drummer, (Meredith Music Publications 2012), and has contributed chapters to Gloria Gaynor’s We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song, (Grand Harbor Press 2013; the audiobook was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award); A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors, (Adams Media); Dan Wakefield's The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography (Beacon Press) and Thema.
Her articles have been published in The Boston Irish Reporter, Peace Corps Online, The Merton Seasonal, Tufts Observer, MIT Tech Talk, The Somerville News, The Medford Transcript, and the Hull Times. Her work has been covered by Oprah Magazine, The Boston Globe, New England Cable News, the WB Network, Boston 25 News, and in Alexandra Johnson’s Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal, (Beacon Press).
A well-traveled and experienced public speaker and performer, she served as VP of Education and Membership for Toastmasters at MIT, and has done readings at schools, libraries, bookstores, churches and pubs throughout the Boston area, on cruise ships including the Queen Mary II and Holland America Line’s Maasdaam, and at hospitals across the country as part of her Toxic, Tattooed and Tougher than Margaret Thatcher exhibit. She was one of the featured speakers at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Peace Corps in Washington DC.
As an educator she has worked at Berklee College of Music, MIT, and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
She holds degrees from Holy Cross College and Northeastern University, and also studied at St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain.