, a Chicago performance poetry legend and slam veteren passed Tuesday afternooon. For those who are not familiar with Maria, she was affectionately known as "Momma", performed in 9 editions of the National Poetry Slam representing Chicago/Green Mill and Chicago/Berwyn. She last competed as a storm poet in Seattle '01 and has a cameo in SlamNation
. Maria was a United States Marine, serving during the Vietnam War, occasionally under fire. Maria was a singer, actor, activist, drinking buddy and mentor to many, including myself. Check out her work on www.e-poets.net
. I will bring some things to share to WOW this week. I already miss her like breathing.