Maria Polson Veres has been helping writers find their creative voices for more than twenty years. She holds an M.A. in English and has taught writing to students of all ages. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in Jack and Jill, Country Woman, and many other magazines. An avid reader of YA and middle-grade fiction, she is often caught stealing her daughter’s books.
What do most people not know about you?
I’m good at target shooting, I’ve read all the Harry Potter books multiple times, and I brake for yard sales. I’m a quiet and soft-spoken person most of the time, but stick a microphone in front of me and I’ll come right out of my shell.
What kind of name is "Veres" and how is it pronounced?
It’s Hungarian. (My father was born in Hungary and came to America as a young adult.) Here in the U.S., I pronounce my name to rhyme with “Paris.” In proper Hungarian, it has an “sh” sound on the end and rhymes with “cherish.”
Over the years I’ve seen my unusual name mangled in all sorts of creative ways. The best/worst spelling so far is “Veerzz.” Sometimes people misspell it as “Verses.” Since I write poetry, I always smile at that one.
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