Maria Vargas is a Nicaraguan poet, narrator, and translator. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a PhD in Latin American Literature. Her work has appeared in anthologies published in England, Argentina, Nicaragua, and the United States. She won a Hackney Literary Award for her poetry in English and in 2003, her book The Open Eyes of Silence (Los Ojos Abiertos del Silencio) won the Rafaela Contreras Poetry Prize for Central American women writers. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.