Maria S. Judge
12 Fairfield Street
Saturday 3:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm
Medford resident Maria Judge is a writer, storyteller and educator
whose work has been covered by Oprah Magazine, The Boston Globe and
in Alexandra Johnson’s Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal.
She is a contributing writer to The Somerville News and has been
published in Dan Wakefield's The Story of Your Life, The Boston Irish
Reporter, Peace Corps Online, The Merton Seasonal, MIT Tech Talk, and
in A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors. She has been interviewed
about her work by New England Cable News, the WB Network and Fox News.
Maria has worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, The OCI Healing
Research Foundation and Physicians for Human Rights. She holds degrees
from Holy Cross College and Northeastern University, and also studied
at St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain. An experienced public speaker
and performer who has served as Vice President for Toastmasters at MIT,
she also has spoken and performed readings in libraries, schools, cruise
ships, community art programs, churches, and pubs.
I was 8 years old when I entered the Peace Corps. It wasn’t that
they were desperate for volunteers, nor was I so talented an adolescent
that all reasonable age and experience requirements were waived for
me. Instead, I came as part of a package deal that included my father,
my mother, my brothers and my sisters. Dad legitimately volunteered.
The rest of us came along … involuntarily.
The Toughest Job I Never Held: Tales from a Peace
Corps Childhood tells
the story of my family’s experiences in the Peace Corps in Chile
from 1962 to 1965.