Photo by Emma Mead

Maura Pennington

Maura lives in Orange County, California.

She used to be (and sometimes still is) a writer.

Maura received the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Prize in Russian from Dartmouth College and the Melville B. Nimmer Memorial Prize in Copyright from UCLA School of Law.

She wrote and performed sketch comedy with Sweetish.

I have an incredible, passionate desire to live, and to live means always to push forward, towards higher things, towards perfection, and to achieve it.
— Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
And still I believed that life
would never stop yielding if
oneself was what one beheld.
Is not what’s within me my best?
— Rainer Maria Rilke, A Girl's Lament
Shock! It’s as though his soul has touched
me as his arm leans on mine. The electric
current beats along feverish wiring,
and rips. He’s leaned on my soul with his arm.
— Marina Tsvetaeva, Poem of the End
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.
— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged