Maiya Elliott has been taking photographs since the age of 8. She is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Visual Arts major) in Washington, DC, and is currently a student of photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Maiya authored the poem “I Shine” at the age of 11. The poem, along with many childhood letters she left for her mother, inspired the dance of the same name. “I Shine” will be presented at Small Plates Choreography Festival on November 18 and 19, 2016.