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First Tuesdays Presents Maria Lisella
May 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Queens born and bred, Maria Lisella is the sixth winner in the competition for Queens Poet Laureate 2015–2018 and the first Italian American. She is the author of the collection, Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), and two chapbooks Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). She is a CUNY alum of Queensborough Community College and Queens College; and earned a Master’s at NYU-Polytechnic in Specialized Journalism. She did not follow a straight trajectory from Queens to the 62 countries she visited however, and will share that journey with you. Her recent essay, Shades, Color and Internal Dialogues in White America appears in the anthology, What Does it Mean to Be White in America? edited by Gabreille David and Sean Frederick Forbes published by 2LeafPress. She is on the Board of the Italian American Writers Association and co-curates its readings, the longest running literary series in Greenwich Village. Additionally, she is vice president of the educational organization, the Vito Marcantonio Forum. She is currently a New York Expert for USA TODAY and heads the social media committee for the New York Travel Writers Association.