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Melanie Pappadis Faranello received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from University of Colorado. She has worked as a teaching artist bringing creative writing to at-risk youth, teens, and seniors in the community. She has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching English, creative writing, and ESL at a variety of colleges both in New York City and Chicago including University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, American Academy of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, and Katharine Gibbs. She spent time studying in Nepal where her research project collection and translating oral folklore from the Limbu people was published as a book by Pilgrims Publishing. She also spent time teaching English and living in Cuenca, Ecuador. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as received a variety of mentions including winner of The New School’s Chapbook Award Series in Fiction, and a top twenty-five winner in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest. Her novel manuscript was a finalist in Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, and a semi-finalist in The Dana Awards for The Novel. She has been a contributor at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Sewanee Writers' Conference, and has been awarded a residency from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Originally from Chicago, she currently lives in Connecticut.
JUST PUBLISHED: Fall 2016: Verse Osmosis:Boiler House Poets Tupelo Press-Mass MoCA Residency Anthology, Ann Dernier, editor / / / / CHAPBOOKS: "< Periodic Earth >", (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, Pueblo, CO, 2016); "Twinkle, Twinkle", Longhouse Publishers, Guilford, VT, 2010; "indra’s net", selected haibun, bottle rockets press, Wethersfield, CT, 2003, out of print and free to read at Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/132231015/indra-s-net / / / COLLECTION: "Intimate Boundaries", self-produced, 1991. / / / ANTHOLOGIES: Verse Osmosis – The Boiler House Poets Tupelo Press-Mass MoCA Residency, Ann Dernier, editor, 2016; A Vast Sky (Bruce Ross, editor, 2015); Beyond the Grave (Robert Epstein, editor, 2015); Haiku 2015 and Haiku 2014 (Lee Gurga & Scott Metz, editors); Contemporary Haibun, volumes 4 & 15 (Jim Kacian, editor, 2003, 2014); the Journal of Renga and Renku, Volume 3; The #Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology,(Stephen Boyer & Filip Marinovich, editors), NY, NY, 2011; and Kamesan's World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation, (Dimitar Anakiev, ed., Kamesan Books, May 2013) / / / LITERARY ONLINE & PRINT JOURNALS: a glimpse of (Athens, Greece), A Thousand Gourds, Artis magazine, Asahi Shimbun, Back Room Live !, Bones (UK), bottle rockets, cattails, contemporary haibun online, Cornell University Mann Library's Daily Haiku, Dreams Wander On, Esque, Exit Strata, Fiera Lingue (Italy), Frogpond, Hummingbird, is/let, Issaʼs Untidy Hut, Kō (Japan), Lilliput Review, Modern Haiku, moon garlic (UK), The Naugatuck River Review, On Barcelona, Otoliths, Peace Is a Haiku Song (City of Philadelphia 2013, Sonia Sanchez, Yolanda Wisher, editors), Poets Corner, Presence (UK), roadrunner, Salamander Cove, Solitary Plover, South by Southeast, Spiral Orb, The Mainichi Daily News (Japan), The Marsh Hawk Press Review, Truck, Under the Basho, Zen Space, and Wang Pingʼs Kinship of Rivers. / / / OTHER: The Useful Knowledge Press (New Haven, CT) published a limited edition of Donna’s haiku with wood block engravings by Allan Greenier in 2014, entitled HaiKube™; Donna’s poetry appeared regularly and monthly (2010 – 2015) online at the CT Environmental Headlines (Christopher Zurcher, editor). Her blog word pond, begun in March 2010, is a curatorial content blog of contemporary poetry, photography, music, visual arts, depth ecology, ecopoetics, news stories, and permaculture. / / /STATEMENT: To write poems is to enter into the duende, "like bits of broken glass in the blood ..." (Lorca); that is, what is feral, primal, more vital than ideas, rather, the experience of, in Wallace Stevens’ words, ‘the plain sense of things’; that the experience is one of freeing words, language itself, and how thinly we tend to use it, from mere meaning into bursts of being: Roethke’s Woodlawn, Niedecker’s lifepoetry waterflow by condensing, Cid Corman’s silence(s), Adrienne Rich, Etel Adnan's freedom;john martone’s skull harmonies, Clayton Eshleman’s cavedepth being(s), John Bloomberg-Rissman’s Zeitgeist Spam, CAConrad’s necessary Frank, Jonathan Skinner’s ecopoetics, Trace Peterson’s “Violet Speech”, Brenda Iijima’s economies, Scott Watson’s version-ings, Amy King’s bluntforcetraumen “Opera of Peace”, Jared Stanley’s weeds, Noelle Kocot’s bigger world, Bhanu Kapil’s immanent monster, Lew Welch’s turkey buzzard, Tyrone McDonald's haiku confluence, Charlie Mehrhoff’s elkfrost inhabitations, Blakean, Bhaktian, poetry of – food-water-shelter-clothing, ecology compass, test tube, cup, water droplet, neuron, cancer, salts, stem, claw, fruits, volcano, song, fricative, diphthong, and so much more than lists can do; and of the many younger poets urging it on. / / / This open form of writing poems, outlined above, gave way to investigating Japanese-derived forms, and for many years my poetry practice involves experimental haibun and haiku. Like Chaucer, I trust authority less because it interferes with experience; trust more the inherent capacity of poïesis (derived from the ancient term ποιέω) to make new technologies and methodologies. One book I do return to again and again is French philosopher and semiologist Roland Barthes’s “A Lover’s Discourse, Fragments” because my interrelations feel to be pilgrimages, set out for in the dark, cold rain of Spring begun, near to Barthes’s figuration: “To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.” ~ / / / / FEATURE READINGS: 2016: Poetry Celebrates Bloomfield, Prosser Public Library; 2014: Infinite Well, New Haven, CT; Hartford Public Library, downtown Hartford, CT; and Forbes Library, Northampton, MA; 2013: Capital Community College, Hartford CT; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Forbes Library, Northampton, MA; cell39 gallery, Ludlow, MA; Pegasus Gallery of Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT; WordForge Reading Series, Hartford, CT; and Wintonbury Public Library, Bloomfield, CT. She was assistant editor of bottle rockets journal, anthologies, and serial volumes from 2007–2013. / / EDUCATION: Poetry and Communication Theory, Semiotics, Pragmatics, American and English Literature and History, Botany, and Ecology. University of Connecticut and University of Hartford. BA degree 1988. Completed independent study in ecology at the Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon, CT. / / / LIVELIHOOD: master journeyman in pre-press, four-color process stripping for offset sheetfed and web presses for 30 years; Donna transitioned to digital technologies in the textbook publishing industry as a Mac operator and proofreader. She now copy-edits and proofreads on a freelance basis. Fleischer is listed with The Haiku Foundation, that seeks to establish the importance of haiku "as a literary vehicle in the present and future": http://bit.ly/165V29f and The Living Haiku Anthology, published by the journal Under The Basho (Don Baird, editor). She is a member of VIDA, Women in the Literary Arts. / / /
West Hartford, CT
My first collection entitled "A History of Interruptions" ISBN 978-1479128761 was published in September 2012 and is now available through Amazon (all platforms except China), B & N, and many other online and independent bookstores. A Kindle version is also available.