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Daniela Gioseffi

Author's Bio

Daniela Gioseffi is an American Book Award winning author of 16 books of poetry & prose. She edits www.Eco-Poetry.org/ as well as PoetsUSA.com/ including the finest poets of our time. Her 6th book of poetry BLOOD AUTUMN; Autuonno di sangue, in bilingual edition received The John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, 2008, and her first EGGS IN THE LAKE (Boa Editions) contained poems which won a NY State Council for the Arts Award in Poetry. She has read her work at colleges, universities, theatres, and cultural venues throughout the USA & Europe, to enthusiastic audiences. Daniela is a skilled performer as well as widely published poet, novelist, essayist and literary critic. Daniela appeared on nationally syndicated radio shows, The Poet & the Poem, of the Library of Congress, sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts as well as on NPR's "All Things Considered", BBC, CBS, Pacifica Radio and other TV & radio stations throughout the USA & abroad. She's won grant awards from The NY State Council for the Arts in both poetry & fiction, and appeared at most major poetry venues including national and international book fairs: The Peoples Poetry Gathering of Poets House in Manhattan, Barcelona, Miama Book Fairs, NY & Brooklyn Book Fairs, and at the United Nations, as a featured reader/speaker. Her latest novel, The Story of Emily Dickinson's "Master" with a non-fiction essay upon which it's based; "Lover of Science & Scientist in Dark Days of the Republic," has won sterling reviews for its revelatory disclosures and scholarly non-fiction essay. The Dickinson book is now in an e-book available for all e-readers. Daniela has taught Creative Writing & World Literature throughout the Met. Area. She created The First Brooklyn Bridge Poetry Walk in 1971-72, and has had plays produced Off-off B'way. Throughout her venerable career as a multicultural pioneer, poet & prose author, as well as editor of prize winning anthologies of world literature, she has championed a multi-cultural canon. As a perfromer of multi-media poetry, she has appeared at The Brooklyn Museum, Mecca Milwaukee, The Academy of American Poets, The Poetry Society of America, Poets House, NY, the Geraldine R. Dodge National Poetry Festival, and The United Nations, as well as on college and university campuses throughout the USA and Europe. She always receives a big round-up applause for her readings and performances, and began her career as an intern journalist devoted to Civil Rights in the days of the Freedom Rides. She's been an Equity actress in classical theatre and toured with the National Players, as well as been a professional, mainstream jazz singer, and taught as a Poet-in-Residence at many institutions of learning. One of her latest seminars was given at Poets House, NY and titled Transcendtalism in American Poetry from Dickinson and Whitman to the Present. It was attended by a packed and enthusiastic audience. She has taught workshops titled "How to Avoid Rhetoric in Writing Ecological Poetry to Inspire your Audience and Humanize Your Themes," and is available to do so at a nominal fee, tailored to your needs, because of her interest in teaching such a workshop.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Pioneering Italian American Culture: Escaping la Vita della Cucina (Bordighera: VIA FOLIOS: Calandra Inst' CUNY, 2013), The Story of Emily Dickinson's Master (Anchor/Doubleday, 2013), Wild Nights, Wild Nights (Plain View Press, Austin, TX, 2010), Blood Autumn (Bordighera: VIA FOLIOS: Calandra Inst' CUNY, 2007), Blood Autumn; First Edition (Bordighera Press, 2006), Word Wounds & Water Flowers (Via/Purdue University, 2005), Women on War: International Writings, AMERICAN BOOK AWARD WINNER (Feminist Press: CUNY, 2003), Symbiosis (Rattapallax Press, 2002), In Bed with the Exotic Enemy: Stories & Novella (Avisson Press, 1995), On Prejudice: A Global Perspective (Anchor/Doubleday, 1993), Eggs in the Lake (BOA Editions Limited, 1979), The Great American Belly (Doubleday, 1978)
Journals:
Ms., Paris Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, The Nation
Performances:
College Campuses; USA & Europe (2010), WNYC, BBC, WBAI Pacifica Radio, NPR (2009), The United Nations (2004), Bowery Poetry Club (2003), CUNY Graduate Center, Manhattan (2003), National Public Radio, All Things Considered (2003), Poets House & The People's Poetry Gathering (2003), Geraldine R. Dodge National Poetry Festival (2002), Miami National Book Fair (1990)
Prizes:
The American Book Award, 1990 The John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, 2007, The OSIA NY State Literary Award, 2008, Grant Awards from the New York State Council for the Arts, 1971-77; PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, 1993: Winning Story aired on The Sound of Words, NPR. Her verse if etched in marble on a wall of the 7th Ave Concourse with Walt Whitman's & William Carlos Williams's. A documentary film regarding her life titled AUHTOR & ACTIVIST will preview, 2014.

Daniela Gioseffi Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Origin of the Species, Poems by Ernesto Cardenal, Begin Again, Collected Poems by Grace Paley, Eaarth:: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben, Deep Ecology by Bill McKibben, OUR CHOICE: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore
Favorite Books:
Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson; Leaves of Grass by Walt Whiman; The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; Collected Poems; Allen Ginsberg; Collected Stories, Grace Paley; Collected Poems of Pablo Neruda; The Origin of Species by Ernesto Cardenal; Shakespeare; Rabalais; Dante; Chekov, Tolstoy, Lady Muasaki, Jonathan Swift, etc...
Favorite Authors:
Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Galway Kinnell, Grace Paley, Mary Olliver, Wendell Berry, Toni Morrison, Bill McKibben, Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Enresto Cardenal, Lady Murasaki, Shakespeare, Dante, Rabalais, Allen Ginsberg, Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, Joseph Bruchac of the Abenaki Nation, Linda Hogan of the Hopi Nation....

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Listing last updated: July 22, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
European American
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Newark, NJ
Raised in:
Montclair, NJ

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