Daniela Gioseffi

Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201-3356

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. She has recently appeared at Hofstra U., St. John's U., Seaton Hall U., CUNY Calandra Institute, The Maya Daren Theatre, screening Author and Activist and giving readings and discussions with the audience.

Publications and Prizes

Blood Autumn
(Bordighera: VIA FOLIOS: Calandra Inst' CUNY, 2007)
, Blood Autumn; First Edition
(Bordighera Press, 2006)
, Eggs in the Lake
(BOA Editions Limited, 1979)
, In Bed with the Exotic Enemy: Stories & Novella
(Avisson Press, 1995)
, On Prejudice: A Global Perspective
(Anchor/Doubleday, 1993)
, Pioneering Italian American Culture: Escaping la Vita della Cucina
(Bordighera: VIA FOLIOS: Calandra Inst' CUNY, 2013)
, Symbiosis
(Rattapallax Press, 2002)
, The Great American Belly
(Doubleday, 1978)
, The Story of Emily Dickinson's Master
(Anchor/Doubleday, 2013)
, Wild Nights, Wild Nights
(Plain View Press, Austin, TX, 2010)
, Women on War: International Writings, AMERICAN BOOK AWARD WINNER
(Feminist Press: CUNY, 2003)
, Word Wounds & Water Flowers
(Via/Purdue University, 2005)
Ms. Magazine, Paris Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, The Nation
Bowery Poetry Club
, College Campuses; USA & Europe
, CUNY Graduate Center, Manhattan
, Geraldine R. Dodge National Poetry Festival
, Miami National Book Fair
, National Public Radio, All Things Considered
, Poets House & The People's Poetry Gathering
, The United Nations
, WNYC, BBC, WBAI Pacifica Radio, NPR
Prizes Won: 
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. Her poem Carbon Summer or Nuclear Winter won a Robert Frost Foundation Award, 2015. A documentary film regarding her life in Civil Rights, Women's Rights and Climate Justice Activism titled AUTHOR & ACTIVIST: The Daniela Gioseffi Story is previewing around the Met Area and can be screened with an appearance and reading by the author, with seminar discussion with the audience.

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

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
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European American
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Montclair, NJ
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Last updated: Dec 30, 2016