Maria Lisella

21-10 33rd Road, Suite 7-C
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 777-1178

Author's Bio

Native New Yorker, and 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 co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings, is a charter member of brevitas and is the newest Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018. She is an award-winning travel writer and editor who is currently USA TODAY's New York expert.

Publications and Prizes

Thieves in the Family
(NYQ Books, 2014)
Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus
(Manic D Press, 2008)
, Curaggia: An Anthology of Writing by Women of Italian Descent
(Women's Press, Canada, 1998)
, Delirious: A Tribute to Prince
(NightBallet Press, 2016)
, For Better or For Worse: Anthology of Poetry on Marriage and Other Foibles
(PoetWorks Press, 2005)
, Long Island Sound Anthology
(North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2010)
, Passing
(PoetWorks Press, 2006)
, Sweet Lemons 2
(Legas Publishing, 2011)
, The Traveler's Vade Mecum
(Red Hen Press, 2016)
, What Does It Mean to Be White in America
(2Leaf Press, 2016)
, Writing Cultural Difference: Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works
(Guernica Editions, 2015)
, Writing Our Way Home
(Guernica Editions, 2013)
Feile-Festa, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva: International Journal of Italian Poetry, Italian Americana, Lips, Maintenant, Mobius: The Poetry Magazine, New Verse News, The New York Quarterly, Oberon, Paterson Literary Review, Performance Poets Literary Association, Philadelphia Poets, Pirene's Fountain, Skidrow Penthouse, The Fox Chase Review, The New People, VIA
Amore on Hope Street
(Finishing Line Press, 2009)
, Two Naked Feet
(Poets Wear Prada, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
Queens Poet Laureate, 2015-2018

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Queens and Long Island, NY
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Last updated: Aug 15, 2018