Peter Marra

Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Author's Bio

Originally from Gravesend Brooklyn, Peter Marra lived in the East Village, New York from 1979 to 1993 at the height of the punk / no wave / art and music rebellion. Peter has had a lifelong fascination with Surrealism, Dadaism, and Symbolism, some of his favorite writers being Paul Eluard, Arthur Rimbaud, Tristan Tzara, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry Miller. His favorite artists are Salvador Dali, Felicien Rops, Dante Rossetti and Amedeo Modigliani. Peter also cites Roger Corman and Russ Meyer as influences. His earliest recollection of the writing process is, as a 1st grader, creating a children’s book with illustrations. The only memory he has of this project is a page that contained a crayon drawing of an airplane, caught in a storm. The caption read: “The people are on a plane. It is going to crash. They are very scared.” His parents were always disturbed by that 1st book and particularly by his love for writing. A Dadaist and a Surrealist, Peter’s writing explores alienation, addiction, love, lust, the havoc that secrets can wreak, and obsessions, often recounted in an oneiric filmic haze with a taste of the grindhouse. He wishes to find new methods of description and language manipulation. Peter has had over 100 poems published in print or online in journals such as Caper Literary Journal, Danse Macabre, Maintenant 4 and 5, Yes, Poetry, Literary Orphans, The Carnage Conservatory, Carcinogenic, Calliope Nerve, Unlikely Stories and Why Vandalism? His chapbook “Sins of the Go-Go Girls” was published in April 2013 by Why Vandalism? Press ( Two of his short stories are in the anthologies Have a NYC and Have a NYC2. His short story “Expert Collisions,” recounting his experiences on 9/11,was published in Evergreen Review in September 2013 and will be also appear in "From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream", which will be coming out in 2014 from Unbearable Books/Autonomedia. On 10/2/13 his poem "glass faces" was nominated by Literary Orphans for "Sundress Publications' "Best of the Net." "Peep-o-rama," a collection of poems has been published by Hammer and Anvil Press and is available on Amazon Kindle. His published work may be viewed at

Publications and Prizes

Caper Literary Journal, Danse Macabre, The Beatnik, The Evergreen Review, Yes, Poetry
Sins of the Go-Go Girls
(Three Rooms Press, 2015)

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Last updated: Nov 24, 2013