Laura Mazza-Dixon


PO Box 89
Granby, CT 06035

Author's Bio

Laura Mazza-Dixon's book of poems "Forged by Joy" was published in January of 2017 by Antrim House. Recently her poem, "The Brilliant Assault," has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been the featured reader on the Poetry at the Cossitt Series in North Granby, CT; the Charter Oak Reading Series in Hartford, CT; the Poetry for the People Series in New Hartford, CT,; the Lunch and Literature Series at Schlow Memorial Library in State College, PA; and the Meet the Author Series at the Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport, ME.

Mazza-Dixon's story/poem about Harriet Tubman, "Araminta and the Talking Book," was written for the Celebration of Black History at Trinity Community Church in Hartford and she performed it there in 2016 and 2017. Recently Mazza-Dixon organized two poetry workshops titled "Words That Matter: Courageous Conversations on Race" for the UCC churches in Granby, at which poet Kate Rushin read from her poetry and conducted discussions with the participants.

Mazza-Dixon recently led "Poetry in Our Lives," a workshop on how our lives have been influenced by poetry, and how we can share poetry with others, whether we ourselves have written poetry or not.

Laura Mazza-Dixon lives in Granby, CT where she directs the Windy Hill Guitar Studio. She holds a BMus degree in Classical Guitar from Penn State University and an MFA in the Performance of Medieval and Renaissance Music from Sarah Lawrence College and has performed on classical guitar and viola da gamba across New England.

Publications & Prizes

Forged by Joy (Antrim House, 2017)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jane Kenyon, Mark Doty, Sharon Olds, Claire Rossini, Louise Gluck, Richard Wilbur, Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats, William Shakespeare, Helen Vendler, Madeleine L'Engle, Mary Ellen Chase, Pema Chodron, Robert Haas, Tryfon Tolides, Doug Anderson, Marilyn Nelson, Maya Angelou, Richard Blanco
What I'm reading now: 
The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, by Stephen O'Connor, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Women and Writing by Virginia Woolf, The Ocean, The Bird and The Scholar by Helen Vendler

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Italian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Natick, MA
Raised in: 
State College, PA
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Last update: Jan 07, 2018