Maria Giura

Creative Nonfiction Writer

Staten Island , NY 10301

Author's Bio

Maria Giura’s second book Celibate, A Memoir (Apprentice House Press, 2019) is about her struggle to hang onto her faith in the midst of trying to understand—and untangle herself from—her complex relationship with a Catholic priest. Her first book, What My Father Taught Me (Bordighera Press 2018), a collection of memory poems, was a finalist for the Paterson Book Prize. Her writing has also appeared in several journals including Prime Number, Presence, Italian Americana, VIA, Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival, Ovunque Siamo,Godspy, Lips, and Tiferet. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Center for Women Writers and is a judge for the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize. Maria has taught Literature and Writing at St. John’s University, Montclair State University, and Binghamton University where she received her PhD in English. 

Publications & Prizes

Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House, 2019)
What My Father Taught Me (Bordighera Press, 2018)
Prizes won: 

Academy of American Poets

Center for Women Writers

Paterson Poetry Book Prize Finalist

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
A. Mannette Ansay Jo Ann Beard Ed Beck Louise DeSalvo Beverly Donofrio Maria Mazziotti Gillan Mary Karr Mario Puzo Jeannette Walls Esmeralda Santiago
What I'm reading now: 
In A Dark Wood by Joseph Luzzi

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Italian American
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Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
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Last update: Dec 18, 2019