Maria Lisella


21-10 33rd Road, Suite 7-C
Astoria, 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 & Prizes

Delirious: A Tribute to Prince (NightBallet Press, 2016)
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)
Sweet Lemons 2 (Legas Publishing, 2011)
Long Island Sound Anthology (North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2010)
Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus (Manic D Press, 2008)
Passing (PoetWorks Press, 2006)
For Better or For Worse: Anthology of Poetry on Marriage and Other Foibles (PoetWorks Press, 2005)
Curaggia: An Anthology of Writing by Women of Italian Descent (Women's Press, Canada, 1998)
Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books, 2014)
Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press, 2009)
Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada, 2009)
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First Literary Review-East
Gradiva: International Journal of Italian Poetry
Italian Americana
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New York Quarterly
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Performance Poets Literary Association
Philadelphia Poets
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Skidrow Penthouse
The Fox Chase Review
The New People
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Queens and Long Island, NY
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Last update: Aug 15, 2018