Michelle Messina Reale


Ambler, PA 19002

Author's Bio

Michelle Messina Reale is an Italian-American Poet and a Professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Her creative work uses narrative inheritance to explicate the Italian-American experience and to better understand her family of origin.  She writes across genres, but is dedicated to poetry, specifically the prose poem , a style which allows her to create worlds both miniature and intimate.   She is the Founding and Managing Editor of the online journal,  Ovunque Siamo: New Italian American Writing.  

Publications & Prizes

Season of Subtraction (Bordighera Press, 2019)
Birds of Sicily (Kelsay Books, 2018)
The Marie Curie Sequence (Dancing Girl Press, 2017)
Kestrel (Dancing Girl Press, 2015)
The Legacy of the Sidelong Glance: Elegies (Kelsay Books, 2015)
This is Not a Situation in Which You Should Remain Calm (Cervena Barva Press, 2014)
Prizes won: 

2013 Twin Antlers Prize Poetry 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Wislawa Szymborska, Patrizia Cavalli, Adam Zagajewski,Tomas Tranströmer, and many, many others.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Italian American
Prefers to work with: 
Immigration, Incarcerated individuals
Born in: 
Ambler, PA
Raised in: 
Ambler, PA
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Last update: Jul 07, 2020