Millicent Borges Accardi

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Topanga, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, California Arts Council, Fulbright Foundation, Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD), the Foundation of Comtemporary Arts (FCA: Covid emergency artist grant), the Barbara Deming Foundation (Money for Women).  

She is the author of  four poetry collections: Through a Grainy Landscape (New Meridian Arts, 2021),  Only More So (Salmon Poetry, Ireland 2016),  Injuring Eternity (Mischievous Muse 2010),  Quarantine Highway (FlowerSong Press, 2022), and a chapbook, "Woman on a Shaky Bridge" (FLP 2010).  She organizes the popular Kale Soup for the Soul literary reading series (Portuguese-American writers reading work about family, food and culture). She is a 2024 Poetry Mentor in AWP's Writer to Writer and Adroit  Journal's Summer programs.

Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared widely including New American Writing, Nimrod, Tampa Review, Laurel Review, TAB, New Letters and the AWP Writers Chronicle. She lives in Topanga, CA and telecommutes as a freelance writer.  Residencies include Yaddo, Jentel, Vermont Studio Center, with international residenices: Fundación Valparaíso (Mojacar, Spain), Disquiet in Lisbon, Portugal and Milkwood in Cesky Krumlov, CZ.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (University of New Mexico Press, 2022)
Wingbeats II (Dos Gatos Press, 2014)


The Experiment Will Not Be Bound: An Anthology (Unbound Edition Press, 2023)
Even The Daybreak - 35 Years of Salmon Poetry (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2016)
Boomer Girls (University of Iowa Press, 1999)
Quarantine (FlowerSong Press, 2022)
Only More So (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2016)
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Prizes won: 

Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for poetry, CantoMundo, Fulbright, California Arts Council, Barbara Deming Foundation "Money for Women,"  Foundation for Contemporary Arts NYC  "Covid Emergency grant," Fundação Luso-Americana, and a Forby Fellowship at the Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University.

Additional awards include SOPA (Portuguese American Heritage), Congressional Recognition award for literature, 2018,  Creative Capacity Quick Grant in 2013,  Center for Cultural Innovation grants, 2014, 2012,  Injuring Eternity received an Honorable Mention at the Latino Book Awards in 2012 and Quarantine Highway in 2023.



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Identifies as: 
Latino/Latina/Latinx, Portuguese American
Prefers to work with: 
Seniors, Teachers
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Last update: Jun 09, 2024