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January 2021 Notable Writer: Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri

“I get a huge energy transfusion by listening to poets read their works."  – Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri (b. 1932) is an Italian American writer living in Annapolis, MD. During her 43-year career as a poet and playwright she has published 24 books, produced 26 plays, and hosted over 2,000 episodes of "The Poet and the Poem," a radio show presented by the Library of Congress through National Public Radio. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry. Her talent has been recognized through awards that include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal, the Columbia Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award.

A strong believer in higher education, Cavalieri attended and graduated from New Jersey College at Trenton (BS - Education: English and History) and Goddard University (MA - Creative Writing & Education). She also studied at the University of Maryland and Graduate School of Education, Rollins University, Orlando.

In December of 2018, Governor Larry Hogan (R) appointed Grace Cavalieri Maryland’s 10th Poet Laureate. The position, created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1959, has a 4-year term. As Poet Laureate, Cavalieri is responsible to accompany the Governor and provide readings at public events and receptions. She makes appearances and holds readings in schools, universities, and libraries around the state. She present lectures and/or poetry writing workshops as well as connects with literary organizations and festivals across the state. In this regard, she has teamed up with the Maryland Writers Association Poetry Contest as one of its judges. Finally, she has to write new works to honor special occasions, venue openings, and dedications. “My emphasis is really state poetry and I’m ready to go, really, “she said.” I want this to be something where we can keep the excitement happening and post things everyone can be part of. I’m so glad to be given the energy for this new chapter of my life.”

On April 2, 2021, during Poetry Month, Grace will be the featured poet at MWA's First Friday.

Genre: Poetry

Poetry is a form of literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.

Partial reading list: Navy Wife; Sounds Like Something I Would Say; The Man Who Got Away; The Mandate of Heaven; Life Upon The Wicked Stage; With; Other Voices, Other Lives.

Writer's Prompt - Fun With Words

MWA invites you to have fun writing poetry using just 100 words. Pick or make up a special occasion, venue opening, or dedication and write a poem in honor of the event.

Submit your 100 words by the 25th of the month and receive an MWA Fun With Words Submission Certificate.  

Submit Your FUN WITH WORDS Prompt

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