We honor January, 2013 as the opening month of Anno Della Cultura Italiana (Year of Italian Culture) featuring an Italian American poet. Italian Americans have added the luster of their parents' country with the passion and glitter of America.
Several poets have been journalists. Louise Bogan, formerly Poet Laureate of the U.S. wrote for the New Yorker. Another famous name is Stephen Crane who chronicled the details of the Spanish American War along with his own personal verse and stories.
Maria Lisella writes for AFAR, Fra Noi, FOX News.com, Flanders, France Guide, German Life, Global Foodie, i-italy.org [blog], NY Daily News, Sherman’s Travel, The Peak and Travel and Leisure. Not surprisingly, her poetry is poetry of the world with its noisy populations, its museums, its rough love. She's a New Yorker and carries its energy in her lines.
- Grace Cavalieri
Maria Lisella's Pushcart Poetry Prize-nominated work appears in Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). Her collection, Thieves in the Family, pending publication by New York Quarterly Books in 2013. Her work has been published in The New York Quarterly, Fox Chase Review, Mobius, Paterson Literary Review, Skidrow Penthouse and, online at Eco-Logic, First Literary Review, Future Earth, Lilly Press/River Poets Journal, New Verse News, and Pirene's Fountain, among others. She was a finalist in the competition for Queens Poet Laureate, co-curates the Italian American Writers Association literary readings at Cornelia St. Café and is a travel writer by profession.
Lisella is a charter member of Brevitas, an online poetry circle of nearly 50 poets. Twice monthly each poet submits poems no longer than 14 lines; the year culminates in the Festival of the Short Poem and an anthology publishing a select group of poems by each member. Last year's event took place at Poets House; this year marks the 10th anniversary of the event.
She has also read at many venues from Cornelia St. Cafe, to the Brooklyn Public Library, to NYU's Casa Italiana and the Yippie Museum Cafe of N.Y.