Brooklyn Heights

St. Francis welcomes Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

October 20, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella will read her work at St. Francis College on Nov. 2. Photo by Maki Hirose

Brooklyn BookBeat

The St. Francis College Women’s Poetry Initiative Series welcomes Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella to read her work and answer questions on Monday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the college’s Founders Hall.

Native New Yorker and Queens born-and-bred, 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 poetry chapbooks “Amore on Hope Street” (Finishing Line Press) and “Two Naked Feet” (Poets Wear Prada).

Her work has appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Paterson Literary Review, Feile Festa, Voices in Italian Americana, online in First Literary Review-East and New Verse News and will appear in the forthcoming anthology “The Traveler’s Vade Mecum” (Red Hen Press). 

She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings and is a charter member of brevitas, an online poetry circle that celebrates the short poem.

Lisella is the fifth poet the Women’s Poetry Initiative has brought to campus. In March, Alicia Ostriker read her work and before that Daisy FriedGrace Schulman and Kathryn Stripling Byer all came to Brooklyn Heights to share their poetry.