Friday, February 22, 2013

Tea and Conversation with Poet Anne Marie Macari

Join us for tea and conversation as Julie Maloney, Director of Women Reading Aloud, conducts an up-close and personal interview with award-winning New Jersey poet Anne Marie Macari at Bernardsville Public Library on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm. Audience members will have a rare opportunity to ask the author questions about her work and her writing process.  A short reading as well as a book signing will follow the interview. 
The Poetry Center at Smith College calls this literary visionary a "questioner, a truth-seeker and a modern soothsayer."  A resident of Lambertville, her most recent book is “She Heads Into the Wilderness” (Autumn House Press, 2008).  Her first book, “Ivory Cradle,” won The APR/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry.  She is also the author of “Gloryland” (Alice James Books).  In 2005, Ms. Macari won the James Dickey Prize from Five Points Magazine, and her poems have appeared in numerous other magazines such as The Iowa Review, The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and Field, and in anthologies including “From the Fishouse” (Persea Books, 2009) and “Never Before: Poems About First Experiences” (Four Way Books).  A graduate of Oberlin College, she holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence.  Ms. Macari founded and teaches in the Drew MFA Program for Poetry & Poetry in Translation.  She has also taught on the faculty of the Prague Summer Seminars.  

Interviewer Julie Maloney has worked in the arts as a performer and educator her entire life.  She is a poet and writer and founder/director of Women Reading Aloud (WRA), a not-for-profit organization that promotes women writers in New Jersey and beyond.  WRA holds workshops, special events, writing retreats, conferences and an on-going writing workshop series each spring and fall during which women writers of all genres hone their work in a salon type setting.  The annual Writer’s Weekend Retreat is held each April in Sea Girt, NJ.  In June, WRA returns for its third Greece Writer’s Retreat on the island of Alonnisos in the North Sporades.

There is no charge to attend the program at the library, but advance sign-up is requested.  Register online at and follow the link from Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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