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amusejanetmason.com ('s) features Philadelphia Poets 2012 poets -- Al Tacconelli and Maria Fama
click here to read Lunar Eclipse No. 9 -- an essay by Janet Mason that is published in Philadelphia Poets 2009
Philadelphia Poets featured on amusejanetmason.com
Rosemary Cappello, editor and publisher,
Speaking to the Dead
by Al Tacconelli
"Are the dead there if we do not speak to them?" --Sharon Olds, taken from her "Birthday Poem for My Grandmother"
Are the dead there if we do not
Poet and artist, Al Tacconelli has read at Robins Bookstore, The Free Library Of Philadelphia, and Hofstra University. Als poems have appeared in The Endicott Review, and Mad Poets Review. His chapbooks are; Two Countries, One Heart, and The Laurenzi Poems. Included in the permanent collection of contemporary art at Passaic County Community College are several of Als paintings and prints.
by Maria Fama
As I open my laptop
here I am at six in the morning
There for a moment
In the screen's reflection
those looks borne in our genes
all flash in the quick minute
BIOSKETCH OF MARIA FAMÀ
Maria Famà is the author of six books of poetry. Her work appears in numerous publications and has been anthologized. In 1998, she was named a finalist in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Famà has read her poetry in many cities across the United States, read one of her stories on National Public Radio, co-founded a video production company, and recorded her poetry for CD compilations of music and poetry. Maria Famà did her undergraduate and graduate work in History at Temple University. Famà’s poems were awarded the 2002 and 2005 Aniello Lauri Award in Creative Writing. She appears in the film documentaries “Prisoners Among Us” and “Pipes of Peace” reading her poems. In 2006 she was awarded the Amy Tritsch Needle Award for Poetry. Her upcoming book of poems, Mystics in the Family, will be published by Bordighera Press. Maria Famà teaches English at DeVry University and lives in Philadelphia.