Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri FoundationMarilyn has been awarded a fellowship by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and spent six weeks at their beautiful Umbertide location in Umbria, Italy. Marilyn joined a diverse group of authors, musicians, and visual artists from across the globe. Each fellow had an opportunity to work on their craft in a retreat-like setting, followed by presentations of their work-in-progress and high-spirited social interaction.Vladimir Tarnopolski

Among the 2015 fellows were Vladimir Tarnopolski, a composer from Russia, Jericho Brown, a poet from USA, and Serkan Ozkaya, a visual artist from Turkey.

Terezin Liberation

TMFTerezin Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving information about the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, has published Liberation, an anthology of poetry with contributions from 63 of the world’s most renowned authors, representing 25 countries. In 2015 venues, TMF board and Executive Director Mark Ludwig honored the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps by producing concerts in Prague and Boston, followed by a series of poetry readings.  The Liberation anthology is now available in paperback.Liberation

The distinguished group of contributors to the anthology includes such luminaries of the contemporary poetry world as Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Marilyn’s poems “Bamboo, the Dance,”  and “Memorial Haibun” are included in this outstanding anthology.

Anisfield-Wolf Award Ceremony

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

HARD LOVE PROVINCE won Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the National Prize for Literature on racism and diversity. It includes Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X among its winners.

The Award Ceremony Gala will take place at 6pm on September 10th, at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland. Henry Gates, Jr.,  director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, will host the event.


Racial Imagely in Montana

University of MontanaMarilyn was one of the Featured Speakers at the Create Writing Conference at the University of Montana in Missoula. Organized by Professor Prageeta Sharma, herself a poet of distinction, this year’s much anticipated conference was titled Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Study. Its central theme was the Racial Imagery.

Conference’s title references an influencial new book by Dorothy WangThinking Its Presence:
Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry, published by Stanford University Press.

Portland, OR

September 29, 2014

As a part of visiting her home town, Portland, Marilyn  gave a reading at Lewis and Clark University on Monday, September 29, sponsored by their Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement program.  She also read at Willamette University on Oct 2,  2014, inspiring one of the students to sing a poem.

OPBMarilyn was interviewed by OPB, the local Public Television station, and read One Child Has Brown Eyes from Hard Love Province.