In PRIVATE LANDSCAPE, Julie Maloney succeeds brilliantly in bringing us face to face with rich and particular human experience, and thereby, our own. We emerge changed from the journey, standing by the waterside, humbled--and grateful...The entire book is a work of a poet who is not afraid--not of the body, not of dying, not of change; but who, at every moment, is unflinchingly aware of the realities of life. --Patricia Lee Lewis -- Poet, Director of Patchwork Farm International Writing Retreat Center
Julie Maloney's poems in her collection - PRIVATE LANDSCAPE - move with the exquisite grace of her abilities as a dancer and choreographer. Dream narratives sing in delicate imagery. Pain of cancer is here, honestly revealed and transcended; love is here, in its greatest giving. There is not a trace of easy sentimentality. This is a collection to remember, at once personal and universal. --Charlotte Mandel - Poet, Lecturer at Barnard University, NYC
Julie Maloney's PRIVATE LANDSCAPE gives us a microscope to see and feel moments that might otherwise escape our notice, moments both tender and defiant. For much of the poety collection, Maloney tells us that 'cancer has whipped my face like a wet wind.' But what the poet does with the wet wind of cancer is nothing short of remarkable. In her rigorously artistic life, cancer is transformed into an elixir that draws out soulful knowing and elemental experiences. --Jacqueline Sheehan - Best-selling Novelist
About the Author
Julie Maloney, the third of four daughters, was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She has worked in the arts as a performer and educator her entire life. She holds a B.A. in English from New Jersey City University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Julie performed professionally for several modern dance companies in New York City and was the artistic director, choreographer and principal dancer of the JULIE MALONEY DANCE COMPANY for thirteen years. The University of North Carolina has honored Julie with a Distinguished Alumna Award. Julie is a writer, photographer and teacher. She is the founder and creative designer for MANGO - a company that offers inspirational note cards, writing journals and books. In 2003, Julie founded WOMEN READING ALOUD, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women writers through special events and workshops. She is a trained workshop leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method and leads writing workshops throughout the year.