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About Daniela Gioseffi
Daniela Gioseffi, is an American Book Award winning author of 17 books of poetry and prose. She's presented her poetry for NPR and the BBC and appeared twice on the Poet & The Poem radio show of The Library of Congress, N.E.A. Her verse is etched in marble on a wall of PENN Station NY with that of Walt Whitman. She's won the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, and the OSIA NY State Literary Award. Her 7th volume of poetry, Waging Beauty as the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice, is well reviewed by several verified buyers at Amazon, http://amzn.to/2q0I89H. Her 6th volume, Blood Autumn, Autunno di sangue, VIA Folios, Bordighera Press, CUNY, 2007, is also well reviewed here at Amazon. She founded the National Bordighera Poetry Prize. Currently Daniela edits Eco-Poetry.org which features accomplished poets of the world and USA with inspiring environmental literature, news and alerts on climate crisis, now a dire emergency. Some of her video-poems are linked on her page at Eco-Poetry.org. She has also edited ItalianAmericanWriters.com/ and was a pioneer of The Poets-in-the-Schools program of the NY State Council for the Arts, winning a Partner in Education Award from the NY City Dept. of Ed. She created the First Brooklyn Bridge Poetry Walk in 1971 with a grant from The NY State Council for the Arts from which she received two grants in poetry. Daniela has published three novels, the latest a biographical one on the life of Emily Dickinson with a non-fiction forward upon which the novel is based, titled The Story of Emily Dickinson's Master; Wild Nights! Wild Night!, now available as an e-books at Amazon. It was well reviewed in The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin. She is with the Dickinson's Scholars Registry and has taught a colleges and universities all around the NY City area where she has lived for 50 years, including NYU, Brooklyn College, Pace U., LIU and The School of Visual Arts, English Depts. Her first book of poetry Eggs in he Lake, BOA Editions, 1977, was followed by six others, the sixth being Blood Autumn: New & Selected Poems, 2007, VIA Folios at The City U. of NY and Waging Beauty...2017, Poets Wear Prada Press, mentioned above. Women On War: International Writings (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 1988, & The Feminist Press: NY, 2003), and On Prejudice: A Global Perspective (Anchor/ Doubleday, 1993) are two of her major books. She's won grant awards in poetry from the NY State Council for the Arts and several other awards. Daniela is widely published in literary periodicals e.g. The Paris Review, The Nation, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East & in many major press anthologies, e.g. Kaleidoscope: Stories of the American Experience (Oxford U. Press.) She's won a PEN Short Fiction Award for her story, "Daffodil Dollars" which appeared on N.P.R.'s The Sound of Words hosted by Alan Cheuse. Her last teaching was in the Humanities Dept. of The School of Visual Arts. She was a pioneer for Poets-in-the-Schools, Inc. of the NY State Council for the Arts when young. You can find more information and photos at http://www.AuthorandActivist.com/ A documentary by that title previewed in 2014 at the Maya Daren Theatre in Manhattan and is screening on college campuses and in libraries around the country. It is based on Daniela's life in literature and activism in Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Anti-War and Climate Justice Activism. More info. at www.DanielaGioseffi.com/ The Daniela Gioseffi Papers and Books are preserved at The Beinceke Library of American Literature at Yale University. Her books are also seen online at City University Library System of New York and all are available on Amazon.com Daniela Gioseffi has read her work and given talks and interviews on campuses and radio and television stations around the country and Europe. She is referenced in many thousands of sites on the internet and can be founding reading and talking on video-poems and interviews and readings on Youtube where The Daniela Gioseffi channel also exists. There are clips from Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story available on Youtube, as well. All of Daniela Gioseffi's books are available here at Amazon.com/ Video-Poems of her reading her work are here on her Author Page at Amazon. www.DanielaGioseffi.com contains more info. and poems.
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The Story of Emily Dickinson's Master: "WILD NIGHTS! WILD NIGHTS!": Emily Dickinson: Lover of Science & Scientist in Dark Days of the Republic Oct 1, 2013
This biographical novel is based on the life of America's more iconic and widely read woman poet, Emily Dickinson of Amherst, Massachusetts who became known for her succinct and pointedly meaningful lyrical poetry the world over after her death and posthumous publicaton. The book is based on a carefully reserached non-fiction forward: "Lover of Science and Scientist in Dark Days of the Republic" which discloses at last who the mysterious "Master Figure" of Dickinson's love poems and letters was. It portrays the poet as the full blown womanly person she really was, the woman of her erotic poems such as her well known, "Wild Nights! Wild Nights!" It dispells the false mythology that has surrounded the iconic poet as a spinster and a recluse. Dickinson was actually quite different and far more lively in demeanor than the myths that have been instituted about her as a lonely, asocial woman. This novel by the widely published American Book Award winning author and accomplished poet and literary critic, Daniela Gioseff, was well reviewed by Dickinson scholars and the foreword upon which it was based was admired by poets Galway Kinnell, Pulitzer and National Book Award winning poet and thorough reader of Dckinson’s poetry and life; Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the USA, also a learned reader of Dickinson and her times; and Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, something of a Dickinson scholar in her own right. As Gioseffi says at the beginning of her forword: "Because of the connection to her creativity during its most emergent period, the identity of the mysterious “Master Figure” of Emily Dickinson’s poems and letters, has been a matter of great speculation and pointed disagreement among Dickinson scholars for over a century. Connie Ann Kirk in her 2004 biography Emily Dickinson, Greenwood Press, wrote: “…a scholar or historian who could somehow prove ‘Master’s’ true identity would solve one of the greatest mysteries in American literature.” We know a good deal about the life of our other most singular icon of 19th Century American Poetry, Walt Whitman, but details of Dickinson’s personal life have become so mythologized that we can’t see as clearly the edifying connections between her biography and poetic output. One can contend, as the poet Susan Howe does in My Emily Dickinson ((See bib.) that this circumstance leaves many of her poems elliptical or impenetrable. Of course, the most famous of her works— those anthologized, recited, remembered, and taught— are not among such texts. The poet left behind about 1,800 poems, only eleven were formally published, and those anonymously, in her lifetime. The rest, many unfinished, were posthumously collected in her complete works....Many feel, and rightly so, that an artist’s biography need only be explored if it enlightens the art produced, and not for gossip’s sake or the pleasures of voyeurism. Yet, due to recent scholarship that has come to light about who the mysterious “Master Figure” of Dickinson’s poems and letters was, we can manage a whole new reading of this important poet’s work. Undoing the mythology surrounding Dickinson’s overblown seclusion, the trauma that brought her to it, along with the inspiration for her writing, the wearing of her notorious white dress, and reasons for little publication in her lifetime, renders a clearer reading and greater appreciation of her many posthumously published texts." The Book Review Editor of The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin wrote of the hardcopy version: “ “A page turning tale of a bitter sweet love affair (1857-1865)…Gioseffi, a compelling storyteller, cleverly incorporates Dickinson’s poems, capturing the intellectual, cultural, and political ideas and voices of the 19th century...