One Poem (Three Gorges, by Jennifer Martelli) and Two Poets (Elizabeth Sylvia and Jennifer Martelli)
Our session will begin with Elizabeth Sylvia reading the poem and then providing us with her comments, insights, and question. Then Jennifer will do the same. I’ll jump in after that and the three of us will have a discussion.
Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens and My Tarantella, awarded an Honorable Mention from the Italian-American Studies Association, selected as a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She is also the author of the chapbooks All Things are Born to Change Their Shapes, winner of the Small Harbor Press open reading, In the Year of Ferraro from Nixes Mates, and After Bird, winner of the Grey Book Press open reading. Her work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Poetry, Atticus Review, The Tahoma Literary Review, Scoundrel Time, Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner of the Photo Finish contest), and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review. www.jennmartelli.com
Elizabeth Sylvia is originally from Martha’s Vineyard, and (she/her) lives with her family in Massachusetts, where she teaches high school English. Since her first publication in 2019, Elizabeth has been featured in a range of magazines. None But Witches (2022), her first book, won the 2021 3 Mile Harbor Book Prize. A series of reflections on female experiences through Shakespeare’s women, it began with a New Year’s Resolution to read all of Shakespeare’s plays in a year. She is currently working on poems exploring Marie Antoinette and the end of the world. Interviewed by Molly Zhu for Passengers Journal (scroll down to March 2023). Interviewed in the Sippican Week. Talking with Kira Homsher at Carve Magazine about my poem “Sunday.” Profiled in The Wanderer.