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2014 MCPL POET LAUREATE

Kristina Moriconi

KRISTINA MORICONI
Kristina Moriconi is a poet and essayist. She received her MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. Her work has appeared most recently in Cobalt Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Prick of the Spindle, Blue Heron Review and is forthcoming in Blood Lotus and Fox Chase Review. She is the author of a chapbook, No Such Place (Finishing Line Press, 2013).

Moriconi teaches writing workshops at Musehouse and in various local schools and libraries, and she is the director of the Arthur Krasnow Poets and Poetry Reading Series at Elkins Park Library. She lives in Jenkintown with her husband and two daughters.

 

 


Statement from 2014 MCPL Celebrity Judge J.C. Todd:

"In the haunting poems of Kristina Moriconi, those common objects—paring knives, floating leaves, the tangle of hair in a drain—and map-quest locations—South Komodo, Hunters Lane, Coopers Rock—that seem to anchor the known world become markers of absence and loss. With lyric immediacy and quiet, yet uncanny images, the poet contemplates the mysteries of what can't be resolved—dementia, bodily trauma, the death of parents, love that constricts—as a way to imagine how to “learn to live without….” These poems are thin places, locations where the visible and invisible worlds open into each other, where certainty erodes and possibility emerges from letting go."

 

POEMS:

Accident

Coopers Rock

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MCPL POET LAUREATE
  2014 - Kristina Moriconi
  2013 - Glenn McLaughlin
  2012 - Liz Chang
  2011 - Amy Small-McKinney
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