Maria Terrone (May 21, Manhattan) is an American poet and writer. She is the author of two books of poetry: The Bodies We Were Loaned (2002) and A Secret Room in Fall (2006). She has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and has received the Individual Artist Initiative Award from the Queens Council on the Arts. Her poetry ranges widely in subject, including themes of family, ethnicity, migration and urban environments.
Life & Career
Terrone grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, and graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In the early years of her career, she worked as a journalist, magazine editor and in corporate communications. In 1990, she joined the City University of New York: first at Hunter College as director of public relations and, in 2003, after moving to Queens College, as Assistant Vice President for Communications. She lives in Jackson Heights with her husband, William Terrone.
Terrone's poetry has been published in many prestigious literary magazines and anthologies, such as Poetry, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poetry International, Notre Dame Review, Crab Orchard Review, Alfred A. Knopf Everyman's Library, Beacon Press, CavanKerry Press and The Feminist Press.
Due to her association with Queens as an author and resident, she was selected to write a narrative for The Guggenheim Museum's Transhistoria, the third edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of the city’s five boroughs.
Books of Poetry
- A Secret Room in Fall. Ashland Poetry Press. 2006. ISBN 0-912592-60-5.
- The Bodies We Were Loaned. The Word Works. 2002. ISBN 0-915380-49-8.
- Belgium (French): Three poems in L'Arbre a paroles magazine, a themed issue titled Les deux Sicilies
- Iran (Farsi): Featured writer - Q&A interview and translated poems in Hengam, an independent literary supplement in a widely circulating daily newspaper.
- "Ghost Frescoes," Poetry.
- "After You've Saved the Bird," Verse Daily.
- “House of Juliet” and “Y2K Apocalypse,” Web Del Sol Review.
- "Unmentionable," "The Passage (excerpt)," "The Glass Factory," The Clarion.
- “Saturday Afternoon on a New York Railroad Platform,” Dispatches, The Common.
- “Beets” in Rachel Hadas ed. The Waiting Room Reader: Stories to Keep You Company. CavanKerry Press, (February 2013).
- "A Bronx Story" in Gloria Vando and Philip Miller, ed. In the Black/In the Red: Poems of Profit & Loss. Helicon Nine Editions, (forthcoming 2012). ISBN 978-1- 884235-43-6.
- “His Cassandra” in Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz, ed. A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. University of Akron Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-937378-12-7.
- “The Slain Wife of the Lighthouse Keeper Speaks” in Harold Schechter and Kurt Brown, ed. Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem. Alfred A. Knopf Everyman’s Library, 2011. ISBN 978-0-307-70093-3.
- “Rereading the History Book: Centuries XX and XXI” in John Matthias and William O'Rourke, ed. Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years. University of Notre Dame Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-268-03512-9.
- “Firewalking Through Autumn” in Robert Atwan, ed. The Heart of Autumn: Poems for the Season of Reflection. Beacon Press, 2003. ISBN 0-8070-6862-4.
- “Rapunzel Redux” in Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson, ed. The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Story Line Press, 2003. ISBN 1-58654-027-0.
- 10-page section titled, “What They’ll Say in a Thousand Years,” consisting of a short essay and 11 poems: “Two Women Waiting,” “Strawberries,” “Ceres Explains the Soul of Pasta,” “Uncorking the Aged Wine,” “Rosemary,” “Salt for Uncle Charlie,” “White,” “At the Knife Skills Workshop,” “Beets,” “Blood Oranges,” and “What They’ll Say in a Thousand Years,” in Louise DeSalvo and Edvige Giunta, ed. The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture. The Feminist Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55861-392-7.
- “At Home in the New World: a Jackson Heights Native Savors Her Neighborhood,” a performed narrative commissioned by The Guggenheim Museum for stillspotting nyc: Queens.
- “Desire in New Mumbai,” Dispatches blog, The Common.
- “Searching for Fergus,” The Briar Cliff Review.
- “Feeding Your Creative Spirit,” Her Circle Ezine.
- Montserrat Review's of A Secret Room in Fall.
- Daniela Gioseffi named Terrone "the best new writer" in PEN American Center, A Secret Room in Fall.
- Fordham Magazine's review of The Bodies We Were Loaned.
- ItalianAmericanWriters.com's review of The Bodies We Were Loaned.
Honors & Awards
- The Robert McGovern Publication Prize, Ashland University, Ashland Poetry Press, for A Secret Room in Fall (2006).
- Elinor Benedict Prize in Poetry, Passages North
- Allen Tate Memorial Award, Wind Magazine.
- Willow Review Award in Poetry
- Individual Artist Initiative Award, Queens Council on the Arts
- Arts and Culture Award, Italian American Labor Council
- Maria Terrone's Website.
- Terrone's Bio on Poetry Foundation's website.
- Pirene’s Fountain, Featured Poet.
- Interview with Maria Terrone, Magna Grece Journal.
- Audio: Maria Terrone reads “In Hiding,” Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public Radio Program.
- Mediterranean Poetry, Featured Poet.
- Spotlight on Poet Maria Terrone,” Library Matters, Queens Library.
- “Poet Turns to Queens for Inspiration,” Queens Tribune.
- List of Italian American women writers.
- Queens Council on the Arts.
- Queens College Office of Communications.
- Jennifer Manley, "Prepared For The Muse In Jackson Heights." Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007.
- Jennifer Holland, "Poet Turns To Queens For Inspiration." Queens Tribune. January 19, 2012.
- stillspotting nyc.
- "Ghost Frescoes." Poetry. December 1999.
- "After You've Saved the Bird. Verse Daily. 2002.
- "House of Juliet" and "Y2K Apocalypse." Web Del Sol Review.
- Three Poems. April 2011.
- "Saturday Afternoon on a New York Railroad Platform." 2012.
- WNET/Thirteen Interview with stillspotting curator. April 2, 2012.
- “Desire in New Mumbai.” June 8th, 2011.
- "Feeding Your Creative Spirit." January 12, 2011.
- George Guida, American Gothic, Take 2. Spring 2010.
- Italian Americana.
- Mariaconcetta Costantini, Review. G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara.
- Andrew Kaufman, Review of A Secret Room.
- George Held, "Askew."
- PEN American Center, Interview with Daniela Gioseffi.
- Ryan Stellabotte, The Bodies We Were Loaned. (Review).
- Daniela Gioseffi, Review of The Bodies We Were Loaned. Contemporary Italian American Writing.
- Robert McGovern Publication Prize for A Secret Room in Fall.
- Elinor Benedict Prize.
- Maria Terrone on Poetry Foundation.
- Olivia Kate Cerrone, "Crafting an Agency of Voice: Interview with Poet Maria Terrone." Magna Grece: Ethno-cultural journal for people of Southern-Italian descent. May 2, 2012.