Magie Dominic

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Magie Dominic as Snow White at Cafe Cino, 1967.

Magie Dominic (born 1944) is a Canadian poet, author, and artist who was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Her first memoir, The Queen of Peace Room, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Judy Grahn Award.[1] Occurring over a week-long retreat at an isolated retreat house, The Queen of Peace Room is an exploration of memory and of violence against women and children. A second memoir, Street Angel, is set in Newfoundland in the 1950s, but ranges over a 70 period involving the same protagonist and her family.[2]


After growing up in Newfoundland, Magie Dominic moved to the United States, where she studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, New School University, Franklin Furnace, and Open Theatre.[1]

She became active in the anti-war movement during the 1960s.[2] She was involved in protests, readings, and demonstrations with Moondog,[3] Alan Ginsberg, and Andy Warhol.[2]

She was also involved in the Off-Off-Broadway theatre movement at Joe Cino’s Caffe Cino, where she performed and directed.[4] She curated Caffe Cino - History of Off-Off Broadway at Lincoln Centre in 1985.[5] She donated papers, photographs and Caffé Cino memorabilia to the NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in 2011, establishing The Magie Dominic Caffé Cino Archives.[6]

Other works[edit]

Dominic is a past contributor to The Village Voice, The Globe and Mail, and[1]

Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Outrage (1994), Belles Lettres/Beautiful Letters (1994), Pushing the Limits (1996), and Countering the Myths (1996).[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d "Dominic, Magie L.". The League of Canadian Poets. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "On Writing, with Magie Dominic". Open Book Ontario. July 17, 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gallery 1966". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Patrick, Robert. "Caffe Cino Pictures". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ McElroy, Steven (December 7, 2011). "Portal to Off Off Broadway’s Early Days". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Story of Caffé Cino". Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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