Millicent Borges Accardi

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Millicent Borges Accardi[1] is a Portuguese-American poet[2][3][4] who lives in California. She has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Fulbright, CantoMundo,[5] the California Arts Council, Barbara Deming Foundation,[6] and Formby Special Collections at Texas Tech University for research on the writer/activist Key Boyle.

Her full-length poetry collection is Only More So, (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), Injuring Eternity and Practical Love Poems (forthcoming) are with World Nouveau[7] She also has a chapbook, Woman on a Shaky Bridge, with Finishing Line Press.[8]

Her articles can be found at The Writers Chronicle, Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Poets Quarterly,[9][10] The Portuguese American Journal,[11] Portuguese-American Review,[12][13] and The Topanga Messenger.[14][15][16] Interview subjects have included Grammy Director Michael Greene; poets W.S. Merwin[17] and Carl Dennis; writers Frank X. Gaspar, Sam Pereira,[18] Jacinto Lucas Pires, Donna Freitas (Sex and the Soul), and Nuno Júdice;[19] Paulette Rapp (daughter of The Bickersons writer), Stephen Rebello (Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho), playwright Bill Bozzone, CantoMundo, and Portuguese-American scholar Deolinda Adão.[20]

Borges Accardi's work has appeared in over 50 publications,[21] including Nimrod, Tampa Review, New Letters and The Wallace Stevens Journal, as well as in Boomer Girls (Iowa Press) and Chopin with Cherries (Moonrise Press) anthologies. Artist residencies include Yaddo, Jentel, Vermont Studio, Fundación Valparaíso in Mojacar, Milkwood in Český Krumlov, CZ and Disquiet in Lisbon, Portugal.

She received degrees in English and literature from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), holds a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California (USC). She was named after the Millicent Library in Fairhaven, MA.

Borges Accardi also works as a freelance writer (technical writing and instructional design).

Reading series[edit]

In 2012, Millicent Accardi started the "Kale Soup for the Soul"[22] reading series featuring Portuguese-American writers. The first edition was in Chicago[23][24] at the famous Chicago Cultural Center. Since then, "Kale Soup for the Soul" readings have featured over 25 different writers, in regional readings in cities such as San Francisco,[25][26] Seattle,[27] Iowa City, Providence, Rhode Island,[28] Boston[29] and San José[30][31]—as part of a new wave of Portuguese-American Literature. In 2013, there were "Kale Soup for the Soul" readings at the Mass Poetry Festival in Salem, the Valente Library in Cambridge, and the Portuguese Consulate in Boston.[32] There were also readings at Brown University, UMass Dartmouth, and Rhode Island College as well as workshops with local students from Shea high school in Rhode Island (80 students in attendance). There was a conference in Lisbon which featured a panel about Portuguese-American Literature as well as a round table with many of the writers who have participated in "Kale Soup for the Soul".


Poetry collections:

  • Only More So (Salmon Poetry, 2016) [33]
  • Injuring Eternity (Mischievous Muse Press, December, 2010)[34]
  • Practical Love Poems (forthcoming)


  • Woman on a Shaky Bridge (Finishing Line Press, 2010)[35]


2015: Fulbright Fellowship for Poetry [36]
2013: US@PT travel grant from Fundação Luso-Americanato (FLAD)
2014/2012: Center for Cultural Innovation, Creative Capacity Quick Grant
2011/2012: CantoMundo Fellowship
2010: Formby Fellowship, Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
2003: California Arts Council Grant for Poetry
2002: Barbara Deming Foundation
1998: Alden B. Dow Fellowship (unable to attend)
1997-98: National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry
1992: Elizabethe Kempthorne Endowment for Creative Writing at USC
1991: State of California Pre-Doctoral Grant


American Portuguese Studies Association
Associated Writing Programs Associate
Portuguese-American Women's Association
USC Alumni Association
Society for Technical Communication


  1. ^ "Millicent Borges Accardi". Millicent Borges Accardi. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  2. ^ "Poets' Quarterly". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  3. ^ Akers, Mary (2012-01-22). "Interview with Millicent Accardi | Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  4. ^ "Poet Millicent Borges Accardi Reconnects with her Roots – Interview". Portuguese American Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-10-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Millicent Borges Accardi: Woman on a Shaky Bridge". The Huffington Post. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  7. ^ "World Nouveau Inc". Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  8. ^ "Finishing Line Press". Finishing Line Press. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  9. ^ "Poets' Quarterly".
  10. ^ May, Lori A. (2014-04-19). "Poets' Quarterly: Q&A with Robert Manaster by Millicent Borges Accardi". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  11. ^ "About". Portuguese American Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ ""Portugal: A Literary Secret" by Millicent Borges Accardi and Tony J. Roma - PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN REVIEW". 2 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012.
  14. ^ Borges, Millicent (2012-06-28). "At Heartbreak House, Things are Not as They Seem". Topanga Messenger. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  15. ^ Borges, Millicent (2013-07-11). "The Royal Family: Sometimes Blood is Thicker than Usual". Topanga Messenger. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  16. ^ Borges, Millicent (2013-09-19). "Tone Deaf : News, the Media and Joyce Carol Oates' Play". Topanga Messenger. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  17. ^ "W.S. Merwin – Profile of the poet W.S. Merwin". Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  18. ^ ""Sam Pereira: The Real Thing" by Millicent Borges Accardi - PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN REVIEW". 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012.
  19. ^ "Nuno Júdice: One of Portugal's greatest literary treasures – Interview". Portuguese American Journal. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  20. ^ ""Gender Bias, the Literary Canon and the Future of Portuguese Literature: an interview with Deolinda Adão" by Millicent Borges Accardi - PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN REVIEW". 23 June 2015. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015.
  21. ^ Baudo, Laura. "Millicent Borges Accardi: Woman on a Shaky Bridge | Women's Voices For Change". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  22. ^ "Página não encontrada :: Mundo Português". Archived from the original on 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  23. ^ ""Kale Soup for the Soul" March 2nd in Chicago (Update) - PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN REVIEW". 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012.
  24. ^ "Kale Soup for the Soul | Chicago Cultural Center, Washington Room | Literary Events". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  25. ^ "SFGate: San Francisco Bay Area - News, Bay Area news, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Classifieds - SFGate". 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  26. ^ "Kale Soup for the Soul". Arte Institute. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  27. ^ "Kale Soup for the Soul AWP Event at Seattle Public Library. Green Lake Branch in Seattle, WA on Sat., March 1, 4 p.m. 2014 - Seattle Readings & Talks Events Calendar". The Stranger. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  28. ^ "O Jornal". O Jornal. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  29. ^ "Poetry: 2013 Kale Soup for the Soul literary series – Boston, MA". Portuguese American Journal. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  31. ^ "LITERARY READING IN SAN JOSE BY PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN WRITERS AND POETS | Portuguese Heritage Publications". 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  32. ^ "Association of Writers & Writing Programs". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  33. ^ " - Only More So by Millicent Borges Accardi".
  34. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog - Legacy Catalog Retired". 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  35. ^ "Poets' Quarterly". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  36. ^ "Millicent Accardi | Fulbright Scholar Program". Retrieved 2017-04-12.

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