LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE: A Memoir

LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE: A Memoir

Grace Cavalieri

New Academia Publishing/Scarith Books, 2015
280 Pages
ISBN 978-0-9864353-4-8 paperback

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About the author

Grace Cavalieri was awarded the 2013 George Garrett Award from AWP for Outstanding Community Service to Literature “helping the next generation of writers find their way as artists and literary professionals.”  Among other honors, she also holds the Allen Ginsberg, Paterson, Bordighera, and Columbia Poetry Awards, A Pen Fiction Award, plus CPB’s silver Medal.

She is the author of 18 books and chapbooks of poetry and 26 produced plays. The latest book  The Man Who Got Away (newacademia/sacrith.) The most recent play, “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory.”  (Theatre for the New City, NYC 2012.) She celebrates 38 years of being on public radio with “The Poet and The Poem” now recorded at The Library of Congress. Grace’s career includes being one of the founders of WPFW-FM; after that, Assoc. Director for Children’s Programming, PBS, in charge of the national daytime schedule; and then a Senior Media Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities. There she shepherded “VOICES AND VISIONS,” the first prime time TV poetry on PBS. She also set up and directed a funding mechanism for children’s programming. She was a consultant to the Library of Congress Poetry Archives planning a website radio station from 75 years of archived material. She hosted the cable show, “On the Go,” for the American Association of University Women featuring women poets. She is the founder of two poetry presses in DC, still thriving, and is presently the poetry columnist for   The Washington Independent Review of Books. She was married to the metal sculptor Kenneth Flynn who recently passed away. They have 4 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.

About the book

This book chronicles a career in writing poetry, broadcasting, publishing, teaching, and writing for theater. The book notes important events that have made life so colorful and enjoyable, including anecdotes about the Poets Laureate of the U.S. I’ve interviewed for radio.

 

Memory is not chronological and so neither are the chapters in this memoir, I wish each chapter would be read like a discrete essay, for chronology is not the book’s purpose. I cross back and forth across time to capture the past as it comes to me.

 

—Grace Cavalieri.