Friday, August 31, 2007

Pam Calabrese MacLean

Pam Calabrese MacLean lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where she works in the Library of St. Francis Xavier University. Her poems have appeared in such literary journals as The Antigonish Review, Dandelion, subTerrain (Canada); Concrete Wolf, Passager (United States); and The New Writer (Great Britain). Her poetry has won numerous awards from competitions in Matrix, Other Voices, Zygote, CV2 and

Calabrese MacLean was the recipient of the 2000 and the 2003 Ray Burrell Poetry Award. In 2003 a suite of her poems, On A Chair Outside The Living, was awarded 3rd prize in an international competition from Britain¹s The New Writer.

Her flash fiction has appeared in two US anthologies: Women Behaving Badly, 2004 and Blink, 2006.

Calabrese MacLean¹s first play, Her Father¹s Barn, was produced by Festival Antigonish as part of their late night series in 2002. An excerpt from the play saw production (Winnipeg and Brandon, MB) in 2004 by Sarasvati Production¹s International Women¹s Festival. Her Father¹s Barn went on to award winning performances at The London Fringe Festival (2005) and Liverpool International Theatre Festival (2006), before being invited to The Uno Festival in Victoria, BC (2007).

In 2006 Calabrese MacLean co-edited Flavours of Varmland for the Varmland Museum in Sweden.

Calabrese MacLean was the featured poet in the spring issue of the literary ezine Artistry of Life:

She was also awarded first place in the International Wisteria Poetry
Competition. Her first collection of poems, Twenty-four Names for Mother, was published Spring 2006 by The Paper Journey Press, located in Wake Forest, North Carolina

Twenty-four Names for Mother is Ms. MacLean's first published book of poetry. Describing the dark, the dangerous, the delightful, and oft times damaging aspects of dealing with a mother, her poems offer both insight and clarity to a situation shared by all. A mother herself, her perspective comes from both sides of the border of motherhood.

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