Meet Maria Lisella, the New Queens Poet Laureate!

Oct 09, 2015 916

This past June, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz swore in Astoria resident and Queens native Maria Lisella as the new Queens Poet Laureate. Maria will be joining us at Central Library on Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. for our Open Mic for Poets. Maria Lisella is the sixth poet to serve as the borough's Poet Laureate.

Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Maria moved with her family to Bellerose and lived as a student in Flushing before she settled in Astoria 40 years ago. Maria graduated from Queensborough Community College and Queens College, earned a Master's degree from NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering, and studied Social Media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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