When Marty saw a headline about the novel coronavirus, she thought, "I wish my novel would go viral." A light bulb flickered on and the next day the website www.myviralnovel.com was born to distribute her debut book Pigeon Mothers.
Pigeon Mothers is about how a father’s sudden death leaves his daughter with two desperate mothers: one who raised her and one who gave her up for adoption. Set in 1986 in Bridgeport, CT and Coney Island, NY, the story is rich in dark humor and unexpected histories.
Marty created this story and its characters based on first-hand knowledge of how working class and desperate people survive. It's not surprising that such a candid book is coming out into the world at this time of worry and isolation.
It's available as an ebook at www.myviralnovel.com.
Marty read some oldies but goodies and one new piece. Gender Reveal Party is a fantastic reading series run by Robin Gow. NYC area trans and gender non-conforming poets celebrate the diversity of trans poets in the city. This February 2020 event's theme was "Euphoria."
Marty was selected as a 2020 SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence. SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists for six months at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Marty leads the What's YOUR Story? Memoir Writing Workshop at the Carter Burden Luncheon Club Neighborhood Senior Center on the Upper East Side.
Marty's poem Drive Home was published by Post Journal. Post aims to follow the urgings of our wise foremother Toni Morrison, knowing that "this is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal."
Marty was selected as a 2019 SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence. SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists for six months at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Marty leads the What's YOUR Story? Memoir Writing Workshop at the Sirovich Senior Center.
Marty performed at Muffins in the Window, hosted by Katrina Slippery Slide. The show is the longest running monthly variety show in New York City. Audience members return month after month to support past, present and brand new performance artist as they try out never before seen material upstairs at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Other performers included Tess Henry, Mary Jo Bono, Maggie Collier, Calvin S. Cato, Stephen Michael Rondel, Edie Nightcrawler, Jillian Thomas and Chauncey Dandridge.
Marty was awarded this retreat at Sunny Point to continue work on the novel Brickbat. The lakeside artist’s retreat is located on Keuka Lake in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region.
Find Marty Correia’s poetry in Lady Business published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Other poets in the collection include: Sally Bellerose, Brit Blalock, Cassandra Christenson, Teresa De La Cruz, Julie R. Enszer, Gina R. Evers, Andy Izenson, Ronna Magy, Mary Meriam, Maureen Seaton and Jan Steckel.
Buy Lady Business at your local indie/feminist bookstore or online at Antigone Books.
Hosted by Marty Correia
Friday, May 6, 2011 @ Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street
Poet Paul Violi died April 2, 2011, leaving many New York City creative writing students mourning their beloved professor. Those who wished to hear Violi’s work and share memories were invited to this free, public event.
Paul Violi wrote eleven books of poetry, including Overnight, Fracas, The Curious Builder, Likewise, and Breakers, a selection of his longer poems. Widely published and anthologized both in the U.S. and abroad, he received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry as well as many other arts grants throughout his prolific career. Recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2001), and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry (2004), just to name a few, Paul Violi’s work continues to resonate.
View recordings of readings from this celebration of Paul Violi’s life here on YouTube.