Mariela Griffor

Rookie - 84 Points (September 29,1961 / Concepcion, Chile)

Biography of Mariela Griffor

Mariela Griffor (born September 29,1961, Concepcion, Chile) , is a poet, editor, and diplomat.
Griffor was born in Concepcion, Chile. She attended the University of Santiago and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She left Chile for an involuntary exile in Sweden in 1985. Griffor holds a B.A in Journalism from Wayne State University and a M.F.A in Creative Writing from New England College.
Her work has appeared in Passages North, Cerise Press, Washington Square Review, Texas Poetry Review and many others. She and her American husband returned to the United States in 1998 with their two daughters. They live in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.

Griffor is co-founder of the institute for Creative Writers at Wayne State University and Publisher of Marick Press. She is the author of Exiliana (Luna Publications) and House (Mayapple Press) . Her latest publication is The Psychiatrist (Eyewear Publishing) . She is honorary consul of Chile in Michigan.

Griffor writes about her homeland of Chile, and her immigrant experiences as an exile in both Sweden and the United States.

Griffor, who is bilingual, is a rare exception among lyrical Chilean writers that publishes here [Chile] and in other places. In Resolana one notices an exceptional consistency, a coherence in contrast to the robust naturalism of our tradition and, above all, a profound cultural formation – without a doubt, immersed in the North American lyric, especially Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore – consolidated in hymns to the common and current, in the everyday, in the allusion to the flora and fauna that, without extending in manifest form, uses symbols and literary resources so that the verbal weight asserts itself to her readers. If one has to position Griffor within the recent history of Chilean poetry, her art is closest to poets such as Jorge Teillier, Delia Domínguez and the early Enrique Lihn.


Poetry


Exiliana, [Luna Publications] ISBN 978-0978147105 (Toronto, CANADA) ,2007
House, [Mayapple Press] ISBN 978-0932412-539 (Bay City, Michigan, USA) ,2007
The Psychiatrist, [Eyewear Publishing] ISBN 978-1-908998-11-8 (London, ENGLAND) ,2013
Resolana, El Taller del Poeta ISBN 978-84-941529-4-8 (Madrid, SPAIN) ,2013

Editing

Poetry International, Issue 13/14 2009 Special Double Issue Featuring Chilean Poetry Today [San Diego State University Press] ISBN 1-879691-90-6 ISSN 103-054-X (San Diego, California) ,2009

References

Kaminsky, Ilya. " Exiliana" . Raven Chronicles.

McMacken, Heather. " Mariela Griffor - Marick Press' Founder's Remarkable Life" . The Detroiter.

" Exiliana by Mariela Griffor" . CutBank Reviews.

Aart, Greta; Mariela Griffor. " Seeking a New You: Speaking with Mariela Griffor" . Cerise Press. Cerise Press.

" Mariela Griffor" . Small Press Distribution.

Maxwell-Snyder, Hope. " The Language of Loss by Mariela Griffor" . The Montserrat Review.

Mariela Griffor's Works:

Exiliana, [Luna Publications] ISBN 978-0978147105 (Toronto, CANADA) ,2007
House, [Mayapple Press] ISBN 978-0932412-539 (Bay City, Michigan, USA) ,2007
The Psychiatrist, [Eyewear Publishing] ISBN 978-1-908998-11-8 (London, ENGLAND) ,2013
Resolana, El Taller del Poeta ISBN 978-84-941529-4-8 (Madrid, SPAIN) ,2013

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Wings

Wept on the head, the teeth, the silent blind eyes,
but given the situation the country finds itself, it is
convenient to follow this procedure and instruct all
lower courts to follow suit. Meanwhile the prisoners
were killed. It was February of 1976. The sunlight on
the bodies falling from the helicopters into the ocean.
It was convenient, the press release said:
Given the situation in which the country finds itself.

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