About Marie-Elizabeth
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Marie-Elizabeth Mali is the author of Steady, My Gaze (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor with Annie Finch of the anthology, Villanelles (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, 2012). Before receiving her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, she practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Poet Lore, and RATTLE, among others.


Marie-Elizabeth Mali was born and raised in New York City, with frequent trips to Venezuela and Sweden where most of her family lives. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego in 1998 with a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine degree. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in 1989 with a B.A. in East Asian Studies.

Her first book of poetry, Steady, My Gaze, was published by Tebot Bach Press in 2011. Tebot Bach is Welch for "little teapot" and the organization is dedicated to strengthening community, promoting literacy, and broadening the audience for poetry by demonstrating through readings, workshops, and publications, the power of poetry to transform human experience. Tebot Bach

Marie-Elizabeth served as co-curator for Page Meets Stage, a reading series created by Taylor Mali, from 2008-2012. This monthly series brings together a poet more known for work on the page with a poet more known for work on the stage to read back and forth, poem for poem. The readings are co-produced by Words Worth Ink and Blue Flower Arts. For more information and calendar: Page Meets Stage

Marie-Elizabeth served as co-curator for louderARTS: the Reading Series from May 2008 through December 2011. Readings take place on Mondays at Bar 13 in New York City. The louderARTS Project is dedicated to uniting the various worlds of poetry (writing and performing, traditionalist structure and slam form, study and action, personal and political, solitary and collaborative, genre-specific and genre-bending), in a way that is both altruistic and personally and artistically evolutionary. For more information and calendar: LouderARTS

Marie-Elizabeth worked as a poetry editor at TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature for most of 2010 and organized TIFERET's poetry contest. TIFERET's mission is to promote peace in you as an individual and in our world. Tiferet is a Hebrew word meaning reconciliation of opposites, the heart, compassion, truth. TIFERET is a multi-faith publication, presenting a variety of religious traditions as different paths up the same mountain. For more information TIFERET

She has immense gratitude for all the teachers, in every aspect of her life, who have been so generous with their teaching and loving support.