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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donna Pucciani  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Donna now lives in Wheaton, Ill.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donna Pucciani has a Ph.D. in Humanities from NYU and has taught at the high school and college levels in the chicagoland area for nearly forty years. Her work has been published on four continents in such diverse journals as International Poetry Review, Hawaii Pacific, Italian Americana, Istanbul Poetry Review, Poetry Salzburg, Acumen, ShiChao Poetry, Christianity and Literature, Spoon River Poetry, The Pedestal, and nebu[lab]. Her poems have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and translated into Chinese and Italian.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Jumping Off the Train
ISBN: 1590923944

Windstorm Creative. 2007

Book by Donna Pucciani

Chasing the Saints
ISBN: 0977297462

Virtual Artists Collective. 2008

Donna Pucciani's third book of poetry explores the relationship of the human to the divine through the lives of the saints. Pucciani's poems are not "your mama's" lives of the saints but rather meditations on the varieties of holiness espoused by these fascinating people. The poems are both spiritual and human, comic and serious. They challenge literate, discerning readers of any and all religions or none at all to think about things transcendent and to realize that sanctity comes only to those who are not afraid to be fully human.

To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn
ISBN: 0983009120

Virtual Artists Collective. 2011

To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn, by Donna Pucciani, is an intriguing poetic journey through diverse existential moments: returning to the city of one's youth, playing a musical instrument, waiting for lightning, mourning a parent, anticipating one's own death. Her objects of meditation include a vase from Copenhagen, an English summer day, strawberries and frogs, old lovers and new affairs, gardens and cats, gumbo and fugues, a husband who snores. Whether in a Manhattan art gallery or an old amusement park in New Orleans, Pucciani reveals intimate moments of her own life while inviting the reader to share in those moments. Her poetry, which has been published on four continents and translated into Italian and Chinese, invokes universal themes of love and loss, nostalgia and grief, and the joys of the present moment. More importantly, her poems explore the human condition with depth, sensitivity and compassion.

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