Ariadne’s Notes: On May 19th , the World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and co-host Neall Ryon and sound engineer was honoured to welcome the amazing Palma Mingozzi from Staten Island, New York. Also featured was an e-poem called the Wily Trout which won Poem of the Year in the US by Howie Mason from Cranbrook, BC.
Palma Mingozzi is a self-taught artist and writer from Staten Island, New York, USA. She expresses herself in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her interests are in the abstract and include a variety of subjects,infused with realistic themes, including the emotional humane and spiritual. These include beauty, upliftment, awareness, human spirit, wholeness, completion, mystery, fantasy and nature. She is inspired by the beauty of nature people and her environment. She is rooted in the influence of nature, colors, shape and form, and by the artists that she so admires including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock.
She has participated in more than 10 exhibits over the period of five years on Staten Island, and her solo debut exhibit was at the GlobalArtGallery in Italy in 2012.
She is a poet and writer and has written several poetry books both in English, The Entitlement of the soul and Emotional upheaval, and in Italian, Brucio Di te, Trofeo, Un’altro Oceano, Erasmo Serretti, Studi in Chromoterapia.
She has been included in Italian anthologies, Il Sentiero delle Muse, Librando L’anima, Goccia a Goccia in honor of Alda Merini, Ciò Che Caino non Sà. She translated both Io l’ho incontrato così by Daniela Straccamore and Erasmo Serretti’s book into English. She has been included in one Indian anthology, dimorianreview.com, and has participated internationally in many groups lending her poetry out in places such as Africa, India Canada, Ireland,Pakistan, Spain and Italy.
2015 has brought her to several stages where she recited many poems on stage and introduced international performing artist Rosa Didonna, Bari Italy, in two exhibits, Vertigo Gallery, Times Square and SIABC Gallery, Staten Island, NY.
She held an important exhibit called Essence dedicated to Julia Gardiner Tyler, the president’s wife and the Rose of Long Island at the Babylon town hall in Long Island with the collaboration of Russian ballet dancers and Maestra Adriana Sala-Mascari. Julia was the first to change communication styles in the White House and later sympathized with the Confederates and moved to Staten Island.
Palma has given a presentation on Italian American immigration alongside Steven Weiss’s exhibit featuring his Milano Collection at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum. The presentation included 10 poets both local and international and featuring spoken word made to song by June Palo.
She has created a writers group at the Dongan Hills New York public library called International Association of Muses.
She is involved with the Italian Language Club at the Huguenot library of which she is on the language committee and the cooking committee.
Many of her poems can be found in readings on Sound Cloud as she has participated in poetry groups that have included her poems as part of their program on the radio. Radio Lucrias, La Voce dei Poeti, Poetry Ireland and Parola Mia Programma Radiofonico Web.
Un’altro Oceano won fourth place out of more than 150 poets in the Leandro Polverini Competition for the city of Anzio, Italy.
In 2016, she has become the newly elected president of the South Shore Artist Group and has interviewed with Al Lambert, channel 34.
Etg books and boulevard books owner and publisher Avi Gvili, held a presentation and reading for my book The entitlement of the soul on February 20th.
OSIA, Order sons of Italy held a writers presentation at the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Mulberry Street, NY of which Palma was included to present her poetry. She has been on Al Lambert’s show, on Staten Island.
Current events will be joint collaboration with John Errante and autographs for autism in raising awareness with Art for autism and the Seton Foundation, Staten Island Dance and Art Center’s Eileen Simonelli and Michele Helf Ajello in a joint venture to have the community’s children participate with SSAG in our annual Conference House Exhibit in June.
Palma was born in Luxembourg and immigrated to the US at the age of 12. She is fluent in Italian and English. She has been disabled for more than 10 years with a muscoskeletal impairment, and has found that the single most important thing in her life is to heal with creativity. Art in all of its forms is therapy for the mind body and soul. Her favorite quote is “when you heal the mind the body follows”. She lives at home with her three children and husband.
A poem by Palma Mingozzi:
A thought before you go.
What’s in a drop of rain
And in an everlasting day?
I don’t know how you feel
but I can see a reflection
Of your need held in the arms
Of a pine tree
That droplet you see
Is a part of me
Sparkling and clean