Mary Bonina

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Mary Bonina

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Mary Bonina is the author of My Father's Eyes: A Memoir (Cervena Barva Press, 2013; West Cambridge Press, 2015 Kindle), and the poetry collections Clear Eye Tea (Cervena Barva Press, 2010) and Living Proof (Cervena Barva Press, 2007). Winner of the Boston Contemporary Authors UrbanArts Award, her poem "Drift" is included in a public art installation in the city, carved in a granite monolith and permanently installed outside a busy subway station. Commissioned by composer Paul Sayed, she wrote a set of three poems, Grace in the Wind, which inspired Sayed's composition for piano, cello, and soprano voice; the piece had its premiere at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts November 2012. Bonina's poetry and prose has been featured in Salamander, Hanging Loose, English Journal,Gulf Stream, The Worcester Review, in many other journals and anthologies, including Entering the Real World: VCCA Poets on Mt. San Angelo. Bonina was first alternate for the VCCA Goldfarb Fellowship in non-fiction in 2001. She is a member of the Writers Room of Boston and serves on its Board of Directors and works as a narrator for Talking Books for the Blind at the Clive V. Lacey Recording Studio at the Perkins School in Watertown, MA. She earned her M.F.A. in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.