The Collins Poetry Residency is established in honor of the Richard Collins family and their contributions to and encouragement of poets and poetry in the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities and the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The residency supports community-based poetry and a regional poet who resides in the six-county Quad City area (Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Scott, Clinton, Muscatine).

2010 Poet-in-Residence is Salvatore Marici of Port Byron

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

poet-in-residence: Salvatore Marici

The Midwest Writing Center announced today that Salvatore Marici of Port Byron, Ill., has been selected as the poet-in-residence for the 2010 Collins Poetry Residency. Marici will serve as the resident poet throughout the month of October and facilitate two workshops, two public readings, and an online poetry journal (see Resident Poet Events). Through the residency, Marici will encourage community-based poets who are developing their craft outside of a formal academic setting, and provide a forum to showcase their work through the residency’s online poetry journal and in a public reading of their poems at 7 p.m. on October 27 at the Midwest Writing Center in Davenport.

Marici began writing poetry in 2002 and has never looked back. Since then, his poetry has seen print in numerous literary journals and regional and national publications. In 2009, he took second place in MWC’s Iron Pen contest, and this year was a national finalist in the Mississippi River Valley Poetry contest. He is a member of the Quint City Poets and the LeClaire Writers, and is a regular participant in MWC’s Out Loud monthly open reading.