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Billie Travalini
Guest Editor
Delaware Poetry Review • Winter, 2013
Jeff Coleman
Billie Travalini’s recent poetry and writing has been published in Another Chicago Magazine, Review Revue, The Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Writers on Writing: Short Story Writers and Their Art, and Gargoyle, among others. Her memoir, Bloodsisters, was a finalist for the James Jones Prize and the Breadloaf Prize and won the Lewis and Clark Discovery Prize.

She edited No Place Like Here: An Anthology of Southern Delaware Poetry and Prose, Teaching Troubled Youth: A Practical Pedagogical Approach, and co-edited with Fleda Brown, On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers.

She earned an undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from the University of Delaware; and a Master of Arts degree from Temple University. A recipient of professional fellowships in poetry and fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts, she has read her work at large venues including the University of Lisbon, Universidad de Alcalá, University of Iowa, University College Cork, York University and at local libraries and coffeehouses.

An advocate for the mentally ill, she teaches writing at Wilmington University and co-founded and coordinates the Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference.

A statement from Billie Travalini about this edition of Delaware Poetry Review

What I look for in poetry is something most of us want: a welcoming window into my inner self. In an interview, Li-Young Lee said, “The real medium of poetry is inner space, the silence of our deepest thoughts."  

Here, nouns and verbs are expected to do their jobs. Here, silence is heard. Each of the poets gathered in this collection, from established, well-known, poets like Allison Funk and Nuala Ni Chonchuir to emerging, clear-voiced poets like James O’Neill Miller and Tina Raye Dayton, offers keen – and often magical - insight into the transforming power of silence.

It is my honor to present the work of these remarkable poets to the people of the Delmarva region and beyond.

Billie Travalini ~

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