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Mary Melfi in Translation Reviewed by CanText

Mary Melfi is a prolific poet, novelist and playwright. Since completing her studies in 1977 she has published over a dozen books of critically-acclaimed poetry and prose. Her first novel, Infertility Rites, was published by Guernica Editions in 1991; it was later translated into French and Italian. Mary Melfi’s works for the theatre have been workshopped in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Her two full-length plays, both comedies, Foreplay and My Italian Wife were published by Guernica Editions in 2012. She received the Giornata Internazionale Della Donna Award in 2010.

In 2009 the author’s memoir, Italy Revisited: Conversations with My Mother, was published in Canada. In 2012 it was translated into Italian by Laura Ferri and published by Iannone Editions under the title, Ritorno in Italia, conversazioni con mia madre. The translation has now been mentioned in CanText: the Newsletter of the BCS Literature Group, along with two other Guernica titles (Maria Campbell: Essays On Her Works by Jolene Armstrong and Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke by Joseph Pivato). For more information on the Siena-Toronto Centre, where Laura Ferri is from, click here.

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