Grace Marie Grafton
Grace Marie Grafton is the author of six books of poetry. Jester (2013) was published by Hip Pocket Press. Author Mary Mackey writes that this collection of poems “links us to a communal imagination which transcends the conventional limits of both poetry and fine arts.” Whimsy, Reticence and Laud (2012) was published by Poetic Matrix Press. Poet/novelist Tobey Hiller writes of this book, “In these lush sonnets.....the wild and the cultivated often collide.” Other Clues (2010), composed of experimental prose poems, was published by Latitude Press. Of this collection, poet Melissa Kwasny writes, “There is wisdom amidst the chaos. Eros. Nature. There are tutelary spirits of the plants and the nouns.” Ms. Grafton's chapbook, Zero, (1999) won the Poetic Matrix Press contest. Her poetry has won honors from “Bellingham Review”, San Francisco PEN Women's Soul Making contests, “Sycamore Review” and “Anderbo.” Her poems have recently appeared in “Fifth Wednesday”, “Cortland Review”, “Ambush Review”, “Askew'”, “The Offending Adam”, “Sin Fronteras”, and “basalt”, among others.
For over three decades, Ms. Grafton taught children to write poetry through the CA Poets in the Schools program, winning twelve Artist In Residence grants from the CA Arts Council for her teaching. She was awarded Teacher of the Year by the River Of Words Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate.