artist's curriculum vitae

Elizabeth Marino's recent and forthcoming work includes poetry in: the MARCH/Abrazo Press anthology Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets in the Midwest, After Hours Magazine, and the spoken-word CD Elements of Life, Love & Action with the She Laughs Collective. Her poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in: Envisage (U.K.), Lucky Star (Oak Park, IL), Strong Coffee and Nit & Wit; the anthologies Breaking Mirrors/Raw Images (4:30 Poets) and the (national) College Poetry Review; the (former) Chicago Journal, Calumet Park Star and S.H.E.

She holds an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago Writers' Program and a B.A. (English/Humanities) from Barat College, with undergraduate coursework in literature and history at Oxford University. Also, she recorded her own poetry and the children's tales of Michael Brownstein on the audiocassettes Drum Poems and Drum Tales. Marino was born into the tiny Puerto Rican community within Hyde Park of the mid-50s, and raised by hser Italian/German-American family in the southwest Chicago suburbs famed for musicians and gangsters.

Marino is a proud member of the Chicago local of AFTRA (AFL/CIO), as well as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA). She also acts and directs under the stage name of Micaela Mastierra.