NWG August Literary Event Features Poet Maria-Victoria Abricka
Maria-Viktoria Abricka was born in post-war Germany, in a displaced persons' camp in Augsburg, under American control. Following her maternal grandparents, she and her mother emigrated to the United States in 1951. There, she grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, practicing the comparative anthropology of an immigrant child learning a new language and culture different from the one surrounding her at home.
Abricka got her B.A. in Latin from the University of Iowa in 1970, and learned American slang. In graduate school, she had to unlearn it. She got an M.A. in Latin from The Catholic University of America in 1975, and stopped being an active Catholic. She got her Ph.D. in Classics from The Johns Hopkins University.
She has taught in a range of institutions: The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; Middlebury College in Vermont; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of St. Francis at Joliet, Illinois in the College of Health Arts Programs. She has taught Latin, Greek, Classical Mythology, Greek Tragedy, Comparative Epic as well as branching out to American Literature, Biomedical Ethics and a History of Religion in the United States. She has written poetry on an off since grade school, but has gotten much more serious about writing in the last ten years. Currently, she is writing and trying to make the best of living in a modern American suburb.
In addition to our featured readers, members of the Naperville Writers Group will read their prose and poetry, and time will be provided for members of the public to read during open mic.
The event will be held on Friday, August 31st, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble at the Promenade Center in Bolingbrook , 631 E Boughton Road . The event is free and open to the public. If you would like to read, please arrive early and sign up.
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