The Next Big Thing

February 13, 2013
Here is my self-interview in the Next Big Thing meme. Mary Biddinger, author of Prairie FeverSt. Monica, and O Holy Insurgency, has started a self-interview series called The Next Big Thing. I’ve been tagged by T.J. Jarrett (a wonderful poet and friend) to participate. Here’s my response based on my first collection of poems, A Hymn That Meanders which was published by Wising Up Press in June 2011.

What is the working title of the book:  

 A Hymn That Meanders.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

Where didn't my ideas for the book come from? I derived a lot of my inspiration from the physical landscapes of Cuba, Provincetown, and Joliet, Illinois. Then, of course, those people in my life at the time played a major (perhaps in some cases too big) of a role, from the whale watch crew whom I worked with at the time, to my family, to my then-lovers.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Mainly my own coming-age-passage from my late 20's into my 30's. I was also grappling with a lot of my past, including my familial issues including my own turpitude involving my blue-collar Illinois hometown, then my subsequent travels to Provincetown, MA and Cuba. Essentially this book was an interrogation of my former self from puberty into early adulthood.

What genre does your book fall under?


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh boy. A young Jennifer Beals circa Flashdance could play me. The extras from Waterworld (or any other rejected B-movie involving an ocean) could play the whale watch crew. Marissa Tomei could be my mom. 

 What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

A young woman on the brink of thirty looks behind, ahead, and finally, in front of her very own reflection in her search of self, love, and self-love. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Roughly three years to write, revise, and publish. I was inspired to write this book because I felt that not only having written a book by thirty was a lifelong landmark and dream, but I also felt the urge to make sense of that very endeavor through the actual writing of the book itself. Heather Tosteson, the founder of Wising Up Press was a major inspiration in ways that have forever and continuously honed my poetic skills. 
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Anyone facing exile, family drama, addiction, or nihilism either within themselves or their surrounding world would resonate with this book. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

My book was published by Wising Up Press in June 2011. 

The next poets to be tagged are Jeannette de Beauvoir and Lori Desrosiers Stay tuned. 


Is The Term "Poetry Bestseller" An Oxymoron?

January 20, 2012
I have recently been on a roll trying to promote my first book of poems. And I am realizing something; it's a recent trend, I'm not sure if you've heard of it, but it's called poets like to complain. We poets have several topics of lamentation. I have listed them off for future reference:

1.) We like to complain that we don't make any money. 

2.) We love to complain that nobody reads us.

3.) We really, really like to complain that nobody reads us and that we don't make any money.

4.) We LOVE to c...
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Stymie Magazine Reading at AWP 2012

January 11, 2012

March 2nd, AWP Writers' Conference Stymie Magazine Reading from 7-9PM. Come hear me read, along with other talented poets published by Stymie. The reading is located at Theory9 W Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-644-0004.


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Talking Information Center

January 11, 2012
I am pleased to announce that my gracious colleague Renee Summers will be hosting me as a guest as the Talking Information Center's Poetry For You on Tuesday January 17th at 11pm.  

 The Talking Information Center is an acclaimed organized that offers a comprehensive radio show to blind viewers. I am proud to be a part of this effort. I will be reading from my book, A Hymn That Meanders, from some of my newest poems, and from my favorite poems written by others. You will be able to tune in by ...
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In Response to Stephen Bloom's Atlantic Article

January 8, 2012
When I initially saw the consternation on Facebook regarding Stephen Bloom's Atlantic article, "Observations From Twenty Years Of Iowa Life", I wasn't sure what to think. My peers from The University Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications all had strong opinions and none of them positive. So, naturally I had to read the article myself. Bloom's article features an extremist's opinion of Iowa, ranging from  describing Iowans as "wasteoids and meth addicts with pale skin and rotted te...
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Recent Updates From The Past Year

December 1, 2011
Greetings, Gentle Readers! 

This is your host Maria, signing in to keep you abreast of my updates from the following year...after a loooong hiatus. 

2010-2011 has been a productive year for me. I am proud to inform everyone that my first full-length collection of poems entitled A Hymn That Meanders was published by Wising Up Press. The book is available from Wising Up Press, (the preferred method of purchase), Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. I also encourage you to check out the other quality boo...

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Nelson Mandela

December 26, 2010
So, in light of having gotten through the formidable time known as The Holidays, (I think I am telling on myself here, that I am indeed a Grinch), but I am pretty sure I have been feeling erratically lately. And I am pretty sure I just used one of my co-residents as a confessional Kleenex.

I'm not really sure how it began, but I've been reading this book "Lifeskills for Adult Children." So turns out that most Adult Children of Alcoholics have the tendency to "lie" to themselves, thus not expre...
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Loneliness And the Art of Reading

December 21, 2010
I realize as I veer closer to my time back in Ptown, that I have felt an acute something: loneliness. I realized, being in a room for the last three months, excepting visits back to the Cape, then Georgia, I have pretty much been here, all alone. I'm pretty solitary by nature; I generally like being by myself, and electing when to be social, in which case, I can appear to be the most social human ever. Rest assured, I am not. 

In the meantime, however, amid all the submitting to literary journ...
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Guest Blogger: Jeannette Angell On Her Excellent E-Book The Crown & The Kingdom

December 21, 2010
Greetings Gentle Readers.

Lately I've been blogging more so than usual. Now, enough about me. Today I want to shine the spotlight on my dear friend and colleague Jeannette Angell. She is going to be guest-blogging today on her e-book entitled "The Crown and The Kingdom." Jeannette is a wonderful friend, and an even more wonderful writer. You can find her at You can download "The Crown and The Kingdom" on Amazon. Also, please follow the book on Facebook. 

It is with great ho...

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The Crown and The Kingdom by Jeannette Angell

December 21, 2010
Everyone, I am pleased to announce that my friend and colleague, author Jeannette Angell has published a compelling literary debut of historical fiction with her e-book "The Crown and the Kingdom." You will love her work, because I SERIOUSLY do. If you love me, you will go on and pick up a virtual copy online. It is only 3.99. You would not be wasting your time. 

Jeannette is the author of several amazing works, including but not limited to: Callgirl: Confessions of an Ivy League La...
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About Me

Maria Nazos I'm a poet, I just wrote my first book, and I believe in destiny but I sure as hell don't wait for it. Check out my blog for my random thoughts, events, and upcoming workshops.