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About Mary Melfi

Mary Melfi was born in a small mountain town south of Rome. In 1957, at the age of six, she immigrated with her family to Montreal, Quebec where she attended local English schools. She received a B.A. in English Literature from Concordia University and a Masters of Library Science from McGill University. 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. Doubleday Canada published her children's fantasy book: "Ubu, the Witch Who Would be Rich." 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. “Italy Revisited” was also released in French. It was translated by Claude Bèland and published under the title, “Là-bas, en Italie, Conversations avec ma mère” (Montreal: Editions Triptyque, 2015). In 2015 Guernica Editions published Mary Melfi’s novel, “Via Roma” – a love story with a metaphysical twist. The novel will soon be available in French from Les Editions Alias. In 2018 Guernica Editions released Mary Melfi’s latest work of non-fiction, “In the Backyard, Relearning the Art of Aging, Dying and Making Love.” Also a playwright, Mary Melfi's two full-length plays, both comedies, "Foreplay" and "My Italian Wife" were published in 2012. In the fall of 2015, The Sons of Italy put on “My Italian Wife” at the Casa d’Italia in Montreal; the sold-out production won favor with the audience. Noted for her black humour, wry wit and imaginative style, critics have suggested that this author manages "not only to make us laugh, but also think." She received the "Giornata Internazionale Della Donna Award" in 2010. In-depth reviews of her published works can be found in William Anselmi's book entitled: "Mary Melfi, Essays on her Works" (Guernica Editions, 2007). Mary Melfi presently lives in Montreal.