Maria Stadnicka is a writer, editor and freelance journalist based in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. She is currently a PhD researcher at University of the West of England, Bristol, exploring psycho-sociological aspects of migration in the British social space. She completed her MA in Creative and Critical Writing at University of Gloucestershire.
She is interested in social identity and socio-cultural trauma, creative writing, semiotics, culture theory, the ethics of memory, as well as politics, the Cold War, investigative journalism, bilingualism and art history.
Between 1996 and 2003 Maria lived in Iasi and Botosani, Romania, and won 12 Romanian National Prizes for poetry, including Porni Luceafarul… First Prize for poetry collection, Convorbiri Literare Publishing House 1st prize for poetry collection, T. Arghezi – 1st Prize for poetry, and V. Alecsandri – 1st Prize for poetry.
She worked as a radio and TV broadcaster, presenter and editor-in-chief at Radio Hit, Radio North-East and TV Europa Nova, and she was a member of the literary group Club 8, Romania. She is a conflict mediator, specialised in ethnic conflicts and negotiations between unions and management teams.
In 2003, Maria moved to England and became member of the Stroud Writers Group, Gloucestershire. She read poetry in Bucharest, Timisoara, Iasi, Botosani, Suceava, Tg. Jiu, Sighisoara (Romania) and Abergavenny, Bristol, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, London, Oxford, Plymouth, Stroud, Stourpaine, Winchester (United Kingdom).
She recently performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pembroke College, Oxford, Tears in the Fence Poetry Festival, Plymouth Language Club, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Stroud Book Festival. She is a book reviewer for Saboteur Reviews and contributor to International Times and Dissident Voice.
Maria Stadnicka’s published work is available in print and online:
– Axon, Meniscus Literary Journal, Social Alternatives, TEXT (Australia);
– Wienzeile (Austria);
– Dispatches Poetry Wars (Canada);
– Noon: journal of the short poem (Japan);
– The Ofi Press Magazine (Mexico);
– Contrafort and Discobolul (Republic of Moldova);
– Convorbiri Literare, Cronica, Dacia Literara, Hyperion, LiterNet, LitArt, Poesis, Porni Luceafarul (Romania);
– Amaryllis, Amethyst Review, Celebrating Change, Eye Flash Poetry Journal, Ink, Sweat & Tears, International Times, Who We Are (University of Gloucestershire), I am not a silent poet, Mary Evans Picture Library, Molly Bloom, Riggwelter Press, Shearsman Magazine, Stride, Tenebrae – the journal of contemporary poetics, The Journal, The Moth, The Poets’ Republic, Tears in the Fence, Your One Phone Call (UK);
– Angry Old Man Magazine, Dissident Voice, Osiris, RINF Alternative News and Media, The Clouds (US).
Published books, pamphlets and other collaborations:
– If You Find My Mother, Buy Her Flowers (2019), written with JoAnne McKay, published by The Poets’ Republic Press, Edinburgh, UK (editor and preface: Hugh McMillan).
– Evenfall (2018) voice and text, collaboration with composer Andrew Heath and saxophonist Lydia Kenny, Gecko Recordings London, UK. Album available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon.
– The Unmoving (2018) poetry collection published by Broken Sleep Books, UK. Available here (editor: Aaron Kent).
– Who We Are (2018) poetry, prose, photography anthology, Vol. 1, University of Gloucestershire, Pitville Press, Cheltenham, UK.
– Exitus (2017) limited edition minipoetry collection, Smallminded Books, edited and printed by Rupert M. Loydell.
– Stroud Poets (2016) Pamphlet I, poetry anthology, Yew Tree Press, UK, ISBN – 978-0-9956603-0-4. Available here .
– Pamphlet 15 – Trust and Betrayal (2014) Stroud Valley Arts, England, 2014.
– Short Story about War (2014) poetry collection (Yew Tree Press, England, 2014 ISBN 978-0-9562038-4-7, available here).
– Pamphlet 15 – Change and Permanence (2012) Stroud Valley Arts, UK, (editor: Rick Vick).
– O-Zone Friendly (2002) poetry anthology (Iasi, Romania ISBN – 973-99824-7-6).
– Uranium Bullets (2019) forthcoming poetry collection at Cervena Barva Press, Massachusetts, US.
Events and other collaborations (you can also see the ‘Events’ page):
– The Ethics of Poetry: Writing after Jo Cox’s Murder, London Centre for Inter-Disciplinary Research, 28th March 2020, Comparative Literature International Conference, London, UK.
– The Tragic Generation – Families Haunted by the Ghosts of Dictatorship, University of the West of England, 15th January 2020, International Conference for Psycho-Social Research, Bristol, UK.
– SOMNIA, book launch, The Museum in the Park, The Pavilion, Stroud, Thu. 5th December 2019, 7.30pm for 8pm. Free entry.
– Poetry on the Move: Small Leaps, Giant Steps Symposium, University of Canberra, Australia, 21st October 2019. Paper: Distortions and Truths: The Ethics of Poetry.
– Gloucester Poetry Festival 2019, reading, 16th October, 2pm, Gloucester Library. Further information here.
– The SHIFT Project: Art Transforms 2019, Sun. 13th Oct., 5.30pm, poetry performance at St Laurence Church, Stroud. Project promoting art and well-being. Further information here.
– Berliner Zeitgeist, Falling with Uta, poetry performance marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, Sat. 12th Oct., 2019, 7.30pm at Atelier. Further information and tickets available here.
– Launch Water pamphlet published by Yew Tree Press, 23rd September 2019, 8pm, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
– Tears in the Fence Poetry Festival 2019, 20th-22nd September, Stourpaine, Dorset.
– Hidden Narratives Challenge Authority, 3rd edition conference, University of Gloucestershire, UK, 26th June 2019. Further information available here. Talk: The Burden of an Exit Strategy.
– Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2019, 28th April, 7.30pm at Cheltenham Playhouse.
– National Literacy Trust Poetry Competition 2019, poetry selection supporting Rio Ferdinand, Olly Murs, Lauren Child, Casia Williams and Joseph Coelho (December 2018 – January 2019).
– Migration Stories – Cultural Exchange project in partnership with University of Gloucestershire and Falmouth University, 18th November 2018, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire. Free Entry.
– Stroud Book Festival 2018, 9th November 2018, 7.30, Poetry Night at Stroud Subrooms. Tickets available here.
– Plymouth Language Club, 18th October 2018, 7.15pm, venue Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, The Barbican, Plymouth. Free entry.
– Museum in the Park, Stroud, 4th October 2018, 8pm, reading with Michael Laskey, Jeff Cloves and John Nicol. Free entry.
– Evenfall, Andrew Heath, album launch, 21st September 2018, The Old Church, London. Tickets available here.
– Tears in the Fence Poetry Festival, 14th-16th September 2018, Stourpaine, Dorset. Tickets available here.
– Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 25th August 2018, 2pm, The Poets’ Republic, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh.
– Cheltenham Poetry Festival, poetry reading, 29th April 2018, 2pm, The Strand, 40-42 High St, Cheltenham GL50 1EE. Tickets available here.
– New Bohemians Cheltenham, poetry reading, 23rd March 2018, 7.30pm, Deepspaceworks Art Centre, 11 Hamilton St, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8HN. Tickets available at the venue.
– Literature Wales, Abergavenny poetry reading, 6th March 2018, 7pm, The Hen & Chicks, Flannel Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EG.
– In the Pink, poetry reading Pembroke College Oxford University, 19th February 2018, 6pm, Mary Hyde Eccles Room. Free entry.
– Migration Stories – Cultural Exchange project in partnership with University of Gloucestershire, University of Winchester and SGS Stroud College, November 2017, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire. Free entry.
– Tears in the Fence Poetry Festival, September 2017, Stourpaine, Dorset.
– Inside / Outside Poetry Conference, May 2017, University of Winchester.
– Political Valentines – The Politics Kitchen featuring SPIRO, Hattie Briggs and Jennifer Maidman Music, The Subscription Rooms Stroud, 2017.
– Stroud Book Festival 2016.
– Surgery – Jay Ramsay, Stroud 2015.
– Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, collaboration with Andrew Morrison, poet, University of Gloucestershire and Cheltenham Improvisors Orchestra at The Chapel, Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham, 2015.
– Stroud Arts Festival, Open Studios, The Doll’s House, poetry and installations, collaboration with Rita Fenning, artist, 2014.
– Poetography, Stroud 2014.
– Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2012, 2013, 2014.
– Blablablah Tabacco Factory Theatres Bristol, 2013.
– Covent Garden Market, London, The Cards, poetry and drawings, collaboration with Lorraine Robbins, contemporary artist, 2013.
– Waterstones Cheltenham, poetry reading, April 2012.
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