Mike Maggio

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About the Poet

Mike Maggio was born in 1952 in Richmond Hill, New York, a section of Queens. He attended Queens College in Flushing, New York where he received a BA in English/Creative Writing. He received his MA in 1980 in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern California and an MFA in 2008 from George Mason University.

Maggio is both a poet and a writer of fiction having published 10 books in both genres. His newest collection of poetry, Let's Call It Paradise, is from San Francisco Bay Press.

Maggio is the recipient of a grant from the Puffin Foundation and serves on the board of the Poetry Society of Virginia, formerly as Northern Regional Vice-President and currently as the Centennial Chair. He has also served on the board of Arts Herndon and is very active in the Washington DC area.



Virginia City or County Affiliation


Years of Residence in Virginia


Current City/State of Residence

Herndon, VA





Year of Birth



social justice, activist

Published Works or Performances


  • Your Secret Is Safe With Me. [Cassette], Black Bear Publications,1988.
  • Oranges From Palestine. Mardi Gras Press, 1996.
  • deMOCKracy. Plain View Press, 2007.
  • Garden of Rain. Aldrich Press, 2015.
  • Let's Call It Paradise. San Francisco Bay Press, 2022 (forthcoming).
  • Sifting Though The Madness. Xlibris, 2000.
  • The Keepers. March Street Press, 2011.
  • The Wizard and the White House. Little Feather Books, 2014.
  • The Appointment. Vine Leave Press, 2017.
  • Letters from Inside. Vine Leaves Press, 2019.


  • cloudism, at the Soundry, 2010.
  • cloudism, at Capital Fringe Festival, 2011.
  • Music for Mummies, at the Soundry, 2011.
  • I Always Wanted to be an Artist, at the Soundry, 2011.

Selected Individual Poems or Performances

The following poems are available for reading (Copyright 2022 by Mike Maggio):

  • Staten Island Ferry, in Endlessly Rocking: Poems in Honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday. Unbound Content, 2019.
  • Iris of Spring. The Paragon Journal.
  • The Master Fitter's Apprentice, Northern Virginia Review.



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