Mariela Griffor

P.O Box 36253Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Author's Bio

Mariela Griffor was born in the city of Concepcion in southern Chile. She attended the University of Santiago and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She left Chile for an involuntary exile in Sweden in 1985. She and her American husband returned to the United States in 1998 with their two daughters. They live in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. She is co-founder of The Institute for Creative Writers at Wayne State University and Publisher of Marick Press. Her work has appeared in periodicals across Latin America and the United States. Mariela holds a B.A in Journalism and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New England College. She is the author of House (Mayapple Press) and The Psychiatrist (Eyewear Publishing). She is Honorary Consul of Chile in Michigan.

Publications and Prizes


(Mayapple Press,
(Luna Publications,
The Psychiatrist
(Eyewear Publishing,
The Psychiatrist
(Guernica Editions,


Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams
(Coffee House Press,
Poetry International
(San Diego University Press,
Poetry In Michigan
(New Issues Press,


Wayne State Literary Review
Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review
Absinthe: New European Writing
The Acentos Review
Poetry International
Passages North
2007 International Award by Wayne County Council of Arts, History and Humanities. 2006 Poetry, Carol and Frank Hennessy award, Grosse Pointe Art Center Poet-in-Residence. 2004 Poetry, Reencounter, ONG - Anthology of winners of the ONG Literary Prize for Poetry 1st Prize (Santiago, CHILE) 2003 Poetry, Pablo Neruda 100 Years Anniversary, Chilean Cultural Association of Canberra, 1st Prize (Sydney, AUSTRALIA) 2003 Poetry, Detroit Urban Writer-in-Residence Program at Wayne State University - (Detroit, MI) 2001, 2002, Journalism, Journalism Institute Award, Wayne State University. (Detroit, MI)

More Information

Listed as:
Gives readings? 
Travels for readings? 
Identifies as: 
Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Other, Spanish American
Prefers to work with: 
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish, Swedish
Born in: 
Concepcion, Chile
Raised in: 

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas, Collected Poems by James Wright, The Complete Poems and Plays by T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats
Favorite Books:
Don Quixote, Canto General, Desolacion, 2666, Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Anna Karenina
Favorite Authors:
Miguel de Cervantes, Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Roberto Bolano, Czeslaw Milosz, Saul Bellow, Wislawa Szymborska, Doris Lessing

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Listing last updated: January 29, 2014.

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