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Marcello, Leo Luke 1945-

MARCELLO, Leo Luke 1945-


Born August 6, 1945, in DeRidder, LA; son of Luke M. (a physician) and Bert DiGiglia Marcello. Education: Tulane University, B.A., 1967; Louisiana State University, M.A., 1970, Ph.D., 1976; postdoctoral studies, University of Dallas (philosophy), 1985-86, Catholic University of America (theology), 1986-88. Religion: Catholic.


Home—Louisiana. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Liguori Publishing, One Liguori Dr., Liguori, MO 63057.


Educator, publisher, and poet. McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, visiting lecturer, 1981-82, assistant professor, 1989-92, associated professor, 1992-99, professor, 1998-2000, Shearman Academic Professor, 1992-93. University of Maryland Overseas Program, lecturer, 1976; Catholic University of America, lecturer, 1987-88, assistant professor, 1989; Howard University, instructor, 1988-89. Cramers Press, founder and publisher.


Bennett Award for Poetry, Deep South Writers Conference, 1980, for poem "Buying Cheese"; David Lloyd Kreeger Award, Catholic University of America, 1987, for poetry manuscript The Infinite Possibilities of Desire; Shearman Foundation fellowships, 1989-90, for Contending with Angels and Beasts, 1990-91, and Blackrobe's Love Letters; Louisiana Letters Award of Excellence, Louisiana Life magazine, 1991, for short story; Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1993; distinguished professor of the year citation, McNeese State University, 1993.


(Editor) Everything Comes to Light: A Festschrift for Joy Scantlebury, Cramers Press, 1993.

Blackrobe's Love Letters: Poems about Katharine Drexel, Xavier Review Press, 1994, new edition, Cramers Press, 2000.

The Secret Proximity of Everywhere, Blue Heron, 1994.

Silent Film, Mellen Poetry Press (Lewiston, ME), 1997.

Nothing Grows in One Place Forever: Poems of a Sicilian American, Time Being (St. Louis, MO), 1998.

Fifteen Days of Prayer with Saint Katharine Drexel, Liguori (Liguori, MO), 2002.

Contributor of poems, short stories, and articles to numerous periodicals, including Alabama Literary Review, America, Arba Sicula, Black Buzzard Review,Burning Light, Cedar Rock, Christian Century, Commonweal, Context South, Delta, Distillery, Epos, Everyman, First Things, Forkroads, Greenfield Review, Image, Italian Americana, Journeymen, Louisiana English Journal, Louisiana Literature, Merrill Poetry Quarterly, Modern Liturgy, National Catholic Reporter, New Delta Review, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry NOW, Southern Review, Studia Mystica, Texas Observer, Tulane Literary Magazine, Visions International, Windless Orchard, and Xavier Review. Also contributor to anthologies, including Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition Winners, 1991; Experiments in Flight, Kenan; Gulf Coast Collection of Stories and Poems, Texas Center for Writers Press; Houston Poetry Fest, 1985, 1986, 1991; Immortelles: Poems of Life and Death in New Southern Writers, Xavier Review Press; The Maple Leaf Rag Fifteenth-Anniversary Anthology, Portals; Place of Passage, Story Line; Ordinary Time: Winning Poems and Short Stories, edited by Martha Gies, Seattle, 1987; and Uncommonplace, Louisiana State University Press.


Contending with Angels and Beasts, a collaboration with visual artist Larry Schuh; Mardi Gras in Black and White, a collaboration with photographer Gary Porter; a collaborative project with brother, artist Chris Marcello, based on the life of Katherine Drexel.



Fra Noi, November, 1999, Fred L. Gardaphe, "Little Italy of the Heart."

Italian Americana, summer, 2000, Anthony Lombardy, review of Nothing Grows in One Place Forever, pp. 231-232.

Sicilia Parra, winter, 1999, review of Nothing Grows in One Place Forever, pp. 10-11.

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