Poetry at The Dalí: Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello and Sam(ira) Obeid
Poetry at The Dalí is an ongoing series hosted by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace. Occurring on the second Thursday of each month through May 2020, each evening will feature Wallace joined by selected poets.
Hear Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello and Sam(ira) Obeid read from their works. Following the presentation, there will be an audience Q&A.
Cost: Free (Parking is free for members, as available; $5 parking for nonmembers after 5pm.)
Location: Will Raymund Theater
Helen Pruitt Wallace
Helen Pruitt Wallace serves as Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg. She received a Florida Book Award for Shimming the Glass House, her first collection of poems, which was chosen for the 2007 Richard Snyder Prize and published by Ashland Poetry Press. A chapbook, Pink Streets, was published in 2016 by Yellow Jacket. Wallace’s individual poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, and she served as co-editor of the anthology Isle of Flowers published by Anhinga Press. She’s received a McKay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award, The dA Center for the Arts Poetry Award, a residency fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. After earning her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University, Wallace was a professor of poetry and nonfiction at Eckerd College. She currently serves as a trustee for the Dalí Museum where she helps host the Dalí Poetry Series.
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and Florida Book Award bronze medal and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Best New Poets, Best Small Fictions, and more. She serves as the poetry editor for Hyphen magazine and as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. www.marcicalabretta.com
Sam(ira) Obeid was born and raised in Chennai, India. She moved to the U.S. in 2007 to pursue a higher education earning master’s degrees in Multimedia Journalism and Women’s & Gender Studies. Sam began her poetry career in 2012 moving on to the national slam scene in 2015 at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has since featured at numerous venues across the United States, including D.C. and New York City. Currently, she is working on the collaboration between visual art installation and performance poetry.
Over the course of her work in activism and advocacy, Sam has become an intersectional resistance activist/poet who speaks to the tensions of immigration, gender identity, sexuality and love.
Offstage, Sam works in the area of youth development and leadership. She is a full-time parent to her canine soulmate, Sherlock, a fashion addict and a culinary enthusiast.
Supported by the City of St. Petersburg Arts and Culture Grant
The Dalí is recognized internationally by the Michelin Guide with a three-star rating; has been deemed “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime” by AOL Travel News; and named one of the ten most interesting museums in the world by Architectural Digest. The building itself is a work of art, including a geodesic glass bubble, nicknamed The Enigma, featuring 1,062 triangular glass panels, a fitting tribute to Salvador Dalí’s legacy of innovation and transformation. Explore The Dalí anytime with the free Dalí Museum App, available on Google Play and in the App Store. The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.