Photo by Philip Matthews

Photo by Philip Matthews

MAURA PELLETTIERI is a poet, fiction writer, and art writer. She is the founder of Crystal and Flame, an experimental art writing journal and social forum, dedicated to bridging gaps in the cultural community. She has taught creative writing, literature, and art writing at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Hartford, and the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, as well as at arts institutions and in community contexts. She currently teaches in Oakland, California, and serves artists and creatives with writing, editing, content strategy, and consulting.

From 2013-15, she co-created Impossible Wants with Laurencia Strauss. Impossible Wants was a social practice project in which poets, artists, the St. Louis public, and the St. Louis City Roads Department came together to investigate themes of interdependence, longing, and desire. Recent collaborations include Blue Estuary, an eco-poetic performance work with Philip Matthews, and How Long Can You Remain Silent? (ongoing) with Matthew Evan Taylor. 

Her writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, On The Seawall, Denver Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Guernica, Apogee, Tammy Journal, and others. She has given talks at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Washington University in St. Louis, the Contemporary Art Museum-Saint Louis, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.

Her current work focuses on eco-poetics; questions of place and home, gender, architecture, and power. She utilizes ritual, place-based ekphrasis, and deep listening practices to write and teach about the human relationship to earth. A student of the Kohenet Institute, she will receive smicha in 5780/2020, besiyata dishmaya.