Joseph Zaccardi is the author of three books of poetry, Vents, Render, and The Nine Gradations of Light. His poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Review, Runes, Poet Lore, Seattle Review, Spillway and elsewhere. He volunteers at convalescent hospitals reading poetry to the residents, and listens to them recite the poems they know by heart. He was appointed poet Laureate of Marin County California in 2013 for a two year term.
Poetry came alive for Zaccardi in the 6th grade, when his teacher, Sister Francesca, gave him a small book of poems by William Carlos Williams; a gift, alas, that he has lost track of. Perhaps the power of poetry is that it stays with you, he says, even when it is not with you.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, on Labor Day, as a youngster, Zaccardi thought that that holiday was to commemorate his mother’s labor while giving birth to him. He has been drawn to poetry because he believes that every poem has multiple meanings, in some ways, every new poem is like a newborn child.
- 2003 - Marin Arts Council Artist Grant