Category Archives: Professional Activities

Prizewinning Poet

Donna Pucciani is happy to announce a number of awards from the National Federation of State Poetry Society’s 2018 contest, including the following:

Winners’ Circle Award, Second Place; League of Minnesota Poets, Third Place; Poets Round Table of Arkansas Award, Second Place; Louisiana State Poetry Society Award, First Place; Al Laster Memorial Award, First Honorable Mention; WyoPoets Award, Second Honorable Mention; and Donald Stoghill Memorial Award, 5th Honorable Mention.

Some of the poems will appear in the NFSPS Anthology of prizewinning poems, ENCORE, in 2018, available on Amazon and your local independent bookstore.



Video of Waterline Writers!

Donna Pucciani led the group of five outstanding writers in the regular second Sunday reading of Waterline Writers in Batavia, Illinois. Pucciani read from her recent chapbook, GHOST GARDEN, based on her genealogical adventures in researching her family tree here and in Italy. The video of her reading can be found at–just click on April 2018 events and her name. Enjoy!


Donna Pucciani will read from her chapbook, GHOST GARDEN, on Sunday night, April 15, 2018, at Waterline Writers in Batavia, Illinois. Donna will join writers John Arends, David Berner, Christopher Kuhl, and Frank Rutledge. The reading begins at 7 pm, and from 8:30-9 pm, an open mic is scheduled. Books will be available for purchase, as well as wine and other refreshments from local vendors. For further info and admission prices, view the website at

Pucciani will also read from her most recent full-length collection of poems, EDGES,  at First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, Illinois, on Thursday May 17, 2018.

Pucciani reads at Italian American Literati Fest

All are invited to Casa Italia on Saturday morning, June 17, 2017, for a reading by Italian-American writers. Donna Pucciani will participate, reading from her 7th and most recent book of poetry, EDGES. Keynote speaker will be Billy Lombardo.  Information below:

13th Annual IA Literati: A Celebration of Italian American Authors and publications from the Chicago Area.

Date & Time: June 17, 2017, 9:30 am-1 pm.

Fee: No Charge. Freewill Donation. Includes coffee, rolls, readings, book sales, signings, raffles, giveaways!

Location: Italian Cultural Center Casa Italia, Florentine Room, 1621 N. 39th Ave, Stone Park, IL 60615 (39th and Division Streets)

More info available at or 708-345-5933 Ext. 2.

Waterline Writers, Batavia, Illinois May 21, 2017

FYI–an excellent lineup of five writers last Sunday night, of which I was honored to be a part. Great crowd, wine, craft beer and delicious snacks from local artisans, and fascinating costume exhibit in an elegant space. I was happy to read from my seventh and most recent book, EDGES (Purple Flag Press, Chicago 2016).

For those who missed the reading, all videos are posted on waterlinewriters.ort/video. I am second on the program with poems on special people, living and dead, who influenced my life. Thanks to AnneVeague and Kevin Moriarty for again providing a wonderful venue for artists of all stripes. Definitely a class act!

The 3rd Sunday night readings will resume after a much-deserved summer vacay for the staff and many volunteers who make these events such a success. Be sure to “friend” Waterline Writers on fb and social media to receive postings of future happenings.

Poetry Reading Invitations

REMINDERS of Coming Poetry Readings by Donna Pucciani

Donna Pucciani will be reading from her most recent collection of poems, EDGES (Purple Flag Press, Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago 2016) at the following venues. Please join us if you are in the area.

Brewed Awakening Coffee House, Westmont, Illinois, USA, Sunday March 26, 2017, 12:30-2 pm, with fellow poet Sheila Elliott. Sponsored by Illinois State Poetry Society. Cover charge includes refreshments.

Didsbury Public Library, Manchester, U.K., Thursday April 20, 2017, 7 -9:30 pm. Those in the north of England in April are invited for the reading and refreshments. She will read from her most recent collection of poems, EDGES (Purple Flag, Virtual Artists Collective, 2017). Contact Dale Gilligan at the Library for further information.

Waterline Writers: Donna will join several other writers to share the podium at this popular suburban Chicago venue, Sunday May 21, 2017, 7pm, at Waterline Writers, Batavia, Illinois, USA. Donna will read from her most recent book of poems, EDGES (Purple Flag, Virtual Artists Collective, 2017). See Waterline Writers’ website for further info.

Pucciani will also be giving a reading for the PEO, a philanthropic organization focused on education for women and girls on an international level. Pucciani will read after the business meeting at 11 am in Wheaton, Illinois. She is happy to support this worthy cause and to share her work with PEO members. Her most recent book is EDGES (Purple Flag, Virtual Artists Collective, 2017). She will also read from several previous collections, including the favorite CHASING THE SAINTS.




U.K. Poetry Reading in April

Donna Pucciani will be giving a poetry reading at the Didsbury Public Library, Manchester, England, on April 20, 2017, at 7 pm. She will read from her seventh and most recent book of poems, EDGES (Virtual Artists Collective, Purple Flag, 2016). All are cordially invited.