Warnborough College Creative Writing program developer Dr Maria Jacketti’s first collection of poetry, Medusa’s Hairdresser: Skyclad was published by Anaphora Press of Stone Mountain Georgia in July.

Jacketti is a well-known translator of Chilean Nobel laureates Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, having published a half dozen translations in the 1990s, which are still in print.

Skyclad spans almost 3 decades of Jacketti’s work, containing much poetry about family and distinct places. Most of the place-specific poems are set in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Other poems are set in northern New Jersey, outside of New York City.
Other poems offer a cosmological and spiritual fragrance. Overall, personas, namely “Medusa” and “Medusa’s Hairdresser” guide readers through the book and hint at more journeys to come.

Jacketti is a former college professor and currently works as a reporter and columnist at The Hazleton Standard Speaker. Her professional writing company is Mountain Laurel Copywriting and Content Creation.

Poet Craig Czury wrote of Medusa’s Hairdresser: “With all the cheek of a blasting cap, Maria Jacketti’s poetry unspring like a nest of hair.”

Klaus Gerken, editor of Ygdrasil Literary Journal wrote: “Medusa’s Hairdresser: Skyclad is Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde converted to magnificent poetry. It will revolutionize poetry in a way that the album revolutionized music.”

Buy your copy of Skyclad here.

To read more about the Warnborough Creative Writing program, visit here.