Marianne Benci

Writer, versed in creative arts

About


About
Welcome to my website which features my creative work: poetry, short fiction, children's books, scholarly papers, books, samples of arts and entertainment articles I wrote for newspapers, samples of brochures, and news about my current projects. Here you can also find announcements of upcoming publications and public presentations for both adults and children. I also include samples of my previous work. You can visit my Events page for book clubs, discussion groups, and classes,.

I received my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University, where I had earlier received my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Creative Writing. During those years at BGSU, I also studied visual arts (drawing and painting) . After a teach9ng career, I attended Pacifica Graduate Institute where I received my Master of Arts (MA) degree in Depth Psychology in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. My specialization within DP is as a mythopoetic analyst and writer in the arts. While teaching, I "moonlighted" as a newspaper writer, providing art and music reviews and other articles for A & E. In my youth and onwards, I enjoyed studies in piano (classical through modern ) and classical dance (ballet).

In addition to doing my own writing and creative work, one of my biggest pleasures in life is promoting the arts and art education. My site also features services I provide in the arts. As a retired English Composition and Arts and Humanities college instructor, I offer tutoring in English in varieties of writing, for adults and for children; as I have have also taught pre-school creative arts programs, for which I established and developed curriculum, currently I offer these programs for children; I also have K-12 experience as a substitute teacher in public schools, including in special education classes. I have a services page and a contact page here for you to browse and contact me if interested. In my mbenci blog, I share my work and news.

I do have another blog I keep Jungian depth psychology and mythopoetics. I find that a "text" can be a book or article or poem, a visual piece of art, a piece of music and/or a dance, and even a scene in nature or a landscape can be read as text. I had years of experience in creative writing programs and in teaching of literary analysis, and I found that depth psychological/mythopoetic analysis is much the same, with an added Jungian twist. For more information on depth psychology, see my Jungian blog. Also you may find that for me, writing and counseling do go hand-in-hand. In either case, I read symbols, whether the symbols in a story or a film, or the symbols of dreams of one's psyche. I especially enjoy dream interpretation. Poetry, art, dreams, and myth together share a common language.

Thank you for visiting my site,
Marianne Benci












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mBenci News Blog


  •  2/11/2021 22:25

Here is a link to a You Tube presentation I did on fairy tales titled, "Hansel and Gretel's Perilous Journey and Why We Love Scary Stories."

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  •  11/23/2020 00:08

FORTHCOMING CHAPBOOK: Italian Tales: Fiction, Poetry, Photographs, and Memoirs. To include award-winning poetry and fiction. Anticipated release date: February 1, 2021.

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  •  11/22/2020 23:49

FORTHCOMING POETRY CHAPBOOK: Selected Lake Poems. I am currently typing a manuscript for a small group of selected poems (a chapbook) entitled Selected Lake Poems and Reflections.

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  •  11/20/2020 13:44

FORTHCOMING CHILDREN"S BOOK The Littlest Princess of Nimie-Nue, written by Mary Ann Bencivengo and Dennie Ray Hall, with illustrations by Mary Ann Bencivengo, and theme song by Dennie Ray Hall. Copyrighted, and soon to be released, in January 2021.

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Published Books and papers


The Man in the Moon

Children's Book (2011)

When we are little our parents point out to us the eyes, nose, and mouth of the moon and tell us that is the face of The Man in the Moon. This book is about the legendary character called The Man in the Moon. In these pages we see that The Man in the Moon is a good guy who wants good things for us. While it is a bedtime story for younger children, older children might enjoy it too. (Released in 2011.)

A Child's Edenic Dream: The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet

Paper (2015)

https://www.depthinsights.com/Depth-Insights-scholarly-ezine/a-childs-edenic-dream-dance-of-the-sugar-plum-fairy-in-the-nutcracker-balletby-mary-ann-bencivengo/

Published poems


Poetry Published

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I will include posts of lists of poetry publications in literary journals, both on paper and online.

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Link to "Pandora Addresses Evil, With Regrets"--See table of contents for poem

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Media/Videos


This is a recent video presentation I did for the Sandusky Library, Sandusky, OH as posted on YouTube. This one addresses the violence in Hansel and Gretel for an adult audience.

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This is one of my recent presentations on fairy tales I did with the Sandusky Library as posted on YouTube about the violence in different versions of Cinderella, for an adult audience.

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Death and Peach Brandy (A very short short story) on You Tube with the Huron Public Library Storytellers

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The given poem was forwarded by Mary to JCF MRT Group of Mumbai as blessings and good wishes. In India; we start any auspicious activity by worshiping Lord Ganesha. Thus the poem was shared and read before starting 1st session of JCF MRT Group of Mumbai; India. We do not claim copyrights of this video. The background music is "New Beginnings by Future World Music" and the Poem is written by "Mary Ann Bencivengo." --Sindhu Veda Research Institute

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A&E Portfolio


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Writing Services


Freelance writing

A & E, arts previews/reviews, press releases, human and community interest articles, brochures, ads, etc.

Consulting

Individual consultations akin to writing workshops for your project in any variety/type of writing, whether short-term, long-term, or just one consultation.

Tutoring

English tutoring and writing tips.

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Events