M. Benci

Writer, versed in creative arts

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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 current projects. You can visit my Events page for book discussions, various other discussions, 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 teaching 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 an arts and entertainment journalist, providing art and music reviews. I also wrote human interest and community interest stories and did a weekly arts events column and a community events column. I totally enjoyed all the networking and conversations the job entailed. In my youth and onwards, I enjoyed studies in piano (classical through modern) and classical dance (ballet). .

In addition to doing my own creative work, one of my biggest pleasures in life has been promoting the arts and art education. 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, and worked for about a decade with special needs classrooms. I have a services page and a contact page you can browse then contact me if interested.

In my blog, I share news, thoughts, writings; some of this is within my interest and studies in 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 literary analysis, and found that depth psychological and/or mythopoetic analysis is much the same, with an added Jungian twist. Also you may see that for me, writing and counseling do often 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 all share a same language.

Thank you for visiting my site,
M. Benci













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  •  2/11/2021 10:25 PM

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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publications (books, papers, poems)


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/

A Child in the Old World Asks Her Mother Where Babies Come From and This is the Reply:

Poem published in Depth Insights Issue # 7 Spring/Summer, on page 36. LINK: https://issuu.com/bonniebright/docs/depthinsights-issue7-springsummer20

Pandora Addresses Evil, With Regrets

Poem Published in Depth Insights Magazine, Issue 8 Fall-Winter 2016, p. 57. LINK: https://issuu.com/bonniebright/docs/depthinsights-issue8-fallwinter2015

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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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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