Publication date: 2005
Paperback / 88 pages
Mapmaker of Absences
“Maria M. Benet is a literary cartographer of memory, of a past dense with meanings that need to be deciphered, of longing, nostalgia, and loss. She has found ‘a way to speak of nothing,’ to map the interiors, and she does so with insight, sympathy, and imagination.” —Edward Hirsch
MARIA M. BENET was born and grew up in Transylvania, Romania. As a teenager, she moved first to Budapest, Hungary, then later to Vancouver, Canada, where she earned a B.A. in Theater from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. in Communication from Simon Fraser University. After moving to California, she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Maria M. Benet’s poetry has appeared in Poetry and Prairie Fire, among other literary magazines. Mapmaker of Absences is her first collection of poems.