Mary Panza, Vice President of Albany Poets is Albany’s poetry diva. She originated and hosted the poetry open mic at Border’s and has been a driving force in the poetry community since 1988. Mary has also been active in promoting, hosting, and participating in many arts events through out Upstate New York.
Mary has published a number of poetry chapbooks and was the producer of Volume, a compilation of Albany area poets performing their work at local readings and open mics. Mary is the host of Albany Poets’ monthly poetry open mic, Poets Speak Loud, at McGeary’s. Mary also served as the Poetry Editor for the short lived Capital Region edition of Chronogram Magazine. She is also an editor on Albany Poets latest literary journal, Up The River.
Mary is a single mother and currently writes a bi-weekly column for Albany Poets web site entitled Housewife Tuesday, covering topics from motherhood, Rainbow Looms, IUD’s, pajama jeans and food.