I am a mother to three daughters.  I live as creatively, honestly, imperfectly as I can so that my daughters have permission to show up in this world as they are. We live exploring and trying to deepen relations and connections. And connecting all relationships. 

My people came through Ellis Island in the early 1900s from Sicily and mainland Italy.  I am deeply devoted to knowing my roots and learning the ways of the land. I believe this is some of the most crucial work I can do right now. As I learn to belong, I can let go of the programming of colonizer mentality. Before then, we found our ways. 

I was raised by a housewife/devout old country catholic + mother of 7 kids, a clean freak, a provider of hope and superstition, and daily meditator.  And a father who dropped out of grade school, was a professional bookie, undiagnosed mentally ill, generous, affectionate and passionate hustler who never fully bought into the capitalist system. My mother taught me how to nurture. My father taught me how to rebel.

I am a writer.  Writing feels like making love to me, to the world, to you.  It is how I connect. Relate. It is how I heal. I began writing as a child for joy and for a way to escape and survive. Writing is a service, a responsibility. And I take it seriously.  

I support those who believe in uprising through their voice. I support those on the writing path. I support those ready to up-level their words to full bodies of work. 

I am a also midwife. I was both trained and was passed on this skill by teachers and my great grandmother, Sophia, who sat at the foot of birth with immigrant women that stayed in a boarding house in rural Pennsylvania. I do not attend births anymore. Instead I hold space for us all, in life, in creativity, in healing.  My main method in this is trust. I trust those who come to me. 

I hold space in the liminality. The places where we are wandering and looking for deeper reasons. An old world is dying, and we are birthing a new one. Our old selves are dying and we are aching to create new ones. 

I hold space as you write or grieve {or both}- your way home.

When I do writing work or intuitive work, it's always from a place of lived experience and ancestral wisdom from my linage {southern Italian folk spirituality}. Mostly my tarot cards and my training in traditional midwifery are tools I respectfully utilize to deepen connection, form profound relationships, and develop real intimacies within my community. I am deeply interested in the space where culture and spirituality intersect. 

I believe we are here now to resist. But we can also trust. Right where we are. And let go. It is a back and forth. A fight and a release. A contraction and an expansion. We cannot do one without the other. We know what to do: become devoted artists, practice being good ancestors, and better humans. We know we are becoming the wisdom we never received.

To use your voice. To write. To create. To rest. To be part of each other. To be in community: This is power. This is change. 

My vision is to create new ways forged with love + compassion, we can feel into new depths, and we can shed our skin and birth a new world into being. Together. 

As a writer, writing coach, intuitive, midwife, and folk/root worker - I am eternally grateful for all the teachers I have had in my life, especially my mother, my grandmother, and all the women behind me you prayed and spelled me into existence.

*i am deeply grateful to the land that allows me to live- currently I live on Multnomah territory that was a tribe of the Chinookam people. I am well aware that I do not own the land I live on and every day I give thanks for the grace of the moss, ferns, trees, dirt, and water that sustains me. 

A more boring bio of sorts in case you like those kinds of things: 

photo by Danielle Cohen

photo by Danielle Cohen

After being raised in a wild Sicilian household in upstate NY, MaryBeth graduated from Binghamton University with a double major of Political Philosophy + Art History, and attended Antioch University for an MFA in creative non-fiction and writing for social change. She has been a music journalist for major publications and a marketing and branding writer for non-profits and small creative businesses all over the world.  She's also owned an L.A. based yoga studio, co-published a magazine, written a screenplay that sits on the desks of a major agency. She is an earth-trained herbalist and ancestry schooled tarot reader and the co-host of a podcast about Love.  She is published in many journals and magazines. She has just recently published a book of poetry, and is currently writing a memoir made of bloodlines, ritual, family + food.  Mostly she loves to be with her daughters + partner in nature, cook and eat delicious food,  listen to dancehall reggae, sit by fires, smash the patriarchy and savor every moment of this sweet miracle of life.