Mary Zeppa, a singer and lyricist as well as a poet and literary journalist, has been active in the Sacramento Poetry Center (SPC) since 1981. From 1984-1995, Zeppa served as Co-Editor of Poet News; she was a founding Editor (1993) of The Tule Review. She was Executive Editor of Keepers of the Flame: The First 30 years of The Sacramento Poetry Center (Rattlesnake Press, October 2009.)Zeppa currently hosts SPC’s Third Thursday at the Central Library Reading series and serves as the Center’s Principal Archivist
Zeppa’s interviews with artists and writers (most notably Maru Hoeber, Carl Naluai, Robert Hass, William Stafford, Diane Di Prima, Charles Wright, Sandra McPherson and Dennis Schmitz) have appeared in Poet News (1983-92), Poetry Now (1997)and Perihelion (2001). Her interview with poet, novelist, essayist, editor and painter Clarence Major, was included in the 2002 University Press of Mississippi collection Conversations with Clarence Major; her interview with poet and translator Charles Wright was included in the 2008 McFarland collection Charles Wright in Conversation.
Zeppa’s poems have appeared in a variety of print and on-line journals, including Perihelion, Switched-on Gutenberg, Zone 3, The New York Quarterly and Permafrost, and in several anthologies; the 2009 Kent State University Press anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease includes two of her poems. The audio anthology Landing Signals, An Anthology of Sacramento Poets, includes Zeppa’s performance of her song, “Lost Woman Blues.” She is the author of two chapbooks, Little Ship of Blessing (Poets Corner Press) and The Battered Bride Overture (Rattlesnake Press).
Zeppa has been lucky enough to share the stage with the Award-Winning Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet at three SPC Jazz & Poetry Live events. For 20 years, she was 1/5 of the a cappella quintet Cherry Fizz.