NMU to Host First International Poetry, Music, and Dance Festival


International Arts FestivalNorthern Michigan University will host its first International Poetry, Music and Dance Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.


Featured performers:


Mario Moroni | Poet

Born in Italy, Moroni has taught Italian language and literature at Yale University and is now at the State University of New York Binghamton. He has published seven volumes of poetry and was awarded the Lorenzo Montano prize for poetry.

David Gaita | Pianist

Gaita studied piano with Michael Salmirs and composition with Christopher M. Loy. He has performed his compositions with a string quartet at the Eastman School of Music, in and around New York City, and in Spain.

Briana Sakamoto | Soprano

A student of Benita Valente and Amy Zorn, Sakamoto has performed with dell' Arte Opera Ensemble, Underworld Productions Opera, Manhattan Opera Studio, and at numerous concert venues internationally. 

Beverly Matherne | Poet

Matherne is a professor of English at NMU and the author of six poetry books, including three bilingual poetry collections. She is the winner of seven first-place poetry awards, including the Hackney Literary Award.

Carrie Biolo | Percussionist

Biolo is a contemporary musician who has recorded more than 25 CDs and toured throughout the United States and abroad. She has been a percussionist with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra since 2001.

Maria Formolo | Dancer

One of the original members of Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Montreal, Formolo is also the former artistic director of Regina Modern Dance Works. She will be accompanied by Marquette Senior High School student and dancer Clara Biolo Thompson.


Desire is sponsored by the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta and the NMU departments of English, Music and Modern Languages and Literatures.