Marcia Pelletiere
About
Marcia is a poet, singer, composer, and multimedia artist. Her first book of poetry, "Miracle with Roasted Hens," was released in 2012, and her poems have been published in journals including Ploughshares, The Southern Poetry Review, Prairie SchoonerThe Alaska QuarterlyJournal of the American Medical Association, and anthologies from Milkweed and Painted Bride QuarterlyMarcia holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and has received four Individual Writer's Grants from Poets & Writers.

Most recently, she has been collaborating with dancer/performer/artist Lanny Harrison and actors Susan Willerman, Edgar Weinstock, Gary Wolf, and Caitlyn Klum, creating audio tracks and videos for her multimedia project, "A Crown of Hornets."

In 2015, Marcia's artwork was included in a digital art show at the Virginia S. Block Gallery in Montclair, NJ. 

Marcia was also the choirmaster and choir member for recordings of songs to be used in an upcoming film by director Maggie Greenwald. 

Marcia's "Little Noises" CD features her poems set to music by over 25 diverse musicians.The CD garnered positive attention from the media and has had national and international airplay. 

Marcia is a founding member of the award-winning a cappella group The Accidentals, and she is currently a soloist and choir member for the First Lutheran Church in Montclair, NJ. 

She has written and recorded lyrics and music in a variety of styles, and in 2009 received a commission from The Rubin Museum (NYC) to co-write an original performance piece (with Margaret Dorn) on the theme of mandalas. That piece was performed by The Accidentals at the Museum's Nine Rivers Gala, and again at a concert in the Museum’s Naked Soul (unplugged) series. She also contributed a song (co-written with Libby McLaren) to the Nuclear Free Future Energy Mix (Vol 1) (2010, Rising Son Records).

Marcia is the founder of Two Cahoots, through which she collaborates with her husband, Chris Pelletiere, to create videos and illustrations with their own original artwork. They have created music videos for songs by performers including Catherine Russell, Afro-Jersey, The Accidentals, and Nikki Gregoroff. Two Cahoots contributed cover art for the new Afro-Jersey CD, as well as an original illustration that was used in Hilary Brougher's latest film, Innocence.  Marcia also produces the comic audio-collage podcast "Masters of the Obvious." 

Her poetry has been included in exhibitions with painter Donna Maria deCreeft at P.S. 1 Museum ("China: June 4") and at the Blue Mountain Gallery ("Painters & Poets"). Marcia's poem “Betrothal,” and the song Bill Mitchell created from that poem, were included on Christine Lavin's compilation CD "One Meatball."

In addition to her own creative work, Marcia has taught creative writing and language skills privately and at a variety of schools and organizations including
 
Bloomfield College, ESTA (Elders Share the Arts), Brooklyn Bound Writing Workshops (co-founder/instructor), CGNW (Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Women), and LaGuardia Community College

Marcia has always had a strong interest in visual arts, with a particular interest in miniatures. She studied at the New York Studio School and the Art Students League (where she took an anatomy class with the great drawing teacher, Robert Beverly Hale). She went on to study jewelry making, learning ancient techniques for granulation, as well as cloisonné enameling, chainmaking, and stonecutting at the Kulicke-Stark Academy in NYC in the late 1970s.

Based on her interest in working on a miniature scale, she trained and worked as a transparency photo-retoucher at a NYC photo lab in the early 1980s (retouching photos for clients ranging from Vogue to Reader's Digest). Back then, retouching was treated as a kind of guild, with skilled artisans passing their techniques along to the next generation. Marcia long ago traded in her retoucher's lightbox, chemicals, and tiny brushes for Photoshop, and most recently has been creating photo collages as part of a multimedia project in progress.

Teaching ESL: "The English Language Wore Them Out."