About The Author

Paula Curci is the Nassau County Poet Laureate for the tenure years of 2022 to 2024. She is a founding member of  Poetry! It’s a “SHORE” Thing!  Open mic, at the Long Beach New York Public Library. Paula is the brainchild of the Micro-Memoir project; an anthology of mini-recollections written by members of Nassau County’s south shore poetry community.

For nearly two decades, Paula has hosted and produced Calliope’s Corner – The Place Where Poets and Songwriters Meet, on 88.7FM Radio Hofstra University. Her radio show is a Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) and Gracie Award-winning poetry and arts program, which has featured a wide variety of both national and local figures. Paula has also won several Press Club of Long Island accolades for What’s the Buzz®, an informational radio broadcast. 


Paula has published three chapbooks: One Woman’s Cathartic Release in Poetry, The Gift of Thanksgiving and Done That: Poetry and Posics™. Her poetry has been featured in a multitude of anthologies: The Nassau County Poet Laureate Society Review, The PPA Literary Review, Nomads Choir, Bards Annual, The Vault’s Soul Fountain, Whispers and Shouts, Writing Outside the Lines, LunaSea Press’ Hysteria and The National Association of Poetry Therapists’ Poet’s Process, among others. 


Paula is a co-founding member of The Acoustic Poets Network© and has pioneered a genre of performance poetry she calls Posics™. Through The APN Paula released three spoken word albums: Emissary, Bittersweet and Done That: Poetry and PosicsThe Audio Version.  Her spoken word poetry can be heard on several compilation CDs: The Vault’s Fear No Art, The Poe Project, The Shakespeare’s Project and The Long Island Original Music Association’s LIOMA.


As a school counselor for over thirty years, Paula has spearheaded several service-learning programs, including the award-winning Learning and Understanding through Video (LUV) productions, the Sisters Office Worker Program and her successful Poetry Club.  As a member of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission’s Youth Conference Committee, her work has impacted thousands of adolescents. Paula was the chairperson of the Nassau Counselors’ Association Counselor, Parent and Administrators Conference Committee and was honored by the Nassau Counselors’ Association as one of their “School Counselors of the Year.” She is also a March of Dimes Golden Apple Award-winner and a recipient of The Vault’s Guardian Angel Award.  


Paula received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications from Adelphi University. She holds a Master’s in School Counseling Education and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from Long Island University. In 2023, Paula became a Journal to the Self ® Certified Journal Writing Instructor.


Paula is frequently found reciting her poetry at Performance Poetry Association events and other venues across Long Island. She currently resides in Long Beach, New York.

Awards and Recognitions

2014 – Press Club of Long Island

2015 – Press Club of Long Island

2015 – Gracie Award – The Female Face of Alzheimer’s

2017 – Press Club of Long Island

2022 – Affirmed Nassau County, NY, Poet Laureate

2023 – Artists in Partnership – Women in the Arts Honoree

2023 – City of Long Beach, NY – Two citations for the Nassau County Poet Laureate and for contributions to the arts and community

2023 – Nassau County’s Office of the County Executive Bruce Blakeman – Two Citations  for contributions to the arts and community

2023 – Nassau County Legislature – Artist and Community Certificate

2023 –  New York State Senate Certificate of Achievement – Arts and Community Award

2023 – New York State Assembly Citation for the Nassau County Poet Laureate

2023 –  Awarded an SCR – New York State Council of the Arts Grant for The Word: A Festival of the Spoken and Written Word: Celebrating all Voices

2024 – Awarded an SCR – New York State Council of the Arts Grant for I AM PORTRAIT POETRY

Published Works


One Woman’s Cathartic Release in Poetry 

Done That: Poetry and Posics

The Gift of Thanksgiving

Poetry: It’s a Shore Thing! In an Unsure World  An Anthology of Micro-Memoirs From the Poets of the South Shore of Long Island  




Done That: Poetry and Posics™ The Audio Version