My Tribute to Dolores O’Riordan

Pain and Flowers

My Tribute to Dolores O’Riordan


Her name was full of pain,

until the end, like the union

of dolor and flores

pain and flowers in a single voice, hers

was the one that filled my ears

in the cold cobalt mornings waiting for the train

as the frost clouds whirled to totems

that watched over me in the still young dark


moments before I was carried

toward a shifting future of tunnels and buildings erected

into perpetuity while riding backwards along the tracks,

her voice the call of all

that infinite rush between my ears and my veins, attached mysteriously

as I was to her familiar cry from the core of the woman

I would be and was and would never reach soon enough


to thank her for being the sound

of my longing and being

pain and flowers, for being the breath

inside the breath forever

making Dreams.


S. Laterza 1/15/18




Happy New Year 2018 and Publication in Ovunque Siamo

Happy New Year 2018, Everyone!

I start this new year filled with hope for peace, love and inspiration as we move forward in our lives and work. May 2018 be more merciful than last year and may we find the courage to overcome all obstacles in our creative paths.

I awoke with the amazing news that two of my poems, “The Tears of Magdalene” and “Eros”, have been published in Ovunque SiamoAs a proud ItaLatina writer, I am honored to have my work featured in this journal that celebrates the work of Italian-American writers.  “Ovunque Siamo” means, “We are everywhere.” May this year continue to bring forth many more opportunities to share our work with the world in a spirit of joy and creativity!

Sending much love always,


The Boulevard Trial and the Year’s End

Happy Week Before Christmas, Everyone.

It’s been quite the tumultuous, wretched year filled with turmoil and trauma. But there have also been moments of courage and solidarity among women, a fact which gives me hope. As a writer and a feminist, I continue to do my best to spread solidarity and unity through my work. As Amal Clooney wisely said, “The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other.” I’ve done my best to stand up for all women through my writing, and in particular, through my novel, The Boulevard Trial.

The Boulevard Trial has reached many readers for its depiction of, “women’s varied experiences,” as well as its portrayal of, “the complexities of the impact of trauma from an individual, intergenerational, and societal perspective.”

I believe if we continue to stand up for each other as women, and have our voices heard, we will overcome the violence and misogyny that have gone on for far too long in every industry.

As my young attorney protagonist Helena declares to her contemptuous Partner boss at the end of the novel, “I am my mother’s daughter. And she made me good.” May we all be emboldened by the sense of our inner goodness, strength and tenacity in the face of evil.

I wish you all a very healthy, happy holiday season and new year. May 2018 bring us further towards strength and solidarity for all women.



New Five Star Review of “The Boulevard Trial!”

Good morning and happy post-snow day. If you are a librocubicularist like me, this morning is ideal for catching up on reading or other literary pursuits as the snow melts and the sun floods the rooms.

I am so grateful for this wonderful and inspired new five-star review of The Boulevard Trial which is described as having, “Vivid Descriptions of Women’s Varied Experiences.” Read the full review, as well as others, here.  Spread the word and be sure to pick up a copy of the book in time for the holidays!

Much peace and inspiration always,


Author Marina Raydun’s Author Interview Series

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I’ve posted, and much continues to challenge us in this precarious world. We need art more than ever to stay strong and focused on overcoming tyranny on a daily basis.

I would like to share this amazing interview that my dear author friend conducted with me for her blog as part of her Author Interview series. We chat literature, writing, and inspiration, among other wonderful topics. Many thanks to Marina, now and always! 

Newtown Literary’s Queens Writes Weekend

I am excited to spread the word about Newtown Literary’s Queens Writes Weekend (May 19th-May 21st)! We need writing more than ever in these precarious times.

On Sunday May 21st from 1:00pm-3:00pm, I’ll be hosting a poetry workshop at Astoria Park (19th Street entrance). Writers of all levels are welcome. We’ll be reading various poetic forms, including haiku, cinquains, Shakespearean sonnets, and free verse. For free verse, I’ll be sharing a couple of my poems published in Literary Mama and the San Francisco Peace and Hope literary journal. After we read each poetic form, I will assign a thematic writing prompt. For example, the prompt of “love” in writing our own sonnets. Afterward, our writers will have the opportunity to read their poems aloud in an improvised open mic format. This will be a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere which I hope everyone will enjoy.

As a fundraising event, there is a $5 suggested donation to Newtown Literary. For more information, including other Queens Writes Weekend writing sites, please visit NEWTOWNLITERARY.ORG!

Spread the word! See you there!

Peace and inspiration,


Queens Lit Fest!

Happy May Day!

I just wanted to thank everyone involved in the Queens Lit Fest that took place at LIC Landing this past weekend. I was honored to be a featured reader at the event on 4/29 and to introduce my novel, The Boulevard Trial, to our Queens literary community. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event by the incandescent waterfront and to connect with poets, writers and musicians from Queens and beyond.

Stay tuned for upcoming literary events!

Peace and inspiration,