“Cherimoya Heart” in L’Ephemere Review’s Dalliance Issue

L’Ephemere Review’s Dalliance issue has just been released this evening! Check out my poem about self love and discovery, “Cherimoya Heart“, in this tastefully sumptuous issue! Gratitude and congratulations to the editors and my fellow contributors!

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New and Upcoming Publications

Happy Monday!

It’s been a productive, inspirational March so far. I was thrilled to see two of my poems, “The Day of Dreams, January 15, 2018” and “Moon Tanka” published last week on A Gathering of the Tribesthe website of the incomparable and beloved poet and activist Steve Cannon. The first poem is an exploration of Dolores O’Riordan’s death on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and what these two historical individuals meant to our collective psyche and the current state of the world. The second poem is a reflection on workday recovery.

Congratulations again to Steve Cannon, who will be receiving the 2018 Writers for Writers award from Poets & Writers! Steve’s fellow award recipients include novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Richard Russo, and editor Rebecca Saletan. Check out this NY Times article about Steve and his friendship with artist David Hammons.

Stay tuned for my poem, “Cherimoya Heart”, which will be published in L’Éphémère Review‘s upcoming Dalliance issue! In the meantime, here’s a visual of the source of my inspiration for my sensual poem about self-discovery and love. May everything that ignites your senses out there inspire you to create something today and always!

 

Peace and inspiration,

Stephanie

Reflections on Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and The Boulevard Trial Book Birthday

The past couple of months have brought blessings into my life and helped me to cope with the turmoil present in our world on a daily basis.

I have found continued peace and inspiration through art, specifically through writing, as a SU-CASA 2018 artist-in-residence for my amazing Senior Poetry Workshop at the Grace Agard Senior Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, made possible by the Brooklyn Arts Council. So far, we have enjoyed reading poetic forms as haiku, renga, sonnets, as well as many free verse poems. The seniors have written truly inspired poems as a group, and individually, pursuant to various thematic writing prompts. I’ve also been thrilled to learn that the senior poets have been writing at home as well. Just yesterday in our workshop, I loved listening to the poem of one of our senior poets, who shared a rhyming love poem he had written for his wife for Valentine’s Day.

For Black History Month, we began with the Harlem Renaissance and read powerful poems by renowned poets such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Bennett, Claude McKay, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and others. We continued with poetry from the Civil Rights Era to the present, and enjoyed reading poems by Dr. Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez, and current U. S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith.

We are very excited as we prepare for our first public reading on Friday, April 20th to be held at the center from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Poet Jerry T. Johnson will join us as a special featured guest poet. We had the pleasure of reading some of Jerry’s haiku from his ebook, Morning to Morning (Amazon, 2017) during the haiku portion of the workshop. It will be an honor to have Jerry join us at the April 20th reading, during which the senior poets will read poems they’ve written in the workshop. It will be an exciting event!

 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we have read poems by current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Elizabeth Alexander, Sharon Olds, Brenda Cardenas, Ada Limon, and more timeless, empowering poetry by Dr. Maya Angelou. Some of the writing prompts so far have included, “music”, “mother/parent and child”, and “flowers”. It is a pleasure and a privilege to listen to the words of the senior members of the workshop as they put their voices on paper.

I would like to take a moment to wish The Boulevard Trial  a Happy 3rd Book Birthday today! My feminist legal thriller has been praised for its, “Vivid Descriptions of Women’s Varied Experiences,” and for its, “strong female characters that are so real they practically jump off the pages.” The book has gone further than I ever could have imagined and I am grateful for readers’ support today and always.

I just want to say that I continue to be inspired by Emma Gonzalez and her fellow youth activists raising their voices to seek real change with respect to our country’s gun laws after the devastating school shooting in Florida. Power, peace and inspiration to you all, dear members of our future!

Onward in art, solidarity and strength,

Steph

 

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,

Stephanie

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.

Love,

Stephanie

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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,

Stephanie