Summer 2018 Literary Events

Hello everyone,

I hope you are experiencing inspiration and peace in your life and creativity.

I just wanted to spread the word about a couple of my upcoming literary events.

I’ll be featuring at the Dire Reader series in Boston on Saturday, July 7th at 3pm at the Middle East. I’ll be reading some of my newly published poetry, short fiction and perhaps an excerpt from my feminist legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial. I should also have copies of The Boulevard Trial for sale and would be psyched to sign yours after the reading. So if you’re in Boston on July 7th, show some love for the readers and come say hola, hallo, ciao, you get the idea, at the Dire series. I’d love to see you.

I hope you’ll join us on June 22nd to hear members of my SU-CASA 2018 Senior Poetry Workshop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn reading their original work. The senior poets have inspired me and working with them has been such a joy and privilege over the past six months. Special guest featured poet Jerry T. Johnson will return to read selections of his haiku and free verse poetry. Check out Jerry’s book of brilliant haiku and photos, Morning to Morning, now available in paperback in addition to the Kindle edition. Click here for the FB event page with full info for the June 22nd reading.

Below is a photo of poet Jerry T. Johnson and me from the April reading, which absolutely rocked!

Sending much peace and inspiration always,

Steph

 

 

 

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“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!

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

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

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,

Stephanie

Happy Valentine’s Weekend

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

I’m sending out love and wishing everyone an inspired, happy Valentine’s weekend.

For the readers out there, or lovers of readers, here’s a steamy (tasteful) excerpt from my novel, The Boulevard Trial, in particular the scene where my protagonist Helena finally kisses her beloved Michael. Get your copy in time for Tuesday!

“Michael’s hands trembled as he took Helena’s face in his hands. He pressed his lips to hers, then drank from her mouth with a grateful tongue, tasting her fleshy wetness for the first time. Never in his life had he quenched such a longing.”

 

I’ll close with a quote from one of my all time favorite poems by e.e. cummings to send love to those who’ve come and those who’ve gone but left an indelible mark:

“i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)”

 

Happy Birthday, Cupid.

 

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