Valiant (A car, or a poem for my father)

I wrote this poem years ago, about my father, Joseph Serra. Sharing this again today, on his birthday. He would have been 98. We were blessed with his gregarious, loyal and brave presence until he was almost 83. He did a lot of wonderful things in his life – raised by a single mother who…

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Recovery/récupération

On Sunday I will host an event of writers from the NY/NJ area who have essays in the (Her)oics Anthology, which I co-edited. It is called “Tales from the Epicenter” as these stories took place in March-May of 2020, when NYC was the epicenter.  In thinking through the various stories that will be shared, I…

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Untold Story #14, Camille Beredjick Brooklyn Writer

There are peaks, valleys, and devastating spirals, and it can be hard to make sense of those setbacks when you feel like you’ve already come so far. But in writing the essay, I had a reason to think clearly and intentionally about what I was going through and how I could make sense of it moving forward, and I’m proud of what I was able to do.

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Two very special (Her)oics events in one week!

We will have two special events this week. Here’s more details, including excerpts from the essays written by these brave writers. Sign up by clicking on the event link. All events are free and online, and last approximately an hour and 15 minutes. For a copy of the book (so nice to have it ordered…

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Untold Story # 12: NJ Writer Victoria Livingstone.

(Her)oics is available at the publisher site (Regal House Publishing, imprint Pact Press), your local bookstore and online retailers. It is getting a very warm reception. Our events have been uplifting, warm gatherings with writers offering their beautiful stories and audiences around the country receiving them kindly. See this page for details on all upcoming events including the next…

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(Her)oics Writer Untold Story #11 Lori Jakielo

I miss my friends. I miss coffee shops, those quiet caffeine-fueled respites that seem to coddle, if not settle the monkey down. I’m grateful, of course, to have a home to huddle down in, to have my loved ones healthy. But some days, I just want to lie down in traffic.

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Untold Story #10: Dr. Melba Nicholson Sullivan.

(Her)oics Launch is this week, March 11th! Please check out the book and pre-order here, and consider coming to one of our events to see the writers and hear excerpts from their pieces. I will be there as well, of course. All events are free and virtual. The first is March 11, and the second…

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