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Meet the Hosts
Kristy Denice Bock
When asked to describe herself, Kristy leads with mother. Then she is someone's daughter, and someone's girlfriend. A grandmother and an aunt that does not check in on her nieces and nephews as frequent as she would like. At some point, after she has gone through every human connection, she is capable of remembering, she will tell you that she is also a writer. When she's not reading, writing, or marketing (which is all the time), she's fishing with her boyfriend who doesn't mind when they don't catch anything
Born in rural Tennessee Ms. Raven Starr has been writing since she could hold a pencil. With poetry being her first love. Ms. Starr explored modeling and nursing and even tested her acting chops by volunteering at acclaimed Eugene O'Neil Theater. A passion for the written word burns deep inside. She is steadily working on releasing different books including paranormal, historical and inspirational with even a few horror stories thrown in. Ms. Starr blends intrigue and romance in the worlds she creates.
Angela Paolantonio, whose grandparents landed at Ellis Island, was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. Her love of photography began as she watched her father expose and develop contact sheets on the family kitchen table.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History degree from Long Island University, Southampton, New York. She is a writer and photographer, curator, and consultant for art and photography exhibits, books, and events, both in Italy and the U.S.
Angela lives in Calitri, Italy, on via Fontana, in the house where her grandmother was born.
The Ghosts of Italy is Angela Paolantonio’s memoir of how she first discovers and then returns to live in the remote mountain village in Southern Italy where her grandparents were born. She sets out late one November, just after having celebrated Thanksgiving alone on a rooftop in Rome, the spirit of her ancestors guiding her in. “I really didn’t know I was searching for anything till I got here,” she says. “Then I realized what I was missing and what it meant.”
Angela Paolantonio’s archetypal journey to the village of the ghosts of her ancestors is a unique yet universal woman’s story. She ventures across the threshold of a lost world, reclaims it, and falls deeply in love along the way – with the town and its residents, the landscape, and the Handsome Man from Macchiursi. She follows the clues to rediscover her spirit and the spirit of her grandmother, and namesake, whose memory had been lost to her, locked inside her father’s heart.
Jeannine A. Cook
For the last 10 years Jeannine A. Cook has worked as a trusted writer for several startups, corporations, non-profits, influencers, and most recently herself.
In addition to a holding a master’s degree from The University of the Arts, Jeannine is also a Leeway Art & Transformation Grantee and winner of the South Philly Review Difference Maker Award.
Jeannine’s work has been recognized by several national and international news outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Ebony, BET, Barcroft TV and Daily Mail. She is a proud educator and mother with 8 years of teaching creative writing in alternative schools and on city blocks.
She recently returned from Nairobi, Kenya and Birmingham, UK where she facilitated art and social change workshops with youth from 15 countries around the world.
Jeannine writes about the complex intersections of motherhood, activism, and the arts. Her pieces are featured in several publications including Mothering Magazine, Girl God, Mahogany Baby, Good Mother Project, Printworks, Adelaide Magazine and midnight & indigo. Jeannine is currently producing an art installation of her writings deconstructed into paper art sculptures, collages, and calligrams called Conversations With Harriett.
f I had to describe myself in three words, I would say I’m a “fugitive from reality.” I’ve always been drawn to the dark, the fantastic, and the just plain weird. As a child growing up in Washington, D.C., I was forever on the lookout for ways to divorce myself from the dreariness of living in a world where there were no dragons to play with. Lucky for me, there were many–and legal–ways to escape the banality, like reading (of course), imagining stories, listening to or playing music, and one of my favorites, wandering through the many museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution.
Little has changed since I was a child–I escape reality every chance I get. No more wandering through the Smithsonian, though–too many tourists these days. Now I use the pen–or pixels, as it were. My stories cross several genres–science fiction, fantasy, romance, sometimes a little horror–all rolled up into one book. One term for what I do is “mashup,” which I like because it sounds so edgy. As for how I came to write mashup, it was simply that when I began writing in earnest, I had only the vaguest notion of what genre meant. At that time, bookstores grouped science fiction and fantasy on the same shelf, and labeled the collection “sci-fi/fantasy.” Naturally, I thought sci-fi/fantasy was a single genre and was surprised to learn they were not. I was also told that science fiction and fantasy did not, could not, and would not, ever mix. That surprised me too–since I’d already done it.
All these years later, I’m still hooked on writing mashup. Mashups are the kind of books I like to read. I’ve read tons of fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance–and as the decades rolled by, I found I had become bored. There was a kind of sameness about them–the characters were different and the situations were usually different, but I suppose what I wanted was a monkey wrench thrown into the mix. Something new to wrap my head around, make me sit up and pay attention. Like a rollicking, adventurous romance between a werewolf and a space alien. I suppose what I like most about writing mashup is that it’s so freeing because I’m not bound by the restrictions that define genre. And amazing things can happen when one colors outside the lines. What’s really gratifying is after tossing my books into the wind, I’ve discovered there are others who appreciate stories that cross the boundary of the ordinary into the wild, weirdly fantastic. It’s this sort of thing–the freedom mashup gives me to allow my imagination to run amok–that makes the joy and despair of writing so worthwhile.
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I did not have an idyllic childhood, became a teen-aged mother and battered wife. I’ve been through some really dark times, I’ve even wondered whether I should continue to live or not. But I made it through. Now, I help others through their dark times. My advice? Never give up. Never give up on your dreams, never give up on your life, never give up on YOU.