by Mona Rodgriguez
Although she was born and raised in New York City; Mona Rodriguez has traveled the United States from coast to coast. She has also visited Asia and parts of the Caribbean. She hails from a large family and has two children. Mona is finally pursuing her child-hood dreams of writing, and to one day become a performing artist on the big screen.
For the past few years, Mona has been the host of a popular radio program for an NPR station that airs out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2010 she created, produced, and directed an audio CD titled "Wildflower-The Benefit Project" featuring some Grammy nominated artists and friends. All proceeds from the sale of that CD continues to be donated to charity. Mona is currently working on several projects to include a full-length documentary. She also takes classes, and volunteers for numerous organizations, striving to be a driving force within the community.
"In sharing this work; I found many who became excited to find that I was able to somehow place their own experiences and thoughts into poetic form. Often I witnessed smiles, tears, and even indifference in some cases. What is most rewarding for me is the gratitude received for simply penning what so many can relate to in their everyday lives; for that I am humbled.
It is my intention to pass on to you what I’ve learned from the village that raised me. To share the concepts that can’t be contributed to any text book, video game, or media outlet. To remind you of the face to face; and the word of mouth that preserves cultures, and creates an appreciation for basic survival skills in humanity.
Finally, I must admit there were times while writing when it was difficult for me to open up emotionally. Considering the amount of vulnerability associated with sharing one’s heart-felt inner workings; I would say that is a given. However, I hope that doing so transforms into something that at the very least entertains you!" Mona Rodriguez
Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing is proud to be releasing, this emotionally charged, wisdom filled book of poetry, that will surely touch your heart, and could give you that hope and inspiration you have been longing for!
"The truth..., magnificent" -Tyruel H., Computer Tech Specialist, Hoboken, NJ “This book shows yet another side of Mona’s many talents”-Keka S., Store Manager South Jersey
“Prepare to be moved” -Minerva S., Business Owner, Allentown, PA
“Mona has a poignant way of relating everyday struggles” -Elaine M., Childcare Worker, NY, NY
“I cried, got angry, and fell in love” -Lola H., Homemaker, Bronx, NY
Look inside for the author’s picks: “Everybody’s Reading This”, “Angel of Death”, “When Your Child Is a Girl”, “Waiting For The Click” and more!
92 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 perfect bound soft cover