New Anthology on Life Transitions by Women Writers
With the essay "After the Sunflowers," by award-winning writer Adele Annesi
The new anthology Press Pause Moments: Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers is a compelling and intimate glimpse into the turning points in the lives of women writers.
Compiled by writer and editor Anne Witkavitch, Press Pause Moments was inspired by Anne's transition from corporate communications to writing. "As women, we learn we have the power to choose who we want to be, what we want to do and what kind of life we want to lead."
Included in the anthology's fresh perspective on change, adversity and celebration is the essay "After the Sunflowers," by award-winning writer Adele Annesi on the 10-plus years it took to gain Italian citizenship. "The things you dream about usually happen behind the scenes and take awhile. It was instructive to slow down and record some of what went into that."
From Adele's travel journal: "The Adriatic sun bleaches the beach stones white and blanches the sky. Waves stroke the shore, insistent, lulling. Summer has come to central Italy. This year I have returned to the Marche region, not as a tourist but as a national … In spring I obtained a dual citizenship and an EU passport through my Italian-born mother and the jure sanguinis, "right of blood" that comes from being a direct descendant. I have aspirations of becoming an expatriate and am here to explore the possibilities…"
Adele Annesi is an award-winning writer and editor. A former development editor with Scholastic Publishing, Adele is a freelance book editor specializing in business, memoir and culture. As a columnist and press correspondent, she covers the arts, writing and editing. Her stories have appeared 34th Parallel, The Fairfield Review, Hotmetalpress, Miranda Literary Magazine, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Tertulia Magazine and Trillium. She has contributed to the Italian-American journal Pyramid, and her short fiction was part of an anthology for Fairfield University.
Adele usually spends several weeks a year in Italy traveling and visiting family. "My dream is to eventually spend more time there, so it was a special honor for 'After the Sunflowers' to be part of Anne's project." Often inspired by poetry, Adele received the editor's choice award from Poetic Voices in America. She is currently at work on a novel.