Sunday, August 4, 2019

Two "Upon Waking" Events Coming Up

Two Upcoming Events for Upon Waking

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are having an amazing summer!!
Annette and I are keeping busy with book events and as summer is winding down we wanted to share them with you.

Are you up for a road trip??  We would love to see you at one of our readings.

We will be reading at the Little Falls Carnegie Library on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 from 5-7pm.

We will be reading at Zenith Bookstore in Duluth on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 from 2-4pm. Zenith has copies of the book to sell.

Meet us at either event and we would be happy to sign the book for you.

Happy Reading!!

-Laura and Annette

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

How to get your copy of Upon Waking

How to get your copy of Upon Waking; 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse.

Our book is a poetry anthology that I co-edited with my friend Annette Gagliardi. Its called Upon Waking. 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse.  I have five of my poems in the book and I tell my story of abuse and healing through my poetry.

Our book launch was on Saturday, April 6th at Moon Palace books in Minneapolis. It's was very exciting and full of awesome.  We spoke to a packed room of 70 amazing people. 13 poets shared their poems and some of them presented their personal poems in front of an audience for the first time. They were so brave and it was so empowering as we laughed and cried together.

Our book is made up of poetry by survivors of abuse, sexual and physical, and it gives survivors a chance to tell their stories through poetry. It is a very powerful book.

Here is the link to add it to your Goodreads TBR list:
You can buy a copy from the League of Minnesota Poets:

You can also find copies at Independent Bookstores in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN

Moon Palace eyword&qs=Upon+Waking&qs_file=&q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword 
You can also call or visit these locations to get a copy.

Subtext Books
BoneShaker Books
Eat my Words! Bookstore - We will have a reading here on April 24th at 7pm.

The digital version of Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From the Shadow of Abuse is finally available on several platforms. Check it out at these websites. Tell your friends and family.  Then stop a moment and write a review. That will boost sales. Thanks for your support of this project.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Upon Waking Reading Event Schedule

Upon Waking Reading Event Schedule:

Come to an event: Listen to poets read their work and have a short discussion about the impact of sexual violence.

Wed, April 10th                       Take Back the Night
5:30- 8pm                               U of M Campus, Student Union         

Wed, April 24                         Eat My Words Bookstore     
7-8 pm                                    214 – 13th Ave. NE. Mpls. MN, 55413
Tues, May 14,                        Subtext Books
7-8 pm                                    6 West 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

May 19                                     Anna Marie’s Alliance Woman’s shelter
2-4 pm                                    921 - 1st St. N #200,St. Cloud, MN

June 2                                     Boneshaker Books, 
2-4 pm                                    Seward Neighborhood, Mpls.

July 18                                     BookEnds At Wadena County Historical Society
11:00 am                                  The Uptown, 224 Jefferson Street S. Wadena.  MN

August 15                               Great River Regional Library & And Hands of Hope
5:30- 7:30 pm                          Great River Regional Library

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pre-Sales Available Now for Upon Waking Poetry Anthology

    Pre-Sales Available Now.

After more than a year of work, Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse is now available for pre-sales! Let your friends and family have a part of history with this newly published anthology.

Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse gives victims a place to share how the abuse felt, how abuse lingers, and what they have done to heal and move forward. These poems show that abusive experiences affect us all, and if we speak up, we can change our culture for the better.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm                       
Rosemount Writers Festival at the Steeple Center, 14375 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068

Saturday, April 6, from 2-3:30 pm                                     
Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls. MN

Sunday, May 19, from 2-4 pm                                       
Anna Marie’s Alliance Woman’s shelter, St. Cloud, MN.                                                   

Sunday, June 2, from 2-4 pm                                          
Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Thursday, July 18, at noon                                  
BookEnds, Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson St N, Wadena, MN 56482

Thursday, August 15, from 5:30-7pm                                
Great River Regional Library & And Hands of Hope, 

Little Falls Carnegie Library, 108 NE 3rd Street, Little Falls, MN 56345

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Let's Keep Talking About It!

Let's Keep Talking About it!

We applaud women who are speaking up about the sexual abuse they have experienced and share their urgency as we get this anthology produced. Many, many women (Mostly) are silent about the sexual violence they have experienced. But, some poets have spoken up and are joining voices in this anthology to help continue the discussion, to share their feelings and their journey of healing. 

We have received many amazing poems from very courageous poets. The manuscript is going to the publisher in a couple weeks and we are so excited for this project to be moving forward. 

Our goal is to give away many/most of the books. But, we still need more funding in order to put this book in the hands of folks who may not be able to pay for it and to provide a free anthology. Our planned release is Spring of 2019.

Can you help by giving us a big or small donation? Really, anything moves us closer to our goal. We have had a number of friends and relatives donate. Now it's your turn. Please help us make this dream a reality.

Follow this movement on this website at
If you want to donate to this cause and help us put the anthology in the hands of folks for free, please click on this link:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Here's how to submit to a New Poetry Anthology

Don’t Talk About It

We are all part of the “don’t talk
about it” conspiracy.
We don’t speak.
We pretend it didn’t happen.
Those events could not
have occurred.
Polite society does NOT speak
of dysfunction
happenings of certain
members in our midst.
DO we care past our own safety? Past
yesterday? Past the past?
DO we believe in the value
of truth?
The truth past our own small existence?
The Lion lays with the lamb
and the lamb,
the lamb   . . . . . . .  trembles.
                  by A. Gagliardi

A Poetry Anthology.  A contest. A Chance to speak of your abuse, your pain, your recovery, your healing, and your moving on.

 Let’s Talk About it!
This poetry contest and anthology project is for poets who have experienced sexual violence in some way. What have you got to say? Do you choose to remember? Can you ever forget?
We are creating a compilation of voices from those who were there – those who were the victims of sexual atrocities from mild to unimaginable. This project seeks to give you a place to air your grievance, your pain, your healing.
Our Fiscal Sponsor is the League of Minnesota Poets (LOMP)
Laura Lanik and Annette Gagliardi - Are project managers.
Accepted poems will be included in the anthology titled: Let’s Talk About It! Voices from Victims of Sexual Violence

We prefer poems that will fit on one to two pages
Send up to three poems.
There is a $15 fee for submitting.
A copy of the anthology will be sent to every poet entering. (That's our plan, anyway.)

Please submit poems at submittable:

Follow this movement on the website at
If you want to donate to this cause and help us put the anthology in the hands of folks for free, please click on this link:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Our Vision and Goal for Let's Talk About it!

The Let’s Talk About It! project is two-fold. 

First, we want to host a contest through the League of Minnesota Poets (LOMP) that seeks poems from victims of sexual abuse. The submission time period is between May 1st, 2018 and ending July 31, 2018.  More information to follow. We would offer contributors an opportunity to submit their work for an anthology, as well. The winners of the contest would be put into the anthology and offered a free copy.

Many victim/survivors of abuse feel they don’t have a voice.  They may want to speak about their experience, but don’t want to go on television, are not celebrities, and may even choose to be anonymous.  But, they want their voice heard. The anthology will be an avenue for victims to speak, to read what others have to say and not feel alone and to perhaps heal in the reading of the anthology.

Second: Let’s Talk About it! is the name of a poetry anthology that we would like to put together. The collected poems will be submitted by victims of sexual abuse and gathered from around the nation through this contest and through submittable. More information to follow.

This anthology seeks to encourage readers to better understand the impact that sexual abuse has on victims. We will include statistics about sexual abuse and possibly poet’s stories/biographies within the work.

We seek sponsors to join our project and to widen our audience. Our goal is to give away many/most of the books, first to the poets submitting for the anthology.  We will hold events in the Twin Cities area where people who attend will have the chance to purchase a copy.