Shatara Liora is a writer of poetry, prose, and fiction; she is also a visual artist and licensed mental health therapist by trade. She recieved her clinical MSW from Winthrop University and her MFA from Queens University. She is the author of two indie poetry collections: “East Of A Cold Red Sun” and “Love’s Third Eye”. These collections debuted in several number one poetry categories on Amazon upon their release, as raw unrefined projects that bloomed from a traumatic experience that lead to depression and intense anxiety. With no formal education in creative writing, and two self-released poetry books doing well, Shatara decided to pursue her MFA and follow her dream of becoming a writer. This allowed her to fully dive into the craft and while there, she also found purpose, healing and peace.
Shatara’s writings, often found off the grid of formal writing rules, has been published in Berkeley Poetry Review, Rigorous Literary Magazine, Tangled Locks Journal, Black Girl In Om, Sunflowers at Midnight, and was a semi-finalist in the poetry contest for American Literary Review. She has been interviewed and featured in Nailed Magazine; and she has also served as Poetry Editor for Qu Lit Magazine.
Quote by Morri Creech, writer and professor regarding Shatara’s unpublished poetry collection and thesis- to be featured in her next book release:
This is easily one of the best thesis I’ve read in many years, maybe in my whole time at Queens. It’s marvelous. Just marvelous. There’s tenderness here, and pathos, and clear-eyed examinations of painful subjects with delicacy, tact, and aplomb. The best of the poems here display a powerful use of surreal imagery—or “deep” image—and the use of this imagery is both grounding and hallucinatory, rich in figurative and connotative power. In the best of these poems, the imagery serves to forward the narrative, create sensory impressions of actions and feelings, expanding the reader’s understanding of the realities the poems so successfully plumb and examine.
Shatara is a world traveler who was born in Hawaii and has lived in various countries such as Greece, Iceland, and Spain. She loves art galleries, museums, nature, the mountains, soft colorful surrealism and all things vintage.
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