Stella Santamaría is a writer and poet currently residing in San Francisco, California.
She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Miami, Florida. As a child she learned Spanish before English and has mastered both languages fluently. Her love of poetry began at the age of 16 when she began writing while attending Miami Senior High School. She graduated high school with honors and earned a full scholarship to attend Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.
Shortly thereafter, she was published in various journals and anthologies. While attending FIU Santamaria began infusing her love of dance and choreography with her poetry.
Santamaria performed in 2009 in New York City for the Ultimate Latina Festival at the Nuyorican Poets Café. That same year she was interviewed for the CNN documentary, Latino in America. She also performs regularly at various spoken word events throughout South Florida, New York City and California.
In 2010, Santamaria started her blog with her poetry and photography.
Ms. Santamaria believes poetry should not be restricted only to paper or on a screen, but heard, sung, chanted, rapped and performed. She thinks poetry is a forum where the world can be changed one space or letter at a time.
A collection of these poems were selected for her first book, In Between Spaces – Miami available on Amazon.com. Her book was published in April of 2014. Two of those poems were featured in the literary publication, The Stray Branch in the Spring- Summer 2014 edition.
On August 23, 2015 she had her official book launch at Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida. It was a successful event where Stella gave an interactive performance and autographed a number of books.
Stella is currently editing and writing screen plays, writing magazine articles for a university in California while actively writing her next poetry book. She will be starting her MFA in Poetry program in the Fall of 2018.