Women mystery writers break out of the shadows


THE TIRED OLD STEREOTYPE of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done.

mystery-writer-career_1Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. >>READ MORE


Jesús Papoleto Meléndez’ Celebrates Anniversary with 2Leaf Press @ Nuyorican Poets Cafe

HEY YO! YO SOY! BOOK COVERJesús Papoleto Meléndez, who published HEY YO! YO SOY! in October 2012, was the first 2Leaf Press book to ever be published. To commemorate the author and celebrate the edition, 2Leaf Press, in association with Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase held a star-studded celebration on on October 17 at The Nuyorican Poet Cafe in New York City.

Poets that participated included Frank Perez, Not4Prophet, Bonafide Rojas, Sandra Maria Esteves, Jani Rose, Myrna Nieves, Urayoan Noel Tomas, Carmen Bardqguez-Brown, Nicolas Linares, Cindy SugaRush, JMx Poetess and Samuel Diaz Carrion, with a special appearance by bassist Jonathan Toscano. The event was emceed by the legendary Keith Roach. Also featured was a documentary on Meléndez by filmmaker Vagabond, and a special video commemorating the event by poet and board member, Stephanie Agosto.

Books were sold, and people partied after (and during) the event. Moguel Algarin, one of the founders of the Nuyorican Cafe, and originally slated to appear at the event (and could not due to a scheduling conflict At Hunter College’s Centro), stopped by later on that evening to offer his support. Special thanks to Papo Swiggity and Jani Rose of Capicu Poetry for putting together and promoting a successful evening.  HEY YO! YO! SOY is available for sale in print and ebook formats.

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2Leaf Press’ mission is to publish books of passion and purpose that also celebrate the authentic voices of multicultural writers, because we recognize the need for writers to breathe on their own without suffocating the premise of multicultural literature to death.  Oh, by the way, we consider all writers multicultural.

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