Dominic Albanese was born in Hell's Kitchen three months after the Atomic bomb dropped. His half Italian half Irish roots have been a source of confusion, bemusement and amusement sustaining him through his family’s move to Coney Island at age six and later when he dropped out of school in the 7th grade to work in a gas station on Neptune Avenue. There he got involved with some chop shop guys and was caught. The family’s priest and his dad along with the cop who popped him forged his birth records to make him two older and five minutes later he was enlisted in the Army.
He went to work for Nick Torelli in 1967, on cars that belonged to all of the San Francisco rock stars, dope dealers, lawyers, doctors, and assorted wannabes. Later he was sent to Italy for training twice by Ferrari and once to England by Jaguar. Dominic twisted wrenches on some of the best cars in the world for more than 40 years. In 2009 he retired to swim, walk, chase women, and write poetry. Now a septuagenarian turning 72 in November 2017 he tells us that for the first time in his life, he feels he has very few worries other than a yearly depression that does creep into his writing between Christmas and Easter proving his native roots are strong. Once he gets a handle on it he remembers that he lives close to the ocean where he can fish and kayak and get back to acting like he is 22 again.
As a child,Ambika Devi filled the margins of her notebooks with original stories, drawings and poetry. This mystified her teachers but thankfully that did not stop her.
She went on to write her first novel Lilith which won finalist in the International Book Awards in 2015 in the category of Spiritual Fiction. This was followed by her second book Unfolding Happiness a treatise of happiness, health and Ayurveda which was named one of the Top Hundred Indie published books of 2016 under her newly hatched house, Mythologem Press.
Ambika's backpack is stuffed with colored pens, a journal, a Kindle, a passport, and a deck of Tarot Cards. Her life-long romance with the written word and belief that story-time is the sweet medicine of existence keep her connected with academia. Currently Ambika is a professor of divination, healing, psychic arts and magickal practices for the Grey School of Wizardry and is a mentor for Yoga-Samskrutham University.
Ambika spends a lot of time floating in the cosmic ocean. Her loving humor, mystical wisdom and colorful cosmic insight fly off the pages of her books and into the hearts of her readers.
“The bold and brazen poetic genius of Dominic Albanese rattles in your head and cuts clear to the bone. Bukowski ain’t got nothing on this former New Yorker. Ambika Devi summons the natural rhythms of our world to the surface so that we can peer down onto the still pond of human nature.”
"What are the chances that hardware and head-wear would go 'hand in hand'? Can you imagine the merging of magic and mechanics? Astrologer, yoga scholar/teacher, healer and author, Ambika Devi and Vietnam war vet, mechanic, biker dude Dominic Albanese have joined forces to co-write The Wizard and the Wrench. This book of poetry provides a juxtaposition between the etheric and the earthy. An image of a wizard hat and a wrench denotes the words of each of the authors. They volley back and forth, tempting the reader to laugh and shake their heads in knowing delight and sometimes amazement as the two share childhood memories about crayons and the aroma of a grandmother's cooking. Let your fancy be tickled by their words."
Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW is a colorfully creative journalist, inspiring speaker, licensed social worker, interfaith minister, editor, and author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary. She calls herself an Opti-mystic who sees the world through the eyes of possibility. www.opti-mystical.com
"Cutting the syllabic molecules through and through with a wizened clarity, and with the air of twisting prose delicately and sublimely into metaphysically regulated, exquisite poetry. These two writers perpetuate positive, syncopated ear candy—simultaneously packed with language nutrition—aixo era y no era, and providing us with a singularly exotic pleasure—a word-fest fit for the finest gourmands of linguistic delicacies. I hope you enjoy these treasured sounds as both a feast for the soul, as well as a massage for the ears, mind and chakras."
Dr. Patagonia, Poet
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