Upcoming Events -- email for sign-in links


April 28, 6:30pm. Florence Poets' Society Event featuring eight poets reading from their new books, Zoom and Facebook Live. Write to Lanette for the Zoom link or go to Lanette's writer page (LanetteWriterPage) on Facebook at 7 p.m. to watch on FB Live.

May 1, private reading for parents, addicts and their families. Write to lanettesweeeney@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

May 6, reading for bereaved parents at virtual meeting of the Mid Hudson chapter of the Bereaved Parents of the USA.

May 26, Eileen Kennedy's book launch; Lanette is one of the featured readers.

June 10, 6pm. The Poetry Ritual led by Michael Goldman. Reading with dozens of poets who've worked with Michael this year.

September 7, 7pm. Straw Dog Writers' Guild, Writers' Night In (or Out? TBD.) Lanette is the featured reader.

September 20, save the date. Book Publication Launch on the 5th Anniversary of Kyle's death.


Lanette Sweeney is a full-time writer whose first poetry collection, What I Should Have Said, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. The poetry memoir is divided into the stages of grief and focuses on her son's addiction and overdose death in 2016. The book features poems by her late son mixed in with her own and will be available for pre-sales starting in April of 2021. 

Lanette is a mom, foster mom, and grieving mother; a grandma and a grieving grandmother; a feminist and Black Lives Matter activist, a fierce friend, a pet lover, and a great romantic. (That last part is also thanks to her wife's support.) Lanette is a ravenous reader, as well, and is trying to post all her Goodreads reviews in her sidebar. 

In her 35-year writing career, Lanette has published her poetry, short stories, essays and non-fiction articles in the popular women's studies textbook Women: Images and Reality, in daily newspapers,  including The Las Vegas Sun, and in literary journals, including Rattle, Blue Collar Review, Down in the Dirt, Foliate Oak Review, Silkworm, and Tiger Shark

Want to feel less alone? Check out all this pandemic poetry published by Straw Dog Writers' Guild, of which I am a proud member.