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September 5-6, 2023 – Western New Mexico University. Launching a new poetry book for first-time author, Arturo Magaña Amaya will mean a trip to Silver City, New Mexico for Stella. Arturo’s first book, Nostalgias of November (Mimbres Press, 2023) opens for readers the world of the Mexican border with all its peril, risks, and courageous people, some going south, some coming north in a never-ending quest for acceptance and a new life. These dynamic poems will touch the hearts of all who read them! Arturo’s book is available on Amazon, or through any book seller.


September 16, 2023 – Downtown Chandler Library 22 S. Delaware St. in Chandler. In celebration of the 16th of September, Stella joins the Contigo Festival in Chandler to tell unforgettable stories of church bells ringing, long ago, announcing Mexico’s freedom from Spain. A gifted storyteller, Stella will share in magical stories that will bring laughter and good times for all. Her presentation begins in the library at 10:30 AM. BE THERE! Free raffles of her book Blanco, the Little Donkey That Saved Christmas will go to lucky winners!

October 18, 2023 – Acacia Library Phoenix. Stella will share with book club members from her novel, Let Their Spirits Dance. If interested in attending, contact Stella through her website:

November 16, 2023 – Litchfield Park Historical Society. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Stella will share with participants the remarkable story of those who served, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. Her novel, based on years of research, interviews, and a trip to Vietnam, will be featured as her presentation will honor all who served, and the families who waited for loved ones to come home. Location TBA. Contact Stella at for further information.




February 21, 2023 – Cactus High School, Glendale, AZ.  Stella shares her thoughts on being a creative writer with Ms. Sapp’s Creative Writing Club. Students work on character sketches, and learn the truth about “writer’s block.”


March 5, 2023 – Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Campus in Tucson. Visit Stella in the Children’s Pavilion on Sunday, March 5th in the grassy mall area of the Tucson Book Festival. From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. She will feature her first bilingual children’s book: Blanco The Little Donkey That Saved Christmas. (Many Seasons Press, 2022). Join in Festival fun, and meet new authors and have lots of fun!


March 29, 2023 – Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, Panera at Gainey Ranch. Stella share sher talk “Jumping Genres” with members, and inspires ways to reach out to new genres, challenging writing skills and evolving hidden strengths. Setting new goals, means finding new ways to express yourself. Visit SSWW website for more info on upcoming events.


May 17, 2023 – Acacia Library Phoenix. Stella will meet with a book club to discuss her novel, If I Die in Juárez. Contact Stella for details.

Year-round classes at Community Centers and bookstores.

Sharing her love of writing in a series of workshops, stay tuned for locations, times and opportunities to share in Stella’s dynamic writing workshops. Contact author.




April 2022, Masters of Poetry Workshop classes with ASU Prep Academy, and production of a class book of poetry.

September, 2022 Advisory Board Meeting Western New Mexico for Mimbres Press. Advancing goals of Mimbres in building rapport with Southwest writers. 

October 2022, Pueblo and Cholla High Schools, Tucson AZ, Zoom workshops with students on Women Who Live in Coffeeshops.


April 7, 2021 – Arizona State University Chicano Writing Class. Stella visits Dr. Rosales’ creative writing class via Zoom, addressing students writing projects, and answering questions on writing styles and techniques.

June 2021 to June 2024 – Western New Mexico University – Mimbres Press. Silver City, New Mexico is the site for Western New Mexico University, and the new creation of their own Press. Stella has been asked to serve on the Advisory Board for Mimbres Press for three years. The newly-founded press will reach out to both local and international writers.

August 3, 2021 – R9HSA First 1000 Days – Conference. Stella will present the keynote address on August 3, 2021 at 3 PM for Head Start, addressing participants in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Her talk is entitled: “Telling New Stories: the Legacy of Head Start,” an inspiring, in-depth look at how Head Start has affected generations of preschool children.


January 2020 to September 13, 2020 – Phoenix College Centennial History Book. Working in collaboration with the Phoenix College Alumni and Development Office, Stella is leading the way in writing the 100 year celebratory issue of PC’s history. A proud alum of PC, as she made her way to Arizona State University to complete her education, she considers PC her home base and the open door to higher education. Visit the link below for more information on the great celebration to follow:

February 18, 2020 – New Way Academy East Phoenix. Stella visits Jr. High and High School students for a morning of writing and sharing. Her presentation “What Makes Writers Tick,” brings life, humor and magic to the wondrous world of writing.

March 23, 2020 – Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona (GLAAZ) North Central Phoenix. Stella is invited to share her writing career. She will encourage young women to continue the creative path of writing.


Exciting writing times! See MORE for list of schools and programs. THANKS TO ALL!
Heartfelt thanks to the  fine students at Snell Middle School in Silver City, NM., you  brought me joy! A big thank you to the 1,000 students of: Hancock Elementary in Chandler, remember “The trees are dancing.”;First Episcopalian Church of Phoenix, Saluting Dr. King; St. Gregory’s Prep Academy in Tucson, GREAT Diversity Day; AZ Girls’ Leadership Academy, I salute my talented teen writers-AWESOME; Florence Crittenton Academy-amazing writers, you took my breath away with beauty; Paiute Neighborhood Center, ACP Alhambra College Prep Charter School – Your imagination soars!; Brunson-Lee Elementary School-touched my funny bone; Kiva Elementary School in Scottsdale, Greek myths came alive! Thanks to Cataline Ventura in the Alhambra School District for the wonderful poetry and prose created during my fabulous time at your school. Residencies at Desert Canyon Elementary School in the Scottsdale School District, Brooks Academy in the Roosevelt School District, Laveen Writers Club, and 21st Century Students After-School Program at Capitol School in the Phoenix 1 School District were all filled with brilliant writers.  YOU  ARE ALL AMAZING!! Poetry Central Students from Phoenix Union High School District, and NORAZ Teen Poets of Flagstaff, YOU ROCK!!

THANKS TO: University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago at Illinois, UCLA at Santa Barbara, UCLA at Los Angele and Long Beach, New Mexico State University, YWCA Women’s Empowerment Luncheon/Lecture Series; Kappa Delta Chi ASU Latina Sorority; Concordia College, Women’s Studies Program in Moorehead, Minnesota; Tucson Festival of Books; Western Arizona College in Yuma; University of California at Irvine; Cal State at Long Beach; Willamette Conference in, Phoenix Portland; Hispanic Cultural Center at Albuquerque; St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame; City of Glendale, Hispanic Network; Phoenix College Alumni Association; Scottsdale Women Writers Society; Nuestras Raices Conference in Tucson; Glendale Community College; City of Phoenix; American Express; Boeing Airlines; Estrella Community College; Rio Salado Community College; El Paso Community College; TERROS Diversity Cesar Chavez Celebration; Pinal County Cesar Chavez Celebration, and Desert West Community Center, thank you for your warm welcome!