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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.


February 12, 2019 – DESERT HORIZON: Career Fair

Students will have an opportunity to join Stella as she shares with them what it means to be a writer. Her magical writing story will reap benefits among students grades 6-8 from three schools in the Pendergast School District. 8625 W. Osborn, Phx, AZ 85037. 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM.


As a Hall of Fame alumni of Phoenix College, Stella will share readings from her work with fellow classmates celebrating their golden anniversary reunion at a breakfast, 8:30-11:00 AM at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix.

    March 30, 2019 – ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN – Authors and Books for College Luncheon

12 Noon to 2 PM. Stella joins three authors in presenting to this prestigious group of university women and share with them the thrill of reaching others through writing. This is a fundraising event for scholarships for women college students in Phoenix. Location is: Beatitudes Campus, 1616 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Lunch will be served. $40 All are invited! For reservations contact Lesli Jones (602) 283-4884 or

March 31, 2019 – SOCIETY OF SOUTHWESTERN AUTHORS – Valley of the Sun Chapter

Back by popular demand, Stella will once again share with Arizona authors who desire to understand the intriguing and exciting world of writing. It all begins with the “writer within,” and the mysterious invisible world that nudges all artists. This is a life-changing workshop, and open to writers of all levels. 2:30-4PM at Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe. ALL ARE WELCOME! FREE EVENT! Contact: Kelly Ettenborough for more info.


In this class, writers will explore society’s dark side. Techniques for research, interviewing, and getting to the heart of a story will be an open door for creating heart-warming, healing works that make a difference for generations to come, offering hope in the midst of despair. All writers welcome! “We Cannot Look Away: Exploring a Social Conscience Through Writing.” 9:00 to 12 Noon, Piper’s Writing House, 450 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281. Register and sign up at: Website:


For two consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM, Stella will bring to life the love of writing stories that create unforgettable scenes and characters. Nothing like the “The Three Bears,” to show how any story, no matter how simply told, can invigorate us for generations to come. Join in this lively experience: “Three Easy Steps to Writing a Dynamic Short Story, Parts I and II.” Camelback location: 300 W. Camelback, Phx., AZ 85013. Call (602) 274-0067 to register. $20 per session.

September 18, 2019 – AARP Lunch & Learn. Presenting from her historical novel, If I Die in Juárez, Stella will share her experiences, as she visited the “City of Murdered Women,” seeking answers for the murders and mutilations of hundreds of women. She will be joined by a representative from the Arizona Attorney General’s office, presenting on trafficking of women and children. 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Chandler American Legion #35. FREE EVENT. Must register on-line.

October 2, 2019 Arizona Humanities – Writing Group. Stella will teach the newly formed, Pen Zen Writing Group in a series of writing workshops, from October 2 to December 4, 2019. Participants will experience a rich array of writing experiences meeting three times at the Arizona Humanities House and sharing writing on-line.

October 16, 2019 – Nationwide Insurance. Stella is hosted by the Latina Alliance of Nationwide Insurance as their guest speaker. Their book selection, Let Their Sprits Dance, has won acclaim world-wide and is the book selected to open their Fall season. Doubletree Inn, Scottsdale. 12- 1 PM.

November 2, 2019 – Phoenix Author Fair. Participating with a talented group of Arizona authors, Stella will share time and space at Burton Barr Library (2nd floor) from 11AM – 2 PM. Her books will be available, as will her wit, humor and open arms for our community. All are welcome!


September 27, 2018 – HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH “Screening Documentary of Dolores Huerta.”

Reception at 5:30 PM (light refreshments), Screening of film at 6:00 PM, followed by a panel discussion. Honoring one of America’s iconic civil rights leaders, Dolores Huerta, Stella will join festivities with Scottsdale Community College students and faculty at the Performing Arts Center on campus, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ For more info contact: FREE EVENT, ALL WELCOME!


Stella will be awarded the “Freedom & Diversity Community Service,” award for her continuous work as an activist and advocate for our community.


This year’s hard-working Aguila youth will experience a dynamic two-hour session with Stella entitled: “Finding Peace in Your Story.” Using their imagination by creating prose, poetry, and peace symbols, students will explore the most pressing problems of our society, and with hope and belief in our future will come up with extraordinary discoveries! ASU Downtown, A.E. England Bldg. 3 – 5 PM.

July 19, 2018 – 89th LULAC NATIONAL CONVENTION “Together We Rise: Igniting Activism to Transform Communities.”

Join the exciting line-up of speakers, including former VP Joe Biden, as well as numerous leaders, human rights advocates, celebrities, and so much more at the LULAC Convention to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center July 17 – July 21. Stella will join the panel “Innovation, Arts and Culture to Accelerate Social Change,” on July 19 from 10:30 – 11:45 at 122AC Phoenix Convention Center. For more info.

April 21, 2018 – MUJER INC. Workshop 1 GPS STORYTELLER: Cruising Through Life. Think of the vehicles in your life that took you to places known and unknown. Be your own “GPS” storyteller and locate a place in your memory. Describe it. Who is there? What happened? Why do you still remember it? Breathe. Let the story be told. Go back to your “GPS,” next place, next story. Based on her award winning story collection, Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories, Stella will lead women participants in writing their own adventures!

April 28, 2018 – 67th AZ LULAC DISTRICT 1 CONVENTION. This year’s theme is “Latino Voices Rising.” Join a group of on-fire community activists, as they discuss the most pressing issues, victories and future plans for our beloved community. Speakers and workshops will be offered, as well as a delicious food! Central location: IBEW HALL, 5808 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Registration begins at 9:30 AM. Mail $25 dollars for registration to: LULAC P.O. Box 35544, Phoenix, AZ 85069. For questions contact Kristen Kobasic –

For further information on any events listed, CONTACT STELLA. MORE events to follow.


September 9, 2017 – 19th International Latino Book Awards, California State University Dominguez Hills. Stella has been notified of the nomination for a prestigious award from Latino Literacy Now, for her biography entitled: Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power. Named the largest Latino Cultural Awards in the USA, the nomination has secured another pathway for honoring the history and cultural connections shared by millions of Latinos throughout the U.S. For more information, or to attend the ceremony at 5 PM contact:

September 29 – October 1, 2017 – Southwest Festival of the Written Word, Silver City, New Mexico. Stella returns to this dynamic festival, set in one of New Mexico’s most historical cities. Stella has received the honor of being designated a New Mexico Humanities Scholar and the 2017 Keynote Speaker for the conference. Her passion for her “miraculous writing journey” will be shared with all, and a lively workshop with youth, will get the writing fire started, challenging them to discover the “writer within.” Contact JJ Amaworo Wilson, Conference Director. for more info. Visit FREE EVENTS! ALL WELCOME!

November 7, 2017 – South Mountain Community Library ( 7050 S. 24th St.(24th St. Baseline), Phoenix, AZ. Come share an exciting, humorous and memory-filled afternoon with Stella as she presents tales from one of the most famous streets in Arizona. Her presentation: Van Buren: Arizona’s Sunset Strip, will engage you in the rich, notorious, zany and mysterious history of a street that was the first highway to join Arizona to the rest of the USA. Started as a dirt road with Ford Jalopies driving over it, Van Buren became a mecca for stylish hotels ablaze with neon lights, ladies of the night on street corners, an insane asylum that once housed the “trunk murderess,” and so much more. Stella’s collection of short stories, Women Who Life in Coffee Shops and Other Stories, revisits the adventures of the “invisible city dwellers,” who left their mark on the history of our state. 11:30-1:00 PM on the first floor of South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S. 24th St., Phx., AZ 85042. FREE EVENT, Sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. Refreshments will be served. Author’s books will be available. Contact: for more info.

April 19, 2017 – Oxnard College, California. Stella has been chosen by Oxnard College as the presenter for ONE BOOK, ONE CAMPUS event for Spring 2017. She will lecture on campus, and interact with students through Q/A, discussing her work and her focus on human rights. Students will be challenged to explore, reflect and address problems now facing our society.

May 8, 2017 – Payson Public Library. 328 N. McLane Rd., Payson, AZ. Students from surrounding Payson communities will share a time of discovering “What Makes Writers Tick,” with Stella, as she leads them on a humorous, exciting journey into the world of writers. Begins at 10 AM.

May 10, 2017 – East Valley Hispanic Business Association. Tempe, AZ. Through discussion and Q & A, Stella presents: “Who Are You Doing It For? – Leadership Through Empowerment.” Based on her current work: Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power, she will zero in on what true leadership is all about. Noon Luncheon meeting.

May 11, 2017 – City of Phoenix, Head Start Program. Phoenix, AZ. Stella joins faculty and Head Start parents for an annual appreciation dinner. This year’s theme is: “The Princess in the Mirror.” Stella will share reflections and insights on being true to self. 6 PM.

May 28, 2017 – Tempe Public Library, 3500 Rural Rd. in Tempe, Arizona. The Society for Southwestern Authors has cordially invited Stella to present from her work and her adventures as a writer. “Trusting Left Field,” will bring unexpected surprises to life, as she explains the “how” of following the inner writer. 2:30-4:30 PM.

May 31, 2017 – Scottsdale Society of Women Writers welcomes Stella to be their guest speaker for an evening of discussion on her current work. She will share on what it means to write a biography, based on her release of: Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power. Powerfully engaging with readers is the answer to great writing. Q/A and open discussion will follow. Must be member of guest of a member to register.

June 13, 2017 – UPS Special Presentation. Stella has been invited to address the Women’s Leadership Development Luncheon at UPS. Her dynamic rise from a humble barrio home, to become a nationally acclaimed author, will be the subject of her talk: “Up the Spiral Staircase.”

June 24, 2017 – 66th AZ LULAC State Convention. Set in the stylish ABILITY 360 Conference Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ, this conference offers a variety of speakers, workshops and enthusiastic activists who are working together to unite our community. The day begins with a continental breakfast, and at noon, a delicious luncheon, all for ONLY $25.00! Stella will address the conference with a heartwarming presentation on what it means to be a great leader in her talk: “Leadership Through Empowerment.” Conference schedule is from 9:30-3:00 PM. Contact Mari Alvarado, District 1 Director for more info.

July 8-11, 2017 – National Council of La Raza Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Stella joins forces with NCLR at their annual conference, highlighting her biography on long-time CEO and President Raul H. Yzaguirre, discussing his biography, Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power. She will join the Lideres, a gathering of youth, in a panel discussion on leadership, what it really means, and how to follow the path of true leadership in service to community. for more info and registration.

July 22, 2017 – Payson Book Festival – Payson, AZ. Set in the cool pine country, this festival is an exciting event, highlighting authors and their works and offering fun for all ages – music, song, poetry, readings, and story treats for children. Stella will present and share from her wondrous journey, “Up the Spiral Staircase.” Her dynamic work with young writers, will offer her an opportunity to uncover writing talent among Payson’s young writers, challenging them to see the “beauty within.” for more info. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

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!