Anthony Luciani is an aspiring author from Henderson, Nevada. He has a BA in English with creative writing emphasis from Southern Utah University and has been writing poetry and fiction for much of his life. His first published work was a poem about the attacks on the World Trade Center in a local high school newspaper. He later went on to publish a poem about space travel in the Community College of Southern Nevada’s literary and art journal, Westering. While in SUU he published a small collaborative work on Blurb called “Striving for a Higher Plane” and has had one of his poems performed as an interpretive dance piece in collaboration with the school’s dance department. He continues to work on his skills as an author and hone his craft.
When did you first start writing?
I started in elementary school. I wrote this long sort of novel about a hawk and a mouse going on a walk and meeting other animals that joined them on their walk. It wasn't very good but the next story I had written was a bit better. It was a short mystery story about a cat who was a detective. Poetry came later after the attacks on the World Trade Center. I submitted a poem to the newspaper in high school and they published it in the Clark County School District newspaper as well. Another poem was submitted to a college magazine called Westering and later the poems from Blurb.com were published as a collaborative work with the computer graphics and design classes. Finally I published the poetry collection on Smashwords,
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, the idea for this book was kind of bubbling in my mind for quite a while. I read Ovid's Metamorphoses a while back and thought it was interesting the way he retold the history of the Roman empire up to when Caesar ascended the throne. I noticed that there weren't any poetry collections or narratives like that for the modern age and I thought it would be interesting to create a group of poems like that. It was lucky that, at the time I took a few history and historical geology classes as well as a few classes on mythology and culture so I was able to draw much of the material from old school books as well as books from my own collection. Like Ovid I mixed history, science, mythology and culture into the narrative of the collection. I had always been fascinated by these things and how they evolve over time. It just made sense that I'd put all of them together.