Anna Casamento Arrigo
Anna Casamento Arrigo (born December 1, 1955) is an American author, poet, and artist. She has authored a number of books including, a memoir, five collections of poetry, and several children’s books. She has received several awards including, the Jersey City Humanitarian Award, Reader’s Favorite Award, Teacher of the Year Award, and was even mentioned by the Reader’s Choice.
Arrigo is known for her work in fiction and non-fiction writing. She is considered as a pioneer in proofreading and social media marketing expertise. Some of Arrigo’s best-known works include Mr. Moon, A Child’s Love, What Girls Can Do, A Shadow’s Secret, and All Red: A Collection of Poetry.
Arrigo’s work is published by several notable publishing houses and is available worldwide. She has been featured in multiple media outlets and radio shows including, Stroke Smart Magazine, Radio Host Stu Taylor and others.
Early life and education
Arrigo was born on 1 December 1995 in Sorrento, Sicily. Arrigo’s family moved to New Jersey, United States when she was a teenager. During her time in Sicily, Arrigo spent most of her days exploring the mountains, varied ruins, and the abandoned monasteries. Arrigo grew up with two brothers and was often left under the care of her grandmother due to her father’s constant business travels to Sicily.
While growing up, Arrigo was deeply influenced by her mother, who narrated stories to her, which resulted in Arrigo developing a constant habit of reading from a young age. At the age of 10, she started writing poems; after the demise of her father, Arrigo penned a poem which was published in the local newspaper when she was only 12-years-old and in the seventh grade.
After completing her high-school education, Arrigo pursued a bachelor’s course in English at Montclair State University, New Jersey. Soon after its completion, Arrigo enrolled in a master’s degree program. During her educational period, she was invested in studying the poetic works of William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Plath, and Yeats, while also exploring the Harlem Renaissance.
Arrigo started her career in 1995 when she joined the Jersey City Board of Education as a Language Arts Teacher. Arrigo worked for over a decade at this school and left in 2011 when she suffered from a stroke, which affected her career as a teacher.
After recovering from the stroke, Arrigo pursued a career as a writer. She began writing children’s storybooks and has published over 20 of them along with a memoir, a romantic, suspense, thriller, and two poetry books. Some of her prominent works include The Shadow’s Secrets and Weeds Beneath the Open Meadows.
She is presently working on another memoir and is in the process of adding several other children’s books.
- Teacher of the Year Award (2011)
- Jersey City Humanitarian Award (1997)
- Reader’s Favorite Award for “The Shadow’s Secrets” and “Woman Strong”
- Honorable Mention by Reader’s Choice for “Woman Strong” (2020)
- Weeds Beneath the Open Meadows
- Page Publishing, Inc., 2013. ISBN 1628380241
- Woman Strong: A Collection of Poems
- Kindle Edition, 2020. ASIN B083DYZJ1B
- The Shadow's Secret
- Page Publishing, Inc., 2014. ISBN 1628384530
- All Red: a collection of poetry
- Fulton Books, 2014. ASIN B00L9GM14M
- The Squirrel That Loved Ice Cream
- Kindle Edition, 2020. ASIN B08DLSGPJP
- House Built on Fog & Sand: A Collection of Poems and Artwork
- Independently Published, 2019. ISBN 1704920965
- Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon
- Fulton Books, 2014. ISBN 1633380068
- Brady and the Bombii Bumblebee
- Kindle Edition, 2018. ASIN B07HK2T8MV
- Feathers and Stones
- Of All That I Could Be!
- Fulton Books, 2018. ISBN 1633386376
- What Little Girls Can Do!
- Xlibris, 2017. ISBN 1543423558
- Just Call Me Kyle
- Kindle Edition, 2019. ASIN B07NLKRC7J
- Patience, Vinny, Patience
- Fulton Books, 2017. ISBN 1633383180
- Hunter Learns about Honesty
- Page Publishing, Inc., 2013. ISBN 1628382937
- House Built on Fog and Sand
- Amazon, 2019. ASIN B07YCMJ1HL
- Colin and the Legend of the Weeping Willow
- Xlibris, 2017. ISBN 1543445616
- Hunter Learns about Diversity
- Page Publishing, Inc., 2014. ISBN 162838557X
- When Daddy's Going Away ISBN1950972968
Arrigo is a stroke survivor. She is passionate about writing and expressing herself through this medium. Arrigo is deeply inspired by music, poetry, and classic works of English Literature.
In the media
- "Lanoka Harbor, NJ Author Writes Children's Nature Book". www.wicz.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Fulton Books Publishing Services". www.fultonbooks.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Books by Anna Casamento Arrigo (Author of Weeds Beneath the Open Meadows)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Anna Casamento Arrigo | Offical Site". annacasamentoarrigo. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Author's new book "Woman Strong" receives a warm literary welcome – Nainital News Flash". Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Author Anna Casamento Arrigo Interview". AllAuthor. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Of All That I Could Be! by Anna Casamento Arrigo | Waterstones". www.waterstones.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Lanoka Harbor, NJ Author Writes Children's Nature Book". www.wfmj.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Lanoka Harbor, NJ Author Writes Children's Nature Book". www.ktvn.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Anna Casamento Arrigo Mini-Series II". HM Holten. 15 November 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Anna Casamento Arrigo's New Book "Patience, Vinny, Patience" is a Touching Story of a Little Boy Who Meets a New Friend That Teaches Him the Virtue of Patience". www.newswire.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "KESSLER INSTITUTE FOR REHABILITATION TO HOST MEET THE AUTHOR AND BOOK SIGNING EVENT". Englewood-Englewood Cliffs, NJ Patch. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2020.