Chantal Celeste, a Royal Palm Beach resident and recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University, recently became a first-time author with the publishing of her poetry book Where The Concrete Meets The Sun. The poetry book details an emotional journey through moving stories and photography on love, empathy, encouragement and friendship. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.
“The words of my favorite authors allowed me to escape my reality and created a safe haven for me,” Celeste said. “I often found peace in writing in my favorite places — Okeeheelee Park, the Palm Beach County library system and in the open air on my FAU campus. This book is a reflection of the people and places that watched me grow up into the person I am today. I hope it will give hope, strength and inspiration to people no matter what stage of life they currently find themselves in.”
Published by Deerfield Beach’s TriMark Press, Where The Concrete Meets The Sun is broken up into four chapters, each featuring a variety of poetry that starts and ends with a beautiful array of photography shot by Celeste, along with engaging captions that also serve as additional poems. Photographs were captured across South Florida, New York City and Spain.
Celeste is a first-generation Dominican American. She is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where she studied psychology with an interest in women’s issues. When Celeste immigrated to the United States from Santo Domingo at age 10, instead of trying to conform to the cultural norms, she found her refuge in reading and writing. Celeste hopes that her poetry provides words of encouragement and helps people heal from their trauma.
Where The Concrete Meets The Sun is available on Amazon and can be purchased at www.amazon.com/dp/B0C6C7Y93S.