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I have long admired Dianna Vagianos Armentrout as a poet and poetry therapist . . . . Her great heart, soul, intelligence, spirit, prayer and poetry bring light to darkness and healing to suffering.

Judith Baumel, Poet and Founding Director of

Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University



Dianna Vagianos Armentrout’s unforgettable debut book, Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart, firmly establishes her as a master of courage and faith . . . . Like any great artist, she turns her human experiences into a work of art that is soul searching, honest and powerfully moving . . . . She is the holy chalice at the center of this labyrinth brimming with unconstrained truth and sorrow yet joyous and thankful . . . .

Dianalee Velie, Author of four poetry books

including The Alchemy of Desire



Dianna is our spiritual midwife. She teaches us how to create the space for a profound grace to emerge between us, for fragility, wisdom, and quietness in the face of the unimaginable. In taking us with her on this unfathomable journey of grief, mourning the loss of her newborn daughter, she opens our hearts and leads us to “so august a station.”

Aniela Costello, Licensed Homeopathic Practitioner

Lecturer, Homeopathic Concepts LLC



Dianna eloquently blends her skills as writer, poetry therapist, researcher, and poet to show us the body of what I would call transcended grief. Dianna’s spiritual growth deeply informs her writing and leads us into her world where little Mary Rose keeps blossoming beyond death. This book bursts with creative energy and pain all at once. More than merely expressing her grief, Dianna has written a forceful manifesto for claiming life in the face of pain, death and tragedy. One cannot but be changed by it.

Marianela Medrano, PhD, Author of

Goddesses of the Yuca

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