National Award Winning Online Columnist

During my ninth-grade English class, my class was asked to write a superhero story. As an Italian whose nickname was “Netti," I drew inspiration from my background and developed a character named “Netti Spaghetti.” All superheroes needed a sidekick so I added “The Meatball Kid” to join “Netti.” The story was lost in the crush of many cartons moved from college and beyond. But I learned that Netti Spaghetti was me and stood for what I wanted in the world.

Once in college, my English prof inadvertently praised my personal essay, A Sunday Drive, based on my grandfather’s death while he lay in the hospital room. It was my first look at loss. Later, when my first husband died of cancer and I published my memoir, “I’ll Be the Car," I came to a stark realization. “The event was traumatic and my spoken words often failed me. But my pen never did. Now, every story I write is written from that lens of loss.”

Today, I’m a writer, teacher, blogger and poet. I see myself relentlessly making connections in the community, to people, places and particulars. My work spans across many fields, including dementia, homelessness, city living, the arts, and sometimes, politics. By far, my favorite subject has been my mother—what she has lost in her dementia and the wisdom and love I have gained.


Nominated Best Local Author 2015-2018, Cincinnati CityBeat’s Best of.

Every year, I get named in the top three or four. My friends call me the Susan Lucci (soap opera actress) of the local publication world.

Nominated Best Online Blog, 2018, Under 100,000 visitors. National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Under my breath, my mantra is “please don’t let me be awarded “honorable mention.”

Numerous poetry awards from:

Ohio Poetry Day, Movers and Makers Magazine, Greater Cincinnati Writer’s League

National Society of Newspaper Columnists

2018 Honorable Mention


I have an uncanny trait of finding anyone through the Internet and through what I understand about how connections are made. My words are out there, in the virtual universe, for all to read. But, to know more about my writing, follow the links below.


A transplant to Cincinnati, Annette recently completed her project, “Girl, Walking”, walking Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods within a calendar year, blogging about the communities and what she found intriguing and relevant about each. Visit Gettin’ My City On to read all 52. 


Perhaps it's time we install closed circuit television and ARTIMIS signs for main thoroughfares also used by cyclists, signs to alert drivers to share the road. It could also include a message to state troopers because apparently they need a reminder too.

Finished reading @LidiaYuknavitch Chronology of Water yesterday. Woke up this morning and realized my dreams were water dreams. Wonder what's ahead, as I plow through her other books. The writing is intense, inspiring, makes me want to inject more energy into mine. #amwriting

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