Steven's Work in the Press
An Interview With Steven T. Licardi (The Sven-Bo!) Author of "Death By Active Movement."
By The Editors
Local Gems Poetry Press. August, 2013.
"The publishers of Local Gems Poetry Press asked Steven a few questions about writing and his view on the craft that we thought would be helpful to the readers. Don't forget to check out his book "Death By Active Movement!"
Q. When did you start writing?
A. I started writing when I was about ten years old. Having been diagnosed with PDD, it really helped me deal with the disconnect between my thoughts and my emotions..."
Local Student’s New Book Explores Sides of Death
By Christine Sampson & Kaitlyn Piccoli
West Islip & Three Village Patch. April, 2013.
"Whenever Steven T. Licardi tells people about his new book, Death by Active Movement: The Certainty of Life Through Poetry, he usually gets strange looks in response. It’s almost like they are offended by the idea that someone would voluntarily choose to write an entire book exploring all sides of death, he said. 'Which is sort of one of the reasons I want to write about that, to combat the idea of it being a negative subject,' he said..."
Stony Brook student writes book of poems based on death
By Robert Cimino
The Statesman. March, 2013.
"'Death By Active Movement: The Certainty of Life through Poetry,' a collection of poems about death, explores the many facets of an inevitable phenomenon in order to 'display its beauty'. 'Death is something that can be owned and used to better our lives,' said Steven T. Licardi, the author of the book and a senior psychology and philosophy double major. 'I realize how macabre it comes off, a book about death, but the book itself serves to challenge readers by facing the concept and hopefully leave them with a greater appreciation for life.'..."
I Don't Know What My Thoughts Feel Like: A Child's Experience with PDD
By Steven T. Licardi
Perspectives Anthology. May, 2012.
"It is a truly strange and curious thing to have to describe. It is hard to explain the lingering confusion that accompanies every experience I can remember as a child – a preconditioned air or taste to every memory I have between the ages of five and twelve. It was as if they had been filtered through someone else’s mind first before becoming a part of my own; there is something alien about each and every one of them..."
A Tale of Two Writers, Stony Brook Style
By Glenn Jochum
Stony Brook University. July, 2014.
"Licardi’s advice to aspiring poets is to 'write, read, publish, repeat.' [...] Licardi doesn’t restrict his creativity to poetry — he is currently putting the finishing touches on his first novel. [...] Licardi often uses his poems to raise awareness of social issues, such as the release of his video on self-injury for the poem, 'We Often Cross the Lines We Draw,' which can be viewed on his website, TheSvenBo.com ..."
Stony Brook Student Takes Poetry to the Next Level
by Kayla Shults
Stony Brook Independent. October, 2014.
"Steven Licardi steps up to the microphone at Tablerstock 2014. Instead of playing music like every other performer that night, he begins reciting poetry. The crowd goes silent, carefully listening to the emotion behind Licardi’s words. This spoken poetry is, for many students, the night’s most memorable performance..."
Life and Beauty - Spoken Words of Steven T. Licardi
By Jenna Weis
SPARKBOOM. December, 2014.
"If you embrace death, invite it into your home, sit and have a cup of tea with it, take it by the hand and say, 'Come with me. Guide me' (because a good guide always knows what your final destination will be), it will show you how precious everything is. A glass of water becomes a delicacy. The fact that nothing will last makes everything beautiful and perfect...”
Keeping Your Head Above Water
By The Good Men Project
"Steven Licardi explains how he keeps an open heart and mind when faced with screaming headlines and complex issues. [...] 'This process can become exhaustive as I dive deeper into the convoluted realms of citation, paraphrasing, and paragraphs taken out of context, until ultimately I have spelunked so far down the rabbit hole that I find themselves in the darkest recesses of the Internet...'"
My Art Story
By The National Endowment for the Arts, 50th Anniversary
"My passion for the arts lies in my view that they can be therapeutic. The arts can help individuals to cope, overcome, and empower themselves to change their life and the lives of those around them. For me, art is the ultimate embodiment of empathy; it teaches us altruism and selflessness. [...] Through the arts’ ability to illustrate and to help people to feel as others do, I hope to teach humanity compassion, kindness, and how to see the beauty in all things..."