Annamarie Buonocore started the Voices of Hellenism Project to pursue her passion for literature and Greek culture and to give back to her community. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she is a proud fourth-generation Greek American. She is also a writer, social and political activist, musician, pupil of history, and artist. She attended non-traditional private schools and has always questioned authority and prided herself on individuality rather than following the crowd.
In high school, she found her place in the church choir where she developed a love for her Orthodox faith and spirituality through hymnology and finding her voice. The many great mentors from choir inspired her to be all that she can be as a musician and as a person. She grew up around two publications started by her parents and she knows she is home when she smells newsprint. When her father died when she was 12, she began doing more for the publications and found her own unique way to follow in his footsteps. The Voices of Hellenism Project has been her dream for years, and she is proud to be pursuing the dream and working with the Greek community. The works of Raymond Carver as well as many writers and poets from the Beat Movement inspired her to write and create a literary journal.
When not working on the journal and new nonprofit literary society she is creating, Annamarie lives a writing life, studies history, protests, sings soprano in the church choir as well as the De Anza Chorale, chants, practices yoga, reads, volunteers, paints, has thoughtful discussions with fellow human beings, studies nature, and spends time thinking in a peaceful and learned state with hope and passion for a better, ever-changing world.
She hopes that the project will inspire literary community building and encourage diverse, idiosyncratic perspectives in community history. She attends Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, CA, has a younger sister, reads The Onion religiously, and really wants a cat to love. She can be found studying or reading in local bookstores, hanging out at Garden Fresh in Mountain View, or attending poetry readings. She plans to pursue graduate work in creative writing and carry the journal on as an annual publication.