2021

Fistful of Love

Released Planned May 2021 – Chapbook

Sometimes chapbooks take on a life of their own as they evolve during production. This book was one of those books. Addressing topics ranging from happiness to cats to family poems, Fistful of Love is graffiti with ink, instead of spray paint. This chapbook will be coming with me to Floyd, Virginia for the Little River Poetry Fest!

Karaoke by Star LaBranche (Not Yet Released)

Karaoke

Release Planned Mid-2021 – Poetry book

My first full-length poetry book to be published since 2005, Karaoke is a culmination of some previously unpublished works, plus newly written poems, as well as some Instagram favorites.

moon lost her memory by Star LaBranche (Not Yet Released)

moon lost her memory

Release Planned Late 2021 – Memoir

Told memory by memory, this memoir is anything but linear. I delve into my thoughts to retell stories ranging from hilarious to gut wrenching. The style might be unconventional, but I couldn’t tell my story any other way.

2019

Left My Heart in Tokyo by Star LaBranche (Available on Amazon)

Left My Heart in Tokyo

July 10 – Chapbook

Written for my boyfriend (now husband), this chapbook is both a reflection on a past that moved me forward and also a study in the amazement of finally finding what I’ve been looking for all these years. Although hope can seem like an endless carousel, sometimes your last ride is simply your last because there’s something else out there for you.

2018

Decoupage Daydreams by Star LaBranche (Unpublished)

Decoupage Daydreams (Unpublished)

No Release Date – Poetry Book

This full-length poetry book was an attempt to form a narrative out of a disjointed life. Switching topics, speakers, and settings, it explores different aspects that impact personhood. In some ways, they combine nicely, in other ways, they stand in stark contrast.

Wide Eyes by Star LaBranche (Unpublished)

Wide Eyes (Unpublished)

No Release Date – Chapbook

This short chapbook discusses rape, sexual assault, and abuse without flinching. Each poem explores trauma, pain, and hope. This chapbook was featured in the art exhibit Mere Objects by artist Sarah Jane.

The Question by Star LaBranche (Not Published)

The Question (Unpublished)

No Release Date – Poetry Book

I wrote the bulk of this full-length poetry book in a single day. Troubled by what was happening around me, I kept writing and writing until I had nothing left to express. Then I went to bed and woke up to another chance to write. Caught trying to figure out mixed signals and confusing statements, I grapple for clarity as a person and as a writer.

Along the Road by Star LaBranche (Available on Amazon)

Along the Road

May 14 – Chapbook

Another title also read at the Little River Poetry Festival, I put together poems that all seemed to take place along the road I was traveling. Part reflection, part glimpsing into the future, Along the Road contains poems containing advice from Geri Halliwell when she left the Spice Girls and the beauty of creative flow.

Fool's Mate by Star LaBranche (Available on Amazon)

Fool’s Mate

Aug 26 – Chapbook

Originally titled What Will the Neighbors Say? (after the Girls Aloud album), Fool’s Mate found its theme when I realized romance and chess had more in common then I originally thought. Mainly that I was hopeless at both of them and despite my efforts, showed no signs of improvement.

Sticky by Star LaBranche (Available on Amazon)

Sticky

October 4 – Chapbook

This book is rated 18+ and makes no apologies for it. Frankly discussing dating, sex, pleasure, and indulgence, Sticky is a chapbook that isn’t afraid to make you laugh or make you blush.

Talia's Twilight Sleep by Star LaBranche (Available on Amazon)

Talia’s Twilight Sleep

October 9 – Chapbook

Written in about two weeks, this chapbook deals with the subjects of hope and hopelessness. The poems toy with the idea of holding onto hope even when setbacks are constantly experienced and giving up on things that aren’t working out when you still feel as though you just need another chance.

2017

1,000 Poems by Star LaBranche (Unpublished)

1,000 Poems (Unpublished)

No Release Date – Chapbook

Only two copies of this chapbook were ever printed. It wasn’t particularly good and wasn’t particularly well received. I included it in this list because sometimes our art doesn’t hit the mark and that’s okay. There’s always another day to try again. Also, I believe my copy of this book was donated to a thrift shop as well.

Wake Me When It’s Over

Release Date Unknown – Chapbook

With subjects range from coping with mental illness, dealing with trauma, and the painful changes that go along with personal transitions, this chapbook is an intimate look into the everyday struggles and problems of someone with bipolar disorder. I read this collection during my feature at the Little River Poetry Festival in 2017.

Racing Towards Red Lights by Star LaBranche (Unpublished)

Racing Towards Red Lights (Unpublished)

No Release Date – Chapbook

A companion book to Wake Me When It’s Over, this book features my frustration and loneliness set against black and white graphics. It covers all of my alienation over trying to find a romantic relationship that I purposely kept out of WMWIO.

Narwhal in a Sea of Unicorns by Star LaBranche (Unpublished)

Narwhal in a Sea of Unicorns (Unpublished)

No Release Date – Chapbook

I wrote this chapbook for a poetry contest that I entered along with 25,000 other hopefuls. Needless to say, I didn’t win. Dealing with themes of anger, mistreatment, and social causes, I forgot this chapbook existed soon after I got the rejection letter.

Bad Mistakes and Good Intentions by Star LaBranche (Unpublished)

Bad Mistakes and Good Intentions (Unpublished)

No Release Date – Chapbook

Written shortly after the break up of my second engagement, I delve into the mess, looking critically at everyone involved, none more so than myself. One copy of this chapbook exists and it was accidentally donated to a Virginia Beach thrift store around 2019.

2016

Regnboga by Star LaBranche (Unpublished)

Regnboga (Unavailable)

No Release Date – Chapbook

Titled after the Old English word for “rainbow,” this was my first chapbook and was based around color. How to makes us feel, what is reminds us of, events we tie to it, etc. Never bound or published, this chapbook remains only on my computer.

Binders Full of Men (Unavailable)

No Release Date – Non-Fiction Book

When they say meeting the love of your life is just a few clicks away, they forget to mention exactly how many clicks. I discover romance, exploration, and the search for intelligent life out there, in the world of online dating sites.

2015

Into Love and Out Again by Star LaBranche (Available on Amazon)

Into Love and Out Again

June 29 – Mixed-genre Memoir

Containing poetry, essays, playlists, and more, this book chronicles what happened when I fell in love with someone who didn’t love me back. Written over the course of a year, I explore love and rejection while I battle with complex feelings. There is also an audio book for this selection.

What the Fresh Hell is This? by Star LaBranche (Unavailable)

What the Fresh Hell is This? (Unavailable)

November 19 – Essays

In this collection of essays, I explore my Catholic upbringing, the doubts that plagued me for years and finally, my realization that I am an atheist. This book contains my thoughts on a variety of topics and even some short stories.

2013

Scars (Unavailable)

No Release Date – Novel

After years of not writing, I sat down at my laptop one day and started to type out a story that had been in my head for decades. That story became Scars. An urban romance between two people in desperate situations, it contains themes of hope, trust, and letting go.