Carla Maria Lucchetta

I’m a  journalist, writer and TV broadcaster and producer based in Toronto, Canada. In addition to freelance writing, I’m working on a literary anthology of stories by men, soon to be published, about the loss or absence of their fathers.

Now, you may think it’s a little unusual for a woman to be collecting men’s stories, but when I embarked on this project I felt an inevitability about it that I couldn’t quite understand. Trusting my instincts, I started writing the project proposal and when looking for (the very few) reference books on the topic, I realized I had a small collection of them that I’ve been taking around with me to the various places I have lived, for a number of years. They sit right next to the feminism books on my book shelf, starting with Iron John, the seminal work by Robert Bly, attributed with the responsibility for starting the, unfortunately short-lived, 1990s men’s movement. Though I never knew exactly what I might do with the information inside them, it all seems to have come full circle.

Add to that the personal stories of sons without fathers that I have for some inexplicable reason gathered throughout my life, and you have a recipe for a pretty good, and hopefully relatable collection.

I’ll be writing here about my experiences, research and observances about sons who grow up not really knowing their fathers, or having their relationships cheated by death.  I invite fathers and/or sons to tell me their stories.

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One response to “Carla Maria Lucchetta

  • Ed

    Great idea… though you’re right, it’s a little strange to see a woman writing a book about father/son relationships.

    Anyway, I’m 30 and my own father is still alive, although his health is deteriorating as he has Parkinson’s disease.

    My dad and I bonded when I was a child, but after my parents split when I was a teen, he became much more distant and I struggled without a male role model. I never talked about anything too personal with him. However, this changed in the past year after I separated. My dad and I now talk regularly and I have often shed tears of joy about his new presence.

    I tried to convince myself over the years that I didn’t need a dad to get through life. Now, I can’t imagine living without him.

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