Award-winning novelist and composer Roma Calatayud Stocks holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and post-graduate studies in creative writing from the University of St. Thomas.
Roma is the author of two historical novels, A Song in My Heart, and the recently released, A Symphony of Rivals. She’s currently working on the third installment of the series, An Ode to Joy. And in line with her life passion and commitment to bring forth the contributions of all cultures through the arts, Roma’s narratives, set to music, provide a window to locations across the world, while also addressing poignant issues, politics of the era, and history.
Calatayud-Stocks released two albums, “A Song in My Heart,” to accompany her debut novel, A Song in My Heart, and “Carnival of Life.” With classical, jazz, and Latin musical influences, the albums, performed by an acoustic ensemble, showcase her original songs and instrumental compositions.
“An Extraordinary Fusion of Music and Literature,” Book Reviewer List.
Roma has twenty years of experience in various roles at arts organizations, including Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Film Society of Minneapolis St Paul, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Vocal Essence, and Walker Art Center. She has toured the United States to present her work at universities, libraries, women’s clubs, and book fairs. Roma lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Tom.
Speaking Engagement Topics:
- Arts and Leadership
- Art History: Western, Eastern, Asian, Latin American
- Music History: Classical, Jazz, Latin American
- Writing Historical Fiction
- Women in Art & Music