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Secrets of My Sex

Bella Mahaya Carter


Bombshelter Press, 2008 136pp

ISBN: 0-941017-99-0

First collection of work by the Los Angeles writer. In four sections: Girl, Woman, Wife, Mother. Book web site:

The Author

Bella Mahaya Carter
Bella Mahaya Carter's poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Sun, ONTHEBUS, Calyx, Pearl, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, she studied dance at The Juilliard School and graduated from Scripps College with a BA in Dance and Literature. She holds an MFA in Film Production with a Screenwriting emphasis from the University of Southern California, and an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She lives in Studio City, California with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Helen.


This collection sparks with poems that are bright and fierce—comets cutting through the mundane.

Bhargavi C. Mandava, Where the Oceans Meet

Bella Mahaya Carter's insightful journey into womanhood made me blush, laugh, cry and cackle like a joyful witch. In the end, this authentic and daring collection left me feeling grateful I was born female. It should be mandatory reading not just for our sisters and daughters, but more importantly, for our husbands and our sons.

Maureen Muldoon (writer/director), Booby Trap

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