Author • Poet • Artist • Teacher
May your imagination delight and inform you wherever you go!
Patrice in Action
Poet, nonfiction writer and teacher Patrice Vecchione’s new book is My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth.
Kirkus Reviews called the book “At once impassioned and practical poetic advice.” Marcelo Hernandez Castillo said it “should be required reading for beginning writers as well as those who have been writing for decades.” Ellen Bass called it “more than a guide to writing poetry. it is an act of generosity and empathy, a helping hand to anyone who dreams of telling their truth through words on a page.”
Patrice is the editor several highly acclaimed anthologies for young adults, most recently, Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience, called a “vivid and vital collection” by The Washington Post. She's the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life and Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life, and as well as two collections of poetry.
About her, Adrienne Rich said, “Patrice Vecchione is one of those steady, vibrant, serious and passionate temperaments who continually relish our sense of communal creativity.”
For many years, Vecchione has taught poetry and creative writing to young people through her program, The Heart of the Word: Poetry and the Imagination. She is also a columnist for her local daily paper, The Monterey Herald. Patrice offers writing workshops for adults and children through her program The Heart of the Word.
a few thoughts
My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth
Beginning last spring, while finishing my book, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth, a period of creativity unlike any other filled my life, infusing my writing, thinking, visual artwork—from collages to fabric pieces, to a backyard sculpture, and teaching.
My cooking has had more zest to it, my dreams had more wildness. This made me realize how generative our imaginations can be when we accept one possibility and follow—rather than resist, undermine or doubt—it.
One imaginative possibility leads to another.