Author • Poet • Artist • Teacher
May your imagination delight and inform you wherever you go!
Patrice in Action
a few thoughts
My nerves are frayed. No, maybe tattered is a better word. Bet yours are too. But I'm not one to be torn or shredded, and I have faith your tenacity is well woven into the fiber of who you are.
The other day, my sister-in-law came for a visit and we walked along the coast a few miles south of my home. There we witnessed a huge feeding frenzy—pelicans, cormorants and gulls at the shoreline, diving wildly. Did one bird call the next one? Was there something fishy in the air? They churned the surf and feasted. Kathy and I feasted too on being privy to nature. That's what heals me again and again.
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.