Poet Patrice Vecchione Embarks on an Intimate and Rousing Reading and Open House at Sweet Elena's in Sand City Wednesday, April 10th

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  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) February 22, 2013 - Renowned Monterey Bay Area Poet Patrice Vecchione's New Book of Poems Launches Just In Time For National Poetry Month This April. Patrice Embarks on an Intimate and Rousing Reading and Open House For Her Book Launch at Sweet Elena's in Sand City To Be Held Wednesday, April 10th

    Patrice Vecchione's new book of poems, "The Knot Untied," comes out in time for National Poetry Month, the annual celebration of poetry. Patrice writes about what it means to be alive and alert to the world around her. She's a woman who never left her girlhood jump rope behind, an artist unafraid of glitter, one who'd rather be near than far, an ordinary woman who, through poetry, celebrates the extraordinary in daily life.

    Patrice believes poetry - the writing and the reading of it - is life-affirming. It's a way of saying, "Let's look closely at this small thing or attend to a larger something like losing or finding someone. Poems are a way to notice and celebrate that which we all see but the poet stops long enough to find the poem hidden there. A poem can praise both triumph and defeat because they're both aspects of being alive. Poetry shortens the divide between people-that which makes us seem different from each other. Read a poem and you find we're really very much alike."

    The poems in "The Knot Untied" aim to shine a light on friendship, the mother-daughter relationship, the aging process, falling in love, the natural world, the small, often unnoticed moments, and how within these experiences there is something ineffable - call it God or spirit or that which can't be explained. These are poems written by a writer seeking to celebrate the world and her place in it.

    Join Patrice at various locations throughout Northern California from March through June, 2013, for a series of intimate and rousing readings followed by conversations about the knots poetry can untie that no other form can.

    Patrice will discuss the unusual route she took to publish this collection. "The Knot Untied" was published by a community of readers. She developed an Indiegogo campaign that she announced through Facebook, creating a venue for the community to fund her new book. Very quickly, teachers, housewives, musicians, doctors and lawyers came together to make it possible for her new collection of poems "The Knot Untied" to BE published.
    Patrice will share her original art from which the book's cover originates.

    Poetry Readings and Book Signing Book Launch Event and Open House Wednesday, April 10 Launch Party and Open House at Sweet Elena's 465 Olympia Ave., San City, CA 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Celebrate the book launch, National Poetry Month, enjoy readings from Patrice and small bites from Sweet Elena's The first 25 people to arrive will receive one of Patrice's hand-decorated journals.

    At 6:30 Patrice will read from her book.
    At 7:00 everyone present will be invited to join Patrice for the writing of a group poem to be posted on FB.
    RSVP to marci ( @ ) chatterboxpublicrelations dot com dot
    The event is complimentary.

    Background on Patrice Vecchione:
    Patrice Vecchione is the author of "Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within," from McGraw-Hill ("Trust the voice of Patrice Vecchione," The Writer Magazine) and an earlier collection of poems, "Territory of Wind" from Many Hands Press. She's the editor of many anthologies, including: "Truth and Lies," "The Body Eclectic" and "Revenge and Forgiveness," for young adults, from Henry Holt, "Whisper and Shout: Poems to Memorize," for children, from Cricket Books, and co-editor of "Catholic Girls," and "Storming Heaven's Gate" for grown-ups, from Penguin Books. "A Woman's Life in Pieces," Patrice's one-woman play, was performed to full houses throughout the Monterey Bay area.

    For 35 years, she's taught poetry to young people through her program, The Heart of the Word: Poetry and Imagination. A collage artist, her work appears on book covers. She teaches both collage and creative writing workshops at community centers, universities, libraries and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif.
    Patrice makes her home in Monterey, Calif., with her best beloveds: her husband, Michael, two cats and a garden, often in bloom. Whenever possible, she wanders the trails at Jacks Peak Park.

    " 'The Knot Untied' is a delightful, uplifting book of poems for all readers. Patrice's work filled my mind with wonderment, with understanding and with longing to see the world as she does."

    - Casey Coonerty Protti, owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz
    "A collection of compelling poems which transcend the reader into every journey awaiting on each page. Reading these poems is like watching little black and white movies."

    - Theresa Masciovecchio, bookkeeper and Nigel Francis, butcher
    "The images are thoughtful and evocative, and so personal in Patrice Vecchione's poems. I shared her vivid feelings, yet saw my own reflection." - Nikki Nedeff, biologist and naturalist.

    "My world becomes very still and spacious when I read these poems, Patrice - every crack fills with light, every breath a leaf or feather floating in the wind. Her poems have the ability to inspire and open up our own worlds. A gift beyond measure. - Alisa Fineman, singer-songwriter.

    Upon Request: Media Interviews Available
    Books Available for Book Reviews
    High Resolution Photography Available http://www.takigawadesign.com/The_Knot_Untied_cover
    Press Contact: Marci Bracco Cain/Chatterbox Public Relations (831) 747-7455

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