Wirt County woman to present poetry book at Parkersburg library

Image Provided Debbie Richard’s new collection of poetry.

PARKERSBURG — Debbie Richard of Elizabeth will be talking about her new illustrated collection of poetry, “PIVOT,” at 2 p.m. April 27 at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library on Emerson Avenue.

This 80-page collection of poetic works articulates turning points that result in drastic change, realization and understanding. From an Olympian ice arena to the cool cement floor of an Appalachian cellar, “PIVOT” takes the reader on a tour of poems spanning a broad spectrum of people, places, events and time periods, according to a press release.

From simple household chores to the emotional discovery of a mother’s precious heirloom and “going for the gold,” turning points channel, challenge and change the course of our existence and clarify our purpose, Richard said.

“Debbie Richard explores the beauty and honesty of love, regret, loss and the feelings that come after all of it. There is a delicacy and maturity in her frankness,” said Carrie McCullough Jenkins, freelance editor/publishing consultant.

“Debbie Richard, in her poems, poignantly observes the values and needs, the pains and joys, in the human and natural worlds. She meshes all with the spiritual, her appreciation showered with grace, honesty, and love, and, finally, acceptance of what she cannot change. I love her poems,” said David Selby, Morgantown native, actor and the author of “My Mother’s Autumn” and “Promises of Love.”

Richard is listed in the Directory of Poets & Writers as both a poet and creative nonfiction writer. Her poem “Between Two Worlds” was selected as Adelaide Voices Literary Award for Poetry finalist for 2018. Her poems have appeared in Torrid Literature Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, WestWard Quarterly and Halcyon Days.

April is National Poetry Month. “PIVOT” has been published by Adelaide Books of New York. It is illustrated by award-winning artist and illustrator Ashley Teets.

“PIVOT” is available for purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers in the United State and worldwide.

For more information, visit her website debbierichard.com.

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