MARIETTA - Sandra Kolankiewicz, an assistant professor of English at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, has a second chapbook coming out, "The Way You Will Go," now available for pre-ordering at www.finishinglinepress.com.
The release date is Sept. 19.
This is the second chapbook of poetry for Kolankiewicz, whose first book, "Turning Inside Out," won the Black Lawrence Press Black River Competition in 2007. That same spring, her novel "Blue Eyes Don't Cry" won the Hackney Award for the Novel.
In a press release, Kolankiewicz of Marietta describes herself as a "writer of the dangers of domesticity."
"The Way You Will Go" explores the contemporary challenges we face: illness, aging parents, the minefields negotiated by teenagers as they grow into adulthood, and how our notion of faith changes and matures as we are faced by loss and disappointment.
She describes a chapbook as a small book, which can be published again in a larger collection. Kolankiewicz is a former English professor at Marietta College, where she also worked in the McDonough Leadership Program.
A press release lists the following reviews.
John Guzlowski, author of the internationally acclaimed book "Lightning and Ashes," writes of Kolankiewicz, "...She is the poet of mysteries, the real ones that hide in the most common things (a pet rabbit, a child's dollhouse), and elegies for what we've lost and what we're losing and what we will lose. She has the gift the great poets have, the gift of telling us what we've lost in language so beautiful and rich that it almost makes us forget our loss."
Clifton Snider, author of "The Plymouth Papers," writes, " The Way You Will Go is a remarkable examination of life. Sandra Kolankiewicz's keen eye observes diurnal and major events with the same imaginative detail. Among her themes are loss (of innocence, of youth, love, life), the need to care for one's children, and other relationships."
For those who dream of writing a book and having it published, Kolankiewicz said, "The biggest difference between someone who has a book out and someone who just puts his or her work in a drawer is that the former is willing and able to risk rejection. We all start out unsure of ourselves and the process of seeking a publisher, but if you keep at it, you'll find a venue that supports your work. Simply 'googling' a question such as 'How do I get published?' will start you on your way. For every successful author, there are thousands who have never tried but are just as good."
Her first book discusses autism and challenges she faces.
Kolankiewicz said writing is intellectual and therapeutic for her. You use your imagination .... a spiritual search within yourself while trying to relate to other people, she said.
Besides her two chapbooks, more than 150 of Kolankiewicz's poems and stories have appeared in magazines and literary reviews during the last 30 years. She is available for readings and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.