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October 23, 2017

Book Spotlight: Natalie Giarratano’s “Big Thicket Blues”


This was recorded live on scene at Wolverine Farm Bookstore in Fort Collins, Colorado during the launch of Natalie Giarratano’s book. Natalie is a poet, a prolific writer and a thinker with a heart for social justice. Find out more about Natalie and her work. Support independent thinkers and writers; they are the conscience of our society for they speak out of passion instead of profit motives.

Who is Natalie Giarratano?

Originally from small-town Southeast Texas, Natalie Giarratano received her Ph.D. in creative writing from Western Michigan University. She is the author of Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications, January 2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Sakura Review, Black Tongue Review, Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and TYPO, among others. She’s a freelance editor and lives in Northern Colorado with her partner, their daughter, and pup.

To find out more about Natalie Giarratano, check her out on Facebook (link), follow her on Twitter @NattyGiarratano and click on her picture below to visit her website. If you support independent writers and thinkers, tweet this article out using #BigThicketBlues

 

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Teodrose Fikre is a published author and a prolific writer whose speech idea was incorporated into Barack Obama's south Carolina victory speech in 2008. Once thoroughly entangled in politics and a partisan loyalist, a mugging by way of reality shed political blinders from Teodore's eyes and led him on a journey to fight for universal justice.

Teodrose was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, Teodrose is clearly influenced by the history and his connection to Ethiopia. Through his experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, Teodrose writes poignantly about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.

Teodrose has written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. He is the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.
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