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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 the editor and founder of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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