Writer embraces Caz
By Willie Kiernan
Rachel Guido deVries came to Cazenovia to learn how to write, in the process she learned how to live.
"I love living here...the friendliness of everyone I have met, and the beauty of the town and the surrounding area offer such joy," said deVries.
She says Cazenovia inspires her to write.
"I am blessed to be here," she said. "I think being alive and grateful is enough to inspire anyone."
At 10 a.m. on Saturday March l Cazenovia Public Library Community Room, deVries will read and sign copies of her first children's picture book, "Teeny Tiny Tino's Fishing Story," which tells the story of a boy who is different and the unique way he finds friends. Joining the author will be the book's illustrator and Syracuse resident, Deborah Sorrentino.
"I am a poet-in-the-schools throughout central and upstate New York," deVries said. "I work with k-12 students at a different school almost every week throughout the school year. I love that work...young people inspire me, and they delight me."
DeVries is a poet and fiction writer and a past recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in fiction. Her most recent books of poems are "Gambler's Daughter" and "The Brother Inside Me." She is also the author of "The Purple Potato," a collection of poems for children.
"The landscape and the quietness of life in the village are part of what inspires me to write...or perhaps more specifically, the beauty of daily life in Cazenovia allows me to hear my own ideas and thoughts," deVries said. "I am inspired too by everyday life; in my desire and my work for a more peaceful world, and by the teaching I do."
After spending a year here at The Women's Writers' Center, deVries settled in Cazenovia. After that year, she went to grad school in creative writing and English at S.U. and moved permanently to Cazenovia.