City woman pens 'A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay'

April is National Poetry Month, and Krystyna Poray Goddu’s biography written for readers age 10 and up  is a Junior Library Guild selection. 

CUMBERLAND — City resident Krystyna Poray Goddu has written “A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay,” which introduces the rural childhood and international fame of the free-spirited girl who became one of the most celebrated American poets of the 20th century.

April is National Poetry Month, and Goddu’s middle-grade biography from Chicago Review Press for readers age 10 and up is a Junior Library Guild selection. 

The new work of nonfiction “is the perfect addition to any poetry-themed roundups, features or posts,” said Meaghan Miller, senior publicist at the Chicago Review Press, which published the book.

The author will attend an Allegany Arts Council’s Lunch with the Arts program April 14 at noon at 112 Baltimore St. She will be signing books April 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Book Centre, 15 N. Centre St.

For details, visit www.alleganyartscouncil.org/calendar.php.

“Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), known as Vincent, was an acclaimed American poet and feminist who epitomized the modern woman in the first half of the 20th century,” according to a news release. “From the irrepressible energy of her youth to the bohemian fervor of her early adulthood in Greenwich Village and Paris to the demanding existence of life in the public eye, Vincent’s life was characterized by creativity and passion.”

The book traces Vincent’s journey, highlighting her youthful determination and exploring her life as an international celebrity and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Her volumes of poetry were enormous best-sellers, even during the Depression, and audiences nationwide “went wild” when she recited her works on stage. She was famous for both her passions and her poetry — known as America’s greatest love poet, in the 1940s she became an ardent voice against the atrocities of war.

The book was written in cooperation with the Millay Estate and includes photos, full-length poems, letter and diary excerpts, a timeline and bibliographic notes.

Goddu holds a degree in comparative literature from Brown University. She has contributed to American Girl magazine, the New York Times Book Review and Riverbank Review of Books for Young Readers and is a regular reviewer of children’s books for Publishers Weekly. She is the co-founder of Cumberland-based Reverie Publishing Co. and lives in New York City and Cumberland.

The writer’s website is www.agirlcalledvincent.com.

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