Poet Liz Newman has always found comfort in the written word.
It was from this love for words that she found her own voice.
A 2009 Amherst Steele High School grad, Newman (nee Cooksey) always scribbled song lyrics and quotes in the margins of her agenda book and raised her hand in English classes.
She never imagined publishing a book could be a reality, thinking it was too far-fetched of a dream. After talking to other people in the writing community, she began her debut poetry book, “Hope Between Heartbeats.”
Divided into four sections — life, love, loss, and learning — the poems are bound by the same universal feelings and struggles that we all experience, Newman said.
They do not have to be read order, she said. Some readers may find they need the poems in certain sections more than others.
Her biggest hope is that someone may find the same comfort and strength in her writing that she has often found in the works of others.
“Words gave me hope and something to old on to when I didn’t know which way was up,” Newman said. “I’m putting my heart out into the world and hoping people like it for what it is.”
Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.