Merced College and the Friends of the Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with a special reading and book signing by Modesto poet Linda Scheller on Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Wendell Olson Forum on the 2nd floor of the Learning Resources Center on the Merced campus.

Scheller, who is a writer, teacher, actor, and founding board member of the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center, has published her first full-length collection of poems titled Fierce Light, published by FutureCycle Press.

Fierce Light consists of persona poems in various forms – lyric, sonnet, prose poem, rhyme, free verse – eliciting the lives and accomplishments of 36 women from world history and culture.

“I spent much time researching women I admire, among them Maria Sibylla Merian, Alice Paul, Wangari Maathai, Frida Kahlo, Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams, and Murasaki Shikibu,” Scheller said.  “In large part, the book is an effort to illuminate women overlooked and under-appreciated in the chronicles of human achievement.”

Scheller’s poems have been published in many journals and anthologies including Notre Dame Review, Slipstream, Poetry East, Plays, and More Than Soil, More Than Sky.  Learn more at

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.­

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