Wally S

Amherst, MA

Writing Mentor And English Coach



I am a well-published and award-winning poet, who is largely known for his poems regarding the natural world; a free-lance journalist who has written on everything from art museum openings to the dangers of nuclear power; a writer of non-fiction and a stylist in the lineage of Joan Didion and John McPhee, who are both quite capable, as am I, of writing about varying subjects and topics with skill; and a children’s book author, who has infused a children’s classic with poetic prose.
I have also had a long career as a bookseller and a bookstore manager, who specialized in new, used, and antiquarian books. As I bookstore manager, I also sponsored well over one hundred author events, which often featured Pulitzer-prize winning authors and artists, whom I would introduce with my own written introductions, which doubled as press releases for the media.
Most recently, I contributed over 200 pages of content for a book regarding the socioeconomics of retirement that has just been published by MassMutual.
I have also written a complete website for a small financial startup in Chicago, LendSquare, and I was recruited to rewrite and edit a new version of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (Talmi Entertainment, 2012).
My feature article, "A Salute to the Varied Career of Rudolph Zallinger," appeared in Connecticut Artists Magazine, as a cover story, and led to the artist being awarded Yale’s Addison Emery Verrill Medal for “outstanding contributions to the field of natural history.”
I have published over two hundred articles and reviews in periodicals such as The American Book Review, Connecticut Artists, Grolier’s Masterplots, The New Haven Advocate, and Small Press Review.
My critical essay, as literary monograph, The Friendship of Two New England Poets: Robert Frost and Robert Francis, was published by The Edwin Mellen Press, which specializes in the publication of doctoral theses and scholarly studies.
I have also written successful grant proposals (The Authors League, The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and PEN America), radio ads, and press releases. I also have been a professional proofreader, and I have edited newsletters and novellas, as well as having ghostwritten a memoir.
Also, I have served as an editor for several small literary presses, such as Curbstone Press, as an active reader on its Editorial Board; Osiris, as an Editor-at-large for this international literary journal; and FutureCycle Press and Virtual Artists Collective, as Book Editor, in both the vetting and the making of proposed suggestions regarding improving unsolicited manuscripts.
I have also published several books of poetry, including Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012). I am also the co-author of a new interpretation of The Daodejing of Laozi, along with David Breeden and Steven Schroeder (Lamar University Press, 2015). My poems have appeared in such national magazines as Commonweal, North American Review, Rolling Stone, and Yankee.


University of New Haven

Subjects of Expertise

U.S. History, Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, World History, College Counseling, Career Counseling

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