‘La Voce di New York’ Features Reale’s Poetry on Syrian Refugees

By Caitlin Burns | September 6, 2017

Michelle Reale, associate professor of the Library and access services and outreach librarian, has two upcoming books scheduled for publication in 2018.

On Aug. 17, Italian-American newspaper La Voce di New York published a piece discussing her upcoming book of poetry, Confini (which translates to “borders”), and the work with African and Syrian refugees in Sicily that it is based on. Reale has gathered interviews since 2011 during her Preview course to Sicily, which focuses on the lives of refugees in Sicily and the impact that the refugee crisis has had on Italy. It is scheduled for publication in March 2018 through Cervena Barva Press.

Reale’s next full-length book, The Indispensable Academic Librarian: Teaching and Collaborating for Change (American Library Association), focuses on academic librarians as educators and highlights the challenges created by institutional perceptions of librarians’ roles. It is scheduled for release in February 2018.

This is Reale’s fourth book on librarianship. Her most recent book, Becoming a Reflective Librarian and Teacher: Strategies for Mindful Academic Practice, was published in 2016 and helps readers achieve better work-life balance through a step-by-step guide. She has also published multiple collections of poetry.