Nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize
Cover design entry to Eric Hoffer
Book Award DiVinci Eye competition 

Late Snow & Hellebore


By Melinda Rizzo

My Story

Melinda Rizzo’s Late Snow & Hellebore begins with blackberries, luscious, plum-colored, nubby and nested, but it isn’t just a crafted and compelling book about nourishment – the nourishment of the earth and its bounty, the nourishment of language and its own kind of abundance, the nourishment of faith and family and the fertility of the imagination. It is a book that nourishes. We feast on artichoke and alphabet. We are sustained by Jersey peaches, Savon de Marseille, and soup, a Lenten spirit and an Easter promise, the music of pear blossoms and wintering bluebirds, the sounds of color and the taste of Perugia chocolate. It’s not a bad deal are the very last words of this startlingly beautiful volume that offers us a way to live in a fallen world and find nourishment there, joy and meaning. I echo the poet’s own words: D’ accord!

~Christopher Bursk, author of The First Inhabitants of Arcadia


2019 Pushcart Prize Nominated for Ravens

Available in print from melindarizzopoet@gmailcom.

A great gift for yourself or others.

Available these retail retail locations:
Always Beautiful Floral Design Studio and at Babuska's at Quakertown Farmers Market, Station Road in Quakertown.

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Available NOW. Late Snow and Hellebore is  published by Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books.

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“Soul food….” The Very Reverend Anthony R. “Tony” Pompa, Dean and Rector of The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, PA

Book Signing

CANCELLED- LOOK FOR RESCHEDULED EVENT APRIL/2021Doylestown Bookshop 16 S. Main Street, Doylestown Borough. 1 - 3 p.m., Sunday April 25, 2020, reading with a bonanza of Bucks County Kelsay Books published poets.

The global coronavirus pandemic has been hard on arts organizations and those face-to-face experiences we associate with music, art and poetry. Keep the voices alive! Support local poets by seeking out their work, and buying their books.

Believe we'll be together again soon, and sharing spoken word.

~Be safe, stay well~

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