Newton Falls poet wins Nursing Book of the Year award

By Mary Louise Ruehr Published:

Jeanne Bryner of Newton Falls has been awarded a 2012 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for her book of poems entitled "Smoke."

The book received second place in the Public Interest/Creative writing category from the American Journal of Nursing.

The book treats her life and work as an emergency room nurse in the Warren area. The author has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Tillie Olsen 2011 Creative Writing Award from the Working Class Studies Association.

Her previous books include "Breathless," "Blind Horse: Poems," "Eclipse: Stories," "Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated and Remembered," "The Wedding of Miss Meredith Mouse," and "No Matter How Many Windows," the story of women in her family.

"Jeanne Bryner possesses a vigilant eye for wonder and a deep capacity for gratitude," said Geraldine Gorman of the College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Decades of clinical practice have honed the clarity of her vision. We stand with the student in the OR 'breathing the same air as seasoned OB nurses' and we cheer when she recovers the missing needle," said Gorman.

"One need not be in the healthcare field, however, to recognize the heroes fund within these pages: the firefighters who confront the smoke and flames, the resilient children who endure the unimaginable, the old men stalwart as trees. Bryner makes the commonplace shine, spins wonder from hard won gratitude."

"We are proud to present this human tale written by one of Ohio's best writers," said Larry Smith, director of Bottom Dog Press.

"Our goal is to take the writing from the page into the lives of others, and Jeanne Bryner has always done this well. Winning this big national award confirms her commitment to poetry and nursing."

The author will be doing a series of book signings and readings throughout the state.

The 96-page book is available from the publisher at http://smithdocs.net and at area and online bookstores.

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