Reale Publishes Book of Poetry Reflecting Refugee Experience

December 7, 2021 Daniel DiPrinzio

Dr. Michelle Reale ’99M, ’16MFA, ’20EdD, professor of Landman Library, has published Confini: Poems of Refugees in Sicily (Cervena Barva Press), her 12th collection of poetry. The book reflects seven years of ethnography among African refugees in refugee camps in Sicily and the island of Salina.

“A powerful collection, Confini offers a rare and intimate portrait of refugee life in Sicily, showcasing the complex nuances and heart-wrenching realities of lives displaced. Written with raw honesty and startling compassion, these tender, lyrical poems transport readers from the camps of Lampedusa to the streets of Siracusa, portraying the experiences of those navigating the treachery and hardship of life in a new country as they struggle to obtain work and legal status. Wrought with hope and compassion, Confini is an essential collection that should be read by anyone who values a deeper understanding of Italy's ongoing refugee crisis,” writes Olivia Kate Cerrone, author of The Hunger Saint.

Reale was recently awarded a Steinbrucker fellowship to continue the next phase of her work with the theme, "Journeying Towards Freedom."

Dr. Reale’s previous poetry collections include Season of Subtraction (Bordighera Press, 2019) and Blood Memory: Prose Poems (Idea Press, 2021). She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the Founding and Managing Editor of OVUNQUE SIAMO: New Italian-American Writing and the Red Fern Review.