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Alumna's Poetry Chapbook to Publish in September
June 18, 2018

A Walters State Community College alumna is seeing her dreams come true a little quicker than expected. 
Abby N. Lewis has learned that a 25-page chapbook of her poetry will be published this fall by Finishing Line Press. “This Fluid Journey” features many poems written while she was in college. Preorders are now available through the publisher’s website. 
Walters State’s faculty can lay claim to noticing Lewis’ talent early. She received the college’s creative writing award in 2015 and her first published poems appeared in “Gallery,” the college’s literary and arts magazine. Since then, she has earned an associate of science in English degree, followed by a bachelor of arts in English from East Tennessee State University. She’ll start a graduate program in English and communications this fall at ETSU.
The Dandridge native attended Walters State on an academic scholarship that required her to work five hours a week. She worked in the college’s writing lab as a tutor assisting other students. A shy person by nature, Lewis realized that she could speak up while doing this job.
“I realized that it’s easy for me to talk about subjects that are my passion. I didn’t know if I could do readings or promote books. My time in the writing lab played a role in shaping my future.”
This is actually Lewis’ second collection. A larger collection, “Reticence,” was published by nonprofit publisher Grateful Steps while Lewis was working as an intern.
Lewis continues to write with the goal of publishing another chapbook or a full-length collection. 
“The Fluid Journey” will be published in September. 

CUTLINE: Abby N. Lewis will soon celebrate the publication of her chapbook of poetry, “The Fluid Journey” by Finishing Line Press. She is holding her first published collection, “Reticence,” published by Grateful Steps.