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December 12, 2013

Author to sign new book at Ada Public Library

Ada — Author Gail Wood will sign copies of her new book “Red Bird Woman” Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. until noon at Ada Public Library, 124 S. Rennie.

“Red Bird Woman” is a collection of poetry from her distinctive viewpoint, Wood said. “I need to articulate my thoughts, take them out of my head and put them on paper so I can get a better look at them. You can’t see your own face without a mirror, and that’s the way it is with thoughts. I need to see my thoughts — black words on white paper — in order to see who I am. I try to write in a way that is appealing to an audience. There are authors that I love to read simply because they know how to use words in a way that appeals to me. That’s the kind of writer I want to be. I want my audience to enjoy the way I put the words together.”

Wood said she has written all her life. “It is as natural to me as breathing,” she said. “I love the written word, the nuances, the connotations, the music of language. A poem should evoke a memory or an emotion; it should move the reader in some way.”

Wood is a retired educator and practicing poet. She has been published in “ByLine Magazine,” “Creations 2012,” and “Creations 2013: 40 Ways to Look at Love.” “Red Bird Woman” is her first book of poetry. She is currently collaborating with renowned photographer Michael Duncan on another book titled “Bare,” which combines the art of photography and poetry. 

She is a member of Ada Writers and the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. As a board member for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, she honors the memory of her sister who suffered from bipolar disorder. 

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