Sonder: A Collection of Poems by Catherine Keller, is the latest publication released by NFB Publishing of Buffalo.
“I wrote this book hoping it would discourage readers from succumbing to their darkest desires,” said the author. “I wanted to use myself as an example of what not to be, to share my struggles and empathize with those who have endured the same. It is meant to be a hedonistic elaboration of what it’s like to navigate your emotions, combatting psychological setbacks and continue your craft simultaneously. It allows the reader to peek into my brain as much as I will allow, being honest with myself while struggling to actually have a sense of self.
“It’s meant to show the reality of recovery, how it is always in flux, how everyone’s looks different, and how we can get there together,” Keller continued. “It is written with raging intent to create some kind of literary riot and establish a platform for people who have been silenced. Only in my writing do I feel truly free … free to share frustrations, industrial flaws, injustice and inequality; liberated from my expectations, free to tell my truth, and indulge myself in the release of writing.”
Keller, 22, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sociology from The College at Brockport. She has had 10 articles published in the NeXt section of The Buffalo News as well as poetry published in eight literary magazines including Wilderness House Literary Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Stray Branch and Hooligan Magazine. She was also a social media intern for BP and Esperanza magazines, which focused on bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders. She has been writing creatively for as long as she can remember and is also in the midst of writing 10 other stories that will become novels and short story collections.