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Award-Winning Writer Teaches in Westport

?Marcelle Soviero wrote a letter to the editor of Newsday requesting a job as a reporter. Now a teacher at the Westport Writers’ Workshop , she was just in fourth grade at the time. When her request was not granted, she did not give up on her dream of writing. Soviero remembers staying up at night in fifth grade etching the words of the novel “ Ice Castle” onto her own paper, only changing the characters’ names.

Even though the Newsday gig did not pan out and her first novel was not exactly an original, Soviero accomplished her goal of crafting words with precision for people to read. Soviero’s essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, Salon.com , New York’s Metro newspaper and other publications. Soviero’s essay, “The Seder,” will be read on National Public Radio on Monday. She has also received numerous awards, including the Westport Arts Council essay prize.

“I love what I do,” said Soviero. “I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than writing.” The Wilton resident writes her personal, poetic and creative pieces in her garage studio, looking out on a tranquil backyard that gives way to the bank of a river.

“It is the most wonderful place to write. I am so fortunate,” she says.

When Soviero is not writing she is taking care of her five children, coaching Little League, volunteering for hospice and teaching writing at the Writers’ Workshop.

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