Dick Stahl’s “My Cancer Chronicle” book release party today at Augustana College in Rock Island
MWC Press is working with Stahl’s family to bring this heartbreaking and powerful lyrical account that documents her experience with cancer, from the initial diagnosis to the dictation of the last two poems to her family, sharing her experience with cancer as a way to provide insight , comfort, and comfort to all who have gone through/are going through this journey, and to those who help them. As well as being a solid collection of poems by an all-time great local author, it will also serve to support those going through similar experiences.
**The Augustana Strong Task Force has updated its guidelines on campus events, meetings, and visitors as of April 30, 2021:
-Anyone present must be masked at all times, even if they are fully vaccinated.
-Physical distancing is required at all events, even if fully vaccinated.**
Copies can be pre-ordered now through the MWC Press online bookstore; contact the press regarding bulk or consignment orders, or bulk orders for book discussion groups, classrooms, etc. 309-732-7330
This book was made possible with support from the Stahl family, the Scott County Regional Authority, the Poetry Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
About the Author:
Praise for my cancer chronicle:
“Quad City Poet Laureate Dick Stahl’s My Cancer Chronicle takes us on an intimate journey that begins with the diagnosis of a ‘red dot’ on his nose. He watches carefully; he tells the truth. There is pain and gratitude, memories and love – all countless “symbolic gifts” forming “what we all yearn for – a better life”.
-Paul Olsen, retired professor and track coach, Augustana College
“…[Stahl’s] the voice amplifies the incredible power of speech and writing to move people and create connections. This collection of poetry artfully takes the reader on a journey, their cancer journey, a journey that is beautiful, relatable and ultimately inspiring in the face of the intense challenges faced by cancer patients, their loved ones and those who care for them. them. ”
-Brian Baxter, Executive Director, Quad City Symphony Orchestra
-Dale G. Haake, lawyer and former poet laureate of the Quad Cities
“Cancer stories can make dark reading. But not this one. Dick Stahl’s My Cancer Chronicle forms a playful allegation, not an elegy. Honest without self-pity, optimistic without sentimentality, brave without bravado, these richly detailed poems give us “sharper eyes” to discover joy intertwined with pain. The “quick pen” that Stahl had hoped for inspires us to celebrate life, love, and the power of words to heal that which is beyond healing.
-Ann Boaden, author of Light and Leaven: Women Who Shaped Augustana’s First Century
“Dick Stahl’s death to cancer was a grievous loss, but the poetic process he went through from early detection, through stages of treatment, moments of grace, to final dictation, keeps his spirit alive. alive and with us. His refuge from pain in poetry is both testament and memorial; a final gift to his friends and admirers.
-Don Wooten, WVIK radio host and columnist
Sean Leary is a writer, director, artist, musician, producer, and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since he started at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. A graduate with honors from the master’s program at the University of Southern California, he has written more than 50 books, including the best-selling books The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.