Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets by Erica Goss

Cover Photograph by Erica Goss

My second book, Vibrant Words, was published in 2014 by PushPen Press.

PushPen Press 2014, ISBN 978-0-9896676-3-0, $12 paperback
Vibrant Words is a book of writing prompts intended to spark creativity, banish writer’s block, and inspire new ideas. Writers will find out why they need core strength to write well, that poetry waits in parking lots, and what you can do with just one word. This lively and entertaining book is sure to help poets and writers. It’s on sale now at Amazon.
Praise for Vibrant Words:
“Erica Goss’s elegantly conceived and thoughtfully edited Vibrant Words will assist and inspire many an aspiring poet and storyteller. Like other artists, wordsmiths should welcome and respond to the challenges of surprise and demand. These warm, prodding pages quiver with enough prompts, suggestions, exercises, examples and borderline ecstasy to keep any fledgling or practiced writer of poetry meaningfully focused and sharp for a lifetime.”
Al Young, California’s Poet Laureate Emeritus”Erica Goss presents inspiring tips, techniques, strategies, observations, and insights accrued through study and direct experience. Her book will prove a useful guide for new and experienced writers alike, especially those struggling to navigate a ‘dry spell,’ desiring a poetic nudge, or seeking authentic creative direction.”
John Amen, editor of The Pedestal Magazine

“With her friendly, non-intimidating approach, Erica Goss coaxes out the poet in all of us. Open this treasure chest anywhere and do what the page says to do. Although these prompts were written for poets, many also work well for prose writers.”
Ann Marie Brown, travel writer, magazine editor, writing instructor at Sierra Nevada College

“Many good prompts here, nudges to get you started if you’re a beginner, or shoves if you’re further along, but find yourself stuck.”
Nils Peterson, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Emeritus

“In a relaxed voice made tender by experience, this is a mentor’s approach to guiding poets onto new roads and greater destinations.”
Michael Dickes, editor, Awkword Paper Cut

“Erica Goss’s Vibrant Words is a little gem of poetry prompts: concise, efficient, whimsical, immediate….  What a delight to read!  Each of these prompts offers useful guidance with inspirational suggestions, ideas, and examples for poets and all poetry lovers.  This is also a welcome tool for poetry workshops and other related settings.”
Fiona Sze-Lorrain, author of My Funeral Gondola (2013) and Water the Moon (2010)

“Erica Goss’s collection of poems and inspirational exercises, Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets, teaches poets to peel back the noise to find the kernels of poetic story that will appeal universally.”
Serena M. Agusto-Cox, poet and reviewer at Savvy Verse & Wit and War Through the Generations

Wild Place, Poems by Erica Goss Cover Photograph by Howard Partridge

Wild Place, Poems by Erica Goss
Cover Photograph by Howard Partridge



My first book, Wild Place, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012.

Wild Place
Wild Place, Poetry, (ISBN 978-1-59924-860-8)
28 pages, 6 x 9, $12.00; January 2012
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Praise for Wild Place, a poetry chapbook by Erica Goss:
“Erica Goss speaks of ordinary things in an extraordinary way. In one poem, a girl, high in a tree, hears her mother’s voice, which becomes a ‘ladder’ she climbs down. In another poem, the poet tells us that snow ‘is an invitation to take / a walk upon water.’ This is a book filled with observation and delight. Enjoy.”
– Nils Peterson, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Emeritus”These poems reveal an inability to accept malice, a Bible without a devil.  Whether Erica Goss is examining nature’s mysteries, imagining a fanciful seduction, or envisioning unknown galaxies, these poems allow us to join in her childlike wonder. We join in the poet’s sense of marvel as she shares her clear-eyed vision.”
– Kevin Arnold, author and President, Poetry Center San Jose”In this moving, lyrical book of poems, Erica Goss focuses on the ways people deal with the changes life brings. ‘The dog and I are getting older…neither one of us is interested in chasing after men on motorcycles anymore.’ For Goss, the world is finally a place of acceptance and hope ‘… stitched together / from the loosest of tissues.’ Even the concrete sidewalk, ‘webbed / with faint cracks / leaves nooks / for the smallest seeds.’ ”
– Richard Krawiec, author of She Hands Me the Razor (Press 53) and Breakdown (Main Street Rag Publishing)

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