Celina Rivernider '19 Pens Poetry Book
For years, Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Celina Rivernider ’19 knew she was going to be an author, but she didn’t exactly know how or when.
The “how” came in the form of poetry, and the “when” came this month.
In May, in what she described as a celebration of youth, Celina published “Juvenilia,” a collection of 24 poems she worked on for two years.
The book is available in paperback and eBook on Blurb and Amazon.
Celina on when she got the idea of publishing a book of her poetry: “Last year after the Scholastic Art and Writing awards . . . they do publish your work in a gallery at Tufts (University). Obviously, the artwork was hanging on the walls. But when I looked for my poetry, it was just on a shelf in folders, and I thought that is not really publishing. I thought if my work is going to be published, I want people to read it and for it to be widely available. So I got it in my head then I was going to publish my work, although I wasn’t planning on doing it in a year.”
Celina regarding the title: “Juvenilia is the work that a famous author or artist published when they were young before they were famous. I wanted to celebrate my inexperience, and that the work was not going to be perfect or even professional but it was going to be accurate to who I am as an artist. Instead of attempting to sound older or that I had been published before, I wanted to have it be a celebration to a start of my poetic career.”
Celina of the first time she felt like a published author: “I think it was when I started talking about the cover art with my best friend. She was doing all these sketches, and it hit me that someone was going to pull it off a shelf and my name was going to be on it. It wasn’t when I held a copy for the first time. Obviously, holding it was exhilarating because it was real and here. I don’t think I’ve held a printed copy of a collection of my poems, so even the weight of it was pretty cool to say the least.”
Tim Harrington ’73, Celina’s English teacher, on Juvenilia: “I couldn’t be more pleased with the final product and the fact that Celina was so engaged in this product from the first moment Mr. (Bill) Wells mentioned the idea. I think the execution was beautiful. But as her longtime English teacher and biggest fan, I can’t wait to see her published in one of the major poetry journals.”