We are delighted to invite you to a special poetry event with Michael Obel-Omia, Middlebury College '88, on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 AM. This gathering will be held in the shop and seating will be limited, but we welcome all who are able to stand to do so.
Michael Obel-Omia is a public speaker, writer, and educator who has aphasia due to a stroke in 2016. In his tireless efforts to improve his language abilities, he has found poetry allows him to express himself in ways that speech cannot. An avid advocate for people with aphasia, Michael has published essays about experiences in The Boston Globe; The Providence Journal; and Rhode Island NPR’s This I Believe; and in the summer of 2022, he rode his bike across the country to raise awareness for stroke and aphasia. Michael is a 1988 graduate of Middlebury College and the proud parent of Liza Obel-Omia 2023. Michael lives with his family in Barrington, Rhode Island.
This is such a lovely book, full of wonderful poems about the experience of aphasia. For anyone who has experienced a stroke and lost their words or for anyone who cares for someone with aphasia the poems are helpful, educational, uplifting, and inspiring. Anyone who wants to understand aphasia will also benefit from reading this book. I wish that this book had been available when my mother had her stroke as it would have helped me understand her thoughts and struggles. -- Linda, bookseller