Naila Moreira is an essayist, poet, and science journalist. Her work frequently focuses on themes of science and nature, drawing on her past experiences in the sciences, including her doctoral work in geology. Her articles and essays, including nonfiction for children, have been published numerous venues, including The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, Science News, The Common Online, and Science News for Students. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Gorgeous Infidelities, an art book published by Impossible Dream Editions in collaboration with internationally recognized photographer Paul Ickovic. She works at Smith College as a lecturer in the English Department and a writing instructor in the Jacobson Writing Center, and teaches a science and nature writing course for high school girls in Smith’s Summer Science and Engineering Program. She recently completed her first children’s novel and is at work on a novel for adults.
In 2003 Director Janet Moulding and writer Diana Martin Gordon put their heads together to further an engagement between the library and the literary community by extending the library’s usefulness beyond the lending of books. Diana volunteered her time and expertise for over four years. Through her creativity and hard work, a roster of literary programs, open to all, were born, including a weekly forum on contemporary poetry, writing workshops, and a poetry reading series. These programs provide the framework and impetus for the rich adult programming the library currently offers. Diana was our first Writer-in-Residence, a role that she created and developed, and still advises and contributes to in many ways. She offers programs, advises on collection development, and acts as a liaison for the writing community at large. In 2006 she mentored a second WIR, Sue Case.
The WIR is a professional writer who furthers the library’s fundamental mission by volunteering numerous hours each week, creating and offering library programming. Forbes is in a unique and fortunate position to have a WIR.
For more information about the WIR program, please contact Lisa Downing, Assistant Director.