Naila Moreira is a writer, journalist, and naturalist whose work often focuses on the natural world. Her 2014 poetry chapbook Gorgeous Infidelities was published as an art book in collaboration with photographer Paul Ickovic. Her latest chapbook, Water Street was published by Finishing Line Press. Set in an old converted farmhouse apartment by the Mill River, it explores the conflict between freedom and domesticity, reflected in the natural world. She has written for the Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Science News and Detroit Free Press, appeared in literary magazines including The Cape Rock, Pirene’s Fountain and the Naugatuck River Review, and contributes a monthly environment column to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She teaches at Smith College with a focus on science and nature writing, and holds a doctorate in geology. She is the Writer in Residence at Forbes Library.
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 Molly Moss, Assistant Director.