Andrea L. Wehlann needed another way to connect with people when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in 2020 and put everything on hold.
She used to teach yoga classes at Sunset Beach in St. Catharines, but that became something she couldn’t do anymore, so she focused on writing a book of poetry, which she recently published in his book titled “No Matter How Dark the Stain.”
She was one of more than 15 authors and poets at the Welland Public Library on Saturday for a book signing and meet-and-greet event, which also included readings and workshops.
The event, presented in partnership with the city’s Community Services Division, was held in celebration of April, National Poetry Month.
Wehlann cited rising domestic violence statistics as the reason she decided to publish her book, hoping it could be a coping tool for struggling people who read it.
“No matter how dark it seems, there’s still light to shine in that darkness,” she said.
Wehlann was born in Welland, raised in Port Colborne, but currently lives in Beamsville.
She’s been writing since she was seven as part of a ‘coping strategy’ and was excited to talk about her first published work on Saturday with everyone.
“It’s been a dream I’ve always had, to be sitting in a library signing books,” she said.
Marla Bestward, the library’s outreach services coordinator, said there were eight poets and eight authors who were part of the program.
On Wednesday, May 18, the library will welcome best-selling author Genevieve Graham via Zoom at 6:30 p.m.