From the shores of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, to the halls of Hamline University, Anne Tews Schwab has gone from a sailor girl with a dream to a writer with an MFA degree, to a published author of poetry and prose.
Growing up in a sailing family with parents, siblings, uncles and aunts all active in racing scows, Anne developed a love of lakes and scows at an early age. Anne sailed along with family in her very young days, but it wasn't long before she longed to steer a boat of her own. In her trusty X boat, Zoom, Anne steered her way across many midwestern lakes in local races and regattas, eventually graduating out of the fleet and moving into an M16. In addition to steering her own boats, Anne was also a fill in crew for many a needy skipper of nearly every style scow.
It wasn't long before Anne's love of sailing led her to teaching, and she became the coach and Head Sailing School Director of the White Bear Sailing School. Although arthritis ultimately knocked her out of her own sailboat, Anne still participates in sailing activities as much as possible. Spectator, fan, researcher, storyteller - Anne stays connected to the excitement and action of scow sailing and racing on and off the water. She continues to love sailing and sailboats.
In contrast, Anne's new book, Capsized, features a main character who has decided she doesn't want to be involved in sailboats at all. An early disaster convinced her that she really would rather spend her time with her music and her precious piano.
Written as a series of poems, CAPSIZED is a fictionalized version of the some of the highs and lows and joys and woes of sailing, racing and lakeside living. The regatta, and especially the regatta party in the book may not be exactly like those that many X boat sailors participated in, but the action is never allowed to wane.
Come aboard with Dani and her family and set sail across the wind and waves of Black Bear Lake. Experience the emotion and excitement in the poetry and prose of Anne Tews Schwab's new novel in verse, CAPSIZED.
Anne has published short stories and essays. She is currently working on an assortment of short stories, poetry and book reviews and navigating a final draft of her latest novel-a middle-grade fantasy adventure filled with pirates, plunder and plenty of plot twists. Anne is also teaching, leading on site and online writing and poetry workshops for children and young adults.
Visit Anne on her website: www.piratepoems.com, where she posts a new pirate poem every day. Find out more about Anne and CAPSIZED on her website: http://piratepoems.com/capsized/, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capsized.anovelinverse, and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoetryPlunder.
*excerpt from CAPSIZED: A Novel in Verse*
Doom shadows straightline
across white-capped waves,
as the blast of wind
slaps the sails of our boat.
I hang on tight and shout.
"Don't let us tip!"
But the blast
rams the words
down my throat,
and all that comes out
is one long scream.
The mainsail snaps, the jib cracks,
the boom swings and smacks,
and almost knocks me out.
"Dani." Will's voice is calm and quiet.
"Pop the jib and hike."
For once in my life,
I do what little brother says.
hook my feet,
No matter what Daddy says-these hands weren't meant for sailing.
"Starboard!" Will shouts,
as my ex-best friend Mary,
crash-smashes her boat through the waves
all around us.
Will jerks the tiller,
hauls the main sheet,
and we miss Typhoon Mary's port-tacking beast
by less than the width of a rope.
But his haul-dip-duck move
jerks our boat up, up, up,
and we tilt higher, higher, higher.
I squeeze my eyes shut,
sure we're about to go