Bellevue College’s Belletrist Magazine honored Prof. Nicole Yurcaba’s poetry for their May issue: http://belletristmagazine.com/author/nicole-yurcaba/ . Yurcaba’s “The Pale Goth Rereads The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Pale Goth’s Sister Has Her Say at Thanksgiving Dinner,” and “The Pale Goth’s Letter to a Former Teacher” depict the intellectualism and creativity often supported by and encouraged in subculture, as well as a subculture member’s struggle to maintain her self-identity amidst family and societal disapproval. The poems also comment on the positive [private]influence of teachers who support their student’s individuality, something Yurcaba experienced as a student and also practices in her teaching. The poems are part of an in-progress manuscript titled The Pale Goth, a collection Yurcaba hopes will dispel negative stereotypes and misconceptions about subculture members.
Yurcaba’s poem “Burlesque” appeared in the 40th anniversary edition of Virginia’s prestigious literary journal Artemis. The poem is a surrealistic depiction of a young woman’s rebellion against traditional gender expectations. Award winning poet Nikki Giovanni and former Virginia poet laureate Ron Smith also appear in this year’s edition of Artemis.
Yurcaba teaches at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. Her books are available on Amazon.