Suffolk poet publishes her first book to encourage others – The Suffolk News-Herald

Many in Suffolk have enjoyed Tonya Sinclair Swindell’s writing, and now her poems can be found in one place.

Swindell self-published her first book of poetry, “Nourishment & Encouragement: Poetry for Your Mind, Body, and Soul,” in 2021.

“The book is a long time coming,” she said. “I feel so grateful and I’m grateful to the community for their amazing support of my writing.”

Swindell is an occupational therapist with a passion for writing. Her writing has appeared in Occupational Therapy Practice Magazine, the Suffolk News-Herald, New Journal and Guide and Distinguished Woman Magazine.

After years of writing for these publications, Swindell wanted to compile everything into one book. His poems are about history, current events and life lessons.

“I feel like this book comes at a good time with so much going on in our world,” she said. “I see my book as a tool to help people learn more about themselves, history, current events and each other.”

Swindell hopes readers will make each poem their own. She hopes to lead sessions and encourages others to come together to discuss poetry and read it in a way that speaks to them and their feelings.

“I understand that no two people will read or pronounce my poems the same way, and that’s part of what makes getting my book into people’s hands such an exciting and refreshing experience for me,” a- she declared.

This is the first of many books she plans to publish. She also hopes to get her book to libraries across the country and have it translated into Braille and audio so it can be added to the Library for the Blind. She has already donated her book to public libraries in the area, including Suffolk, South Norfolk and Portsmouth.

The book is for sale on his website, For more, visit her Tonya Sinclair Swindell – Teacher With A Pen Facebook page at

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