MANCHESTER - Local author and Mount Tabor resident Alice Wolf Gilborn has just published her first chapbook collection of poetry, "Taking Root."

The backdrop for the poems in "Taking Root" are the three mountain ranges where she has spent most of her life - the Rockies, the Adirondacks, and now, the Green Mountains of Vermont. Noted writer and poet Joseph Bruchac, calls Taking Root "memorable for [Gilborn's] precise awareness of the nature outside and the landscape within as she deals with the issues of love and loss."

Poet Daniel Lusk, professor at the University of Vermont, most recently author of "Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain,' writes that Gilborn's "empathetic portrayals connect for her readers wild nature and the human condition."

Born in Colorado, Gilborn attended college in Massachusetts, as well as the Bread Loaf School of English for one summer before she moved to the Adirondacks in the 1970s. While there, she worked as editor for the Adirondack Museum and founded the literary magazine Blueline, currently published by Potsdam College. She is author of a non-fiction book "What Do You Do with a Kinkajou?" and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. This year she served as publisher and an editor of the anthology "Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont," printed by the Shires Press at the Northshire Bookstore.

"Taking Root" is available at the Northshire Bookstore.