Tracey Gass Ranze (goss ran’-zee) weaves words vividly into story and song in her debut book, Storm Farmer, Collected Poems. In a lucid and imaginative voice, she infuses verse with a distinct style of rhythm, emotion and rhyme. Articulating in a variety of poetic forms, including pantoum, Dada, sonnet and villanelle, she connects nature, people, events and spirit. With intuitive candor, she illuminates her life’s view of marriage and family, loss and vision, earth and social justice.
Gass Ranze is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) and the Milanville Poets, UnLtd. (MPU). Her poetry appears in diverse publications, including five chapbooks of the UDWC: Gatherings, Collective Memory, Wheel, PoeTree and Leaving the Empty Room. The MPU are published in the High Watermark Salo(o)n literary and art series, Vol. 2, No. 4, Over the Banks. Gass Ranze has been a guest poet at the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and featured on Public Radio WJFF programs: Jeff Horse, Gift of Peace and Ink in the Air. Her poetry has been performed at various venues, from San Francisco to New York City.
Gass Ranze enjoys working as an itinerant teacher of the visually impaired, and designer/printer of silkscreen artwear in her family’s cottage industry. Her poems appear on several t-shirt prints. Living in the mountains along the Delaware River, she and her husband, Mike, have been raising their four sons, Cole, Leif, Sage and Skye. Gass Ranze describes her poetry as, “strongly influenced by the river, its hills and dales, fresh water flows and exceptional wildlife, especially the people.”