Gabriele Rico (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1976) authored the best-selling Writing the Natural Way (Tarcher/Penguin, 1983, 2002) and Creating Re-Creations: Inspiration from the Source (2002). She is co-author of several textbooks, including Discovering Literature (Prentice Hall). Forthcoming is Write to Fly Again, focusing on directing human emotions constructively through writing.
Bridging the humanities and the sciences, Rico speaks widely on the application of brain research to writing, to learning, and to creative process--most recently on the roles of improvisation, play, and time-awareness in creative engagement. She developed Clustering, a tool to tap into the brain's self-organizing process, which has found its way into textbooks on writing and journaling, and into computer software used in schools everywhere.
Honored as San Jose State University's President's Scholar in 1986, she was selected Teacher/ Scholar in 1993. In 1992 she held an Endowed Chair at Notre Dame (Belmont).
She is at work on a book exploring the relationship between paintings and poems, Pictures Speak, Poems See. Her creative nonfiction work, entitled MIND SHADOWS: A Child Recalls War, has been an emotional challenge. Her translations of contemporary poems from German-to-English and English-to-German, entitled The Root Hunger for Angels, bring her full circle back to her mother tongue. Other projects include a book on the brain, time, and creativity.
Her newest adventure has been the founding a publishing house, Natural Way Publishing, whose aim is to publish books that deserve to see the light of day. Her first was Tobias Grether's HOMOCHRONOS: The Emergence of Time-Consciousness (2011). Next is Janet Post, Cotton Rock (October, 2011), then two children's books by author Robin Nelson, The Quietest Bird and Not Enough Puffins (2012). Stay tuned for six more in 2012. Her website is www.writingthenaturalway.com where you can reach her.