June 26, 2017


Vivian Rinaldo



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Short

JUSTIFIED! (2007-02-19) cover story short fiction

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Vivian Rinaldo grew up close to nature and related to nearly everyone in the valley. "Later on," Vivian relates, "we moved to Kentucky to a larger city, and I worked very hard to lose the hillbilly accent that was the source of much teasing in school. Since I've become an adult, I understand how precious that background and those memories are, and I now try to recapture the flavor of the mountains in everything I write."

The Sleepless Dream (2007-11-05) cover story short fiction

The long road ahead of a single mother is a hard one, and some things will naturally make it harder. But perhaps the hardest part of the journey is when you can actually see the last part of the road ahead of you, and know what will happen when you reach it ...

The Sleepless Dream, Part 2 (2007-11-12) short fiction

The long road ahead of a single mother is a hard one, and some things will naturally make it harder. But perhaps the hardest part of the journey is when you can actually see the last part of the road ahead of you, and know what will happen when you reach it ...

Name That Tune (2010-01-25) short fiction relationships

Ask him the name of his favorite song when you first meet him. It might save you a bit of heartache later ...

Nannie's Cat (2010-09-27) short fiction

Long life, good health ... right up to the day when the phone rings, the cake is done, the darkness begins to fall...


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Poem

Slipping Down (2011-01-31) poem unrhymed

Then you think, "If it's normal, why is it so painful?"

Flailing in Love's Vast Ocean (2015-04-13) poem unrhymed

I had no idea that I was being groomed for servitude ... That I would become both the altar and the acolyte ...


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Vivian Rinaldo
Vivian Rinaldo


Growing up in rural eastern Tennessee, I have a rich southern farm history to draw from. My grandparents on both sides were an integral part of teaching me how to view the world; their focus on the land its multiple personalities influenced my vision of life outside our narrow valley. I taught myself to read at age five, because I wanted to know why people laughed at the comics in the newspaper. As I grew, I found comfort in writing stories and poems that reached into my experience and helped me express the emotions I found there. I've always been an explorer, an observer, and a depository of interesting and curious people and places. These I've used to create color and background in my writing.

I am now the mother of an adult daughter with Down syndrome, married, and working in postsecondary education. My husband is a writer and teacher. My hobbies include crossword puzzles, board games, researching forensic science as it relates to crime, and reading, reading, reading.