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Theresa Werba

Poet and Author

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New Release

What Was and Is: Formal Poetry and Free Verse  (2024)

A unique collection of the best of Theresa Werba’s work over the last forty years. In it she explores such diverse issues as love, loss, faith, disillusionment, neurodivergence, historical figures and events, and the creative process. She is able to skillfully render such poetic forms as the sonnet, villanelle, ode, pantoum, terza rima, and nonce forms, in addition to easily crossing over into the world of free verse. She thus bridges the gap between these two normally opposing and segregated schools of poetry.

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“Werba goes from free verse to villanelle to sonnet with ease and mixes her subjects with acute observation and skill.”

Lynette G. Esposito, North of Oxford 

 "Theresa Werba is an artist who speaks to the soul"

 Andrew Benson Brown, Legends of Liberty

Praise & Reviews

"An original and powerful voice for our time."

Hank Whittemore, 100 Reasons Why Shakespeare is the Earl of Oxford

“Touching, affecting and profoundly felt experiences, and I think represent real poetry from a real soul whom the Muse has visited. "

James Sale, poetry critic, Arts columnist, The Epoch Times

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"Theresa Werba's operatic training comes through in the innate cadence of her poetry and her recitation has all the passion of high theatre. She is both a classical performer of old and the impassioned writer/activist/educator we desperately need today. Theresa tells her story with almost brutal vulnerability but is never maudlin, rather she moves with a brisk pace and beautiful style that leaves you, as both reader and audience member, empowered and uplifted."

Carla Christopher, Arts and Cultural Community Liaison for York City, Director of PoemSugar Press, Host of "Culture and Main: York's Cultural Showcase" on WRCT


About Theresa Werba

Theresa Werba the author of seven books, four in poetry: Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs (Bardsinger Books, 2015), Longer Thoughts (Shanti Arts, 2020), Sonnets (Shanti Arts 2020) and What Was and Is: Formal Poetry and Free Verse (Bardsinger Books, 2024). Her work has appeared in such journals as The Scarlet Leaf Review, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Spindrift, Mezzo Cammin, The Wombwell Rainbow, Fevers of the Mind, The Art of Autism, Serotonin, The Road Not Taken, and the Society of Classical Poets Journal. Werba holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music performance from Skidmore College and a Master of Music with distinction in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College. Her work ranges from forms such as the ode and sonnet to free verse, with topics ranging from neurodivergence, love, loss, aging, to faith and disillusionment and more.


In her book When Adoption Fails: Abuse, Autism, and the Search for My Identity discloses the history about  her life as an undiagnosed autistic adoptee, who endured an abusive home and found both her birth mother and father. In Warning Signs of Abuse she gives help for women in the beginning stages of an abusive relationship.

Her upcoming book Finally Autistic: Finding My Autism Diagnosis as a Middle-Aged Female she shares the story of her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood as an undiagnosed autistic female who received her autism diagnosis at the age of 55. 

Her recording Lullabies: Traditional American and International Songs may be found on streaming services. Werba is the joyful mother of six children and grandmother to seven. Find Theresa Werba at and on social media @thesonnetqueen.

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