For Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee Elaine Nadal, writing is a way of making sofrito out of the experiences and varied truths of life. Her work is infused with musicality and vivid imagery to stress how the arts can help us during difficult times. Her first book of poetry “Sweat, Dance, Sing, Cut,” published by Finishing Line Press, is available on Amazon and other well-known retailers and wholesalers of books. It deals with abuse, pain, identity, survival, strength, and empowerment. In her second book “When,” Nadal’s poems address the subconscious, dreams, overcoming a painful past, and healing. It is currently available for preorder by Finishing Line Press and can be reserved with the following link: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/when-by-elaine-nadal/.