Local poet plans book signing

| December 9, 2014

COSHOCTON – Greg Dille has been writing poems for more than 25 years and is excited to share his work with others through his book, “For His Mercy.”

“I hope people get inspiration out of it,” he said. “The first 14 poems are scripture based, but they all were written during different points in my life. It’s important that you read the biography first though because I only asked the Lord into my life three or four years ago.”

Dille will share his book with the public during a book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Jerry’s Great American Restaurant on Whitewoman Street. He will sell stapled copies of his book for $10 and bound ones for $15. “For His Mercy” also will be available at the Gospel Book Store in Berlin.

“I’ve never been to a book signing, but I figured I’d just set a table up, read a few of my poems and see what happens,” Dille said.

He was born and raised in Morgan County and moved to Coshocton County in 1991. He started writing poetry in the mid 1980s and had stacks of tablets to go through when picking poems for his book.

“I picked what spoke to me the most,” Dille said. “I’ve had different people over the years tell me that I needed to be published and decided to go for it.”

He discovered his gift for writing poetry when he moved away from his hometown and lived in Columbus for a while.

“I had nobody to talk to so I put my thoughts on paper and God helped me make it rhyme,” Dille said. “I write to escape and also to not let things build up inside of me.”

His favorite poem in the book can be found on page 9. It’s untitled, but that doesn’t prevent it from having a meaningful message due to the Bible scriptures he references.

“I wrote it intentionally to make people open up the Bible,” Dille said. “I’m working on more poems right now and if I do another book it will be all scripture based.”

“For His Mercy” was published by Schlabach Printers in Sugarcreek.

“I have to give God the credit,” Dille said. “It gives me a warm feeling inside knowing he gave me this talent and now I know why.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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