Matthew E. Goldsmith will be signing copies of his poetry collection, “Dreams of Bacon,” from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Clinton Book Shop.
He will be signing alongside Frank Caruso, who illustrated a book, “Outlaw Pete,” written by Bruce Springsteen.
The bookstore is holding the event in commemoration of Dickens’ Days and Small Business Saturday.
The collection contains about 85 poems by Goldsmith, who began writing poetry when he was 13.
“It’s hard to explain what inspires me to write poetry,” Goldsmith said. “Sometimes I think of a good idea for a poem, and other times I’ve just seen a movie that was really mind-blowing. I gain a lot of inspiration from emotional funks I get into, like breakups or moments in life where I feel like I’m trapped in an inescapable situation.”
Now an 18-year-old Voorhees High School senior, Goldsmith was diagnosed with autism at an early age.
According to his biography, the collection is a “miraculous accomplishment and has been lauded by all who have read it. His work is a testament to people that struggle with spectrum disorders on all levels.”
The poet has been written about in newspaper articles, blogs and has autographed over 200 books since September.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Autism Awareness programs. Goldsmith’s hope is to have support in his efforts to raise funds and to create awareness to this cause.