About Elizabeth Osta

Elizabeth OstaElizabeth has been writing since she can remember and began using a typewriter as a pre-teenager to capture her stories. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Democrat and Chronicle Golden Pen award, the Writers and Books Big Pencil Award and Honorary Mention for Big Brick Review. She has been a frequent reader for the Writers and Books Genesee Reading Series. She shares some insights gained from her journey through breast cancer in her published essay, Life After.

Her book, Saving Faith: A Memoir of Courage, Conviction and a Calling chronicles her nine years in the convent in Rochester, New York.

When not writing, she enjoys her affiliation with the Rochester Chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute as well as the Sons of Italy. She and her husband Dave enjoy travel, biking, and sailing, kayaking, as well as community service activities.

Rochester D&C Newspaper article
Jeremiah's Hunger is a story of how adversity is conquered.

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Big Pencil Awards 2014
October 25, 2014 at Writers & Books
Rochester, New York

Writers & Books is pleased to announce the Big Pencil Awards Night. Join us as we honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the Rochester literary community.

Local Honoree: Elizabeth Osta.


Extraordinary Healers

This essay was published by Cure Magazine (2014. Vol 7)

I thought the day I was to start chemotherapy for breast cancer would be one of the worst days of my life. Instead it became one of the luckiest days of my life.

"This is Kitty,"
head nurse Gail said to me. "She'll be your chemo nurse." I'd chosen to have chemo first to shrink the invasive ductal tumor in my right breast that threatened my life. I was shaking and hardly breathing. Putting up a brave front, I followed Kitty who led me to a chair. I kept my eyes averted. There were lots of people in chairs around the room, people getting chemo. I was too scared to look.

"So what books are you reading?" Kitty asked once I settled in the chair. She proceeded to wheel around me on a small stool, bringing trays in place, oozing competence. "Name All the Animals," I said. I saw Kitty's brown eyes widen behind her stylish, black frames. "The one by Alison Smith?" she asked. I nodded. "That's the story of my life," she said as she pulled her stool in front of me. "My brother died when I was sixteen. Just like in her book." I felt my breathing return, my curiosity replacing my fear. I remembered the death that changed Alison Smith's life forever, her parents so lost they forgot about the daughter.

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