A Writer's Life

Columbus Arts Festival

I have always written poetry. Presenting at the Columbus Arts Festival was a thrill! My work was being heard. In early winter, I saw the call online for submissions. After sending samples of my poetry, I received acceptance and a time for auditioning. I was surprised at the number of applicants and the variety of works. I was sure I would not be accepted after reading my poems after a performance poet! Later I received a congratulatory letter stating my reading time at the festival. I presented my work with family and friends in the audience and was accepted to read for three festivals!


Reading Poetry at Columbus Arts Festival

Homer Withers Tribute

As a tribute to Homer Withers a former local poet, I along with others, was asked to read some of my poetry in tribute to him and his works. One of the first Ohio Writer’s Guild members, he was a talented poet and a quiet inspiration to many. I was privileged to read “Yesterday’s Fingers” and “In Winter” at this memorial. They and other poems are on my poetry page.


Reading poetry at a memorial luncheon

Columbus Metropolitan Library

In the three years I published with Sprite Press, I was invited to the Ohioana Library to present my books. Each year the Ohio library honors authors who have published books in that year. Each author is given time to talk about his/her work and the opportunity to sell the book. Recent events have been held at the Ohioana Library. In my Home page photo I am signing my book, Seeing Stars.


Presenting her book Canneh at Central Ohio
Author's Reception at Columbus Metropolitan Library

Ohioana Library

It was interesting to write a story for children on the topic of constellations. My book Seeing Stars was written with information from an amateur astronomer and hours of research on the internet. The illustrations are by a former Columbus Dispatch artist with whom I collaborated for my book Canneh, the Reluctant Christmas Camel. All three of my books with Sprite Press are in the Ohioana Library.

Previewing pages of constellations
written about in the book Seeing
Stars presented at the Ohioana Library.

Westerille Elementary School

As a former teacher, I am always happy to be back in the classroom. At a chance meeting of a teacher friend at a Columbus Symphony concert, I received an invitation to read at a Westerville elementary school. I spoke to one class, then all the 2nd and 3rd graders. I made a point of mentioning that the illustrator was a 12 yr. old. That brought many questions about writing. I was teaching again! I have since presented in many classrooms after contacting school librarians.


Wearing a blue cap while reading
her book Tricia to a class

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