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My Poetry Manuscript “The Fates” Wins Bright Hill Press’ Annual Contest

I am thrilled to announce that my poetry book, “The Fates,” has won Bright Hill Press’ annual competition!  It will be published spring 2017.  Bright Hill is located in Treadwell, New York, and has been publishing books and sponsoring workshops, readings and exhibits since 1992.  Bertha Rogers is Editor in Chief.  Richard Foerster was the judge.

I have been crafting this book for a couple of years, encouraged by a GAP grant from Artist Trust in 2014.  In the summer of 2015, I attended a Colrain workshop which specifically addressed how to put together and submit a poetry collection.  Many of the individual poems have been previously published and several have won awards.

The theme of my book is ‘fate versus free will’ – how much of our lives can we control and how?  What part of our lives is determined by the course of history, other lives and events?  I incorporate stories and images from my years as a Registered Nurse and from my personal life, many of them having to do with my grandmother Esther, a mystic and a psychic.  The book is divided into three sections, each ruled by one of the three Fates from classical mythology: Klotho the spinner, Lachesis who measures and Atropos who snips the thread of life. My grandmother worked as a seamstress and a milliner.

Poetry has been a spiritual and artistic practice all my life.  With this book, I continue my journey into the Mystery.  Thank you, Bright Hill Press!


One Response

  1. C.K. Gemmell says:

    Congratulations! This is a topic that is deeply fascinating to me. I look forward to reading your book.

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