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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Conversation and Poetry with Theresa Wyatt

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Theresa Wyatt’s first chapbook collection, Arrowheads Everywhere, comprises 32 poems. A retired educator and former visual artist, she has been a featured reader many times on the local WNY poetry scene. She has presented her work at the Rooftop Poetry Series, Wordflight, Circleformance, Just Buffalo Literary Café/CFI, The Woodlawn Diner Series and at both Daemen and Empire Colleges. A Pushcart Prize nominee, a Finalist in the Bordighera 2013 Poetry Book Competition and a recent 3rd Place Winner in the 2014 Chautauqua Haiku Contest, Theresa strives to raise awareness for various subjects through her work. At the 100,000K Poets for Change annual readings, she always includes work by social activist poet, Carl Sandburg, who she counts as one of her major literary influences. A personal interest in the writing and application of poetry as a healing, therapeutic tool has seen her work published in several Medical Humanities journals, among them: The Healing Muse, the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine online, Cell 2 Soul, the Hektoen International Journal (Chicago) and the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, among others. Seven Circle Press and the new anthology A Celebration of Western New York Poets (Buffalo Legacy Publications) as well as The Buffalo News have published her Gettysburg inspired poems. One poem from her book dedicated to her father entitled, “Dementia,” was presented on SUNY Upstate Medical University’s HEALTH LINK ON AIR Program and was read on WRVO Public Radio/Syracuse last spring. The poem is archived at The Healing Muse Journal’s Media link. (April 12, 2014) Theresa enjoys exploring many topics in her work and is constantly inspired by locale as she lives close to Lake Erie. She is grateful for the many fine poets and supporters of poetry that she has met in the rich and vibrant literary community that is Buffalo. See The Healing Muse Journal at: www.thehealingmuse.org

1 comment:

  1. Great interview. Wonderful to hear Theresa reading some of her poems. "Empty Nestors" particularly spoke to me (as well as "Semi-Empty Nestors" will I am sure ; )
    Paula Tamburello, Vermont