The Spring Festival
Paper lanterns shine bright.
Exploding fireworks once more
Dressed in military gear.
Everywhere celebrations, special foods:
Look the monkeys, the rabbit
A mountain of rice disappears,
I am of Irish and French descent. Born in Virginia, I am by birth a Southerner. But, my father's work was to end up taking my family to several different states. I lived in a variety of places: Washington DC, Baltimore, Connecticut, to mention but a few. But it was the years after my father's death that had a major influence on my writing. My mother a young widow with four children moved to Florida, to be near her own mother. It was in Florida that I was to finish growing up, attend college, marry and give birth.
But the land of perpetual summer was not for me, and when the opportunity arose for a job transfer. We happily moved. It is here in North Carolina that we have at long last put down roots. Built our home. So my bio listed with my articles (writing magazine articles is my day job) reads thus: Terry Lowenstein is a writer from North Carolina who lives with her husband, two daughters and two cats-Dickens and Emerson.
Our house welcomes you with a porch filled with geraniums. It is here the I write. Besides writing poetry, I also write short stories. My "day job" as I mentioned before is writing magazine articles. These include personal essays, travel articles, and a monthly column that appears in parenting magazines throughout the United States.
A sample of my recent parenting publishing credits: Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, Big Apple Parent, Charlotte Parent, Florida Family Magazine, Gulfcoast Family, Melbourne's Child (Australia), Northwest Baby and Child, Parenting Plus of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, Parent's Press, Piedmont Parent, South Florida Parent and Child, Southwest Parent and Child, Sydney's Child (Australia), Tampa Bay Family, Washington Parent and Western New York Family.
A few additional publishing credits:
My poetry has appeared in a variety of publications. Among the most recent:
Finally, I was delighted when Storyhouse recently published two of my poems (and one of my magazine articles) on their coffee labels.
So there you have it my bio, and a sampling of my writing credits. Writing has and always will be important to me. And poetry, poetry for me is magic, waiting to be discovered. A journey filled with wonder.
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