Since her sun is now heading for the western horizon, Barbara Blanks says she’s blooming as fast as she can. Currently a Director of the Poetry Society of Texas (PST), she will become its Recording Secretary in September, 2010, while continuing as Librarian. Barbara has written two books (one memoir, one poetry); writes on assignment for the Senior Voice in Dallas, and RubberStampMadness, a national magazine; and has won/placed/showed in a variety of poetry and prose contests. She's also the new Editor of A Galaxy of Verse. (Please see this web site for membership and contest information.)
Barbara is also the Recording Secretary/Treasurer of the Bea Land-Phoenix Chapter of the PST, and a member of the Writers' Guild of Texas, where she was a guest speaker in 2009, talking about poetry, of course, and POD publishing.
Her PST first place poems and a book review/profile about her were featured in the May/June 2009 issue of The Senior Voice. http://www.theseniorvoice.com/pdffiles/0956SV.pdf
Because of that article, she met Carol Butler, the publisher, who asked her to write on assignment for the Senior Voice. You can check for current and past articles by Barbara at http://www.theseniorvoice.com/drupal/drupal-6.15/
Also as a result of the profile, she was asked to speak at The Point, Center for Arts & Education, at CC Young in Dallas. Some of those events led her to being nominated and elected as a Director on the Board of the Poetry Society of Texas. She was also asked to step in as Librarian after the post was vacated.
On the basis of three humorous filler pieces sent to RubberStampMadness, a national stamping magazine she’s been subscribing to for twenty years, Barb was offered assignment work. Her first article appeared in their Fall 2009 issue, and she has had at least one piece in every issue since then.
Barb's story, "A Bird Too Bizarre," appeared in the July 2009, 7th Anniversary issue of Beyond Centauri, a Sam's Dot publication. "Cobs and Lobbers" is in the July 2010 issue. www.samsdotpublishing.com/
Her new book, I'VE HEARD VERSE: awfully good poetry, is a demonstration of fun, light poetry; You'll laugh or you'll smile, and you might say, "What in the world was she thinking?" --not because you didn't understand the poem--but because of the bizarre twist of her mind.
Stay tuned: Barbara is currently doing the final revision of a young adult novel written by her mom, Mary Winklebleck, who died on June 30, 2010, before her book could go into print. Barb is determined that it will still be published.
So, as you can see, one thing builds on another. Barb says, “When Serendipity slaps you in the face, start chewing!”
Be sure to read her blog www.stflossie.blogspot.com
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