I had the pleasure of meeting in person a lovely author, Maureen Sherbondy, at a book reading she held at Wilson Community College. As Editor of the College’s literary magazine, the Wilson Literary Review, I seek out regional authors and ask them to come to our campus to present their works. Maureen agreed to give a book reading as well as judge our literary magazine contest for 2010-11.
Graceful and elegant, Maureen read several poems and short stories from all four of her published chapbooks and short story collections–After the Fairy Tale, Praying at Coffee Shops, The Slow Vanishing, and Weary Blues.
During her book reading, she stated that her poetry and short stories were derived from personal experience. I was particularly interested in her poetry about her grandparents who lived in Germany during Hitler’s reign.
Maureen has been published EVERYWHERE! And she has won countless awards and contests. The woman is busy. Not to mention she is currently working on her Master’s Degree. Where does she find the time? Some of Maureen’s accomplishments are listed below.
- Weary Blues is reviewed in Pedestal.
- After the Fairy Tale is going into a second printing. The new price will be $10.00.
- A poem was chosen as a finalist in the Rash Awards from Broad River Review.
- Two poems are forthcoming in Petigru.
- A poem made the short list of the William Faulkner—William Wisdom Creative Writing Contest.
- Maureen received two honorable mentions in the Press 53 Writing Contest ( Flash Fiction category and Poetry category).
- A poem is forthcoming in the Jacar Press anthology The Sound of Poets Cooking.
- A poem will appear in a City Works Press anthology (Mamas and Papas).
Maureen was born in Metuchen, New Jersey. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and three sons. She travels regularly giving book readings and lectures across the state. She also organizes and hosts a monthly Open Mic event for writers in the Raleigh area. Check her out. You will certainly enjoy meeting her.
Read an interview with Maureen Sherbondy at this link: http://www.wilsoncc.edu/Curriculum/LitReview/Maureen_Sherbondy.cfm