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"VOICES," a collection of poetry and prose by members of the writers group at the Chelmsford Senior Center
For more than 10 years the writers in the writing group at the Chelmsford Senior Center have been meeting to share their writing. Recently under the direction (and editorship)of the group's leader, Dorit Lammers, the group published its first book of poetry, entitled "Voices, a Collection of Poetry and Prose." The book's cover and interior was designed by Dorit Lammers. The Chelmsford Cultural Council helped to fund the efforts and the book was published in 2010. "Voices" is available for purchase at the Senior Center, and it will also be available at the Local Authors event on June 26.
About The Contributors:
Haywood, born in New York, was educated in the Upper West Side
of Manhattan in the early part of her childhood. Later she attended the
Academy of Saint Joseph in Brentwood, Long Island and took evening classes
to continue her education.
Doris K. Gayzagian, a native Iowan, has lived in New England since 1946, earning degrees in Early Childhood Education and Illustration. For many years she was a busy mother, grandmother and now great-grandmother, reaping ample inspiration for writing. She has been active in local writers’ groups and has enjoyed using her abilities to benefit the local library and senior center. Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications. Her children’s book, “One White Wishing Stone – A Beach Counting Book”, was published by National Geographic in 2006.
Dorit D. Lammers was born and educated (Abitur and teachers’ college) in Berlin, Germany. In 1969 she moved with her husband and two small children to Chelmsford, Massachusetts. As the president of the German Cultural Club of Greater Lowell, she and another member presented an exhibit “Two Centuries of Germans in Lowell” at the Patrick J. Morgan Cultural Center in 1992/93. The exhibit included the story of German–born glassblower Francis G. Hirsch and was sponsored by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission and the Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs. Several presentations on the art of glass blowing in the early eighteen hundreds, the contribution of Francis G. Hirsch and the Chelmsford Glass Works in Middlesex Village lead Dorit to write a book on the subject. “German Glass Blowers in Chelmsford“ was published with the financial aid of the Chelmsford Historical Society and the Chelmsford Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of our town in 2005. After leading the Senior Writers of Chelmsford for over ten years, she decided to publish a collection of their work, including some of her own writing. Her poem “Young Love” won first place at the Chelmsford Poetry Slam in 2007. She also studied drawing under Dudty Fletscher at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, which allowed her to illustrate this book and design its cover. The Friends of the Senior Center, Inc. and the Chelmsford Cultural Council, which is supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, sponsored the book.
E. Murphy grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, graduated from Archbishop
William’s High School in Braintree and State Teacher’s College
Boston. She and her husband moved to Chelmsford in 1962 where they raised
their five children.
Mary Ziavras is a graduate of New York University’s School of Education and has a master’s degree in Special Education from Long Island University. She taught fifth graders in a public school in Manhattan before teaching junior high students in Brooklyn. Upon retiring, she relocated to Chelmsford where she has taken drawing classes and worked with chalk pastels to create portraits of her grandchildren. She currently writes poetry and hopes to soon publish a book of Greek folk tales.
Alice E. Allen was an inspiration to many people, especially to her grandchildren. Besides reading her own poetry, she persuaded her grandson Nicholas to participate in various poetry slams at the Chelmsford Public Library. She also encouraged her husband to attend and occasionally recited some of his writing. In her poem “Special Place” she shares the source of her inner strength with the reader. Alice passed away in October 2005.
Barbara M. Crouch, a former elementary school teacher, was the founder of our group. She led the Senior Writers from 1994-1998 and was very much appreciated. After her husband passed away, she left Chelmsford and now lives in Bedford, Massachusetts.
James A. Decker was a retired banker when he joined our group. He wrote poetry with a passion and presented his work with much success at poetry readings at the Chelmsford Library. As the only male member, Jim thrived in our company and we in his. We miss his teasing and his laughter. Jim passed away in February 2000.
Anastacia R. Forsley became a regular member of the Senior Writers’ Group after she retired. Her poem “Aging Companion” won her first place at the Chelmsford Poetry Slam in 1997. It is a perfect example of how Anastacia views life. Eventually, other commitments took up all of her time and she had to leave the group.
Mary E. Ryan, a former purchasing
agent for the Navy, did volunteer work after her retirement. Of her writing,
she once remarked that it had been published – but not since “rhyme”
has become a dirty word. To the delight of many people she read her poem
“How Sweet It Is” at the Chelmsford Poetry Slam in October
1999. We miss Betty’s dry sense of humor. She passed away in January
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