DEBORAH GERRISH is the author of the collection of poems, Light in Light (2017), The Language of Paisley (2012), the chapbook, The Language of Rain (2008). Her poems have appeared in Lips, Journal of New Jersey Poets, The Stillwater Review, Adanna, Ararat, Exit 13, Off Line: An Anthology of New Jersey Poets, Bridges, Climate of Opinion, The Crafty Poet II, Meta-Land: Poets of the Palisades II, The Paulinskill Poetry Project: Voices from Here 2, other anthologies, and The Paterson Literary Review where her poems have received Editor’s Choice and Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. She was awarded an Edward Fry Fellowship for scholarship research work at Rutger’s University and received her Ed. D. in Literacy Education in 2004. In 2015, she received her MFA in Poetry from Drew University. She taught English for over thirty years in NJ schools where she conducted writing workshops and introduced “a poem a day” to students and implemented student poetry readings. She served as VP of Programs (2012-2015) for Women Who Write, Inc, where she organized workshops, planned Goldfinch poetry readings, and recruited speakers and instructors. She now serves on the WWW Board of Trustees and teaches poetry workshops at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She facilitates readings for Visiting Poets..
Poetry is the biography of humanity.