Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to Elsie Neufeld

Elsie K. Neufeld - poet, teacher of life stories, friend, editor, cheerleader for emerging writers, and author of Grief Blading Up, has a birthday today.

Elsie grew up with stories that brought home the ghosts of her ancestors who never made it out of Russia. As a young girl she would write to family she had never met, and couldn't expect to meet, as they were in Siberia and Germany.

Since then she has dedicated her life to the written word.

Dukkha by Naomi Beth Wakan (for Colten Boushie)

My DNA is crammed with thousands of years of persecution and pogroms, of expulsions and lives lived in perpetual exile, so when ...