FALLING IN LOVE WITH LANGUAGE
It happened early on, and the love affair is still going strong. In my mid-sixties I can still become totally taken with a well-crafted piece of poetry or prose. A few of my favorite contemporary poets are Billy Collins, Dorianne Laux, and Linda Pastan. As far as short stories and novels go, Mary Gordon, Alice Munro and John Updike come to mind. All have a capacity to write with a simple elegance that I find captivating.
MY HAPPIEST TIMES
I’ve had a rich and varied work life, tackling over the years everything from teaching inner-city first grade to doing standup comedy. And, though I feel lucky to have had such variety, my best, most vibrant work experiences happen when I write.
In 1997 Meyer Publishing came out with my book of light, whimsical essays entitled The Learning Curve: Lessons on Life, Love and Laundry. I also tried my hand for a while at the craft of writing short stories. But the genre my heart and head seem best-suited for is poetry. In 2009 a book of my poems, Suddenly Autumn, was published by Wordplay Press.
The following year Garrison Keillor read two poems from the book on his daily NPR show, Writer’s Almanac. Both can still be heard by going to www.writersalmanac.org and typing Cindy Gregg in the author box (or click here).