A CHRISTMAS GIFT: FORMER MUNDAY, WIRT CO. WOMAN POETRY BOOK - 'Resiliency' Captures Essence Of Community


Deborah Elaine Richard (left) is a native of West Virginia. Born in Parkersburg, she spent her early childhood in the rural community of Munday in Wirt County, and lived near Walton in Roane County during her high school years.

Resiliency, published by Finishing Line Press is a collection of poems by Deborah E. Richard, reflects on the ability to bounce back from many of life's experiences as well as reflect on the beauty of nature through poems.

"Debbie Richard's poems are rich caches of personal and rural memories: of lazy walks under moss-draped oaks, of a two-room school house and life on the working farm of her youth, of the last days and words of beloved parents. Her writing is a gentle, generous gift to each reader. After reading each carefully written piece, I felt grateful." - Cynthia Hodell Dyer, poet and writer, Past President of South Carolina Writers' Workshop.

"Resiliency captures the essence of the poet's life and her communities. Through uncomplicated prose, she takes us into her memories and holds us there safely, until we're ready to reflect on our own." - Carrie McCullough, publishing consultant and past vice president, conference chair of the South Carolina Writers' Workshop (2009-2011)

"Debbie Richard's poetry collection, Resiliency, takes the reader on a tender descriptive journey through place, past and present. Firmly rooted with family and the South, the reader will find this collection both accessible and familiar." - Sally Arango Renata, writer and folk-artist, has been published in a number of venues including: The Shine Journal, Ken*again, Pemmican and six poetry anthologies including (most recently) Vintage, published by Fortunate Childe Press. She is twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, placed numerous times in the IBPC and was named Poetry Fellow 2009-2010 by the SC Arts Commission.

Deborah studied Secretarial Science at West Virginia Career College in Charleston where she completed her courses in 1987 with honors. She moved to the South as an adult, following her love of the ocean.

Deborah is currently a Finance Assistant with Mercy Care hospice in Myrtle Beach, SC. Deborah is the recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Joyful! Poetry Contest, and her poems have appeared in Holler (Princeton Poetry Project), Grab-a-Nickel (Alderson-Broaddus College), Two-Lane Livin' Magazine, The Shine Journal, WestWard Quarterly, and The Storyteller. Deborah is a member of South Carolina Writers' Workshop www.myscww.org  and West Virginia Writers, Inc. www.wvwriters.org

Information about her poetry collection and works-in-progress can be found at www.debbierichard.com