FALLING INTO ENCHANTMENT
Poems from the 1970s in Santa Fe, New Mexico
By Poems from the 1970s in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Cover artwork by Reyes Padilla.
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This is Eleanor Grogg Stewart’s first published poetry collection. Although she has written poetry for many years, she did not choose to publish for two reasons: first, she thinks that poetry is meant to be heard; and second, she was a teacher of college freshmen for forty-odd years and some of the poems did not seem appropriate for her students to read—perhaps an old-fashioned point of view. She thinks differently now, so here they are. Already published is a non-fiction work telling the story of her time as a teacher for Vietnamese “boat people” in a UNHCR first asylum refugee camp on Palawan Island in the Philippines from 1981 to1983. This was the most extraordinary experience of her life, and the book has helped her to reconnect with Vietnamese people who are now living full lives in many different countries.
Eleanor Grogg Stewart has a Bachelor’s Degree from Marietta College in Ohio and a Master’s Degree in theater from the University of Illinois. She was a professional actress for a number of years, performing mostly classical theater. Before she moved to New Mexico from New York City, she played Lady Capulet in Joseph Papp’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Theater in the Park with a young Martin Sheen as Romeo. She has also taught public speaking and English composition to a variety of freshmen at Hunter College in New York City as well as educational institutions in Chicago, Denver, and New Mexico. In addition she taught Eslin language schools in Yokohama and Tokyo to a range of adult students including the first Japanese woman astronaut, Chiaki Mukai. At the time of the publication of this book, Eleanor lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she performs at poetry readings around the city.
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