Adelaide Crapsey was born on September 9, 1878 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the third daughter of Episcopalian Rev. Algernon Sidney Crapsey and Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey. She was an honours student at Vassar College, and then became a teacher. She contracted tuberculosis somewhere around 1903, and died on October 8, 1914.
She had been working on a study of metrics that proved too exhausting for her to continue after the onset of her illness, and so she concentrated on poetry. She is known as the inventor of the cinquain – a poem of 5 short lines of unequal length, of which Niagara is one. Her poems were published posthumously.
Bill Cattey has been employed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 17 years as a software engineer after getting his degree in Computer Engineering from there. Bill is quite sure of himself as an engineer, but is a little uncomfortable calling himself a poet. He knows he started early with a haiku he wrote in elementary school, but after that he can find only one additional poem written before entering MIT.
He attributes that second poem’s being published in his high school literary magazine to be an artifact of them being hungry for copy rather than any literary value to the work.
Bill, with the aid of a collaborator, has set two of his poems to music. He hopes to publish his work through more conventional literary channels in the future. Bill currently publishes all his poetry, including many works in progress, on a personal web site: http://web.mit.edu/wdc/www/poetry
I search the pages of our history over
For a courageous one whose name would stand
For staunchest patriot, and for truest lover,
And prove the same by deed done for the land;
And my heart thrills, for ’tis a woman bears it,
You’ll find it, marble carved, on Laura Secord’s grave;
And you, and I, and every woman shares it,
The right to stand for what is good and brave.
Source: Kevin McCabe, ed. The Poetry of Old Niagara. St. Catharines,
Ont. : Blarney Stone Books, 1999.
Originally published in: Jean Blewett. Jean Blewett’s Poems. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1922.
“Looking for Niagara” is the title poem from a book (Slipstream, 1993) that celebrates the history of a natural Niagara. E.R. Baxter III is a recipient of a Just Buffalo Award, and a fellow of a New York State CAPS Award, both for fiction. In May 2000, the Buffalo Audubon Society presented him with the Harry Jay Kord Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the causes of education and conservation in Western New York. He is a founding member of the Niagara Frontier Wildlife Habitat Council, and of the Niagara Heritage Partnership
Growing up I created an imaginary village to “play” in with my sister, DeeDee. Some kids have imaginary friends, I had an imaginary village. I didn’t realize until I was in my late 20s that I was creating fiction. Twenty years later I not only realize it, I am a twice published mainstream novelist and my first book, “Puddles” has been re-released and is endorsed by best selling author of “The Devil’s Advocate” Andrew Neiderman.
Birth Place: Syracuse, NY USA
Accomplishments: I earned a degree in Writing Arts/Criminal Justice from SUNY Potsdam, cum laude. I worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-12 for two years; as an assistant editor for a weekly newspaper, during which time I wrote a humor column and feature articles; as a group care worker for teens in residential foster care; and I tutored the children of migrant farm workers. I volunteered as a Sunday School teacher for years. I volunteered for a year at the Auburn Men’s Maximum Security Correctional Facility in Auburn, NY in their inmate-run substance abuse program. I have been married for thirty-five years, have four kids, and seven grandkids, so far. I have designed a series of worksheets, “Fun with fiction” which I have presented to several elementary classes (1st -4th grades, so far)and a creative writer’s group of adults who meet once a month. My hope in doing this is to encourage people to appreciate the great gift they have inside themselves to “make up” stuff and have fun while doing it.In February I will present my workshop to my author pals from PublishAmerica at the first PA convention in Frederick Maryland. The company has dubbed me “the Queen of Enthusiasm.” Currently, my hubby and I are running a diner in a small town. Waitressing is perfect for this novelist….Be careful what you say while dining there, it might end up in a chapter of a book I might be inspired to write…”More coffee?”