About the Author

Shirley Blackwell was born in an Arizona mining town, but she calls the farming and ranching community of Deming, New Mexico, her hometown. That is where her family moved when she was in middle school. With her husband, Louis, she lived successively in Florida, Colorado, and a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., before the couple returned to New Mexico prior to retirement.

During a career devoted to national security, Blackwell won awards for her analytic writing and reports on science and technology. In her spare time, she wrote plays, memoir, and liturgical works. Since 2006, she has focused on poetry. She was poetry columnist for a regional newspaper for three years, won the New Mexico Senior Poet Laureate Award for 2010, and was elected president of the New Mexico State Poetry Society for the 2011-13 term. In recent years, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, and she has placed in over a dozen national contests.

The Blackwells live in a rural setting near a village south of Albuquerque. They keep an herb garden and two large dogs.