Terri Kirby Erickson is launching her fifth collection of poetry, Becoming the Blue Heron (Press 53), on March 27 in a gala and fundraising event. Ten percent of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to The Centers for Exceptional Children whose mission is to “educate, nurture and support children with special needs to reach their highest potential intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.” Terri shared that her practice is to select a charity of importance to her at each of her book launches. Her former middle school math teacher was the past executive director of the Center.
The arts are part of Terri’s family dynamics. Her uncle, Stephen White, a nationally known artist, does the paintings for all of her book covers. The cover for Becoming the Blue Heron is whimsical, as the fabric of the cover lady’s dress is woven with blue herons in flight.
Terri took inspiration for the title of her new book based on a visit to Mallard Lake at Tanglewood Park where she observed a blue heron. Its majestic presence and rich coloring led her to wonder what it might be like to become such a beautiful creature of freedom and flight. She reminisced that the ability to fly was one of her childhood wishes.
Terri began writing poetry in the fifth grade. In her words, “getting lost in the process of writing” is part of who she is. She has a strong desire to make the “healing art” of poetry user-friendly and accessible to everyone.
Terri is a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She is an award-winning poet on a national and international level. In February of this year, composer Theodore Wiprud, Vice President of Education for the New York Philharmonic, debuted one of Terri’s poems, Angels of Death, as part of his cycle composition for soprano.
On Monday, March 27, at 7:00 pm, “Readings on Roslyn” is sponsoring the launch of Terri’s latest book of poetry, Becoming the Blue Heron, at The Barn at Reynolda Village (106 Reynolda Village). This is a free event, open to the public. The programmed event features live jazz music by vocalist Cathy Watson, accompanied by jazz pianist Karen Kenderick. Artwork by Stephen White will be featured. Refreshments will be provided as well.
Guests will be able to socialize and enjoy the music before the program begins at around 7:30 pm with opening remarks by Kathryn Milam, host of “Readings on Roslyn.” Nancy Griffith, Director of The Centers for Exceptional Children, will speak, followed by Terri’s publisher, Kevin Morgan Watson with Press 53. Cameron Kent, author and former lead anchor for WXII 12 News, will then introduce Terri, who will present a reading from Becoming the Blue Heron.
Mark your calendar to meet Terri and her guests to celebrate her new poetry, Becoming the Blue Heron.