the author and her latest book....
Therése Halscheid’s previous poetry collections include Powertalk, Without Home, Uncommon Geography, which won a finalist award for the Paterson Poetry Book Prize; and Greatest Hits, a chapbook award from Pudding House Publications. Her poetry, essays and short stories have appeared in magazines such as The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Sou'wester, Tiferet, among others. She has received Fellowships from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and NJ State Council on the Arts.
For the past two decades, she has been an itinerant writer by way of house-sitting, caring for others’ homes and animals (see Services). This mobility, along with simple living, has helped her to sustain her writing life. Her photography chronicles her journey, and has been in several juried shows (see Gallery).
Therése received her MA from Rowan University and MFA from Rutgers University, and currently teaches for Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ. Through cultural exchange programs she has traveled widely, and taught in England and Russia. Through the Alaskan Arts Council, she had the privilege of working with an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe on White Mountain, as well as a residency in Homer. She frequently visits schools to engage students in the creative writing process, and offers professional development workshops to teachers, grades K-12 (see Services).
White Mountain, Alaska
I am from the people before me
~ an Inupiaq saying
It is thought that the Eskimo came across the Bering Strait from Asia some 4,000-6,000 years ago. They had no written language until the mid-1900s.
In her new collection Frozen Latitudes, the barren and timeless landscape of Alaska becomes a metaphor for places frozen in time when her father Charles, suffered brain damage. Woven among these pages are journey poems of other locales, which share the interchangeability of nature and human nature.