|Pat enjoys ringing in the Salem UM Church-(Benton) Sanctuary bells. She collects Fostoria American stemware, Avon's Cape Cod red glass and see-thru bright blue glass, which she displays in her office windows. She and her siblings take a Sisters' trip each year and search in flea markets and thrift stores for their collections.
Below is the latest bio written for CALLIOPE Writers (based near Tucson) after she accepted the position of Poetry Editor.
After majoring in piano and teaching public school music for 27 years, and Gifted Ed for the last few, the writing bug bit me. I’d written poetry since 1984, but when I enrolled in a graduate class, Writing Across the Curriculum, my life changed.
I’ve been schooled in “lucid” poetry, under the tutelage of Ted O. Badger, long-time editor and publisher of The Lucidity Journal.
I’ve also edited two newspaper columns of poetry, The Benton (AR) Courier (now the Saline Courier) and The Amity (AR) Standard, for which I currently write a weekly general-interest column.
I retired in 1994 to concentrate on writing. I have been a resident of the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow at least half-a-dozen years. My first novel, A Journey of Choice, was published in 2010, and the sequel, Her Face in the Glass, under the capable direction of Steve May at Alderson Press, was published during the fall of 2015 by CreateSpace in both softback and Kindle editions.
I helped raise four children and solely raised a grandson from eight months to adulthood. I live in the family home with two inside cats.
I have posted 127 reviews on Amazon, have two blogs (pittypatter.blogspot.com--(poetry) and pittypatter-pittypatter.blogspot.com—prose, and this website, PatLaster.com. I’m on Facebook as Pat Couch Laster.
By the end of 2016, I will have been a resident at Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs twice, once in April and then in late October. I began regular residencies in 2007.
I also have had good training at the twice-annual writers retreats at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Education Center in Piggott for several of those years.
In progress now is a book titled HIDING MYSELF INTO SAFETY: A Collection of Short Stories and Long poems. It will be prepared by Cahaba Press of Eureka Springs AR and Birmingham AL and printed again at CreateSpace in softback and Kindle versions. I'm hoping it will be in print during late 2016.
Also in progress is a memoir, EDGING PAST EIGHTY with many poems and a few essays.
[Updated May 17 2016; check back occasionally for more content that might be added or corrected.]