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Heeney, Michele

For decades, Michele's life centered around birth, in obstetrics and gynecology as a nurse practictioner. At the same time, her creativity was flourishing; "I was always taking pictures and writing poetry."

Now that medical world has drifted into the past, the poetic and visual arts fill her time, producing images of beauty and heart, as in her fifth book. Through both bodies of artistic work runs a deep passion for nature.

After receiving her R.N. in Pennsylvania and moving to California, she expanded her career at UCSF studying OB-GYN and becoming a Nurse Practioner. The last fifteen years of her career was spent in Monterey County working with Mexican farm workers in the Salinas Valley.

In addition to her professional work, nature filled her life at home on a 6,000 acre ranch at the north end of the Big Sur Wilderness where she was caretaker for the park district of Monterey.

These are the links that shape her poems and travel over the years complete the chain; West Africa with the Peace Corps, learning Spanish in Costa Rica and Mexico, scuba diving the coasts of California, Hawaii, Fiji, and Micronesia. These are a few places that merge to feed Michele's imagination and gift for lyric imagery.

Michele's poems bring us her perspective on eternal themes of obsession, love, pain, loss, and one's own nagging self.

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