I was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, and
graduated from Peoria High School.
I graduated from Midstate College in 1977, with a degree in Medical/Dental Assisting; from ICC in 1987, with a degree in Liberal Arts; and from ISU in 1990, with a degree in Mass Communications.
I am an only child, who has an only child.
I have always written poetry. My proper-speaking English grandmother taught me to love words.
I have poems published in the 1987 edition of the ICC Writer, and I won
the Silver Medal in the 2009 Heart of Illinois Senior Olympics Poetry Competition.
I joined the Peoria Poetry Club in 2008.
FEATURED POET FOR DECEMBER 2010/JANUARY 2011: To read more of Nel’s poetry, please refer to the Featured Poet Page (under Poetry), and click on the individual titles listed to the right of her name, or click on the titles listed near the bottom of the Featured Poet page.