Lois J. Funk

Lois Funk
Lois Funk

FEATURED POET OF THE MONTH  AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2011

I was born and raised in Pekin, Illinois, but, at the age of fifteen, had the once-in-a-lifetime adventure of traveling throughout Europe and parts of Asia, on my way to Australia, with my parents.  We lived in Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia (now the site of Melbourne’s biggest airport) for 2-1/2 years, and I spent my mid-high school years at Essendon High School.  In 1959, we returned to the States, just in time for me to graduate from Pekin Community High School.

 

I took an interest in writing poetry and children’s stories when both my American and Australian English teachers encouraged what they saw as a potential for writing.

 

My poems and stories in rhyme were first published in 1981, by the Children’s Better Health Institute, and over the next few years, 107 pieces appeared inChildren’s Playmate, Jack and Jill, Child Life, Turtle, and Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine. My inspirational children’s stories have been published by Pacific Press and LDS.

 

Five chapbooks of nostalgic poetry include Mother’s Hands, 1994; Father’s Hands, 2003; Mother’s Hands II, 2003; Sisters, 2003; and Grandma’s Hands, 2005.

 

In 2012, several of my poems and a reflective essay were published in Pieces of Her Mind-Women Find Their Voice in Centuries-Old Forms. My latest endeavor, Light for the Burning Soul: Sparks Flames and Embers, was launched in April 2015; and prior to that, Snaps Scraps & Snippets of the Past and Present (How to Retrieve the Lost Pictures of Your Past) was launched in March 2014. All three books are available at The Kountry Nook, in Pekin, Illinois, and online at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com., where they can be purchased in paperback, Kindle, or Nook.

 

Besides my own books, I have edited, compiled, and typeset several children’s books, documentaries, and poetry books, including Diamond Fields, the 2006 anthology of the Peoria Poetry Club.

 

I joined the Peoria Poetry Club in 1989; have served as Recording Secretary and President; and am currently serving as Attendance Secretary.

 

I welcome visits to my website at http://loisfunk.com.

 

My biography/profile can also be found at www.amazon.com/author/loisfunk ; www.bn.com ; www.facebook.com/loisfunk.2014 ;www.thehaikufoundation.org ; and my blog can be found at http://loisfunksnippets.wordpress.com.

 

email: mumsy@grics.net

 

POEMS

The Top Hat (In Memory of Fred Funk)

Drawn Into Yesterday

Salt For The Healing

Only Time Will Tell

Love Is

Winter Blue

FEATURED POET OF THE MONTH  AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2011