Lois J. Funk
Born: February 22 1942 in Pekin Illinois, USA
Resides: Manito, Illinois, USA
E-mail: mumsy (at) grics (dot) net
I was born and raised in Pekin, Illinois, but have traveled extensively outside the United States. I spent my mid-high school years in Australia before returning to Illinois and graduating from Pekin Community High School in 1960. My children's poems and rhyming stories (700-1000 words) were first published in 1981 by Children's Better Health Institute and appeared in Children's Playmate, Turtle, Humpty Dumpty's, Jack and Jill, and Child Life magazines. My personal library now contains some 100 magazines (including Ideals) and books that contain my stories and poems; 5 self-published chapbooks; a 600-page self-published family history; a 500-page diary of my teenage life in Australia; a collection of over 700 original poems and haiku; several songs (music and lyrics); plus anthologies, journals, and other writings. In addition, I have edited, compiled, and typeset two books, including the 2006 anthology of the Peoria Poetry Club (Peoria, Illinois). In 2011, I was invited to join seventeen other women poets in creating the first-ever book of senryu, kyoka and haigi written entirely by women. Pieces of Her Mind was released in 2012, and is available through gandjpublishing.com (formerly omegapublications.net), Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble.com. The book also contains reflective essays and bios by, and of, the poets. My latest book Light for the Burning Soul: Sparks, Flames, and Embers was published on April 2, 2015. That book and Snaps, Scraps & Snippets of the Past and Present: How to Retrieve the Lost Pictures of Your Past is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Read more about this at http://loisjfunk.com, http://www.amazon.com/author/loisjfunk, and "Writings by Lois J. Funk" at http://facebook.com/lois.funk.129.
Awards and Other Honors: My poems and lyrics have won both monetary and merchandise awards. One children's story was reprinted in an Australian magazine; one was published in fifteen languages; and my poem "Mother's Hands" has been (legally) published nine times.
Books Published: Pieces of Her Mind [a book of senryu, kyoka and haigi by eighteen women poets] (G and J Publishing, formerly Omega Publications, 2012); Mother's Hands (1994); Father's Hands (2003); Mother's Hands II (2003); Sisters (2003); Grandma's Hands (2005); Snaps, Scraps & Snippets of the Past and Present: How to Retrieve the Lost Pictures of Your Past (2014); and Light for the Burning Soul: Sparks, Flames, and Embers (2015).
Credits: "sundown at sea" and "his june checkup" - Kamesan's World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation (2013); "in shadowed confines" - A Travel-Worn Satchel (HSA Members' Anthology, 2009); "Bangkok sunrise," "waterfront temple," and "afternoon sun" - Snaps, Scraps & Snippets of the Past and Present: How to Retrieve the Lost Pictures of Your Past (2014) from the haibun "Main Stream Echoes".