Anita Stienstra was born in Cleveland and raised in Charlestown Township, Pa. near Valley Forge where George Washington’s Continental Army encamped. She was educated at DePauw University and the University of Illinois at Springfield receiving a BA and MA in English with a concentration in poetry and poetics. She lived for six years in Indiana, then Illinois near President Abraham Lincoln’s Home and Presidential Museum and Library and now resides in the southwest.
She is publisher and editor of Adonis Designs Press that annually publishes a teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze, in association with Springfield Poets and Writers. She has read her poetry extensively at events and venues in central Illinois, taught writing at two colleges, wrote for newspaper and television, and facilitated several writing workshops. She was also calendar editor at Illinois Times, a weekly independent newspaper. Awards received include John Knoepfle Creative Writing Award for Poetry, PWLF Presidential Award, Springfield Area Art Council Artist Advancement Award, and an Athena Award nomination from the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Her work can be found in reviews, newspapers, anthologies, and also in six chapbooks: Capturing Apparitions, The Lord's Chapbook, Whispering English Trees, Shifting Focus, Men Were Never Mourned as You, and Selected Writings.
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