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‘Poet queen’ stops in Rugby

By Staff | Jun 11, 2018


The “poet queen” made a stop in Rugby at the Heart of America Library Tuesday for a book signing to promote her book.

Rugby-born and Berwick-raised author Joanne (Peterson) Kenzy made stops in Granville, Rugby, Towner and Harvey to promote her first book containing samples of works she has written.

“Excursions of the Mind” is a collection of over 40 rhyming short “stories” Kenzy wrote combined with graphic designs from Pamela Trush of Delaney-Designs. Kenzy said her dream for the book is to be in airport and hospital gift shops, and for the proceeds to be enough money to build a special home for her disabled daughter and seven others.

The youngest of 10 children, Kenzy was raised and went to school in Berwick. Her family bought a farm near there, where they lived for two to three years before building a house in Berwick and moving there. While in school, Kenzy played on the girls basketball team.

In 1957, in her senior year of high school, Kenzy and her family boarded a train in Rugby and moved west to Los Angeles. Kenzy spent 25 years there, married and adopted a daughter with cerebral palsy. Kenzy moved from Los Angeles to the foothills of Sacramento, where she has lived for 40 years.

Kenzy said she worked full-time jobs as a cost accountant and as a Realtor and when at home she wouldn’t know what to do with herself. She found a book and, due to a love of words, began making 10-minute commitments a day to writing. The 10-minute commitments would later evolve into an unreleased three-act musical about the birth of the waltz.

Later Kenzy ran into a friend who had a writer’s group, and after attending the group began writing short rhyming “stories.”

In October 2014, Kenzy started a battle with cancer that involved six months of chemotherapy. Kenzy said she wasn’t sick, but something else happened instead.

“What did happen was all of a sudden I had this idea and that idea,” Kenzy said. “It was like an explosion of words!”

The “poet queen” title, Kenzy said, came from the need to have a website. Kenzy said she was “surprised” when she found that “The Poet Queen” was available.

Kenzy estimates she has written 400 pieces and said she is entertaining the thought of putting together a second, larger book of her works.

Interested persons can order Kenzy’s book at www.thepoetqueen.com.

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