Sauci Churchill (1940-2011)

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Sauci Churchill (1940-2011) was the author of two books of poetry. She taught English and art at the high school level. The Washington Post quoted her poem “The Empty Chair,” and her poem “Rainbow” was published as the title poem in The Rainbow Diet Book. In 1982, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre chose Churchill to be a reader in the Midday Muse program, and in 1985 she was included at George Washington University’s Tuesday Noon Poetry Series. Her poetry was also published in FreeState: A Harvest of Maryland Poets as well as many journals including Slow Dancer, Poetry of the Year, and Willow Leaves Anthology. In 2000, her poem “Cherries in a Crystal Bowl” was published in Mindy Weisel’s book Touching Quiet: Reflections in Solitude. Churchill received an honorable mention at the Senior Poet Laureate competition in 2003. She was also chosen to read at the Library of Congress’s “Seven Maryland Poets” in 2004 as well as the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series in 2008. She was a volunteer at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, and served for 32 years as the law librarian at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. Churchill’s poetry is said to have a delicacy to it while at the same time commanding power. She often described an element of nature in her works. AND

written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013

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