As some things change, others remain the same...

Heidi Nightengale (photo provided)

In the late Nineties, I interviewed Heidi Nightengale for a position in Cayuga Community College’s Continuing Education Division under the leadership of associate dean Keith Batman, who currently chairs the Cayuga County Legislature. At that time, I found Ms. Nightengale to be keenly intellectual possessing a high degree of purpose, dedication and focus to serving the needs and aspirations of others. Goal driven with a creative spirit and engaging personality, Ms. Nightengale served the college quite well.

Flash forward over 20 years and Heidi continues to exhibit the same qualities that impressed me back in the day. And she has become a well-respected poet, writer and most recently a publisher where she brings together all of her professional skills, savvy, and creative abilities to Clare Songbirds Publishing House.

Heidi Nightengale has been writing and publishing in local, regional and national literary magazines for over 25 years. Her chapbook, Bird Vision, was published by Pudding House Press in 2008. Heidi has won numerous awards for her writing and her volunteer civic and community work. Heidi is currently on the faculty of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Empire State College where she teaches courses in writing for children and courses in reading and writing poetry along with courses in human services. She came to the faculty of SUNY after a 25-year career in work with at-risk children, teens and their families. In 2014, Heidi published her first children’s picture book, What Fragrance is the Moon? The book’s first edition, hard cover book sold out and has now gone into a second deluxe paperback edition. She has been a writer in the schools for her work as a poet and children’s writer in three states and over 80 preschool, elementary, middle and high school classrooms. She has also conducted local poetry workshops for the public at Cayuga Community College and the Finger Lakes Arts Council. She has been a featured reader of her poetry in libraries, bookstores and coffee house settings throughout Central New York for over 15 years.

Heidi lives and writes in the Finger Lakes region of New York where, when she is not teaching or writing, she is coaxing faeries to her garden, leaving May Day baskets on the door handles of the homes of her neighbors, friends and family and working for peace and justice in her community. She aspires to be a professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

Heidi Nightengale will be the featured speaker on Thursday, October 26th, 6 PM, Carriage House Theater, Cayuga Museum. $3/person admission. Wine, beer, snacks available for purchase.

"word, revisited" is sponsored by the Cayuga Museum, Olive Trees, and aaduna with all proceeds going to the Cayuga Museum to support its programmatic activities.

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