Melinda Kemp Lyerly (a.k.a. Serenem) was born on a rainy Saturday in the spring of 1958 in the small town of Marlboro, New Jersey. Primarily a freelance visual artist, she is fairly new to writing poetry on a serious basis, having taken it up in early 2001. Her poetry is best known for it’s nature and relationship themes, often containing strong metaphors comparing the two.
The poem ‘Planting Wisteria’ is one of her best known and was featured on author Garrison Keillor’s ‘My Private Wobegon/Stories from Home’ web site in December of 2001.
She has received recognition in the annual ‘Fields of Earth’ poetry competition, sponsored by Writer’s Ink of Fayetteville, NC, as a multiple winner in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her writings have also been published in Skyline Literary Magazine out of New York state and is on permanent display in the New York Public Library. She has twice won top recognition in the NC Weymouth Writer’s Competiton (2003 and 2004) and has been published in their annual anthology.
Melinda lives with her most able carpenter husband, Alan, and her daughter,
Seren Adele, on five acres in a rural community just outside of Aberdeen, North Carolina, along with an assortment of ‘critters’, including a horse, two goats, two dogs, a one-winged Chipping sparrow, one house cat and an assortment of barn kitties...