MCC Professor's Book of Poetry Published

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 8, 2005) - A book of poetry, Markers, by Manatee Community College (MCC) Professor Suzanne Keyworth was recently published by Mayapple Press of Bay City, Mich. Keyworth took a one-year sabbatical to research and write poems in the voices of her deceased ancestors. The poems trace the history of her extended family from the 17th century to the present.

A sixth-generation Floridian, Keyworth has taught English and literature at MCC for 17 years. Her works have been published in numerous literary journals, an anthology and a chapbook, When the Distance Closes In. Keyworth has a bachelor's degree from New College (Fla.), a master's degree from Hollins College (Va.) and a master in fine arts degree from Warren Wilson College (N.C.).

The poems explore the life stories of ancestors who became well-known citrus growers, cattle settlers and growers of cotton and strawberries. One ancestor, Captain Hendry, fought in the Seminole and Civil wars and became a prominent Florida citizen whose family developed Hendry County. The book also includes family trees and drawings by Laura Ferreira, Keyworth's niece.

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