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    Judy Light Ayyildiz, Vitae, 2006 1


    Judy Light Ayyildiz

    4930 Hunting Hills Circle

    Roanoke, Virginia 24018

    540-774-8440 (facsimile: home number, call first)


    M.A. Creative Writing//English Hollins College 1981

    M.A. Liberal Arts Hollins College 1980

    B.A. Music Education Marshall University 1963


    SOME of MY ANCESTORS are OTTOMANS and TURKS, children's book (6-12) Turkish-American immigrant tells grandson brief history

    of his origins, 44pgs. with paintings, winter 2004, Moonstar Press; spring 2005 Greenhouse-Yeni Yasam Yayinlari, Istanbul, Turkey

    ndNOTHING but TIME, A Triumph over Trauma, 211pp. memoir, summer 2001; 2 ed. fall 2009, xlibris THE WRITER'S EXPRESS, short creative writing lessons (middle school students), spring 1999, 128pp, Instructional Fair, T.S. Denison

    EASY IDEAS for BUSY TEACHERS, Critical Thinking Lessons (middle, upper teachers) spring 1996, 94pgs. Frank Schaffer Publications

    CREATIVE WRITING across the CURRICULUM, (middle/upper school teachers) spring 1995, 122pgs. Frank Schaffer Publications

    rdMUD RIVER (80pg, poetry) Lintel Press 1988; 2nd edition 1994, 3 edition, Authors Guild “Back in Print” program, iuniverse, 2010

    SKY HOOKS and GRASSHOPPER TRAPS, A NOTEBOOK of POETRY LESSONS for STUDENTS, Skyhooks Publications 1987 SMUGGLED SEEDS (55pg, poetry) Gusto Press 1979, winner of poetry series contest resulting in publication

    FIRST RECITAL (34pg, poetry) Leisure Pub. 1977

    Anthology PUBLICATIONS

    “View from the Top Floor, Istanbul 2008<” poem, Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Chapbook, 2009 “Spinning and Weaving this Woman’s Life, a Reflection, (including many work examples), Women in Dialogue, international anthology, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2-2008

    “Pears” short story, translated into Italian, International Women Writing Today, Rubbettino Editore, 2007

    “Youth”, poem, from Mud River,translated into Italian, International Women Writing Today, Rubbettino Editore, 2007 “Lost”, short story, International Anthology HEAL-Between the Pages a Panacea, Clique Calm Books, September 2005

    “Sleeping in My Mother‟s Last House,” poem, The Pen and Brush, Rke. Pen Women‟s Prize Winners‟ Anthology, spring „04 “Asia Minor, from Eskihisar to Topcular,” poem, Detours, Poems of Travel by Land, Air, Sea and Mind, edited by Gay Davidson-Zielske, Lonesome Traveler publishing, Madison, WI, 1997

    "Cappadocia", poem, Anthology of Third World Countries, Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, OH Spring 1989

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    COMPLETED AND FORTHCOMING Never Forever, a novel based on one woman's experience of the last century in the country of Turkey, Rebekah Pratt Literary Agency

    The West Virginia Diet, The Artistic Spirit Learning and Making Do (in progress....)

    Poetry PUBLICATIONS (selections)

    “On the Rim of Southwestern Anatolia,” , February 2010

    "Ritual,” Turkish Times, April, 2003

    "Kore,", winter, 2002

    Reprint, "Mud River" Artemis Magazine Online, fall 2001

    "Summer Solstice" Hawaii Pacific Review, fall 2001

    "Ritual", McGuffin Magazine, June 2000

    "Asia Minor--from Eskihisar to Topcular", Detours, Lonesome Traveler Press, spring 1997 "Mud River", and Mud River book reviewed, Black Water Review, 1995

    "Vista Pointe", Sow's Ear, spring 1991

    “He Sang”, “Superposed”, The Roanoke Review, Vol XII, Number 1, summer 1985

    "Lake Drained for Aesthetic Values", THE New Renaissance, spring 1989

    "Two Voices,” The Tidewater Patriot, #88-9

    "Firedancers", River Rat Review, spring ‟88, Issue 3

    "Spark and Sputter”, The Sow's Ear, spring 1989

    "Requiem/Auschwitz 1985,"The New York Quarterly

    "The Winter She Died,” The Northeast Journal

    “Shadows and Signs”, “Making Change”, Kalliope, a journal of women’s art, 1984

    Short Story PUBLICATIONS "Green Lacy Stars", short.story, The Women's Journal, Bridget's Place, Houston, TX, spring 2001 "Gathered at the Throne", short story, Piedmont Literary Review, summer 1993, 2nd place contest winner

    "Sour Cherries”, short story, spring 91, Potato Eyes

    Excerpt from Chapter One, Nothing but Time, the Observer Newspaper, Kingston, Jamaica, April 2002

    Non-Fiction, Article, Book Review, Journal Entry PUBLICATIONS (selections)

    “Women in Historical Literature,” speech and paper, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus, published and distributed by university on CD format, spring 2006

    Article, featured alumna, Marshall University Magazine, summer 2006

    Poetry book review: “Where Did I Wake Up? The Poetry of Stanislaw Baranczak”, Narod Polski, May 7, 1981

    Judy Light Ayyildiz, Vitae, 2006 3 “Success with a Community Choir” presented 1975 National Alliance for Arts Educators symposium Crakov, Poland “Journey with Whitman”, Mickle Street Review-Walt Whitman Association, 1983

    "The Last Walk", journal entries, The Contemplative Way,1995-96, winter, spring

    “Roanoke Valley Chapter GBSFI,” article, The Communicator, International GBSFI Quarterly, spring „05 “Women Rights, Striking Parallels, US and Turkey,” speech presented Turkish Embassy Fall ‟04, published Ataturk Society of America. Review feature article, Turkuaz Magazine, “Seven Houses: The Hearts and Homes of Turkish History,” a novel by Alev Lytle Croutier, 2003

    "Keep the Arts in Public Education," featured essay for Commentary Page, The Roanoke Times, April 1997 "Journal from Turkey”, entries, The Contemplative Way, 1996, summer

    Poetry Exercise, "The Teaching of Poetry: Exercises and Concerns, Associated Writers Programs Pedagogy Forum, March 1993

    Journal entry, special ed. Passager, winter '93, vol.4, #1

    Broadside of Judy Light Ayyildiz's teaching techniques, with elementary students' poems, fall '90, Richmond City Schools.

    Literary review by J.L.A. in Sow's Ear of poetry of M.Ray Allen, fall '91.

    "Immigrant finds Success in Herself, " article, Turkish Profiles in America: The Turkish Times Newspaper NY, July 10, 1989 "In Search of An Honest Voice", essay, The Virginia English Bulletin



    Poetry Award Winner, Nazim Hikmet Festival, for “View from the Top” -2009

    Focus subject of 28-minute interview with husband and son and shown on many TV channels in VA Nominee YWCA “Women of Distinction” Award in the Arts

    Finalist in Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia for Fiction, 2007

    Panelist Judge, Virginia Commission for the Arts 2006 Fiction Awards

    Who‟s Who in American Women 2006

    2005 Membership Award, Turkish Forum-Extra ordinary dedication and outstanding service in achieving the missions spelled out by the founders of the Forum, 2005

    Virginia Commission for the Arts, Artist in Schools grant, 4-wks writing workshops, Richmond Arts and Humanities 5-05

    Panelist Judge, Virginia Commission for the Arts 2003 Fiction Awards

    Fellowship, Va Center for the Creative Arts, spring 2003

    Memoir: Nothing But Time, 2002 Virginia College Stores Association Annual Book Award Finalist

    Memoir: Nothing But Time, 2002 Library of Virginia Outstanding Book Award Nominee

    Distinguished Service Award 2002, Daughters of Ataturk

    Fellowship, Va Center for the Creative Arts, spring 2001

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    "My Mother's Last House" poem, Honorable Mention, National Ass. Pen Women Contest, 2001

    2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers, Cambridge, England, 2000

    The Summer I Learned to Walk-- (Nothing but Time) memoir, runner-up Duquesne University Press "Emerging Writers Series The Summer I Learned to Walk-- (Nothing but Time) memoir, 1998; Top Ten Mammoth Press book ms. contest, 1999

    Who‟s Who in America, 2000, 2001, 2002

    First Place, Jim Wayne Miller Prize in Poetry judged by Jim Wayne Miller, 1994

    Who‟s Who in the South and Southwest 23 edition, 1993 through 1998 1993,19 1994, 97 VA Commission Arts AIE Study Grants to AWP Annual Conference where paper presented at Pedagogy Forum.

    1991 "Great Expectations: The Education Project", Class Act Honoree for programs done as WIR for Roanoke County Schools

    Numerous Grants from Virginia Commission for the Arts

    Numerous Grants from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

    Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 1990

    Poems,"Kore"and"He Sang”, included in 10 works selected for the "Poetics Of Music"Program--joint effort of Roanoke Symphony, Artemis and The Acting Company. "Winter Lights Festival”, Public Television, 8 Secondary Schools performances, plus publication in limited


    "Person to watch in '88"Roanoker Magazine, 1988

    Writer in Residence, Roanoke City Schools 1988

    "Discovery Series Winner" with publication of Smuggled Seeds, book of poetry, Gusto Press, NY, 1979

    "Poet of the Month”, Collage Magazine., full-page of poetry from “Smuggled Seeds” manuscript, Los Gatos, CA 1978

    Scholarship, Wesleyan University.Writers Conference, 1983

    Gertrude Claytor Memorial Prize of American Academy of Poets, 2nd Place 1981

    Writers Digest Poetry Prize, 55th of 100 winners, 1978

    Poetry Society of VA,” Karma Deane Ogden Memorial. Prize”: First Place, and Honorable Mention 1979

    Poetry Society of VA, “Emma Trigg Memorial Prize”, 2nd Place, 1980

    The National League of American Pen Women Poetry Contest, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention, 1979

    Who's Who in the Southeastern U.S.A., 1991


     Florida Turkish Association, 2/2004

    Marco Island Book Club, 2/2004

    Marco Island Arts and Entertainment Club, 2/2004

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    The Villages Bookshop, 2/2004

    Roanoke Valley Pen Women‟s Association, 6/2004

    North Carolina Turkish Association of Raleigh, 4/2004

R.J. Reynolds Patrick County Hospital physicians staff meeting, 2002

    Patrick County Public Health Meeting, R.J. Reynolds Hospital, sponsor, 2002

    The Jefferson Center, reading, Roanoke Libraries, 2001

    St. Francis of Assisi Leader Dog Association, keynote speaker, 2001

    Valley Book Festival, Roanoke, VA, sponsor city libraries association, 2001

    Pen Women's Association, presentation, 2002

    WCQS Radio interview with David Hurand, Asheville, NC, 2002

    KSFR Radio "Live From the Santa Fe Baking Company with Wills" and with Mulligan

    University of Virginia Medical Systems, presentation sponsored by Neurology and Chaplaincy Departments, 2002 GBS Chapter, Reading and Discussion, Asheville, NC, 2002

    Malatrops Bookstore, Reading and Signing, Asheville, NC, 2002

    Artemis "Winter Lights Festival", Reading, 2002

R.J. Reynolds Homestead, Reading, 2002

    Keynote Speaker, Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation Graduation, Roanoke College, 2001 Reading, Roanoke Libraries Association, the Jefferson Center, Fitzpatrick Hall, 2001

Virginia Center for Creative Arts, reading-1988

    Ferrum College, reading-1988

    Hampshire College, poetry reading-1987

"Earthworks”, poetry reading-1988


     Creative Writing day-long workshop, Blue Ridge Pen, fall 2006

    8-wk. Memoir Writing course, Blue Ridge Writing Center, Ltd. Spring 2005

    Multiple 1-wk.writing seminars for Elderhostel, "Writing to Save Your Life", Southern Seminary College, May 1990 Writing Workshop for Lewis Gale Oncology Nurses, fall, 1990

    Richmond Arts and Humanities Center, 4 wks. Elementary/middle schools creative writing workshops with performance Harden Reynolds School, Two-week writing workshop, 2002

    C.I.T.Y. School visiting poet, 6-day seminar, 1999

    Wythe County Schools, Teachers'-in-Service Training, "Writing to Learn" 1997

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    Roanoke County Educational Association, "Whole Language", 1995

    Fairfax County Schools, elementary workshops in poetry, May 1990

    Seminar:Teaching Classroom Writing, In-service training for teachers, week-long workshop with elementary students, Richmond, VA 12/89

    Writer in Residence, Richmond, VA 1985-89

    Poet in Schools, Chesterfield, VA 1988-89

    Writer in Residence, Fairfax County Schools 1990

    Writing Consultant, Roanoke, Virginia City Schools 1981-91

    Writing Seminars for teachers, Roanoke.City Schools-1985-89

    Virginia. Educators Association, writing workshop, 1985

    1985-NSPA Conference for high school students at University North Carolina, week of workshops


     Kirklareli University, Kirklareli, Turkey, Panelist, Writing Workshop, fall, 2009

    Creative Writing Memoir Workshops, Greenhouse Bookstore, Istanbul, fall, 2009

    Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, Creative Writing Workshop, spring 2006

    Greenhouse Bookstore, Istanbul, Turkey, Writing Workshop, spring 2006

    Kultur 2000, international school, Istanbul, Writing Workshops, spring 2006

    Eastern Mediterranean Uni. International Women‟s Studies Conference, speech and paper, Cyprus, spring 2006

    Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, InternationalWomen‟s Studies Conference, speech and paper, spring 2006 Greenhouse Bookstore, weekend memoir workshop, Istanbul, Turkey, spring 2005

    10 International Schools, Istanbul, Turkey, Spring 2005

    American Women in Istanbul, 12/2003

    “Balkan Wars” from Wife of the Revolution, presenter, Anadolu University/Turkish Army Conference, 12/2003

    Istanbul Rotary Club, 12/2003

    University of the West Indies, presentation to medical college interns and residents meeting, 2002

    Seminar: Teaching Students to Write With Voice, W.Va International Reading Council Conference, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va, 11/89

    WOMEN’S STUDIES PRESENTATIONS NC Turks, Guilford CC, Speech-PP Presentation “National Women‟s Day” 2005 Turkish Embassy for Ataturk Society of America “Celebration of Women‟s Rights” fall‟ 2004 C-Span Book, Nothing but Time and "Women Writing Their Lives" panel from VA Festival of the Book, 2002

    Presentation Turkish Women's League of America, Turkish Consulate, 2001

    Hollins University Women's Center weekend writing seminar, 2000

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    Hollins College Women's Center, "Writing across the Curriculum", 1997

    Roanoke Women's Coalition, "Women Together" presentation

    Hollins Women's Center, 3-day seminar with sculptor Betty Branch, "Touching the Power." fall '94, fall 95

    Hollins Women's Center 6-wk class "Journal as Source and Resource" fall '91

    Hollins College Women's Center 6-week.workshop, spring 93, fall 1990, workshops in literature

    "Journals as Poetry, Poetry to Journal", Two-wk. seminar presented by artists and writers, entitled, "Breaking the Silence", The Women‟s'

    Center, Hollins College June 1990

    Hollinsummer Pre-college Young Women‟s Summer Program, instructor in creative writing, Hollins University, 1985-91


     Marshall University Visiting Writers Series Presenter, winter 2010, sponsored by MU English-Liberal Arts Departments

    Franklin County Library Association, Writers Conference, memoir panel, fall 2005

    Marymount Manhattan Writers Conference 2002, presentation, memoir panel

    Mt. Heritage Writers Conference, Clifton Forge, VA summer 1989-90

    Kentucky Highlands Festival, Writers Conference, workshops and lectures/reading-1988, 89, 90, 91

    "Virginia Festival of the Book," Charlottesville, VA, 2002

    Marymount Manhattan College Writer's Conference Memoir Panel, 2002

    Mountain Heritage Writers Conference, workshops-1988, 89, 90

    1985-Blue Ridge Writers Conference-Presenter

    Va. Ass. Teachers of English Conf.presenter-1987-88

    Annual Guest Writer/Lecturer, Polish Arts Club, Chicago 1980



     Numerous workshops, seminars for k-12 public school teachers and students in various areas in Virginia, funded by grants from the Virginia

    Commission for the Arts, 1993-2006

    Speedwell School, Wythe County, Writer-in-Residence, 1996-97

    Writer-in-Residence, all upper, middle, jr., Roanoke County Schools, 1995-96

    Workshop, Roanoke City School, spring '93-95

    Artist-in-Education, 2/4-22, Beverley Manor Elementary, Augusta County

    Visiting Writer, James River H.S., winter 1991

    1991 Writer in Residence in all 5 high schools, Roanoke.County, VA

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    1987-89-Writer in Residence, Roanoke, VA City Schools: designed and established a writing program for middle school in preparation for the

    Literacy Passport Testing

    1989-97 C.I.T.Y. School (gifted high school seniors) writing instructor

    1987-90-Creative Writing Instructor, Roanoke College, Community Education Department

    1986-91-Poet in Schools, Richmond City Schools

    1987-89-Poet in Schools, Chesterfield County Schools

    1984-91-Hollinsummer Program, Instructor of Writing, Hollins College

    1984-Spectrum Program, Salem City Schools, Workshops

    1985-Special Education.Classes, Roanoke County Schools, workshops

    1967-music teacher, Jefferson High School, Roanoke,VA

    1969-music teacher, Addison High School, Roanoke,VA

    1965-music teacher, middle school, Buffalo, NY City Schools

    Various 1-day workshop sessions in schools


     Marshall University Dean of the Fine Arts Council Member Advisory Board, The Blue Ridge Pen Association

    Writer‟s Guild Association member

    National Pen Women‟s Association

    Blair Mountain Press advisory board member

    Iowa University Summer Writing Workshops, two weeks in novel and memoir, "Artist Assistance Grant" from VA Commission Arts

    Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts- multiple times resident

    Blue Ridge Writers Conference, founder and past board member, Festival Board Planner

    Artemis, Artists and Writers from the Blue Ridge, 13 years as editor; 1988 president Poets and Writers, member

    Associated Writing Programs

    American Academy of Poets

    Appalfolks of America, board member

    Advisory member of planning committee for Roanoke Libraries Association's "Valley Bookfest"

    Area fund-raising committee member for Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

    Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International Roanoke Chapter Liaison, 2000-2007

    Local Colors Organization of Roanoke, VA - Turkish

    Judy Light Ayyildiz, Vitae, 2006 9 VCCA Roanoke Support Committee, 2001-2

    President, Bosphorus Club, 1995

    Mill Mountain Play Contest Reader

    President, Roanoke Academy of Medicine Auxiliary

    Rosalind Hills Baptist Church/Unity of Roanoke Valley Choir Director

    Director and organizer of Roanoke Academy of Medicine Auxiliary Chorus for 10 years

    Charter Board Member and co-founder of Southwest VA Opera Society

    Showtimers Theater, actor, musical director, fund-raising chair

    Junior League of the Roanoke Valley (music director of the annual festival show)

    "Gym-Sing of Roanoke Valley"-music director, board member and organizer of sixty students who toured Poland under the auspices of Friendship Ambassadors in 1978, co-founder “Gym-Sing of Roanoke Valley,” and program director/music director, fund-raiser for 50 Roanoke youth who played and sang music show, danced and did gymnastics for a 3-week tour of Poland.

    National Alliance of Arts Educators Representative (of 60 from all over the U. S.) to Poland, 1977

    "The Overtones”, professional 6-woman vocal group, soloist and ensemble

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