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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