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Teresa Bissegger

  • Teresa Bissegger, Continuing EducationTeresaBissegger_web

    One of Illumination's favorite and most prolific poets, Teresa has published her poems in Volumes 12, 13, and 14 and will have additional poems published in the upcoming Volume 15. Her poems often focus on nostalgia or the beauty of nature, and she enjoys experimenting with poetic forms. We were eager to speak with her.

    Illuminations: Hi, Teresa! You're an SCC Continuing Education student. What keeps you coming back to school?

    Teresa:  There is always something new to learn.  This year I took a Spanish course!

    I:  Which writers do you enjoy reading most?

    T:  Currently, I am reading a poetry book called "Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West." These writers lived in 1200-1500 A.D. So far, I have found favorite poems from each. One of my all-time favorite poets, though, is Maya Angelou.

    I:  You write wonderful poetry yourself. Where do your ideas come from?

    T: Thank you! Many are heartfelt, written with emotion from inner feelings. Some poems just come to me-I feel them inside. It is like my pencil just puts the words down on paper.

    I: Do you participate in any other creative endeavors? If so, why do you enjoy them?

    T: I used to oil paint, but I haven't done that in a long time. I love photography. Taking pictures of nature brings me peace. Taking pictures of architecture makes me wonder what living in the 1800s or the Art Deco period of the 1900s would have been like.

    I:  Have you taken any formal poetry classes? Where does your "good ear" come from?

    T: The only poetry classes I have taken have been online. I am a member of FanStory, an online poetry and writing site. I have learned a lot through there as I read and review other people's poems-and from the feedback that others give to me.

    I: You're an antiques dealer by trade. What excites you about antiques?

    T: Antiques have a history. They have a story waiting to be told.

    I: What advice would you have for beginning poets?

    T: I would suggest reading the poetry of others. Maybe joining a site like FanStory, where reviewers have to write more than just "good job," as some online sites allow. But mostly, just write what is inside of them.