‘Bout Brenda Moossy
Brenda J. Moossy, a first generation American of Lebanese descent, was born and raised in East Texas during the ’50s and ’60s. She fled her small town after high school graduation to Austin, Texas during The Summer of Love, 1967. After flunking out of the University of Texas THREE times (the streets were far more interesting than the classrooms), and after deciding that The Revolution or Global Destruction was imminent, she packed her gear in the back of an old Econoline Van and headed for the Ozark Mountains. When a stint at the Blunderosa Commune proved weirder than she could bear, she reluctantly moved to “town.”
She lived most of her adult life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she decided to “git serious” and go back to school. She became a nurse specializing in HIV disease. She felt her work impacted her world view and her writing. She was a founding and active member of the Ozark Poetry Collective, which has grown to become the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective.
Brenda had four limited edition chapbooks and in early 2009 co-produced an audio entitled Ozark Women Poets — Snake Dreams. She published in small literary journals, gave numerous public readings including appearances at the Cantab Lounge in Boston, the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe and The Knitting Factory in New York City, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, and Cody’s Books Poetry Flash Reading Series in Berkeley. A member of the Ozarks Team to the 1995 National Poetry Slam, she also conducted classes and workshops on the craft of poetry to young writers in the Arkansas and New Jersey schools. She was the proud parent of one child, Peter, who is also a poet.
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January 21, 1949 – January 29, 2009