Phyllis Ballata of White Bear Lake, MN, is a poet and a retired English professor, choral conductor and green business owner. Her BA (1968) from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, is in vocal music, conducting and education; and her MA (1972) from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, is in English and American Literature.
Before retiring, Phyllis was Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educator of the Year (2012), and Century College English department chair and faculty leader. The Nest, a green store, reflected her interests in nature, science, ethics, and community-building. Her love of writing has followed many paths: for example, Writing from Life: Collecting and Connecting (1997, reading/writing/thinking); Living As Though There is a Tomorrow: Creating the Future by Choice Using Reason, Duty, Love, and Belief (2008, ethics); weekly meditations and educational curriculum; as well as a life-long love of multi-layered poetry. Her rustic retreat at The Woods’ House is a setting for reading, writing, meditating, and family fun. She may be reached at email@example.com.