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I can scarcely wait till tomorrow

when a new life begins for me,

as it does each day,

as it does each day.

From The Round by Stanley Kunitz

Lois Parker Edstrom, a retired nurse, is the author of four collections of poetry: What Brings Us to Water won the Poetica Publishing Chapbook Award, 2010; What’s To Be Done With Beauty, Creative Justice Award, 2012; Night Beyond Black, MoonPath Press, 2016; Glint, MoonPath Press, 2019 is her second full-length book.

She received two Hackney National Literary Awards, Outrider Press Grand Prize, and the Westmoreland Award, among others. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals such as Clackamas Literary Review, Floating Bridge Review, Rock & Sling, Mobius, and Adanna. In 2017, Edstrom's work received nominations for a Pushcart Prize and the Washington State Book Award.

Three of her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and a poem was featured by Ted Kooser in American Life in Poetry. In 2016 her career in nursing and her poetic passion coalesced when her poem, Choices We Make When We Are Too Young to Make Them, appeared in Poems in the Waiting Room, a publication furnished to hospitals, and doctor’s offices in New Zealand. She is deeply moved that her poetry has been translated into Braille. She has had the pleasure of seeing her poetry adapted to dance by the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company. The natural beauty of Whidbey Island, where she lives with her husband, inspires much of her work.


A full length collection of poetry, Glint, was released by MoonPath Press, June, 2019.

Listen to Garrison Keillor read "Almanac," "Observations of an OB/GYN Nurse," and "Choices We Make When We Are Too Young To Make Them" from Night Beyond Black on The Writer's Almanac.

Lois was featured in a Whidbey Examiner article which explores her work and the release of her most recent book, Night Beyond Black. Read the full article on the Whidbey Examiner website, titled Coupeville writer healing with power of poetry.