Nisky grandmother published in poetry anthology

Lifelong writer said she was inspired by memories of past trips with her family

You're never too old, or too young, to be creative and get your writing published, according to one Schenectady County woman who stated penning poems as a young woman and continues to this day.

Joanne Seltzer never really had a day job, but she raised four children as her husband went into work early and traveled often for his job. When the children were at school and she had some time off, she would write poetry. Now, with her children gone and her children having children, she still doesn't consider herself retired.

In a way I am retired, but I don't think of myself as retired, said Seltzer, Niskayuna resident. "Once you're a poet, you're always a poet, even if you stopped writing I'm going crazy because I have a hundred things to do, and I'm lucky if I get five of them done each day."

On Sept. 12, coinciding with Grandparent's Day, "Child of my Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents" will be released, and Seltzer's poem "Jonathan Loves Loons" will be among those published in the anthology.

Seltzer was one of two people selected from the Capital District to be published in the anthology out of hundreds of submissions from writers from across the country and abroad, including Europe and Israel. More than 60 writers are included in the collection.

"It always feels good to have worked accepted," said Seltzer. "I've had a lot of rejections along the way, and being accepted is a lot nicer."

Seltzer isn't new to being published, though, because she started her creative writing path at only 7 years old. Her mother was a teacher and brought the poem to work to show other teachers and eventually sent it into a children's magazine. Soon Seltzer's first poem was published when she was 8.

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