After a lifetime of working as a special educator and school change agent in New Jersey, in the quest to write my coming-of-age memoir, I relocated back to the land of my childhood haunts, in the green hills of Arkansas. Along the way, I re-found my first love—today we are married.
Currently, I work as an education and instruction specialist for the Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN), a PBS affiliate. My passion projects focus on poetry, education, and art. I'm also a teaching artist for the Arkansas Arts Council <http://www.arkansasarts.org/aie-artists/stacy-pendergrast>. And I'm fortunate to serve as the press secretary for Jo McDougall, the Poet Laureate of Arkansas, and one of the greatest poets to come from this state.
My work has appeared in such journals as Memoir Magazine, Sliver of Stone, Fourth River, The Tishman Review, Spank the Carp, Blue Mesa Review, and others. I read a chapter excerpt from my memoir in progress, You Wouldn'a Been Here, on Tales from the South, an NPR radio show that featured true Southern stories. My haiku have been published in bottle rockets, Contemporary Haibun, frogpond, and elsewhere. A good literary citizen, I volunteer as a poetry reader for Carve Magazine, and my book reviews have highlighted fellow writers in Gayly, Yemassee, and Angel City Review.
I hold an MFA in Creative Writing/Creative Nonfiction from Chatham University and a Master's in Special Education from Rutgers University. I hope to be teaching and writing as long as I am breathing.My Publications