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I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 26, 1954, to Willis and Ruth McLamb of Benson.  Almost immediately I became a "Daddy's Girl."  My mother was a 3rd grade school teacher (for 42 years) and my father was a tobacco farmer and rodeo producer and stock contractor.  I rode a horse before I walked!  I attended Benson schools until our area schools consolidated to form South Johnston High.  I graduated from SJ in 1972 and became a Wolfpacker at N. C. State University.  I earned my BA in English and Teacher Education Certificate at Cambpell University in 1977 and began teaching English at my alma Mater.  In 1984 I received my MA in English from N. C. State and worked there as a TA in the English Department before returning to teach at Smithfield-Selma High School.  There I taught Honors English and was newspaper, yearbook, and literary journal adviser.  I returned to school and received my MLS from North Carolina Central University.  I spent my last years in Johnston County Schools as a media and technology coordinator at Four Oaks Middle School.

I married Sexton Gerald Blackmon in 1993.  He passed away in 2011.  I have three step-children and three step-grandchildren.  I live on the family farm in Benson.

I began writing poetry in the 7th grade and wrote off and on through the years.  I took several creative writing classes (two under NC Poet Laureates Shelby Stephenson and the late Kathryn Stripling Byer.)  I have had many poems published in "little magazines" and poetry journals.  Finishing Line Press published by first collection of poems, Daddy Said, in 2020.  I am an active member of the Johnston County Writer's Group and the North Carolina Writer's Network.

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