Teresa White is a Seattle native now living in Spokane, Washington with her husband where they rescue abandoned cats before finding homes for them. Teresa is one of four siblings, daughter of a civil engineer father and a mother who was a Shakespearean scholar.
Teresa wrote her first short story at the age of seven, began writing poetry on a regular basis at the age of twelve. While Ms. White showed her finished work to her mother’s critical eye, her mother never helped her write nor ever rewrote any of Teresa’s
poems. Teresa never intended to enter college. From
the age of nine, she was a serious student of ballet and saw her future in professional dance. Only when realizing she did not have the physical requirements for any U.S. ballet school (which required their ballerinas to be extraordinarily thin and lightweight) Teresa reluctantly enrolled in the University of Washington, Seattle. Sadly, due to the onset of bipolar disorder and its ramifications, she was never able to finish. With no real direction mapped out, before “quitting for good,” Ms. White took several courses in anthropology, the Russian language, and
American history. Her work has appeared in numerous
print and electronic journals including Avatar Review, Eclectica, Loch Raven Review, Octavo, Rattle, Snow Monkey, and In the Arms of Words, Poems for Disaster Relief (an anthology). She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Desire” plus she has recently released a new collection of poems:
“Gardenias for a Beast,” praised by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins as “requiring our attention”
available online through Elliott Bay Books.