Barbara Meyn, 1924-2011

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Barbara Meyn

Barbara Meyn published her first volume of poetry, Blue Heron on Humbug Creek, in 1981. She was helped by the late Don L. Emblen, a longtime Santa Rosa Junior College English instructor and Sonoma County's first poet laureate. In 1988, Meyn released her second book of poetry, The Abalone Heart, published by Boise State University's Ahsahta Press. In the introduction, Emblen wrote that like Thoreau, Meyn's expressions "rise from the very local ground she walks." The couple first moved to Santa Rosa after their marriage in 1947. They lived about a half mile from the junior college. In 1965, she and her husband moved to Gates Road, a house off Calistoga Road surrounded by redwoods with a small seasonal creek. In 2003, Meyn and her husband moved to Rincon Valley. She died in January 2011.

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Blue Heron On Humbug Creek
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