Judy Light Ayyildiz

Educator, Author, Speaker, Workshop Leader

Selected Works

Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction
Anthology includes excerpts from three of my published books: MUD RIVER, INTERVALS, APPALACHIA TO ISTANBUL, and FORTY THORNS
Front Cover Art work copyright permission for use by K. Kamal Ayyildiz “Foreword” to works by Dr. Erin Webster Garrett, Professor at Radford University
“Unforced and authentic, which is pretty rare today.”
–-William Packard, NYQ Review
a NOVEL based on an oral biography of a Turkish woman of the past century placed in a historical frame
This novel is a history of Turkey from 1900 to the present, from the sultanate to the republic, of wars, revolutions and the changes within a nation, of a family and of a woman, a saga, a love story between a man and woman and a woman with her country.
Spiritual strength from moving, insightful, yet humorous stories of the people and experiences in Judy's life.
Fiction and Nonfiction, Children Ages 6-12
An American grandson of a Turkish immigrant learns about his Turkish and Ottoman heritage.
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From the Womb to the Page

January 7, 2007

In this newsletter, I will try to keep you updated on events (especially related to reading and writing) in my own life and to let you know some interesting things I encounter (especially in the arts).

We spent part of the holidays in NYC with our son Kamal and some of the Turkish family visiting from overseas. It was a special delight to see the new photography project Kamal is completing. It's another East-West focus sure to draw attention. Photos printed out on huge sheets of aluminum and then worked on for thought-provoking results. We also spent time with Kent, his wife Bets and the two grandchildren, Grace and Quinn. Grace has already published her first adventure story, which can be purchased for .25 through vayyildiz@aol.com. Quinn gave grandparents oil paintings on wood for Christmas. Kid has quite a hand! Bets is busy at Morin and Barkley where she is a law partner. Kent's film business-where he writes, edits, shoots and brings into perfection keeps his busier than he ever hoped to be. He is "following his bliss." Karen is now a writer. I seduced her in when she was the design and layout editor for my first children's book in which Vedii produced the beautiful watercolors. She and I are writing together a book for intermediate youth (grades 6-8) entitiled THE FAMILY PROJECT. She's very good and we work well together.

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