Chadwick, Irene Kooi 1936-

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CHADWICK, Irene Kooi 1936-


Born December 3, 1936, near Lebanon, Sioux County, IA; daughter of Frederick (a farmer) and Ida (a homemaker; maiden name, Sybesma) Kooi; married Douglas Chadwick (a doctor), September 6, 1957; children: Nanette Chadwick Furman, Brent, Eric, Tim. Ethnicity: "Dutch parents." Education: Attended Calvin College and Harvard University, between 1954 and 1958; University of Colorado, B.A., 1959; California State University—Stanislaus, M.A., 1979. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Episcopalian. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, photography, reading, theater.


Home—1844 Scenic Dr., Apt. 338, Modesto, CA 95355. E-mail—[email protected]


Poet, writer, and photographer, 1975—. Modesto Junior College, teacher of poetry writing and psychology. Stanislaus County Women's Resource Center, founder; Ietje Kooi Press, publisher; member of local writing groups.


Academy of American Poets, National League of American Pen Women, Poets and Writers, Poets House.


Award from Ina Coolbrith Circle, for a historical poem; California Historical Award for "Pueblo."


Dawn Pearl (poetry), Ietje Kooi Press, 1994.

Iowa Images: Dutch Immigrant History Illustrated, Pie Plant Press, 2004.

Contributor of articles, poetry, and photographs to periodicals, including Mindprint Review, Napa Review, and Wind Meter.


Collecting travel stories published between 1980 and 1990.


Irene Kooi Chadwick told CA: "I don't know why I write, but my writing is influenced by many great writers and books, journals, newspapers, my contemporaries and their work in the Great Central Valley of California, a large place, and the smaller San Joaquin Valley in particular. My writing is also inspired by my ten brothers and sisters and our farm in Iowa.

"My writing process? I see. I feel. I reflect. I am curious enough to try to express in words what I am trying to understand. The pages rest, and when I see them again, I can see a faint scratching that—like a chicken in the barnyard—is trying to uncover something to eat. If I can taste the feeling reflected, then I edit, add, revise, and gradually I may find I have recovered what was underground."

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