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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lucia Cordell Getsi  

Pen Name: Lucia Getsi

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: December 31, 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee

-- Lucia Cordell Getsi on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Getsi lives in Normal, Illinois and taught at Illinois State University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lucia Cordell Getsi is a Distinguished Prof Emerita of English who is retired from teaching creative writing and poetry at Illinois State University. She spent her childhood in Tennessee.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Bottleships: For Daughters
ISBN: 0727503421

Imprint unknown. 1986

No One Taught This Filly to Dance (Pikestaff Poetry Chapbooks Ser. : No 3)
ISBN: 0936044055

Pikestaff Pr. 1989

Intensive Care
ISBN: 0898231418

New Rivers Press. 1992

This series of poems, both powerful and and tender, is not just a focused meditation/confrontation on the subject of illness, but also a celebration of life and courage wrung from the near experience of death.

Teeth Mother Letters

Moonsquilt Press. 1984

First appeared in Pteranodon.


  • ''Illinois Author of the Year'' by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1994
  • Governorís Award for the Arts 1995
  • Pablo Neruda Prize 1999

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    , she is available June through April for readings, lectures, master classes, and workshops across the state. Contact the author at