Why Anna Blake Godbout and how did this journey begin?
I have called the Colorado Rockies my home with my family for almost 30 years. Always having a camera and journal in hand love spending time in the mountains and at the sea, and places in between. I am known to family, friends and colleagues as Nancy Godbout Jurka. Anna Blake Godbout is a combination of my middle name, my grandmother’s maiden name and my maiden name. I wanted to keep my writing life separate from my professional teaching career. This writing journey began 15 years ago. In the winter of 1997, I wrote my first poem. Actually, it was a running track to tell a friend from Boston what it was like to live in Colorado while sitting in a traffic jam one January morning on I-25 staring at Pikes Peak. Searching like a mad woman in my school bag for pen and paper, words began to spill out and I could not get them written down fast enough. I was afraid I would forget them as fast as they came. Writing a poem for me is not a goal-oriented activity. It has been a continual process of discovering who I am and for me I cannot do that in writing a novel-at least not yet. I have discovered that my words can have an immediate and long lasting impression on those that read them; something that is expressed when one feels the same way as I do and can’t or won’t write them down. While writing a poem can be in be a most intimate and satisfying experience, how it touches a reader’s heart and life is the most important and gratifying tribute I could have as a writer.