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12:46 AM Mon, Nov. 19th

Poet welcomed as guest speaker

Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes back poet, author and recipient of the 1997 Poetry Fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Art, Annette Schober, also known as Grace Deer. At the 10 a.m. service, she will present a program of her poetry entitled "Writings from Black Mesa". Ms. Schober will read her poetry describing life through the seasons on Black Mesa, the place she calls home. Jonathan Best will be the featured musician at the service.

Ms. Schober has lived in Arizona most of her life. Her home on Black Mesa is a simple one at the end of many miles of dirt road. When she was younger there was no electricity, running water or television. Now there is solar power and rain catchment tanks thanks to her husband Al. She loves to roam the hills and mesas with her many dogs and feel the spirit. She says, "This is not a fad lifestyle taken up on a whim but a chosen way of being. I feel very grateful for this lifetime of being a woman of the earth."

Grace Deer began writing poetry and short stories at age 11. The Poetry Fellowship in 1997 enabled her and Al to purchase their present homestead. This was the third time Al and Annette took a bare piece of land and made a home of earth, love and a bit of wildness.

Annette is the author of Joe Long Road a book of prose and poetry and The Book of One Tree, a collection of short stories about the people of the earth.