Juanita McGregor wasn‘t born holding a pencil but found one shortly after. Her scribbled message as a three-year-old to an uncle in the military is proof positive. She lives in jeans now but gets weak in the knees for good fabric and clothing design; part of her writing past included commentary for fashion shows she coordinated. Working in a book department led to a blind date with a guy interested in politics who did stand-up in a coffee house. He nicknamed her “The Little Book Girl” and has survived her pencil, pets, now three chocolate-point Siamese of dubious paternity, a short history of a fiercely family-oriented matriarch written for the family, and her purse always crammed with wadded pieces of paper filled with pencil jottings. The jottings have found favor with a few. Rose and Thorn took “Hail Christmas” for their fall 2012 issue, Sweet Tooth published ”Bye Bye MBA” in issue 12,”P.Q” in issue 13, “Red and Green” in issue 14, “Reverse the Order” in issue 15, and “Wonder If He Knows” in issue 16 , Thick Jam has been kind enough to feature “Cruelty’s Price” and “Just a Word in My World” at # 206 and # 236. Now Juanita will be delighted to add Postcard Poems and Prose to the list.
Her bedroom wall was chosen to be part of a photographic essay by Lois Bielefeld entitled, ”The Bedroom” for which Lois asked her to write the foreword. Other acceptances are just beginning to trickle in and at the risk of sounding soppy, her heart still leaps every time one comes. Without shame she admits to pounding on a lot of doors and intends continue to use her pencil and be a pest for what she writes.