Her poetry is inspired by the Holy Spirit, many times with an instructional focus. She received and discovered this gift to write poetry in her latter years of teaching. In her first book People of God – One and All: Saints and Sinners, different aspects of being a saint and a sinner were explored. In both parts of this new anthology, the poetry includes a variety of topics for meditation and self- reflection. In People of God-One and All: Come and Be…, Part 1 she explores the concepts of grace, relationships, and sacred struggles. In Part 2 she explores this through the wonder of God, the production of fruits evolving through faith, and how to be bold in faith. Both books explore and ponder upon the ideas of faith, relationships with God and each other, and what is expected in carrying out one’s faith. Scripture passages for further study and references are provided with most of the poems to further question and reflect on one’s faith and how to mature oneself and share faith with others.
In retirement, she quilts with many being made for philanthropy projects locally and around the world. Additionally, she reads, does genealogy, and actively participates in church activities.
About the author:
EDITH CLOSE-VAZIRI was an elementary school teacher for 41 years in her native state of California and achieved National Board Certification in the area of Middle Childhood. Although she grew up in the rural community of Sutter in Northern Calif., she taught her whole teaching career in Los Angeles with forty years at one small elementary where she taught first through fifth grade over the decades. In her final years as a public school teacher, she also mentored new teachers and helped the school district in the credential process for beginning teachers.
Graduating from California Lutheran University, she received a B.A. in history; she completed her elementary credential and received her M.A. in elementary education at California State University-Los Angeles.