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Meet Diane Bostick: Published poet, DeWitt native

Where do you live?

In Sempronious in the town of Moravia, Cayuga County. I actually lived in the Syracuse area for 35 years and left in 1996 to move to South Florida. After hurricane Wilma hit, and to be near family, I moved back and settled in Cayuga County in November of 2006.

You lived in DeWitt for some time, too. What are some of your memories?

I lived in DeWitt for 12 years and survived elementary school and graduating Jamesville-DeWitt in 1971. Great memories of DeWitt included the big Kiwanis pancake breakfast in the fall; Scibilia's old farm market for pumpkins each October; a drug store at the corner of where there is a gas station now (Erie and East Genesee), and a steak restaurant near where -- and before -- the P&C was built.

What is your career/occupation?

I am a freelance writer, comic, songwriter and business manager.

How long have you been in your career?

Since age 11 as a writer; since age 24 as a performer, 27 as a singer and songwriter, 29 as a comic, and as a business manager all along since age 25.

What are your responsibilities within your career?

I am responsible for coaching and teaching others to create, express and grow as I work.

What are the highlights of your career?

Presenting before thousands at the Onondaga Bi-Centennial Multi-Cultural celebration, as writer and emcee for the county's history; singing live on public radio in Miami, Fla.; standing onstage at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and hearing lots and lots of laughter when I opened my mouth; watching a high school student perform a sketch I had written for her, which gave her the courage to graduate from a performing arts school in Florida; overcoming her struggle with anorexia; seeing the first copy of my poetry book "Naked Feathers" coming from Barnes and Noble On-line last year.

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