Terri Lyons, a Philadelphia native and graduate of Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. After twenty five years in the corporate environment, Lyons’ intellectual and spiritual famine left her craving an interest in the performing arts. With her emphases of history, music and spirit, she gives a voice to the range of humanity that struggles to be heard and rejoices in the journey called life.
Terri began performing original poetry at open mics and cafes in the tri-state area as well as narrating plays and MC for a variety of occasions. She has presented Spoken Word and short lectures for luncheons, graduations and empowerment events for youth and women.
Terri began writing as a hobby to escape the day world. Her first book, Let Me Tell You What Mama Said captured her mother's story of growing up during the Great Depression through the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. It was followed by her second book, Take it from the Top capturing her parents' entertainment career across the Delaware Valley during the 1960s and 70s. By that time she had amassed a huge file of poetry and prose about history, life, humor and critical thought published in two books of poetry; Mood Swings and Midnight Alley.
Presently, she engages audiences around the Delaware Valley with storytelling and prose emphasizing the importance of family at the kitchen table. Her edgy, at times humorous recollection of her family history blends with the larger black experience. It was the inspiration behind her first play entitled, ‘Kitchen Table Chats.’ Terri won first place Award for ‘Best Storytellas in Town’ Contest for her essay ‘Dimensions in Music’ and has written several articles for About Her Business and Lifestyle Magazine.
She has published her first novel, Puzzles, a passionate historical timepiece of tribulation and transcendence and a book of prose entitled Escapades, capturing the Spirit of Philadelphia.
Her current work, Light of the August Moon highlights the historical journey of African Americans from the end of World War One leading up to the tumultuous decade of the 1960s.
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