On Tuesday, the 29th of February, 1704, the inhabitants of Deerfield, Massachusetts were awakened during the pre-dawn dark by an attack of what appeared to be Indians. The attackers burned the village, killed forty-eight villagers, and wounded many more; 112 were taken captive including Eunice Williams.
Gayle Lauradunn’s Reaching for Air was named Finalist by the Texas Institute of Letters for Best First Book of Poetry. The manuscript for her second book All the Wild and Holy: A Life of Eunice Williams, 1696-1785 was awarded Honorable Mention by Bauhan Publishing for the May Sarton Poetry Prize and is published by Foothills Publishing. A pocket-size chapbook Duncan Canal, Alaska is available from Grandma Moses Press. She served on the selection committees for Albuquerque’s first two Poet Laureates, and for two years chaired the Albuquerque chapter of the New Mexico State Poetry Society. While living in Amherst, MA she was the co-organizer of the First National Women’s Multicultural Poetry Festival.