Featured Author: Lucy Giardino Cortese

Lucy_headshot1_smallThis quarter I am featuring an incredible woman who I met and became friends with while taking a writing class at the University of North Florida.

Lucy Giardino Cortese is a freelance writer and owner of Lucy’s Lines ‘N Lyrics. Her articles are published in Jacksonville Business Journal, AARP, Guideposts, Folio Weekly, Canticle, Grandparents Day, Family Tree and St. Augustine Catholic. Lucy’s work is featured in the Ladies’ Home Journal on-line publication Divine Caroline and in jacksonville.com, the web site of the Florida Times-Union.

At Lucy’s Lines ‘N Lyrics, she writes poems and creative lyrics for people needing help when addressing others at special occasions.  One of her poems is featured as December’s blog post.

At the University of Florida Lucy graduated summa cum laude and continued post-graduate work at Peabody College, Florida State University and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. She holds a M. Ed. from University of North Florida where she takes continuing education classes in creative writing, poetry and storytelling.

In a 2007 Proclamation, the City Council recognized Lucy for twenty years of exemplary service to Jacksonville, Florida. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, a charter member of duPont Community Coaches and Earth Day, Inc. and served on three mayoral appointed boards. She is also very involved with the Italian American Club of Jacksonville.

In a career spanning four decades, Lucy has been a teacher, district administrator, school principal and executive director. As a lifelong learner and educator, community activist and stakeholder, mother and grandmother, she lives her personal mission statement, “Each One, Teach One.”

Find out more about Lucy and her writing by following this link to her website, Lucy Giardino Cortese.


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