Deborah Elizabeth Short-Horne Russell, Artist/Poet

Born: Lewes, Delaware Presently lives: North of Baltimore, Maryland Began writing, drawing and painting as a child, writing poetry/prose since 1972. Taught art privately, 1969- Public school as teacher assistant, 1974 - Delaware & Maryland Public school volunteer, substitute teacher grades K-6: 1974 -2001

Taught art history/appreciation class for grades K-5 1985-1987

Founder of KIDZART!, 1985-1999 (Public awareness exhibits promoting early art education)

Member Maryland Poetry Society 1985-

Member of National Poetry Society (USA) 1985-

Secretary, IAGA (International Art Galleries Assoc.) World's largest gallery association. 1986-1990 Instructor: Student's Art Camp, Delaware Technical Community College, 1992-1995 Cultural Arts Chair of Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1989-1991 Art Instructor/Student Education Chair: Art Institute & Gallery, 1991-1998 VP: Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD 1996-1998 Owner, Operator: Parallels Studio & Gallery 1995-98

Highlights: Playground Renovation Project: 120 students ages 5 - 14 1995 Workshop for Parents and Infants through SCA UNITED WAY, 1994 Mural Projects with 85 adults and children 1995, Elementary students 1996 & 1997.

Instructor Workshop Presentation: "Developing Creativity In Preschool Children" (given for 65 representatives of the DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, Delaware.) Delaware Technical Community College, 1996

Workshop facilitator, MCPT, "Presenting Visual Art and Photography For Exhibition". 1990-91 Facilitator for Worcester and Wicomico Counties MCPT Cultural Program, Reflections. 1989-1997

Exhibits: Professional Artists Market, Salisbury State University 1994-1997 Cultural Diversity Exhibit, Salisbury State University 1998

Who's Who, Women In The World, Cambridge University. Marquis Who's Who, American Women, USA. Present Member, Organizations & Societies: Lifetime Member, World Academy of Arts And Culture-World Congress of Poets. Sustaining Member: Poetry Society of America, NYC. Maryland Poetry and Literary Society. Baltimore's Writer's Alliance. The Poetry Project, NYC. National Writer's Union - East. Recently Accepted Member of: World Haiku Society.

An American Man

he drowns in public radio
in the mornings
and nightly news
with remote in hand
controlling his world
as his world is jealous
and spiteful
i curse his inhibitions
his punctuality
i am opposed and rebel
his pretentious neatness
and the painful facade
of politeness
artificially sweeten smile
that, i dislike most
a silent torture of sorts…
he sits late at night
his heart filled with fright
waiting for the right time
maybe better conversation
but he can not think
of anything interesting
and the only thing he plans
are appointments, a work schedule
or things that can be timed
like how long it takes
to get from here to there
how much fuel to the ounce
and how many pairs of shoes
can be in a row in the closet
each night he is thinking
how things would be better
if he were rich, or if he were
anything or something else

Copyright © 2001 by Deborah Russell