Meet the Poet
Ria Meade is a native Long Islander, living in a harbor community that borders the town where she grew up. She drew and painted from early childhood and earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1977. She was working in New York City in 1982, when juvenile diabetes took her sight completely. Life changed dramatically and artistic passion took a back seat as she learned to deal with her blindness. She credits being saved by the six Labrador Retriever guide dogs she has been paired with over the last thirty years allowing her creativity to return in the form of poetry. Ria has three books: In the Sun, The Visit (chapbooks) and her latest, Someday a Sunrise (Local Gems Press, 2013). She contributes regularly to The Avocet Quarterly Magazine and is also found in their weekly online publication. She has been included in two books: Behind our Eyes and Toward Forgiveness. Her poetry is included in the following Long Island Publications: Nassau County Poet Laureate Anthology, Bards Annual, and in the Performance Poets Association Anniversary Anthology. In 2016, her poems were selected to be included in the Oberon Literary Review, Crosswinds Journal, and Absoloose, a Loose Moose Publication. Read.