Meet our Poet in Residence

You’re invited to meet Dianne Turgeon Richardson, First Church’s new Poet in Residence on campus in the coming weeks.

  • Wednesday, May 1 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Parlor
  • Sunday, May 5 | Noon – 1:00 pm | Classroom 5

Dianne Turgeon Richardson, a professional writer and First Church member, was named Poet in Residence by Ministries Council at its March 26th meeting. This is a new position that recognizes the power of poetry as a spiritual expression and will work to incorporate poetry and other literary arts into the spiritual life of the church.

Members of the church and community are invited to meet Dianne at one of two introductory receptions on Wednesday, May 1 and Sunday, May 5. Dianne will be sharing her plans for programs, inviting conversation about artful expressions and interrogations of faith, and sharing some of her poetry.

Even before becoming Poet in Residence, Dianne has been generous about sharing her knowledge and love of writing with the First Church family. She has served on the Education and Discipleship Committee, and she has taught two writing classes: “Writing Faith-Based Poetry” and “Creative Non-Fiction as Spiritual Expression.” During the current season of Lent, she has written weekly prayers of confession and pardon that have been published in the bulletin and used in worship.

She holds undergraduate degrees in geology and English as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida.  Her career has included stints as a writing tutor, managing editor of a nationally circulated literary magazine, freelance editor and content creator, and college professor.  She is currently employed as a technical/proposal writer for a government services contractor based here in Orlando and serves on the Creative Writing Program Advisory Council for Full Sail University. 

Dianne’s creative work has appeared in print and online in such places as Glass Poetry, Sundog Lit, Collective Unrest, Cooweescoowee, and The Florida Review, among others. She is currently working on a collection that explores the intersection of politics, pop culture, spirituality, and ritual.  She is enthusiastic about sharing her ideas and love of poetry with the First Church community.