Judy Shepps Battle
Judy Shepps Battle has been writing articles and poems long before she became a psychotherapist and sociology professor at Rutgers University. Widely published as a poet both in the USA and abroad during the Sixties and Seventies, she deferred publishing to concentrate on career and family. Thanks to her tenacious muse, she continued to write during the next three decades filling a file cabinet with scrawled and typewritten poems that are now being organized into chapbooks and individual submissions. In the past six months, her poems have been accepted in a variety of publications including A Handful of Stones; All Things Girl; Amphibi.us; Ascent Aspirations; Barnwood Press; Battered Suitcase; Breadcrumb Scabs; Burning Wood; Caper Literary Journal; Epiphany Magazine; Folly Magazine; Joyful; Leaf Garden Press; LITSNACK; Message in a Bottle; Pemmica Press; Raleigh Review; Rusty Truck; Short, Fast and Deadly; The Write Room, Wilderness House Literary Review and Write from Wrong. She spent a decade as a columnist for the South Brunswick Post/Central Post writing a biweekly column called "Kids and Community" and has written extensively on addiction, teen issues and building community in other venues. She lived in South Brunswick for 35 years.