Paulette Demers Turco began writing verse when she learned she soon would be a grandmother. She took Rhina P. Espaillat’s Lyceum poetry course and joined Alfred Nicol’s poetry workshop. Her poetry has appeared in the Lyric, Ibbetson Street, the Sonnet Scroll feature of the Poetry Porch, Merrimac Mic Anthologies (II–V), Poems for Plovers (Hawk & Whippoorwill, 2020), and the 2020 Hippocrates Awards Anthology. In 2018, Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, In Silence, and she became a member of the Powow River Poets. She co-organizes Powow bimonthly poetry readings. Her awards include the Robert Frost Poetry Award; commendation in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize for Poetry and Medicine; first prize in the Rockport Ekphrastic Poetry Contest; and an MFA in Writing President’s Award at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She earned her MFA in writing from Lesley University in 2019 and in the same year, also retired from academic and clinical optometry. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.