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Poetry Heritage dates back to George Washington

   Lane Farmer Schroeder has 200 year-old roots among poets. Her great-great grandfather, Fredrick Philips, wrote a poem on June 2, 1811 lamenting the death of George Washington and the country’s loss. His poem and poems by his son, Dr. James Jones Philips, his grandson Dr. J.B. Philips, and two of Lane’s uncles are cherished residents in her files. Poetry is natural for Lane.

Born and raised in the small town of Bailey, N.C., just east of Raleigh, Lane wrote her first poetry when she was co-editor of her school newspaper, “The Bailey Bugle.” She and N. Y. born husband Fred earned degrees from Duke University and were married a year later after Lane taught first grade and Fred finished his training for a career in the steel industry. His work required living in eight states where Lane dabbled in part-time jobs, a short stint in real estate, and volunteering for worthy causes. Her real love is homemaking and she purrs, “We have two daughters, five grandchildren, and two sons-in-law– all wonderful!”

In the year 2000, Lane and Fred retired to the area. Lane adds, “We feel like we hit the jackpot in choosing Cypress Landing for our retirement home. Wanting a place where we could enjoy boating and still be a reasonable distance from Duke basketball games made Cypress Landing an easy choice. We enjoy the friendliness of the community, our membership in Trinity Episcopal Church, and plenty of social and athletic activity.”

Lane joined The Pamlico Writers Group in 2002 and credits regular attendance and the help of follow writers as motivation to keep writing. She has twice read pre-publication manuscripts for PWG authors and enjoys reading their finished published work.

Lane can be seen utilizing her Nordic walking sticks when she’s out with a friend on her morning treks. Playing an occasional tennis game and making meals on wheels deliveries in Washington occupies other time.

From her screened porch overlooking Silas Creek as it empties into Chocowinity Bay, Lane writes much of her poetry in the presence of wildlife and natural beauty. “How could you not be a poet with all of this?” she confesses. Her poems appear monthly in her church newsletter and her poem “Our Pamlico River” has been displayed at the N.C. Estuarium. It was also featured in the CL newsletter “The Landing” and was read at a Blessing of the Fleet for the Cypress Landing Yacht Club. Another poem, “Triumphant Requiem,” was featured at a CL Women’s Club event and The Pamlico Sail and Power Squadron adopted her poem about the history of its squadron. One of her poems is included in the CL Women’s Club cookbook.

Lane has not published her poetry and explains, “I haven’t submitted any of my work to publishers because I am continuing to find ways to make changes for the better in my writing.”

When I read Lane’s poems, I find them quite mature. You may judge for yourself by visiting Lane’s Author Page on the PWG website.

Lane’s Featured Poems


A praying muse awaits our time

To sense out thoughts and help them rhyme.

The silence that we think the norm

Is filled with verse she longs to form.

If hearts were pure and minds were clear,

We could pluck them from her ethereal sphere.

But always we can hope to glean

Her whispered cadence in a dream.


Anticipation’s fun to have

when something good’s ahead.

But can become a headache

when it’s something that we dread.

To live within the moment

is perhaps the smartest way;

Embracing every moment

could perfect our every day.


About Pamlico Writers Group

This is a publication of the Pamlico Writers Group, created to help promote and advance writers skills along with expanding our groups membership and reach. Our aim on this site is to keep you our readers and participants aware of upcoming events. Topics covered during the year will be news regarding our annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition, co-sponsored with Arts of the Pamlico, discussion of and from our conferences, participants and group news. PWG's Steering Committee has finalized details for our 5th Annual Pamlico Writers Conference on March 17 & 18th, 2017 at The Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, NC. This year's theme is "Words," Image and Story". Our Friday night keynote speaker this year will be Author, Teacher, Speaker, and Director of Lavenson Studios, Zelda Lockhart. For more information on Ms. Lockhart visit her website at: http://www.zeldalockhart.com/. For a complete schedule of Friday night and Saturday events, go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Be sure to check back often for more details of this and other events we have planned. The companion juried writing competition submissions opened on January 1, 2017. Winners are announced and an awards ceremony will be held during our Friday night Kick-Off Event. If you'd like more information on guidelines for entries, please go to our website: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/ All registrations for both conference and/or entry into the competition will be made through our web site: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Again, see site for complete details. Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon. **If you are a writer interested in finding a critique group or other writers, we encourage you to come and join us. If you life at a distance please don't let that diswade you, we have several members who participate predominately on-line. Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm here in Washington, NC at the Turnage Theatre. We would love to hear from you regarding comments or ideas you have for the group. This blog is authored by members of our writer's group. Thank you for stopping by. See you soon, Kaylene Wilson Program Coordinator


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