Off the Clock: ITU Tech Publishes Book of Poetry

Posted: April 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Lake

Faculty members are not the only Mason employees publishing their work these days. Teresa Scott, a field services engineer for the Information Technology Unit, recently published a collection of poetry titled Inspired by the Heart.

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Teresa Scott

Scott wrote the collection over a long period of time, starting when she was in high school. She only writes when she is inspired, so she always keeps a pad of paper with her in case she is suddenly struck with a good idea.

Last May, when Scott was named George Mason Employee of the Month, she was so inspired by the recognition that she wrote a poem about the award presentation held in President Alan Merten’s office. After reading the poem, Merten suggested she pursue having it published.

Scott, who has a speech impediment, started writing when she was a little girl. She often writes about what it is like to go through life with a disability. “If I could inspire at least one person to never give up, then I know I’ve succeeded. I grew up hating myself because I have a speech impediment. It took me a number of years before I realized that I could do anything I wanted if I put my mind to it,” Scott says.

Book cover

“Karen,” a poem about a family friend who died of cancer, is the first piece in the book. “I wrote the poem when we found out that she had cancer. I felt so powerless that I wrote down how hard it must be to deal with the knowledge that you might die,” she says. Scott plans to donate proceeds from the book to the American Cancer Society in Karen’s honor.

Scott spends her workday repairing printers and computers and troubleshooting network connectivity problems on the Fairfax Campus, but when it comes to her personal writing, she prefers longhand. “Usually I write in longhand simply because I can always erase something and rewrite it. I find it difficult to sit in front of the computer and type. My brain is way far ahead of my typing skills,” she says.

Scott will be selling and signing copies of her book on Monday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Johnson Center’s Northeast Lounge, Room 216. The book may also be ordered through amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.

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