Copacul cu ochii verzi – Vasilica Grigoraş: Sensibilitate, creativitate, împlinire (The tree with green eyes – Vasilica Grigoraş: Sensitivity, creativity, fulfilment)

(Editura Scripta manent Ltd, Napier, NZ, 2021, ISBN: 978-0-473-57591-5) is an anniversary collection dedicated to Vasilica Grigoraş, poet, writer, book reviewer, essayist on the occasion of her 70th birthday.

Vasilica Grigoraş, born on May 30, 1951 in Robeasca village, Buzău county, Romania, is an associate member of the Canadian Association of Romanian Writers (ACSR) and the Association of Romanian Writers in North America (ASRAN), as well as a member of the Union of Professional Journalists in Romania (UZPR).

She has published 22 books to date, excelling in a variety of literary genres and species from philosophical reflections, travel journals, children’s poetry and stories, essays, book reviews, to haiku, tanka and senryu.

This anniversary collection, initiated and coordinated by Valentina Teclici, Vasilica’ s lifelong friend, was created in collaboration with members of Vasilica’ s family and 20 friends – poets and writers – from Vaslui, Bârlad, Huşi, Iaşi, Buzău, Galaţi, Constanţa, Oneşti, Sfântu Gheorghe, Bucureşti (Bucharest), Timişoara, Athens (Greece), Melborne (Australia), Napier (New Zealand). The book consists of articles with appreciation about the work and human qualities of the celebrated person, memories, poems and drawings dedicated to her, photos (family, from her professional activity, from her travels, of the covers of some of her published books, of some of the many diplomas she received over the years, from meetings with friends and readers), images with selected flowers from the Internet, but especially, the love, admiration and feelings of appreciation from the contributors to this collection.

The book cover is designed by Radu Ticu Grigoraş, Vasilica’s son, who also designed the covers of his mother’s books in the last 5-6 years.

Vasilica Grigoraş, who in one of her poems compared herself to “a tree with many rings”, began her professional career in Vaslui (where she still lives), as a social science teacher, then worked for almost 30 years at the “Nicolae Milescu Spătaru” County Library in Vaslui and, in the last ten years, after retirement, as a full-time writer. Two former librarian colleagues increased the value of the content and the aesthetic

aspect of the anniversary book through their talent, dedication and expertise: Luminiţa Ludmila Zuran, who did the book’s DTP & Layout and Nicoleta Marinescu, the editorial advisor.

Sincere thanks to all the contributors to this collection and to those who will have the curiosity and desire to browse it or read from cover to cover.

Alex Jarvis reading The Song of The Rain
Valentina reading from the Princess Jockey
Dorothy Wharehoka presenting her work at Napier Library 17 March 2017
Robert Anderson reading one of Monica Savulescu Voudouri’s poems at Poetical Bridges – Poduri lirice – Vol 1