Terri Muuss is a writer, director, performer and social worker. Her poetry/prose one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll, received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and Poets and Writers and was named "Best Theater: Critics' Pick of the Week" by the New York Daily News; it has been performed throughout the US and Canada since 1998. Terri's poetry has appeared in Bolts of Silk, Apercus Quarterly, Long Island Quarterly, Brevity Poetry Review, Red River Review, Poetrybay Magazine, JB Stillwater and three anthologies: Whispers and Shouts: An Anthology of Women's Voices on Long Island (2012), Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women (2013), and the Bards Annual 2013. Her poem "Rialto Beach" won the 2013 Great Neck Poetry Prize and her first book, Over Exposed (JB Stillwater Publishing, 2013), was nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. Terri also co-produced and hosted the monthly Manhattan poetry series Poetry at the Pulse for two years.
As a licensed social worker, Muuss specializes in the use of the arts as a healing mechanism for trauma survivors and teaches a course at Rutgers University to social workers entitled Youth Development Through the Written Arts. Terri is also a motivational speaker and life coach who specializes in group work and addiction/abuse counseling. Currently, she is the Communications Coordinator for Bay Shore School District. Terri lives on Long Island with her husband, writer Matt Pasca, and her two ginger-haired boys, Rainer and Atticus, The Ellen Show's "Presidential Experts."
In the pages that follow, Muuss brings us close to what we might describe as the secret war, the intimate war, which resides in closed rooms, in seemingly ordinary homes. Yet these poems are written, reader, with such delicacy, such concern for image, for pause, and purpose-for, in fact, beauty. Yes, these poems and prose pieces turn on the beauty of poetry, of what art can accomplish. I bid you open the book. It is a miracle. -- Veronica Golos, 2012 New Mexico Book Award Winner for Poetry