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A line from a poem, “The New Colossus,” by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma Lazarus. “The New Colossus,” describing the Statue of Liberty, appears on a plaque at the base of the statue. It ends with the statue herself speaking:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
Maura Patricia English was born on May 21, 1947 in Pittsburgh PA.
She is the second child born to Robert L. English and Mary Margaret Longmore.
A Pittsburgh Public School Elementary Art Teacher in 1974, she married the "love of her life", a Pennsylvania State Trooper and former Air Force Military Police Officer, Robert J. Gallagher, aka known by all who love him as just "Gallagher".
They are the proud parents of two daughters (both teachers) and six grandchildren ages five to twenty. They continue to live in Southwestern PA and in their "home away from home", Ocean City, MD.
"When I was a little girl I dreamed of writing stories about immigrants to the United States. I wanted to be an artist when I grew up but never really had any formal training in the visual arts. That is not until I had graduated high school and enrolled in evening classes in painting and drawing at "Carnegie Tech" in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It was "love at first site" but financial circumstances led me to Edinboro State Teachers College. I majored in Art Education and graduated in 1970. After doing my student teaching in Pittsburgh Public Schools, I accepted a contract and spent the next twenty eight years working as an Elementary Art Teacher in urban schools until illness disabled me in 2001.
As things happened, I didn't realize the opportunity to fulfill my girlhood dream of becoming an author until I was sixty years old (2007) and decided to write my first manuscript. I thought that the process might help me with healing both physically and mentally. Very timid,unsure of myself, and reclusive because of my illness, I used the pen name: "R.E. Cluse". Not long after joining some writer groups, I got the nickname "Clu".
In 2010, I self-published that first manuscript about a little German girl named "Sofia". I titled the novel
THE SHATTERED SEEDS: "SOFIA'S STORY"
Maura Clu Gallagher