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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lynette Seator  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1929 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Seator was born in Chicago and lived in Illinois most of her life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lynette Seator lived in Jacksonville, Illinois from 1967 until 2003 when she moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her home until the end of her life. Dr. Seator was professor of Modern Languages at Illinois College from 1967 to 1989 and Professor Emeritus from 1988 until her death. She earned a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the University of Illinois in 1972, completing her course work and dissertation while her husband attended law school and they raised four children. Dr. Seator was recognized for her scholarly publications, innovative academic programs, inspired teaching and humane concerns. She established programs committed to the inclusion and education of women and minority students and received several grants to support her work, including two from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Seator traveled widely in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, took groups of students on international trips and organized international symposia. She published the proceedings of one symposium in ''Changing Lives of Russian Women: Conversations and Contentions'' (1998). Dr. Seator published individual poems in various journals and published two volumes of poetry, ''After the Light'' and ''Behind the Wall Poems''. She conducted poetry workshops in two Illinois correctional institutions and edited two volumes of poetry written by inmates, ''Hear Me Out: Poems from Prison'' and ''Speaking through the Bars: Poems by Women''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

After the Light
ISBN: 0890023174

Northwoods Press. 1992

In these mature poems, adult poems, Seator has a number of things to say to her readers which come from a thoughtfully lived life, and she says them with grace and lyric beauty.

Behind the Wall Poems
ISBN: 0773430938

Edwin Mellen Pr. 1999

These poems, which deal with the author's experience as a teacher/staff support person in a writing programme at a correctional centre, show that even behind the wall, the human spirit breaks free.


-- Writer of the Year in Poetry, Lincoln Library (Springfield, IL) 1996