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Elaine Parker Adams

Elaine Parker Adams

Born: December 11 1940 in New Orleans Louisiana, USA
Resides: Houston, Texas, USA
E-mail: epadams (at) aol (dot) com

Elaine Parker Adams is a retired community college educator. She was the Founding President of Houston Community College-Northeast. An octogenarian, she has been writing lowku (senryu) since the 90s. Adams has written and published the biography of her great grandfather, The Reverend Peter W. Clark, a Louisiana Notable Book, as well as two poetry collections. She also co-edited Media and the Young Adult for the American Library Association. She enjoys genealogy and community volunteering. She also is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides with her family in Houston.

Awards and Other Honors:

2013 Louisiana Notable Book Award for The Rev. Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer.

Books Published:

The Reverend Peter W. Clark, West Bow Press, 2013; Haiku Bouillabaisse, Media Isla, 2017; Hurricane Harvey Lowku, Ouskirts Press, 2019.

Selected Work
Glass Ceilings
strong minds press ceilings―
empowered dreams shatter glass
broken panes heal pains
i>Ladies' Day
ladies'day, low pay―
career ladders missing rungs
struggling feet step high
Team Work
workers side by side
building together each day
only doors, no walls
Harvey and Irma
evil siblings wreak havoc
flood houses with tears
lightning bolt zig-zags
bright flashes outside the window
not a good time to sleep
Lapping Water
water covers yard
laps at the doorstep then stalls
time to get the bags


Senryu: “Glass Ceilings” and “Ladies' Day” – Journal of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, 1997, p. 21; “Team Work” – Bayousphere, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1999, p. 9; “Hurricanes”; “Lightning” and “Lapping Water” – Haiku North America, Regional Reading Series 18, 2017.

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