Diane E. Dockum is a “North Country” native. She has always lived within sight of the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. She lives with her husband, Dennis, and cats, Samantha and Annie. She has been writing from childhood, first dictating to her father as he typed, because she could not yet read or write. She has continued throughout her life collecting notebooks full of her thoughts and feelings, most often in free verse poetry, or short stories and essays. She is the mother of two beautiful and talented daughters, and Grandmother to two grand-daughters, whom she says, are equally beautiful and talented. A long time member of the North Country Writers’ Group, which meets in Canton, NY, she has published poetry and short prose (under the name Diane West-Doran, and the pseudonym Edyth Charles) in “The Pickle Factory”, a small publication she started that published the poems and short stories of local writers from St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Franklin Counties. She has shared some of her work in public poetry forums, and with “Artists On the Move”, sponsored by St. Lawrence County Arts Council, and also in readings at Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam’s Gibson Gallery.