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Sally Tolan graduated from Wellesley College in 1948. In 1970 she earned an MA in English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where
Sally Tolan
she taught writing until retiring in 1991.

She was a volunteer in fundraising and newsletter editor at the Benedictine Center (a criminal justice organization) and served on their board of directors in the 1990s. Before that she was a board member of Milwaukee Mental Health Consultants; was active in Beyond War (a peace organization); and served on a planning council for the Urban Ecology Center. She is currently fundraising chair at Woodland Pattern.

She has written articles, edited three childrens books and wrote a biography of John Muir, published in 1990. She started writing poetry in a workshop taught by Angela Peckenpugh in 1980. Her poems have been published in The Five-petaled Blossom, The Wisconsin Poets Calendar, and Lake Park Lion.

Tolan is the mother of six and grandmother of ten. She lives in Shorewood.

September 14, 2001



Sally Tolan
Flocks of sparrows are eating elderberrries
from the bush next to my back door. The bricks
beneath are spotted with purple, littered with
bits of pulp and skin. I try to ease into
the pleasure of watching. But the purple
is too close to the color of blood.



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