Dr. Lucia Cordell Getsi, Ph.D. is University Distinguished Professor Emerita, of English and Comparative Literature at Illinois State University.
Her professional fields are Cognitive Poetics, Comparative Literature, Poetry and Poetics. She is a nationally known poet, scholar, literary translator, and twenty year editor of the acclaimed Spoon River Poetry Review. She has been awarded many international research and creative fellowships and awards, among them two Fulbright Scholarships abroad, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, five Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, and multiple literary awards, among these the Capricorn Prize for Poetry, two Pablo Neruda Prizes, the Ann Stanford Prize. She was Illinois Author of the Year in 1994. For most of her professional career, she has researched and taught the philosophy of the "body in the mind and language."
After working with WaterART for several years, she has added the other wing onto that flight: now she is listening to and writing about the "mind and languages in the body." Upon retiring to Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick, SC in 2006, after rehabilitating her daughter from a total paralysis with Guillain-Barré Syndrome in 1986-87, her father from multiple strokes, and herself from Fibromyalgia and multiple fractures and connective tissue tears, through devotion to and research in wellness, fitness, and healing, she decided to study the science and practice in earnest.
She has worked her way through a series of certifications with WaterART over the past several years. A WaterART Master Trainer, a former ballroom dancer and trainer/shower of horses, she teaches Latin dance-inspired land and also water classes, and Aqua Power Gym, a level III power cv and active muscle training class, and works as personal trainer and rehabilitation specialist at Savannah Lakes Village and beyond.
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