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Inner poet emerges

"Emergine from the Darkness" was written by Julia Olson.

Although Julia Olson's poetic inspirations began as a child, she said they were "locked away in the depths of her mind until now and like spirits of the past, waited in the shadows for someone or something to set them free."

Fortunately for poetry lovers, those inspirations were set free, and Olson recently celebrated her first published book, titled Emerging from the Darkness: Poetry From the Heart, published by Outskirts Press.

Several of the poems were written at Lake Carlos State Park or about Lake Carlos, where Olson's father and his siblings spent their childhood. They lived on a farm where the original entrance of the state park was located.

"Lake Carlos and the main state park access has always been a special place for me, and in the summer, I can be found sitting on my blanket beneath the big elm tree, inhaling the fresh scent of the summer breeze as it comes rolling in across the lake," Olson noted.

Besides nature, the book also deals with family history, ancestors and the loss of loved ones.

Olson was raised on a small farm about 17 miles north of Alexandria. She attended Parkers Prairie High School and graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.

She has 20 years of teaching experience, specializing in fine arts. She did most of her teaching in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and in two of Chicago's inner city high schools.

Besides working with children, her passions include freelance photography, writing, genealogy research and traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The book can be purchased online at The author is also currently planning some book signing events.

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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