About the Poet
Jean Marie Welch, a former French and English educator, taught poetry in her language classes for twenty years. She has been writing poetry professionally for families and businesses since 1992 when she founded Personal Poetry, Inc.

“Poetry is much more than my profession, it is my passion,” says Jean Marie. “I believe all talents and gifts are God-given and are meant to be shared. Every commission that I receive is an exciting challenge. I have enjoyed some very diverse assignments, and I truly pour my heart and soul into each project.”

The national award-winning poet's work has honored numerous corporate presidents, a French Consul General and an American ambassador. Welch has written poetry for a statewide convention of nurses as well as for several national organizations.

In 2001 Childhelp, an organization that combats child abuse and neglect, commissioned Welch to write the official prayer for the National Day of Hope. The verse is read on Capitol Hill every year in April by a celebrity or a government dignitary. The printed material that is distributed nationally features Welch’s poem opposite a photograph by world-renowned baby photographer, Ann Geddes.

Jean Marie with the French Consul General