WRNI – During this holiday season many of us find ourselves navigating social situations with people we've never met before, and may never meet again. Often, our chance encounters with strangers are like ships passing in the night. But, every once in awhile, these brief connections have lasting impact, which is exactly what happened to Rowena Burke.

Burke was born in Newport, Rhode Island, where she resides with her family. Her first book of poems was published in 1967.

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