Nancy Godbout Jurka, the author of numerous poems has lived in Colorado for over thirty years. She is best known for her poetry collection Journey On: Beauty and Grit Along the Way. Born in West Point, New York, she graduated from Mount Saint Mary College and is now retired from a career in elementary and special education. An avid gardener and traveler, Nancy writing under the name Anna Blake Godbout, lives in Palmer Lake Colorado with her husband. Bright Star of Palmer Lake is her first illustrated poetry book for children.