Member Rara Avis
It wasn't easy.
I managed to trace Lia's IP address to the Albany area, but could find no listing for her (real) name. I then hit the search engines, searching for clues, and got lucky. I found her old email address listed as a contact for a male at a NY school and guessed, just maybe, that might be her husband. And there WAS a listing for that name. Quite a few of them, in fact. While not quite as common a name as John Smith, the name wasn't exactly rare either.
The long and the short of it is that I just got off the phone with Lia - and the excitement in her voice was well worth the effort. The family recently moved and she doesn't yet have an Internet connection, but with her permission, I have passed Lia's real name and phone number along to the publisher. Mitch, the contact, wrote me again last Friday, expressing concern they were running out of time on his end and had to submit final selections in just over a week, so it really sounds as if it's pretty much a done deal.
Lia's poem, "The Final Act," should therefore appear in the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul - Tough Stuff book, marking our third (that I know of) Resident Poet to debut with that publisher. Mitch and I are also discussing the possibility of cross-promotion between Chicken Soup and netpoets.com, so our Poets can get even more exposure.
It's been a very rewarding morning.