Doris Washington is a spiritual writer, author, poet, and disability advocate who resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son, John. Doris takes the inspiration for her poetry from an unfortunate incident involving her eighteen-year-old son with autism and two police officers in December1993. Her son was peeking in a window of his own home when two officers approached him. The two officers held her son on the ground with handcuffs, and he suffered a separated shoulder. The two officers were not aware of her son’s disability. This unfortunate incident impacted Doris’s life greatly. She was empowered to advocate for a statewide training program for police officers to be aware of and recognize persons with special needs. And it was through this painful period in Doris’s life that her writing began.
Doris has found peace and healing through her poetry. Her husband is her anchor of support and best friend. Her son is her inspiration to write. She has written over five hundred poems. In 1997 she wrote her first poem, “Invisible.” She writes poems about her closeness with God, spirituality, autism awareness, inspirations, positive thinking, social issues in our world, and greetings. She is an entrepreneur of DORIS’POEMS. She does readings at nursing homes, residential home facilities, churches, schools, and community. She has self-published three books of poems: A Blessing, Caring, and Sharing and Faith, Hope and Love; The Joy in the Morning and a New Day Begins; and A Time, a Season, and Always Love.
Her book A Blessing, Caring, and Sharing has received much writing achievement success such as: the listing in The New York Review of Books Magazine in 2008, and its achievement of commercial success that was posted in the Scripps College Newsletter in Claremont, California, in February 2011. Doris also received a letter of acknowledgement from President Barack Obama in April 2009 for her poem “This Day, A Dream, A Promise, Fulfilled” that she wrote in honor of President Obama. She has also received letters of acknowledgment for her poem “The Sun Still Shines in the Morning” from Mayor Michael Bloomberg in honor of September 11, 2001, and the poem is submitted in the 911 Memorial Museum of New York. Also she has received a letter of acknowledgement from former president Bill Clinton for her poem “For the Children” that she dedicated for the people of Haiti Earthquake Relief in March 2010. She has also been honored to receive the Inspirational Leader Award of 2013 for her contributions of her poetry as an inspiration to others in her community and around the country by leaders in the Greater Harrisburg Region.
With her newly released book The Beauty of Love, she shares a variety of new poems about faith, healing, inner peace, autism awareness, and love. She is currently doing book signings at many Barnes & Noble locations across the country. Doris continues to travel to numerous book signings over 410 book signings to date. Her desire hopes is that her poetry will be an inspiration to many all over the world.