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The Gravy Queen
by  Charlie  Leo Durrant, Cryssa, L. Joel Durrant, William Cryer 

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Copyright:  2008

A collection of poetry commemorating the life of Veleen Durrant, a staunch supporter of Foyer de Sion (an orphanage in Haiti)

PIGGY INK , Poets Inking for the Global Good (You-Knighted)

I am excited to announce that PIGGY INK's first book, The Gravy Queen, is now available to purchase. 

We have quality poems by Charlie, Cryssa C., Leo Durrant, and William Cryer in the book.  And Leo Durrant's wry humor and sensitive prose is woven throughout the book, highlighting the life of our mother, Veleen Durrant, who was an amazing-amazing  woman.  She truly was the Gravy Queen.

So, just what is a gravy queen?  I don't know if it's possible to say in just a few words.  The best way to explain it, is by showing what kind of a person she was--is.  But if you love gravy, then you might understand in a small measure how this could be.

Veleen dedicated her life to serving others, and Foyer de Sion was a big part of that dedication.

Foyer de Sion is an orphanage in Haiti.  From its gates, some of the poorest children on the planet emerge with hope, from a once hopeless existence.  100% of the Proceeds from the book go to this institution, which currently has over 300 children under its care.  To view more about Foyer de Sion, we invite you all to visit .  On the home page, there is a short video "Gate of Hope" that documents the orphanage and its director, Guesno Mardy.  You will then see where your funds will be going.  He and his wife have quite a vision for the future of the Haitian children.

Guesno was well acquainted with my mother.  She hosted a reunion for the Foyer's benefit for many years, and she has 7 grandchildren from this orphanage.

The cost of the book will be variable, with a minimum purchase price of $10.00, and is available through PIGGY Ink's website.  Here's the link:  PIGGY Ink, LLC is an organization of poets who write books of poetry and then sell them for charity.  Check us out, and join our cause.  Donate some of your best work to us, and help us save the world's bacon!



For Foyer de Sion

Seven of Veleen’s thirty-five grandchildren were adopted from this orphanage. In addition to them, she was acquainted with over a hundred other Haitian adoptees. For several years, she and her husband (L. Joel) hosted a reunion for families associated with Foyer de Sion. They played a large part in helping to raise funds for the orphanage. Given the current economic situation in Haiti and the growing number of children in the orphanage, food, clothing and new facilities are needed more than ever. We offer this book to their cause. All proceeds from the purchase of this book will go directly to their aid.

Professional Reviews

Glenda Bixler
The Gravy Queen
By Cheryl, Crystal, Leo and L. Joel
Durrant and William Cryer

It was a delight to have the opportunity to read The Gravy Queen: A Tribute to Veleen Durrant! This is the first book produced by Piggy Ink (Poets Inking for the Global Good, You-knighted – All proceeds from the purchase of this book will go directly to Foyer de Sion, an orphanage in Haiti (

The Gravy Queen is highlighted from the front to the back cover. How? Well, picture mounds of mashed potato clouds with gobs of gravy raining all over them and that will begin the image. Look on the back cover to see pictures of the children and read about Crystal’s trips to Haiti, before and after the death of her beloved mother. Inside, the gravy really starts pouring as each of the authors share their love through poetry, stories, and pictures. An extra special surprise is a number of recipes right from her kitchen.

So, who is The Gravy Queen? She was a woman loved by the authors—Cheryl, Crystal, Leo and L. Joel Durrant, and William Cryer. Additionally, seven of Veleen’s thirty-five grandchildren were adopted from the Foyer de Sion orphanage. She and her husband hosted an annual reunion for families associated with Foyer de Sion and played a large part in helping to raise funds for this orphanage. How about a sample from various poems!

“...So sit beside me on this mountain chair,
and dip your spoons into the evening air,
and savor what the Gravy Queen prepared—
the savory spuds and gravy gleaming there. (p. 2)

“...Thus began the reign of the Gravy Queen
And never was a fatter kingdom seen.” (p. 8)

And then a little Christmas Fudge? (recipe – p. 9)

“You call...?

--And like the breath of a sneeze,
I leave my shadow on the wall
And find you--” (p. 19)

painting our imaginations
from an overturned paint bucket
with shades of Agatha Christie...” (p. 28)

And from her husband:

“Signs of spring begin to temper the loss...
But my roses remain dormant.
Rose canes with huge thorns forbid touch,
When will my rose blossom again
With her color and fragrance?”

You will find love, faith, joy, glorious tributes, good-eating recipes and most of all, the beautiful memories that The Gravy Queen gave to her family and so many others. Clearly, this woman’s introduction to words, to reading, has made a major impact on her family, as each speaks poetically and in prose to describe this woman who meant so much to so many. The book is very well designed both inside and out, using print styles, colors and interesting designs to enhance and please the eye.

This review of The Gravy Queen is contributed to benefit the children of Foyer de Sion, whose motto is “Hope gives Life.” (back cover) I wholeheartedly recommend this book for not only its beauty but also as the first project of Poets Inking for the Global Good, You-knighted

G. A. Bixler
Independent Professional Book Reviewer

Reviewed by Terry Robertson 12/20/2008

Hey Charlie:
Not only is your artwork splendid and creative, but I love what you are doing with this book, helping people. You will be blessed, I guarantee. I wish you great success with this project. Beautiful!
God's Peace
Best always

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Reviewed by L Hippler 10/24/2009
Wonderful title! And it sounds like a fun book.

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