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A Nice Little Win!

A wonderful email to open on a cloudy Wednesday morning: The winner of Penable's 2 poetry competition is.... Vanessa Shields!! Victoria Abah said, 'She brought the poem to life. Love the use of the mermaid and the description of crisp cold water. I know that feeling all too well.' Congratulations Vanessa! Here is what she… Continue reading A Nice Little Win!



[Because writing and reading are keeping me grounded in the wild madness that is swirling around us.] Part-Mermaid By vanessa shields I know I am part mermaid when I deep-dive into the crisp-cold water of lake erie my hands stacked my arms outstretched my torso curving to meet the gentle bends of the sandy bottom… Continue reading Part-Mermaid


the dustings – a poem about dreams

Submitted by Vanessa Shields Submitted to the dustings by Vanessa Shields the wind shows herself by leaning her shoulder on purple coneflower petals they receive her caress push deeper into earth spread roots like stories and so dreams lean into the soft shy underparts of our arms – a vulnerable garden made of skin… Continue reading the dustings – a poem about dreams

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Poem for a Contest & The Contest!

A blog reader sent me a link to a poetry contest he's having...deadline is on Tuesday! Because I'm hot to submit these days, I'm trying hard to say yes to entering things that show up in my life! Here's the link, if you'd like to enter too! how to submit: Submitting your great poems… Continue reading Poem for a Contest & The Contest!

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Upcoming local events! Readings & Submissions!

Tuesdays & Thursdays Biblioasis Bookstore is offering story time readings every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm! This excellent offering kicked off at the of July and is going strong. Click HERE for more information. Amherstburg's Uncommon Festival - Aug. 4, 5, 6 Love steampunk? Wanna see magic and dress up like a wizard? Then this… Continue reading Upcoming local events! Readings & Submissions!

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Writerly Things To Consider – Events, Retreats & More

Hi y'all. I've been thinking about you a lot. I've much to say...and am brewing a post that deals with the fact that on Monday, May 28 I will FORTY (GASP) and Jett will be TWELVE (GAG!). But for today, I'd like to share information on contests and events for writers that are filling my… Continue reading Writerly Things To Consider – Events, Retreats & More

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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH - CONTEST INFO FOR WORLD RECORD! Commaful, the on-line writer's community I posted about in August 2017, is attempting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the LARGEST POETRY CONTEST IN THE WORLD! They are attempting to beat the current world record for most poems submitted in a contest. Currently, the record amount of submissions… Continue reading BE PART OF A WORLD RECORD FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH & more local events!