Poetry Marathon Participants

Kerry Kelly

Kerry Kelly - 178 posts

Kerry studied at the Universities of Kent, Greenwich and Open in the UK following courses in English, Psychology, Law, Science and Humanities. She travelled extensively with her five children. In 2008 Kerry was diagnosed with Bipolar and Epilepsy and started to write as a healing, emotional outlet.

The Poetry Marathon - 143 posts

MelNeet - 104 posts

I'm a Kansas City-based playwright and writer revising my play about Edgar Allan Poe. Maybe my love of Poe is why I crave the gentle mania of the marathon. that said, I can't believe this is my fourth.

Cindy Albers

Cindy Albers - 103 posts

I live on Maui and am part of the Maui Live Poets Society. I grew up in Nebraska, lived in California for awhile. Manager is my job, but writing is my passion. I just recently married the love of my life, fellow poet David Wilson. I recently published two chapbooks, Porcelain and Fragments under the name Cinthia I Albers and edited Maui Muses 4 Equitude for the Maui Live Poets. This will be my 4th marathon. It has helped me grow as a writer and network in ways I never imagined possible.

Anne McMaster

Anne McMaster - 99 posts

I live on an old farm in the rural north west of Northern Ireland - three miles outside a tiny town which nestles quietly at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains. Originally a farmer, I studied English Literature at university and then fell head over heels in love with theatre. I've worked freelance in both the US and NI, lectured in theatre (and worked as a playwright) for 20+ years and now work freelance as a poet, playwright and theatre director. I also design bespoke training courses. I'm jealously owned by several cats and two rather confused pheasants...

Angel Rosen - 95 posts

23. Sylvia Plath-esque. metaphors are medicine. artist. queer.

Poetess Rock

Poetess Rock - 90 posts

Born to write, inspired by many, Published Author since 2014, Soaring High, a born Jamaican.

Paul Robert Sanford - 90 posts

Completed 2016 marathon with great joy and pleasure. born Dec 1947. New poetry writer. Bipolar, long periods of being unable to write at all. I was in an up mood and very productive in 2016. This year my medication has me much more controlled. I hope to still be productive. Theater, standup comedy, theology, psychology.

JoyceB - 89 posts

Born to write. Inspired by words. I've been writing poems, short stories, and non-fiction (mostly journaling) for years, but never shared. The Poetry Marathons have brought me out of my shell. The friendships and support found are amazing!

Roy Mark Azanza Corrales

Roy Mark Azanza Corrales - 88 posts

Roy Mark Azanza Corrales or fondly called by his peers or friends as simply Roy or Mark, he is always fond of reading books when he was studying his early basic education at Marist School Marikina as a First year High school student. The MARIST High School Library commended him as widely read books which owning 23 library cards filled amounting roughly 1000 books in ten months at given school year. In his mind, the curiosity about life intrigues him, he even questions about his existence and the purpose of one life and relating with himself and to others as well as the Universe. He likes to read books as manga and comic books. He is also an otaku for Japanese anime and Japanese manga. He was also engaged during his collegiate education as part of Editorial Board in the seminary college as Associate Editor Reconciliare at University of La Sallete Seminary Silang Cavite , and also was National Literary Editor at NFJPIA Newsletter. He had joined collegiate parliamentary debate and accounting quizzes when he was a collegiate student. At his spare time, he make it a point to write inspiration in poetry genre. He studied BSBA MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING at ABE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ACCOUNITING CAINTA , RIZAL. He was a former seminarian in a Franciscan all male monastery which once he hold position of Secretary General or Secretary of the community and former catechist in a parish from Diocese of Antipolo. At times, the solace of solitude often invited him to discern and marvel about Human Existence , and Spirituality in making life more meaningful. After the awarding at PENTASI B HISTORICAL FORUM 2013, he undergone research and was able to contributor as a press release entitled “PHILIPPINE, Poetry hub of The World” and doing contribution for different anthology poetry like I am poetry ,Verses: Storm of Philippine Poets and other anthologies to follow. December 2013 (9-23), he was able to hold an one man poetry show at Library of World Art of Memories following year 2014 (March 25 –April 14)thereafter , he also held an one man poetry show at Library of World Art of Memories, and this 2015 (February 17-March 17) , within same year 2015 (November 20-December 20) also he also held an one man poetry show at Library of World Art of Memories and he made his first visual poem was posted at PENTASI B World Friendship Poetry named “humility” He has a facebook page for his own poetry as https://www.facebook.com/WALKERINLIFE or A Life Walker. This year he is in process of making his first visual poetry book. He is currently a corporate secretary in a family business which is engaged in exportation of dried seaweeds under Corporation name as “ALGACROPS INC” from 2009 till the present. He usually writes poetry for Our Poetry Archive featured monthly in this poetry website. He is also a member of Pusong Makata Association , Inc.(PMA) and often appears on open mic spoken word night and adminstrator of Group Site HARAYA INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF POETS (HIGP) also shares his poetry in this group site at Facebook.

Boheme Bia

Boheme Bia - 80 posts

I'm a Bohemian poet, freelance writer, modern henna artist, music & art promoter, avid locavore, occasional world traveler seeking unique adventures, and accidental gourmet chef. My writing and poetry is shaped and inspired by the push and pull of the elements surrounding me at any given moment.

Rachel Marco-Havens - 77 posts

**Doing a solo unofficial poetry marathon to keep from getting rusty. I’ll join you if anyone else does a solo run** Rachel is a gifted Multi-Platform Solutionary Artivist working primarily with Energy Transformation. With a strong focus on Women’s Leadership, Youth Empowerment and bridging intergenerational connections, Rachel seeks to close the gaps in social, environmental and spiritual justice movements; in a constant search for the intersectionality in every opportunity to make positive change. Art, Music, Design, Performance and Humor (+a little Mountain Girl Magic) drive the methods to which she has amassed a wealth of “First Aid” tips for the Mind Body & Spirit. Although she has immersed herself in many traditions and bodies of work, Rachel chooses not limit herself to any one school, modality, religion or training. “A lot happens when we change our mind, and even more happens when we bring creative flow to the movement. We all have gifts to bring to the work, and only together will we weave the strongest threads of our safety net!” Some of Rachel’s Current Projects: --United Nations representative--Wittenberg Center --Advisor at Center For Earth Ethics (Union theological Center @Columbia University) --Earth Guardians New York: (Co-Founder & Director) --Producer Eighth Fire starters Radio --Pathway To Paris: (Collaborative Artist) Rachel’s drive to be effective in the world on a grander scale, is fueled by connecting, engaging, supporting and promoting those working for a just and sustainable planet for regenerations to come. Eighth Fire Starters Radio- Rachel hosts a weekly 2 hour radio show on WIOF LP Woodstock 104 A Community Powered, Pacifica affiliated, radio station in Woodstock. Rachel is a fierce advocate of spreading Haiku Love. Her 50 card Deck, Haiku For Thought is about to go into its second printing. Keep an eye out for companion decks! Http://HaikuForThought.com


CeeSie - 76 posts

I am lacking in sanity. Not to be confused with lacking insanity.

lauriemck - 76 posts

Re-imagined Bio for 2017 My re-life began a few short days ago when I became a grandmother for the first time. I've had practice as a "step-step grandparent to 4 boys. I am married and have three grown children. This is my third poetry marathon and although I still cringe at my early morning poems, they have provided a springboard for some amazing creativity. I am a supervisor of special education programs in Cadillac, Michigan. I cannot think of a better profession. Although I can't remember a time that I didn't write, I have come into my own through the poetry marathon and subsequent poetry group, Some Poets. I am producing a one night poetry reading on September 30th for the "Night of 100 Thousand Poets" non-profit group for social change. (If you are going to be in the Cadillac area on 9/30, please let me know. There is mic time available. Life is wonderful.


Virginia - 75 posts

I love to write, play and have fun 🙂 I've been a professional writer for a decade. You can find out more about me at www.virginiastark.wordpress.com and then clicking on the 'about me' section. I started off working in screenplays and then moved on to blogs, novels, poetry and many other interesting projects. You can also go to www.gafmainframe.com and www.starklightpress.com

Carolyn Robinson - 75 posts

Hi, I have been writing for a long time. I enjoy writing poetry. I love using imagery to try to describe emotion. That's the challenge of good poetry to me. Looking forward to sharing this marathon with all of you! I live in Baltimore, MD. I have published five poetry books to date -all love poems, thus the nickname "the Love Poet"! The first was Things I Learned While Loving You, then Love Poems Along the Way, Elegy for a Lost Love; Some Words I Gave Away and most recently- Old Feelings, Same Heart. All are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and most major book stores. I also have a FB page -All That Drama! Productions (I teach theater arts and other stuff as a side hustle) that gives lots of information on mostly local events in the DMV area, but also contests, and spotlights different performance based projects and groups. The page also has a lot of inspirational stuff in case you are interested, feel free to check it out and like it while you are there. Good Luck to everyone participating in the marathon this year!


hollydistefano - 75 posts

seema - 75 posts

Hi , My name is seema kapur and I wont call myself a poet but write more from a spiritual perspective as a form of healing. Restarted writing after 22 years . I am from Scottsdale , Arizona and I am a Reiki teacher and an Occupational therapist as well.

ShyamiNazzaro - 75 posts


SilverQuiver - 75 posts

All play and no words makes Jack an idle boy. So... don't.

Hardika Sharma

Hardika Sharma - 74 posts

Hello everyone ,I am from India and I am here to talk less and write more....


shaqila - 74 posts


earth2joy - 74 posts

Hi, I'm Joy Miller. I'm an actress, singer, songwriter, computer geek who got into poetry more than 40 years ago as a performer. Poetry interpretation is at the core of my acting technique. Nothing like it! The condensed soup of all literature. I live in Escondido, California, and have two grown children - one in New York City, the other in Austin, TX. Looking forward to the marathon!


vincentl - 74 posts

I am a fine artist and poet, I draw and write every single day, I am from Belgium, french-speaking and I have been living in London since 2008... I am doing the Marathon for the second year, I wrote 50 poems last year, and I am very excited about it. you can see my art works and read my poems on www.vinz.live

bluemuse - 73 posts


S.Elizabeth - 73 posts


mariel-m - 73 posts

Grey haired novice. Poet since the age of 10. Like mysteries and old radio detective shows. Turtles are my totem.


idaroque - 70 posts

A retired teacher in Special Education, loves reading,author of children's book ,poetry writing,sketching,photography,cooking,gardening,jewelry making and traveling.

dextajean - 64 posts

Dexta Jean "Jeannie" was raised in Arkansas, but her maternal ancestral home is Puerto Rico. She is the mother of four boys and wife to a small town physician. She is a poet, a painter, and a pilgrim. She also takes her conceptual art pieces and travels the region delivering "art sermons." Finding common ground by pushing boundaries is the message she concentrates on. She considers both poetry and visual art as non-threatening conduits to open discussion in the Bible Belt about social topics not normally discussed. Ms. Stone is an adjunct professor of English at ATU, is in her second year of doctoral studies, and loves to sit amongst her ferns, hostas, and koi in her peace garden.


waldomaui - 63 posts

Aloha, ya'll. 2017 will be my third year as a marathoner. The first year I completed 24 hours, last year I embraced the considerably more humane 12, and this year I'll dance all the way through again with my talented wife, Cindy, and try not to step on her feet. I've been a devoted member of Maui Live Poets Society for around 20 years, abiding in an amorphous zone located somewhere between poetry and prose. I'm excited about this challenge. Thank you, once again, to Caitlin and Jacob!

Darcy Force

Darcy Force - 58 posts

Mother of three. Gothic lyricist and vocalist. The film Dead Poets Society is what started my journey into writing at age fourteen. My influences are, Poe, Shakespeare, Martin L. Gore, Dave Gahan, Peter Murphy,Neil Finn, Bjork, and Tori Amos. I am exited to do this challenge. I am hoping this will help me to be able to "just write" as it is normally an almost birthing process for me..including labor pains, and Lamaze breathing. Thank you for the opportunity

Sara Plath

Sara Plath - 57 posts

I am a single mother and part-time poet, with my own book publish titled 'Desert Blues', which will soon be re-submitted to the writing world via Amazon! I'm passionate about things that grow, small houses and old architecture, especially Craftsman. I'm a former Hoosier and aspiring outdoorswoman and history teacher, with a love for mountains and oceans and seeing the world before I'm eighty. I find that words are best found when you're not searching; that the best surprises come in the smallest moments, and that time is merely a construct, and we are all here by more than Fate.

JWALKthe15th - 56 posts


janiceraquelamendonca - 55 posts

Awkward and weird in epic proportions and a bit of a freak. I write what I am afraid to tell you. 🙂


luellen - 54 posts

I have finally gotten "over the hill" and am heading down the other side. This has the positive that I no longer worry about things I can't control and am now focused on finding a way to finally be able to spend time with just my writing. My goal is to have 3 books ready and available by December.

pgerber - 52 posts

A college English Instructor, blogger, writer, poet and yogini, I enjoy the sun and sand in Surf City (Huntington Beach), California, with my husband of 35 years, my two daughters, my parents, dog and cats.

narinder - 52 posts

Alicia Sophia

Alicia Sophia - 51 posts

I'm the kid your parents warned you about

mhickok - 51 posts

I'm biographically innocent, innocently impossible, impossibly personable, personably social, socially acceptable, acceptably weird. 20, 21ish, an adult by America's standards but not by my own. I live to write and write to read, I read to live.


77poetess - 51 posts


ramonaelke - 51 posts


Michellia - 51 posts

I am a 50 year old female and live in McKenzie Tennessee. I live alone, disabled computer geek who has been writing poetry since age 12. I love reading and writing.

garethroi - 50 posts

Is a member of the dandylion collective, a small writers' group based in Adelaide, South Australia. He is primarily a poet, who likes to drink wine (his predilection is Sauvignon Blanc, bubbles is second preference, & is also partial to pretty much anything else - except red bubbles, urrrgh!). In 2014, he co-edited the Friendly Street Poets Annual Anthology 38; & in 2012 had a solo collection ‘Gunyah’ Healing published as part of Friendly Street Poets New Poets 17 in 2012 (along with John Pfitzner & Rachael Mead). He has been most recently published in Eureka Street & InDaily Poet's Corner; as well as poems in The Infinite Dirt, Patterns of Living, Light and Glorie, Flying Kites, dB magazine, Iron Lace & others. Career highlights include: having his poem “Many-Worlds Quantum Mechanics Vs Earth-Based Grease Monkeys” published in The Best Australian Science Writing 2013; winning Second Place & $1000 for writing a poem on a pretty obscure topic after finding a competition which closed in 6 hours that same day; & having “i thought the moon was a cop car in my rear vision mirror as i drove home late last night …” short listed for 2012 Satura Prize.

vijaya - 50 posts

I have published four books of poems Inspire, Reflect, Explore and Savour - Art and Poetry meet. My submissions have been published in Silver Birch Press, Nancy Drew Anthology, Poetry Marathon 2016 Anthology, Sometimes Anyway: Pride in Poetry Volume II, Forwardian, Triadae Magazine, iWrite India, Dystenium Online, and Taj Mahal Review anthologies. I have appeared as guest speaker in colleges. A participant in the Poetry Marathon 2016 (24 poems in 24 hours, 1 poem per hour), she has reviewed and edited poetry and fiction books. I participated in NaNoWriMo 2016 and completed her first novel in November 2016.

Mark Lucker

Mark Lucker - 50 posts

A mid-life career switch from corporate life to teaching brought me from the rural Midwest to the inner city of New Orleans, where I am entering my TENTH year as an English teacher. A life-long poet, my style and vibe tends to ricochet unexpectedly at times - reflecting my cultural background of growing up in Minneapolis and Denver, summers on a northern Minnesota lake, and a vagabond adulthood. Last year's marathon was my second, and was as exhilarating as the year before - when my first marathon resulted in a whole new circle of online friends - fellow poets with who I helped form the online group 'Some Poets'. They (we) rock! Since that first go-around, I have self-published three books of poetry, and one of autobiographical essays. Two more themed essay compilations are in progress, but this weekend, coming up... "It's all about the verse, 'bout the verse, no essays..." or sumptin' like that!

gemlin - 50 posts

Prolific poetess looking forward to the challenge getting to know some of my fellow writers out there.

Tracy Plath - 50 posts

SO looking forward to this year’s marathon, perhaps even more than the last two because writing time has been difficult to carve out lately. I’m buzzing and bursting with words that need a home, and tomorrow is the day I hope they find it. Much love to my Some Poets family that are participating, and to everyone else accepting this sustaining challenge as well! Tracy Plath

Gina Surgeon - 49 posts

Gina has had a lifelong interest in reading and writing. As early as elementary age she has received requests to recite her poetry in school, church, and to pen pieces for special occasions. She is currently working in the publication process of several books and works of poetry. The best of which is a children's book series created with her granddaughter Ayanna. Professionally, Gina serves as Executive Director of Positive FACE, a nonprofit organization that she founded to encourage life excel in at-risk students.

anairina - 49 posts

Born 1983 in Bucharest, Romania. Studied English and French at the University of Bucharest. Awarded a PhD from the University of Bucharest in 2014, with the thesis "Virginia Woolf and Graham Swift: The Lyrical Novel". Started writing haiku in August 2014.

Jasper Peacock

Jasper Peacock - 49 posts

I am a hermit and I write.

evangelinec-cube - 49 posts

I am a proud Grandmom of 3 kiddos. I am still working as Executive Assistant to the President of a small, private family corporation. My great wish to be known as a verser or a poetess transcends all past aspirations. I am on my way to fulfill this great wish with the help of The Poetry Marathon, I hope. I'm from the Philippines.


sonic1102 - 49 posts


teriharroun - 49 posts

This is my second poetry marathon. I have a partner, 3 children of my own, and my partner's two children. I enjoy goats, chickens, yarn, reading, and of course poetry. I am a female Catholic priest and many of my poems are spiritual. My life saying is that "kindness matters". In the past year Five Oaks Press published my first book of poems: "A Woman Called Father". You can find it on Amazon.


Raven - 48 posts

I am a former music journalist, recent creative writing graduate, originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, but currently living in London, UK. At the moment I am mostly focused on sci-fi and found poetry, but in general my tastes in literature (and music, and all forms of art) are very eclectic.

bjsteinshouer - 48 posts

When I participated in my first Poetry Marathon, I was writing from the Chautauqua circuit in Nebraska, hoping to be inspired by meadowlark and sandhill crane, Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather. I had a wonderful time, writing from the back seat of a rental car while traveling from one God-forsaken town to another. My colleagues were into it - I read them at least every other poem, writing on my iPad, spinning poem after poem in the dark. This time I will be writing from DC, in the middle of a trip to try to get some healthcare before the system is dismantled. I have no idea what I will have learned about my body in the three days before, in which I will be poked, prodded, and drilled. My poems will probably be filled with a lot of poking, prodding, and drilling.

factorjosh - 48 posts

passionwhite - 47 posts

International award winning poet that just recently received a letter from Poetry Nation and I am getting an honor award for past accomplishments for my writing poetry. My overall, personality is artistic in which is writing, painting, and photography. I have just recently been a published author with one book called "My Healing Journey" by Dana Warnock which is my maiden name and I working on getting my name back. I am currently writing another book of poetry. I hope to finish this book within this marathon.

meka - 46 posts

My name Meka R Brown. I am a single mother of two daughters, Meca (20) and McKell (17). I am an employee at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. I am an aspiring writer and an avid reader. Memoir and poetry are my genres but I am interested in learning other genres.


everemillard - 45 posts

lckerns - 43 posts

Author/ Poet/ Photographer/ Crafter but in my spare time and to make a living- I work in politics.

Ingrid - 42 posts

I have been writing poetry on and off since I was about 12 years old ( many years!) My hobbies are writing, running, photography and reading. I recently completed a book combining some of my photographs with health tips. Another one of my aims is to do a book or chapbook incorporating more of my pictures as well as my poems. During this challenge., I will be picking out some of my photographs and using them as "triggers" for some of my poems. My poetry may also involve the subject of running as I am currently training for my second marathon!


mateolara - 42 posts

I am 22. I am from California. I enjoy writing, music, and trying to survive. I I think poetry has saved me. I love too much.

Bhasha Dwivedi - 42 posts

Hello everyone.... I am Bhasha Dwivedi, A 20- year old from India who loves reading, writing, watching anime and fangirling! This is my second year here and first full marathon.... Really looking forward to reading everyone's work again and ofcourse, writing a lot of different poems.

Harvey Schwartz - 41 posts

Harvey Schwartz Statement of Purpose Biography I grew up in a suburban Philadelphia area much like Archie Bunker’s. I was a Jewish kid in a predominantly Catholic neighborhood. I didn’t like Hebrew School, because it separated me from many of my friends. A priest told my friends not to play with me. This and other related events created a paradox. I felt compelled to defend the religion that I didn’t embrace. I tried to disprove the stereotypes that crashed upon me like waves at high tide. Jewish kids aren’t athletic or tough were the only ones I could address and it energized me every time I crashed the boards playing basketball. But it also taught me that the world didn’t owe me success. My love of sports was also a saving grace from the boring life that seemed preordained. I had to study science, which I hated, in order to get into a pre-dental program in college. By then I might have come to my senses sans the carrot of a Vietnam War draft exemption. I bit hard. Going to Woodstock changed me. And a year later my draft lottery number was high enough to free me. But being a slow learner, I thought I’d give dental school a try, since I’d already been accepted. I didn’t last a quarter. I spontaneously quit. Then I joined a hippy commune, which segued into a nine thousand mile hitch hiking adventure that crossed Canada and included Alaska, Oregon and California. I never returned to live in the east. And many hitching adventures followed. In 1973 I returned to college for teacher training and became a tutor/councilor for Lummi Indian kids in Bellingham, WA. Then I taught in a school run by an internationally known (but under the radar locally) psychic, on Orcas Island, WA. This was followed by a one year stint teaching fifth grade in a tiny town on the Yakama Indian Reservation, where I learned more than I taught. Next was a vision quest of sorts back to Orcas Island. I pitched a tipi with the intention of staying there until I knew my next step. I happened upon a chiropractic office and the subsequent chain of events led to a twenty five year career as a chiropractor. My life and practice were featured in a cover story of Chiropractic Economics in 2003. My wife Colleen was doing a vision quest of her own on neighboring San Juan Island during mine on Orcas. We were married on Leap Year Day in 1976. Colleen and our children Jerome and Devan are all accomplished writers. I retired in 2004 and the next years were focused on travel, my garden, and being part of an Improv group. In 2010 I went to hear a lecture at Western Washington University on the wrong day. I somehow came home enrolled in two creative writing classes. I was quickly hooked. I appreciate the exceptional opportunity writing affords me to reflect and write about what I’ve experienced and learned. It’s a lot like Improv, but without the speed factor. Coaching from professors helps me tell a better story and classmate feedback is invaluable. I still enjoy the luxury of frequent and widespread travel while the garden that I’m trying to simplify seems to keep getting bigger. Randomness, dilemmas, paradoxes, and peripheral vision are a big part of my writing palette. My goal is to paint a picture that is insightful, enjoyable, and artistic.


jabberwhacky - 40 posts

I used to sail, now I manage projects for the O&G industry. I did write too...somehow I remember that.


torrimbrown - 39 posts

Hi My name is Torri. This is my 3rd marathon and I'm pretty hype about it. I'm still adjusting to living in Tacoma, Washington and I could use a bit of write-spiration. I plan to stay pumped by getting plenty of rest beforehand. I hope it works! I look forward to reading some of everyones beautiful poetry soon!

jsweeder - 38 posts

Simona FROSIN - 38 posts


Britton - 38 posts

I grew up a third-culture kid. Issues of culture, social justice, and translation ground my work. While a love of other languages and their music fascinates me, it goes -- like music w/ lyric -- with the way images resonate for readers.


Aayan - 38 posts

Copyeditor by profession, aspiring writer, poet at heart.


tobett - 38 posts

Writing from the woods or in my old farmhouse, I am blessed to have time for this. A grandmother with faraway grandchildren, married to a good hearted blue-eyed man, looking at 70 knowing that everyday above ground is a good day.

Angel Pulliam

Angel Pulliam - 37 posts

I am currently a high school English teacher in Oklahoma. I have been writing as long as I can remember, and think this marathon will be a great way to push my writing.

Adryn - 37 posts

I like new creative challenges and sharing with creative, ambitious people. Hoping for more of that here. 🙂

Haley - 37 posts

I'm a college student with a passion for writing dating back to 5th grade, my yearbook dream being "to have my poems published all around the world"

Kaili Kinnon - 37 posts

Singer, songwriter from Toronto!

sarayb - 37 posts

I'm a terrible windbag, but I can't ever think of anything interesting to say about myself, so I'm not going to try. I am 41 years old, have been writing and making things up for most of my life. I have been published once, about 15 years ago, and would like it to happen again sometime before I die. Mostly I just like to write things, and this is a fun challenge, and motivates me to write a year's worth of poems in a day. I'm going to do the half-marathon this time.


DonnaWriter - 36 posts

I have been writing poetry since age 11. Free verse, quatrains, sonnets, haiku. I also write short stories and I paint, mostly in oils. I used to be a teacher and I act onstage as much as I can. Every word is a small section of my existence.


Kwills - 36 posts

Kell Willsen is an aspiring lyricist, trainee web developer, and story-teller, who believes that good art is a blend of form and content. One day, Kell hopes to make good art. Until then, you get this.

teakay - 35 posts

36, been writing since I was 13. Shy, until I get to know you.

vskypoetress - 34 posts

Art, in its many forms, has been and remained my outlet in everyday life. I believe that art is the one true passage way for the soul to communicate with the rest of the world. Being an artist has introduced me to people, cultures, and experiences I would have never had otherwise. As you read any of my poetry, music, view my art or listen to any of my audio poems, I hope that you look and listen with an open spirit. If I'm able to paint a picture of any kind in your mind, that's what counts. June of 2013 I published my second poetry book entitled "One". In 2010, I wrote and recorded my first single, "Love is not for the weak" Back in 2008, I opened a small painting business "Custom Creations" Yes, I love the arts! As of right now, I am working on another book, a comedy actually! A real life look at the dating scene in your 30's. You definitely wont want to miss this one! I still run "Custom Creations" and I am a poetry junky and will never put the pen down!


JaneDoe123456789 - 33 posts

WRITING AND ME- My name is Rhyana and I love putting beautiful words together to create something beautiful. For me that is the definition of writing but poetry specifically. FUN FACTS- I can crack my ears and I really like narwhals. I am doing the half-marathon .

JC the poet - 33 posts

Maritza - 32 posts

Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator. I write to inspire others to be a better person.

Amy C

Amy C - 32 posts

Who am I and why should you care? I hope that you can relate to my words, perhaps that is more important than telling you all the "whats" and "wheres" that are on my cv. I am human, I am a mother, an author, a physician, a person of faith. I have published a few poems, but I am not a professional poet, whatever that means. My favorite poet is Rolf Jacobsen. I like ancient poetry, such as Tong dynasty four character quatrains. I have a cat.

Ant - 32 posts

Hi all! My name is Antoinette Le Roux (legally still Keyser, but I have divorced my abusive husband, and am in the process of becoming Le Roux again), and I live in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. I have been writing poetry since forever, but have never really published anything except on Facebook, Wattpad and my WordPress blog… and more recently on one or two websites as gigs that I’ve done on Fiverr. My main reason for entering this Marathon is to get my butt in gear: I have known since my elementary school days that I am a writer deep down inside, but received nothing but ridicule from my school peers, teachers… and even my father who has tried to push me into becoming an architect. He used to ridicule me when I tried to express myself singing and he used to tell me that writing is for the “less intelligent”; he made me believe that a woman “cannot make it as a singer or as an author”. Both my husbands simply made me believe that I am “good for nothing”, the second one even going as far as to call me a “good for nothing mad ‘effing’ bitch”! Needless to say, when one gets told the same nonsense so perpetually one really actually believes all the verbal crap that gets flung at one… Now, with my dad, peers and abusive husbands long gone… and with the internet as an awesome resource telling me to my face that all those people were actually liars, I have now decided that it’s better late than never. I am getting into the world of authors, come what may… I know that I can do it, and this Marathon is a great opportunity to show myself that I can because what I really need is the motivation and self-confidence to step out and DO IT! And here I am then, at age 60, breaking into the world where I know that I belong! I’m coming home so to speak! Good luck to everyone who will participate, and may we all survive! © 2015 Antoinette LeRoux

martinagallegos - 29 posts

I was born and raised in Mexico and came to the U. S. at fourteen. I attended U. S. schools through graduate level after a major stroke. I started writing after the stroke in 2012 and publishing one month before my Masters. I published my first book, Grab the Bull by the Horns, Outskitrts Press, January 2016.

Shloka Shankar

Shloka Shankar - 29 posts

Shloka Shankar (b. 1989) is a freelance writer and poet from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with all forms of the written word and has happily found her niche in Japanese short-forms such as haiku, senryu, and haibun, as well as found/remixed pieces alike. She enjoys singing and creating abstract art in her free time. Her found poem was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology in 2015, and her poems and visual art have appeared in over 175 online and print venues of repute. Shloka is also the founding editor of the literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shloks89/


mtorrez81 - 29 posts

seth - 29 posts

Good day everyone! I'm Melissa Seth Albornoz, a native from Philippines, and presently working here in the middle east as a housemaid. I will be joining full time marathon. I love literature. I love reading and writing it on my own. I came here not just to compete to other participants, I came here to learn, enhance and develop my capability in writing, but, Its not only writing, but, my ability to arrange the letters on the air to form a word to touch one's life. I don't have a house, but, I have a home, and I found it here.. in this - "poetical world" Where A-Z unites and love each other as they form a word.

Sue Storts - 29 posts

I am a sixty-four year old White/Native female. I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma with my retired, curmudgeon husband and dog who sheds her weight in hair every day. Writing is hard. I'd stop if I could.

Donna - 28 posts

Hi, my name is Donna. I teach third grade in rural West Virginia. I've been writing poetry in a dedicated manner for the past three years. I started to write again to help me deal with my depression. I like to write poems based on children's stories, animal poems, poems about current events, and just whatever sparks my imagination.

badger - 28 posts

Kevin J. O'Conner

Kevin J. O'Conner - 28 posts

2017 is my second year participating. Here is the latest version of my bio: After 30 years of writing only sporadically, Kevin J. O’Conner returned to poetry in 2013—first as a creative exercise, then for the therapeutic benefits. Since 2015, he writes every day, exploring the craft of poetry through monthly writing challenges—‘my ongoing effort to write something that doesn’t sound like something I would write’, he says. Kevin’s poems explore isolation, memory, life’s small moments, and the experience of starting over at ‘a certain age’—always with an emphasis on straightforward expression. As of mid-2017, Kevin has published nine collections of poems, the latest of which is This Is Not the Book That Will Save Your Life, plus three volumes of ‘love notes’ to the days of the week. When not writing poetry, Kevin can be found copy-editing documents from far-flung places, attending open-mic readings, designing books, and contemplating what to cook now that he is tired of soup. He lives near Seattle with his semi-neurotic cat, Trixie. (Personal website pending; the current link goes to my blog, Ordinary Average Thoughts.)

Sandy McLellan - 28 posts

marthak - 28 posts

sharonedge - 28 posts

I have been a poet since I was in elementary school. I've been a published poet since the 90s. My first book of poetry was a haiku chapbook, No Sanctuary, published by Amelia Press. My second book of poetry, Not a Prodigal, is forthcoming from Village Books Press.

cchurchill - 28 posts

Hello everyone this is my first poetry marathon and I am super excited about it... I haven't been writing all that long but hope you enjoy my entries. I am from MI between Detroit and Flint. If you want to see more of my work you can check me out on Instagram @cc_writes.


sweetjeni - 28 posts

thekurlman - 27 posts


ccwrites - 27 posts

Hey everyone! I am a second year marathoner and I am super happy to be doing the insanity again.

acockyone - 27 posts

Twenty-six-year-old college student in pursuit of something greater than the monotonous hegemony and socially enforced mediocrity that has been nearly systemic in its stitching of citizens into a quilted pattern of ignorance, intolerance, and greed. I am hoping that by the time I obtain my Degree, that my hunger for literature and my thirst for writing will have matured and developed into less of a beginner's hobby and more of a profitable, marketable commodity, instead. At this stage in my life, I realize that success is not defined by how talented you may see yourself as being, or even how talented you may actually be. For what good is talent if you never do anything with it? What difference does it make if, say, you are the best vocalist that has ever walked the Earth, if you've never let anyone else hear you sing? This then, is not just another preamble on just another social networking site, but something like the first few measures to my life's opus, so to speak. Here ends The Prologue.

nancyk - 27 posts

I am a mom of 5, just left teaching middle school after 15 years, and tend to write more nonfiction than anything else. I just received a new puppy 2 days ago, so I have lost the ability to get much done.

Santosha - 27 posts

A human who seeks beauty, truth, and enlightenment in all her works...

critico - 27 posts

A. J. Edwards - 27 posts

I'm the weirdest person I know. I can be accurately described as anxious, thoughtful, self-absorbed, talkative, and devout.


sheilas - 27 posts

I'm a printmaker and poet in Bellingham, WA.

lyricalsociologist - 27 posts

I'm a not-so-mild-mannered college instructor by day and writer by night. I'm an ex-animal rescuer and a forever animal lover. Finally, I'm a progressive, portly, political, powerful, pale-faced, passionate purveyor of poetry and prose.


oatman - 27 posts

34 year old carpenter, writer, activist, anarchist and aspiring iconoclast living in a little off-grid cabin on a Buddhist sanctuary in Maui, Hawaii.

jennifervera - 27 posts

I'm a poet from NYC and have my MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. I work as a freelance editor/writing coach for other writers.


rainmaker - 26 posts

I am a young adult doing a year of service with City Year. I enjoy writing a lot and tend to focus on poetry. While I'm not that great of a writer I enjoy it enough to do it.

EbonySB - 26 posts

Author, Poet, Yogi and Blogtalk Radio Host. Writing is how I release, talking is how I heal, yoga is how I balance. From VA, looking forward to the 24hr marathon.


ellawagemakers - 26 posts

Shaunton Taylor

Shaunton Taylor - 26 posts

I LOVE writing poetry. It is my first and last thought of each day. I love cakes, pies, and chocolate. I think roller coasters are an awesome way to relieve tension and aggression. My favorite place to be is near watersides enjoying the sounds and beauty of nature. I value challenges, BUT I never want to be US president.

varenyas - 26 posts


MaritzaMMejia - 26 posts

A bilingual substitute teacher born in Colombia and live in Florida with my husband and our two teenagers. I published my memoir "Hazel Eyes" (2010, two FIVE Stars Bilingual Children Books: "Vanilla and Chocolate" (2012) and "Grandma's Treasure" (2014), and "Poems, Thoughts and More" (2015) by WRB Publishing. I write to inspire others to be a better person. I will prepare for half-marathon by setting up my workplace, preparing my favorite food (Italian) and getting familiar with Wordpress. Happy Marathon!

Archana Kapoor Nagpal

Archana Kapoor Nagpal - 26 posts

Archana Kapoor Nagpal is an internationally published author of four books – '14 Pearls of Inspiration', 'The Road to a Positive Life', ‘A Haiku Per Day’ and 'The Fragrance of a Beautiful Life'. She often participates in the short story competitions, and her winning stories are now part of international anthologies - 'New Love: Anthology of Short Stories' and the ’12 Facets of a Crystal’. She has seen her short stories, poems and Haiku published in other anthologies as well – ‘A Pinch of Love, Peace and Humanity ’, ‘Atoms of Haiku’, and the ‘Ripples of Love’. She has also been actively involved in the editing, proofreading and book designing of these three anthologies. She has also seen her poems published in numerous other literary journals, blogs, websites and anthologies including Friday Gurgaon, Whispers, Writers Asylum, VerseWrights, The Bamboo Hut, Frogpond (Issue 37-2) – The Journal of the Haiku Society of America, Under the Basho, Asahi Haikuist Network, HOO-Knows Home & Family Magazine, Harvests of New Millennium (Art & Poetry), Gems (An Anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka), Taj Mahal Review (An International Literary Journal ), Frameless Sky, Tamarind Magazine, A Hundred Gourds 4.1, DailyHaiga, brass bell: a haiku journal, UHTS (United Haiku and Tanka Society) Cattails, Tulip, Paper Wasp, Prune Juice (Journal of Senryu Kyoka & Haiga), Gnarled Oak, Faces and Places – Haiku Anthology, The Mustard Grain, Ershik #9, Modern Haiku (45:3 Issue), Issa’s Untidy Hut, hedgerow: a journal of small poems, NeverEnding Story (Butterfly Dream Haiku), Chrysanthemum 17 and many others. Her haiku and senryu are translated into Chinese, German and Russian as well.

Nicole - 26 posts

Just me. Clinging to this spinning ball. Loving life and my family. Even when im not. I live on the Eastern shore of Maryland, its beautiful and completely another world from anywhere else on earth. I am a crafter, an artist, a writer and an all around creative soul. Too many interests and not enough focus most of the time.

marty57 - 26 posts

The Bountiful Balcony Poet

The Bountiful Balcony Poet - 26 posts

With an ear for poetry and a heart for readers, T. Haven Morse uses poetry as a vehicle for forging connections. And, as a side note, she loves to spend hours wandering in the woods of her 18-acre farmstead in the forest! "Not all those who wander are lost." - Tolkien


shrikaanth - 26 posts

I am a doctor from India living in England. A trained vocalist and a composer in Indian Classical Music, I write in several languages. My haikai writings appear regularly in reputed journals and anthologies, and have won prizes. A former editor of Cattails (senryu), and former proofreader for journals Cattails and Skylark, I am now the Editor of Blithe Spirit, journal of the British Haiku Society.

cbskala - 26 posts

I am 20 years old, and I'm an author, a student, a poet, and a martial artist 🙂

shanfordjeff - 26 posts

young and yearning for a pen that creates the magic my mind makes.

Jade - 26 posts


emilyland - 26 posts

This is my first year doing the marathon. I am doing the full marathon.

Alice - 26 posts

Laurel Wilson

Laurel Wilson - 26 posts

I'm a writer and an artist, just shifting from a day-job mentality to full time art. It's a scary time full of opportunity and growth. The Poetry Marathon is a way to commit to that shift both by doing the writing and by putting the writing in public. I'm eager to begin!

kcwolfe - 25 posts

Just another one of those semi-reluctant, and begrudgingly human artistic people residing in the toxic, yet inspirational air of Los Angeles. I've made the recent discovery that there is no other choice for me, the creation of art and stories and music is what I've been put on this earth to do

Jennifer Meneray - 25 posts

Alora - 25 posts

Returning marathoner, excited to be back. I'm a data geek and a novel writer. Let's do this!

judyk - 25 posts

elenaleejohnson - 25 posts

Denise - 25 posts

My name is Denise and I have been writing poetry for over 40 years now. I started writing as a child; it was a way of saying what I could not speak.

gloriajean - 25 posts

Writer, Mother, Runner, Poet, Dreamer, Eternal Optimist, Relentless Thinker, Music Lover and #1 Fan of @_thederbygirls


naidanepascuasupnet - 25 posts

gmariec - 25 posts

everybody a poet

Aaron Conklin

Aaron Conklin - 25 posts

I'm 34, married, and have two young sons. I live in Warrensburg, Missouri USA on a small farm, though I lived in Kansas City until I was 27. I am a high school English teacher and a middle school wrestling coach. I enjoy studying chess, practicing martial arts, and writing poetry. I live my life heavily influenced my samurai ethos. I believe in the mutual cultivation of mind, body, and spirit/heart as a way to develop the complete individual. A scholar, a warrior, an artist. Through these paths all beauty is revealed. I like to live close to the earth, simply, and in service to others. I cannot prepare you for what you may read in my poetry. While I do go back through and edit what I have written, I try to keep what I put on the page as raw and unfiltered as what passes through my mind daily. I'm not promising any literary gems, or even that much talent, just random, poetic, ramblings that are a complicated way of saying very little. The works I create during the marathon may or may not inspire introspection in others. No guarantees. If anything, my poems will serve as a window for others to peer into my very probable insanity. I think like this, and I have a desire to write like this, so I am.


rademonster - 25 posts

Poet. Whispers and roars. Writing to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Living in Cleveland but New Yorker at heart.


megsat - 25 posts

My passion lies in writing, films and travel. If you unzipped my body, you would find moleskin journals and DVDs scattered about. Poetry has been a way for me to express myself in less structured forms than a script or an actual visual aide. Poetry falls somewhere in the middle and should be experimented with accordingly.


ohaliiceblack - 25 posts

Retired guardian angel looking for a hobby. Land locked siren in a sun soaked body. 24, Los Angeles

Christina DiEdoardo

Christina DiEdoardo - 25 posts

I'm a criminal defense attorney and organized-crime historian who's looking forward to spreading her wings and doing more poetry. Can't wait for the marathon! 🙂


ZephieJade - 25 posts


tawnya - 25 posts

Hannah - 25 posts

So what does one do once they graduate with a creative writing degree with a minor in art? Yup, they become underemployed with little time to write at home. I'm doing the poetry marathon to force myself to work around my work schedule and finally get back to doing what I love. I chose my degree because it was my passion, and now I want to get back to realizing my dream.

Aisha Nazir

Aisha Nazir - 25 posts

I'm a 20 year-old and I have always had a passion for poetry. I love to write just anything though. I think, mostly, I write because I want to be heard.

ryne - 25 posts

JessicaCruz - 25 posts

Giles - 25 posts

I am a blind poet living in south Wales, UK. I lost my sight 9 years ago, so have written poetry as both a sighted and blind poet. I've been writing since high school and have started taking it more seriously in the last 5 years. My debut pamphlet, Dressing Up, was published by Cinnamon Press earlier this year. I used to play piano and am trying to re-learn it now I'm blind. You can find me on Twitter at @Bix_cool


cindykarnitz - 25 posts

I am writer and editor. I blog about food, family and philosophical notions when the climate dictates. I am published in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and as an editor. I work a day job in Aerospace. I have five kids, two grandkids and an extremely loving and supportive husband. I believe coffee should be its own FDA approved food group. http:\\www.cindykarnitz.com


thefirestarter - 25 posts

Originally hailing from Chitown or as commonly known Chicago, I now reside in Ocala, Florida. I come from a strong Puerto Rican background laced with Creole/black descendance. Growing up in a big city afforded me the privilege of being exposed to many breathtaking journeys, heartaches, tragedies and experiences. All of these circumstances created in me an eclectic array of characteristics that can only be attributed to me. I love who I am. I can only thank God for every single occurrence in my life that brought me to this point. And so I write.


sjduncan - 25 posts

sreela - 25 posts

jlwright - 25 posts

J. L. Wright is a fulltime RVer enjoying traveling the United States. J. L. wishes to start conversations about current issues through an artistic voice in poetry, photography, and graphic art. Recent publications include The Wire’s Dream Magazine, GNU Journal, Whatcom Watch, Solstice Magazine, and Peace Poets Anthology and chapbook.

kosh - 25 posts

I enjoy writing poems and short stories and have begun writing a novel. I love science fiction/fantasy the most but enjoy every genre. I like to explore the depths of the human psyche and jiggle around whatever I find. While much of my work is traditionally dark, I enjoy the lighter side of humanity and try to fill my works with hope. I also hate talking about myself because I never know what to say...so there! Lol

m-flintsuter - 25 posts


lilla - 25 posts


sole95 - 25 posts

Translator, Interpreter, Editor, Writer, World Traveler, Lover of fine art, Poetry, Music, Cuisine, Architecture, Interior Design and Interesting People.

Nix - 25 posts

Writer and reader 🙂 and I am participating in the poetry marathon, trying to the 24 hours 😊

chowilawu - 25 posts

Expatriate living, working, and writing in Canada. Have been experiencing the lighter, brighter, and beautiful parts of life along with a few of its darker sides for a long time. I am more the semblance of a storyteller than a poet, but I love the genre in order to say certain things succinctly and with craftsmanship.

unexpectedpoet23 - 25 posts

I go to a highschool in Tennessee. I am a sophomore now. I started writing at the beginning of my freshman year when I was at a hard time in life I was and still use it as a coping mechanism. But, I'm doing better. I am here because my mom found this website and I'm so glad she did I'm here to test my skills on different topics and the way I'm going to do that is to do it all. When I get something in my head I'm stubborn toward myself because I know I can do it. And doing this contest is going to make me have more and more self discipline toward myself. I have 70+ pages of poetry just from a year ago. I had more but I ended up losing them. But, I'm not to happy about that in myself that I did it. But, its okay I plan on writing so much more. And just this alone gives me 24 more poems. I am also willing to read poems but I'm not to great giving advice on them but the fact that I like them, they're amazing, or beautifully written. But, seriously I'm always willing to read anything. Anyway, I write what I feel, what others feel, what needs to be said, etc. Anyway, you're all beautiful and hope you have a great time reading my poetry.


reuben - 25 posts

I live in Sydney, Australia and populate my time with inspirations and fascinations. I'm currently studying literature and working as a cook but I spend most of my time reading, writing, playing chess or country music and asking myself if it's too late for coffee or too early for wine. The poetry marathon seems like a wonderful way to further distract myself from everyday affairs.

sfalk09 - 25 posts


SaskiaLynge - 25 posts

Writer, Counselor, Life Coach, space geek, and lover of all things Star Wars and Doctor Who. I dream of living on Mars.

Kiba Elunal

Kiba Elunal - 25 posts

thepoeticunderground - 25 posts

I'm Erin, 19 years old from (usually) sunny Queensland, Australia. I run the blog thepoeticunderground.com and I don't even know what I'm getting myself into.


tammyg - 25 posts


emitch - 25 posts

Jersey Girl. Tough. Sweet. Smart. Unique.

Lexanne Leonard - 25 posts

bowlerhatfox - 25 posts

Writer and historian.

Snigdha Shaw - 25 posts

Snigdha Shaw is a Kolkata based Software Engineer by profession, following her passion as a blogger. Exploring different styles of writing, she has been writing poems since a very young age. Her poems have been published in various anthologies, International Journals and magazines. She aspires to excel in spoken word poetry. You may reach her at www.museofpoetry.com or follow her at Facebook/museofpoetry, Instagram/museofpoetry_

ladybird - 25 posts

I've been writing since I was a young girl. I'm looking forward to the poetry marathon to engage in a challenge of producing a large body of work in a short period of time. In recent times I have developed the confidence to share my writing with friends and with their encouragement I'm venturing further a field to the public arena.

lexie - 25 posts

courtneyhype - 25 posts

I am a poet, blogger, and go getter from San Diego, California. I'm not a very interesting person, but I have noticed that people sometimes enjoy my words.


jessicabrynar - 25 posts

Catherine - 25 posts

Nerdy Torontonian with a writing hobby

Robert Nalagan - 25 posts

I'm 35, starting my long and painful but rewarding career as a culinary arts professional. I'm doing the whole marathon. I'm going to attempt to post every hour but alas I work the swing shift at a restaurant.

Amrutha B Nair

Amrutha B Nair - 25 posts

My name is Amrutha.I'm an Indian girl of 18.There's nothing much to tell about me.I like reading and writing. I'm a bibliophile. My ultimate aim is to be a writer. I write both prose and poetry though I'm more concentrated on poetry. Academically I'm a science student, majoring in maths.

Leo Bianco - 25 posts

I started writing to get me through a hard time with my son's surgeries at the request of friends who said to try writing you can't keep it all bottled up inside and turns out I enjoy making people feel my words so I dabble every now and then, am i an author or poet? no i don't think so, have i been published? no other than my blog? am i a writer no I just write. why am i here? to see what real writers poets and authors think of my writing to see if maybe I am wrong and possibly I do fall into one of the categories that I have been thinking I'm not good enough to be in


kevinbrennan - 25 posts

Hi My name is Kevin Brennan and this is my first time doing the poetry marathon. I am from Dublin Ireland. I am currently working on my second novel, a science fiction story that starts in the present and goes fifty years into a utopian future where the human race saves itself and the planet thanks to a worldwide shift in attitude. My nickname comes from the title of my first book Gurriers. I perform poetry in The International Bar in Dublin every Wednesday at a fantastic event called Dublin's Underground Beat. This is a music and poetry open mike night where all artists are welcome. We get lots of overseas talent. Last night we had a poet from Chicago, a blues guitarist from Salt Lake City and a harmonica player from Germany. Any poets who come to Ireland should come and join us for a session.

Crystal Davis

Crystal Davis - 25 posts

A modern troubadour trading 365 global experiences for words through Project Curious. Lover of honey tea and fan of odd socks, about to start a writing residency in Italy for July! I am taking on the full marathon, and look forward to the glories of sleep deprivation and intense creative immersion! You can find me at www.crystaldavis.com.au or on fb as CrystalDavisAuthor xx

DanielleM - 25 posts

A former Journalist and Copy Writer from the Caribbean. Danielle is finally taking the plunge and sharing her secret passion with others. She is working on her first poetry book and hoping that she'll continue flying towards her dreams.

Jo - 25 posts

Living and procrastinating writing in Austin, TX, by teaching yoga and serving as a psychologist and energy worker, among other things.

Jane and Friends

Jane and Friends - 25 posts

Veronica Robbins - 25 posts

I'm a professional writer by trade, which means I write for food, but rarely for me. Married mother of two. San Francisco Giants fan. Dog lover, Lover of the written word.

Cameron Gilkes

Cameron Gilkes - 25 posts

I am freelance writer and photography by nights and weekends. By day I work in the standard 9:00 to 5:00 world of corporate America. I have been writing poetry since I was able to put words on paper. My life and my hobbies all revolve around this love for words. Everyday I challenge myself on how I can do a little more with my passion for writing.

Thariyah Shah - 25 posts

imee12 - 25 posts

Hi! I'm trying to get back into writing after having a baby six months ago! When I'm not hanging out with my little girl, I'm a software engineer. I'm excited to be a part of this poetry marathon.

denisehill - 25 posts

I am Professor of English at Delta College in Michigan and Editor in Chief of NewPages.com, a web resource for readers and writers.

shawker - 25 posts

Secondary English teacher in Worcestershire, England. Amateur novelist and follower of the old ways. Blessed Be! 😉

danielzorn - 25 posts

megawriter - 25 posts

I'm a 20 year old young man from California who loves to write, act, play games, and so on. While I'm not currently a published author or poet, I have been a competitive writer on both a local and a global scale. This will be his first year as a participant in the poetry marathon and he is looking forward to the creativity and challenge.


dusty.grein - 25 posts

Dusty Grein is an author, award-winning poet and graphics designer from Federal Way, Washington. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, where his 15 year old daughter is trying to raise him tight (with limited success). A contributing member of the Society of Classical Poets, he focuses on keeping the classic forms of meter and rhyme fresh and alive. When he is not busy writing, he donates a great deal of his time and graphics talent. In honor of his grandson Eddy, lost to SIDS at 13 weeks old, he creates free memorial images for bereaved families, with a special focus on infant and pregnancy loss. His blog, From Grandpa's Heart... is followed by fans around the world.

Deanna Ngai

Deanna Ngai - 25 posts

I lived in south Alabama for most of life until almost 2 years ago when I moved to Calgary, Alberta. I am married, have two grown sons, a daughter in law and two beautiful granddaughters. I am currently back in school getting a diploma in Disability Studies.

Ardelle Ray - 24 posts

My name is Ardelle, although I'm also known as Ms. Tiger to You, or Ms. Tiger, or Tiger. I'm retired and live in Las Vegas. I began writing poetry and prose when I was 6, stopped when I was 18, then resumed when I was 54. I now write short stories themed to stage magic and illusion, and poetry. Perhaps I'll get courageous and try a screenplay or novel, who knows...

liamstrong2-0 - 24 posts

Hi, I'm Liam, I'm a published poet, and this is my second poetry marathon. I'll be doing the full marathon again this year.


Chloe - 24 posts

Chloe Forsting is 21 and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She pursues poetry mostly as a solitary act and steals frequently from other poets to offset her perceived or actual shortcomings. She was inducted into poetry by her high school English teacher when he made the class read The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Things have more or less gone from there. She still likes T.S. Eliot in spite of his own shortcomings.

mikehauser - 24 posts

chelliebanner - 24 posts

Born some fourty plus years ago to a wonderful community of family friends and neighbors in West Philadelphia.i have over twenty years of experience working in the health care industry.Married my friend had two amazing children I call my Sun and Moon , even too great dogs. I would definitely describe myself as a classic city girl with the soul of a Georgia peach..

willjxn - 24 posts

I grew up in Southern Colorado's San Luis Valley, positioned between the beautiful San Juan Mountains to the west and the breath-taking Sangre De Christo Mountains to the east. I am currently living in Utah. I am a father of four amazing children. My wife and I have one child remaining at home with us. I am now, the proud grandpa of a beautiful 10 month old granddaughter. I enjoy late evening swims, reading books, gardening and taking hikes in the Utah and Colorado mountains and foothills. I also enjoy writing poetry and sharing it with my friends and family. I have had my personal jehads in life and poetry has helped me come out victorious over them.

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