Poetry Marathon Participants

Cindy Albers -178 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.

mhickok -153 posts

I'm biographically innocent, innocently impossible, impossibly personable, personably social, socially acceptable, acceptably weird. 24, an adult by America's standards but not by my own. I live to write and write to read, I read to live.

earth2joy -147 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!

dextajean -139 posts

Dexta Jean was raised in Arkansas, but her maternal ancestral home is Puerto Rico. She is a poet, a painter, a pilgrim, a mother, and a new Gigi. She also takes her conceptual art pieces and travels the region delivering "art sermons." She considers both poetry and visual art as powerful conduits to initiate discourse. Dexta Jean teaches college writing and is a doctoral candidate in the field of art leadership. She loves to laugh and sit among her ferns, hostas, and koi in her peace garden.

Roxann Harvey-Lawrence -138 posts

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

Roy Mark Azanza Corrales -132 posts

Roy Mark Azanza Corrales, commonly called by his peers or friends as simply Roy or Mark , has always been fond of reading books since he was studying his early basic education at Marist School , Marikina. The Marist High School Library , with its wide array of books becomes his haven. He then became associate editor of Reconciliare , the newsletter of University of La Sallete Seminary in Silang Cavite and was also a national literary editor of NFJPIA Newsletter. He had joined collegiate parliamentary debate and accounting quizzes. During his spare time , he made a point to write inspiration in a poetry genre. He studied BSBA Management Accounting at ABE International College of Business and Accounting in Cainta, Rizal. He was a former seminarian in a Franciscan all -male monastery named Adoration Friars of Saint Clare (AFC) where he acquired Frater Maximilian Marie of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, AFC as his religious name. There, he also become a secretary general of secretary of the community, and former catechist in a Diocese of Antipolo parish. The solace of solitude often invited him to discern and marvel about human existence and spirituality in making life more meaningful. After the awarding of PENTASI B HISTORICAL FORUM 2013, he underwent research and was able to contribute a press release entitled “Philippine : Poetry Hub of the World.” He also contributed to different anthologies like I am poetry, Verses: Typhoon Yolanda A Storm pf Philippine Poets (edited by Eileen Tabios), and many more. In 2013, he was able to organize a one-man poetry show at Library of World Art of Memories. He did the same in 2014 and in 2015, aside from the one-man poetry show, he also made his first visual poem and was posted at PENTASI B WORLD FRIENDSHIP POETRY named “humility.” Roy is currently a corporate secretary in ALGACROPS, INC. a family business engaged in exportation of dried seaweeds. Roy is a spoken word artist from Laya Manila since July 2017. Roy is currently engaged in publication of own works and other authors works through his own publishing company duly registered as RMAC BLOOMING PUBLISHING.

Laurie McKay -126 posts

The 2020 Poetry Marathon finds me happy, healthy, and retired. I’ve been fortunate to have some of my poems published - one for the 2019, and 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology and six more though Some Poets, a group that came about because of the 2015 Poetry Marathon. I will continue my writing passion and hope to develop a discipline for writing soon. Often, goofing off and playing are at odds with my craft. I live with my husband John in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We have three adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. This is my fourth Poetry Marathon. I am amazed at the amount of talent in this Marathon and terribly grateful to be part of this fantastic, creative, supportive and diverse group of poets. I wish you well!

Virginia Carraway-Stark -125 posts

Virginia Carraway Stark is a number one internationally best selling award winning author and had an honorable mention at the Cannes Film Festival for her screenplay Blind Eye. She has won awards for her poetry, novels and essays as well as nominations for her essays, blogs and other writings. She has written in numerous genres and has written in collaborations as well as in novels. She's written for presses from Simon and Schuster to smaller presses and is always up for a trying something new. She's passionate about writing although she rarely takes herself seriously. She believes in fun and measures success in terms of satisfaction rather than bank accounts or awards and prestige. She is frequently found on interviews and author panels, radio shows and online but usually, she's behind her computer or a good book or somewhere in nature. She has succeeded in completing writing specialties from Weslyan University and a specialty in ecology from Yale university. She is currently studying music from the University of Rochester. Learning is yet another of Virginia's passions. You can find out more at www.virginiastark.wordpress.com and then clicking on the 'about me' section.

Rachel Marco-Havens -125 posts

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 past & Current Projects: —Title Track Michigan—Board Member —Wildwood Path— Nature Connection Conduit --United Nations representative--Wittenberg Center --Advisor at Center For Earth Ethics (Union theological Center @Columbia University) --Producer The Same Boat 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. The Same Boat 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 has a way 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

Hardika Sharma -124 posts

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

Angel Rosen -120 posts

My name is Angel! I'm 27 years old, I live in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. I have two dogs - Houdini & Doodle - who are my best friends and greatest loves. My favorite poet is Sylvia Plath. I've been writing poetry since third grade (2003) but seriously since junior year in high school (2011). I've done the Poetry Marathon every year. My poetry is heavily influenced by being queer, autistic and otherwise being mentally ill. My first poetry book "Aurelia" is available now on Amazon!

JoyceB -118 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!

Sara Anderson -117 posts

A single mother, twice-published and co-author of multiple books, I am a simple poet who loves the written word, her son, and am a professed Anglophile with a loving partner and a wonderful life. The written word is my soul, and I anticipate a new writing challenge.

Mark Lucker -116 posts

2021 will mark my SIXTH Poetry Marathon. Each one has had its own vibe, I expect this year to be no exception. Especially since I will be on the road for part of it. I'll be officiating a wedding that Saturday afternoon, but cannot miss the marathon. Might need to settle for an hour or two of haiku in the midst of all that. Stil... Who, what, why? Yes, I have a plan to not miss a beat The why? Because! It's THE Poetry Marathon. I'm a poet. Like I said, this will be my SIXTH marathon. Wouldn't, couldn't miss it. See you there!

MelNeet -115 posts

I'm a writer who lives in Kansas City, and I've participated in the Poetry Marathon since 2014.

waldomaui -114 posts

I'm so looking forward to the 2021 marathon, due to begin in about 9 hours. My loving wife, Cindy Albers and I are both participating this year from our respective laptops here on the north shore of Maui. This will be my fifth marathon, my fourth full marathon. I don't write very often, so, as I've stated in the past, the marathon is just the kick in the pants I need to shake out some new work. Once again, thank you to Caitlin and Jacob and the other volunteers for this opportunity! Good luck to us all! Big Group Hug, waldomaui (sometimes known as Bear)

SilverQuiver -113 posts

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

torrimbrown -112 posts

Hi My name is Torri. This is my 6th 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!

tobett -111 posts

Writing from my farmhouse in a very green Vermont. This year's Marathon falls on the Birthday of my dear friend and husband, who passed three years ago. I can think of no better way to spend this day. I look forward to sharing this experience with all of you. A ritual and tribute to a life forever changed. Namaste

Tracy Plath -111 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

Santosha -107 posts

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

janiceraquelamendonca -105 posts

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

willjxn -102 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 two of my children with granddaughters living at home with us. I am now, the proud grandpa of three beautiful granddaughters. The two oldest call me Papa. A name that is more endearing than any other. I enjoy late evening swims, reading books, gardening, painting with the assistance of computer technology (GIMP) and taking hikes in the Utah and Colorado mountains and foothills. And of course, I also enjoy writing poetry and sharing it with my friends and family. I have had my personal struggles in life and poetry has helped me come out victorious over them.

CeeSie -102 posts

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

varenyas -102 posts

I'm that awkward position between life and death

Deanna Ngai -99 posts

I lived in south Alabama for most of life until September 2015 when I moved to Calgary, Alberta. I am married, have two grown sons, and two beautiful granddaughters. I have a diploma in Disability Studies and I am currently working at a preschool/kindergarten for children with special needs.

Aaron Conklin -99 posts

Lover of poetry, myth, and story.

vincentl -98 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

sjduncan -98 posts

Hi I am a poet from Australia, words are my oldest friends.

garethroi -98 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.

Boheme Bia -97 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.

Deborah Dalton -96 posts

Deborah "D Squared” Dalton is a poet/spoken word artist, domestic and sexual abuse advocate and survivor, currently seeking to poetically share the divine revelations gained while engaged in worship, study, and prayer. She was born in St. Albans, Queens, New York. Being brought up in a military family, she had the opportunity to be raised all over the world. While enrolled in a pre-engineering program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. While enrolled, she was an active member of the John McLinn Ross Players and performed in the following plays: The River Niger (Wilhelmina Brown) , Tobacco Road (Ada Lester) , Othello (Desdemona) , A Raisin in the Sun (Beneatha Younger) , Aladdin's Lamp (Mother) , Fences (Rose Maxson) , and The Shadow Box (Beverly) . She received an Irene Ryan Acting Award Nomination and an Acting Achievement Award in the Southwest Collegian Regional Competition. She has written several books of poetry, and currently wrapping up a project titled “Life After the Resurrection: A journey of Spiritual Discovery”. She received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. After working for 15+ years in the construction industry in various project management and design functions, she decided to commit full-time to her calling to engage in ministry.

Harvey Schwartz -90 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.

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.

Carolyn Robinson -89 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 six poetry books to date -primarily 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, Old Feelings, Same Heart and The Tenaciousness of Truth. 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!

Katelyn Dunne -88 posts

Managing Editor of The Drowning Gull, Student Editor at Pensworth, and Associate Editor at Zoetic Press. Published in Pensworth, Albion Review, and NonBinary Review. twitter: @kdunnewriter

rainmaker -88 posts

I am a young adult who enjoys writing. I don't make enough time nor encourage myself to write as much as I would like. I am still finding my place in the world.

seema -87 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.

Maritza -87 posts

Maritza Martínez Mejía Colombian poet, writer and translator who lives in Florida. Promotes Poetry for Peace and Proyecto de Escritura LuzDelMes to create means of communication between authors, editors, and publishers. Member of FWA, SFWA, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk. I write to inspire others to be a better person. Free poems and reading activities available at: www.luzdelmes.com

Angie Mountain -87 posts

I live near Philadelphia, PA, and work as a group supervisor in a YMCA school-aged childcare program. A former newspaper sportswriter, I write some freelance magazine articles, and also for my own enjoyment.

pgerber -83 posts

A college English Instructor, blogger, writer, poet, yogini, and yoga therapist. I enjoy the sun in Southern California, with my husband of 41 years, my two daughters, dog and cats.

luellen -82 posts

So many changes, so many lessons Not enough time to love as I wish Getting closer to the final curtain But, still fighting to be in the game

Britton -80 posts

I grew up a third-culture kid, meaning I was an expat/Army brat throughout childhood. Always moving, creating new 'homes.' I'm a turtle, in other words. Because I never fit in, issues of translation & culture ground much of my work. A love of other languages and their music fascinates me, it goes -- like music w/ lyric -- with the way images resonate.

Se -80 posts

Grappling with the precision of words to express nothing. Almost nothing. For the eighth time. Three cats, two kids, one spouse. A life wrapped in brambles. And a quart of dreams moldering, more relinquished to the starlings every year. And words, fewer still, flung from their murder back to me.

oatman -78 posts

38 year old working-class Dharma bum. Studied journalism and philosophy in college, dropped out to persue activism full-time, hitchhiked and hopped trains across the U.S. living the nomadic anarchist lifestyle, somehow ended up in Hawaii where I've resided for the past decade or so, living on off-grid ranches and properties. Influences include Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Edward Abbey, Zack De La Roca, El-P, Chuck D, and that old homeless guy mumbling nonsense stumbling down the street.

Donna -77 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.

ccwrites -77 posts

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

dscoremans -76 posts

Darren Syme (DS) Coremans was born in 1989. DS is the Lead Writer and Editor for the creative writing website Forever Distracted by Life #FoDiByLi which he established in 2014. DS is also a full-time student of writing, a full-time carer and guardian for his twin-brother who he supports in their home. Prior to writing DS worked in both the fields of care and education. With a background in ASN support, DS found working in Support for Learning in schools to be a very rewarding career for many years. DS also spent time running a few projects as a care coordinator, before deciding it was time to return to academia to pursue a career in the creative industries.

efellows -76 posts

I was born in Los Angeles, in the early '60, both Sun and Moon in Pisces at my arrival, and this intersection seems to pour from me. I am a mother of one, and grandmother now also, wearing the joys and terrors of a life well lived as a sort of armor for my last half here. I am articulate and shy, yet open enough so that no one notices the shy bits, or I hope not anyway. I hold confidences in my hidings. I am educated, try to be well spoken, and am a musician and writer. I work to live, managing myself so that I am never swept away into the opposing world of live to work. I believe in the Collective Consciousness of All that has ever been, All that Is, and All that will ever Be. It, and the extensions of It, are my religion. Regardless of my size, as it is known to fluxuate, I can often be found lying nude, or partially, under the Sun, or buoyant in the waters off my Pacific Island home, allowing healing and growth to purify me, and strengthen me. I am simple. What remains of my heart floats in a zip lock baggy, taped to the backside of my ribcage... I write poems. .

Alicia Sophia -76 posts

I'm the kid your parents warned you about

gemlin -76 posts

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

Kwills -76 posts

Kell Willsen is a fantasy author, and occasional poet, 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.

Cynthia Hernandez -75 posts

I’m a poet, writer, photographer, artist, nature lover, mom, friend and animal lover. I work as a public servant, life coach and activist. I live and work in Seattle and am a lifelong Washingtonian. I have self published two poetry volumes available for sale on amazon.com and through other outlets. I’m currently working on a children’s book and a novel.

Martin Rodriguez Torrez -75 posts

My discovery of words and their many properties of power and portent have been the driving force behind my search for my literary voice. Since opening the dog eared copy of "Seasons in The Sun" in 1992, and discovering the spirit of the human condition within, I've pursued my own voice; looking for it in the words of other poets and writers. It is a journey that has been both eye-opening, and humbling. Throughout my 27 year sojourn of self-discovery and realization, it's been a happy experience. I appreciate the work the Jans' have done to create, run, and promote the Poetry Marathon. It's been a great experience, and I look forward to testing my mettle in further marathons. -Martin Rodriguez Torrez; Some Poets contributor; McTowers MishMosh Media.

mariel-m -73 posts

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

Gina Surgeon -73 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. Her blog, which features writings from her testimony and vision, can be found on the organization website www.positiveface.org.

mavschick41 -73 posts

I’ve been on a journey of rediscovery the past decade or so, trying to remember, relearn, and even reinvent myself. Just who the heck did I think I was? Better yet, who did I want to be? Although the answers have evolved over the past few years — like I truly believe I have done — one thing has always remained the same: my love of writing. So here I am, toes on the starting line, heart pounding, mind racing, anxious to embark on my third consecutive Poetry Marathon. It may not be easy, but it will always be worth it. Hope to see you at the finish line! “Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself.” — Sunscreen, Baz Luhrmann

Tessa Mountain -73 posts

I am an American college student with interests in comics, nature, and story-telling. I'm not very experienced with writing poetry, so my style strays pretty often, but I love to experiment and play with the images that get stuck in my head! Most of my poems are sourced from my own imagination, but if I get stuck, I might fall back on writing from a fictional character's perspective.

teriharroun -73 posts

This is my third poetry marathon. I consider the process a retreat and I learn new things about myself each time. I have 3 adult children all beautifully launched and brilliant. 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". Three years ago, Five Oaks Press published my first book of poems: "A Woman Called Father". You can find it on Amazon.

Ian Barkley -73 posts

I write prose about the future and poetry about the present.

Saki -72 posts

This is my third marathon. The first two were interesting over the past two years most of my writing has consisted of short statements on daily life, politics, and philosophy posted to Facebook in addition to an occasional poem and some informational documents. I have been writing off and on for many years but only writing poetry for about 13 years. Looking forward to this challenge and making new friends and reading some new poetry.

afeathers -72 posts

I am a poet, an artist, and a climber of trees. I'm a singer, a bookworm, and an ocean addict. I am not a dancer. Give me a tree to climb, and I’ll lose my shoes. How does anyone process without writing it out?

Ingrid -71 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 have a background in writing and social work. A few years ago, I presented a few workshops about the healing effects of various forms of writing-including poetry. Writing has always been a very healing passion, pastime, hobby and luckily, professional work for me, at times.

meka -70 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.

sharonedge -70 posts

I have been a poet since I was in elementary school. I've been a published poet since the 90s. My first full-length collection, Not a Prodigal, was published by Village Books Press in 2018. It was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and winner of the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Best Book of Poetry. I cannot not write poetry.

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.

sandraj631968 -68 posts

I’m Sandi- An artist all my life, I began writing poetry in high school but not seriously. In 2001 I took a poetry class, and that’s what lit the fire for me. Ever since, I’ve been writing when the fire burns hot and wild. I graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1988 and then pursued writing and poetry in the new millennium. I hope to complete the whole marathon this year.

Kevin J. O'Conner -68 posts

2021 is my fifth year participating in the Poetry Marathon. As usual, I plan to do the half-marathon—because sleep. The current incarnation of my more-or-less official bio goes like this: According to his phone’s auto-complete function, Kevin J. O’Conner ‘is a poet who is not sure what he does, but doesn’t have any other way to make sure he has a more appropriate experience with his own story.’ This is not far from the truth. To date, Kevin has published twelve full-length poetry collections; his latest is 2019's WISHES SOMETIMES HAVE CONSEQUENCES. His poems have also appeared in The 143 Project, The CDC Poetry Project, Raven Chronicles, Spindrift, Passionfruit, The Poetry Marathon Anthology (2016, 2017, 2019), and Voices That Matter. He used to live by a creek near Seattle, but now he lives in the City of Subdued Excitement. https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.com/ * * * * * * * * * * Now on with the countdown!

Given Davis -66 posts

Given (he/they) is starting over. He navigates internal terrain and the external streets of Portland, OR as a 35 year-old queer Black trans guy and compulsive magic maker. He comes to the marathon for the 3rd year with the intention of re-learning who he is in this craft. He hopes to be a vessel for the words that will be used as a balm for transforming hearts.

sheilas -64 posts

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

Kat Kidder -64 posts

Time to update this bio! My husband of 25 years in July of 2020, says living with me is like living with one of those static display balls in a science fair! I'm a creative, like you, and a million thoughts a day distract me - so this is a challenge and I'm excited to do it again. I have a son, a daughter, two stepdaughters, and three dogs. I'm a grandmother, great-grandmother, a poet (so some say) and I write children's books, video script editing for animated stories. I'm still not as techie as I once thought I was, but I do have a blog needing serious attention, and a couple of Facebook pages. I retired from a Christian Non-Profit in 2012 and I'm still trying to figure out what I will be when I grow up. I've begun working on 'my story' but it's much harder to write than poetry, mostly because I'm a procrastinator and a chicken. I have a number of projects started that need focus and completion; that gets more difficult with each passing year. I shall not quit, but I may reach the end of days before I reach the end of the books (She says, laughing at herself). Life in Middle TN has morphed into survival over the past eight years and has taught me much about friends, family, and social media. I will leave it at that. Enjoy the marathon, write what your muse inspires, stay true to yourself. Comments are always welcome.

Michellia -64 posts

I am a 55 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.

jabberwhacky -64 posts

I used to sail, then I managed projects for the O&G industry. Now I repair ships for defence and destruction. I did write too, once....somehow I remember that.

Kaili Kinnon -63 posts

Singer, songwriter from Toronto!

Jo -63 posts

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

autumnsonlyone -62 posts

Let's see... What is there to say about myself? I am 41, no kids, not married. I have an intense passion for poetry, and I just love writing it. Participating in this marathon is a great way for me personally to get my thoughts flowing and challenge myself. Raising the bar from what I wrote yesterday, to being better and more creative what I write tomorrow. I look forward to constructive criticism from other people. And I promise to try and comment on your stuff as well. Let's challenge each other.

ellawagemakers -62 posts

Full Marathon in 2015 Half Marathon 1 in 2019 Half Marathon 1 in 2020 Half Marathon 1 in 2021

evelynelainesmith -62 posts

I am a semi-retired former university freshman composition instructor/ high school English teacher from Waco, Texas, who loves to show students how they too can write poetry. Additionally, I have worked as a patent and university library researcher, a school librarian, and a newspaper reporter, covering school, business, and police beats. I enjoy gardening, genealogy, trying out new recipes, and reading mystery novels.

Raven -61 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.

LuvMiFreely -61 posts

Hello everyone! My name is Ashley and I’m from Ohio. I have been writing since I was younger. I enjoy writing poetry and short stories. I express myself better through writing. I participated in last year’s Poetry Marathon (half marathon) and I enjoyed the challenge so decided to give the full a try!

Anne McMaster -58 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 writer, photographer and voice actor. In 2019, I was artist in residence for a wonderful 600 square acres of ancient forest - developing projects that allowed all age groups to understand, relate to and learn from the natural environment. The Poetry Marathon completely changed my creative focus eight years ago when I completed my first full marathon, and I’m truly grateful to both Caitlin and Jacob for that. I’ve just launched ‘Walking Off the Land’ (my debut collection of poetry), which is published by Hedgehog Poetry Press.

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

angelatheresaegicwrites -55 posts

A Renaissance Woman: As a child I won and/or placed high in poetry contests. In my teens I was in Advanced Placement Englsh. Published Writer, Produced Playwright.

Sue Storts -54 posts

I am a sixty-eight year old White/Native American 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.

narinder -53 posts

Writer. Life Coach. Mother. Persistent dreamer. Exploring opportunities and moving on to the next. So in love and living.

cristywatson -53 posts

I now have eight YA novels published. I write for a niche market called hi-lo books; where the novels are accessible to reluctant/struggling or ELL readers. My first foray into writing was Poetry and over the years I have filled journals with my writing, even putting some poems into small chapbooks for family and friends. I love entering contests for poetry as it prompts me to write. I earned Editor's Choice in the 2013 CV2 2-Day Poem Contest, which has writers using ten words in a poem they create in 48 hours. A poem was accepted into a tree anthology by Christina Lowther, Tofino's Poet Laureate and I am hopeful I will get a yes on another poem I submitted to a Canadian literary journal. I love volunteering for the Surrey International Writer's Conference. cristywatsonauthor.wordpress.com

rarzackolaegbe -52 posts

I am a journalist with over two decades of journalism practice. I have been privileged to report different beats including politics, health, society and entertainment, information technology, telecoms and financial technology for magazines and newspapers including Business in ECOWAS magazine, Classique magazine, Daily Times, TheNews, PM News among others.

jrturek -51 posts

Hi! I am a poet, editor, workshop leader, and host for several poetry events on Long Island. I am the author of 6 poetry collections, most recently 24 in 24, a poetry marathon collection (all 24 of the 2020 poetry marathon poems plus one from the previous day and another from hours after the marathon ended). I have written a poem-a-day for over 17 years. Writing a poem-an-hour is an amazing adventure! After all, sleep is overrated.

Vijaya Gowrisankar -51 posts

I am an author of six poetry collections - Inspire, Reflect, Explore, Savour - Art and Poetry meet, Evolve, and Shine. My submissions have been published in Silver Birch Press, Nancy Drew Anthology, Poetry Marathon 2016 Anthology, Poetry Marathon Anthology 2017, 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. I have reviewed and edited poetry and fiction books. I participated in NaNoWriMo 2016 and NaNoWriMo 2017 and completed two novels.

friowords -50 posts

I fell into poetry by accident, having been challenged by a friend to start writing again. When I wrote in my teens and twenties, (now in my 40s) I always thought of myself as a short-story writer, and thought poetry was "not my thing." My first notebook of poems was jokingly called Maria's Big Book of Bad Poetry, though I soon realized that not only did I enjoy poetry, but my poems weren't quite as "bad" as I pretended there would be.

ohaliiceblack -50 posts

27 // Los Angeles // Alpha

gmazul -50 posts

Gina writes novels, short stories, and poetry. She is currently working on a YA science fiction novel. A former science teacher and herbalist and current triathlete -- Gina draws on these diverse interests to inspire her writing.

novamarie -50 posts

2020 is my first year participating in the marathon. I started writing when I was pretty young. Over 20 years ago. It saved me during some dark times in my life. I stopped writing for a really long time. But in the last couple years or so, I've gotten back into it. I've missed it. It feels like coming home. You can check out my work on Instagram novamarie_poetry

jessicabrynar -50 posts

Jessica L. Sparrow writes Gothic fiction, supernatural thrillers, and ethereal poetry that can save or damn your soul. Currently, she has finished her first gothic paranormal novel, The Amber Within, a story brimming with Puerto Rican mysticism, love, and power. Jessica's writing is heavily influenced by the bruja Puerto Rican roots embodied by the matriarchs in her family. She's also a big fan of 19th Century literature. When she is not busy cooking up delicious spells in the kitchen, she is usually playing with her 12 1/2-yr old shorkie, Yoshi, and binge-watching horror movies with her husband, Jason.

sarayb -49 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.

denisehill -49 posts

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

thebootlegbodhisattva -49 posts

Interfaith Minister, Mystic Poet, Irreverent Reverend Tarot Reader, Reiki Healer, Eclectic Artist & "Rascal Guru" Rev. Nadine Morsch is The Bootleg Bodhisattva IG @bootlegbodhisattva

jdgbp -49 posts

John Dutton has taught language arts to middle school students in Prince William County for more years than he can remember. Seeing that the life of a teacher is filled with stacks upon stacks of papers waiting to be graded, he prefers spending his time as a classroom scribe writing alongside his students. He enjoys writing poetry and stories because anything is possible when pencil hits paper! In January 2015, John began hosting Spilled Ink. Spilled Ink is an open microphone night celebrating the written word held on the fourth Friday of the month at Jirani Coffeehouse in Old Towne, Manassas. It is open to all writers, authors, poets, or scribblers. All are welcome to read or listen. Please see his website at www.SpilledInkVA.com. John has published two books: "Armadillo Lost Her Pillow" and "Argument at the Airport." His third book, "Billy Pug’s Bad Day," is now on Amazon!

janer -49 posts

I have been writing poems since I wrote my first complete sentence. Maybe even before. Many things have changed in my life over the years, but the one constant is the power of the written word, the poems I dream, the songs inside my head.

William Aswell -49 posts

Lived a few different lives and still working on constructing one that fits. Wavering between monastic and hedonist. Inspired by the wild.

Erin Ushakov-Zhang -49 posts

Teacher last 10 years. Mother of 6 including 1 set of twins and 1 set if triplets. MFA dropout looking to get back in the poetry habit.

Jasper Peacock -49 posts

I am a hermit and I write.

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.

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.

Anshu Sikchi -49 posts

Graphic and Web Designer. Software Engineer. Aspiring Lyricist and Poet.

Sandy Lender -49 posts

Fantasy Author Sandy Lender is a hybrid author, sea turtle conservationist, and critical thinker. Her first book of poetry, titled "Poems of Trials, Triumphs, and Turtles," won the 2021 IMADJINN Best Poetry Collection Award. In last year's Write-Fighters 3-Day Novella Contest, she shared second place with two other contestants with her short novella "Return to the Tribe and Fire," which is now available from Canadian publisher Feybreak Books. Her poetry written for the fantasy world of Onweald serves as additional world-building and "beneath the surface" work for her Choices epic fantasy trilogy, which will be re-released by Seventh Star Press this fall in advance of the series sequel "Choices by Attrition."

jill1980 -48 posts

I am a freelance writer from Texas City TX with 5 published books and works published by Chicken Soup for the Soul and Hallmark.

Anwar Suleman -48 posts

I live in Johannesburg South Africa. by profession I am an Attorney. My passion is writing especially poetry.

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.

margpeg73 -48 posts

Poet from Long Island, NY. Special Education Paraprofessional. I love writing, music, animals, purple, actively involved in poetry on Long Island, concerts, and more.

David Bruce Patterson -47 posts

I have recently published "Square Wheels," a novel. It is a family saga that takes place in Toronto, circa 1925. Forthcoming is "Forthright but Furtive," an anthology of short stories and poems. My most prolific writing activity is writing a poem every morning with what I call an "unzipped" and "uncluttered' head. A poem is simply a word followed by another word, with the connection being whatever the mind can conjure up. Can you follow up the word love with window? Certainly! Writing is a joy for many reasons, one being is that he can laugh at himself. Admittedly, laughing at the world can be more of a challenge.

treal1971 -47 posts

Hi, my name is Tanya and I’m still kinda new to this marathon thing, although I was in the 2017 Poetry Marathon. I did the 24 then but I only completed 21 poems & in 2020 I did the 12. This year I'll be doing the 12 again I used to write stories and poems all the time but I reached a low in life around 1992 and attempted suicide, I’m so glad I lived because I would’ve missed so much in my life no matter how good or bad; my experiences have taught me so much. I lost a fiancee in 1994 to drowning and then in 1998 I lost another one when he was hit while riding his motocycle. I have kids by both. Anyway I’ve been busy raising my kids and just trying to get back to me. I now have 4 adult kids; a son 26 who is now a stepdad and married, a 24 year old daughter who is a new mom and made me a grandmother, a 23 year old son who recently got married and doing well in his job, and a 20 year old son with autism spectrum disorder. I myself became a new mom at 48 years old she is getting ready to turn 3 and I got married in 2020, my little girl was born 2 months early on December 17, 2018 through emergency c-section due to a placental abruption she weighed 4lbs 7ozs. She has brought such a light into my life. Thank you for letting me be involved again.

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.

Ant -46 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

Prachi -45 posts

I am a writer, a poet, a mom and an emerging storyteller. I enjoy writing dark stories as well as children stories in equal measure. My poetry is honesty because they are the only way I can express my rage, melancholy and despair.

Blessing Ojo -45 posts

Blessing Omeiza Ojo is a Nigerian poet and teacher. He has edited and co-edited many anthologies. His works have been published or forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, Roughcut Press, Lunaris Review, Last Girls Club, Artmosterrific, Trampoline and elsewhere. His poem, “Everything Around Us Sings” was selected for publication at the Castello di Duino 2021 International Poetry and Theatre Competition. In 2020, Omeiza was named the Arts Lounge’s Literature Teacher of the Year. He was a shortlist of Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2020, semi-finalist for Jack Grapes Poetry Prize 2020, and the winner, 9th Korea-Nigeria Poetry Prize (Ambassador Special Prize). He is currently a creative writing instructor at Jewel Model Secondary School, Abuja, where he has coached winners of national and international writing prizes.

dvnmskm -44 posts

Hi! I am Kim! First and foremost, you should know that I have a love affair with words and creativity. This is important to know, because I am always finding ways to put words on paper- another favorite past time of mine- whether in verse, fictional story or informative form. I have been known to blog on genealogy and homeschooling, more of my interests or hobbies. I love performing Spoken Word and do under the name Special K. I am terrible at memorizing, so I don't even try. Instead, I embrace Maya Angelou as I make my words come to life to entertain audiences. I am also a motivational speaker- though I feel like it is more an open window to my life, in which I invite people into and learn things life has (sometimes forcibly) taught me. I was recently nominated for an RVA (Richmond, Virginia) Award in the categories of Best Spoken Word Artist, Best Host and Best Performer and am the recipient of AN RVA Award in the category of Best Social Media Personality.

wogslandwriter -43 posts

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

lckerns -43 posts

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

propagandapoet -43 posts

Bear Wolf is a Shawnee Gypsy Jew social justice humanist who sees tattoos as physical manifestations of emotional scars and lost count of his somewhere around 20. “This world makes no sense to me, so I make music and poetry.” For more poetry, music and storytelling, check out https://changelingstudios.bandcamp.com/album/haiku-tanka-senryu-oh-my For more of his many performance personas look up Changeling Studios on both YouTube & SoundCloud.

Justin Broderway -42 posts

Southern. Creative. Husband. Brother. Drinker.

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.

royalpurple -42 posts

I'm a graphic designer, who loves photography, poetry & music. I've been writing poetry since I was in high school. My format is usually freeform, but sometimes I write haiku. This is an awesome way to get my brain going, so I will probably be writing well after the marathon is complete!

dohamonde -40 posts

A writer/artist living in the Pacific Northwest. I'm inspired by the textures – visual and sonic -- of words on the page, and off; and all sorts of visual art. I am very excited about participating again in the Poetry Marathon! I anticipate writing writing writing, staring at the blank screen, staring out the window, writing writing writing, and drinking lots of coffee. Hot in the mroning, iced in the afternoon (we've got an excessive heat warning here for Saturday!). And celebrating that others around the world are joining in this grand creative adventure. Thanks Caitlin, and Jacob, for making this possible!

AceShannon36 -40 posts

Hi all, My name is Joy and I have been writing since about jr high and I love it! I have won an Honorable Mention Short Story Award for my story "Timeless Love". I currently have two books on Amazon, "Walk My Path" and "Daydreams & Illusions, A Collection of Poems and Short Stories". I also love to read, taking lots of pictures (esp. of my dog, nature and buildings), play floor hockey, scrapbook. paint and drawing.

Nancy Ann -39 posts

In this full life I have been a mom, a volunteer, a bus aide, a community organizer, a teacher, and now a client services educator. Motherhood was all I hoped for -- especially bountiful; now all four girls and two boys are grown up. Grandma-hood is terrific. Most of my life has been in Ohio, but I have experienced poem- worthy visits to Washington, DC; Fort Drum, New York; Fort Lee, Virginia; Bloomfield, Iowa; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Wickenburg, Arizona; Louisville, Kentucky; and Taos, New Mexico. My heroes are Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Helen Prejean, and Joan Chittister and I take note of the fact that none of them are as well known for their writing, as they are for their activism, yet they all have written significant (!) stuff. As if life needed a cherry on top, I have a soul mate husband.

rheakumar11 -39 posts

Undergraduate economics and political science student by day. Writer by night.

Jana O'Dell -39 posts

Jana O’Dell is an author and poet from West Virginia. She has been diagnosed with several mental illnesses and uses writing to cope with daily struggles. Jana lives with her wife, their three children, and a host of fur babies. Jana O’Dell's independently published books that are all available on Amazon include: Cyanide Kisses: The works of a manic, bipolar, dissociative mind.--- My Secrets are in the Stardust--- Magic in the Madness. Published works she can be found in: Poetry Marathon Anthology 2019 and 2020. Upon Arrival Solitude. Best Poets of 2019 Vol 3.

acockyone -38 posts

Thirty 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.

Laurak -38 posts

Poet. Reader. Geek.

JohnnyG -38 posts

My first book of children's poetry is published, Whimsy Park: Poems for the Whole Family, under the pen name, Papa Green Bean. I'm a househusband, living in Bellingham, Washington-USA. Lived twelve years in Turkey, Italy and Belgium. A proponent of play-based learning, getting along with people is my greatest strength. Humor and respect is the key to life for me.

Noodle -38 posts

Hi! My name is Marci Darlington. I am 62 years old and I live in Mt. Sterling, Ohio with my husband John and our dogs Cat Stephens and Murphy. My parents also live with us in a mini apartment we added on to the back of our Victorian home. We have only been here for 4 years but we love it. In January, I became Mayor of our Village. It has been a very trying 6 months and I guess I didn't read the fine print that I might have to be in charge during a world wide pandemic! I have lived in Central Ohio all of my life. We have 5 grown children between us and 11 grandchildren. This is my second marathon. Last year I signed up for 24 but only made it to 18 when I had, what I found out later to be a gall bladder attack. The gall bladder has been removed so I will try again for 24. I have been dabbling in poetry since my good friend asked me to sign her autograph book when I was about 10. I am excited for the challenge and I am hoping to get tips from all of you seasoned marathoners. Here's to an awesome 24 hours!!

Aayan -38 posts

Copyeditor by profession, aspiring writer, poet at heart.

Diane Carmony -38 posts

My name is Diane and I live in Southern California with my partner, four dogs and one tabby cat.

Morgan Taylor -38 posts

A 53 year old semi-reformed wildman, I tend a public house in Fort Collins, Colorado. I'm a native of Central Nebraska and a former resident of North Central Kansas, Appalachian Maryland, urban New Jersey, and have been homeless in both Paris and Heidelberg. I've lived in Benedictine monastic communities in South Dakota and New Mexico. I'm a cook and a baker and a zen garden raker. I'm sin and confession, a lie and admission. I'm a damaged, half-century, half-blind, part-time desert rat with Sandhill roots. I create with words, paint, leather, steel, beads, groceries, rocks, whatever. I'll make metaphorical music upon your flesh if you'll allow it. Upon whatever my hands find themselves upon, if you don't. My love of poetry can be traced back to childhood but my ability to write it in a way that I consider acceptable is only about six years old. I have twice destroyed everything I've written up the conflagration point and I regret neither bonfire. Now I self-publish my own books and give them to friends as a way of not letting that happen again. I can't destroy what I don't own every copy of.

viviak -37 posts

I was a creative writer when young, writing mostly poetry, then got into financial business communications and had to change my style to dry/factual. It has taken 10 years to unplug all those business ideas about how to write effectively and return to writing spontaneously. I am a novelist now, but I still write a lot of poetry, and hope the marathon reminds me always to keep my focus on the essence. That helps in all forms of writing!

Ilupeju Ayokunnumi -37 posts

I'm from Nigeria. I had been writing since I was in Senior school. I became so engrossed in it due to a circumstance I passed through, which resulted in me having no friends. But, now I have a true one, lol. Started writing poems, afterward prose, and a bit of play. However, I hope that one day, my words will reflect God's glory and inspire zillions of people. Amen!

kcwolfe -37 posts

Just another semi-reluctant, and begrudgingly human artistic type residing in the toxic, yet inspirational air of Los Angeles. The creation of art and stories and music is what I've been put on this earth to do

Adryn -37 posts

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

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.

meredithmcguire -37 posts

Writing mostly for my personal enjoyment in my blogs and MUSHes, I find I write poetry mainly after heartbreaks and in difficult times. I am proud to have had two poems published in anthologies by Eber & Wein Publishing, to have participated in the 2017 Poetry Half-Marathon and to have been named a Best Poet of 2019 by Eber & Wein Publishing. I look forward to participating in the 2020 Poetry Marathon for the full marathon.

SaskiaLynge -37 posts

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

jvstanley -37 posts

J. V. Stanley is a multi- genre author who writes vivid tales that transcend the boundaries of traditional story telling, drawing on resilient characters that embed themselves in the reader’s mind. Her title Faces in Still Waters, won first place in the Summer Indie Author’s Book Awards in 2016. Subsequently, her title Chasing the Red, took second place in the Summer Indie Book Awards the same year. She has several solo titles and has been featured in many anthologies with other Indie writers. Ms. Stanley hails from a small hiccup of a town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has quite the taste for adventure- walking atop waterfalls ranking at the top of her list. She is also an IDPA nationally ranked pistol competitor and enjoys writing poetry- thus declaring herself a warrior poet. Her published works include: Faces In Still Waters, Fire & Water, Chasing The Red, The Library, Love Notes & Zanzibar, Love & Candied Orange Peels, The Courtesan, Asylum, Beyond Atlantis, Beyond Wonderland, Beyond The Jungle, Campfire Tales, Christmas Nightmares, Devious Ingenues, Grave Importance, Steamed, Do Not Pet The Human, Falling For Crazy, Chaos & Paw Prints, Forest Of The Dark, Gr8 Greeks, Infamy, The Light Shines Through, Mirror, Rags To Riches, and Siren’s Lullaby.

Melanie Rademaker -37 posts

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

vskypoetress -36 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!

jilowill -36 posts

Based in Atlanta, Georgia I will be participating in the 1/2 marathon this year for the third time.

dkt2010 -36 posts

Kathryn is an author and freelance writer, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and a lover of art and music. She tries to inspire through her writings. Join in the conversation at Facebook.com/trudeaubooks.

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.

teakay -35 posts

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

acheairs -35 posts

Poet and novelist - Studied English Literature, Creative Writing, and Marketing/Management. Lives in Texas (USA)

canyonwriter -35 posts

Nancy Canyon is an artist and writer working in Historic Fairhaven, 1000 Harris, #6, Bellingham, WA. Her novel, Celia's Heaven, and book of poetry, Saltwater, can be purchased at Villagebooks.com. She teaches writing at WCC and coaches memoir writers for The Narrative Project. Graduate of PLU with MFA in creative writing: fiction/poetry. She has two 14-year-old pets: her dog Olive, and her cat, Sid.

mandykocsis -34 posts

Born and raised in Detroit, I published my first book "Soul Survivor" in April 2020 and will shortly be publishing my second, "Surviving Wonderland". You can find more of my work at Mandy's Land on Fb.

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 .

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.

Nykki -32 posts

I am a shy writer. I've been writing stories since age 6 and poems since age 12. It's how I breathe.

debbiehainey -30 posts

I live in the Southwest. I dearly love writing poetry and haven't published anything yet but never give up. I'm working towards that goad now more than before. I love taking pics of my flowers and gardens and posting them along with my pics. I'm not complicated just simply enjoying life. Very excited for the challenge of this opportunity with the Half Day Marathon. Thank you

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.

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.

Susmita -29 posts

Susmita writes poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction in English and Bengali. "Poetry in Pieces" (2018) is her first self-published chapbook and 'Himobaho Kotha Bole (When Glaciers Speak) is her first book of Bengali Poetry published by Kaurab (2019). Her recent English writings are forthcoming/ published from/in Geetanjali and Beyond, Indie Blu(e) Publishing, The New Amrita Bazar Patrika, Montauk, Plato's Caves online, and, Poetry and COVID. She is the Founding Editor-in-Chief and Poetry & Art Editor of The Pine Cone Review. www.thepineconereview.com She lives with her husband and their 6 and half year old son in Graz, Austria.

Solape Adeyemi -29 posts

Solape Adetutu Adeyemi is a creative writer, poet, screen writer and blogger. She has many published works in local and international magazines and anthologies. She has a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology and a Masters in Environmental management