Poetry Marathon Participants

Valkyrie Kerry

Valkyrie Kerry -215 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.

Cindy Albers

Cindy Albers -153 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.

Roy Mark Azanza Corrales

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 -125 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!

Hardika Sharma

Hardika Sharma -124 posts

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


earth2joy -123 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 -115 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

Roxann Harvey-Lawrence -113 posts

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


JoyceB -105 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!


janiceraquelamendonca -105 posts

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


mhickok -102 posts

I'm biographically innocent, innocently impossible, impossibly personable, personably social, socially acceptable, acceptably weird. 22, an adult by America's standards but not by my own. I live to write and write to read, I read to live.


CeeSie -102 posts

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


Rachel Marco-Havens -101 posts

Excited for my Third Official (one unofficial) 24 Hour Poetry Marathon! 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

Virginia stark

Virginia stark -100 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.


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


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

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.

Angel Rosen

Angel Rosen -95 posts

My name is Angel! I'm 26 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!

Sara Plath

Sara Plath -93 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.

Mark Lucker

Mark Lucker -92 posts

This will be my fifth Poetry Marathon. Each one has had its own vibe, I expect this year to be no exception. I'll be bringing my usual, urban Midwestern born and raised sensibilities with the rural tannins of my twenties as well as rich overtones of the ten years I spent in New Orleans. I am a vintage unto myself. First person with a good 'cork' or 'decanting' punchline gets a cookie. Bring on Marathon 2020!


MelNeet -91 posts

I'm a Kansas City-based writer who lives in a renovated storefront apartment in a funky neighborhood with her artist-cook boyfriend. I have written one-act plays and short stories, and have one hulking novel to edit for self-publication in 2020. This will be my sixth marathon.


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.


waldomaui -89 posts

I'm so looking forward to the 2020 marathon, due to begin in about 7 hours. Trying to refresh my memory here on how to post. One year ago I missed the marathon because of a serious illness--I was laid out flat in bed here on the north shore of Maui as my loving wife, Cindy Albers, labored away cranking out 24 worthy poems. I was crushed having to be sidelined from the burst of global creativity and connectivity, but this year I am ready. This will be my fourth marathon, my third 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 for this opportunity! Good luck to us all! Big Group Hug, waldomaui (sometimes known as Bear)


SilverQuiver -89 posts

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


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!


torrimbrown -88 posts

Hi My name is Torri. This is my 5th 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 -87 posts

Writing from my farmhouse in a very green Vermont. This year's Marathon falls on the one year anniversary of my dear friend and husband's unexpected death in our home from a heart attack. I can think of no better way to spend this day than writing. I look forward to sharing this experience with all of you. A ritual and tribute to a life forever changed. Namaste


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.


Tracy Plath -87 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


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


Santosha -82 posts

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


willjxn -78 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 two beautiful granddaughters. The oldest calls 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.


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.


Harvey Schwartz -78 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.


varenyas -77 posts

I'm that awkward position between life and death


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.


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.

Deanna Ngai

Deanna Ngai -75 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, a daughter in law 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 -75 posts

Just one voice amongst the many, (and a tired, rambling one at that!) with a failing tongue's articulation defining what my heart is for. It's not to be understood. I don't recognize my own speech. Perhaps I'll get drunk and spill my veins open. What words would bleed to the surface then? What need for words would one have then?


mariel-m -73 posts

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


sjduncan -73 posts

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


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.


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.


Deborah Dalton -72 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.


pgerber -71 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.


shirl -71 posts

Born in Jackson, Mississippi in the age of Jim Crow, I’m a retired English teacher living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who still calls Chicago “home.” Between Mississippi and Minneapolis, I’ve also lived and worked in Honshu, Japan and Amherst, Massachusetts. As a student in Chicago, I edited and wrote for my college’s literary magazine. As an English teacher, I have guided students through Creative Writing and Journalism courses. Currently, I am struggling to weave my memories of pivotal people and events from my childhood in Mississippi and Chicago into a book of fiction with the working title Silence and Slow Time. A poem from this book, “Aunt Yvonne Combs Her Hair,” was published in the Spring 2012 issue of Black Magnolias Literary Journal. This year may prove to be a turning point in my Marathon participation. Living in Minneapolis about 6 blocks from the 3rd precinct where the fires began and seeing critical resources in my neighborhood burned to the ground will probably inform whatever I write, whatever the prompt. I've already been writing -- some poems but mostly prose right now. I've also been "practicing" sleepless nights -- booms, smoke, and helicopters overhead -- but plan to rest up for June 27. Hoping to find some peace in the writing process that the Marathon always brings me. Here's a song I've discovered recently. It might give you some idea of where my head is right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0c9lGSQkyM


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.

Martin Rodriguez Torrez

Martin Rodriguez Torrez -66 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.


Britton -65 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.


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.


Katelyn Dunne -63 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 -63 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.


Angie Mountain -63 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.


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.


Maritza -61 posts

Maritza Martínez Mejía Colombian poet, writer and translator who lives in Florida and promotes Proyecto de Escritura LuzDelMes to create means of communication between authors, editors, and publishers. Member of FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, 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


meka -58 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.

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

Anne McMaster

Anne McMaster -57 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.Last year, 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 six years ago when I completed my first full marathon, and I’m truly grateful to both Caitlin and Jacob for that.


sharonedge -56 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.


Ingrid -56 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.

Kevin J. O'Conner

Kevin J. O'Conner -55 posts

2020 is my fourth 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!


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.


SarahJ -54 posts

Mastering the precision of words to express nothing. Almost nothing. 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.


narinder -53 posts

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


sheilas -52 posts

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

Kat Kidder

Kat Kidder -51 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.


dscoremans -51 posts

Darren Syme (DS) Coremans was born in 1989. His parents youngest son, but not by much, his twin brother being born only 13.5 minutes earlier than him. DS also has an older brother who he has shared a flat with for many years. As well as being a full-time student of writing, DS is a full-time carer and guardian of his twin-brother who he now supports in their parent’s house. 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.


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.


Kaili Kinnon -51 posts

Singer, songwriter from Toronto!


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.


evelynelainesmith -50 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.


Cynthia Hernandez -50 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.


efellows -50 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 confidence 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. I eat what I want, and offer gratitudes for the lives sacrificed for my sustainance. 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.


ellawagemakers -50 posts

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


ohaliiceblack -50 posts

27 // Los Angeles // Alpha


Jo -50 posts

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


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.


mavschick41 -49 posts

I always dread this part, as I never know what to say. Maybe it’s because at age 44.5, I’m still not quite sure who I am yet. I’ve been on a journey of rediscovery the past decade or so, trying to remember, relearn, and even reinvent myself. My ongoing identity crisis has been spurred on by a series of unfortunate events, beginning with the death of my husband Rickey in 2012 and culminating with me being laid off from the job I’d had with the phone company for almost 20 years. Everything that had defined me for the majority of my adult life was gone, leaving me with nothing but questions. If I was no longer Rickey’s wife, no more a Line Translations Specialist, 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 second Poetry Marathon and see just where this course takes me. “Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself.” — Sunscreen, Baz Luhrmann

Jasper Peacock

Jasper Peacock -49 posts

I am a hermit and I write.

Tessa Mountain

Tessa Mountain -49 posts

I am an American college student with interests in comics, nature, and story-telling. I'm not very experienced with writing poetry (I'm more familiar with prose), so my style strays pretty often. My main goal is to tell a story with creative language.


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.


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.


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.

Ian Barkley

Ian Barkley -49 posts

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


afeathers -48 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. I write because I have to, as I'm sure many of us do. This is my first marathon, though I've watched from a distance in years past.


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.


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


sandraj631968 -43 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.


lckerns -43 posts

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


wogslandwriter -43 posts

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


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!

Crystal Davis

Crystal Davis -42 posts

Crystal (she/her & they/their) is a creative, intuitive empath, reiki master/teacher, tarot reader, magic maker, and owner of Blooming Fire Healing. Crystal moves through the word as a 34-year-old, queer, black, cis woman working to rekindle the sleeping dream. She aims to honor and welcome the wisdom planted in the past and the young hands that lead the harvest. She listens for the song of seeds on the wind.


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.


Sue Storts -42 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.


cristywatson -41 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. Should be good training for the half-marathon! I host a literary open-mic at our local art gallery and love volunteering for the Surrey International Writer's Conference and our local theatre, The Beach House Theatre.

William Aswell

William Aswell -40 posts

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


Anshu Sikchi -38 posts

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


autumnsonlyone -38 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.


Aayan -38 posts

Copyeditor by profession, aspiring writer, poet at heart.


friowords -38 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.


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!!

Morgan Taylor

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.

Melanie Rademaker

Melanie Rademaker -37 posts

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


denisehill -37 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.


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!


LuvMiFreely -37 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!


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

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.


acockyone -36 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.


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.


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!


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.


janer -36 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.


Anwar Suleman -36 posts

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


treal1971 -35 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 so this time will be doing the 12 and will start tonight at 9 pm. 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 25 who is now a stepdad and married, a 23 year old daughter who is a new mom and made me a grandmother, a 22 year old son who is in a new relationship of his own and doing well in his job, and a 19 year old son with autism spectrum disorder. I myself became a new mom at 48 years old and am engaged, my new addition is an 18 month old little girl whom I gave birth to 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.


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)


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 .


dohamonde -32 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. This is my second time participating 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. And celebrating that others around the world are joining in this grand creative adventure. Thanks Caitlin, and Jacob, for making this possible!

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.


dvnmskm -31 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.


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.


mernel -29 posts

I'm a Foreign English Teacher from Thailand. I'd been writing poetry and short story for quite a while. I love poetry because of its magical effect in telling a story. This is my first poetry challenge. I am so excited and a little anxious because I was not able to pursue this passion for a long time.


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.


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.


agirlwithaquestion -27 posts

not much to say but heyyyy what's up...? creating a creative future for full time not just part-time. writing and drawing are the backbone and brain while photography and poetry are the breast and hips. enjoy the content!


AQ -27 posts

Happy New Day, New Afternoon, New Evening, New Night!! I've been writing poems and performing poetry for almost 20 years. I am also a writer too of various genres. A stay at home wife and mother to 5 amazing children. Living and loving life as I Am walking in my Soul's Purpose to complete and fulfill my Life's Mission. While helping, incouraging, inspiring, motivating, and teaching others to do the same. Peace In The Blood, Angelica Stevenson aka AQ (Poet Name)


sunandashome -27 posts

Every mood of mine has a colour, traveller, reader, occasional writer and an absolute foodie.


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.


estie05 -27 posts

I am working on my drama therapist certification, and utilize theatre and poetry among other artistic trades with elders suffering from memory care


emilyland -26 posts

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


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!


rarzackolaegbe -26 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.

Nancy Ann

Nancy Ann -26 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.


jenniferprattwalter -26 posts

In this short bio, my every breath.


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.


deko111 -26 posts

I have been writing poetry and prose since I was in my 20s. I have had many short stories published as well as a book of poetry, ASPHALT SOUNDS by Fore Angels Press: NY. I am active in many writing associations in New York and have been published nationally and in Canada and Croatia. Writing has come easy to me and has widened a journey of love and self awareness which I cherish. I look forward to begin this poetry journey.


rheakumar11 -26 posts

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

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.


JohnnyG -26 posts

My first book of poetry is coming out summer 2020, Whimsy Park: Poems for the Whole Family, under the pen name, Papa Green Bean. I'm a househusband, and love it. Live 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.


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.


anomalousresult -26 posts

I'm a technical writer with a massive financial company who blundered into the role through a series of lucky coincidences. But, I also write things that are non-technical, because procedures and processes are poor sustenance for the soul, and a wildly inappropriate place for reckless creativity.


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.