Poetry Marathon Participants


Aiyana -15 posts

plant-based traveler extraordinaire resident of earth since August 16th, 2004 . . . This is my first year participating in the poetry marathon. I am writing from my island home of Maui, on the sunset side of Haleakala. I tend to write waywardly and I am not sorry.


garystudley -15 posts

Hi All. My name is Gary and I am an artist, blogger, compere, publisher, spoken word performer, tutor & writer of both poetry & prose from England. Phew! Put like that it almost sounds like I can't make my mind up! But they are all linked so... In recent years I've undertaken lots of writing & performance projects for: The Canterbury Festival's Laureate Squad; blogged as the Poet in Residence at Canterbury's Roman Museum; created ekphrastic poetry collections with pupils & artists local to me; run workshops & performed in many events & festivals in Kent. I am currently involved with 3 poetry & prose publications: as illustrator for a WW1 anthology, The Bigger Picture : Reflections on The Great War, published by SaveAs Writers; as designer & writer of SoundLines, an eponymous, group anthology; and There Is Another Way, my poetry collection based on obsessive love; social justice & what's that out on the periphery. I will shortly be working on both text & visual based design briefs with the Canterbury School of Visual Arts & am currently working with The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, as playwright for Return of The Unknown Warrior, a community engagement project based on WW1 & remembrance. When not working with external groups, I belong to or co-run 3 writers groups including SaveAs Writers and my own group SoundLines, co-founded with my colleague, JL. In connection with these groups, I co-run & happily compere two monthly Spoken Word Nights in Kent, one at The Jolly Sailor in Canterbury & the second at The Lighthouse in Deal. In the case of everything above, I write & perform because I like to get people excited by the arts and because I have to & love to. It seems like the closest thing I get to understanding how I tick or being seen as I really am.


JGomez -15 posts

Hi, My name is Janice Gomez. My writing name is JGomez. I love to write especially, poetry and I love to be creative.


Nancoise -14 posts

This is my second time with the Poetry Marathon. I'm inspired by the great poems our hosts Caitlin and Jacob have created in the venture in past marathons and by the sensation of world-wide participation. 🙂


DarlaK -14 posts

I'm a published poet with a day job writing in Clearwater Florida. I post micropoetry on Twitter @darlak2012 and am working on several chapbook projects.


jennyd -14 posts

I would consider myself a freelance/hobby writer. Although it has never turned into the career of my dreams it has been a personal hobby and my nature to openly express myself in writing since my first personal diary some 20 years ago. I come from Upstate NY with California roots. Writing was my biggest achievement and my release growing up. Writing has always been a freedom and a friend. A place to recollect and a place to hide. With this pen, the keyboard and these words you will see the words are my home, it is me and it is my comfort. I look forward to joining in the Half Marathon with everyone. Enjoy!

Jana Lapel

Jana Lapel -14 posts

Hi, I'm Jana Lapel...and I've been writing poetry since the age of 7...when my mom (a professional copywriter) was my teacher! I was born in Iowa...launched my career in Chicago and ended up in Canada ...enjoying a lifetime as a singer/actor/media host & writer/voice teacher & professional clown. Writing was a bonus in my career...and now in retirement I am writing my stories in a book...but poetry is my passion! Having worked with children for forty years...I am "hooked" on Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein's styles. No matter what I write about ...I cannot resist the RHYME...alliteration...and in my darkest days (after losing my husband and clown partner in 2007) my readers noted that "you still sound like Dr. Seuss"! Poetry writing has been one of my best "medicines" ever! This is my first Marathon....and since I am an insomniac anyway....I have challenged myself to the "full meal deal"! I don't drink coffee...so this will be a 24 hour chocolate binge...ah, chocolate coated words that rhyme....sounds like a Feast to me! 🙂


hdavis8765 -14 posts

Post-college citizen, baker of banana bread from a box, cherisher of words and languages, friend of Someone greater than she.


Nightangel -14 posts

A daughter, a friend, a sister,a lover, a fighter.


MonicaLovesPoetry -14 posts

Hi, my name is Monica McCawley. I have a published book of poetry already (He is My Hero: Memoirs of a Soldier's Mom) under my pen name Monica Newton. I also do Poetry Portraits which are original poems with special backgrounds/pictures. I just recently helped teach a Poetry Camp in our area for kids ages 8-12 and we are looking at teaching it again next summer and also teaching adults. I look forward to this marathon on Saturday and wish all of you creative inspiration and success.


annwjwhite -14 posts

A poet for over 50 years, beginning when I was eleven, I've always thought in poetry. I am a graduate of the College of St. Benedict and Marymount University with degrees in music and education (grades pk to 8). A mother, USArmy veteran, former bank teller and sales, musician, and educator. Retired early due to Multiple Sclerosis. Spent my time since then writing, photographing, crafting and traveling. Currently hiding from the pandemic and wearing a mask. Still writing.


zangie57 -14 posts

My name is Angelle. I work as a bookkeeper/operations mgr for a law firm. I am an amateur poet, and do it mostly for fun, brain exercise. I am a History buff, and a voracious reader,


Tracey Saloman -14 posts

I am a writer and poet, parent, former high school English teacher and current Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Professional Writing and Communications Program at UMass Dartmouth. I founded and facilitate the Horizon Glass Poetry group in New Bedford, MA. I love the ocean, jazz, nature, and studying Aikido at SouthCoast Aikido in Dartmouth, MA.


potatopoet -14 posts

I am a simple girl who seeks adventures among tangled, messed up, perfectly imperfect beautiful words, formed through the dance of my paper and pen, in tune with the rhythm of my heart and mind.


Mary-Jeanne -14 posts

I was born in a city, its name is Seattle, where rain falls often and beaches are cool. I married at 19, and still love my husband, you just might say that I am a fool. Thirty some years later he still makes me laugh, there is no doubt that he's my better half. We had two lovely children, then fostered many more, some still call me Mom, when they knock on my door. I like to write poetry, I like to camp, I like to read and I like to take baths. Playing the ukulele and painting are fun. I could spend literally hours at the beach in the sun. The thing that I love on this earth, most it seems, is spending time with other people, soul to soul, or on teams. I dearly love nature, and being outside, this world is amazing, the creator can’t hide. I give praise and thanks, for all that I have. Even on hard days, my life is not bad. Stay positive and smile, look for gifts on the way, and life will be good, at the end of the day.


authorhj -14 posts

Multi-genre writer & many other things. 5 star ratings on Amazon and Kobo, as of 2016. I currently have 5 titles released; with 2 paperback editions coming out in July of 2019. Genres include: Poetry, general Fiction and YA. From Canada. Left-handed.

Wendie Donabie

Wendie Donabie -14 posts

My love of language drives my passion to write but I’ve truly been only a writing dabbler most of my life. I’m a good starter but getting to that finish line with my writing has been a problem. Even so, I’ve had a few small pieces published in magazines and won an award for a flash fiction piece on Mother Earth. My poetry springs from something that touches my deepest emotions, most often connected to relationships in my life. I also find poetry cropping up in my prose in the form of similes and metaphors to convey a sense of place and experience. Painting what stirs my heart and soul in my other passion – mostly work inspired by my love and concern for our planet. Artwork has consumed much of my time since moving to Muskoka in 2010 and led to opening a small gallery (Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery) out of my home where I carry my paintings along with the work of 5 other artists. Finding time and figuring how to balance both the writing and painting is a challenge. If you have any tips, I’m open to hearing them!


inger -14 posts

I began writing during an intensive period of inner work when the floodgates opened to haiku, essays, and free form poems which may or may not rhyme.


betulaceae -13 posts

I am part of an active poetry group on the South Coast of MA- called Horizon Glass. I have been published in three anthologies and am working on a chapbook of bird poems. I love puns


Beverly -13 posts

I'm a teacher, artist, and sometimes writer. Originally from Chicago, I live in mountains in New Mexico, with my husband, two daughters, and a bunch of animals - dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and pigeons. I've lived in NM longer now, than I lived in Chicago. I love to teach and write poetry to my elementary students. I spent grad school (in art ed) making books/collages, and writing poems. I try to do both when I can, and want to do more!


rainiezenith -13 posts

I am a writer of stories, poems, songs and other scribblings.


mdaven -13 posts

Here lately I've been describing myself as a 'micro-giggin', semi-retired senior. A special joy and benefit of being a baby boomer is the freedom to pursue my passions and concentrate on one of my first loves - writing. As the middle child of seven (7), raised in a rural NE Georgia town, characters and plots abound. Hopefully, the skills learned (long ago!) as an English major will not be too too far beneath the surface. Looking forward!


C.K. Nickell -13 posts

I am an author, poet and storyteller. My writing is influenced by my family history, travels around the world, and the amazing writing of others, including Edgar Allan Poe, Robert ​Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. I have several published poems and short stories ​and wrote for five years about local history for an online site.


Sarah Neal -13 posts

Sarah Neal received her MFA in Poetry Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in: North American Review, Stone Highway Review, The Ilanot Review, Anthem Journal, Almost Five Quarterly, Wilde, Sinister Wisdom, Wicked Alice, ROAR and elsewhere. Her chapbook Speak So It Anchors You was published in 2016. She resides in the shadow of the Catalina mountains in Tucson, Arizona with her 2 dogs, 3 fish and endless hauntings.

Davita Joie

Davita Joie -13 posts

MFA Creative Nonfiction '10


Katelyn -13 posts

I'm 14 and I want to be better at LoL c:


brookelouvier -13 posts

I am Brooke Gale Louvier. I grew up in New Hampshire but I’ve called Texas home for the last 13 years. I am married to an amazing man, and we had a beautiful baby girl June ’14. I write. I believe in the importance of telling stories. I write poetry as an attempt to see the redemption and beauty all around me, and to do my best to capture it, my “feeble attempt to express in inexpressible.” whereas the truth is that fullness of soul can sometimes overflow in utter vapidity of language, for none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts of his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars…” -Gustave Flaubert


Edward -13 posts

Modern, undiscovered renaissance man... Musician, songwriter, writer, artist, provocateur


Aisha.N -13 posts

I'm a teenager with great aspirations for a writing career. i specifically love poetry and hope to bring out my th

Shloka Shankar

Shloka Shankar -13 posts

Shloka Shankar is a poet, editor, publisher, and visual artist from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with all forms of the written word and has happily found her niche in Japanese short-forms such as haiku, senryu, and haibun, as well as found/remixed pieces alike. A Best of the Net nominee, her poems and artwork have appeared in over 200 online and print venues of repute. Shloka is the founding editor of the literary & arts journal Sonic Boom, as well as its imprint Yavanika Press. Website: www.shlokashankar.com


jemarek -13 posts

I am doing the half-marathon. I've done daily writings at times, including 30 poems in 30 days, which is sort of like this; I've also run many half-marathons, which is probably a lot more like this! I'm in Bellingham's time zone, so I'll be posting with the Left Coast-ers.


shadowprancer -13 posts

Britt is originally from a small town in southwest Washington State, about 30 minutes from Portland, OR. She grew up on mountains and in rainforests and has missed Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge since she moved 3,500 miles smack dab in the middle of Connecticut. She writes poetry and short stories and enjoys table tennis and whitewater kayaking. She will talk your ear off about all things Portland and searches in the mass of the east coast populace for fellow west coasters.


thomasdef1969 -13 posts

I've been writing poetry for more than thirty-five of my 48 years. The hugest influence in my youth was Dylan Thomas, who taught me a lot about the music that a poem makes, and about shaping a poem into a conscious work of art. I find myself writing mostly light and humorous verse nowadays (there are always exceptions to the rule!). I'm fond of fixed forms, ghazals, villanelles, sestinas, but I also experiment wildly. Something of a chameleon on plaid, I'm afraid! Current reading includes Tom Hennen, Paul Celan, Ted Kooser, and others. Oh, yes, and I enjoy life in the suburbs of Boston, with a small indie bookstore a block from where I live! Dream come true.


Bstewie -13 posts

I'm from Atlanta. I've always had a love for reading and writing. I majored in English in college. Currently, I'm an English teacher and I will begin an English doctorate program this fall.


Kai -13 posts

Seton Hall English Major, lookin' to expand, hone, chisel, refine (i just ran out of verbs lol) her writing skills!!! New Jersey Native, been writin' since I was 10, readin' since I was 4, and I'm toooooo soupppppeeedddd!!! (yes, coffee, tends to drive me up the wall just a teensy bit 😉 jijijiji)


littlebit.anne -13 posts

Living, dancing, and writing in San Francisco! Currently held captive to my couch with a broken foot...Excited to participate in the half marathon for the first time.


MahimaGiri -13 posts

I live in Houston, TX.Poetry has been my language when it comes to expressing my thoughts artistically. It is a beautiful inner voice that speaks and culminates into words that weave the emotions together. I enjoy and experiment writing poems in various forms especially inspired by nature.You can find my work at www.allpoetry.com/MahimaGiri and also published in CLRI, Haiku Journal, The Taj Mahal Review, 50 Haikus. This is my first marathon and I am super excited!

Nishant Jain

Nishant Jain -13 posts

Engineer, Computer Scientist, Avid Reader. I'm a 2020 graduate of Stanford University, where I studied Data Science, Technology Management, and Entrepreneurship. Prior to that, I studied Computer Science, Economics, and the Liberal Arts at Yale University.


schmidtml20 -13 posts

Hello! My name is Morgana and I have been writing poetry for about 12 years now. College put a damper in my personal writing, but--since I recently graduated--I am looking to get back into the swing! I look forward to "marathoning" with you all!


Zara -13 posts

Canadian who loves writing! First time doing the half marathon. Love getting feedback.


EmilyJV -13 posts

Single working mom of 2. Autism Mom. Poet. Cat warden. Ally. LGBTQ. BLM. #KnowBetterDoBetter


Alyssa Dearborn -13 posts

I am a current English writing and literature major and art minor at the University of New Haven. I write weekly articles for the Odyssey Online, am president of S.P.E.L.L. (Student Pagans Educating Leading and Learning), and historian of WRITE poetry club. I reside in my first grownup apartment with my roommate and plants in West Haven, CT.


Jessica Swafford -13 posts

Jessica Swafford is a writer and poet from Georgetown, Kentucky. She has participated the last five years in Lexington Poetry Month. She is currently part of the Gauntlet, a year long, generative writing workshop.


Elizabeth Castillo -13 posts

A Professional Writer/Journalist/Short Story Writer/Blogger/Published International Author/Poet/Online English Instructor/Editor/Proofreader/Speaker. Published 2 books, "Seasons of Emotions" (UK), and "Inner Reflections of the Muse" (USA) and a co-author to more than 50 international anthologies in the USA, Canada, UK, Romania, India, and Africa. Member, American Authors Association (AAA), PEN International, and Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT).


Becky -13 posts

I'm a 30-something year old married mama of four. I've always lived in the deep southern United States. My pinkies are always inky (I'm a lefty). I've loved and played with words since I can remember. Who needs a Narnia wardrobe when you have a library? Also, my hero is the librarian in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.


VidhiAshar -13 posts

I am from Bangalore, India. I have been writing since three years. My love for poetry is inseparable and hence, I am exploring new forms periodically. As a person, I don't like to speak much. I am deeply fascinated by different cultures and I am strongly connected to the power of knowledge, which makes me an excellent listener. Writing goes a long way and in this path, I aspire to meet minds alike. "Writing is like a caravan of words, taking you to places never been before!”  -Vidhi Ashar 


redstar -13 posts

Poetry allows me to express my innermost truth in a way that captures the essence of my experience. It's like an arrow that aims to cut through the convoluted story and pierce the heart and, perhaps, even awaken something powerful within the reader.


StrayCatFeeder -13 posts

I hail from the rainy Pacific Northwest, though I spent the bulk of my college years in the Tucson desert. I write fiction, creative nonfiction, and occasionally poetry. My favorite animals are road runners and snails because of their (polar opposite) charismas. My day job involves working closely with community college students as an academic coach.


Sulabelle -13 posts

Sulabelle is a 26 year old poet originating from Oakland, CA. She was raised in Florida, where she began writing at a young age. Today she is a graduate of Florida A&M University with her BA in Political Science and a Green For All Ambassador. She pursues a career of writing, lifestyle blogging, modeling, gardening, and environmental advocacy.


runnerguy -13 posts

Well I'm back. My wife and I repatriated back to the states 9 months ago after living in the UK on a work assignment for two years and seven months. I grew up in Illinois, lived near Atlanta and then the UK. We now live in Houston. It's a real adjustment for me. Moving back to the US has been hard. I really love Europe. I recently started writing again. Look forward to meeting new people and like minded writers. I hope to get some of my poems and short stories published. Cheers


Hafeezah -13 posts

Born Charleston SC native, mother, poet and dreamer. I look forward to releasing my first poetry book, "Divine Collection of Chaos!" I have been working on this body of work for the past two years. It captures many moments of my life that I have never shared with anyone else. I decided to take this leap of faith and publish my work so that my children will see the value in creating a legacy. My hope is through my words they find strength, love and determination to accomplish their own dreams.


heather-groom -13 posts

My name is Heather, I live in a small town in East Tennessee.I have loved writing and especially poetry for as long as I can remember. I was the kid hiding under the sheets with a flashlight just to read "one more chapter". Some of my favorite poets are ee cummings, Sylvia Plath, Carl Sandburg, WB Yeats, Allen Ginsberg, Leonard Cohen, Charles Bukowski and Pablo Neruda. I haunt my local libraries and bookstores waiting to find the next book I'm going to fall in love with. I love to lie to myself, as in "I can read a few more pages then go to sleep." And "after I buy these books I'm not going to buy anymore until I read them all." Reading and writing are my refuge and the most natural things I know. I am so excited to participate in this marathon and go on this journey.


donnajeanpickett -13 posts

Call me DJ if you wish. This is my first try at a half marathon and I am looking forward to it. I'm a retired 7th & 8th grade English teacher and have a piano and vocal studio in my home. Chocolate is the best thing around along with most other food. I'm and avid reader, love to sing, fly while downhill skiing, and grand children are the best thing ever invented. My husband and I camp and also visit our daughter in Europe, Africa, or Asia, wherever she is doing her freelance photojournalism. I look forward to spending some creative time myself and see what I can produce in a half marathon.


RuchiChopra -13 posts

Hello, friends! I’m very excited to be here. My name is Ruchi and I live in Brecksville city, Ohio. I’m a published poet with a background of broadcasting media and print media, in India. I have been writing news assignments and news for a while but found my Nirvana in the poetry about 3 years back. Since then, I’m following, reading, writing, expressing thoughts, voices, and issues through my poems. I write mainly on the gender issues, social issues, and ecology. My poems have been published in online journals and anthologies in South Africa, India, UAE, Uzbekistan, and the USA. My inspiration to write mainly come from my surroundings and memories. I am looking forward to learning from you all. And, hope to connect with the like-minded people from across the world. Best wishes.


Phillip T. Stephens -13 posts

Phillip T. Stephens, in the words of his mother, was the only child they ever planned on and the worst mistake they ever made. Unlike his father, grandfather, and three uncles, he refused the call to the ministry and was disowned by his family. They sold him at a pawn shop for thirty dollars and a first edition Thompson Chain Reference Bible autographed by Billy Sunday and Billy Graham. After being told by his minister father that he would live a life of liars if he didn’t clean up his act, Stephens plunged head first into his career, finishing in the finals of the Texas Liars competition in West, Texas three years in a row but never defeating George Bush, or Donald Trump (who somehow provided a Texas birth certificate). He rescues cats with his wife Carol for www.austinsiameserescue.org


Alexis -13 posts

NYC writer, lover of slightly painful group challenges. Only doing the half.


Ditu -13 posts

Hi.. I am dhriti from India.. Excited for the half marathon.. cheers👍 !!!


poetjo -13 posts

I'm a Canadian writer who wants to explore the alphabet in weird and wonderful ways.


angeloflight -13 posts

Hey everyone, my alias is Angel of Light. I'm on various websites like Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Fanfiction, and Fictionpress, but I only have one series that defines me as a writer. It is called Darryl & Diana. If you are into romance novels, it is a series worthy of a read. I am here to better myself as a writer, so I can do whatever it takes to make my Darryl & Diana series the best series it can be.

Sarah Noelle

Sarah Noelle -13 posts

Hello fellow lovers of words! My name is Sarah, or Sunshine as many of my friends call me & what I write under on http://www.bigtoughgirl.org/blog/?category=A+Shimmer+of+Sunshine (my personal website is www.sunshine-in-a-bottle.com but will be under construction soon 🙂 ) I am a word lover to the nth degree. I always have been. I had a lust for writing & reading at a very young age & over the years have stifled & waned in my writing due to life events & circumstances. Aside from being a woman, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a lover, a tomboy, an encourager, a truth seeker, & passionate as hell, I am also a birthmom, a speaker, a teller of truth, raw, humble, vulnerable, a Jesus lover, &, well, a writer. Depending on my mood is which of those (or multiples of) show up in my writing. I am a gypsy of sorts in that I have traveled & moved & shifted many times in my almost 34 years. I have been to 43 states & out of the country 10 times, I have lived & loved & hurt & cried & laughed & excelled & failed & gotten back up. And now I am here. With all of you 🙂 & I can't wait to share some of my thoughts with y'all! Thank you for having me here <3


mikewilson -13 posts

Just to introduce myself to the group I'm a poet who has been writing and performing for well over a decade. I cut my teeth in Manchester among some fine poets. I've loved every minute of the processes of being a published and performing poet. I live in Ireland and run a poetry covers event in Belfast. I often perform my poetry with sign language and I love performing at festivals. I'm currently putting together a manuscript and hope to get started on some poetry tomorrow that might lend itself towards inclusion, even just by a few choices images or good themes. I'm doing the half marathon.


Mudlark -13 posts

Artist, community publisher. Poetry half-marathon first timer.


ChelleA -13 posts

I'm always looking for writing inspiration in everything around me. I may not always be able to unlock it in my brain at the moment, but I've come to appreciate life a little more each day. Kansas is the place I call home (and there's no place like home!). I love to read, go to movies, spend time with my family and friends, and hang out with our dogs.


jencurtis80 -13 posts

I am a work in progress. And for some reason I thought I was done, settled, figured out. But, I'm no where near any of that and am learning to be okay. I am 35, I have a masters degree and an almost phd and I am not sure why or how or if I am even going to finish. I stopped writing poetry for over a decade because I stopped being my authentic self for over a decade. Go figure. I'm in between jobs and I between ideas about what life looks like for me- goals dreams plans and so on, and I am trying to value my talents even when no one else around me does or even when (gasp!) no jobs want them and I'm in debt up to my ears. I love to read, I love to stay in bed, I love coffee and eating and I have a lovely daughter and a tumultuous everything else - marriage stuff, depression stuff, identity stuff, money stuff, growing up being adult stuff. I love Tori Amos and Weezer and Sylvia Plath and Sherman Alexie. I am an introvert who has a diverse and open mind and a heart that's trying to figure out how to open again or of it even wants to. Maybe I like being cranky. Not sure yet.


jodytmorse -13 posts

Multi-genre writer Jody T. Morse freelances for numerous publications such as ArtHouston, TexasLiving and Verbatim Poetry. She won WILDsound Festival’s One-Page story contest in May 2016 and blogs for the Luna Station Quarterly – a speculative fiction magazine. Jody is a member of the Writespace Writing Center and is an editorial assistant for Writership and Before & After Editing. Visit her website to learn more: www.bountifulbalconybooks.com.


phyrr -13 posts

I am here doing the half marathon for the first time. I am an Empathic Spiritual Healer who's been writing a very long time. I am married with one daughter and two dogs! I recently retired from a full career in Social Work to pursue my passion.


anizolak -13 posts

Lover of creativity, nature, books, movies, and so much more. I just moved from NJ to Florida and figured while I get settled why not get the creative juices flowing with a poetry marathon. Finishing up my studies for business but would also love to make writing more than just a hobby one day. If you enjoy my poetry feel free to check out my wordpress blog that I linked in my profile and/or my Instagram the.greatest.story.ever.told.


Aqua -13 posts

My name is Aqua nice to meet you. I have been creating on hold custom telephone message content for 7 years. Recently I also began to write web content, and I have been writing poetry since high school. I love writing poetry, non fiction, fiction, as well as many other forms of writing. I am excited to begin my freelance writing business with a move to a new home in the future as well for a peaceful writing spot. I wish to work with short stories, blogs, poems, children's writing, greeting cards, and more. Thank you sincerely for taking the time to read this, and I hope you enjoyed the poetry challenge. I hope you have a nice day! Miss Aqua


cerinaz -13 posts

Caroline Nazareno a.k.a. Ceri Naz, is a multi-awarded poet, editor, journalist, public speaker, linguist, educator and women’s advocate. Ceri Naz won the concluded Frang Bardhi Literary Prize 2014 in Albania. She received the sair- gazeteci ( Poet-Journalist) award during the 34th KIBATEK International Festival of Literature and Arts in Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey on November 8, 2014. She was chosen World Poetry international Director to Philippines by World Poetry Canada and International. She was a featured poet at Vancouver Word 0n The Street, World Poetry Canada and International and Poetry Around The Globe. She was awarded Empowered Poet 2013 during the World Poetry International Peace Festival 2013 in Vancouver ,Canada. Graduating cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, major in General Science at Pangasinan State University. Ceri Naz pursued higher studies in journalism, public speaking and leadership. She earned her post graduate studies in Administration and Supervision at Eulogio ‘’Amang’’ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. She had learned about the Nanotechnology and Aerospace at Massachussetts Institute Technology on June 2012. Currently,she writes for the Philippine Canadian Inquirer, Manila Bulletin and contributes to Reflection Magazine. http://poetassigloveintiuno.blogspot.com.es/search/label/FILIPINAS http://atunispoetry.com/2015/06/06/poetry-chronicles-of-caroline-nazareno/


jbackes -13 posts

I live in Poughkeepsie, NY with my husband and 2 year old son. I have been writing for almost 30 years, and have taught at both the high school and college level. Looking forward to getting my creative juices flowing with this marathon!


Elly -13 posts

A poet born and raised in the rainforests of the PNW. Currently wandering the desert, keeping a look out for any spot of green. I mother children and pets, and if there's an hour left at the end of the day, sometimes I get a shower.


Janette -13 posts

Hello! I am Janette from Bellingham, Washington and this will be my third Poetry Marathon.


scbpoetry -13 posts

So if you put a bass player, writer, designer, ideophile, and a couple of bananas in a blender, this is what you'd get.


williammiles -13 posts

This biographical info was pried from my cold dead hands. I was born in the nineties, through no choice of my own. I graduated and activated and have the need to write scattershot poems of spiky tenderness, things to mean, spaces and relationshiops to reconvene in these pages that feel like an ant farm of one's own. Indeed, I write plentifully if with little discipline. But never submit! No capitulation! No surrender! Onward to victory. Who knows what will come about from these unsummed frays. Hopefully imperative developments, escaping my Hamlet-esque state of indecisive neurotic Denmark? Of course. This is where I can espouse my theoretical fascinations right? I care about the the jouissance of the original, the small emotional metaphysics of decision and perception, an atheist's dream of god's rogue bipedal brain cells and their declaration if not of faith then of dementia. We are the actuators, like the rocket-ship dreamers who turned out not to be fantasists, and their phschotherapists had to reclassify their obsession, and I am proud of my interminable skepticism, frustration, self-questioning, as all you could hope for in a responsible adult. Systems for people, not the other way around! But today I wonder what will be forgiven, what will be recognised, what will be decried, what will be liberated in this marathonesque challenge, what great messages will be sent to the strangers that are so many (if any) of our readers, creating some welcome sympathy beyond the observable. And what will bounce off like a basketball off the hull of an oil tanker. And there's plenty of concepts and material complaints to assail, assuage and arse about. Just keep digging. I am wearing flip flops, which is unusual for me. And doing this in a pair with mudlark. Wishing all of you well.


julieonoh -13 posts

I've loved books from an early age and it came as no surprise to my family when I started writing. Books made me happy and I hope to do the same for others.


breeyonce -13 posts

I am a hairstylist/makeup artist by day but I also dabble in theatre, music, and, of course, writing. I live in Montana, but my heart's in New York.


jvstanley -12 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.


jaxvincent -12 posts

Jax lives in a wonderful part of Spain, Galicia, with her sainted better half, John and one cat, Freddie. She feels very fortunate to be able to have left the busy life of an employed person, but she is busier now than she ever was. She is currently building 200 meters of dry stone walling, not all at once, creating a garden from half a mountain and plotting and scheming her next creative adventure. She is passionate about textiles and pattern and has been known to disappear into her workroom and not surface for several days, except for food and sleep. She creates items from scratch sculpting concrete planters and moulding beeswax candles. She loves the winter when she can light the wood-burner, pour a coffee and write. This is an impossible task in the summer the weather is too glorious and she loves the outdoors.


ScottCoe -12 posts

Scott Coe is a performance poet and artist. He can be found on Instagram and Twitter as @ScottACoe . He believes poetry should always be written from the heart – it’s all about feeling and is always at it’s best when written in the moment, when the thoughts run straight from your soul to the pen. . He began writing, not as a poet, but as a lyricist, citing the likes of Noel Gallagher, Guy Chambers, Lennon and McCartney, and Bob Dylan as primary influences. In terms of Poetry he recalls being influenced by Wordsworth and Shakespeare’s sonnets. Recently he’s been spending more time discovering works by other more established poets. In particular he’s been drawn to the likes of Rupert Brooke, Lord Byron and R.S Thomas.


bgharison -12 posts

Painfully introverted and woefully insecure -- I recently shared a years old poem with the friend who had inspired it. Their response has nudged me to explore this idea of poetry, and the half marathon seems to be a safe place to start writing poetry outside of my battered composition book shoved in the depths of my laptop bag.


QueenofSwords -12 posts

I'm an English teacher with writerly aspirations. I've got a nearly edited novella, two half-written novels, dozens of somewhat defective short stories that need some TLC to see the light of day. I've been writing poetry as long as I've been writing, but it's fallen by the wayside. Time to put it front and center, at least for a day.


MissFitz -12 posts

I am a reader, writer, baker. Assistant to one cat (Lola) and two chickens (Agnes and Gladys). I currently live in Nampa, Idaho.


Aditi -12 posts

Hello - I am Aditi - from India. I am/was/? an IT professional - now focusing on the home front since my son is now in his prime academic years...juggling multiple jobs...cook, teacher, driver, maid, you name it and I am it ! I love writing, I love reading ... this is my first online publication and so far I am thoroughly enjoying all this...


revoltpoet -12 posts

Revolt by name. Revolt by nature. "London Bridge Down", poetry collection out soon If you like me, I'm not doing it right . Punk poetry Plato would prohibit


GrammaticallySo -12 posts

I currently am 27 and have been bedridden bedridden with chronic Lyme disease and multiple coinfections. This poetry marathon is a major challenge for me, and I'm determined to finish (the half-marathon) to prove to myself I can. Before my body crashed three and a half years ago and left me in bed except to go to the doctor, I attended Centre College in Kentucky, majoring in English and getting a minor in creative writing. Writing has been my biggest passion for as long as I can remember; at age 4 I was talking about writing a book. In college, and after enduring many life experiences that lended me a chance to truly dive deep into my poetry (I had written poems even as a child, but in middle and high school, and then even more in college, poetry became my go-to if I needed to explore my feelings, vent, or just chronicle my day or something positive or negative that had happened. Currently, I'm im the process of working on a project titled, "Made From My Bed Mixtape: It's Not Optional" – Yes, I rap in addition to writing poems, because to me, rap is just poetry put to music. There's currently no release date for this project, because I can't commit to a deadline, but in essence, it will be a CHH (Christian Hip-Hop/Rap) album, made by a chronic illness fighter, right from her own bed, FOR other chronic illness fighters, all the while tackling the issues that come with that physically, mentally, emotionally, and of course, spiritually. I've also got a website dedicated to my journey with chronic Lyme, and it has a poetry section where I've shared some of my past work. If you're interested in checking that out, you can do so at www.lymeislame.com. I'm also a major geek, when it comes to words and language, and in general. Give me a comic book, a game boy with Pokémon loaded inside, turn on Doctor Who, pass me my Captain America hat and my Walden Pond book cover printed shirt and we will be good to go!😊 Outside of writing, I am also extremely passionate about figure skating and, as cliché as it sounds, I am Michelle Kwan's biggest fan...just trust me on this, I'm more than a little embarrassed of some of the extents my younger self went to just to try to contact her in any way/meet her/share things with her/just see her on TV. Boxes on boxes of VHS tapes of competitions are currently in our basement. (I live with my wonderfully selfless husband, Roger, and our copper-nosed beautiful brown eyed beagle, and we have two cats, but between everyone who reads this and me, please don't take offense, but I didn't choose the cats, they were already here-two of them-when I chose the man. Col(C)atteral damage, I guess you could say. But while I'm a major dog person and not so big on felines, I'm an animal lover in general, so they're here to stay and I wouldn't take them away from my husband for anything. Happy to be here and excited to try my best to fulfill this every hour commitment for 12 hours...I'd do the 24-hour marathon easily, because Lyme causes intense insomnia, zero-sleep nights, but my husband's birthday is tomorrow (8/14) so I have to at least attempt sleep tonight because I'm determined to make it a good day for him tomorrow. 🙂 (If you want to connect on social media, you can find me online on Instagram at grammaticallyso and on Twitter at both @grammaticallyso and @lymeislame. Cheers and God bless!


lsiens -12 posts

1st half - marathon. Trying to challenge myself, do something new, force myself to be creative & to create...


gloriajeanwriter -12 posts

I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g.


teetee53 -12 posts

I have been writing poems since second grade when I won was recognized for writing a poem about Abraham Lincoln. After that I was hooked and thus began a lifetime of poetry as a way of life. I wrote constantly throughout school. I wrote poems in math class. I wrote poems in science class. It was all I wanted to do. In college I majored in creative writing and my final project was a poetry book. Recently I moved to Ventura, California and won a poetry contest hosted by Ventura county. It is my love and it is my passion.


heidibgw -12 posts

Teacher, writer, lover of plants and dogs. Live in the Interior of British Columbia, a dry, hot climate, wine, lakes, pine and cactus. Two published books of poetry, working on a novel.


Quantum dolly -12 posts

Swedish, 23-year old, DFAB intergender person. Likes science fiction books, pop culture, computers, animals and art. I will be doing a lot of things on the 23rd, including going to a massive party organized by a socialist party, cleaning, eating tacos, and seeing my lover for the last time in almost a year. I therefore plan to write my poems about what I experience and feel. I don't have a particular style I usually write in, but I'm very inspired by (read as: unnaturally attached to) Rimbaud and Palahniuk, so I'm guessing that will probably show. I might write some of my poetry in Swedish, or mix languages, but I'll try and write most of it in English.


vicrompoet-1 -12 posts

I am a writer, a student, and a wife.


KofiAcquah -12 posts

Eduful Ishmael,popularly known for his art and creative works as (Kofi Acquah) is a young aspiring African poet,a writer and a spoken word artist.He was born in the Central Region of Ghana.He is in a poetry movement called ''THE VILLAGE THINKERS'',and they receive numerous accolades every now and then especially when they are seen on the podium with tight spoken word performances and flows!


clafollette -12 posts

Speculative fiction, Short Story enthusiast, getting more into the poetry side. Check out charleslafollettewrites@wordpress.com


farzanasuleman -12 posts

My name is Farzana. I am still in school. I love reading,painting and writing poems and stories


Lexanne -12 posts

I am so pleased to participate again this year. But it will be the half for me as the twenty four hours is just too much for this body! I love to write, paint, and walk my dog, Benny my Bean. I am a Color Of Woman certified instructor and a Red Thread Guide. Poetry and painting go hand in hand with me and my work can be found on my website: lexleonard.squarespace.com Let the writing begin!


C. H. Lee -12 posts

I started writing poetry as a girl and started my professional writing life as a poet. But as the decades went by and I had to make a living as a writer, I wrote poetry less and less. Though once a poet, the poetry never leaves the writer, dontcha think? I'm hoping this gets my mind thinking in verse again.


asully123 -12 posts

I love writing. I've been doing it since I was little. I love to create. I love painting, singing, acting, anything creative. I love trying new things. I have 3 boys that I love playing with- brings out the 'kid' in me. My hubby and I practice the law of attraction and continue to grow in learning it. We all love to get outdoors everyday possible. We believe LOVE wins! I love to see things as if for the 1st time, even if it's not. I love life and I do what I feel at the time it moves me. No planning! Just being and doing and living life as the experience that it is.


angela -12 posts

Im 54, have 2 grown daughters and 9 grand children. I was widowed in 1981 and am finally happily married for 5years to an ex bullrider. Ive written poetry my whole life. I am currently working on my short stories and essays.


shomo94 -12 posts

Just a Mum who writes when she can, does yoga when she can and reads when she can.


Gaynor -11 posts

From Belfast, Northern Ireland. Author of 'Circling the Sun', a micro chapbook on the early female pilots and 'Memory Forest', a chapbook with burial rituals and last wishes as its focus. Both published by Hedgehog Poetry Press. A full length collection, 'Venus in pink marble' is due to be published this summer.

Sarah Lee Strobel

Sarah Lee Strobel -11 posts

I have one eBook published and dozens more on the way. My first paper novel Fishing With Dynamite is due on shelves this year. I work as a 4-Star content writer on both Zerys Content Marketplace and Textbroker International. My range of genres continues on from erotica to comedy.


KiOr -11 posts

...writer of everything. well, except technical manuals. but clinical protocols! writer, dreamer, mama, midwife.

Helen M

Helen M -11 posts

college student trying to remember her creative roots before diving into senior year ~ telling stories of her immigrant family and her asian-american experience in the US south


PrincessJellyBelly -11 posts

I want to get good at poetry when I'm sober... Sure I'll do that if I force myself to do something like this and read the works of others. I always welcome feedback and I can't wait to suffer with everybody else on this marathon. I'm not yet brave enough to do 24 hours... Maybe next year?


marimaxwell -11 posts

Currently living in Mayo, Ireland. First timer here and am starting with the half-marathon. Looking forward to the challenge, meeting new writers and cranking words on the page. Former journalist/ombudsman now writing fiction, flash, memoir, poetry and more. Mari’s work has featured in Pendemic.ie; headstuff.org; Her Other Language, an anthology with Women’s Aid Northern Ireland; Libartes.net (translated to Serbian); Healing Words Exhibition, London, and University College Dublin's Poetry Wall in 2018 & 2019. Her work features online and in print in Ireland, USA, India, Brazil, Australia and Serbia. She is a 2019-2020 Words Ireland mentee with the amazing Nuala O'Connor.


dlaustin3 -11 posts

Hello, I have little experience writing and I am eager to begin. I am 44 years old and in the midst of the glorious challenge of figuring out what I want to do when I grow up. I am drawn to writing in most genres. I write and speak on various non-fiction topics. My desire is to break into freelance work and fiction novels. I am anticipating the Poetry Marathon will challenge me, but I welcome it.