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Sheryl L. Nelms

Author's Bio

My goal since 1979 has been to have something in the mail every Friday. It works. I've had over 5,000 stories, articles and poems published in textbooks, anthologies and magazines. Fourteen collections of my poems have also been published. My poems have been used on TV, CD's, audio tapes for the blind, in Braille, on PBS radio and in mail art shows including a show in Osaka, Japan.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Bluebonnets, Boots and Buffalo Bones (Silver Boomer Books, 2009), Howling At the Gibbous Moon (Pudding House Publications, 2008), Greatest Hits 1978-2003 (Pudding House Publications, 2003), The Secrets of the Wind (Kitty Litter Press, 2002), Aunt Emma Collected Teeth (Sweet Annie Press, 1999), Friday Night Desperate (IM Press, 1997), Land of the Blue Paloverde (Shooting Star Press, 1995), Strawberries and Rhubarb (Peak Output Unlimited, 1990), Technology & Rural America/Sunrust (Dawn Valley Press, 1987), Their Combs Turn Red in the Spring (Northwoods Press, 1984)
Anthologies:
Families: The Front Line Of Pluralism (Wishing Up Press, 2010), From The Porch Swing: Memories Of Our Grandparents (Silver Boomer Books, 2010), When Last On the Mountain: The View From Writers Over Fifty (Holy Cow Press, 2010), Beyond Forgetting (Kent State University Press, 2009), This Path (Silver Boomer Books, 2009), Families: The Frontline of Pluralism (Wishing Up Press, 2008), Freckles to Wrinkles (Silver Boomer Books, 2008), Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship With Dogs (June Cotner, 2007), Reeds and Rushes (Pudding House Press, 2007), Second Annual Northwoods Anthology (Northwoods Press, 2005), Friendship Anthology (Colorado State University Press, 2003), Laundromat Anthology (Iniquity Press, 2003), Lighten Up: 101 Funny Little Poems (Meadowbrook Press, 2003), Messages From Mothers to Sons Anthology (Lynxfield Publishing, 2002), The Best of Girls To the Rescue (Meadowbrook Press, 2002), Dan River Anthology 2002 (Dan River Press, 2001), Our Bundle Of Joy (Meadowbrook Press, 2001), Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains/High Plains (The Backwaters Press, 2001), Off The Cuffs: On Policing And Policed (Jackie Sheeler, 2000), Surviving Ophelia (Cheryl Dellasega, 2000), Rising To The Dawn: A Rape Survivor's Journey Into Healing (Little Treasure Publications, Inc., 1999), Stories From Where We Live: The Great North American Prairie (Milkweed Editions, 1999), Silver Trees And Wind Songs (Golden Apple Press, 1998), A Scent Of Apple (Pittenbrauch Press, 1997), Catching Snowflakes & Memories (Golden Apple Press, 1997), Circumference Of Days (Pittenbrauch Press, 1997), Family, Friends And Apple Trees (Golden Apple Press, 1997), Girls To The Rescue (Meadowbrook Press, 1997), More Big Thoughts (Golden Apple Press, 1996), To Climb A Purple Mountain (Golden Apple Press, 1996), Treasure The Moment (Quill Books, 1996), Iowa Woman Anthology: The Best Of The First Fifteen Years (Iowa Woman, 1995), Joy Of The Journey (Golden Apple Press, 1995), Wherever Home Begins (Orchard Books, 1995), If I Had Wanted Quiet, I Would Have Raised Goldfish (Meadowbrook Press, 1994), Older But Wiser (Meadowbrook Press, 1994), Opening A Door: Reading Poetry in the Middle School (Orchard Books, 1994), Eating Our Hearts Out (Crossings Press, 1992), Full Circle Thirteen (Guild Press, 1992), Looking For Your Face (Orchard Books, 1992), The 100 Best Poems Of Beauty, Faith & Inspiration Anthology (Anderie Poetry Press, 1992), The Funny Side Of Feelings Anthology (Anderie Poetry Press, 1992), Moosehead Review Anthology (Robert Allen, 1987), The Music of What Happens: Poems That Tell Stories (Orchard Books, 1987), This Delicious Day (Orchard Books, 1987), Going Over To Your Place: Poems for Each Other (Bradbury Press, 1986), Impressions: A Collection of Poetry (Quill Books, 1986), Proof Rock Anthology (Proof Rock, 1986), Ursus Press Anthology (Ursus Press, 1986), 1985 Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry (Monitor Book Company, 1985), Dan River Anthology (Dan River Press, 1985), From Seedbed to Harvest: The American Farmer (Art Cuelo, 1985), Hide and Horn (Eakin Press, 1985), Nude Erections Anthology (Illuminati, 1985), Soundings Anthology (Lake Shore Publishing, 1985), The Best of Spitball (Spitball, 1985), Winewood Women (Winewood Publishing, 1984), Texas Anthology (Place of Herons Press, 1982)
Journals:
'scapes, Abraxas, Acorn Whistle, Agenda, Aileron, AIM Quarterly, Akwesasne Notes, Aldebaran, Alive Now, Ally, Alura, Ambergris, America, American Goat, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Man, Anemone, Anna's House, Appearances, Array, Arroyo Literary Review, Art Times, Arulo, Bay Windows, Beginnings Magazine, Black Moon, Black Mountain Review, Blackbird, Blank Gun Silencer, Blow, Blue Horse, Blue Unicorn, Bogg, Bohemian Chronicle, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Broken Streets, Bronte Street, Broomstick, Buffalo Bones, Buffalo Spree, Byline, Cache Review, California Quarterly, Calli's Tales, Camellia, Capper's, Cedar Rock, Celery, Chiron Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Clarion, Clark Street Review, Clock Radio, Coffeehouse Poets Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, Conceptions Southwest, Concho River Review, Conflict of Interest, Confrontation, Context South, Cottage Cheese, Cotton Boll, Crab Creek Review, Cricket, Crowdancing, Crystal Rainbow, Curbside Review, Daring Poetry Quarterly, December Rose, Dekalb Literary Arts Journal, Deros, Dialogue, Dog River Review, Earth's Daughters, Earthwise, Edgz, Electrum, Ellipsis, Embers, Encore, Eve's Legacy, Evergreen Chronicles, Excursus, Exit 13, Explorer, Expressions, Fan Magazine, Fat Tuesday, FEH!, Forum, Fox Cry Review, Free Focus, Free Lunch, Friends Journal, Generation, Generation X National Journal, Golden Isis, Grasslands Review, Green Feather, Green's Magazine, Grit, Gryphon, Haight-Asbury Literary Journal, Hammers, Hard Row to Hoe, Harpur Palate, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Hazmat Review, Heeltap, Hiram Poetry Review, Home Planet News, Hoosier Challenger, Hudson Valley Echoes, Hyperion, Ideals, Impetus, In My Shoes, In Your Face, Innisfree, Into the Teeth of the Wind, Iota, Iowa Woman, Jean's Journal, Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Kaleidoscope, Kansas Quarterly, Karamu, Kinesis, knock, Kumquat Meringue, L'Ouverture, Lactuca, Lake Effect, Lalitamba, Lapis, Literally Horses, Long Island Quarterly, Long Pond Review, Lucid Moon, Lucky Star, Mad Poets Review, Main Street Rag, Manna, Medicinal Purposes, Mediphors, Metis, Metrosphere, Midwest Poetry Review, Milkweed Chronicle, Mind in Motion, Minotaur, Mobius, Modern Images, Modern Maturity, Moon Reader, Mothering, Negative Capability, Nettles & Nutmeg, New Arts Review, New Collage Magazine, New Earth Review, New England Sampler, New Texas, New Voices, Nexus, Night Roses, No Exit, North Dakota Quarterly, Nostalgia, Not Your Average Zine, Now and Then, Off the Coast, Old Hickory Review, Onionhead, Ormfaer, Orphic Lute, Out of Line, Overtures, Oyez Review, Paisano, Paper Radio, Parnassus, Passaic Review, Piddiddle, Piedmont Literary Review, Pinchpenny, Pivot, Plainsongs, Planet Detroit, Pleiades, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Poet's Corner, Poet's Pen Quarterly, Poetalk, Poetic Eloquence, Poetpourri, Poetry, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Poetry Forum Journal, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Motel, Poetry New York, Poetry North Review, Poetry Now, Poetry Today, Poets On, Proof Rock, Prophetic Voices, Psychopoetica, Purpose, Quindaro, Raccoon, Random Weirdness, Reader's Digest, Rebirth of Artemis, Red Owl, Redstart, Reflect, Reflections Literary Journal, Renegade, RFD, RHINO, Ripples, River City Review, River Rat Review, River Sedge, Riverrun, Riversedge, Roanoke Review, Rockhurst Review, Salome, San Fernando Poetry Journal, San Jose Studies, Schmaga, Second Glance, Sharing, Shooting Star Review, Sidewalks, Silver Wings, Sinister Wisdom, Sisters Today, Sisyphus, Skyline Magazine, Skywriters, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, Slipstream, Smoke Signals, Sojourn, Sojourner, Soundings, Soundings East, South Coast Poetry Journal, Southern Exposure, Space and Time, Spelunker Flophouse, Spindrift, Spitball, Star Route Journal, Starsong, Stet, Sulphur River Literary Review, Sweet Annie, Tapjoe, Tar Wolf Review, Taurus, Tempest, The Acorn, The Advocate, The Archer, The Artful Mind, The Aurorean, The Cape Rock, The Christian Science Monitor, The Gay & Lesbian Review, The Laurel Review, The Louisiana Review, The MacGuffin, The Old Red Kimono, The Orange Room Review, The Panhandler, The Pegasus Review, The Pen Women, The Phoenix, The Plastic Tower, The Poet, The Quercus Review, The Scribbler, The Spoon River Quarterly, The Writer's Voice, Thin Air, Thorny Locust, Tight, Timber Creek Review, Time of Singing, Tin Wreath, Treasure House, Tucumcari Literary Review, Unicorn, Up Against the Wall Mother, Urban Spaghetti, Vanderbilt Review, Verve, Visions, Voices, Voices International, Waterways, Way Station Magazine, We Magazine, Webster Review, Wellspring, Welter, West Hills Review, West Wind Review, Westview, Wide Open Magazine, Wind, Wired Art From Wired Hearts, Without Halos, Words of Wisdom, Write On!, Writer's Journal, Writing for Our Lives, Xavier Review, Yefief, Yet Another Small Magazine, Z Miscellaneous, Zen Tattoo, Zephyr Magazine, Zillah, ZYX
Prizes:
Shultz-Werth Research Award at South Dakota State University with $500 1st Prize for poetry manuscript, Worms After A Hard Rain. 1995 Pegasus Award from the Oklahoma Writers Federation for Land of the Blue Paloverde, a book of poetry. Also won over 100 other writing prizes.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Night of the Gun by David Carr, Cut by Cathy Glass, Street Kid by Judy Westwater, Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts, Islands of the Damned by R.V. Burgin
Favorite Books:
All Harry Potter books, True Crime, Nora Roberts, Michael McGarrity,Redneck Christmas, Jazz Cats, Train Windows, Distances and Janet Evanovich.
Favorite Authors:
J.K. Rawlings, Michael McGarrity, Ann Rule, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich David Allen Evans, David Davis, James Magorian and Jack Olson.

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: June 17, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
English American, Irish American
Prefers to work with:
Any
Born in:
Marysville, KS
Raised in:
Wichita, KS

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