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I am a queer, non-binary (they/them) writer living in New Jersey. I've always been interested in writing YA, but I'm also deeply invested in CNF, especially personal essay and memoir, and reading and writing true stories with heart. I'm looking for a group of queer writers to connect with, write with, workshop with, and grow with.
Our tastes lean toward out-of-the-ordinary, genre-bending, unique stories. We don't shy away from heavy topics.
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Hi! I'm currently based in Europe with my family, traveling back and forth between Croatia and Chicago, and I spend my time working as a freelance writer, poet, novelist, and book reviewer.
I earned my BA in English/BS in Secondary Education from Indiana University, where I began my work in the publishing industry. While there, I was an Associate Poetry Editor for Analecta and the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press, and I participated in frequent writing workshops and public readings. Then I was invited to Western Michigan University to complete my MFA in Poetry, and there, I continued attending workshops, was an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast Literary Magazine, and the Layout and Design Editor (Interior Design) for New Issues Poetry & Prose. I graduated from the program in 2015.
Since the start of 2015, I dove into full-time freelance writing, publishing my poetry in various literary magazines, and working as a professional book reviewer. I published book reviews with The Rumpus and Green Mountains Review, among other places; my essays have appeared in Motherly, Percolately, The Lifestyle Collective, PopSugar, and more; and my poetry was lovingly featured by Whale Road Review, Rogue Agent, Emerge Literary Journal, great weather for MEDIA, and elsewhere.
I've loved the past 6 years of my life and the work I've accomplished, but I greatly miss the communities I was involved in back in Indiana and Michigan. I'm looking to collaborate with writers who are looking for inspiration, feedback, anything---as long as I'm able to connect with other writers, read their words and have them read mine, and talk about our lives and books, cats and plants, and other things, I'll be happy. I just miss the connecting power that a strong, literary town and writing program offers.
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I am retired and in my 70s. When I started writing in my teens, it was short sy-fi tales or poetry. Since retiring, I have re-ignited my interest in writing, but now I write historical fiction. The Chasseen Legends, a family saga in based in 4000BC, was my first attempt at a trilogy. Since there is no sex or gore, I was told my genre is YA Adventure books that are plot-driven, not character-driven. So here I am, starting another trilogy about a family saga in 1600s.
I have been writing seriously for about 2 years and submitted several pieces to various literary magazines. Fingers crossed! I began with children's stories, then gravitated to adult flash fiction and short stories. Last fall, when I lost my mother to cancer, I wrote a couple of poems about death - "Cancer" and "Lying Awake". These were also submitted and I'm waiting for a response.
It's important to communicate with other writers in the same genre so that I can continually improve my work. I spent over 30 years in the Healthcare industry so much of my writing was technical; I had little time for creativity. After retiring, my desire to write struck me!
My self-doubt takes over a bit too often so I look forward to getting feedback from other writers who are not family/friends that always love my work! I would also enjoy being "fresh eyes" on the work of other writers as helping others succeed has been a goal in every endeavor of my entire life.