Iris Soleil de Lis

I study and write about gender, sexuality and queer studies through a transfeminist, intersectional lens. I write poetry, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and academic research papers, as well as popular media articles on current events and topics.

I would love to connect with others with similar interests!

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Portland, OR
United States
Oregon
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Feminist, Fiction, Formal Poetry, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBTQ Voices, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Translation
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
White
Languages I write or speak in: 
English, Spanish
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
meets for
Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners, Discussion, Reading.

meets
Weekly.

Richard Jeffrey Newman

Pronouns: 
He/Him
Location: 
Jackson Heights, NY
United States
New York
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Feminist, Formal Poetry, Lyric Essay, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Political, Translation
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal, Published a book
How I choose to identify myself: 
Jewish, White
Languages I write or speak in: 
English, Hebrew, Korean, Persian
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
meets for
Discussion, Reading.

My groups: Benjamin Bards

Kimberly Esslinger

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Lakewood, CA
United States
California
Genres: 
Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBTQ Voices, Micro-poetry, Poetry, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Visual Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal
How I choose to identify myself: 
Feminist, LGBTQ, Mixed Race
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Accountability partners.

akkwriting

Author of 'her favorite color was sunshine yellow' (Amazon, Oct. '20) and 'Poetic Potential' (forthcoming with New Degree Press, Dec. '21). Love and empowerment poet.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
MA
United States
Massachusetts
Genres: 
Feminist, Formal Poetry, Love, Micro-poetry, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Self-published a book, Have workshop experience
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
meets for
Workshop, Writing exercises, Inspiration, Accountability partners.

Jordan29

I am an occasional writer, meaning that I write for myself occasionally. As a teacher, I write all day long; little of it is inspired or creative. When I taught a Creative Writing class recently, I wrote with my students and re-awakened my (fantasy) writing self.  For many years events moved me to write poetry. For the past 2 years, I have been experimenting with children's stories. I am looking for a group that will challenge me to write and keep me accountable. I don't like journal/memoir writing because I end up navel gazing and whining. I want to develop my voice and my craft writing stories and short, funny, poignent poems. I love pop-culture and super heroes and fantasy; I want to experiment with the tropes of heros and princesses to reveal "real" superheroes (no, I don't have a clear idea of what that means) and flip the "princess" script. 

In short, I am beginning to explore the idea of being a writer, and if I can sell a story or poem or two, that would be exciting. Writing is an outlet and a hobby for me. I am not looking to make my living as a writer. I am looking to find some confidence as a writer and develop my own craft and voice. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Nampa, ID
United States
Idaho
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult
How I choose to identify myself: 
White
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
has a maximum group size of 10.
meets for
Workshop, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Accountability partners, Tips.

meets
Monthly.

DL Jones

I'm a recent college graduate working in the PR industry in Austin, Texas. I've been writing for a little over ten years, but I have little experience in submitting my stories to literary journals and contests. Recently I've been contemplating applying to grad school and getting my MFA in Creative Writing, but I want to fine tune my manuscript and ensure that I have something solid to submit when/if I apply. I'd like feedback on my writing just so I know what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong. Since most MFA programs are highly selective, I really want to make sure that I submit my best work. 

I graduated from college with a degree in Public Relations. At the time, I picked PR because I had read it was writing heavy. In the back of my mind, I envisioned myself working in PR while also working on my novels once I finish school, and once I started my writing career, I could leave my PR job. Now I'm working a PR job, and I see that I don't have time to write. I feel lucky if I can get an hour of writing in, and I spend that hour trying not to fall asleep from exhaustion. This is a part of the reason why I want to go back to school, so I can dedicate myself full-time to writing to see if this is a career path I want to pursue.

I haven't been able to rid myself of the desire to become a writer, though sometimes I wish I could. Life would be much easier if I was passionate and excited about my current career trajectory. 

As for what I write, I tend to focus on fiction. The types of fiction I write varies, but lately I've been focusing on horror, mystery, etc. Some of my favorite authors (and the ones I look to for inspiration) are Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Shirley Jackson and Flannery O'Connor. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Austin, TX
United States
Texas
Genres: 
Commercial Fiction, Feminist, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Historical, Humor, Regional
How I choose to identify myself: 
American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English, German
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
meets for
Critique, Submissions, Encouragement, Discussion, Tips.

Danielle Mitchell

Hi! I'm Danielle Mitchell, co-founder and director of The Poetry Lab. I curate spaces for poets, writers, and artists to come together to learn and collaborate. My poetry has appeared in journals like Vinyl, Hayden's Ferry Review, Animal, and Baltimore Review. My first chapbook, Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry, won the Clockwise Chapbook Prize and is published by Tebot Bach. I'm especially interested in prose poetry, hybrid works, and new and invented forms. My workshop experience extends not only to leading community groups through The Poetry Lab, but also academic training as an alumni of the University of Redlands Creative Writing Program and the Community of Writers.

Hoping to make connections with:

  • Reading groups/ Book clubs
  • Teaching opportunities 
  • Individual artists (to grow my personal network)

Also, I want to connect with writers and teaching artists on behalf of The Poetry Lab for:

  • Sunday Workshop Series (paid)
  • 5 Week Courses (paid)
  • Resource Center articles (publication opportunity)
  • New collaborations (open to course ideas/pitches!)

The Poetry Lab supports a thriving autodidact community as well as MFAers who are seeking a post-graduate network. Our mission is simply to write, read, and collaborate with folx in our community to help them along their learning journeys. This is an anti-racist educational space designed for creativity and the crafting of new futures. Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
CA
United States
California
Genres: 
BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Feminist, LGBTQ Voices, Poetry, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal, Published a book, Have workshop experience
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
has a maximum group size of 10.
meets for
Workshop, Submissions, Discussion, Tips, Reading.

meets
Monthly.

Celine Aenlle-Rocha

I'm currently working on short fiction and a novel. I work full time as a Spanish teacher and part time as a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where I completed my MFA in Fiction. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
New York City, NY
United States
New York
Genres: 
BIPOC Voices, Feminist, Fiction, Flash Fiction, LGBTQ Voices, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Short Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
African American, American, BIPOC, Black, Cuban American, Feminist, Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx, LGBTQ, Mixed Race
Languages I write or speak in: 
English, Spanish
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Accountability partners, Discussion, Tips.

Lenore Rosenberg

I am by profession a translator and professor of of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). With little formal study but much experience in manipulating words, I started writing poetry 20 years ago, back in the ‘naughts’ in my early 50s (I have always enjoyed the symmetry of being born in 1950, with all those decades fitting together). I wrote in fits and starts as I worked my way towards the end of my paid career, took numerous workshops online (living in Rome isolates me somewhat) and had a few poems published.  It was the push of the pandemic, and the feeling of time sliding away under my feet that brought me to write intensely after years of procrastination.

Canadian-American, I have lived most of mylife in Italy, in Rome. A professor of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) as well as a translator and poet, I have taught in universities in Rome and Kansas. I love to write formal poems (sonnets, ghazals, pantoums, but not only. I am interested in persona poetry, or at least taking a step back from the utterly personal experience, and looking around the world. But I am open to experiments of all kinds. 

I would love to find a peer poet/s with whom to exchange work and encouragement. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Roma, RM
Italy
Roma
Genres: 
Feminist, Formal Poetry, Poetry, Prose Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
American, Canadian, Italian, Jewish
Languages I write or speak in: 
English, Italian
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners, Tips.

Chola Escritora

I've published fiction and poetry in literary journals. While I'm working on a novel, my collection of short stories, Chola Salvation, will be published at the end of April 2021.

I'm looking for a generative writing group that consistently meets biweekly or monthly.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
United States
Genres: 
BIPOC Voices, Feminist
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
BIPOC, English American, Feminist, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Mexican American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
has a maximum group size of 10.
meets for
Writing exercises.

meets
Bi-weekly.

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