I have been writing poetry for about ten years and enjoy poetry that tells a story and/or has a sense of humor and a bit of a twist at the end. I enjoy reading a wide variety of poets such as Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, Edgar Allen Poe. Also enjoy writng poems in different styles: haiku, haibun, pantoum, etc... I have only been writing Flash Fiction for approximately five years and also like humor and irony. Have thought about trying a short story at some point. I have taken online classes in fiction writing in general and poetry. Would like to join a group where writing is encouraged and feedback is freely given.
I've been making stuff up for most of my life. I'm seeking groups for thoughtful critique, craft discussions, and accountability.
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I believe in the fantastical.
In 2011, I created two blogs: Bornstoryteller and Tale Spinning. The first was filled with essays about education, the good and the not-so-good, and a few other pertinent subjects. The latter is my Creative Fiction blog, flash friction-filled, poetry-laden, serialized tales, and whatever interested me along the way. My range tore through Fantasy, Horror, Science/Speculative Fiction, Humor, Thrillers, and Crime. I dabbled in various styles, having fun with Pulp Fiction, Hard-Boiled Noir, Victorian England, and as many sub-genres of the genres that interested me.
I have been published, online, in three anthologies, two novellas, assorted Flash Fiction and Poetry groups, essays, and had the privilege of creating/hosting a Shared World Blog Challenge. An editor in England has an eco-system/non Dystopian novella in his hands that was requested. The 42 Word Anthology has two of my pieces accepted and awaiting publication. Submissions are out flying around. Finally, I lead workshops in Creative Writing as well as three online writing groups (Critique; Generative; and Poetry).
For years I've been on auto-pilot maneuvering through life fulfilling obligations that I entered under a false understanding of who I was. Knowing my true passion was writing but being on the hamster wheel of life wouldn't allow for any real tangible emotions or language to emerge. I've done spoken word, written short stories and overall am I rather decent story-teller. As an activist driven by a passion for social justice and as a local eleced official, I began to get my feet wet by writing my own speeches and delivering them at various events large and small across my home state of Massachusetts.
When COVID hit me on March 6th and exacerbated my auto immune condition, I nearly lost my life. Now with a community behind me raising money to seek the medical care I need and on a path to recovery, I begin writing again. Forcing myself to go inward and really dig deep into all the unsustainable ways in which we manage to survive, the many ways women are objectified and taught to heal the world before we tend to self; as a proud activist and falling under labels that are typically marginalized, (convicted felon, BIPOC. disabled, women, fat, Puerto Rican, poor) I emerge from who I was to unapologetically story-tell experiences that will hopefully allow for folks to hear a perspective they aren't familiar with. Now that I struggle with maintaining breath and energy due to illness, I have no choice but to channel through the keys at my fingertips. I believe in intersection and inter-connectedness and I always choose Love.
I am currently writing my first novel. It tells the story of a young American gay couple who move to Saudi Arabia. I am looking for a writing group who can give me constructive feedback, mainly what points in my story they think I should expand on to better introduce the reader to the Saudi culture. It would be a bonus if I can find others who grew up in Saudi and can give me additional ideas that can make the story more authentic.
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