Noe classical poetry Lover, I'm not going to drop my pen. I know what true poetry is and I'm looking for people who do too.
I have been writing poetry pretty much forever, have published some, and would like to bring more intention to publishing my work. My poetry tends surface contemplative and nature themes. I am a yoga teacher so I pull a lot from that practice and those many lineages as well.
Professionally, I'm a director of communications for a large foundation in Texas that encourages people with spiritual opportunities, retreats, and chances to get to "know your neighbor." We have a quarterly magazine that serves about 22,000 readers. Personally, I write many things from speculative fiction to nonfiction to feature writing to drama, but poetry is the one thing I can't stop writing--especially sonnets for some reason.
I'm a trauma therapist on sabbatical, writing on themes of trauma, family relationships and patterns, fertility/pregnancy/adoption/abortion, abuse and personhood, illness, death, spirituality, ancestral connections, and the ways we lose, hide, and find ourselves. So far I'm working primarily in the memoir/creative nonfiction genres, but open to finding out whatever the writing wants to become.
I'm also a songwriter and prior to moving away from Atlanta, was in an Americana band and we recorded two albums. I've recently moved to rural Southwest Georgia, and am shifting to solo writing and performing in my music as well.
I have no formal writing training aside from a few recent 6-week courses through Emory University's creative writing certificate program. I'm new, and my writings are in the earliest stages. I'm interested in a group for accountability, encouragement, feedback and critique. My goals with writing are primarily for my own therapeutic benefit, and secondarily to publish.
Began many years ago on a small-town weekly, moved to Washington, D.C., to work for U.S. Information Agency for nine years, then joined Smithsonian Magazine as an assistant editor soon after it was founded. Now mostly retired, but still doing free-lance editing, producing news letters for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. When I began working with a spiritual director about fifteen years ago, I found myself responding to assigned reading with poems. I would like a few readers who would assess my work and encourage improvement.
I'm a senior in highschool, and I really love journaling every time I feel a strong emotion, and it takes form in poetry. I began sharing my writing with my english teacher, and she recommended that I share some of my work with a writing group!
This is becoming a hobby of mine, and I would love and appreciate any feedback from my work!! I would love to know any initial thoughts, overall feel for the piece, things you like or notice, and things I could do better!
I'm a 55 y/o queer woman living in Kentucky. An empty nest has provided me with the time and space to re-explore writing.