I've worked as a freelance editor/writer for 15 years. I was an English major (focusing on creative writing) at University of Maryland. I also tutor students of all ages in writing, reading, and English as a Second Language. I have written website copy for small businesses, newsletters and press releases for nonprofits, reviews and poetry for literary magazines, and resumes for individuals, After receiving a seminary degree, I worked as a chaplain in retirement homes and hospices for 10 years. I am writing a book about my chaplain experience, covering spiritual lesson I learned from my patients and injustices within the health industry. I am also writing a memoir focused on the realities a fat woman faces in American society. Finally, I enjoy writing form and non-form poetry.
Poetry has been my preferred writing genre as a harried mother, wife, divorcee, grandmother with too many outside interests. The focus
on a moment's experience, emotion, observation served me well for decades. I've self-published a single volume of mixed forms and styles, "Wind Perceptions: Turning Base", reflecting on my teaching, traveling, parenting, piloting experiences. I've a second collection almost ready, and hopefully it won't be so unweildly. I tried my hand for several years working on a novel that is still haunting me, but
I'm struggling with form and conclusion. I was doing well, thinking of ending it in a pandemic, but then came "Stations Eleven", and a sort of pandemic following that, and it became trite as a conclusion. Anti-climactic, I suppose!
I'd like to work with others who need a reader who will be both kind and honestly inquiring, suggesting. Most of us have been to workshopping sessions that inspire us to write more, to make a few more excellent revisions, to "pour it into another form", or "put more of yourself into it", or "I'd like one more line to explain that." And we've also been to sessions that shut us down indefinitely. I haven't experienced too much of the latter, but some. A dismissive tone can feel crippling.
In divided times like these, open minds and hearts are a must. I seek voices shared, not shrieked.
I am a Black Disabled writer who recently moved to Goldsboro, NC. I am not picky about what I write and am interested in learning how to write new things/forms. Am also interested in revision, critique, and accountability. Also some fun! (because like the saying goes... "all work and no play...") I have participated in NaNoWriMo and NaPoMo. I enjoy writing poetry, fiction, and CNF. I have projects that I wish I could finish (as in publish) and would love a virtual group to write with that may transition to in-person as restrictions around COVID-19 begin to lift in Wayne County.
Megha Sood is a New Jersey-based Pushcart Nominated Award-winning poet, editor, writer and blogger. She earned her Postgraduate Degree in Computer Application (M.C.A)and Bachelors in Computer Sciences (B.Sc.) from India. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK-based Arts and Literary Journal MookyChick, Literary Partner in the “Life in Quarantine” Project by Stanford University, USA, and Associate Editor with Literary Journal “Life and Legends”. She is the author of a chapbook (“A Potpourri of Emotions”, Local Gems Press, NY). Chapbook ( “My Body is Not An Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length ( “My Body Lives Like a Threat”, Flower Song Press,2021).She co-edited anthologies (“The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and ( “The Kali Project”, Indie Blu(e) Press).
Her 600+ works have been featured internationally in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, podcasts like Rising Phoenix Review, SONKU, Better than Starbucks, Poetry Society of New York, WNYC Studios, HUDSON Reporter, LILIPOH, PBS American Portrait, Kissing Dynamite, Adelaide Awards Anthology, American Writers Review, Dime show review, Rainbow Project among others where she received her Pushcart 2020 Nomination.
Her literary partnership “Life in Quarantine” with Stanford University has been presented in the Open Education Global Forum 2020 and received mention in Stanford Daily.Her sonnet publication with Poetry Society of New York has been accepted as a Summer Reading curriculum in University High School, Indiana, USA. She also has been featured on the PBS American Portrait. Her works has also been selected in the literary publication of various US universities like (Temple University, Philadelphia), Stanford University, University of Albany, Kent State University, Chicago University and Arkansas University.
Megha is a Three-time NAMI NJ State Level Poetry Contest 2018/2019/2020 winner and National Level Spring Robinson Lit Prize 2020 winner. Shortlisted in Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019(USA), Adelaide Literary Award 2019 (USA), Erbacce Prize 2020(UK), iWomanGlobalAwards 2020(India), TWIBB Beyond Black Sakhi Awards 2020(USA), Poetry Super Highway 2020(USA).Nominated for “Publication of the Month” and “Author of the Year 2020” by Spillwords Press Awards 2021,NYC.
Her works have been selected numerous times by the Jersey City Writers Group and the Department of Cultural Affairs for the Arts House Festival. Chosen twice as the international panelist for the Jersey City Theater Center Online Series “Voices Around the World”. and “The Box : Reinvention 2021”.
She has been a featured poet in Oceanside Library Poetry reading 2020 , NY alongside Brooklyn Poet Laureate and Fellow of Academy of American Poets Maria Lisella. She was also a featured poet in BrownStone Poetry Reading 2020 along side LA Based Joshua Corwin and Chad Parenteau.
Anthologies featuring her works have been mentioned in the Huffington Post and showcased in the Poets House, Manhattan as part of the summer reading 2019. Anthology (“SMITTEN” , Indi(e) Blue Press) has been a Finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards 2020.
I'm a poet, short story writer, journalist, and educator originally from Mumbai, India, currently based in Providence, Rhode Island.
After an undergraduate degree in advertising and journalism, I moved to New York City to pursue my MFA in Fiction and have since been based here. I mainly write short fiction and poetry, and take the occasional stab at creative nonfiction though I hesitate to call myself an essayist because the form comes to me sporadically and with great trepidation. I am, however, very quietly working on a novel — saying this out loud ensures I can be accountable to myself.
My publication history includes fiction, nonfiction and journalism for children and adults. Most recently, those efforts include InBrief: a daily short-poem blog, stories contributed to Thrill of the Hunt: Cabin Fever and The Gathering anthologies, and poems in three of the four volumes in the Poets Speak Anthology. I am anxious to join a group to critique, encourage, and challenge me to submit more stories and poems.
West Trade Review strives to put forth the best contemporary poetry, fiction, and personal essays and publishes a mix of established and up and coming writers. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and want to hear from underrepresented voices of all types.
We like works that are edgy and affect us intellectually and emotionally. We want poems , personal essays, and stories that make the reader think and feel, work that humbles us with its joy, humor, embarrassment, anger, hope, grief, or all of the above. We gravitate toward exquisitely crafted writing that has something important to teach us--something that readers really need to know, but might not have understood this was a need until the last word of the work. Quality of writing, style, and characterization are important to us.
Please don't send us poems that rhyme, slam-style works, or dogmatically religious pieces.
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I am a Spoken Word Poet. In addition to writing about the everyday rhythms of life, I like to pause for a cause and so I write about social issues like domestic violence, racism, xenophobia, human trafficking, etc. I also write about survivors of breast cancer and other challenges we face. I write poems to motivate young people as well. I use a lot of visuals, music, and even dance and art in my work when I can. My books have the most vivid captivating pictures as I strive to create a complimentary message. My poems are messages. They are passionate, stirring, and creative. As a free-style poet, sometimes I will use lines that rhyme, and sometimes they don't, but the cadence builds and the messages come through loud and clear.