Hi. I've been a freelance and assignment writer for Christian, educational, and indie publishers for many years so have placed a few dozen books and hundreds of short manuscripts, but my primary focus now is poetry - especially poems that bring insight, musicality, fresh imagery, interesting perspectives, or something new. In judging a recent poetry competition, however, I was dismayed by the numerous rants offering no solutions. Poetry has power! It can be a powerful, beautiful instrument of change simply by moving people and helping them see a view or delight they had not yet noticed.
Traditioinally published author of seven non-fiction books, most recently "Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity." Widely published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies, including ten Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Public speaker and workshop presenter at writer's conferences, libraries, community colleges, women's groups and churches. Founder of Hope & Healing grief retreat and Faith Writers conference in Dubuque, Iowa. Would love to connect with other creatives and non-fiction writers.
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.
Expressive, creative nonfiction writing is what interests me. Writing prompts are amusing. Currently working on preparing a manuscript for publishing (my first book!), so any and all help is welcome.
Hello! Nice to "meet" you. I'm Caitlin. After getting a BA in English Literature and MA in Anglo-Irish Literature, I taught high school English and creative writing, worked in publishing as an editor, and now have a career as a content marketer – so I have pursued all the careers around writing without ever actually writing my own, authentic work. Along the way, I had a number of articles published in various print and online publications and blogs and am currently working on my first submissions for literary journals. I would describe my writing as mix of feminism, social activism, and spirituality. I'm hoping to join a workshop in order to find a writing community.
After a long hiatus, I've returned to writing new poems and revising old ones. I'm starting to send out as well.
I hold an MA in creative writing (University of Dallas), and years back did doctoral work in literature and theology.
The topics I address in my work vary: everything from religious belief (faith and doubt) to nature, historical events, and the act of creating in language. Whether I'm creating a short lyric or a longer narrative, I'm always looking for the meaning behind the image or the meaning of the narrative (while avoiding didacticism). I'm also sensitive to the musicality of language and have a native sense of meter; I occasionally employ rhyme but in general, I don't write in set forms, though I'm interested in doing more of that.
What am I looking for? Heavy-duty critique and encouragement. I can offer the same to others.
I am starting to find my voice in my poems above any other writing. I wrote a screenplay called The Great Slacker, and am working on a religious non fiction book which will be a mosaic of forms. I find my heart in poetry, and love it. I am interested in sharing my ideas with other people, as well as learning new ideas from others who are in the same and different styles. I'm new to poetry, and would like to see what other people are doing, to travel this journey together.
I am a veteran teacher, flutist, and writer of narrative/creative nonfiction/memoir. I post weekly to my long-standing blog Notes from Vanaprastha, have written for Brevity blog, Streetlight Magazine blog, and The Perennial Gen, for which I am a regular contributor, and am seeking publication for my manuscript titled Wisdom Builds Her House: A Memoir of Finding Grace in the Third Stage of Life.
I'm looking for a high-quality, committed critique group in my genre.
I enjoy writing as a means of experiencing feelings or ideas that come across my mind. In the rare season when my writing discipline is working, I write with some strategy. More often than not I wait for emotional outbursts that drive me to write.
I've written mostly informal poetry. I say informal to communicate that I did not write the poetry with a style in mind. I've written two short-short stories and have miscelleanous incomplete writings and thoughts that drift from spiritual to political to social in theme.
My background is in agricultural and environmental sciences and I've no formal training in writing beyond a semester long writing seminar I participated in during college and a technical writing class. I love diverse and global communities, sustainability, nature, games of anykind, daydreaming.
I enjoy the genres of fantasy and literary fiction, non-fiction that focuses on environmental issues, social justice, or historical narratives, and poetry. I love stories that don't shy away from the difficult things. I love stories that offer hope amidst the difficult. I love expandind my perspective through diverse readings and am still working on developing this. Some of my favorite authors include Brandon Sanderson, Ray Bradbury, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Michelle Alexander, Jack London, Agatha Christie, Norman Maclean, J.R. Tolkien, Tomi Adeyemi, Neil Stephenson, Gary Snyder, Ernest Hemingway, Rick Riordan, and Stephen King.
I hope to one day organize my poetry into a more cohesive collection, have a short story or two that allows me to explore my upbringing and incomplete ideas that I have as I grow and learn, and a fantasy novel or two with characters that I love and a world that contrasts harsh realities with stubborn hopefulness.
In uncertain times people turn to uncertain means. My work of poetry and art, of fables and philosophies, is aimed at the pandemic of crisis anxiety so many of us are going through right now in our daily lives and in our inner spaces.
We are all of us and each of us, in this together.
The sciences provide remedies, but so do the arts. The ancient Egyptians wrote curative words on fragments of papyrus to feed their burnt ashes to the afflicted. Lacking morphine, Walt Whitman read verses to fallen soldiers on the battlefields of the first Civil War. At their best, the right words are more than therapeutic, they can be curative. My writing is an attempt to emulate these rituals in administrating remedies for living in these times of crisis, in living with uncertainty.
Graphic Poetry Collection IS SHE AVAILABLE? (Chameleon Publishing, 2015)
Latest Collection: TAKE A DEEP BREATH – Living With Uncertainty (Chameleon Publishing, 2021)
“Igor takes you into the guts of the pandemic and gives you a tour of the struggles and trials of the everyday environment of the virus that is stalking this dystopian pandemic world of the year 2020. Wide-ranging, he takes you from trans-global to the nightly news of the day that is rocketing past at roller coaster speed, pure emotive emotions so personal that it makes you sit back and wonder at the writing here and what you have just read”.
– Chris Vannoy - US Beat Poet Laureate 2019