Michelle Hartman

Author's Bio

Michelle Hartman's third book of poetry, The Lost Journal of my Second Trip to Purgatory, is a change from her other work this volume contains poems calling attention to child abuse. From Old Seventy Creek Press, it is available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. Her work has also appeared overseas in Ireland, Germany, Australia, Canada and Nepal. A native Texan, she holds a BS in Political Science-Pre Law from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Tarrant County College. Hartman was recently named a Distinguished Alumni by T.C.C. She is member of Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society; Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society of the Social Sciences; and Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society.

Publications and Prizes

Disenchanted and Disgruntled
(Lamar University Press, 2013)
, Irony and Irreverence
(Lamar University Press, 2015)
, The Lost Journal of my Second Trip To Purgatory
(Old Seventy Creek Press, 2016)
Above Us Only Sky
(Incarnate Muse Press, 2009)
, American Society: What Poets See
(FutureCycle Press, 2012)
, Bearing the Mask, Southwestern Persona Anthology
(Dos Gatos Press, 2018)
, Big Land Big Sky Big Hair
(Dos Gatos Press, 2009)
, Great American Wiseass Anthology
(Lamar University Press, 2018)
, Houston Nature Anthology
(Mutabilis Press, 2017)
, Pushing the Envelope, Epistolary Poems
(Lamar University Press, 2015)
, Texas Weather Anthology
(Lamar University Press, 2016)
, The Weight of Addition
(Mutabilis Press, 2007)
, Trip of a LifeTime
(Sleeping Cat Press, 2012)
, Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of Found Poetry
(Lamar University Press, 2018)
Aries, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Barbaric Yawp, Better Than Starbucks, Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women , Carve Magazine, Chaffin Journal, Concho River Review, Constellations, Crannóg, Defenestration, First Literary Review-East, Floyd County Moonshine, Free State Review, Harbinger Asylum, Hawai'i Review, Illya's Honey, La Noria Literary Journal, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Main Street Rag, Melusine: Woman in the 21st Century, Mojave River Review, Nerve Cowboy, Olentangy Review, Pacific Review, Penumbra, Picaroon Poetry, Plainsongs, Poetry Pacific, Poetry Quarterly, Red Earth Review, Red River Review, RiverLit, riverSedge, San Antonio Express-News, San Pedro River Review, Slipstream, Sojourn, Southwestern American Literary, Spillway, Suisun Valley Review, Texas Poetry Calendar, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Galway Review, The Medulla Review, Pangolin Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Verse Wisconsin, Voices de la Luna Vol. 1, No. 3 March 2009, Yellow Mama
Prizes Won: 
2012 Pushcart Nominations 2009 Juried Poet Houston Poetry Festival.2018 Named Distinguished Alumni - Tarrant County College.

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books: 
Alice Adams by Tarkington, The Avenue by Delderfield, An Argumentation of Historians by Taylor, anything by Dickens, Susan hill, Alex Gray or A. Lee Martinez.

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Buddhist, Caucasian, Celtic American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Homeless people, Hospital patients, Mentally Ill, Naturalists/Environmentalists, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
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Born in: 
Fort Worth , TX
Raised in: 
Fort Worth , TX
Autumn did not come this year there is much conjecture and rumination as to why but it is hard to focus the heat a dead weight. The fall, a time of holding things close arms filled with corn cobs, pumpkins groceries for family meals. I hold nothing need the air to circulate freely around me, no more hugging not even air kisses the effort is too much. We do not touch sleep far apart on moist sheets their pale blue forget-me-nots wilted. Winter will not come with its gaiety hot chocolate and snuggling before fires. There is a great deal of blame and finger pointing over global warming, lack of autumn. All I know for sure is that hell on Earth is not a figure of speech for I have received a life sentence.
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Last updated: Aug 06, 2018