Michelle Hartman

Author's Bio

My fourth book, Wanton Disarray from Hungry Buzzard Press will appear in Spring of 2019. Red Flag Press just released my chapbook, First Night and a second chapbook, Doors has been accepted by Dancing Girl Press. Along with my other books, Lost Journal of my Second Trip to Purgatory, (Old Seventy Creek Press) Disenchanted and Disgruntled and Irony and Irreverence, from Lamar University Literary Press, Wanton Disarray will be available on Amazon and B&N. Besides the above publishing credits, I am the former editor for the online journal, Red River Review. I hold a BS in Political Science-Pre Law from Texas Wesleyan University and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Tarrant County College; who recently named me a Distinguished Alumni.

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, Coe Review, 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, Poem, Poetry Pacific, Poetry Quarterly, Rat's Ass Review, 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, THAT Literary Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Galway Review, The Medulla Review, Pangolin Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Two Thirds North, Verse Wisconsin, Voices de la Luna Vol. 1, No. 3 March 2009, Yellow Mama
(Dancing Girl Press, 2019)
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: Feb 24, 2019