Carole Mertz


4410 Dawnshire Dr.
Parma, OH 44134

Author's Bio

Carole Mertz, poet, reviewer, essayist, and editor; author Toward a Peeping Sunrise, poetry chapbook, Prolific Press (2019) Link to order:

; works published in literary journals, U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Africa. 


Book Review Editor, Dreamers Creative Writing, 2019 to present. Reader of prose and poetry for Mom Egg Review, 2016 - 2018. Member Prize Selection Team, Ekphrastic Review, 2019; advance reader WNBA 2018 Poetry Contest.  


Reviews in Arc Poetry Magazine, Ascent Aspirations, Christian Communicator, Compulsive Reader, Conium Review, Copperfield Review, CutBank, Dreamers Creative Writing, Eclectica, Into the Void Magazine, Main Street Rag, Midwest Book Review, Mom Egg Review, Page & Spine, Quill & Parchment, Scarlet Leaf Review, South 85 Journal, World Literature Today.


Stories in Cappers Magazine, Lutheran Digest, Mature Years, Rockford Review, The Verb, Tiny Lights, Toasted Cheese Journal, With Painted Word.


Fifteen Christian devotions, Portals of Prayer, September, 2008 (CPH); five devotions in Bethesda’s Time with God : 365 Daily Conversations (2013), devotional studies, Standard Publications, 2014


Essays in 1888.Center, Ekphrastic Review, Page & Spine, Working Writer, WOW! Women on Writing, Writing in a Woman’s Voice.


Poems in Blue Collar Review, Eclectica, Ekphrastic Review, Every Day Poems, Front Porch Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Mom Egg Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Page & Spine, Prairie Light Review, Praxis Magazine, Pyrokinection, Quill & Parchment, Rockford Review, Society of Classical Poets, Voices de la Luna, Voices on the Wind, WestWard Quarterly, Write Place at the Write Time


Winner four Poetry Challenges, Wilda Morris Poetry Blog, 2014 to 2018; Intergenerational Storytelling Contest, Honorable Mention, (Intergeneration Foundation, 2014); Mystery, Toasted Cheese Journal, Bronze Winner, 2014; Story, Honorable Mention, The Verb (2011).


Contributor to Anthologies: Journal VII (Soc. of Classical Poets, 2019); Writing after Retirement, Ed. Smallwood & Redman-Waldeyer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; Island Wonders, (Poetry Institute of Canada, 2013); and Whortleberry Press Halloween Anthology, 2012.


Education: Mus.B Oberlin College, Mozarteum (Certificate), Hunter College, (Certificate), Long Ridge Writers Group

Publications & Prizes

Toward a Peeping Sunrise (Prolific Press, 2019)
Prizes won: 

Mystery Contest, Toasted Cheese, Bronze Medal

Wilda Morris Poetry Challenges, several 1st Pl. and 2nd Pl.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Dickens, Austen, King, Tyler, Theroux, Calvino, McCann, McCall Smith, L. Penny, Dickinson, Auden, Bishop, Glueck, W. Stevens, C. Smallwood, C.S.Lewis, many others.
What I'm reading now: 
The River in the Sky by Clive James, The Practicing Poet by Diane Lockward, Eagle & Phenix by Nick Norwood

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Quakertown, PA
Raised in: 
Quakertown, PA
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Last update: Feb 03, 2020