Thursday Poetry Corner
Today is the first day of the new weekly Thursday Poetry Corner.
It’s time to spotlight some of the talented poets in the writing community. If any of you want to recommend a favorite poet or submit some poetry of your own to be featured in this segment, please email information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org please include a bio, photo and selected work with you email.
The first poet I’m introducing is a good friend and another member of the Trinity Writiers’ Workshop: Sheryl Nelms.
Sheryl is originally from Marysville, Kansas. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family Relations and Child Development.
She has had over 4,500 poems, stories and articles published. Some of the magazines, anthologies and textbooks that have used her work are: READER’S DIGEST, MODERN MATURITY, KALEIDOSCOPE, CAPPER’S, GRIT, COUNTRY WOMAN, POETRY NOW, CRICKET, Strings, This Delicious Day, The American Anthology, Girls To The Rescue and Men Freeing Men.
Fourteen collections of her poetry have been published. Some of them are: Their Combs Turn Red In The Spring, The Oketo Yahoos, Strawberries and Rhubarb, Rural America, Land of the Blue Paloverde, Friday Night Desperate, Aunt Emma Collected Teeth, Stalking Spirits, Secrets of the Wind, Howling At The Gibbous Moon and Greatest Hits 1978-2003.
Sheryl has taught writing and poetry classes at conferences, colleges and schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and South Dakota. She recently taught workshops at Amarillo College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Tarrant County College, Abilene Christian University, Tarleton State University and the Society of Children’s Book Writers Conference in Arlington, Texas. She was a Bread Loaf Contributor at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Middlebury, Vermont. In South Dakota, she was a Writer-in-the-Schools with the South Dakota Arts Council.
She was the editor of OAKWOOD, the SDSU literary magazine. She was a contributing editor to BYLINE, a national writers’ magazine and to STREETS, a national literary magazine. She was the editor of CRAWFORD’S CHRONICLES, an insurance trade publication. She has been a staff writer for several newspapers and magazines. For the past ten years, she has been the essay editor of THE PEN WOMAN MAGAZINE, the membership magazine of the National League of American Pen Women.
Currently, she is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, The Society of Southwestern Authors, Abilene Writer’s Guild and Trinity Arts Writers Association.
She’s also a painter, a weaver and an old dirt biker.
The following are poems Sheryl has written on the writing process.
A VICIOUS CIRCLE
the literary magazines
don’t need them
don’t want them
just keep sending
and I just
send those poems
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I write them
pages and pages
until my office
drawers won’t shut
with a waterfall
I tape them on the walls
spread them out
on the kitchen
wrap them around leftovers
eat them scrambled
at this writing
like some dried toothpaste
they keep me concise
in one hundred
teach me to
Posted on November 10, 2011, in Writers, Writers Groups, Writing and tagged creative writing, poetry, sharon k owen, sheryl nelms, triniity writers workshop, writers critique groups in Dallas/Fortworth, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.