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 sharonkatherine@sharonkowen.com 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.

Her most recent collection is Bluebonnets, Boots and Buffalo Bones.


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

are overstocked

they say

 

don’t need them

don’t want them

 

just keep sending

them back

to me

 

and I just

send those poems

 

out

again

 

hoping

 

 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I write them

 

poem

after poem

after

poem

 

pages and pages

 

until my office

is full

 

drawers won’t shut

shelves spill

over

 

with a waterfall

of words

 

I tape them on the walls

and windows

 

spread them out

on the kitchen

cupboards

to dry

 

wrap them around leftovers

 

eat them scrambled

for breakfast

with bacon

 

 

IMPACTED POEMS

my brain

works

hard

 

at this writing

 

squeezing out

words

 

like some dried toothpaste

pinched from

a crimped

tube

 

 

ABOUT CONTESTS

 I enter

them

all

 

one

after

another

after another

 

they keep me concise

 

in one hundred

words or

less

 

teach me to

follow

 

explicate

directions

 

and paper 

my office

with

 

official

certificates

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About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on November 10, 2011, in Writers, Writers Groups, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. lynnkelleyauthor

    I love Sheryl’s poems. As writers, we can sure relate to them. Nice images! Her credentials and publishing history are mighty impressive.

    Cool post, Sharon.

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