Holiday Poems by Sheryl L. Nelms
Today is the third day in the series of holiday stories, poems and songs created by members of the Trinity Writers’ Workshop. These submissions were included in the TWW Christmas Book which was given to children and their families during the Christmas at the Stockyards event in Fort Worth, Texas on December 3, 2011. The third of these writers is 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 for the TWW Christmas book.
across the unctuousness
invite my tires
at ten below
Christmas Eve in Dallas
the iced wind
Artic Air in Texas
brings black bean
and powdered sugar
Christmas Shopping Bugaboo
the weather man
in the hills
feet of frost
through the cedars
The Enchanted Christmas Eve
it was the
I was ten
we were at Gram and Gramps’
in Marysville, Kansas
with Mom and
and cousin Larry
Gramps took us kids
out for a ride
in the snow
to look at
when we came back
there were twin Flyer sleds
under the Christmas tree
for Larry and me
was sitting in
eating her fresh
Don’t forget that beginning January 2, 2012, I am offering a two month class in character development called Simply Creating Fictional Characters.
The class will include techniques in building believable, interesting three-dimensional characters. I will also assist and encourage students to interact with each other through twitter, facebook and their blogs.
I think it will be a great way to start the new year.
To find out more about the classes go to http://www.sharonkowen.com click on the tab classes and creative writing classes.
Looking forward to seeing your there.
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