Sunday Poetry Corner: Sheryl Nelms
Today, we are having a return visit from my friend and fellow Trinity Writer’s Workshop member, Sheryl Nelms.
The following are some of Sheryl’s recent poems:
Mom Danced the Charleston
when they lived
if I begged
as a flapper
in the plaqued
of my brain
The Last Dance
take a bath
too shaky to stand alone
or sit in a chair
in her husband’s arms
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.