I am so proud to share that two of my poems, Self-Isolation and I Know, are published in “As The World Burns“. Published by Indie Blu(e) Publishing, this anthology tells the timely story of now.
From the book: As the World Burns: Writers and Artists Reflect on a World Gone Mad is an anthology of poetry, prose, essay, and art inspired by the unprecedented events of the year 2020. It embraces fierce and raw creative works relating to life during the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, and the economic uncertainty and horror of the last eight months. One hundred and fourteen writers and artists spanning ten countries and 30 states are represented in this powerful volume. It is both a story of survival and an act of resistance.
“We speak with many voices, to the damage wrought in these violent, fevered months. Let us never forget or turn away, from what is just, what is necessary, to keep light alive in this world.”
I do not have many goals. My list is small enough to keep in my heart.
As a writer, it is my delight to share my writing with the world. At first I strived to teach myself and learn so that I could write and express myself in the ways I needed to.
Then I strived to learn so that I could share my words with more eyes and fellow poets through online publications. I have been overjoyed every time my poetry has been accepted and shared on blogs, in magazines, and on poetry sites.
My next and by far my most hopeful writing goal was to have my writing put down on the printed page.
To see my words on the printed page is a feeling I have longed for as writer. Having it fulfilled now is one of the happiest moments of my life!
My message to you is to work for what you need.
I have been rejected many times. My stories and poems have been rejected. I have been discouraged from writing. I love writing so I did not give up. Instead I changed directions and focused on something new. This was hard for me; I felt like I was betraying what came before.
I learned to take rejections not to mean I am not good enough but as a message that I can be a good enough. Teach yourself in as many ways as you can. Enjoy what you do and grow.
Remember that all the small steps are stones toward achieving your something big.
Cover art by Carrie L. Weis
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