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What Does ‘Confidence’ Mean to a Poet?

I am embarrassed to tell you how much I struggle with wanting to be a great poet versus feelings of unworthiness about recognition.  I think these feelings are burned into many of us from early childhood.  I was taught that humility is the greatest virtue.  But is it?  I read the quote below today and…Read More »



Surprise Publication: Poem Your Heart Out

Last April one of my FB friends referenced a Writer’s Digest Poem-a-Day challenge.  Each day a poetry prompt was given, poets wrote on that theme and then posted it to the PAD Challenge Blog.  I decided this would be a great exercise and committed myself to doing it.  This was not easy.  Many days I got…Read More »




I was recently informed that I received a GAP (Grants for Artist Projects) award from Artist Trust of Washington (www.artisttrust.org).   I am so excited and so deeply honored.  I have received grants involving poetry in the past but they were given to the institution I represented, not to me personally and not to focus exclusively…Read More »



Writers Digest

During the month of April, Writers Digest sponsored Poem-a-Day writing prompts. After writing a poem based on the theme, poets could post it to Robert L. Brewer’s blog. There were 700-1,000 posts daily. Brewer chose 10 poems each day to send to a famous poet judge who then selected a winning poem. These 30 poems…Read More »

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