LexPoMo Participants

Total poets:
Stephanie Mojica
Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 10:33pm
Reason for signing up:
Enjoy writing.
Jay St. Orts
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 12:32pm
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(L)expatriate; partner, father, writer, disc jockey. “They look like weeds, but they're really flowers/And they'll soon be gone.” —“Dennis” by Badfinger (Wish You Were Here, 1974)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 @ 12:19pm
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William Goins
Monday, June 8, 2020 @ 9:24pm
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Leahna Marcum
Saturday, June 6, 2020 @ 1:01am
i like to write
David Neal
Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 11:52pm
A senior in High School and film lover.
Reason for signing up:
I would like to challenge myself to create.
Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 10:20pm
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i fake names and haul asp.
Reason for signing up:
to fake name and haul asp? did you mot read my bio?!?
Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 8:56pm
Lydia loves to write. She has a dream of writing, and actually has several books published. She has been a veterinarian for 30 plus years, and she also enjoys music and movies.
Reason for signing up:
I love writing, it seems to help me focus.
Jennifer Burchett
Thursday, June 4, 2020 @ 10:54pm
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Jennifer is a wife, mom, maker of soup, and writer of words living in Lexington, KY. A former restaurateur, her food writing has been featured in Nougat Magazine, M.D. Update, and Country Living Magazine. Her current passion is Appalachian fiction.
Reason for signing up:
Think about this, y'all: We all have the same 26 letters to work with. Just like Wendell Berry and Ernest Hemingway. I am not a poet -- so I hope my *real* poet friends go easy on me. But this is a great stretch for my fiction writing brain. (And I can't do anything without a deadline.) Also, I love the community. We need it always, but especially in these times.
Melva Sue Priddy
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ 10:24pm
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Savana Rae is originally from California but now resides in Kentucky. Her poems often bring awareness to mental illness.
Reason for signing up:
I really just wanted to share my notes that have been locked up in my phone for years
Rachel Dorroh
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 12:24am
Just another Black girl that won't keep quiet.
Callie Budrick
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 11:58pm
Her life is in upheaval, just like everyone's.
Reason for signing up:
To share words and continue challenging myself.
Rena Nutt
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 11:30pm
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Sometimes, you feel like a Nutt.
Kim Kayne Shaver
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 11:20pm
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Kim is alive and well during this pandemic pandemonium and thanks her lucky stars. Poetry portrays our humanity and compassion. Read a poem now.
Reason for signing up:
The poetic voice needs to be heard and continually practiced.
Chelsea Jordan
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 11:19pm
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fat feminist in love with chaos and romance
Reason for signing up:
i want to be pushed to finish one of my poems every day this month! i have an absolute vault full of unfinished beginnings!
A. Lawrence
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 8:56pm
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A. Lawrence is a poet who writes to express emotion and hopes that her poetry will help others feel comfortable expressing their own.
Reason for signing up:
To become more confident in writing
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 7:07pm
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Chuck Bukowski is a brilliant fiction writer but a poor poet. He is also a very ugly man and a bad alcoholic.
Reason for signing up:
My teacher told me too, or I'd get a D minus in summer school remedial English.
Regan Strehl
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 7:07pm
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Regan Strehl graduated from Lafayette High School this year. "What are your future plans?" people ask her. This question is followed by Regan majestically staring off towards the horizon for several minutes, during which the people who asked the question slowly back away.
Reason for signing up:
It is time to WRITE!
John McCurry
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 6:43pm
John is a Kentucky native who enjoys time with his family and friends, writing, reading, and the great outdoors when he gets the chance.
Reason for signing up:
To add to and support written expressions.
Matt Spencer
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 6:32pm
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Matt writes poems when he can't do anything else.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because I need to get back in the saddle.
Kimber Gray
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 4:02pm
thanks for having me on the show guys it was really fun
Steve Daugherty
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 3:22pm
Steve is a dairy goat farmer in rural Brown County Ohio, where he was born and raised.
He spent a lot of time in Harlan County, KY in the Appalachian Volunteers and a lot of his work reflects on this time.
Steve has completed 18 marathons, nearly all at the back of the pack. He is an unpublished poet and an unlicensed philosopher.
Reason for signing up:
A friend insisted.
E. VanWinkle-Johnson
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 3:02pm
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Emily VanWinkle-Johnson is a high school English and theatre teacher at Estill County High School. When not working on curriculum or directing Blue Train Theatre (Estill Co.’s student theatre), she spends her time at home drinking coffee, reading books, being mesmerized by her toddler daughter, and wrangling her two dogs.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because I find myself needing an outlet and hope to inspire my students to use writing as an outlet themselves. I rarely share my work with an audience- aside from the Haiku’s I write on the white board for my students’ amusement- but want to be more open with my work, regardless of how “good” it really is.
Allen Blair
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 11:52am
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Allen Blair's a writer, poet, journalist, and dad from eastern Kentucky. His family make their home in Mt. Sterling, where they try to make a difference. You can follow Allen online @TheTinpoet.
Reason for signing up:
To create my better self.
Devan Watson
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 10:52am
Devan is a poet from Lexington who is desperately seeking enough poems to meet their Gauntlet goal of 100 poems in 2020.
Reason for signing up:
What else is there to do?
Jo Manczyk
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 9:43am
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Jordyn Manczyk is a native of Lexington, Kentucky, an exhausted graduate student, and a new mom of a beautiful baby boy. She currently lives with her husband, son, and their droopy-eared Bagle-hound in Lexington. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky MFA program in Creative Writing, and she is currently a PhD student at UK studying Higher Education Policy. She teaches Developmental Reading and Writing at UK. She loves to write about family, nature, and small, quiet moments of meaning. When she isn't writing, she's probably listening to a podcast, cooking or baking, attempting to finish homework, or playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Reason for signing up:
This is my fourth year signing up with Lexington Poetry Month, and now, more than ever, I find that poetry is not only a comfort but is also a much needed platform with which to try and open hearts and minds to real pain, injustice, hope, and truth in our society. I have found that LexPoMo gets me connected with writers in my area, keeps me writing, and reminds me that there is always a path to bringing light into a dark world.
Maggie Ruth
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 8:33am
Maggie Ruth is a rising junior. When she is not writing, she enjoys cooking, singing, gardening, and reading.
Reason for signing up:
I want to believe I can convince myself to write everyday but I know that's not the case. However, I tend to follow through if there's some sort of structure to hold me accountable so I decided that this would be a great opportunity to get me writing seven days a week. I also tend to write more if there's social interaction around it.
Liz Prather
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 8:13am
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Liz Prather teaches writing at Lafayette High School.
Reason for signing up:
It's June.
Alvera Lisabeth
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 7:16am
Alvera is a teacher, mother, and sometimes artist and writer, originally from the mountains of southwestern Virginia, currently residing in Berea, Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
I love to create and to write poetry and some people I know with beautiful creative energy invited.
Shaun Turner
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 6:57am
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I'm a writer, poet, and teacher.
Reason for signing up:
This is my favorite time of year. I enjoy getting to be a part of the wider community of Kentucky poets.
Dangerfield Yella
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:43am
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Dangerfield Yella from parts unknown. Ashy Larry is my cousin. Drink Water.
Reason for signing up:
l. holley
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:38am
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Jasmine Robinson
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:31am
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Jasmine Robinson is the author of various notebooks full of poetry, songs, and beginnings of novels—none of which ever see the light of day. She is a transplant to Lexington, KY from Indiana by way of Nashville, TN.
Reason for signing up:
This is a challenge to myself to both keep writing and also to share what I write. I am participating also out of curiosity to read the work of other local writers.
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:29am
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Mani is a 23 year old Afro-Latino man who has lived in Lexington for 8 years. He still hasn’t figured out if he’s living in the North or the South. He still doesn’t get the whole “horses” thing.
Reason for signing up:
It’s been a minute since I last spoke up about what’s really on my mind. It’d be a shame to stay hushed at a time like this.
Margaret Russell
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:29am
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Margaret Russell is a musician and filmmaker. She is one half of the Lexington queer industrial duo BRALETTE.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because my friend Sam reminded me to :)
J.F. Angel
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:23am
J.F. Angel is a transgender/bi-gender author with a BA in English and a certificate in screenwriting. She loves fairies, mermaids, and movies.
Reason for signing up:
I want to dance with the muse.
I was inspired by friends and mentors.
Larkin Fox
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:23am
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Traveler, scribbler, keeper of dogs, cats, and horses, and aspirant to a tidier life
Reason for signing up:
New poems will be something to show for this strange,lost June, spent hiding from a deadly virus.
Monday, June 1, 2020 @ 12:18am
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Sam is an artist who just wants to talk to beings in other dimensions on a frequent and casual basis
Reason for signing up:
Maddie said
Aaron Reding
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 11:58pm
Aaron is a Lexington-based poet returning to the craft after a long-standing absence. He hopes you like his writing half as much as his cat enjoys standing on his page demanding adoration.
Reason for signing up:
This is a challenge to myself. I’d like to stop waiting and start writing.
Sarah Diamond Burroway
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 11:44pm
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Sarah Diamond Burroway is a writer based in Flatwoods, KY. She has an MFA in Nonfiction from Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University.
Reason for signing up:
To be part of this collective project.
t.l andry
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 11:33pm
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t.l andry has been writing one book for her entire life, the bulk of which stuffed in a grocery bag living under her bed.
Reason for signing up:
i tell myself too many times
why don't you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
-annie lennox
Lisa Miller Henry
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 10:53pm
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Lisa Miller Henry dabbles in writing when she isn’t teaching high school English, hiking, cheering her son at hockey games, or plotting the next stamp for her passport.
j. hope
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 10:31pm
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17 year old activist. Dancer, musician, follower of Christ.
Reason for signing up:
Poetry is my greatest escape.
michelle johnson
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 10:30pm
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Andrea Lawler
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 9:57pm
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Andrea has been writing for years, but only found the courage to share with others through LexPoMo! She is a nomad at heart, but for now lives in the heart of Kentucky with her husband, 5 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 11 chickens, and one duck. She is a dreamer, deep thinker, and hard core romantic at heart.
Reason for signing up:
Because words (poems) are made to be shared & we all need community— especially as creators.
Roger Rabbit
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 9:40pm
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I'm a poet who thinks poetry should matter in the pursuit of social justice and social change, in the direction of a world that respects and embraces diversity, the environment, and the peace. Then again some poetry is just for the hell of it and I write that kind too. When I used to send poems out I used to get published but I don't see the point of name-dropping journals.
Reason for signing up:
I am also a prose writer and have mainly been writing prose for quite some time. I would like to get back into writing poetry and think lexpomo will be a good jump-start. I have also been out of touch with the work of other poets and look forward to reading quite a bit.
Kimi Hardesty
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 9:17pm
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Kimi Hardesty is originally from Dallas, Tx and has had a career as an RN for over 3
decades. She also writes creative nonfiction and poetry.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because honestly, I really love poetry and would like to write more.
Linda Angelo
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 9:11pm
After decades as a psychologist and painter, Linda found her poetry voice later in life. She is having a great time with writing and with her poetry community.
Reason for signing up:
I like the idea of having the intention to write often, maybe daily!
J. Wise
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 9:01pm
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J. Wise is a person. She went to a few schools and she has a job [thumbs up emoji]
Reason for signing up:
I need to work less and write poems more.
Janelle M.
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 8:02pm
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Originally from the Chicagoland area, Janelle has lived in central Kentucky for fifteen years. She enjoys time with family, homeschooling, wood working, and so much more.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because I love my brother and to practice my written expression.
Marta Dorton
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 7:57pm
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Marta Dorton is a Lexington artist and writer working with painting, mix media, poetry and memoir. Color and texture, layers and connections form the basis of Marta’s work and help describe the view from her life.
Reason for signing up:
Creation of new work and building better writing habits are my goals.
K. Nicole Wilson
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 7:55pm
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k. nicole effervesces art: painting and poeticizing prolifically, loves hyperbole but tastes mostly irony, touched with hypergraphia and rainbow vision. her other super powers are currently classified.
Reason for signing up:
not even a pandemic can pull me from our community of poetry where our connectivity and voices are becoming more vital every day. i raise my voice with all y’all in a toast of love and protest.
Kelley Tennille
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 7:44pm
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Kelley is a distiller & a dog mom
Larry Wheeler
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 7:42pm
70 years of bullshit was worth it. I'm a grandpa!
Reason for signing up:
Again, Jim Lally's fault.
Rayny Palmer
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 7:29pm
Rayny Palmer is alive.
Reason for signing up:
This is what you do in June.
Jennifer Beckett
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 7:10pm
Jennifer Beckett lives in Kentucky with her husband and daughter. She graduated with a B.A. from Georgetown College and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky. She teaches English and French.
Reason for signing up:
I love this community of poets. Being part of it brings me joy.
John Lackey
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 6:55pm
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John is a painter, printmaker, and writer of poems, songs and fiction.
Reason for signing up:
I lost my public studio and gallery due to the pandemic, which is fine, I can work at home, but the transition was very hard work and left me without a place to paint for a while. That, plus the fact that the novel I have been working on for ten years has become a little cumbersome to keep up with (not to mention everything being on fire), has forced my flow into unexpected bursts of poetry, mostly during tri-weekly bouts of insomnia. I’m ready.
Ashley Taylor
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 6:27pm
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Ashley Taylor is a special education teacher from Hindman, Kentucky. Her work has previously appeared in Hazard Community and Technical College’s literary magazine, Kudzu, and Full: An Anthology of Moon Poems, as well as the 2019 LexPoMo anthology. She was the student editor of Kudzu in 2007, and literally needed a Xanax to get up and speak in front of people about it. She has since evolved into a semi-competent public speaker.
Reason for signing up:
I had fun with the challenge last year, even though I only succeeded in writing 8 poems. I like the accountability and motivation.
jeb jebson
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 6:09pm
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j jebson is a writer from kentucky, based in illinois
Reason for signing up:
i enjoy homework and writing feels like homework
meadow smith
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 6:09pm
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Meadow was here.
Reason for signing up:
no better time to start a treasure hunt with a bunch of friends and strangers.
Morghan Fuller
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 6:06pm
Morghan is a Lexington educator who has attempted LexPoMo many times before, but this is the year.
Reason for signing up:
With the climate of the world, I have more to say than ever before.
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 6:04pm
La Vielle
k.d. white
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 5:42pm
k.d. white. Mother of two, lover of nature.
Reason for signing up:
Felt inspired
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 5:39pm
I am visual artist who dabbles in poetry.
Reason for signing up:
Love doing this! It inspires me to write.
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 3:11pm
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M.Wells is a teacher in Lexington and has been participating in LexPoMo for at least five years.
Reason for signing up:
I need to write more.
rachel bollman
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 2:51pm
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rachel bollman is a mother and maker of whimsical things, drawer & painter of kid-like stuff, writer for children, lover of nature, and her little dog too.
Reason for signing up:
to be motivated to write and share more, to observe new perspectives
Tillie the Toiler
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 1:34pm
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Tillie the Toiler did not graduate from high school but she is still trying to pass through the school of life.
Reason for signing up:
For a communion of souls in word.
Lisa Miller Henry
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 12:12pm
Lisa Miller Henry dabbles in writing when she isn’t teaching high school English, hiking, or cheering for her son at hockey games.
Reason for signing up:
I love spending the first month of summer reading and writing with the LexPoMo community.
Erin Mathews
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 11:24am
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Erin Mathews is a Kentucky native and Cincinnati transplant. A surefire storyteller, poet, and librarian in-progress, she writes for herself, family and friends.
Reason for signing up:
Traditionnnnnnnnn! (sung like a brief performance of Fiddler on the Roof)
the bluegrass warbler
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 11:12pm
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the bluegrass warbler aims to be of service to the beauty of creation by pondering the spectacle of life with appropriate emotion. and stuff.
Reason for signing up:
super curious how better i can fail
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 9:45pm
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A guru with a spreadsheet, Austin is learning how to turn formulas into free verse.
Reason for signing up:
Maggie invited me!
Amanda Jatta
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 9:24pm
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Amanda is part fragile flower, part dandelion. Thriving on kindness and your mom jokes.
Carole Johnston
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 4:45pm
Carole Johnston writes short poems, usually in the Japanese tradition, haiku or tanka. She makes her own rules.
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 4:41pm
University of Kentucky student. Outdoor enthusiast. Lover of coffee table books.
Reason for signing up:
Jim Lally
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 4:04pm
Patti Miller
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 1:22pm
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Patti is a lifelong Kentuckian who reads and writes to make sense of the world.
Reason for signing up:
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 10:53am
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Whitney is a just a girl who knows some words looking for ways to explain unspoken sentiments.
Reason for signing up:
This site serves as a spigot.
Meghan Goins
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 10:03am
Meghan is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky. She is majoring in political science with a minor in music performance.
Reason for signing up:
I have recently re-discovered my love for writing and poetic expression.
Body Baghdad
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 3:43am
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Body Baghdad is for the chillen
Reason for signing up:
To take part in the inspiration
Anastasia Z. Cunningham
Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 2:02am
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Jean -Marie Welch
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 10:05pm
She has been a teacher, a counselor,
an Arts Resource teacher specializing in creative dramatics for children, and after embracing her muse after retirement-a writer of poems, memoir, fiction, opinion, and essay. When her muse goes into hiding she journals until something jolts the muse back into being. She is old now, thinks young and feels strangely out of synch with today's society. She wants to write poetry to address this dichotomy.
Reason for signing up:
I'm not sure. The idea of joining other poets in writing a poem a day feels hopeful The strange new world emerging from the pandemic compels us to" look at everything" as though seeing it for the first time", and as Sister. Corita Kent said in the sixties, it "takes courage". I hope I am up to the challenge.
Michelle Knickerbocker
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 6:12pm
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Michelle is a cook, wife, and pet-mom, who lives in Frankfort, Ky. She is a graduate of Kentucky State University (B.A. English) and Sullivan University (A.S. Culinary Arts). She loves colorful, vivid imagery, ingredients, and experiences, as well as dragons, dumplings, real and imagined magic, music, passion, and naps.
Reason for signing up:
I want to use this as a vehicle to document and process current events. And my wife made me.
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 5:02pm
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They are an artist, writer, and general goofball who is trying to turn chunks of a novel WIP into poetry.
Reason for signing up:
I want to write every day and my friends are signing up, so they can hold me accountable to submitting something and writing
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 5:01pm
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Tony Wheary
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 12:41pm
Tony now writes to share and learn more about others and self. The human connection is needed now more than ever.
Reason for signing up:
The poetry and encouragement of this community is inspiring on many levels. Contributing as a participant or witness creates joy and empathy as we bare our souls.
Les Davis
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 11:46am
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Leslie is a lover of complex female characters, Liverpool FC, and Milton's "Sonnet 23." She finds joy in meandering long runs through horse country and reading good books on park swings.
Reason for signing up:
As an English teacher, I believe it's important to practice what I preach: 1) be willing to fail and then grow through the process, 2) be an active and compassionate member of a writing community, and 3) never stop learning. Huzzah!
Pat Owen
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 10:45am
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Pat Owen is the author of two books of poetry, Crossing the Sky Bridge published by Larkspur Press and Orion's Belt at the End of the Drive by Accent's Publishing. She divides her time between Louisville and Sarasota.
Reason for signing up:
I love the writing community and motivation, Last year I submitted a poem every day in June. Let's see if I'm that devoted this year!
Garkus Sprunk
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 1:18am
Leslie Workman
Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 9:40pm
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Leslie is a high school English teacher, mother, video game fanatic, and amateur poet.
Reason for signing up:
A writing group I'm part of informed me of the event and I thought it sounded great.
Jamie Mann
Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 5:55pm
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Jamie Mann is a Junction City, KY girl who has degrees in English and Philosophy from Berea College, but somehow finds herself spending her days as an IT and Interactive Media director for a medical company. She doesn't know how this happened either. For as long as she can remember she has loved two things - getting lost and words.
Reason for signing up:
I love all the words and want to read yours.
T. Bartlett
Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 5:11pm
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T. Bartlett has had poetry published by The Voices Project, Kentucky State Poetry Society’s journal Pegasus, and SOS Art’s For a Better World 2020 . She posts photography and poetry on her website at www.tanyabartlett.com and feature articles on www.meetathuman.com. She enjoys cooking, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Reason for signing up:
I was referred by Mary Allen through the Kentucky State Poetry Society.
Helen Feibes
Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 4:01pm
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Helen is a young poet and college sophomore studying brains and always writing.
Reason for signing up:
Keeps me inspired
The Philosophical Physicist
Sylvia Ahrens
Naomi Clewett
Joseph Gross
Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 9:36am
Joseph is a teacher from Lexington, who has served students in schools all around the community since 2003.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because of peer pressure; the good kind. More accurately, I needed to get back to something I’d lost along the way and, as is often the case, I needed a nudge to spur me along. Thankfully LexPoMo and it’s members are here to provide that nudge.
Christina Joy
Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 1:51am
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Christina is a tree-hugging, dirt-worshiping, take-no-$**t hippie; really from Woodstock, NY but has lived in KY almost as long now as there. She reads Runes, blends herbal teas, and posts poems on her FB page occasionally (aka 'shouts into the void').
She's mostly hoping this month caps a year of recovery instead of portending worse happenings than last July.
Reason for signing up:
Tabitha Dial's constant encouragement.
Kathleen Gregg
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 5:28pm
Kathleen Gregg lives in the country with her husband and one cat, who she secretly thinks is her Muse.
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo is a terrific poetry forum that I wouldn't miss for anything!
Gregory D. Welch
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 10:33pm
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Gregory D. Welch is a Kentucky poet who writes about life through many lenses. He writes poetry about nature, the moon and stars, the mystical and surreal and the rhythms of the tiny moments in between.
His favorite spot to sit and think is on the front porch in the porch swing. There are few better machines ever made for thinking and writing than the porch swing.
Reason for signing up:
I had a blast writing poetry everyday for the National Poetry Month Challenge, and really miss the daily rhythm it helped me shape.
There's nothing better than the excitement of finding a new poem waiting to be discovered each morning.
I want to tap back into that, see if I can find new ways to challenge myself to grow and experience life as a poet.
Misty Skaggs
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 9:39pm
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Madeleine Hamilton
Bill Verble
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 5:17pm
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Bill lives and works in Lexington. He also attempts wresting poems from the whispering around him.
Reason for signing up:
This is a fun community. We need communities. I need community. Thank you all for having me here.
Brigit Truex
Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 5:48pm
It seems so long ago, but just last year her latest book, Sierra Silk, came out. It is available through her website as well as on Amazon. Additionally, she's working as poetry editor for Hopper Journal, a delight and stimulus at the same time.
Reason for signing up:
Definitely the time to have some virtual companionship and a place to process what's going on now. Indeed, a "new world" that we must navigate through poetry.
M.L. Burt
Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 1:43pm
M.L. is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, who is pursuing a PhD in psychology. She is a big fan of reading, traveling, eating, and contemplating existential questions.
Reason for signing up:
I wanted in on all the fun.
Casey Vázquez
Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 1:27pm
Casey is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky working toward a PhD in Developmental Psychology. She is a dungeons and dragons enthusiast and will always ask to pet your dog.
Reason for signing up:
Madison Burt told me about Lexington poetry month and encouraged me to sign up.
Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 10:48am
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Lee is a professional in cinema & television, a musician in the military, and a family man.
Reason for signing up:
My wife’s doing this too, thought it would be a fun exercise.
Margaret R. Heltzel
Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 8:42am
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Margaret Heltzel spends much of her time in pursuit of life’s small wonders. She finds the sun to be energizing, words to be enlightening, and people to be inspiring - common discoveries that connect a world of optimistic observers. She quotes Kurt Vonnegut as often as opportunity allows and reads Mary Oliver in every trice of silence.
Reason for signing up:
The joy of creating
Cody Evans
Sunday, May 24, 2020 @ 9:15pm
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Cody is a middle school teacher and former journalist. Since his high school days, Cody has written songs. He started as a lyricist and singer in a punk band, then transitioned gradually to acoustic music as he began to age and tire more easily. Since he is a teacher, and not a famous rock star, he is beginning to suspect the music thing probably won’t work out. He has a BA in journalism and a master’s in teaching, both from Morehead State University.
Reason for signing up:
My wife is an excellent writer. She signed up and said, "Cody, I'm not doing this alone...plus, you have to do something this summer besides sit there and read Batman comics."
Morgan Evans
Sunday, May 24, 2020 @ 8:40pm
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Raised in a small river town in Eastern Kentucky, Morgan Evans fought hard to overcome the obstacles that face too many young Kentuckians: poverty, misunderstood mental illness, and a pattern of generational abuse that writhes beneath the picturesque surface of rural Appalachia. At 18, Morgan left an abusive home to create a new life. She graduated from Morehead State University and has become a successful painter, writer, and business owner.
Reason for signing up:
An artistic outlet for summer!
Sunday, May 24, 2020 @ 4:26pm
student of life
Reason for signing up:
i'm bored af and i need drama
Whitney Collins
Sunday, May 24, 2020 @ 10:24am
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Whitney Collins’s short story collection, Big Bad, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and will be published in March 2021 by Sarabande.
Reason for signing up:
I wanted to try my hand at poetry. I normally write fiction.
Kathleen Crosmer
Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 8:31pm
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Kathleen recently returned to Lexington after a too-big adventure, living in Oxford, England for 8 months. She is excited to settle back into her hometown, and LexPoMo seems a great way to start.
Reason for signing up:
A poem a day is just the right size of adventure...
Mike Wilson
Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 5:19am
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Mike’s work has appeared in magazines including Cagibi Literary Journal, Stoneboat, The Aurorean, and The Ocotillo Review, and in Mike’s book, “Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic,” (Rabbit House Press, 2020). He resides in Central Kentucky, summers in Ecstasy, winters in Despair, and can be found at mikewilsonwriter.com
Reason for signing up:
A reason to write, a chance to share, and a way to enjoy the writing life of others
Paula Dixon
Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 8:39pm
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Paula is a life-long writer. Her preferred mediums are poetry, short prose and song lyrics. She currently works as an adaptive music teacher where she often finds inspiration.
Reason for signing up:
A friend posted it in her FB page. I am hoping that having a deadline and some pressure will help me put pen to paper.
Susan M. Stephens
Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 5:57pm
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Susan is a professional listener, connection-maker, and believes in you. Yes, especially you.
Reason for signing up:
Ken L. Walker
Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 4:29pm
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Ken L. Walker lives in Kentucky, is the author of Twenty Glasses of Water (Diez, 2014) and Antworten (Greying Ghost, 2017), and has work in the anthologies, Oil & Water (Typecast, 2010) as well as Devouring the Green (Jaded Ibis, 2015). Additional prose and poetry can be found in Boston Review, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Brooklyn Rail, The Seattle Review, Atlas Review, Lumberyard, and Tammy. He is translating the complete work of the German poet, Georg Herwegh.
Reason for signing up:
Sublimity City!
kelly casey
Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 4:12pm
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kelly once won the richard taylor poetry award and has been chasing that high ever since.
Reason for signing up:
because i find i’m more productive creatively when i have eyes on me.
Pauletta Hansel
Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 11:38am
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Pauletta Hansel has been writing with LexPoMo since 2013. Poems written in these many Junes have ended up in her poetry collections, most recently Coal Town Photograph and Palindrome, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry. Her writing has been featured in Rattle, Still: The Journal, The New Verse News, The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. Pauletta was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate (2016- 2018). She is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary journal of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/.
Reason for signing up:
Now more than ever online writing communities such as LexPoMo are precious to me.
Rob Smith
Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 9:50am
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Rob is a poet of that focuses on the human condition. Humor is the center of the motivation for most of her writing.
Reason for signing up:
Rob is unique in that she has kept a journal since she was 12 years old. Poetry is the center of her world.
Roberta Schultz
Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 9:26am
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Roberta Schultz is a singer songwriter, teacher and poet originally from Grant's Lick, KY. Her poems and song lyrics have appeared in Motif, Still: the Journal, Riparian, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, The Main Street Rag and other anthologies. Her chapbooks, Outposts on the Border of Longing(2014), Songs from the Shaper’s Harp(2017), and Touchstones(2020) were published by Finishing Line Press.
Reason for signing up:
Many poets I admire take part in this challenge. I just finished a challenge to write a poem-a-day in April, so I feel somewhat rested up to try again.
Melissa Helton
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 8:39pm
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Melissa Helton lives and teaches in southeast Kentucky, having migrated from Toledo, Ohio a decade ago. Her work has appeared in Still: The Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and more. Her chapbook, Inertia: A Study, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is currently working on two books, one a poetry collection about queer polyamory in Appalachia, and the other a nonfiction global study of women and girls through the international postcard exchange Postcrossing.
Reason for signing up:
I thrive when given a deadline. And we always need more poetry in our lives, yes? ... Yes.
Philip Corley
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 8:05pm
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Philip is a poet and aspiring author, living in Lexington. This is his fifth year participating in Lexington Poetry Month.
Reason for signing up:
I enjoy the challenge of it and seeing what comes out of it!
Andrew Depew
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 7:52pm
Andrew is not to be taken seriously.
Reason for signing up:
To be continued
cl kirby
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 7:37pm
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cl kirby is a social worker living in Cincinnati. She has been writing poetry since her time at the University of Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
To continue my journey as a poet.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 10:43am
Harold is a Donovan Scholar, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He received his MM in Composition from the UK School of Music in 1999. Born and raised in Lexington, KY, he played on the road and lived in New York City before returning to Lexington in 1983.
Reason for signing up:
I heard about it from Bronson O'Quinn at Carnegie Center's Writing Practice.
Kendall Brooke
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 5:34pm
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Kendall Brooke is just a girl who loves to read poetry, and sometimes attempts to write it.
Reason for signing up:
I am hopeful that this will help me grow as a writer and be a good way to express myself.
Kate W
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 12:08pm
Kate Welsh is from Louisville, KY. Most recently Kate Welsh was published in Four Quarterly. She got her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Reason for signing up:
To prod me to write every day
Kristina Erny
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 11:09am
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Kristina Erny is a third culture poet who grew up in South Korea. Her poetry has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Yemassee, Bluestem, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, and her work has been the recipient of the Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry Open Prize and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. After many years of teaching internationally, she now lives in Kentucky with her family.
Reason for signing up:
Because it will be a good challenge!
Taylor A. Armstrong
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 11:08am
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Taylor is a sociology graduate student at University of Kentucky and an Ohio State University alum. In her free time she enjoys walking her dog, writing, (making and viewing) art, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up to challenge myself to get actively writing for fun again. Reading and writing poetry has always been a favorite hobby of mine, but I've been a little lost lately and let my hobbies fall to the wayside. This is a great way to get back into it!
N. J. Clements
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 9:34am
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N. J. is a homeschooling mom of two, and lives with her husband of 11 years in Lexington, KY. With a background in theatre, music, and screenwriting, N. J. loves finding creative outlets of any kind. Since filling notebooks with angst-y poetry in high school, she’s excited to flex those muscles again.
Reason for signing up:
A friend asked for other to join her. I used to write and read lots of poetry, and I’d like to explore that side of me again!
Katie Hassall
Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 11:22pm
Katie is a wife and mom. She homeschooled her boys and continues to teach in the homeschool community. She has written poetry on and off since childhood.
Reason for signing up:
I like a challenge.
Finna Moon Michaels
Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 9:46pm
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Finna is an accomplished wife and mother who has been writing since, well, kindergarten. She's new to journalism and is excited to give poetry another go.
Reason for signing up:
A writing coach and mentor threatened to make us eat worms if we didn't try. I'm only over-exaggerating a little.
j.l taylor
Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 4:28pm
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j.l taylor is a native Lexingtonian who has established her love of writing poetry through attending community open-mics. her passion of the arts in all forms propelled her to be an arts administrator and is currently the grants manager at the kentucky arts council. before the pandemic hit, she also started a local poetry open mic, "Poets Down Yonder" and hopes that LexPoMo will encourage her and others to get back on the stage to share when the world is ready.
Reason for signing up:
I signed for the same reason I do every year: motivation. as much as I think and sleep and dream about poems there seems to be less and less time i spend writing them. i hope i will use this space as meditation for my words, to write without judgement, and breath in and breath out my words composedly as possible.
Austin Green
Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 3:33pm
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Austin is a Senior at the University of Pikeville, where he majors in English with a minor in Theatre.
Tony Sexton
Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 1:32pm
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Tony Sexton is the creator of the writer's group Nomadic Ink, he served two years as the president of The Kentucky State Poetry Society and has two poetry collections published. Tony has helped several writers get their books published. His goal is to encourage writers of all ages to never give up their writing dreams.
Reason for signing up:
I want to participate because I am always encouraged when we share our writing.
Anna Walsh
Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 10:51am
Anna is a wife, mom, teacher, and wannabe writer.
Reason for signing up:
A friend encouraged me to participate last year, and although I was intimidated at first, I loved it! It's not very often you get an excuse to be creative :-)
lynn winter
Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 5:25am
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Lynn is forever on the hunt to tackle and name elusive feelings that blow through her. The meat of her matter is her average daily life.
Reason for signing up:
a friend invited
Addison Moore
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 9:39pm
Addison Moore is a teen poet from Central Kentucky that lives on Hippo Campus, Veronica Mars, and iced coffee. Her work has been previously published in FEMSzine out of Boston, MA, and she is known for her chapbook "BEAST & other creatures that live with the trees". She currently serves as an editor for The Bookshelf Mag, a literary magazine out of Los Angeles, CA. She is KY Governors School for the Arts Creative Writing and Slam Camp alumni. She will be attending Vassar College and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2024 with a major in English and minor in Art History. ​When not writing, Addison embraces her life as a Kentucky girl by spending time on her farm with her horses, cows, and her dog, Jack.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up to join a community of artists like myself, all from the place that I consider home. I believe that poets see the world in a way that o one else does, and I think this lens tis especially valuable when I am seeing how other artists see the place that I call home and see how their lives fit in to the various communities that exist here in Central Kentucky.
Arianna McCurry
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 7:19pm
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Significantly more hippie than last year :)
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 6:28pm
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Ann V. DeVilbiss has work published or forthcoming in Columbia Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Gertrude, The Maine Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, When the Wolves Stay Quiet, is available from dancing girl press. She lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
Having community and encouragement around daily writing seems like it might motivate me to work toward more finished daily pieces. Plus it sounds like fun!
Venecia Proctor
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 3:50pm
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More than anything, Venecia loves to read and write.
Reason for signing up:
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 1:28pm
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Reva is a proud Kentuckian, cat mom, and hairstylist. She has always loved the Arts. She started writing and getting back to her creative roots over the past couple of years. Simultaneously, she started enjoying her life a little more:)
Reason for signing up:
I joined because it seems to be a creative, driven community. Writing has been a solo journey for me, providing a lot of healing and freedom. Now I have time and energy to dive deeper into my hobbies!
Debbie Adams Cooper
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 12:51pm
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Debbie Adams Cooper lives and writes in central Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
Because it is a "poetry party."
Chayton Ragsdale
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 11:58am
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Chayton Ragsdale is a rising college freshman. He has always enjoyed writing ever since he was in middle school. He is new to writing poetry, but is excited to start
Reason for signing up:
Upon my breakup with first love I started trying new things. I remember that she had an account here last year and I loved reading the poems that she and everyone else wrote. So, it was already familiar to me when my teacher Christopher McCurry posted sign-ups on his Instagram story. I figured I would give it a shot as a new poet
Suzanne Gilmore
Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 10:43am
Suzanne is a lifelong Kentuckian. She is a recently retired nurse practitioner and new to writing, but has loved reading all of her life.
She is excited to be a part of LexPoMo to share in the spirit of creativity, inspiration and to have some fun.
Reason for signing up:
I think participating in LexPoMo with be a fun new adventure. I am looking forward to reading others poems and to sharing a few of my own.
Carrie Spillman
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 10:27pm
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Carrie spends her time thinking of all the things she wants to say. Luckily her words don’t shake when written.
V. Joshua Adams
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 9:21pm
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V. Joshua Adams is the author of a chapbook, Cold Affections (Plan B Press, 2018). Work of his has appeared or is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, Mud Season Review, Jet Fuel Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. He teaches literature and writing at the University of Louisville.
Reason for signing up:
Sublimity City!
Maggie Brewer
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 9:09pm
Maggie is a high school social studies teacher in central Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
Because it's June. It's what we do.
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 8:19pm
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Megyn has been writing poetry for only a few years. She found it to be healing to her spiritual, mental, and physical health. Megyn also dabbles in knitting, vegan cooking, herbalism, growing food, reading, resisting the patriarchy, and drinking coffee.
Reason for signing up:
I want to share my words with others.
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 7:12pm
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Long time fitness instructor, Improv junkie and writing newbie.
Reason for signing up:
Let’s be brave.
Jessica Farquhar
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 5:26pm
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Jessica Farquhar is the author of Dear Motorcycle Enthusiast, a chapbook forthcoming from The Magnificent Field in summer of 2020. She holds an MFA from Purdue, where she was the assistant director of Creative Writing. You can find her work in recent issues of Western Humanities Review, cream city review, and Bear Review.
Reason for signing up:
In solidarity with my writing group, Sublimity City, in Louisville!
Kristi Maxwell
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 4:05pm
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Kristi Maxwell is the author of seven books of poems, including My My (Saturnalia Books, 2020) and Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press, 2018). She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she teaches creative writing and literature.
Reason for signing up:
I had such a good month doing the NaPoWriMo challenge and wanted to give it another go
Scott Wilson
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 11:28am
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Scott is a carpenter, furniture maker, gardener, and hiker. A lifelong resident of Lexington, he graduated from Bryan Station High School and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Reason for signing up:
To share in a community of words and nuance.
Vincent Houp
Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 6:16pm
Reason for signing up:
james joyce shouldnt be the only one allowed to write nonsense
Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 2:31am
Reason for signing up:
To challenge myself to be more creative!
Chaiya Miller
Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 9:15pm
Beatrice Underwood-Sweet
Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 8:34pm
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Beatrice is a wandering Kentuckian. She is a teacher, and is influenced by her students, her travels, culture, nature, love, loss, the mundane, and the extraordinary.
Reason for signing up:
I wouldn't miss it for the world any more. I love being a part of Lexington's amazing community of writers, and even though I don't live in Lexington any more, I feel like I do every year in June.
Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 8:29pm
Reason for signing up:
To be involved in a community and to stretch my creativity.
Leatha Kendrick
Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 5:58pm
Leatha Kendrick is the author of five poetry collections, most recently And Luckier, from Accents Publishing. She has led community-based workshops in poetry and life writing and mentored writers for more than twenty years in Kentucky and Appalachia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tar River Poetry, New Madrid Review, the Southern Poetry Review, the James Dickey Review, Appalachian Journal, Still: An Online Journal, the Baltimore Review, The Southern Women’s Review, and in anthologies including The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume 3—Contemporary Appalachia; and What Comes Down to Us – Twenty-Five Contemporary Kentucky Poets. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up to have the chance to write my way through June with Lexington's community of poets, who never fail to inspire me.
Kimberly Barton
Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 12:46pm
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Kim is a writer who was born in southeast Kentucky, but raised split between Kentucky and Michigan. She writes both freeform and spoken word poetry. She has also started to dabble in fantasy writing. Her inspiration for her writing comes from fellow writers, past trauma, and everyday life. When she isn't writing she can be found hiking in the Kentucky wilderness, cooking something sweet, or most likely curled up reading with her dog Rusty.
Reason for signing up:
I thought it could be a good outlet for my writing and I've been wanting to become more involved in the Kentucky writing community.
David Perry
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 2:41pm
DP is an aging student of our toughened regional writing and authors. He began school with only 48 stars on our red white and blue flag. Working up a degree from UK he then worked a career through KY Div of AML. Words matter as well, having split some years in journalism at smaller papers in SE Ky. Still working as a medical courier in Ky.
Reason for signing up:
Been here before after some seasons with Old Washington Wordsmiths and the Poet’s Supper group out of Springfield, Ky.
Austin Rathbone
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 8:23am
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Austin is a North Carolina native, Kentucky resident and occasional writer who doesn't understand poetry at all, but loves to try his hand at it.
Reason for signing up:
To write one more poem than last year, until I catch em all!
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 6:40am
A poet once, perhaps again.
Reason for signing up:
I need a community of writers and a reason to try writing again.
Sue Churchill
Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 8:20pm
Sue is a poet who lives and works on Thistle's End Farm in Woodford County. Her chapbook, Above the River, is being published this fall by Workhorse Writers.
Reason for signing up:
Chris invited me to the party! (And, a poetry party is irresistible!)
Sean L Corbin
Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 12:01pm
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Sean L Corbin is the author of THE LEPER DREAMS OF SNOW (Finishing Line, 2018). His work has been published places. He is the co-founder of the Milestone Art Collective with his wife, Amanda Corbin. He lives in Lexington.
Reason for signing up:
Poetry is good.
Tabitha Dial
Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 10:06am
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Tabitha Dial loves art, friendships, and birds. She's from Colorado and reads tea leaves, tarot, and a little astrology. Tabitha also published "Creative Divination: Read Tea Leaves and Develop your Personal Code" and soon the "Cheese Astrology Almanac".
Reason for signing up:
Participating in Lexington Poetry Month is bomb. I love and need it.
Debra Glenn
Sunday, May 10, 2020 @ 8:30am
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Debra wrote what she referred to as "other writing" for years, before finally admitting it actually is poetry. She writes from personal experiences and her emotions. Debra is a 2020 Poetry Gauntlet participant and enjoys the challenge of reading at an occasional open mic night. Debra's paying gig is working at a local non-profit where she assists youth and families.
Reason for signing up:
I am a Poetry Gauntlet participant and heard about the #lexpomo opportunity. I decided being a part would help me meet my writing goal, plus provide for a challenging experience. And...maybe meet some new people. Basically I think it will help me grow as a writer so why not?
Morgan Adams
Sunday, May 10, 2020 @ 12:51am
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Morgan Adams is a lapsed poet who lives in Lexington, Ky., with her husband, her dog, and a great quantity of dust.
Reason for signing up:
What else do I have to do?
Anne Hayden
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 9:29pm
Anne has always been in the arts - performing as an actress in New York or singing/songwriting in Nashville. Of late, she was teaching classical piano to young children here in Lexington-
Since the world has changed, she has had to reinvent herself - and is now teaching online.
Reason for signing up:
signing up for this always makes me less lonely.
Delmar Reffett
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 1:20pm
Delmar Reffett is a writer and critic. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Kentucky State Univ. in Frankfort, and lives in Lexington with his wife Morgan and their dog Annie.
Reason for signing up:
It's always good to have something to hold your feet to fire!
Teja Sudhakar
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 12:54pm
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Teja Sudhakar is a poet originally from Chennai, India but currently residing in Lexington. When she's not writing, Teja enjoys singing, painting, and annoying her pet cat.
Rivka Goldwyn
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 11:08am
Rivka can be found most often half asleep, bubbling up from a coffee carafe or at most any motley mug's hard, cream-caked and grounds-slathered bottom. Music's moved her a time or two. She currently fills out little leather shoes her sweetie found her and dresses as if to blend seamlessly with duckweed, bracken, and verdigris bog-skim.
Reason for signing up:
To crawl out from the cave and convene, at last, with others who like to weave rhyme and verse.
Jerielle Hanlon
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 10:46am
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Jerielle sees the world sometimes as a painting, sometimes as a poem. She's 37 years old and has lived in Lexington for nearly 20 years. Her other interests include nature, textiles, teaching, music, theater and food.
Reason for signing up:
I love this community
Patrick Johnson
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 3:04am
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Patrick Johnson lives and writes in Morehead, Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
I enjoy it.
Amanda Holt
Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 8:06pm
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Amanda is a High School English teacher in Lexington, KY who gives all her time to her students and doesn't spend near enough time practicing her own art (poetry). She is thankful for Lexington Poetry Month every year.
Reason for signing up:
To garner continued inspiration from my fellow Lexington-area poets and bask in the relief poetry provides.
Malinda O'Quinn
Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 7:00pm
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Malinda O’Quinn is a wife to Bronson, Mama to Scout and cat mom to 6 weird fur creatures. She is also sometimes her own person, but most of the time she’s cleaning, baking sourdough bread and caring for others. Sometimes she even attempts to write poetry.
Reason for signing up:
My husband made this website and told me I should. Damn it, Bronson.
austen r
Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 2:17pm
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Mom, wife, teacher, poet, singer, newbie uke player.
Reason for signing up:
I like reading others' work, and it helps me be accountable. Anything to help myself generate more poems! Also, peer pressure from McCurry.
Gaby Bedetti
Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 1:30pm
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A longtime teacher at Eastern Kentucky University, Gaby Bedetti and three students are leading a Collecting Memories Circle at a local retirement home.
Reason for signing up:
I love the variety of voices and miss them when June ends.​
Nettie Farris
Thursday, May 7, 2020 @ 8:58pm
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Nettie Farris writes poems.
Reason for signing up:
Because I've been here from the beginning.
Ramsi Woodcock
Thursday, May 7, 2020 @ 4:51pm
Ramsi Woodcock teaches law at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law.
Katelyn Weldon
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 9:34pm
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Katelyn Weldon is a recent high school graduate and will attend Thomas More University in the fall studying Biology and Spanish. She also hopes to continue writing poetry and continuing to improve her writing.
Reason for signing up:
To read the work of others as well as to share my own.
Steve Cummings
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 3:56pm
For those who know him, the obvious answer is "none"
Reason for signing up:
Inherent Sadism
B. Elizabeth Beck
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 12:44pm
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Elizabeth is the author of three books of poetry published by Accents Publishing, Finishing Line Press and Evening Street Press. Her debut work of fiction, "Summer Tour" was published June 2020.
Reason for signing up:
For inspiration and community.
Bernard Deville
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 8:07pm
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Bernard Deville teaches English & Humanities at Providence Montessori Middle School. Poet, Father, husband, generally embarrassing court jester.
Reason for signing up:
Gives me a chance to start every summer with a fresh writing mind.
Josey Bryant
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 7:13pm
Josey is a student at the University of Kentucky. He uses poetry to understand himself, and the world around him.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up, to be a part of a great community of poets.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 12:18pm
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Tania is a slacker and wishes she could report she writes daily and is diligent about revising her work, but alas, she tends to only pick up the pen for LexPoMo and the occasional Haiku challenge. She has an unwise number of cats, one dog and one child and lives in rural SW Ohio.
Reason for signing up:
This has been an inspiration to me for many years now, and several in the Old Washington Wordsmiths encouraged me to participate.
Eileen Rush
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 11:53am
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Eileen Rush is a queer Appalachian poet, writer, and narrative designer. She lives in Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
I love a challenge!
Maddie Coleman
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 1:02am
Maddie is just living life
Reason for signing up:
I did this last year and wanted to do it again!
Madison Miller
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 6:47pm
Madison is a senior at the University of Kentucky. She is finishing up her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies with a certificate in undergraduate social science research. She is a staff advocate at Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center. Outside of these educational and professional pursuits she spends most of her time training and obsessing over her perfect pup, Corndog. She enjoys documentaries, pretending she can keep a plant alive, and Diet Coke.
Reason for signing up:
I remembered to take my Vyvanse today.
Lori Taylor
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 6:37pm
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Lori Taylor writes everything from notes to poetry to NaNo WriMo novels to family history for sheer pleasure. She suppressed the urge to write until her mid to late thirties. She enjoys reading, puzzling, and being creative for fun and for problem solving. Her favorite genre is Historical Fiction. Lori celebrates her Appalachian heritage in writing and table conversations with coffee. She wears many hats and feels all the feels all the time. She lives in Georgetown, Kentucky with her husband, Mark, their three daughters, 2 Shelties, and a black torby cat named Kitty (who demands a seat at the table on top of Lori’s desk invited or not.) Lastly, Lori encourages anyone who has something on their mind and heart to write it down. If you don’t feel like it, do it anyway (just like she tells her daughters when it’s time to do the dishes!)
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo invites participants and readers alike to celebrate life through verse no matter what level of expertise, and I love that about this community.
Katrin Flores
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 1:32pm
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plain college student, loves Jesus, accidentally murdered her impulse-buy lithops plant last october and is still sad about it
Reason for signing up:
Because this community is kind and it's an honor to see this community create. And also it feels compulsory after all this time!
M L Stephens
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 12:50pm
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Mary Lou is a mother, grandmother, Chaplain and extroverted introvert who loves music, art, drama and dance.
Reason for signing up:
I love the challenge of investing myself in the reflective and creative expression of poetry.
Deanna Mascle
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 12:32pm
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Deanna teaches writing at Morehead State University and leads the Morehead Writing Project. Her pandemic project was MWP's Writing Retreat 2.0 which included bringing together writers from around the world to write and share their writing during the quarantine season.
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo always challenges me to grow as a poet.
Kris Gillis
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 12:27pm
Kris teaches high school English (mostly from his dining room table these days). He recently used money saved during the pandemic to buy a surfboard. He knows that’s weird, so you don’t have to tell him.
Reason for signing up:
I love getting up to poetic shenanigans.
Sam Showalter
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 12:04pm
Sam is a sophomore at Transylvania University, where he studies sociology, politics, French, and Spanish.
Reason for signing up:
I really enjoyed the challenge and joy of writing last year!
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 11:36am
Meredith loves apples with peanut butter.
Reason for signing up:
Because I am a secret poet who is trying to do brave things.
Katerina Stoykova
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 10:58am
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Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 10:35am
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Melissa Olson
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 10:23am
Melissa is based out of Akron, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Cory, and their two feline companions: BMO & Novella. Melissa is a designer and photographer who spends her days assisting students with pretty much whatever they might need at the art school where she earned her BFA.
Reason for signing up:
Last year was an affirming and eye opening experience, reminding me why I write and that I do love it. I'm hopeful this year will bring about similar outcomes, even if it's just to get me to focus on something non-virus / work related for more than 5 minutes.
Alex Simand
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 9:38am
Alex Simand lives and works in San Francisco, though he was born in Russia and
grew up in Toronto, which means he exists in a state of constant cultural confusion.
He holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. Alex writes fiction, creative
nonfiction, poetry. His work has appeared in Split Lip Magazine, North American
Review, Matador Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Apogee, and other publications.
His short story, Election Cycle, was a winner of the 2017 Best Small Fictions Prize.
Alex is an editor at Meow Meow Pow Pow, a graffiti broadside press.
Reason for signing up:
I just wanna write poems.
A. A. Kate
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 9:36am
A. A. Kate is a high school student living with chickens, honeybees, and more. She enjoys writing while sitting beside the chicken coop.
Reason for signing up:
It's LexPoMo time!
Donelle Dreese
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 8:45am
Donelle Dreese is a poet, novelist, essayist, and Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University where she teaches Multicultural and Environmental Literatures, American Women Poets, and writing courses. She is the author of several collections of poetry including Sophrosyne, published by Aldrich Press. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in a wide variety of journals and magazines.
Chappy Chapuk
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 8:28am
Chappy Chapuk is a visionary communicator. He uses prose to share his message and poetry to attempt to share his feeling of the joy and sorrow of mindful presence without judgement in God's world.
Reason for signing up:
To write. It's what I do.
Deat Morgan
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 8:21am
Deat is an Appalachian prodigal daughter, returning to Eastern Kentucky after ten years of living in both Lexington and Louisville. She is a mother to two beautiful little boys, and teaches Middle School ELA at Mountainview Elementary in Hyden, KY.
Reason for signing up:
Writing is therapy, and the way the world looks right now... we could all use some.
Laura Foley
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 7:48am
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Renee Rigdon
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 7:14am
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Reason for signing up:
I want to see what my writing is like sober.
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 7:05am
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author, poet, publisher
Reason for signing up:
It's an annual ritual.
Maya H.H. Pemble
Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 5:49am
Maya is a current college freshman who loves languages, soba, tree climbing, and noticing the little things.
Reason for signing up:
I’ve been doing lexpomo for years and no year needs to be documented quite like 2020. Let’s share our experiences and try to find a source of stability.
Jamin Waite
Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 11:57pm
Jamin is a master procrastinator who should write more.
t.m. thomson
Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 11:42pm
t.m. thomson writes, stares at art, watches murder shows, plays with cats, feeds wild birds, gardens in the rain, frolics in mud, & then some.
Reason for signing up:
A poem a day keeps the shrinks away. It's also a good excuse to shirk tedious tasks. And immersing oneself in poetry is sweet ecstasy.
rebecca turney
Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 11:15pm
Rebecca is a college student who admires the world around her and tries sometimes to put it into words.
Reason for signing up:
last time, for a friend. this time, for myself.
Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 7:59pm
Eden likes to write and thought she’d try to actually do it. Aside from writing professional words for dysfunctional situations, she has little practice writing for herself, save the unsolicited angry political response on someone’s FB post.
Reason for signing up:
Instagram challenged me, and I am not one to shirk an internet request be it Nigerian Princes or Re-posting what the media won’t talk about.
Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 5:16pm
Coco is the alter ego for a shy writer. Go easy on her.