Much of the writing I have done in the last five years is poetry; it seems even when I do a prose piece I recreate it as a poem. I am an artist and now realize for me to write is creating art . . . ink and paint . . . they are truly intertwined.  I am now retired and have unlimited time to write and paint whenever the mood strikes. My husband laughingly reminds me that we have more space for my writing than we do my paintings; he thinks we are running out of wall space. I settled that by giving away artwork so I can create more!     I am enjoying writing Haiku and Tanka. Living in the mountains gives me unlimited nature to write about. I recently submitted one of my paintings and erasure poetry pieces to  Star 82 Review . My work was accepted for their 5.4 December 2017 issue. I am thrilled to have my work in such a fine publication.    I also won second place for two different pieces in the  Blue Ridge Writers Chapter Golden Nib for 2017 .  Sister Florence Myrtle Barron  is a poem about my grandmother.  Ira Barron, Tomato Farmer  is a prose piece about my grandfather. They are among two other poems I have won in the same contest in 2015 and 2016; one for  John Cardinal Pinney - Best Cadillac Salesman in the Midwest , and  Grace Merritt . All but the John Cardinal Pinney one is published in  Skyline 2017 Anthology  and  Skyline Anthology 2018.        Life is great.    

Much of the writing I have done in the last five years is poetry; it seems even when I do a prose piece I recreate it as a poem. I am an artist and now realize for me to write is creating art . . . ink and paint . . . they are truly intertwined.  I am now retired and have unlimited time to write and paint whenever the mood strikes. My husband laughingly reminds me that we have more space for my writing than we do my paintings; he thinks we are running out of wall space. I settled that by giving away artwork so I can create more! 

I am enjoying writing Haiku and Tanka. Living in the mountains gives me unlimited nature to write about. I recently submitted one of my paintings and erasure poetry pieces to Star 82 Review. My work was accepted for their 5.4 December 2017 issue. I am thrilled to have my work in such a fine publication.

I also won second place for two different pieces in the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter Golden Nib for 2017. Sister Florence Myrtle Barron is a poem about my grandmother. Ira Barron, Tomato Farmer is a prose piece about my grandfather. They are among two other poems I have won in the same contest in 2015 and 2016; one for John Cardinal Pinney - Best Cadillac Salesman in the Midwest, and Grace Merritt. All but the John Cardinal Pinney one is published in Skyline 2017 Anthology and Skyline Anthology 2018.

 

Life is great.

 

Joy Merritt Krystosek