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Prose Metrist, Novelist, & Word Witch

Colleen M. Chesebro grew up in a large city in the midwest. Keen on making her own way in the world, she joined the United States Air Force after graduation to tour the world and find herself. To this day, that search continues.

Colleen created Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry at wordcraft.com as an uplifting community where poets can learn the basics of writing Japanese and American syllabic poetry by sharing their own poetic inspiration within a weekly poetry challenge called Tanka Tuesday. Participants submit their poetry written in one of the following forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger Hexastich, and Abhanga. Poets receive positive feedback from peers who inspire each other to stretch their creativity.

Colleen’s syllabic poetry has appeared in “Hedgerow, a Journal of Small Poems,” and in “Poetry Treasures,” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read” in 2020; including several other online publications. She’s also received several awards for her flash fiction pieces during the Carrot Ranch.com yearly rodeo events.

Colleen’s newest creation, “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry,” is a tutorial on how to create the twelve syllabic poetry forms she uses in her poetry challenge. This book is in the editing stage and will publish in 2021.

She’s also working on the second volume in the Fairies, Myths, & Magic series, dedicated to the Winter Solstice. This book will publish before Christmas 2021. It’s filled with poetry, short stories, and flash fiction.

The first book in the “Fairies, Myths, & Magic—A Summer Celebration,” is a collection of poems and short stories available in an ebook and in print.

She contributed a story called “The Changeling,” to the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020: Plaisted Publishing House Presents,” just in time for Halloween.

The day before Halloween, four-year-old Alyssa Byrne disappeared from her home in the desert without a trace. Alyssa’s parents, David and Trish are frantic to locate their child. With Alyssa’s disappearance, David realizes the Byrne family curse has finally caught up to him.

Growing up in Ireland, David’s mum used to call them “scary faeries.” David and his family had a long history with the good neighbors, and not all of it is good.

Can David and Trish save Alyssa from the wrath of the faeries before it’s too late?


A collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read in 2020. Open the book and discover the poetry treasures of Sue Vincent, Geoff Le Pard, Frank Prem, Victoria (Tori) Zigler, Colleen M. Chesebro, K. Morris, Annette Rochelle Aben, Jude Kitya Itakali, and Roberta Eaton Cheadle.


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