Colleen M. Chesebro

Prose Metrist, Novelist, & Word Witch

About

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.

Along with JulesPaige, Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. The debut issue of this journal published on October 1, 2021. The royalties from this poetry journal will be used to fund a poetry contest on wordcraftpoetry.com in 2022.

Word Weaving #1: Digital (Kindle) available HERE

The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse is the print version of the book and found HERE

The reviews are coming in!

D. Peach rated it 5 STARS!

The first Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse invited poets to submit poems around the theme of the Harvest Moon. If you love poems about the moon, you’ll find a plethora of verses among the pages to entrance, haunt, and raise a sigh or smile.

The range of forms is impressive – 18 in total – and the poems are organized by type. Each section begins with a description of the form: number of lines and syllable count, as well as the original focus of the poetic form if there is one (nature or love or human foibles, for example). In this way, the journal is instructive while offering a collection of beautiful poetry.

With approximately 75 poems in the collection, I didn’t make a list of favorites, but the editors chose three “Best of Issue” poems. Below is a Haibun Idyll a combination of prose and haiku.

Moon’s Magic
By D. L. Finn

A lone black cat sits on the edge of the world, under the harvest moon. Her green eyes reflect the celestial beams, and her fur absorbs the stars. She rubs against the night’s promise, and its magic fills her soul.

our perceived shackles
released in nature’s healing
under the moonbeams

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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.

Find the book HERE: mybook.to/WordCraftProsePoetry

Here’s what they are saying about “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry”

Marjorie Mallon

Marjorie Mallon Amazon Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Poetry Resource, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2021, Verified Purchase

This is a comprehensive guide covering both American and Japanese poetry including Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Renga, Crapsey Cinquain Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and variations, as well as examples of all the forms and recaps to refresh the memory too.

It is written in such a way that it is easy to understand and get the most from.

The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry begins with an introduction to how Colleen’s journey began – her poetry community, and goes on to discuss definitions of “meter, syllable, and stresses,” and the hard work required to find your creative soul. She suggests ways to encourage creativity, and talks about figurative language too.

It is clear that author Colleen Chesebro has put her heart and soul into this guide and loves helping others to be the best poets they can be. She runs a wonderful community of poets with weekly prompts, (which again must be an incredible amount of work,) and is now expanding her repertoire to include online submissions to her poetry venture with poet JulesPaige. Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com more about that below in her Bio.

What an incredible amount of work, dedication and research has gone into this book and into everything that Colleen Chesebro does.

It is a wonderful resource for both new students of poetry to learn and to refer to whilst writing poetry and for old hands, (such as me,) to jog our memories and to avoid making careless mistakes about the forms!

There is a bibliography at the end with the names/links/detail of all the poets who have contributed to the anthology. I’m delighted that my #Garland #Cinquain poem is included amongst this section along with so many awesome contributions from poetry community members.

My recommendation: This is a fabulous book, and one that Colleen Chesebro should be very proud of.

5 stars. I bought a paperback to use as a resource.

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Colleen is also working on “Fairies, Myths, & Magic—A Winter Celebration,” which is a collection of poems, including various Christmas and Winter Solstice mythologies, and short stories dedicated to the darkness of Winter. This book will publish in December 2022.

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?

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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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Fairies, Myths, & Magic I – A Summer Celebration: https://smarturl.it/FairiesMythsMagic

Colleen’s Poetry and Writing Awards

2017 First Place: Rodeo #2: Little & Laugh (“The Bus Stop” by Colleen Chesebro)

2018 Rodeo #3: Travel with a Twist

FIRST PLACE: Colleen Chesebro, A Visit with Grammy

Jess ran. She couldn’t miss this bus, or Grammy would worry at her late arrival.

She stumbled into the queue as a woman towing a wheeled suitcase pushed past her. Jess swerved to miss it, whacking the woman’s elbow with her own. She stepped out of the way and bumped into the man in front of her.

“Sorry,” Jess muttered.

“Ouch! Who’s there?” asked the woman.

“It wasn’t me,” said the man.

Then, Jess remembered. They couldn’t see or hear her, only feel her ghostly touch. She didn’t need to ride the bus to visit Grammy – she flew.

2019 Three Act Story

SECOND PLACE: The Game by Colleen M. Chesebro

We’d been friends since grade school, which made getting through Janice’s funeral all the harder. The overpowering scent of roses choked the air out of the room.

Returning home was no easier. On the table in the dining room sat our Scrabble game still unfinished, a testament to Janice’s life. We’d played almost every night since 1972. How would I manage without my best friend’s companionship?

I sat down and stared at the game board. Our scores were tied, and Janice would have played next. Four tiles remained on the rack, spelling out her last word to me. Live.

Hedgerow: a journal of small poems, Issue #131 Spring 2021

BIO as of 11/13/2021:

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry.

Along with JulesPaige, Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. The debut issue of this journal will publish in October 2021. Colleen’s syllabic poetry has appeared in various other online publications. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen’s poetry has poetry in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “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.

Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com. Find Colleen’s author blog at colleenchesebro.com.

Colleen Chesebro’s poetry blog is called Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at https://wordcraftpoetry.com/

Her author blog is found at https://colleenchesebro.com where you will find her poetry and short stories.

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