Cover Reveal: Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

Help Me Celebrate!

Grab a piece of cake!

While I’m waiting to hear from my editors, I thought it was time to share the cover of my newest book creation, “Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry. This book will discuss the basics of how to write the Japanese and American Syllabic poetry forms we use in my weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge.

I’ve collaborated with my friend, Wendy Anne Darling of Bookxeedo Book Covers, in the creation of this book cover. I love it! Some of these images have slipped into my blog, as well. How exciting! Can you tell I love the color orange?

I’ve done quite a bit of research on the eleven forms we use: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma. There’s a bit of history, and explanations of how the forms are written. The Japanese forms are explained along with the differences between syllables and sounds in the Japanese language. I break it all down into simple terms.

At the end of each chapter, I’ve cited examples from the poets who participate in the challenge. Sometimes, we learn best from seeing what other poets write.

I’m thrilled to have content editing advice from our own American Haijin, Frank J. Tassone who kindly is reviewing my writing directions for the Japanese forms. I’m indebted to our lovely poetic community who support each other in all we do.

Look for this book in the coming months! I’ll share a few special offers when I get closer to publication.

Image by imazite from Pixabay

Don’t be shy! Grab a piece of cake and help me celebrate the cover of my newest creation!

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." 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
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  1. Yes!! And thx for the 🍰

  2. Colleen, that looks wonderful! I wish you much success with it! 🙂

  3. Congratulations Colleen it looks lovely and I shall get one 💜. Oh! I live the cake 🍰🥧🥂🍾

  4. Huge congrats, Sis!
    Cover looks fantastic, and the cake is delicious!!!

  5. Congrats 🥳

    Don’t forget to Glee and spread Sparkles ✨
    -Nani 💖

  6. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #4: Colleen Chesebro reveals the cover of her upcoming book!

  7. Congratulations and thanks for the virtual cake! Looking gorgeous (and I also love orange)! ♥

  8. Congratulations, Colleen! How wonderful.
    (Slide a piece of cake through–I hope it’s chocolate.) 😏

  9. Congratulations, Colleen! It’s a lovely cover!

  10. Congratulations, Colleen! The cover looks very eye-catching. I liked it a lot. Wishing you success on your new book! 🙂

  11. Congratulations Colleen, what a lovely cover! 🧡

  12. I love it! Simple and beautiful! I’m eating an apple loaf right now! So, perfect for this news! Congrats!

  13. Colleen, I am thrilled for you and your book cover looks excellent very eye catching and of course I will take a piece of cake…. ….. Yumm….. Love and Blessings and well done you.. <3

  14. I don’t have a poetic bone in my body, but I wish you all the success with this project. My space is available if you’d like somewhere to promote it, too.

  15. Pass on the cake, I think it’s not gluten-free LOL. But I love it! That’s the cover! Looking forward to the book!!! I’ll feature you when it comes out <3

  16. I love the clean professional look, yet it’s inviting, too. Good job, Colleen! Pass the cake!

  17. Thrilled for you! What a great idea for a book and your cover is fabulous!! <3

  18. I like the fluid lines I see on the cover, the colors too. It’s very inviting.
    Forward, ho, Colleen!

  19. It’s wonderful. So happy for you. Much love and success with it.

  20. Congratulations on the cover, Colleen! I love it–definitely cake-worthy.

  21. Congratulations Colleen! Looks like a new classic – hope Universities use it in their writing classes.

  22. Bravo, Colleen. A great cover.

  23. D.L. Finn, Author

    Great cover Colleen:) Congrats! I’m looking forward to your book. And thanks for the cake it was yummy.

  24. Congratulations and thank you for the cake…Cool cover 🙂 xx

  25. Great cover and congratulations, Colleen, for your creativity and focus. I look forward to the publication and thanks for the cake…it was yummy. <3

  26. Fabulous Colleen and looking forward to showcasing…a wonderful reference for us all…♥♥

  27. Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    Colleen’s newest publication coming soon.

  28. She wiped cake crumbs from her mouth the opened her arms wide. “Woo hoo. Congratulations sis, I’m so proud of you.” <3

  29. Congratulations Colleen. I’m so happy for you Mon Ami 💛🌼🌸💕

  30. Love it, Colleen! Cheers to you! xo

  31. Congratulations! Great cover too.

  32. Congratulations Colleen. This sounds a wonderful resource book.

  33. Wow, congratulations 🎊

  34. Congratulations, Colleen! The cover is gorgeous. My sister Cleo’s favorite color is orange too! I want a piece of that cake. I can’t wait to get this book. <3

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  36. Hi Colleen, Such an elegant cover – so professional. Love it. Toni x

  37. I look forward to purchasing your book when it comes out, Colleen. You’ve introduced a lot of poetic forms that are unfamiliar to me. I look forward to learning more about them. Thanks for the cake, too. Delicious!

  38. What a lovely cover! and great topic. RT.

  39. I want a huge slice of that cake, Colleen, but I’ll refrain and try not to drool on your cover. It’s gorgeous! I love the clean, professional look. It’s looks exactly how I’d picture a book on writing. Congratulations on a job well done. I can’t wait to read this. If you want an early review for your release, I’m happy to get you one. Just let me know. 🙂

  40. Yaaaaay! OMG, I’ve been waiting for this one! It’ll be the first craft book I’ve ever read (unless you count Strunk & White, which I had to read in high school)!

  41. Congratulations Colleen, just about to share this for you on my blog. <3 x

  42. The cover is perfect! I love orange as well.

  43. Congratulations, Colleen. 🎊 🎉

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