Meet the Poet: Kaye Lynn Booth

Welcome to Meet the Poet, a Word Craft Poetry feature written to introduce you to the poets in our writing community.

This is a way to get to know more about the poets and their work. Many of our poets have written both fiction and non-fiction and published and self-published their works.

Some of our poets are also artists, crafting their magic through watercolors or other artistic means along with the written word. There are even a few musicians in our poetic community!

At least once a month, I’ll be introducing you to the poets in our community! Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and meet the poet!

Our guest today is Kaye Lynn Booth. She’s the other half of the Poetry Treasures publishing duo, along with Robbie Cheadle. You can read Robbie’s Meet the Poet interview below:

For Kaye Lynne Booth, writing is her passion. It is a very strange time indeed when Kaye Lynne does not have at least three WIPs, in addition to her other writings, teaching and other life activities. Kaye Lynne lives, works and plays in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

Visit her author’s blog and website, “Writing to be Read” to learn more about Kaye Lynne Booth and her writing.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m really looking forward to talking about poetry.

👩🏻‍🦳 Thanks so much for stopping by Kaye. Tell us a bit about your love for the poetic word.

Poetry has always held a special place in my heart. I originally had another Writing to be Read team member doing a poetry series, but he felt like he was running out of material. I was so pleased when Robbie Cheadle agreed to do a series on poetry to fill the void, because although I felt myself to be a novice poet, I wanted poetry to have a place on my blog. I don’t consider myself an expert on poetry, but this was a way I could learn along with my fellow poets through Robbie’s “Treasuring Poetry” blog series.

It was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my blog, because it turned out to be very popular, offering a door into the poetry community for which I would otherwise not have been able to reach. Once I learned that there was such a large audience for the series from such a wonderful poetry community, the idea of creating a poetry anthology featuring the previous year’s blog series guests just made sense to me. And so, Poetry Treasures was born, featuring the works of “Treasuring Poetry” guests from 2020.

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The blog series was a great way to show support of the poetry community, and an anthology invitation was a way to further reward our authors for participating in the blog series and contribute to the poetry community. Each anthology is an extensive collaborative effort, working with 12-13 different contributors. The second year, Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships was created, featuring the works of the 2021 authors.

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It is a win-win-win situation. The poets get a book title to add to their author pages, a royalty split on all sales, and additional publicity from book promotions, so that’s a win. I get to publish another book, my share of the royalty split from all sales, and I get to work with all of these wonderful poets, so that’s a win. The poetry community gets introduced to those same poets and they get to enjoy the works they share, and that’s a win, too.

This year, we have a wonderful line-up with the works of some very talented poets in Poetry Treasures 3: Passions. We send each book off with a book blog tour, and ask for volunteers to contribute guests posts, or in this case, to do poetry readings for the tour. This year’s group of contributors are just fabulous, and we have 100% participation for the tour. I don’t think that has ever happened before, and I am very pleased about it.

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The contributors for this year’s anthology are all quite talented poets. Some, like Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, poetry is such an intricate part of their lives, that a poet is what they become. Yvette Prior, Willow Willers, and Abbie Taylor are also poetry focused. But other contributors spread their talents into other areas, as well. Robbie Cheadle does spectacular fondant art. She uses her creations to illustrate the children’s books she writes with her son. Besides being a talented poet, Judy Mastrangelo is a skilled painter, illustrating her children’s books in beautiful colors, and Smitha Vishwanath also paints.

Many of the contributors write fiction and/or nonfiction besides their poetic endeavors. Our gracious host today, Colleen Chesebro, is known amidst the poetry community for her skill with syllabic poetry, but she also writes fiction and nonfiction, as do Patty Fletcher and Chris Hall. Penny Wilson is a multi-genre author. D. Wallace Peach is a bestselling fantasy author, and Yvette M. Calleiro also writes fantasy.

So, you can see we really have a talented bunch this year, and they’ve all been such a pleasure to work with. I’m truly excited about the release of this anthology.

The release date for Poetry Treasures 3 is April 18, 2023

April 18th is my birthday!!

Colleen requested I choose two questions from her “Meet the Poet” questions for this interview, so here are my choices and responses.

👩🏻‍🦳 Kaye, many people believe poetry is dying. Do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?

Gee, I really hope that isn’t true. How could something as beautiful as poetry die? Poetry is like love, and it can never die. It may fade into the background for a time, but it is an emotional form of writing and we are emotional beings, so it can’t die. It may shape shift, taking on a new and different form. Every poetic form has its time, but they just step back from center stage to wait in the wings until they are the fashion once more. No. Poetry cannot die.

👩🏻‍🦳 What creative ways have you devised to share your poetry other than writing poetry books or blogs?

I chose this one because it brings a story to mind about my very first authors event. It was a local writer’s & artist’s fair that was advertising booth space in the newspaper for a minimal price. One that I could actually afford, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was a beginning writer and hadn’t really had anything but one poem published at the time. But, before I could give it a second thought, I picked up the phone and got a booth for the event. It wasn’t until later on that I gave any thought as to how I could utilize the booth, since I had no book to sell.

But I did have poetry.

I spent some time searching for the perfect background images on the internet, and placed selected poems over them. I printed them out, bought some frames for display, and manned my booth, offering signed copies for five dollars a piece. It was a small, local fair, but I made over a hundred dollars in a single evening, so I thought myself very clever. I think the booth only cost twenty-five, so I made a bit of profit.

Those poetry displays lead into another story about how my poetry ended up in a painting on display in London, England in 2010. And I will be repurposing some of those poetry displays in a poetry collection which I plan to release later this year. 

👩🏻‍🦳 Thank you so much for all you and Robbie have done for the poetry community, Kaye.

You can find Kaye Lynn Booth:

Blog: Writing To Be

Kaye Lynne Booth – Author & Screenwriter Facebook Page

Thanks for stopping by to meet Kaye Lynn Booth & Robbie Cheadle. See you next month, for another opportunity to Meet the Poet!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

99 thoughts on “Meet the Poet: Kaye Lynn Booth

  1. I agree with you, Kaye, poetry can’t die! Congrats on your upcoming release. I look forward to reading it.
    Thanks for this interview, Colleen 🙂

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  2. Good morning Colleen another fantastic interview, and hello to Kaye it’s really good too learn more about you and your passion for poetry . I agree with you and hope that poetry never dies it’s too important.
    Here’s hoping the new book is a great success. 💜

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    1. Hi Willow, I am enjoying watching how poetry is evolving in our modern world and their are poets who act out their poems and people who create YouTube videos and podcasts of their poetry. So many fun new avenues to explore.

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      1. We have Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer in this group, and she is a lovely performance poet. If you have not seen one of her performances, seek them out on the internet. They are amazing.
        It seems that poetry, like everything else must evolve, so you see, it can never truly die. 🙂

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  3. It was lovely to see Kaye Lynne highlighted today, Colleen. And the timing was wonderful for the new anthology she pulled together. I’m looking forward to the read. I agree that poetry is unlikely to die. Spoken word poetry is reaching new generations and I find it incredibly exciting. And I love the creative way Kaye approached her first author event. What a great idea. Wonderful interview, my friends.

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    1. I agree, Diana. I’m looking forward to this book too. There are so many lovely poets. I know of a couple poets who marked their framed poetry in this manner. I think it’s a great idea. Both Denise and Keefe create calendars with the poetry and art. Another way to market the poetic word. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  4. Congratulations, Kay, on your upcoming release. I think poetry is part of our lives, whether we write poems or not. 😊 Thank you, Colleen, for sharing another wonderful interview.

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  5. Colleen, thank you for highlighting Kaye Lynne Booth and Robbie Cheadle. It’s good to get to know more about Kaye and Robbie and their work. Happy birthday a day early! 💖

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  6. It was nice to meet Kaye Lynn and learn about her journey and the process behind this collection of poetry (I preordered a copy). I completely agree that poetry will never die.

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  7. I enjoyed learning more about Kaye Lynne and her poetry. I loved her story about coming up with something to sell at an author’s booth without having any books. Brilliant!

    I was surprised by your question about some people saying that poetry is dying. From what I’m seeing, the opposite is the case. There is more poetry being written and published than ever before. I agree with Kaye Lynne that poetry can’t die, nor will it.

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    1. Hi Liz, I can understand that question because I sometimes think the schools and the way poetry is taught in schools is killing poetry for young people. Thankfully, we have all these marvelous poets in our community who make writing poetry an achievable goal and also find fun ways of sharing their poetry with youngsters.

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    2. When I put these questions together (several years ago) poetry was just starting to regain its popularity. I’m not sure how much poetry is taught in American schools anymore. I know I took some extensive British Literature and poetry classes in college. That’s what really opened up the world of literature and poetry to me. I know in Japan, haiku and Japanese poetry is still revered. We’re lucky to have this community on WP.

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      1. In my own state, poetry is included in the Dept. of Ed.’s Standards for Learning–how that plays out in practice, I have no idea. I expect that No Child Left Behind did its fair share of damage, as it did with every other part of the curriculum.

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              1. No, they certainly weren’t. That same year, my brother came home in tears because his teacher marked him wrong on a test when he said that Alaska was the biggest state in the US. She told him the answer was Texas because that’s what it said in the textbook. This was in 1966.

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    3. So glad to see you here, Liz. I have enjoyed being Colleen’s guest here. I think I’ve always been inclined to think outside the box. For that forst writer’s event, it certainly did in a pinch. Lol. 🙂

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  8. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Colleen Chesebro interviews Kaye Lynne Booth, publisher and co-editor of Poetry Treasures 3: Passions. A link to my recent Meet the Poet post is also included in the post. Thank you, Colleen, and happy birthday.

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    1. Hello Jules. So nice to see you here. Last years anthology was pretty amazing, too, and we were glad to have you on board. Thanks for visiting here and supporting this year’s poets.

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  9. Reblogged this on Writing to be Read and commented:
    You can learn even more about the creation of this outstanding poetry anthology, Poetry Treasures 3: Passions, and about me over at Word Craft Poetry. Check out my interview on “Meet the Author” with Colleen Chesebro! Check it out.

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  10. Thank you for the introduction to Kaye…. Poetry is far from dying… My 12 year old granddaughter recently won a Poetry competition in her school and the prize to get her poem published in a book collection of poems..

    Isn’t it amazing how many poets are also artists of one kind or another too… Love it.. ❤

    Loved the Interview…. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Glad to meet you here, Sue. Glad you agree. Poetry is far from dead, and hooray for your darling granddaughter! I think that is wonderful. Her first published work at the age of twelve. So nice that you enjoyed the interview. I enjoyed doing it. Colleen is a wonderful host. 🙂

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  11. What a great interview, Colleen! I enjoyed learning more about Kaye, and I agree with the others that poetry seems to be thriving instead of dying. Or at least that’s my hope. 🙂 I loved being a part of Poetry Treasures 2 and am amazed by the time and hard work Kaye and Robbie put into the anthologies. Congrats on the new release. I look forward to reading it. Wonderful post to both of you. 💞

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      1. You’re so welcome, Colleen, and I’d love to do an interview with you! I just looked over your questions and the wheels are already spinning. 🙂 Yvette Prior just interviewed me that went live on her blog yesterday as well as mine. She was fun and easy to work it. As you know, my new book will be released in June sometime. So maybe following that release would be good? Just let me know what works for you. And I still have you in mind for a future book cover. So glad to have this connection. Thanks again for the offer. 💞

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