Welcome to Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry! If you love poetry, creative writing, flash fiction, short stories, faeries, myths, and magic, you have found a second home. I’m glad you’re here. Namaste & Blessed Be!

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry is 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 eleven forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and/or shadorma. Poets receive positive feedback from peers who inspire each other to stretch their creativity.

Participants and readers return each week to celebrate the weekly poetry stars and to buy books from the Tanka Tuesday Book Store.

Click HERE for the Tanka Tuesday Rules

Click HERE for the Poetry Form Cheat sheet

Click HERE to peruse the Tanka Tuesday Book Store

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.

Fairies, Myths, & Magic,” A Summer Celebration

Hedgerow: a journal of small poems, Issue #132

“The Changeling,” A Scary Fairy Tale in the Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020

A contributor in the Poetry Treasures Anthology

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

BIO as of 5/13/2021:

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.

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.

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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Chloe & Sophie, the newest additions to our family in April 2021
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Spice & Sugar

My writing muses, Sugar & Spice, have crossed over the rainbow bridge, but they are always with me. ❤ I miss them both.

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