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

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 280, 7/12/22, #SpecificForm: Lanturne or Lanterne

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY! Last month, I asked Lisa, the VerseSmith to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the lanturne or lanterne. The lanturne is a kind of shape poetry. Many say it originated from Japan, but I found no evidence to support that… Continue reading

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 279 | #Color/Weather Syllabic Poetry

What a wild couple of weeks it’s been. The new floors are in! Both of the upstairs bathrooms will be gutted and replaced, starting today. So, if I appear distracted, I probably am! I can shut my door while the worst of the tear out takes place, so that will… Continue reading

Opaque Reflections

purple iris blooms

I’ve still not caught up from the two weeks off. On Monday, the bathroom renovations kickoff… I’ll sneak in this haiku for #TankaTuesday which features a color and weather! “Opaque reflections” refer to hazy skies… it’s a stretch for weather, I know. See what happens when you get out of… Continue reading

Colleen’s Kindle: June 2022 Reads: @AskATechTeacher, @dlfinnauthor, @LBradleyAuthor

The Book Review Club! I’ve been exploring the Kindle Unlimited offers on Amazon, and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve found. This has become an affordable way for me to feed my voracious book reading habit. For book reviewers like me, this is an excellent way to read books. It’s… Continue reading

My First Podcast: Tea, Toast, & Trivia with Rebecca Budd

bed of assorted color tulip flower buds

Hello everyone! I’ve got some exciting news. My friend, Rebecca Budd, invited me to her podcast called Tea, Toast, & Trivia at While you’re at it, this blog is wonderful to follow. You’ll meet new friends here… I guarantee it! I’ve shared the link to the podcast below. I… Continue reading

#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 279: #Tastetherainbow-Color/Weather Poetry

Hello everyone. Happy JULY! I’m thrilled to see everyone once again! I need a vacation from my vacation! The second-floor flooring has all been replaced. No more yucky old carpet. I’ve got a break for a week and then the contractor begins work on the two bathrooms. It’s a busy… Continue reading

The Word Craft Syllabic Poetry Contest Has Ended

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If you’re reading this… the Syllabic Poetry Contest has ended. It’s now, June 27, 2022, and I’m on vacation for an entire week! See you on Tuesday, July 5th, for a new #TankaTuesday Poetry Challenge. The results of the contest will be announced on July 13, 2022. The three winners… Continue reading

The Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest: #TankaProse

Happy Summer Solstice! Welcome to the Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest held to honor the Summer Solstice. Last year, JulesPaige and I sponsored the first Word Weaving Poetry Journal. It was a great success. As promised, the royalties from the sale of the journal from 2021 go toward three… Continue reading

⭐️#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 278 | #SpecificForm: tanka prose

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write tanka prose. There is a ton of information in this post. Please READ through to the end. We’re coming up on the six-year anniversary of #TankaTuesday in August, and I’m sure by now everyone knows how to craft… Continue reading

☀️The Word Craft Syllabic Poetry Contest is Coming…☀️

The Summer Solstice, also known as the longest day of the year, falls on June 21st. In the Northern Hemisphere, this event will occur at 5:14am Eastern, on Tuesday June 21st.To mark this auspicious occasion, Word Craft Poetry presents its first syllabic poetry contest. Sign up below for my daily… Continue reading