COLLEEN’S #BOOK #REVIEWS “Tell Me a Story: in 99 words,” BY AUTHOR, Annette Rochelle Aben, @YouAreTheExpert

Featuring Your Next Weekend Read! About this Book It has been a desire of mine since I was a young person to write stories. I had to start somewhere, so I chose to start by writing very short stories.That bring said, I welcome you to a collection of short stories,… Continue reading

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 259 | #ColorPoetry

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, including a color, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Many thanks to everyone who joined in below: 1. ben Alexander 10. Elizabeth 19. wildchild47… Continue reading

Significant Poetry Reads: “Think Tanka – Vision in Verse,” by Annette Rochelle Aben, @YouAreTheExpert

featuring your next read! From the Author Throughout time, the poet has used words to convey feelings, share ideas and unite the reader with their vision. Think Tanka uses the traditional structure of Japanese lyric poetry to unite the reader to the vision of the poet. If you can “see”… Continue reading


WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! It’s the third week of the month! Time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). Annette Rochelle Aben from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge. Remember, it’s not so much about describing what’s in… Continue reading

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

Happy Summer Solstice! Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our poetry based off of the artwork from Kerfe Roig using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich,… Continue reading

New RELEASE: “Poetry Treasures”

I’m thrilled to announce the release of “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. Open the book and discover the poetry treasures of Sue Vincent (Author), Geoff Le Pard (Author), Frank Prem (Author), Victoria Zigler (Author), Colleen M. Chesebro (Author), K. Morris (Author), Annette Rochelle… Continue reading


WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! This week, Annette Rochelle Aben selected the words for the syllables only challenge. That means you can’t use those two words. You must find synonyms to replace them. Fun, right? Here are your two words: Hint & Bold Don’t forget, on the Monday before the next… Continue reading

WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #Synonyms Only: Annette rochelle aben

Welcome to this week’s poetry challenge stars! Jules picked some interesting words for us all to work with this week for our #SynonymsOnly challenge: Circled and Squared. At first the words intimidated me… but not for long. listed plenty of words. Circled synonyms: encircle, rotate, surround, loop, etc. Squared… Continue reading

Beyond | by Annette Rochelle Aben

Annette Rochelle Aben has written her first Gogyohka! Her poem addition to the weekly challenge rates her a place as one of our poetry stars! Please stop by and tell her hello! View from the window Frosted trees and bushes Blue peeks through white clouds Imagination removes the glass The… Continue reading

Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mentions, No. 152, #PoetsChoice

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and the honorable mention poetry that spoke to me. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines. Hi everyone. I just want… Continue reading