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"I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's; I cannot reason and compare, my business is to create." William Blake

Background Information

I have been writing since I was a teen, mostly poetry, and I also have some completed rough drafts of adult and children's fiction. I Co-Edit a local free children's magazine called "Whimsy," and am currently working on my third middle grade novel. My poetry is mainly ekphrastic, but I also write free form, too. I suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic pain, so if I am slow in reading your work, read it sporadically, or disappear for awhile, this will be why. It's not because I choose for it to be that way. I don't really like adding that and giving it any space in my bio, but I don't want the people who I read and who read me to get the wrong impression :) Blessings to you all~~ Michelle~~

 My major writing influences are:

 Novelists/adult:  Oscar Wilde, Dostoevsky, Thomas Hardy, Nick Hornby, Joanne Harris, Mil Millington, Katie Fforde, the Brontes, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Georg Sand, Wilkie Collins, Daphne DuMaurier, Richard Llewellyn, Gwyn Thomas, Rebecca Shaw, Josephine Cox, Helen Fielding, Phil Rickman, Gordon Houghton, Simon Maginn, Bernard Taylor, Stephen King, Poe, Salinger, WIlla Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James.

 Poets:  Wilfred Owen, Christina Rossetti, Lord Byron, Shelley, Auden, Neruda, Edna St Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Dylan Thomas, RS Thomas, Dorothy Parker, Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Anna Akhmatova, Maria Tsvetaeva.

 Childrens:  Jack Gantos, Dick King-Smith, CS Lewis, Malachy Doyle, Roddy Doyle, Angela Johnson, Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Dean Myers, Louisa May Alcott, Mo Willems, Roald Dahl, Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg, Joan Walsh Anglund, Mercer Mayer, Richard Scarry, Beatrix Potter, Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein.

 Music:  Two of my biggest writing influences ever- Jamey Johnson and Manic Street Preachers.

 Artists:  Lord Leighton, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James Tissot, Burne-Jones, Millais, Monet, Manet, Morisot, Courbet, Friedrich, Delacroix, Fern Isabel Coppedge, WInslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Benson, Magritte, Caillebotte, Degas, Alison Jay, James Ransome, Eloise Wilkin, Garth Williams, Jane Dyer.

 Religious:  St Therese of Lisieux, St. John of the Cross, St Bernadette, St Dymphna, St Matthew, St Catherine of Siena, St Francis, St Anthony, Father Adolpho, Monsignor Martin, Father Robert, Father Anthony Mary, Father Mark Mary, Father Joseph Mary, Padre Pio, Lee Strobel, John Pridmore, Sister Mary Martin Jennings.

 Film Stars: Cary Grant, Lon Chaney, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, John Garfield, George Brent,Vincent D'Onofrio, Franchot Tone, Robert Montgomery, Leslie Howard, Spencer Tracy, William Powell, Lionel Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin,Willie Best, Norma Shearer, Merle Oberon, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Patsy Kelly, Butterfly McQueen, Greer Garson, Rosalind Russell, Jane Russell, Hedy Lamarr, Barbara Stanwyck.

 Heroes: My Mom, my brother, Eric Mead, St Therese of Lisieux, Bob Geldof, Thich Nhat Hanh, Booker T. Washington, Madame CJ Walker.


Birth Place
Poughkeepsie, NY United States

Poetry chapbook:

"Moongirls and Nightdreams," by Michelle Mead, Palace Poets, Copyright, 2003

Print Magazines:

Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine,
Issue 2-Winter 2009,
Edited by Samantha Rose,

Windmills:The Red Issue
Third Edition, Words@Deakin

Songs of Innocence(And Experience)
Issue Five, 2004
Edited by Michael Pendragon

Waterways:Poetry in the Mainstream
Volume 30
Issues: 2,4,8,9
Edited by: Barbara Fisher & Richard Spiegel

POlluto:The Anti-Pop Culture Journal

Issue Three: Sex in the Time of VHS
Edited by Adam Lowe, Autumn 2008,
Doghorn Publishing

Issue 4: Queer and Loathing in Wonderland,
Winter, 2009
Edited by Adam Lowe, Doghorn Publishing

Issue 6: Identity Theft and the Octopus Kid,
Edited by Adam Lowe and Victoria Hooper, 2010,
Dog Horn Publishing

Trespass Magazine, 2008
Edited by Sara-Mae Tuson

Golden Visions Magazine:Science Fict. & Fantasy,
Jan. Feb. Mar. Winter 2010,
Edited by Christine Lajoie Golden,
Online poetry

Emerald Tales:A Bi-monthly Journal of Short Fict,
Volume Two, Number Two, April 2010
Theme: It was a bright and sunny day
Edited by Diana Lyles

The Thirty First Bird Review: The Commited, Critical and Creative Journal of Religion and Literature
Volume One, Issue One
August 2010
Edited by Edward Simon

Cross Stitch Crazy,
Issue 114 and Issue 133
Poetry Corner,

Pennysaver Poetry Contest,
June-August 2009,
Second Place Winner


Issues: April 2008-Unicorns, May 2008-Trains, June 2008-Egypt, July 2008-The Senses, August 2008-Muses, October 2008-Leaves, November 2008-Ice, December 2008-Wings, January 2009-Ox, March 2009-Selkie, August 2009-Wizards, September 2009-Indian Myth, October 2009-Faery Court
Editor: Ellen Million

The Clockwise Cat,
Issue 8,
Editor: Alison Ross

Sketch Notes
October 2008, Autumn/Halloween,
Edited by Leann Marshall

Apparatus Magazine: A Literary Journal from the Internal Machine,
March, Volume 1, Issue 9, 2009/2010,
Edited by Adam W. Hart,

Gutter Eloquence Magazine,
Issue 6, November 2009,
Edited by Jack T. Marlowe,

Underneath the Juniper Tree,
July Issue, 2011
Edited by Marjorie Merle,

Favorite Links

A children's magazine that I Co-Edit and that is distributed free locally.

Whimsy Talks
This is a second site that displays interviews from the magazine I Co-Edit, Whimsy

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