Congratulations to Vanessa Wright for winning the Christmas Writer’s Challenge!!!
She is a 47 year old visual artist, author, mom and pug breeder. Two of her Afrikaans short stories have recently been published in My kort vir jou sop available on www.amazon.com as an e-book and soon to be released in soft cover. She has taken part in Nanowromo 2012 and 2013 and reached the target on day 26. She has also published a collection of short stories on Smashwords, titled Twisted. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361196. She has her own blog at http://iread1966.wordpress.com, appropriately named Humouring the dark where the muse has captured many readers’ attention and a book about the character is in the offing. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter and is a member of a writing group. She leads her own book club and is a true bookaholic. Writing has always been her passion, however the timing always seemed incorrect as daily life interrupted more frequently than not. Now, she has decided to go big or go home.
Congratulations Joseph Imperi on winning the Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge!!!
Joe Imperi, 43 and a daddy of two young boys, Alexander and Christian, has been writing poetry on and off since high school. After his separation in April 2011, he founded the Dads Rights Coalition of NY support group on FB. This was done due to not being able to find an outlet for people in his situation. He is also a board member of Fathers and Families of NY. Writing has “saved his sanity” and has been his way of channeling his energy into something positive. By creating a place to vent positively against parental alienation, he has been able to help many afflicted by the same situation as his own. This is also when he decided to start writing his blog that is aptly titled “Saving my sanity, one blog at a time”. Joe declares himself a hopeful romantic, yet a lot of his poetry draws from the darker side of loves lost. He recently was published on the online journal The Cultured Vultures in the U.K. He is working on a compilation of country music poems that he hopes will one day become actual songs. One very recent poem of Joe’s, “She’s just a country girl”, now has a sister version written by Denise Baxter Yoder called “Country Gal”. The two of them hope to bring both poems together into a duet version in the near future.
Along with witting, Joe is an avid hockey fan of the Buffalo Sabres, a lover of fishing, festivals, rollercoasters and anything else related to his home town of Buffalo, NY.
You can find all of Joe Imperis work on his main blog site: www.dadsrightscoalition.wordpress.com
Joe is active in poetry communities found on FB and Google+ and also has another blog: www.savingmysanityoneblogatatime.blogspot.com
Finally, here is a link to his support group that supports not just Dads, but all parents affected by Parental Alienation: www.facebook.com/groups/DadsRightsCoalitionofNY/