She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood was a USA Book News finalist for poetry and honored by the Military Writers Society of America. The idea is that these little books of about 35 pages can be popped into a greeting-card sized envelope or send as greeting cards by e-mail.
Kristin Johnson, screenwriter and founder of the Warrior Poets Project says, “[Both] poets continue to write poems that don’t sound either like banal Hallmark cards or the bitter-at-dysfunctional-family jeremiads that habitually torture MFA writing workshop participants.”
She Wore Emerald Then is available as both an e-chapbook and paperback and is illustrated with tender photographs by May Lattanzio. As it happens, it was released the week of the death of Carolyn’s mother—a fitting tribute. It is available as a free e-book from April 27 to April 30, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Targeted Age Group:
18 to 105
Our books is different from others because it is written by two of us. And because we live in different hemispheres. Poetry–real potry, not verse–is different because it is more heavily imaged, metaphored and similied (if there are such words!). And that’s another way poetry can be different. Madeup words are allowed. Think of the Jabberwocky in Caroll’s Alice books.
Symbols, too, may be more important than any other genre.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Not everyone agree, but I believe authors should be the joy of writing first. Fame and fortune–if it follows at all–will be more likely to follow the path created by love.
The coauthors of this chapbook are both award-winning poets and authors. Magdalena Ball runs the respected review Web site and newsletter, The Compulsive Reader (http://CompulsiveReader.com/html) and has written several full books of poetry and several literary novels including Black Cow and When She Sleeps.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers (http://howtodoitfrugally.com) and has been given several coveted awards including Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment given by members of the California Legislature, the Irwin Award, USA Book News awards, a Readers View award, and the Diamond Award in Art and Culture given by Glendale California Libary and Arts and Culture Commission. She is also listed as a poet in Poets & Writers magazine. She was also named to Women Who Make Life Happen by the Pasadena Weekly for her literary activism.
Though they live hemispheres apart, the two women work on their chapbooks using the wonders of the Web.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Magdalena Ball and I inspire each other, motivate one another. It was the pull of the Mother-Daughter relationship that made us choose Mother’s Day for the first chapbook in the Celebration Series.