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Featured Poet : Michelle Ailene True
Michelle Ailene True is a writer, editor, publisher, book reviewer, workshop leader, career mentor and more. Born in Chicago, she resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her son, a cat and two gerbils., and also feeds a number of wild animals such as birds, squirrels, ducks and geese in her backyard.
help aspiring poets learn how to get their work published. She has had three books of her poetry published – "True Reflections," "True Emotions" and "True Identities." She leads Poetic License Writers Group and published their first anthology, "Reflections" (October 2005). She was awarded Volunteer Achievement Certificates in 2004 and 2005 for her work in founding and leading Poetic License Writers Group.
She also published "In Katrina's Wake: An Anthology of Inspirational Poetry." Twenty authors from across the United Stated contributed their poems for this book, and all proceeds of this book are donated to the American Red Cross and similar organizations.
She publishes True Poet Magazine, an ezine she founded in 2003. She mentors high school students interested in a writing career. She is a professional book reviewer for www.BookIdeas.com and www.BookZonePro.com. She provides editing, proofreading and audio book publishing services to other authors. She presents her poetry publishing program for the public and participates in literary festivals, local open mikes, book fairs, multi-author panel discussions and book signings.
In April 2006 she will host the first of what she hopes to be an annual WriterFest at the Indian Trails Library in Wheeling, Illinois, where local authors will answer questions from readers and aspiring writers and sign and sell their books.
True will be doing poetry writing and publishing presentations at many libraries for the "Inside Writing and Publishing" series in 2006. These free seminars, presented in affiliation with the North Suburban Library System, offer people an opportunity to meet with authors to learn how to sharpen their writing skills and get their work published.
True developed an 8-week program called "Fun with Poetry" targeted for 10-12 year olds and was going to teach it for the Buffalo Grove Park District in 2004. However, the person who accepted her proposal left the park district; her replacement did not want to sponsor it at that time. True hopes to find a home for this program at another park district.
True is a member of several literary organizations, including: Society of Midland Authors, Chicago Writers Association and Illinois State Poets Society. She has written numerous articles about writing poetry, starting a poetry writers group and many other topics.
When True isn't spending time with her son, family and friends or writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies, digital photography, website design, health club workouts, dining out, roaming around art galleries/museums/antique shops, taking long walks or bicycle rides and disco dancing.
Books coming in 2006 include a non-fiction outline to success for poets called "The Poet's Manual: How to Go from Aspiring Writer to Published Author and Beyond" and her fourth poetry book, "True Perspectives."
More details of True's poetry activities can be found on her website: http://www.michelleailenetrue.com
Below is one of her poems, which was published in her second book, "True Emotions:"
We see in each other
what we want to see;
the truth is hidden
It's easy to love
until the first fight;
when the unknowing
begins to bite.
We refuse to see
all that we must;
we live in delusions
thought fair and just.
pretending we have
while settling, which
we swore we never would.
Afraid to ask
for what we need,
our hungering soul
is unable to feed.
who we are;
how did we
let it get this far?
from lie to lie;
too hopeless to dream,
never daring to try.
Not taking a chance,
never changing or growing;
sentenced till death do
us part, unknowing.