Thank you to the 151 authors who participated in our WHEN I MOVED Poetry and Prose Series

It is always a pleasure to participate in the Silver Birch Press Series. This one in particular  got my creative juices flowing. I loved the feeling of exploring some uncharted waters and losing myself in the vortex of childhood memories. Thank you SBP for your continued support and your wonderful prompts!

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Thank you to the 151 writers — from 33 states and 17 countries — who participated in our WHEN I MOVED Poetry & Prose Series, which ran from August 9 – September 27, 2016. Many thanks to the following authors for their moving work!

Reina Adriano (Philippines)
Janet Banks (Massachusetts)
Cynthia Anderson (California)
Prerna Bakshi (China)
Shreerupa Basu Das (England)
Ruth Bavetta (California)
Gary Beck (New York)
Alice Venessa Bever (Wyoming)
RIck Blum (Massachusetts)
Katley Demetria Brown (Massachusetts)
Mary Buchinger (Massachusetts)
Larry Burns (California)
Alex Carr-Malcolm (England)
Susana H. Case (New York)
Abby Chew (California)
Jackie Chou (California)
Tricia Marcella Cimera (Illinois)
Sara Clancy (Arizona)
Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)
Joan Colby (Illinois)
Clive Collins (Japan)
Chloe Cotter (Canada)
Neil Creighton (Australia)
Barbara Crooker (Pennsylvania)
Gareth Culshaw (Wales)
Howard Richard Debs (Florida)
Carolyn Divish (Indiana)
Evel Masten Economakis (Greece)
Barbara Eknoian (California)
Kristina England (Massachusetts)
Ruth Evans (Massachusetts)
Peter Faziani (Pennsylvania)

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Thank you to the 76 authors who participated in our STARTING TO RIDE Poetry and Prose Series

It is always a great honor to see my work published alongside so many superb poets! A special thanks is in order to SBP for making this platform a cozy community. Cheers!

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We extend our appreciation to the 76 writers — from 21 states and 14 countries — who participated in our  STARTING TO RIDE Poetry & Prose Series, which ran from May 6 – June 4, 2016. Many thanks to the following authors for a terrific series!

Tobi Alfier (California)
Elizabeth Alford (California)
Shawn Aveningo (Oregon)
Daisy Bala (Wisconsin)
Prerna Bakshi (China)
Roberta Beary (Maryland)
Rose Mary Boehm (Peru)
Jude Brigley (England)
Don Kingfisher Campbell (California)
Stephanie Casio (Florida)
Sylvia Cavanaugh (Wisconsin)
Tricia Marcella Cimera (Illinois)
Gabriel Cleveland (Texas)
Joan Colby (Illinois)
Steven Deutsch (Pennsylvania)
Mike Dailey (North Carolina)
Anna DiMartino (California)
Renee Emerson (Arkansas)
Abel Fernandez (Florida)
Vincent Francone (Illinois)
Martina R. Gallegos (California)
Shivapriya Ganapathy (India)
Vijaya Gowrisankar (India)
Susan W. Goldstein (Florida)
Geosi Gyasi (Ghana)
Jennifer Hamilton (California)
G. Louis Heath (Iowa)
Kate Hodges (Pennsylvania)
Ian Hunter (England)
S.I. Kerns (Japan)
Sofia Kioroglou (Greece)
Jennifer Lagier (California)

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Swirling around like in a satin-lined jewelry box by Sofia Kioroglou (STARTING TO RIDE Poetry and Prose Series)

Thank you so much, Melanie, for the wonderful presentation of my poem. Love SBP and all the poems featured here. I always love to see how other poets look at the same subject and the SBP series are always so diverse and inspiring. I am so excited!!!

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Happy little girl listening the music from music box with ballerina isolated on whiteSwirling around like in a satin-lined jewelry box
by Sofia Kioroglou

My dad’s unwilting enthusiasm
does little to reduce my anxiety
actually quite augments it
as I try not to hit the pavement

I am only 7 but feel very responsible
not only for the things I do,
like cutting the roses from the garden
and having my mum get mad

but also for the things I cannot do
like grabbing the handlebars assuredly
and keeping the bike under me
trying to perform some kind of conjuring act

Lowering the seat does help, feet now firmly on the ground
with loose elbows and a light grip on the handlebars
I close my eyes and, lo and behold, now I am a ballerina
swirling around like in a satin-lined jewelry box

My reverie is soon interrupted by my dad’s gentle voice
I tell him I did the splits, even touched my…

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Thank you to the 93 authors who participated in our LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry and Prose Series

It is always a pleasure to see our work featured in SBP’s wonderful publication. We are humbled and honored. Thank you so much for the opportunity SBP gives to poets and authors to share their work with the world.

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We extend our heartfelt thanks to the 93 writers — from 23 states and 19 countries — who participated in our LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry & Prose Series, which ran from March 25 – May 5, 2016. Many thanks to the following authors for an awesome series!

Elizabeth Alford (California)
Daisy Bala (Wisconsin)
Nina Bannett (New York)
David-Matthew Barnes (Colorado)
Sarah Bigham (Maryland)
Shelly Blankman (Maryland)
Rose Mary Boehm (Peru)
Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier (Canada)
Kitty Bowerman (California)
Lucia Cherciu (New York)
Tricia Marcella Cimera (Illinois)
Marcus Clayton (California)
Courtney Mae Cochran (Minnesota)
Joan Colby (Illinois)
Clive Collins (Japan)
Linda Jackson Collins (California)
Daniel Roy Connelly (Italy)
Yvonne Connor (Canada)
Gail Cory-Betz (Washington)
Kymm Coveney (Spain)
Isobel Cunningham (Canada)
Bill Cushing (California)
Linda Katherine Cutting (Massachusetts)
Howard Richard Debs (Florida)
J.C. Elkin (Maryland)
Kristina England (Massachusetts)
Alejandro Escudé (California)
Jennifer Finstrom (Illinois)
Joan Gannij (Netherlands)
Lourdes A Gautier (New Jersey)
Gail…

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Something in my way, poem by Sofia Kioroglou (LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry and Prose Series)

Thank you so much Silver Birch Press for the wonderful presentation of my poem. Thank you again and again. Beautiful!

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The Crossroads. Country crossroads shrouded in with stop sign silhouette shrouded in fog.Something in my way
by Sofia Kioroglou

I see an obstacle
always a roadblock
in my dreams and when awake

I see this road sign
always the stop sign.
I thought third time is the charm.

PHOTO: “Crossroads” by ehrif, used by permission.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I wrote this poem after failing my third driving test. I was crushed when I failed it the first time but had thought I would pass it the second time. Third time is the charm did not work for me, though. I have given up the whole thing and see myself more suited to being a back seat driver.

SOFIA AT THE ATHENS FILM FESTIVALABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sofia Kioroglou is a poet, writer and prolific blogger residing in Athens, Greece, with her husband Peter. She remembers herself born with a quill in her hand writing poems and painting beautiful pictures. Her recent work “Guns and bullets” is included in…

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Sophia the Martyr, poem by Sofia Kioroglou (SAME NAME Poetry and Prose Series)

A special thanks to Silver BIrch Press for publishing my poem ” Sophia The Martyr” in their SAME NAME POETRY AND PROSE SERIES this January. Hugs and Kisses to all.

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by Sofia Kioroglou

What a weighty name
I must live up to!
A martyr and a saint
a widow and a mother
back in Roman Times
just as dystopian as our era
when Faith, Hope and Love
are tortured and burned over an iron grating,
then thrown into a red-hot oven,
finally into a cauldron with boiling tar
before bending their necks beneath the sword.
A grievous torture indeed to watch
the suffering of your daughters.
How could anyone
so little and small
like me be worthy of that martyr’s crown?

IMAGE: Icon of St. Sophia (died AD 137) and daughters Faith, Hope, and Love.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The first time I learned about the meaning of my name was in primary school when we had a religion class. I got stunned and speechless and wanted to devour anything about the life and martyrdom of Saint…

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