Monica Ellen Smith has written poetry since 1991, and is a member of the community of poets. She is also an poet, and listed in the Poets & Writers Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, The Academy of American Poets; the Ohio Arts Council Directory of Ohio Creative Writers and The Internet Directory of Published Writers (WritersNet). She has recently been invited to join the World Poets Society (W.P.S.)http://world-poets.blogspot.com/and include her site in the well-known Scottish poet, author and artist, Dee Rimbaud's list of writers' websites http://www.rimbaud.org.uk/
Monica resides in West Liberty, Ohio and her work has been published internationally in print/online magazines [The Fairfield Review; Carnelian; Poetry Life and Times; Limestone Circle; Steel Point Quarterly; The Other Voices International Project (submission by invitation only); Folly; The Sidewalk’s End; High Horse; [http://www.muse-apprentice-guild.com/Muse Apprentice Guild (M.A.G.)], etc.
Her poems have also been published in Great Britain (Comrades), in the Canadian anthology, "Messages in a Silenced Hush" from the Georgian Blue Poetry Society, and the Indian anthology Taj Mahal Review. Some of her poems were included in the Lummox Press publication "Maytag Heights", in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. In 2003 her work appeared in the “Dream Whispers” anthology from Scroll Publications, and she was also accepted into the 2003 CD-Rom anthology, “Crystal Dawn", from Kedco Studios Artist Profile Press. The CD may be purchased at http://www.artvilla.com/kedco-ap/ More recently, her work was included in the anthologies "A Nickel's Worth Of Dreams" in May 2004, "For Better of For Worse" in January 2005, "Just Bite Me" in July 2007 and the November 2004 anthology "Spirit of Strength" from Voices Literary Magazine', which was published to aid the Cancer Society. It is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, online. A letter to her (deceased) father was purchased for a collection entitled “CeLebrations—Notes to My Father”— released May 2003, re-released in paperback in 2006-- an event of The Dawkins Project created to help children. The book can be purchased through the website.
Monica has also had her poems purchased to appear in the following two books by June Cotner: To Have and to Hold: Prayers, Poems, and Blessings for Newlyweds (P.O. Box 2765; Poulsbo, WA 983700) ("Homecoming"; "Mask" -- April 2007 release)
Miracles of Motherhood: Prayers and Poems for a New Mother (P.O. Box 2765; Poulsbo, WA 983700 ("Afterbirth" – March 2007 release)
Monica has one book of poetry, “Days of Fine Gray Ash”, a collection of poems regarding the many nuances of love. The book has been endorsed by Poet ; it can be purchased by contacting Monica directly or through the or via paypal: http://purplequill.com/days.htm , where you may read more about the book. Monica is currently working on her second book, a collection of Nature poetry.
Monica's photography credits include publication in:
Harvests of New Millennium (soft cover and hard cover) cyberwit.net ("Call of the Wild" and "Grand Canyon" -- October 2005)
The Sidewalk's End("Integration" -- May 2005) (online)
Poesy ("Barn in Spring"; "Country Schoolhouse"; "Window"; "Noah's Arc Has Run Aground"-- Issue 18, 2002) (print edition)
The Circle(Collection of Chicago Photos: "Chicago, My Kind of Town"--Autumn 2000)
About her writing, Monica explains I feel poetry need not be written in a complicated language for the select few. I find, even in the brevity of poetry the freedom of expression, and in that there is freedom in expression. She enjoys photography, writing and reading, exploring her ancestry and maintaining her web site, . Monica welcomes all correspondence at firstname.lastname@example.org .