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    Week 14: Laura Lee

    It’s Heather Derr-Smith here & it’s my pleasure to share the work of Laura Lee (@LauraLe97942016) for the Daisy Chain o’ Poets! Laura’s author website is https://lauraleewriterpoeteducator.com/.

    Laura Lee is a Chicago area poet, college instructor, literacy tutor, and writer. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in print and online journals in the US, the UK, New Zealand, India, and Greece. She is also one of the kindest people I’ve ever encountered on social media.


    Laura has a deeply moving poem about grief, “Three Month Sentence,” just out in The Esthetic Apostle (@EstheticApostle). Please take a moment to sit with this poem:



    I found so much wonderful work as I explored Laura’s website. Here is another haunting poem of hers, “Red Halo,” originally published in the journal Prometheus Dreaming:



    Finally, this poem “Devastation” from Headline Poetry, where the incredible Hokis (@hokispoetry) is Senior Editor. I love how the women come together strong in this poem, I love the call and response. I love everything about this poem, which looks back toward the siege of Sarajevo:



    I’m so happy to have crossed paths with this poet, and this person. It was a thrill to share some of Laura Lee’s work with you here!

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    Week 13: Heather Derr-Smith

    Hello Daisy-Poet friends! This is Amy Poague here, ready to celebrate the poetry and work of Heather Derr-Smith @Hderrsmith! Her website is at heatherderrsmith.com.

    Heather studied at the U of Virginia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems appear widely in journals, and she is the author of four books of poetry: Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016), and Thrust (Persea Books, 2017).


    Heather also does extensive humanitarian work and is the director of Cuvaj Se @cuvaj_se, a nonprofit NGO supporting writers and students in communities affected by war and the international refugee/migration crisis. They have done work in Bosnia, Ukraine, and elsewhere.

    Check out this great organization at cuvajse.org.


    Here are two of the poems available to read on https://heatherderrsmith.com/ that especially resonated with me. The first is “Gouge,” from Thrust, which was also featured on Split This Rock:


    Equally moving is “Traitor,” from Tongue Screw, which was also featured on Verse Daily:



    Finally, do yourself a favor and subscribe to Heather’s YouTube channel:


    Her videos are collections of things that she loves – poetry, music, travel, family, dogs, cats, and lots of creepy and/or beautiful visuals.