First up is Juleigh Howard-Hobson, who hails from Portland, Oregon. Juleigh presents two sonnets and one sestina. She writes of her own work:
My poetry has appeared in Umbrella, The Barefoot Muse, Worm, Contemporary Rhyme, Snakeskin, The Quarterly Journal of Food and Car Poems, Shit Creek Review, Mezzo Cammin, The Hypertexts, Odin's Gift, Shatter Colors Literary Review, Orb, Lucid Rhythms, Appalling Limericks, Arabesques Print Review, Strong Verse, Hex, Workers Write, 2008 Poets' Guide To New Hampshire (NH State Poetry Society), VerseWeavers (Oregon State Poetry Society), Silver Boomers Anthology (SB Publications), Mobius: the 25th Anniversary Issue, Bumbershoot, The Chimaera, Fourteen Sonnet Magazine, The Raintown Review... and a few other places besides.
I am the editor of The Runestone Journal, and have one chapbook, Sommer and Other Poems, put out through RavensHalla Arts, Portland.
I've won the prestigious Australian Returned Serviceman's League's ANZAC Day Award for poetry. I was a finalist for the 2006 Morton Marr Poetry Prize, won second place in the Formal Poetry section of the Illinois State Poetry Society 2006 Contest, and fetched third (Shakespearian Sonnet category) in the Oregon State Poetry Association's 2007 Spring contest. Poetry of mine has been nominated for "The Best of the Net 2007", and for The Pushcart Prize.As well, I just won the First Annual Torrington Library Poetry Contest.
My poetry is forthcoming in Pemmican, Orb, Candelabrum, Soundzine, PanGaia, Hex, Hawk and Whippoorwill, Poems For Big Kids (McAlister), More Sweet Lemons: Writings With A Sicilian Accent (Legas), and Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions (Marion Street Press).