Recently retired HS English teacher after nearly 20 years. Have been writing 'all my life' which I guess means since around 10 or 12. Health problems caused me to retire a bit early, but I have managed to read at open mic at least twice a month...when my heart is ticking correctly. I've had quite a few poem published online, but not in print. Am working like crazy to put together my first Chapbook. I keep letting 'life' stuff get in the way. Can't seem to concentrate on gather my poetry in a cohesive way. That's why I'm so thrilled to join your community!! Folks to talk to AND those willing to help hone my words.