MARCH 2021 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH / 2021 AUTHOR OF THE YEAR at Spillwords.com
The author is American-born but world-travelled. His writings cover fiction and non-fiction, and cross most genres. Although his experiences and shared thoughts are not always unique, it is his hope that his words will bring comfort, joy, or insight to his readers.
Embrace Life by Ann Christine Tabaka
3 Hours at Cape Hatteras by John Hansen
To Hell and Back by Sarah Einelle
Only in My Dreams by Diane Leopard
The Poet by Eva Marie Cagley
Holding Hands by Michelle Ayon Navajas
The Christmas Moon by Rain Alchemist
The Daughters of The Hindu Kush by Kalpna Singh-Chitnis
Always and Forever by Juliya Susan Jose
Mine by Karen Lynn
Cry of the Indigenous Child by Saher Lalani
Halls of Heroes by Verona Jones
Untouched by Ana Dee
Spotlight On Writers – Suzanne Craig-Whytock
Generational Fragility by Lynsey Fyfe
The End or A New Beginning? by Cristina Crucianu
Reverend Rupert’s Obsession by Verity Mason
Ruxx’s Present by Mark Kuglin
Lil’ Matador by Charles R. Bucklin
The Maple Leaf by Jim Bates
The Sniper Team by John L
Going To the Dance by Rita Miceli
Inspiration by R.C. Morgan
Happy The Elephant by Bob Laurie
…On Poetry and Fiction Just “One Word” Away (“Wind”) by Phyllis P. Colucci
Staffing Problems by Steven Elvy
Mask Theater by Katarzyna Dominik
Ode to Man by Thaddeus Hutyra
The Raft by Marian Rodziewicz
Insurgent Love by Gosha Kulisiewicz
I, Jew by Eliza Segiet
Traktat o Kolorach XIX by Konrad Stawiarski
Colibri by Carmen Frech Oliveri
Cicatrices y Huellas by Jose A Gomez
La Mano Crudele di Bia by Francesco Abate
La Vie en Rose by Bhavya Prabhakar
Astropsychography by Januário Esteves
Penelope and Odysseus by Tasos Kyrtasoglou
Der Leuchtturm by Wolfgang H.
We honor Thaddeus Hutyra for his outstanding contribution during the past 2 years that have amassed 14 publications, which have led to 12 nominations in various categories. In addition to his writing contributions, Thaddeus is an international supportive voice for Polish writers and paved the way for other writers to join our literary community. We thank you and are privileged to call you the Contributor of The Year 2021.
Thaddeus Hutyra (known also as Tadeusz Hutyra) was born in Poland where he attended schools and begun to study at the prestigious Jagiellonian University of Cracow. Shortly before the emergency state announced by the communist regime on 13th of December 1981 he left Poland in search of a better life abroad. Primarily he intended to emigrate to the United States of America, the goal he was never fortunate to fulfill. Instead he found himself in New Zealand where he lived 5 years and afterwards he had a brief period of travelling across some Asian and European countries, he lived for a while in China and Hong Kong before finally settling down in Belgium. He is active on Facebook and in other social media. He published a number of books both in English and Polish.
We are proud and excited to recognize The Spillwords Press Socialites of The Year 2021. They support our community, engage with other writers on spillwords.com, celebrate the achievements of others, encourage readers and writers alike to join our global movement via social media and that’s in addition to their literary contributions. You are true ambassadors and for that we are grateful.
APRIL 2019 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH / 2019 AUTHOR OF THE YEAR at Spillwords.com
Gabriela Marie Milton [Spillwords name Gabriela M] is a #1 Amazon bestselling poet and an internationally published author. Her literary work appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She is the author of the #1 best-selling poetry collection 'Woman: Splendor and Sorrow', Vita Brevis Press, July 2021 and, the author of 'Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings', Vita Brevis Press, April 2020. Under the name Gabriela M she was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press (NYC). Her piece 'If I say I love you' was nominated for 2020 Spillwords Press Publication of the Year (Poetic). Gabriela is also the editor of MasticadoresUSA. She blogs at Shortprose.
I am a mother and grandmother who enjoys writing but usually just for my own pleasure. I was born in Essex but spent many of my adult years in various overseas wherever my husband was working. I studied Sociology originally at University but began teaching English as a Foreign Language while abroad. On our return to the UK I began working in adult education teaching Literacy and Numeracy but always had a passion for Early Years education. As such I retrained and spent a number of years working as an early years practitioner, until I retired in November 2019. I now live in Leicestershire and have two grown up children and two young grandchildren with whom I love to play and read stories to.. During Lockdown I wrote a number of little short stories for them, which i recorded and shared with them just for fun. My first little children's story book Off to the Beach was published by Bumble Bee Books (part of Olympia Publishers) in April 2021. It really was a lockdown project!
OCTOBER 2021 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Barbara Leonhard’s work is published in Spillwords, Anti-Heroin Chic, Free Verse Revolution, October Hill Magazine, Vita Brevis, Silver Birch Press, Amethyst Review, PhoebeMD: Medicine & Poetry, among others. Barbara has won prizes and awards for her poetry in the anthology Well Versed 2021 and Spillwords, where she was voted Author of the Month of October 2021, nominated Author of the Year for 2021, and recognized as a Spillwords Socialite of the Year in 2021. You can follow Barbara on her blog site - Extraordinary Sunshine Weaver.
Eva Marie Cagley R.A. was born and raised in Waterloo Iowa, where she spent most of her time working with teenagers in a group home and at a Juvenile Detention Center as a counsellor. Working with teenagers gave her great joy, having had none of her own. She comes from a large family of nine children having six brothers and two sisters. She has always had a love for poetry. It had always been a dream of hers to publish a book of her own poetry. A dream came true! Her first interest in poetry was when she was in Sixth grade English class and they were studying Robert Frost. It gives her great pleasure to share her poetry with others. She says her poetry reflects who she is. Her beliefs, perspectives, trials and tribulations, hopes and despair, dreams of all her lives’ journey. She belongs to the International Society of Poets and The National Authors Registry. Her books can be found on Amazon Kindle and Lulu Paperback.
Sean O’Leary has published two literary short story collections, ‘My Town’ and ‘Walking’. His novella ‘Drifting’ was the winner of the ‘Great Novella Search 2016’ and published in September 2017. He has published nearly forty individual short stories in big and small press all over the world and been shortlisted for the Booranga Fiction Prize twice. His short story ‘Fremantle’ was shortlisted for the Daylesford ‘Word in Winter Award’ in 2019. His crime novella ‘The Heat’ was self- published in August 2019. ‘Crime Double Feature…Neo Noir’ featuring his novella ‘Preston Noir’ was published in January 2021. ‘Wonderland,’ his collection of crime fiction stories was published in the UK through Close to the Bone Publishers on May 28th, 2021. All books are on Amazon. His new crime novel ‘Going All the Way’ will be published by Next Chapter in 2021/22. He lives in the South-east of Melbourne, tries to walk the length and breadth of the world, likes travelling, is a film junkie, supports Melbourne Football Club (a life sentence), and writes like a demon.
Steven Fortune is the author of five poetry books, and has appeared in several print and online publications, including a feature on CBC Radio. He has also served as a Head Editor for his publisher's company. Steven resides in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
MAY 2017 / JAN-FEB 2019 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Dilip Mohapatra (b.1950), a decorated Navy Veteran started writing poems since the seventies. His initial foray into the world of literature was through poetry workshops in college and inspirations from his teacher Jayanta Mahapatra, an acclaimed poet in contemporary English. His poems have appeared in many literary journals of repute and anthologies worldwide. Some of his poems are included in the World Poetry Yearbook, 2013 and 2014 Editions. He has six poetry collections to his credit published by Authorspress, the latest being Dewdrops of Dawns, which has received raving reviews in multiple literary journals globally. Currently his latest, a Professional book titled Campus to Corporate which is a career navigation manual for the students aspiring for a successful corporate career and for newcomers to the industry to survive and succeed has become a best seller with more than 10000 copies sold. He lives with his wife at Pune, India.
Writing is a huge part of my life. I eat, sleep, and breathe it. I consider it not only my passion but also my therapy. I’ve collected a lot of paperback journals over the years, and while they have served their purpose in allowing me to collect my thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the world around me. I knew there’d come a day when it wouldn’t be enough, I knew I had to start sharing my work in the digital universe. Transcribe this world of ours through my eyes. One way I can do that is through my poetry.
OCTOBER 2020 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords Press
On Trinidad, the larger island of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is where Sheila was born. After a rewarding childhood, she migrated to the United States in the summer of 1969. Soon thereafter she became a Naturalized Citizen. Though she never took a Poetry class, her passion for poetry compelled her to a prolific self scholarship. Sheila resides in New Jersey where she spends her time enjoying her grandchildren and preparing her collection of poetry for publication. Sheila Henry’s writing style can best be categorized as Visual Poetry, blending emotion and vision into a poem or story of color. Her poems and short stories are featured at Spillwords Publications, Literary Yard, Sweetycat Press and other publications.
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