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Emilie Lindemann and I edited the collection for the 3rd Poetry Alive! event at the Manitowoc Public Library, a celebration of National Poetry Month held on April 2, 2022. I especially want to thank Karen Hansen of the Manitowoc Public Library and the Friends of the Library for sponsoring the program, publishing the booklet, and providing snacks for the attendees. The booklet includes original poetry by James A. Gollata, Tara Huck, Jody Kuchar, Ron Houssaye, Shannon Degrave, A.J. Wolff, and Jessica Van Slooten, as well as Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ernie Strauss, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and more. If you didn’t attend and you want a copy of the booklet, you may contact me. 

Here’s a happy announcement. The Joy of Their Holiness was awarded second honorable mention in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Annual Chapbook Contest! I immediately purchased the other three winning books and am truly honored to appear among them. I will immodestly add that I LOVE what the judge, James Armstrong wrote about my book. Since WFOP has updated its pages, I will quote him here.
Turnbull’s book considers a variety of subjects, from the joy of blueberries to memories of her father, a tuba player in a polka band, to various travel experiences. Throughout I had the sense that Turnbull pays profound attention to the world. She is a woman of faith but her faith is broad enough to include the reader who may not share it, in large part because she speaks in images. She is a poet of affirmations–sure that “Within the concrete, love waits like a crocus in March,” and I was willing to believe her.


I am grateful to Karen Kelsay at Kelsay Books for publishing my chapbook, The Joy of Their Holiness. In it, you will find 21 poems that examine the small moments of living and their resonance with the past, with the future, and with mystery.

The book is available from Kelsay and from Amazon. Please contact me at if you would like to schedule me for a reading.

You can download my micro chapbook, Rocking Chair Abstract (it’s free!), from the Origami Poems Project here:

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