|Issue 7:||March 2021|
many mountains climbed out of despair searching for freedom but thinking rescue lines are still chains
:::the path of most resistance one step then another holding back holding on the pilgrim’s choice
:::layers of life like waves frozen in stone where ancestors have walked before us
—After a photograph by Cindy L. Sheppard: The Chains That Free Us
—One of four Finalists in The Chains Writing Challenge
lives and writes as a witness poet in the hills of Boulder, Colorado. She is active in the Denver Lighthouse for Writers and the Boulder poetry community, and a regular at several national open mics (now on Zoom). Her work is published in multiple online venues including Writing In a Woman’s Voice, Tuck Magazine, The Poet by Day, Right Hand Pointing, Quatrain.Fish, and With Painted Words.
Her writing is also anthologized in print: Hay(na)ku 15: A Commemorative Anthology (2018; edited by Eileen R. Tabios, inventor of the hay(na)ku form); Minnie’s Diary: A Southern Literary Review (2018); Startled by Joy 2019 and Startled by Nature 2020, volumes one and two of the annual Gabriel’s Horn Anthology, New Poetry in Traditional Forms; and Refuse to Stay Silent: A Collection of Verse + Visuals From Colorado Creators (Pink Progression, 2020).
Ms. felio has worked for 30 years in underserved communities providing mental health services to individuals and families with trauma histories.
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