Stealing The Midnight From a Handful of Days

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About the author:
Born in Jacksonville, Illinois, Michele McDannold grew up in the nearby village of Meredosia, population never more than 1200. She has lived in west central Illinois most of her life except for one year in Las Vegas and a short stint in Nebraska.

Michele started writing poetry in grade school and maintained a connection with writing as an occasional pastime and coping mechanism. It was not until her early thirties that she began pursuing her poetry seriously and seeking publication. Since then, her poetry has been published in a wide range of print and online publications and anthologies.

Having only recently returned to a university to further her education, Michele's writing style is self-taught, developing over time and life experience, aided by a "sick" love for books. Her poetry tends toward the narrative-daily and life observations told in colloquial speech. Her perspective comes from that of a marginalized artist struggling with poverty, mental illness, motherhood and society's expectations of a woman and wife living in a small Midwestern town.

Michele is no new comer, she has been and still is an active participant in the small press community, making a huge impact for a number of years now. She was the Editor-in-Chief at "Red Fez Publications" for over five years, and in her own words, "for about as long as the most awesomest director Leopold McGinnis could stand for it." She is the founder of "The Literary Underground" a grassroots effort committed to supporting independent artists, promoting diversity in creativity and fostering community in the small press communities. Michele is currently the editor/publisher for "Citizens For Decent Literature Press", actively working on the "This Is Poetry" project with co-editor Brian W. Fugett of "Zygote in my Coffee" and proud as hell to have published the book of poetry "Random Acts of Terror" by Luis Rivas. In her spare time (haha), she helps Catfish McDaris out over at "Ppigpenn"--a literary arts blogzine, and those folks over at "Blotterature Literary Magazine" pretend to listen to the rambling on occasion.

Michele currently resides in Jacksonville, Illinois with her two teenage children and occasionally her wayward twenty-year old child. She is a full-time student and does a massive amount of hustle to keep the dream alive. Her cat's name is Ghost. He leaves her dead things as "offerings."

Stealing The Midnight From a Handful of Days

Authored by Michele McDannold
Introduction by Bill Gainer
Cover design or artwork by Kari Spencer, James Griffin
Edited by Iris Berry

Michele McDannold's, "Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days," is the recollection of a young women for whom each moment, breath, event of the day is trapped in memory. She greets sin as common, sorrow as an ally and joy as a mishap. Her poems are elegant in the telling of her innocence. It isn't that she hasn't seen the dark side, or been touched in undeserving ways. She has. Somehow she has embraced these moments, allowed herself to dream big and has stepped beyond the constraints of a mid-west up-bringing. Michele's poems come from those deep places, where secrets hide and she writes them with a fearless heart.

Publication Date:
1940213010 / 9781940213019
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / Women Authors

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