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Today’s first feature is poet, and outsdoorman, Nick Trandahl. He tells us about his writing, passions, family, and future plans.

My name is Nicholas Trandahl, and I’m a writer living in Wyoming. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. These days I pretty much stick to writing poetry, pulling inspiration from nature, my past, my travels and adventures, and of course my wife/muse. My poetry is reflective and quiet, somewhat observational; I like to set a scene and bring a reader along with me with a poem. I write poetry everywhere-out camping, on a trail, on a beach, in a car, in my bed. But when I get ready to type up the follow-up drafts, it’s at my antique writing desk at home. For the foreseeable future, I’ll continue to write poetry and publish it through my amazing publisher, Winter Goose Publishing. I’ve also published novels and short stories in the past, so we’ll see if I’ll publish more in my future.

I’m an outdoorsman that is always seeking to escape into the wild via camping, hiking out into the wilderness, or fly fishing. I also love to travel and use my travels as a major source of inspiration for my writing. I love to see new places and experience new things. My passions are my wife Brittany (she really ignited my passion for writing), my daughters Lily and Holly, and my unborn daughter due in September. Her name is Story.

I also, of course, love to read and draw my largest influences from Ernest Hemingway, Jim Harrison, Raymond Carver, Mary Oliver, and Gary Snyder.

My fiction and poetry has appeared in several anthologies. Through Swyers Publishing, I’ve published fantasy fiction (The Azure Wizard, 2012), poetry (Lost Yellow, 2013), literary fiction (Clark’s Turning Leaf, 2014; An Uncomfortable Life, 2014), and short stories (Cocktails & Other Stories, 2015).

With my new publisher, Winter Goose Publishing, I’ve published a poetry collection this year, Pulling Words. I’m confident that the poems in Pulling Words are my best writing to date. I’m so happy with the response so far to this collection of poems. My next poetry collection for Winter Goose Publishing is currently in its fourth draft and is tentatively titled Think of Me.


A house spider

skirts the wall of the room.

It belongs here.

It is an islander.

Later, walking alone

down towards the harbor,

I pass tourists.

I look down at my oxfords

as I walk.

I gaze at houses

with feigned nonchalance.

In my sweater,

my hair tousled by wind

that streaks up the hill

from the azure sea,

I pretend that I too

am an islander—

like the spider at the inn.

I don’t take photos.

I buy a bag of groceries,

and walk back

to the room.


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Here Comes the Sun: Travel Poetry Written by Katie Lewington. 

Grab a drink, and your shades, and read

Experience the thrill of summer, and travel with me through Europe, without needing to move from your seat, through airport baggage queues, cobbled streets, sandy beaches, and tourist shops.

Hey friends, I would appreciate any support you can give with my new summer, and travel, themed chapbook.  You can pre order it here 

Spotlight Stop. Pen Scratching Poets. Marilyn B. Wassmann. 

Pen Scratching Poets has been described as a delightful book in which the author shares her family’s collection of creative poems.

The poems compilation and art work are by Marilyn B. Wassmann, with contributions by members of the Benjamin family, and their descendants, with the technical assistance of Paul A. Wassmann.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section, Pen Scratching consists of the poems by Ethel T. Benjamin, and her descendants, and the second section is Marilyn’s poems.


Genre Poetry

Publisher Author House

Published November 1 2016

Available at Authorhouse Abebooks

About the Author

Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann was born in a leap year. 
She earned four degrees: two in Art History, one in Library Science, and one in Studio Art. 
In 2011, she retired from her work as an art cataloger at the Library of Congress. 
Marilyn and her husband, Paul, authored the children’s book, What the Wind Blew In. They live in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Book Review. The Little Black Book of Verse. Deleonora Abel. 

Genre Poetry

My Rating 👌👌👌👌

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Visceral, and mildly erotic, collection of poetry that is experimental, particularly in poem Offering, and has some dialogue. Alongside the poetry is longer pieces of writing, and photographs. Certainly a book for the senses, with tender feelings, and fruits. The opening poem Mango 

Parting the exquisite flesh

as juices moisten her fingers

If you hadn’t read the title of that poem first, you might have done a double take. 

Diaspora is a great poem about a moment in time. 

Book Review. Poems from a Family Man. John Marshall. 

Scottish poet and novelist, John Marshall, was born in Glasgow. He wrote his first poem when he was only 9. He is devoted to his family of five daughters. Despite having to manage a long-standing physical disability, he puts aside some time to write nearly every day. A selection of his observations and experiences are poignantly expressed in the poems in this book.

Genre : Poetry 

Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

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Augur Press 


Scottish writer John Marshall has an engaging writing voice. The poems in this collection rhyme. 

I like that the book has an introduction, and we learn about John Marshall’s likes, pets, family, and writing history. I also like the poetry. John Marshall writes about nature, his life, depression, living with a disability, loss, marriage, his children, and cooking. As a whole the poetry feels positive, and uplifting. Poems Life in Time, More ups, Less Downs, and Putting Things Right write particularly about finding the silver lining in certain circumstances.

John Marshall certainly has an inquiring mind, and asks a lot of questions in his poetry.

The poems Fifteen years Long, Life Being Born, Baby Peter, and Children are poems of a personal nature. Children uses humor, and asks

What about kids?

Are they a ball?

Or do they drive us right up the wall?

And with poem Cooking for Pleasure, with the lines My wife says I make the best madeira cake John Marshall seems the kind of man you would like to chat with over a cuppa, and a slice of that cake. 

Poems from a Family man is an assured debut from John Marshall. 

April First. National Poetry Month. 

To celebrate, my first steamy collection of poetry and prose, Porn Shots, is free to download to your Kindle device for five days! and 


An erotic collection of both poetry, and prose. 

Also included is a bonus short story, titled Chicken Nuggets and Nylon Knickers.

Read in Porn Shots experiences of dieting, a fur rug, travelling alone, an appointment with the doctor, and the hilarious attempts a couple make to spice up their relationship.

And as always my chapbooks on love, nature, food, and writing can be found at 

You can find out more on National Poetry Month at 

This also means I’m filling this blog with poetry this month. I’ve a stack of poets to share with you. Of course, if you don’t like poetry (maybe you will by May?)  I’ll still have some great fiction to share that I’ve read.