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Sherry Weaver Smith

Sherry Weaver Smith

Born: October 1969 in Athens Ohio, USA
Resides: San Ramon, California, USA
E-mail: sherry (at) sherrysknowledgequest (dot) com

Sherry Weaver Smith writes poems inspired by walking through grasslands of the American West, revisiting memories of Asian travels, and talking with her young daughter, Laura. Her poems have been published in the Arizona Literary Magazine, To Topos: Poetry International, California Quarterly, The Heron's Nest, and the Seventh Quarry (U.K.), and one of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008. She was honored to write a poem in response to paintings by Vietnamese children in the Speak Peace exhibit sponsored by Kent State University. Land Shapes: Selected Haiku Poems is her first poetry collection. When not writing poetry or attempting to craft children's fiction, Sherry works as a grants manager for Science Buddies, an educational nonprofit. She has an M.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford in England and a B.A. from Duke University.

Awards and Other Honors: Pushcart Prize Nominee (2008); Third Prize, the Dancing Poetry Festival (2008); Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational (2009); Third Place [Modern" category], ukiaHaiku Festival (2009).

Books Published: Land Shapes: Selected Haiku Poems [Illustrated with Chinese brush paintings by Sylvia Van Strijthem] (Richer Resources Publications, 2011).

Selected Work
rosary beads—
the baby's curled grip
around my thumb
blue leaves
a bare tree shadows
a graffiti wall
sidewalk blossoms—
street noise and a song's
last notes
comet's tail—
a moth flies
to distant light
tin houses and mud paths—
a girl plays
a soundless flute
morning fog
yet the goldfinch flock still
darts in trees

Credits: "rosary beads" - Mariposa (Fall 2009); "sidewalk blossoms" - Honorable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2009); "tin houses and mud paths" - ukiaHaiku Festival Winners Booklet (2008); "blue leaves" - ukiaHaiku Festival Winners Booklet (2009); "comet's tail" - World Haiku Review (Winter 2010); "morning fog" - World Haiku Review (Summer 2010).

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