Actually, Margaret is not just a poetic talent, but also an accomplished short story writer.
Her poetry appears in the company of similarly gifted authors between the covers of several anthologies, including works by Lakeside’s Not Yet Dead Poets. Both her poetry and short stories appear in a collection by a group of Lakeside female authors, and she’s also a frequent and popular performer at local poetry readings.
Margaret is also the literary executor for the late Jim Tipton’s poetic works.
Read more about Margaret, and find links to her work and reviews on Amazon here.
Janice Kimball has lived at least three lives. The first was as a mother and wife. The second is as an award-winning artist and talented textiles designer. And the third – which often vies with the second – is as a writer with a very distinctive voice.
Kimball’s book Three in a Cage is an uplifting story that tackles the real meaning of family, and – except for the “translated” musings of a talking parrot – is at its heart a true account set on the shores of Lake Chapala. The author calls her style “creative non-fiction”.
The tale revolves around an eclectic trio of roomates. Jani is the owner of a Mexican art studio, where she lives with native weaver Francisco and a chatty parrot named Max Bird. The story soon unfolds to reveal that they came together through happenstance, and that all three had tragic pasts.
Jani was once a self-described stalker’s wife, a woman who constantly feared for the safety of her children at their father’s hands. Her nightmares condemned her to a lifetime of insomnia and branded her with what later came to be known as post-traumatic stress.
Francisco, smuggled across the border at age fourteen to seek wages sufficient to help support his twelve younger siblings and mother back in Mexico, fell into tragic circumstances which left him a wandering, virtual amnesiac for years.
Max, an unusually articulate and insightful parrot, was kidnapped as a fledgling by poachers to be sold illegally. He has a crippled foot and clipped wings.
Together, these three attempt to build a new shared life on the ruins of their “ lost identities.” As they comfort each other and build a mutual trust, their wounds begin to heal and they become bound to each other as tightly as any family of shared blood. The route to their new lives, however, is sometimes circuitous.
This is an allegorical tale about an escape from the confines of traditional thinking which enables this earthbound trio to “fly without wings.” It’s a book to which ‘children’ aged 8 to 80 can connect equally, and its lesson is one that benefits well from Kimball’s retelling.
Collected short stories and poems offer readers a virtual buffet of writers and works, and the five collections featured below serve up tasting menus of prose and poetry by 26 Riberas Authors. A delightfully wide array of genres, subject matter, and styles will leave any reader hard-pressed not to find at least one new favorite among them. And, the Riberas Authors catalogue of nearly 100 Amazon titles allows readers to go back for a full serving of their favorites.
The women authors of this book describe themselves as “border crossers and boundary breakers” and “women who have lived their lives with a certain boldness”. Their work says the same.
Embracing the Fog. Four writers explore the lives of characters at life’s crossroads in short stories set on four continents and spanning more than a century. The authors’ distinctive voices lend an engaging variety of perspectives to the crossroads theme.