Author Bio - Cristina M. R. Norcross

Cristina M. R. Norcross is the founding editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review, and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their two sons.  Her latest collection, The Sound of a Collective Pulse, was published by Kelsay Books, Oct. 2021.  She is the author of 9 poetry collections including – Beauty in the Broken Places (Kelsay Books, 2019), Amnesia and Awakenings (Local Gems Press, 2016), Still Life Stories (Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books, 2016), Living Nature’s Moments: A Conversation Between Poetry and Photography (Vox Novus, 2014) with co-author, Patricia Bashford, The Red Drum (Lone Gull Press, 2013), The Lava Storyteller (Red Mare Press, 2013), Unsung Love Songs (2010), and Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art (2007) with co-author Irene Ruddock.  One of her poems from the book Beauty in the Broken Places (Kelsay Books, 2019) was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Cristina's works have been published, or are forthcoming, in numerous North American and international journals, such as: Your Daily Poem, Lime Hawk, Visual VerseThe Toronto Quarterly, Silver Birch Press, The Avocet, Right Hand PointingVerse-Virtual, and Pirene's Fountain, among others.  Cristina’s work also appears in the anthologies, Contemporary Women’s Literature (2007), Verse & Vision (2011, 2012), Sounds of Solace (2013), A Touch of Saccharine (2014), An Ariel Anthology: transformational poetry & art (2014, 2015), Twice Upon a Time (2015), Secrets and Dreams (2016), Poets4Paris (2016), the Bards Against Hunger Anthology (2017), The Poets’ Almanac (2016, 2017, 2018), Unsheathed (Kingly Street Press, 2019), Through This Door (Art Night Books, 2020), and Floored (Kingly Street Press, 2021).  She was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition and a finalist in the 2015 Five Oaks Press Chapbook Contest. Cristina was one of the co-editors of the project, One Vision: a Fusion of Art & Poetry in Lake Country (2009-11).  She is one of the co-founders of Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day.  (photo credit: Perren Photography)

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The Sound of a Collective Pulse

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