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 forthcoming collection, The Sound of a Collective Pulse, is due to be released by Kelsay Books in fall 2021.  She is the author of 8 poetry collections including – Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art (2007) with co-author Irene Ruddock; The Red Drum (Lone Gull Press, 2013); Unsung Love Songs (2010); The Lava Storyteller (Red Mare Press, 2013); Living Nature’s Moments: A Conversation Between Poetry and Photography (Vox Novus, 2014) with co-author, Patricia Bashford; Amnesia and Awakenings (Local Gems Press, 2016); and Still Life Stories (Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books, 2016).  Her latest book is Beauty in the Broken Places (Kelsay Books, 2019), and one of her poems from this book was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Cristina's works have been published, or are forthcoming, in numerous North American and international journals, such as: Red Cedar, Your Daily Poem, Lime Hawk, Visual VerseThe Toronto Quarterly, Silver Birch PressThe Poetry Storehouse, 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), and 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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