Friday, November 1, 2013



            Elizabeth Winchcombe--England
            Johnette Downing--United States
            Eleanor Michael--United States

Please welcome them to our community.  We now have representatives from the following countries--Australia, Canada, Canary Islands, England, France, Germany, India, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Wales.  I look forward to expanding this list in the future. Thank you to everyone that has supported Whispers in any way.        --Sincerely,  Karen


Robert Epstein, editor of the anthology, Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals, and Firsts, is pleased to announce its publication, which is available online at

(Editor note--Thank you Robert for including my poem in this anthology.  For those who enjoy haiku, I recommend this book.)

John W. (Bill) Williams published a science fiction book that he also illustrated called The Dream Hill.  To order copies from Xlibris Company call 1-888-795-4274 or go to  The website provides sample pages of the book for interested readers.

Rhoda Galgiani released Expressions From the Inside Out, a book of poetry in 2011. Rhoda's second book is a child's story entitled No Snow for Johnny in 2012. Both books are published by APF Publisher. They have received good reviews and is available online at and (search book titles or author's name at the appropriate website) or contact Rhoda at:

Brian Strand-Selected Poems, (published on kindle Sept 2013) a personal and representative selection to show the poet's poetic path from short imagism to structured prose.

Ndaba Sibanda’s short story, "Of Tokoloshe And The Translator" has been published in India by Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, and his poem "River Love" has been published by the Elohi Gadugi Journal. Links:

Celine Rose Mariotti has a home business, CRM Enterprises, where she edits and critiques manuscripts, designs note cards and business cards, helps you polish your resume, and sells her beaded jewelry. Contact Celine at:

Celine Rose Mariotti has a new book out, Minister's Shoes. It is a mystery/detective book about a Baptist Minister who solves mysteries with the help of the Lord Who appears to him and gives him clues. You can access Celine's book on Amazon,, Nook, and omnilit. It is both a print book and an e-book.

Patricia Nolan announces the release of her latest book Western Brushstrokes, a collection of haiku and Japanese ink art. Contact: or the book may seen at and ordered from:

Karen O’Leary makes homemade cards with poetry and other features.  With cards in stores getting so expensive, she would like to offer the opportunity to have cards with your poetry or cards she designs for occasions made to fit your needs.  She will be charging $2 for United States and $3 (US currency only) for other countries including postage.  Cards will include envelopes ready for mailing to others.  Sample cards are available.  Please contact her a if you would like to discuss options or if you want her mailing address to order a sample card.


Robert Epstein, the editor of the poetry collection, The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, is seeking haiku, senryu, tanka, and haiga related to the theme of the sacred, broadly conceived. Unpublished poems are preferred but published poems with full credits may be sent to There is no compensation for inclusion. The deadline is: 12/31/13. The anthology will be available for purchase online at

Robert Epstein, the author of an article on haiku and veganism and animal rights is seeking haiku, senryu or tanka on the aforementioned themes. Please send poetry to The deadline is: 12/31/13. There is no compensation for inclusion.

Please consider supporting The Pen, The Jokester, and Creative Inspirations by sending stamps or other small donations to help with postage.  Thank you for considering this.                ---Karen

Arthur C. Ford, poet/editor of The Pen (Poetry Newsletter) is looking for new subscribers and submissions. See information (click on guidelines).

Jean Calkins, editor: The Jokester, 2 pages of clean jokes free by email monthly, a forever stamp by snail mail (monthly or quarterly). Help bring smiles to shut-ins by contributing forever stamps. Even one stamp helps. Jean Calkins, 260 4th St., Waynesville, NC 28786-3762.

Maurice J. Reynolds, the editor of the poetry publication Creative Inspirations, is seeking poetry 20 lines or less for his print magazine. Complete guidelines are available at  Stamps or cash donations would be appreciated to help with mailing costs.

Whispers is always looking for new writers to join our community.  Please send family friendly poems 20 lines or less to  Complete guidelines posted 1/21/2013.  Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to the site. Please see the new collaboration poem opportunity posted October 29.

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  1. Dear Friends,

    Please welcome our new members and congratulate those that have published books or have other accomplishments. There are several opportunities for publication this month. I hope you consider submitting for some of them. In addition to being a literary journal, I'm striving to have this site be a supportive and encouraging community. Comments from others on poetry has been greatly appreciated by contributors. Thank you for those of you that are leaving these comments. What a blessing all of you are for participating in Whispers!


  2. Hi Karen. I want to thank you again for allowing Creative Inspirations to be a part of the Whispers community. It is a blessing as you are a blessing to the poetry world. Through Whispers, I have met some wonderful people and authors; some of them sharing with Creative Inspirations. Thank you for all you do and may the good Lord continue blessing you and yours abundantly! -MJ

  3. Dear Maurice,

    It's such a pleasure to be a part of Creative Inspirations and have an opportunity to share the gift of words in an uplifting way. Thank you for all the comments you left for other writers today. It's encouraging people like you that make Whispers possible.


  4. l would like to extend a very warm welcome to Elizabeth Winchcombe, Johnette Downing and Eleanor Michael. l am positive that your contributions will add another uplifting dimension to this friendly and supportive writing and reading community. Congratulations to those who have published books and to those who have scored other literary successes.

  5. Dear Ndaba,

    Thank you for your warm welcome and congrats for others today. What a gift you are to the writing community, always willing to encourage other. Blessings to you!