Attending a Poetry Workshop #WednesdayWords #WeeklySmile #Inspiration

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

My state poetry society, WyoPoets, holds an annual workshop, usually the last weekend in April, to commemorate National Poetry Month. These workshops usually consist of a reading on a Friday night and an all-day presentation on Saturday, which includes lunch. Attending these workshops always makes me smile because I have a chance to renew old acquaintances, meet new people, and, of course, write and learn about poetry.

This year’s workshop was no different. It took place in Douglas, Wyoming, about a three and a half hour drive south of Sheridan, where I live. I traveled with a group of poets. We left early last Friday afternoon and arrived in Douglas in time to check into our hotel and eat dinner at a nearby steak house before attending that evening’s reading, which, along with the next day’s workshop, took place at the county library. That night, WyoPoets unveiled its new chapbook, Emergence. We usually publish a chapbook of our members’ work every other year. Also, winners of our annual contest were announced and encouraged to read their work, which some of them did.

The next day, after a free breakfast at the hotel and the annual WyoPoets business meeting, the workshop took place. This year, I was impressed with our presenter, Camille Dungy, a poet from Colorado. She led us through a series of exercises and talked about strategies for writing and revising poetry. I ended up writing a poem that day. Lunch consisted of a taco bar at the Moose Lodge down the street, which was delicious. All in all, it was a fun and inspiring workshop.

WyoPoets also holds monthly readings on Zoom. You’re all invited to this month’s event, which will take place on Sunday, May 8th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You can share a poem or two or just listen. Please see below for details.


WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends! Please sign up to read and receive a Zoom invitation using this Google Form:

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be allowed based on time. Each poet gets 5 minutes to read.


Topic: Virtual Poetry Night
Time: May 8, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?






Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

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