Author, Poet, Creative Book Designer

Word-Witch & Prose Metrist

Colleen M. Chesebro grew up in a large city in the Midwest. Keen on making her own way in the world, she joined the United States Air Force after graduation to tour the world and find herself. To this day, that search continues. 

 Today, she’s a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In 2016, she founded Word Craft Poetry, an online syllabic poetry community where she encourages poets with a weekly poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday. She encourages poets to grow by sharing how to create traditional and modern forms of syllabic poetry. 

Colleen believes that writing syllabic poetry strengthens our writing skills. When we create poetry, we gain command of language; cultivate a healthy vocabulary, master literary devices such as metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, and allegory. We learn to work in imagery. 

Colleen’s mission is to make syllabic poetry accessible to everyone, especially those who believe they can’t write poetry.

She’s the author of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, a new poet’s first step on their journey to learning the basics of how to craft syllabic poetry. Colleen’s poetry has been featured in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures,” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read” in 2020.

In 2021, along with JulesPaige she founded Word Weaving, A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse to serve the Word Craft community.

Colleen is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch.

In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates book covers for Kindle and print book versions.

UCPS Review: MJ Mallon, YA Author & Poet: I’m delighted with the formatting and cover design service I received from Colleen Chesebro @ Unicorn Cats Publishing Services. She did a great job designing a cover that matched my latest book; The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet perfectly. She gave me a range of cover options and I just knew when the cover was right!

The formatting service was carefully done with special care and attention to the placement of the poetry, as well as the all important front and back matter, ensuring that the end result met my high expectations. Nothing is too much trouble for Colleen, she will work with you to make sure that your book is to the standard you would expect from a professional publishing service. Highly recommended. 

Colleen is a member of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and supports IBPA’s industry standards checklist for a professionally published book.

MJ Mallon, Poet & Author

UCPS Review: MJ Mallon, YA Author & Poet

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