Tonia Marie Harris
Bio: Tonia Marie Harris resides in south-central Illinois with her husband, three children, and three rescue animals. She lives happily (albeit frantically) among chaos, poetry, and books. Her muse is a cross-dressing goblin with a penchant for rum and Kafka novels. She is Vice President of WME Community Works, a non-profit organization that spearheaded the recent development of a grassroots library that serves her village and the surrounding communities. Tonia find inspiration helping children of all ages discover, or rekindle, their love for literature and learning. Where there are stories and children, there is magic. Where there is magic and a safe place for dreaming, there is love. Poetry is where her heart and truth reside and her latest venture involves bringing verse to the public in all its intimacy. She types personalized poetry on a vintage typewriter, wherein she delivers her poem to its recipient the old-fashioned way (snail mail), or can be found spinning verse at art and music festivals and local establishments. In addition to free verse, Tonia writes flash fiction and the occasional fairy tale. Her work has appeared in an artisan magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, and various anthologies. She is also an administrative assistant for Writer Unboxed. Chocolate is her kryptonite. You can connect with Tonia on Twitter @TMarieHarris, or on her website, http://vintagesoulpoetry.wordpress.com.