Carol Dee Meeks

I am the 2007, NEW MEXICO SENIOR POET LAUREATE at "Amy Kitchener's." I've placed poems in Writer's Digest top 100, have Honorable Mentions at Bylines, am published at Poet's Forum, Potpourri and The Southwest Region of Haiku Society of America.

I hold memberships in BARDS OF A FEATHER, HIGH PRAIRIE POETS, NMSPS, and NFSPS. I chair the committee for the bi-monthly contests held by the High Prairie Poets.

I am retired.

My husband and I went to New York City in 2005, on a missionary trip with UPWARD BASKETBALL, a program through our church, after Billy Graham was there, and we feel we watered his seed.

Jack Young

I was born on cotton farm near Moulton, Alabama November 23, 1932. I was the third of 11 eleven children born to my parents William and Edna Young. There are nine of us left and I am the oldest living sibling .I attended a two room school from grades 1-6. There were only two teachers and no running water and we were heated by a pot bellied stove. We had good teachers in those days. I was a voracious reader and read every book in the small collection they called a library.

When I was in the third or fourth grade I borrowed Gone With the Wind from my aunt and read every word of it. I also got hold of a book of poetry and thought to my self, "I can do that." That is when I started writing poetry and here it is almost 70 years ago and still trying. Our visiting school superintendent read some of my poems and I was told some of them were published in the old Colliers magazine but I never saw them,

I am an accountant by trade and still work part time. I was Business Manager of a TV station for 20 years until I retired in 1997. Retirement didn't suit me so I went back to work for a radio station in the same capacity and I'm still there

God has blessed me with a talent for using words to express my feelings and He is my inspiration.

Mariane Holbrook

Mariane Holbrook has loved poetry since early childhood when her mother quoted liberally from James Whitcomb Riley and other American poets. Mariane began writing poetry in the sixth grade with a special bent for laughter and humor.

Later in life, she began writing a weekly humor column for a local newspaper that became popular enough that she was urged to compile the articles into a book of poems and essays which she titled, "Prisms of The Heart." A sequel quickly followed, titled, "Humor Me." Her more serious inspirational pieces have appeared in many online publications, in A-Life magazine, in the Texas Baptist Standard and various other church-related magazines.

Mariane is a graduate of Nyack (NY) College and holds a B.A. degree in education from High Point (NC) University. She, along with her husband, John, are former teachers. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.

Retired now and living on coastal North Carolina with her husband, she spends her time writing, reading, painting and playing and recording on her piano/organ.

Though partially disabled with a progressive degenerative disk condition, Mariane has used her disability to encourage the chronically ill through her website, www.marianholbrook-com. She welcomes your Emails at