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Selena Howard’s Bio

Selena’s early years were spent moving across much of the United States. In 1974 she returned to central Connecticut, her birthplace, where she currently resides. Selena began writing poetry to cope with the feelings that arise from the upheaval of a difficult home life; and in the process, developed a passion for expressing herself through the written word.

Selena’s grandmother was a source of inspiration in her early years, and she continues to surround herself with the people she most admires and respects. She enjoys reading the works of Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath, to name a few. She believes that your past does not define who you are, but that you define your past. A positive attitude is key to her successes, both past and present.

Her two favorite quotes are also mantras that she lives by:

“I’d rather fail trying than to fail by default.”

And, by Peter McWilliams—

“Come to the edge,” he said.
They said, “We are afraid.”
“Come to the edge,” he said.
They came.
He pushed them…
And they flew”

16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2012 5:40 pm

    Hi Selena,

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, so please visit me for more info:

    • January 10, 2012 6:34 pm

      Awesome !! Thank you so much . I’ve been since since before Christmas and my blog site has been neglected , I need to come have a peek:)

  2. Julie Catherine permalink
    January 15, 2012 3:02 am

    Lena, I have presented you with the Candle Lighter award; please visit my blog for more details ~ Julie 🙂 xox

  3. Stephen Francia permalink
    January 18, 2012 4:19 am

    Hello dear Selena. I just wanted to say your site is wonderful! I look forward to soaking up more of your wonderful poems and art 🙂

    • January 18, 2012 6:43 pm

      Thank you Stephen you are such an inspiration to me. I look forward to your offerings as well 🙂

  4. January 18, 2012 6:33 pm

    Thanks for visiting our blog. We meet in Madison… it sounds like that would be a bit of journey for you. Still, we do readings/fundraisers twice a year, usually on Saturday afternoons. Might be worth your time to come by!

    • January 18, 2012 6:42 pm

      Unfortunately it would be too much of a drive for regular visits but the fundraisers sound like something manageable for me to attend and something I might like to participate in. Thank you for having such a group in our state and for following my blog

  5. Julie Catherine permalink
    March 13, 2012 7:52 pm

    Lena, I have presented you with the Hope Unites Globally – HUG© Award – congratulations girlfriend, on this very important and extremely well-deserved award. Please see my blog for the guidelines. ~ Love, Julie xox

  6. Caddo Veil permalink
    March 26, 2012 2:55 pm

    Selena, this is so full of affirmation–that life is good, because we are over-comers; we make a conscious choice to move forward and create art from the rubble of the past. I love the flowers, too–apple blossoms, right? May God continue to bless you from His abundance.

    • March 26, 2012 3:44 pm

      Thank you Caddo,
      I’ve been a survivor since birth. I came into this world weighing 2lbs. 1 oz .I firmly believe that my life experiences (good,bad or in the middle)have been preparation for these times I find myself in now.I am passionate in all I do and my passions are what fuel me to action,Yes they are apple blossoms. I love their delicate look even while I know they are strong and hardy, much like people.Thank you for the blessings they are welcomed .

  7. May 25, 2012 9:51 pm

    It’s great to find another fellow poet!

    I’m happy to find your blog, Selena! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  8. May 27, 2012 8:10 pm

    Hello Selena,

    I would like to thank you for following my blog. I hope I do not disappoint you. I hope each of your visits in my blog will always be a joyful ride! 🙂

    Thank you again and have wonderful day! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  9. December 16, 2012 12:14 pm

    I just adore your poetry.

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