“Do Not Be Afraid to Open Your Windows and Sing” by Marianne Peel
About the Author: Marianne Peel
After having taught middle and high school English for 32 years, Marianne is now nurturing her own creative spirit. Retired from the classroom, she occasionally engages in Field Instructor work with various universities, supervising education interns in the classroom. Marianne has also taught classes in Social Coaching for autistic adults. Further, she has spent three summers in Guizhou Province, teaching best practices to teachers in China. Marianne received Fulbright-Hays Awards to Nepal (2003) and Turkey (2009). She was recently a finalist in the Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize at Michigan State University. She also won the Poetry Prize and the Genre Prize at Jelly Bucket Literary Magazine, receiving a Summer Residency Award at Eastern Kentucky University (2017). Marianne participated in Marge Piercy’s Juried Intensive Poetry Workshop (2016) as well as Anita Skeen’s Narrative Poetry Workshop at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Further, Marianne received First Place Poetry Prize with ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere). Marianne’s poetry appears in Muddy River Poetry Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Jelly Bucket Literary Journal, EastLit Magazine, Remembered Arts Journal, Ophelia’s Mom, and Literary Orphans, Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy after 50, among others. Most recently she has work published in the critically acclaimed book, We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor. Currently, Marianne is a flute playing vocalist, learning to play the ukulele. She shares her life with her partner Scott, whom she met in Istanbul while studying in Turkey.
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