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Cedar Hills woman has poem published in 130-page anthology

First time published in Barefoot Muse, she says
by: Submitted photo JULEIGH HOWARD-HOBSON

Here's a holiday gift idea for the really discriminating reader on your list who you thought had everything.

A brand-new collection of poems, featuring the work of more than 50 poets, called 'The Barefoot Muse' will be out next week - and it includes a poem by a local woman.

Cedar Hills poet Juleigh Howard-Hobson is one of the writers featured in the new anthology from Barefoot Muse Press.

Howard-Hobson, who has been published in numerous print and online poetry journals, is the assistant poetry editor of Able Muse and the author of 'Sommer And Other Poems' (RavensHalla Arts, Portland).

'The Barefoot Muse' collection contains more than 60 poems from such poets (in addition to Howard-Hobson) as Kim Bridgford, Robert W. Crawford, Erica Dawson, Jehanne Dubrow, Annie Finch, A.M. Juster, Susan McLean, Aaron Poochigian, Jennifer Reeser, David J. Rothman and Gail White.

This coming Tuesday, Barefoot Muse Press will release its first full-length poetry collection, an anthology of the best poems published by the online poetry journal The Barefoot Muse during its five-year reign as one of the sought-after venues for formal and metrical poetry on the web. The 130-page anthology costs $10.95 (plus postage and handling) and will be available from barefootmuse.com as well as Amazon.

'I have a poem included in the anthology titled 'The Next Morning,' which is the only piece of work I've ever had published with Barefoot Muse and which they turned around and nominated for awards,' said Howard-Hobson. 'I guess they really liked it.'

Howard-Hobson said she works, 'poetically, almost entirely in formal metered verse, a style which is now gaining more and more popularity. It was once nearly impossible to find venues for rhymed work.'

'I always wanted to produce a print collection like this,' said Anna Evans, editor of the anthology. 'It's ironic that advances in technology have now made it practical for an online journal to offer a more traditional format in a cost-effective way.'

Contemporary examples of the sonnet, the villanelle, the triolet and the sestina take their place in the anthology, alongside more unusual forms such as the ghazal and the fib, as well as many poems in structures of the poet's own devising.

'The Barefoot Muse did not publish free verse,' explained Evans. 'But that still allows for a huge amount of variety.'

Juleigh Howard-Hobson, born in 1963 in England, has simultaneously written literary fiction, formalist poetry and genre work, along with nonfiction essays and articles, 'purposely blunting the modern 'brandable' concept of artistic obligation to any single form or movement,' according to her bio.

Named a Million Writers Award 'Notable Story' writer, her work has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and has appeared in print and online venues in England, Scotland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Norway and Africa.

'I started writing formal poetry when I was 16 years old,' she said. Although she has lived in England, New York, California and Australia, she said she feels 'most at home here in the Pacific Northwest and never plan to leave it.

'I'm a homeschooling mother of three, I have backyard chickens and belong to a local backyard farmer's market. I'm active in Washington County Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and I organize a Westside homeschooled teen group.'

She adds that she 'just bought a 1961 Pontiac Safari station wagon because it looks so good with my 1959 Cedar Hills ranch house.'

Barefoot Muse Press was established in October 2011 as a quality small press devoted to furthering the distribution of the best formal and metrical poetry. It can be found on the web at barefootmuse.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/Bare-footMusePress.