Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. My appreciation of poetry was encouraged by my grandmother who I lived with between the ages of 9 and 13. During that time, she submitted a poem I wrote about a fish to my local newspaper, and when it was published, I was (insert horrible pun here) *hooked*. She always used to look at me half in awe and half in disgust and say, “Christie, you always have to learn things the hard way don’t you”. Yes, grandma. Yes.