C. D. Finley, poet + writer
Daily tidbits on twitter as @coastalwrite - we're always on the shore of something, right?
C. D. Finley is a fiction writer, poet and artist now settled in a small hill town in western Mass. Her writing is featured in Straw Dog Writers Guild's Pandemic Poetry, the Center for New Americans' 2020/21 anthology, and Silkworm 14. In 2020 she was awarded 2nd place in Franklin County's Poet's Seat poetry contest.
From New York City originally, and having lived on both coasts, Finley (Fin) admits the serene Mohawk Trail area of western Mass. seems an unlikely place to wind up. She calls it home now and says the beauty of the area is transforming. "I developed a passion for noticing the details of things and it's made me a better writer. It's really due to my dad, who introduced me to the idea of beauty in the unlikeliness of things - how disharmony can be beautiful."
Fin now witnesses beauty in the apron of land behind her house; how she can see the river when enough leaves have fallen in autumn, or when looking out at midnight seeing moonlight on the snow. "The poet side of me has stepped forward--and even though I used to think of myself as a strictly a fiction writer, there is a bleeding through from one genre to another --poetry affects everything." Nearly March (below) tells of seeing snow falling off the roof into a perfect rectangle. It received second place in the 2020 Poet's Seat Poetry Contest and was published in the Greenfield Recorder.
C. D. Finley is a member of Straw Dog Writers Guild, Florence Poets Society, the New England Poetry Club and SCBWI. She values the extraordinary writing community in western Mass.
Western Mass. Links for Writers: (short list)
Stay in touch:
Find Fin on Twitter @Coastalwrite (not Facebook) OR use the contact form.
For more graphics + visual things, visit FinleyDesignArt.com
Grateful to have been a part of 30 Poems in November a fundraiser for the Center for New Americans in western Mass. Visit CNAM.org to find out more.
Bio box (fairly recent)
"At the Close of Day in Pieces was written in the winter of 2020 when communication was limited to what we heard about each others' day, what we told each other. I was (am) grateful for that communication , how we tried (still try) to be with each other in words even if our physical lives were (are) separate."
All photographs and artwork on this website are under copyright.
© 2020, C. D. Finley
© 2020, C. D. Finley