C. D. Finley, poet + writer
C. D. Finley (C. Desirée Finley)
has written always. "Classmates would come up to me in high school and beg me to help them "finish" compositions and I'd sit with them at lunch hour and we'd pound it out. It's more of a surprise to me than it would be to them that I'm a writer, and that's only because I'm an artist too. it's taken a lifetime to craft an alliance between these two sides of me and the musical portion of me has squeezed in around the edges."
Finley has been published in a variety of regional venues, including the Greenfield Recorder, (for 2020 Poet's Seat finalist) SDWG's Pandemic Poetry & Prose project, and the Center for New Americans' 2020 anthology, 30 Poems November. She'd admit moving to western Mass. has mobilized her writing, "It's so beautiful and peaceful --- as close to home as I've ever gotten."
Fin is a regular member of the Forbes Library Writing Room (via zoom). As a member of Straw Dog Writers' Guild she values their virtual events although, "It's easier for me to talk on paper than in front of people---even when they're in their little squares." She adds that Straw Dog Writers and the Florence Poets Society are amazing organizations and have kept her busy and engaged.
A city slicker from way back, Fin once would have considered the serene Mohawk Trail area of western Mass. an unlikely home. She was, however, introduced to beauty at an early age by her father--whether in a perfect pastry, bright orange Czechoslovakian china or the doorknob at a second-hand bookshop. "I developed a passion for noticing things," she says, and adds that it was born early along with an admiration of beauty. 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," she says, "And even though I think of myself as a fiction writer, there is a bleeding through from one genre to another --poetry affects everything."
The poem "Nearly March" tells of seeing snow falling off the roof into a perfect rectangle on the grass below. It received second place in the 2020 Poet's Seat Poetry Contest and was published in the Greenfield Recorder.
Being in touch:
Find Fin on Twitter @Coastalwrite (not so much on Facebook).
OR simply reach out via the contact form.
Bio box (fairly recent)
Western Mass. Links for Writers: (short list)
Finley's Twitter name is @Coastalwrite penned in bay area Ca. Known as as "Fin," she figures it still makes sense in MA.
All photographs and artwork on this website are under copyright.
© 2020, C. D. Finley
© 2020, C. D. Finley