Charlene Neely

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Full Name: 
Charlene Neely
City of Residence: 
Lincoln, Nebraska
Biography: 

Charlene Neely  has lived in Lincoln, Nebraska most of her life. She is a member of Lincoln Chaparral Poets, Nebraska Chaparral Poets, Nebraska Writers Guild and several other writing groups which all keep her muse on alert.  Her poetry has been published in Plainsongs, The Lincoln Underground, Persimmon Tree, Plains Song Review; Songs For The Granddaughters; Dreams For Our Daughters; Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace; Nebraska Presence; Perceptions from Nowhere and many other magazines and anthologies. As part of the Poetry Ladies Charlene and her daughter, Jeanette Bjerrum, present poetry programs in schools, Senior Centers and many other venues.Her recent book is The Lights of Lincoln with photos and poetry about the Light Bulb art project in Lincoln, NE.

Published Works: 

Books

The Lights of Lincoln                                                                                  2016

Soup Dreams                           Oragami Poets Project mini-chapbook                             2014

Lessons Learned                     Oragami Poets Project mini-chapbook                             2014

​Excerpts from a Young Girl's Diary        chapbook

Voices                                                        chapbook 

 

Poetry

Departure Postponed                           Art Move                                                Winter 2017

This City                                               ​Invisible City                                         winter 2017

​Dreams Are Memories the Heart Wishes   Invisible City                                   winter 2017

Poem I Should Have Written                The Best of Kindness                         2016

Learning to Speak                             Nugatuck River Review                         2015

Letter to Alice                                  The Lincoln Underground                           Spring 2015

A Thank You to the Ghost im My House   The Lincoln Underground                     Oct. 2014        

 Peculiar Women                              Celebrate XVIII                                           2014

I Have Not . . .                                    Celebrate XVIII                                           2014

After                                                     Celebrate XVIII                                           2014

At Bone Creek                                        Plainsongs                                        Spring 2014

The House with No Yard              Writing in Community                             2013

Closing the Cafe at Midnight          Writing in Community                            2013

She Was the 25th Cousin                 Plainsongs                                      2013

Beware of the Poets                     The Lincoln Underground                         2013

Old Bones                                        Celebrate XVII                                     2013

No Gladiolas Please                               Celebrate XVII                                     2013

In Any Language                                 The Lincoln Underground                  Summer 2012

Ode to My Cast Iron Skillet                The Lincoln Underground                  Summer 2012

Once in a Graveyard                            The Lincoln Underground                  Spring 2012

The Poet Goes Fishin’ with the Ghost of Her Long-Gone Father           Persimmon Tree            Spring 2012    www.persimmontree.org

What was Lost                                     Plainsong              V ol. XXXI No. 3  2011

What he said that night                      Plains Song Review  Vol. XIII            2011

they have betrayed her these bones                                Celebrate! Vol. XV               2011

Waiting                                                                  Celebrate! Vol. XV               2011

My name is . . .                                                     Celebrate! Vol. XV               2011

The Job                                                                  Celebrate! Vol. XV               2011        Intergenerational  Poetry 2nd Place

Feeding the Fires                                                 Celebrate! Vol. XV               2011        Intergenerational  Poetry 2nd Place

The Woman Who Knows                  Filling the Empty Room                       2010

What He Said                                                       All You Need: Love Poems from Around the World 2010 LLC

Stop-Light Delight                                               All You Need: Love Poems from Around the World 2010 LLC

My Cuddly Valentine                                          All You Need: Love Poems from Around the World 2010 LLC

As Far As She Could Go                    Celebrate! Vol. XIV  2010

Self Portrait                                           Celebrate! Vol. XIV  2010

The Memory of Dancing                    Celebrate! Vol. XIV  2010

Taking Turns                                        Celebrate! Vol. XIV  2010                    Intergenerational Poetry 1st Place

Swingin’ the Blues                               Celebrate! Vol. XIV  2010                    Intergenerational Poetry 1st Place

A Night to Remember (It was 1956)                  When I Was A Kid              2009

The Bus Driver That Saved Christmas (prose)               When I Was A Kid              2009

At the Inauguration                                             Secret Press USA fall 2009

The Crazy Woman                               Celebrate! Vol XIII 2009

This and That                                       Celebrate! Vol XIII 2009

Stroke!                                                   Celebrate! Vol XIII 2009     

Remembering University Place                          Lincoln Looks Back  2009

Stroke!                                                   the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

Plan your Epitaph                                the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

when the rains finally came                the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

too soon                                                                the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

shortages                                              the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

the birds will come                               the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

the sound of dark rising                      the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

The Stone Giraffe                 the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

I have listened                                      the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

a new broom                                         the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

Thelma                                                   the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

the crazy woman                                  the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

Dear Perplexed Poet                             the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

I was born                                             the month of April!!!! (2008 edition)

an ounce of prevention       Perceptions From Nowhere (the lincoln zoo)

Emily                                      Perceptions From Nowhere (the lincoln zoo)

there is fire                            Perceptions From Nowhere (the lincoln zoo)

Penny’s Sister                      Perceptions From Nowhere (the lincoln zoo)

I’ll Tell you When You Are Done!                    Celebrate! Vol. XII

On the 31st Night                                                  Celebrate! Vol. XII

unraveling                                             Nebraska Presence: an Anthology of Poetry (Backwaters Press)

So Early in the Evening                       Plains Song Review Vol. IX

Circling                                  Celebrate! Vol. XI

Grandma’s House                Celebrate! Vol. XI

What a Party!                       Celebrate! Vol. XI

Hand-me-downs                                   foreword to Tales of the Grandmothers by Pat Pike

Well I Never                          Celebrate! Vol. X

Alterations                            Celebrate! Vol. X

Let It Be Said                        Celebrate! Vol. X

Sticks, Stones and Old Bones            Plains Song Review Vol. VI

Spring-Time                                          Plains Song Review Vol. VI

Emergency Plan                                    Plains Song Review Vol. VI

Pearly Mae                                            Lincoln Journal Star article on LCP 4-6-04
Lead on, Oh Grandma          CELEBRATE Vol VIII

Dancing                                 CELEBRATE Vol VIII

Sings of Age                         CELEBRATE Vol VIII

Unraveling                            CELEBRATE Vol VII

These Old Bones                 CELEBRATE Vol VII

The Storm                              CELEBRATE Vol VII

Leave Me Alone!                                 Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace    2002

Something Unexpected       CELEBRATE Vol VI

A River Flowing                   CELEBRATE Vol VI

For My Daughter                                 Dreams for out Daughters     2001

Char’s Purse                         CELEBRATE Vol V


I will Not Go Quietly            CELEBRATE Vol V
 

 

The Day After                                    Plains Song Review Vol. IV
Hand-me-downs                      CELEBRATE Vol IV
Dancing Under The Moon      CELEBRATE Vol IV
I Am The Old One            CELEBRATE Vol IV
Still Life with Barn                                 Plains Song Review Vol. II
Hand-me-downs                       Generations Magazine Vol.3 No.1  June 2000
Dancing Under the Moon      Generations Magazine Vol.3 No.1  June 2000
Jelly on Toast              CELEBRATE Vol. III
The Good Wife               CELEBRATE Vol. III
She is a Part of Me                               CELEBRATE Vol. II
Of Mothers and Daughters                 CELEBRATE Vol. II
Four Lives                                 CELEBRATE Vol. I
The 'Very' Grandmother      CELEBRATE Vol. I
Family Secrets                       CELEBRATE Vol. I
Flu Season                                            HUMOR IN POETRY
Go Away Bear                                       HUMOR IN POETRY
Trespasser                  MIRRORS OF THE SOUL Modern Poetry Society 1995
An Uneasy Truce             A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
Four Lives                                             A FLOWERING: A FESTIVAL VOL 9
Tanner Hodson's Father                     A FLOWERING: A FESTIVAL VOL 9 
Four Lives                                             A FLOWERING: A FESTIVAL VOL 9 
Thirty Stockings            MUSE MAGAZINE                 
Anna's House                                        GYPSY VIOLIN
The Flames Were Everywhere            GYPSY VIOLIN
Women                            SONGS FOR THE GRANDAUGHTERS   
Making Sweetrolls           SONGS FOR THE GRANDAUGHTERS