Tina Hacker was a sophomore at the University of Illinois when a woman in her dormitory slipped an unfriendly note under her door. Shocked, she shed a few tears and wrote her first poem. Then, with encouragement from teachers and friends, she spent every spare minute writing poems. Within a year, her work was accepted by journals from the Universities of Wisconsin and Illinois.
Today, Tina lives in Leawood, KS, with her husband Lynn Norton and is an active member of the area’s literary community. She served as Co-president of The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO, and Vice-president of the eight-state Midwest Region for Women in Communications. She is the recipient of the Matrix Honor Prize in Communications and, in 2016, was named a Muse of The Writers Place. Since 1976, Tina has been poetry editor for Veterans’ Voices, a national magazine of prose, poetry, and art by military veterans.
A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Tina was a finalist in New Letters and George F. Wedge contests. She was Editor’s Choice in two journals and has been published in numerous anthologies and journals such as the San Pedro River Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Fib Review, The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers, The Ekphrastic Review, and I-70 Review.
Tina’s chapbook, Cutting It, was published by The Lives You Touch Publications. She is also the author of Listening to Night Whistles, published by Aldrich Press and available on Amazon.
Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (June 14, 2021)