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 on the Board of Directors and as Co-president of The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project and has been poetry editor of Veterans’ Voices since 1976. She enjoys giving readings and teaches adults and high school students how to give powerful poetry programs.
A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Tina was a finalist in New Letters and George F. Wedge contests. She was the Editor’s Choice in two journals and has been published in numerous journals and anthologies such as Missouri Poets, Show + Tell, The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers, Kansas City Voices, Coal City Review, Touch: The Journal of Healing, Flint Hills Review and The Orange Room Review.
Her chapbook, Cutting It, published by The Lives You Touch Publications, is on Amazon.
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (April 21, 2014)