A Poet, creator, editor and author of 5 collections of poetry, “The Lost Lullaby,”  “Speak,”In The Shadow Of A Heartbeat, Letters To Your Ghost,” “If The Night Had Wings,”   and “Kill The Messenger, Conversations in the Dark,”  I am the founder of The Stray Branch, a print literary publication with an on-line presence publishing poetry, fiction, art and photography.

My poems have appeared in various print and on-line publications since my first publication in 1993.  Most recently I  have had four poems published in “Dandelion in a Vase of Roses” (Anthology of Poems from Nature, Joy and Sorrow) Chief Editor: Michael Lee Johnson, Co-Editor/Art: Ken Allan Dronsfield.

Current issue of The Stray Branch, Spring/Summer 2017 is also available, cover art by me and I also have a few poems and some other art/photos included.

I am also a wife, (married 25 yrs in June,) a mother, step-mother, and grandmother. On a more personal note, and I share this because it is the concept behind the publication I founded in 2008 offering a place for others like myself an outlet to share their poetry and art that is often shunned by other publishers. I am an adult survivor of child abuse at the hands of an alcoholic father who suffered from depression and other mental illness. To say our family was dysfunctional is an understatement and it is a wonder that my mother, brothers and I survived, physically at least. Whether or not we will all survive mentally and emotionally in the long run is still yet to be seen as we each have our own wars to wage within. My father passed away in May of 2008, never conquering his demons. I’m still battling my own, struggling with depression and anxiety which, despite the meds, still keeps me inside sometimes, afraid to leave my house or drive my own car and I spend more time talking to my dog than to other people, I’m okay with that part, he listens better anyway. Maybe creativity requires crazy and if so, well I’ve got an endless supply.


I created the animation below using photo lab and werble. (apps on my iPad)
The image inside the crystal ball is my photo. The header image was
created using a stock photo from www.123rf.com
Effects created using editing apps on my iPad.





Unless otherwise noted, all poems, quotes and other writings are my own.

My self published collections of poetry and writings. All are also available on amazon.


email: debbiedberk@gmail.com