In Their Own Way: 19 Poems

“In Their Own Way is a stunning collection of poems about family and dealing with change. From Chella Courington, a talented poet with a unique and nuanced voice, each poem will leave its mark on your heart. The first book selected from Crow Hollow Books first open reading period, and one most readers should have no trouble understanding why it needed to be published and available to the world.”   –Goodreads

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Here is another collection of beautiful poetry from Chella Courington, my friend and former professor at Santa Barbara City College. Today I tutor for Chella’s English 110 course. Chella Courington is such a wonderful person who spends many many hours a week teaching English and Creative Writing at the #1 Junior college in the nation, and I implore you to check out her poetry, especially this collection right here, with another cool cover. I promise you will be more than pleased. Her writing and poetry are beautiful, like her.  –-J. Vreeland  


Chella Courington earned a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of South Carolina and an M.F.A. in poetry from New England College. She is a Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College. Her prose and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Los Angeles Reviewlo-ball magazine, GargoyleThe Tusculum ReviewDanse Macabre and SmokeLong Quarterly. In 2016 Courington published was it more than a kiss (Flutter Press), a chapbook of poetry. In 2015, she published Love Letter to Biology 250(Porkbelly Press), a chapbook of microfiction, and Flying South (Kind of Hurricane Press), an e-chapbook of poetry. In 2011 she published Paper Covers Rock (Indigo Press), a flipbook of lined poetry; Girls & Women (Burning River), a chapbook of prose poetry; and Talking Did Not Come Easily to Diana (Musa Publishing), an e-book of linked microfiction.In 2004 Courington published her first chapbook of poetry entitled Southern Girl Gone Wrong(Foothills Publishing). Her work has been honored by Camroc Press ReviewThe CollagistQarrtsiluni, and Main Street Rag, and nominated for Best of the Net and Best New Poets Anthology.

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