Contributing Muses

Rebekah Choat

Becka Choat is a lifelong lover of words who spends many hours each week in a room of her own, writing or reading and drinking coffee. Her book reviews can be found at, and her poetry and other musings at You may also follow @beckachoat and/or @booksbybecka on Twitter.

Dr. Crystal Hurd

Crystal is a writer, reader, public school educator, and adjunct professor.  She is happily married with three beautiful Terriers (adopted from local shelters).  She is a certified book nerd who loves to read and research works involving faith, literature, art, and leadership.  You can visit her webpage , friend her on Facebook, (Crystal Sullivan Hurd) and follow her on Twitter:  @DoctorHurd and @hurdofficial.

Doug Jackson

Doug Jackson is a preacher/professor/poet who after a quarter-century in the pastorate now teaches spiritual formation, pastoral ministry, and Greek for the Logsdon Seminary program at the South Texas School of Christian Studies in Corpus Christi. He blogs at “Sermoneutics,” a weekly sermon-starter column based on the Revised Common Lectionary (, and “A Wineskin in the Smoke,” where he publishes occasional pieces ( He lives in Corpus Christi with his wife Becky, who is a minister of music, and his bullmastiff, Spurgeon.

Andrew Lazo

By day, through most of the year, Andrew Lazo works as a high school English teacher, regularly cajoling, threatening, wooing, enticing, bribing, and even tricking teenagers into reading thoroughly and, if and when at all possible, enjoying their reading, especially poetry. As such, he covets such kind thoughts and prayers as you might send his way; here he offers some thoughts as a kind of war correspondent on the front lines of the battle to make poems matter. His web page is, and you can connect with him on Twitter: @andrewlazo.

Dr. Holly Ordway

Holly is a poet, teacher, and apologist exploring the intersection of literature and faith, reason and imagination. Follow Dr. Ordway’s reflections on the practice of living a holy life at her website at You can become a friend on Facebook, ‘like’ Holly’s Facebook page,  and follow on Twitter: @HollyOrdway

Roslynn Pryor

Roslynn is a veteran high school English teacher, lit-jock, poet, occasional blogger at Pushing the Bruise, and aspiring novelist.  Her passions are wide-ranging, and include exploring the growth mindset and the benefits of failure.  She is a lover of the natural world, lying indulgently in bed and “wasting” the day reading, and photographing amazing skies and other beauties, all of which are easy to do in California, where she resides with her animal menagerie.

Bethany Rohde

Although it’s been over a decade since she got her English degree, fresh school supplies never cease to thrill her. Bethany enjoys writing rough drafts on crisp, college-ruled paper, outdoors by her lavender hedge. Some of her final drafts have found homes at Tweetspeak Poetry’s Every Day PoemsMothers Always Write and Makes You Mom. She also has fun helping people as a Community Care and Social Media Associate for Tweetspeak Poetry. You can find her on her blog here.

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