Kathleen Powers-Vermaelen

About me

Kathleen Powers-Vermaelen holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Proteus, MotherVerse, Main Channel Voices, The Southampton Review, East Hampton Star, and in the flash fiction anthology The Best of Every Day Fiction Two. She teaches literature and writing for Ashford University online and at Suffolk County Community College, and she owns Paumanok Communications, a Long Island-based creative services company. She currently seeks representation for The Devil’s Belt, a novel set on British-occupied Long Island during the American Revolution.

From my website

Stupid Cancer -- An Original Poem

Stupid CancerI read an online meme today that began, inexplicably, with the words  Stupid cancer! and I sat there, baffled that a stunning word like cancer could be married to an underachieverlike stupid. The noun, insidious,loaded, life-changing. The adjective, what a toddler shouts ata sandbox playmate who stole her pail. A…

TURNed Off

"There are only a couple of things I have a problem with--the story and the dialogue."-- Michael Burgess (played by Alan Alda) in Sweet LibertyJamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull--one thing "Turn" did right What a difference a month makes. The last time I posted here, I was struggling with the…

Avoiding the Poison Pen

It's mightier. Wield it carefully.Last June, I met a fellow historical novelist--a truly lovely woman, who will remain anonymous for the purposes of this post--at the Historical Novel Society Conference. We chatted over Saturday breakfast about our manuscripts, and she handed me a complimentary copy of her self-published war novel,…

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