Just Shy of Stars
PoemsBook - 2017
JUST SHY OF STARS is Annette Billings' eagerly awaited third book. This collection of poetry reads like a
journey across the continuum of human emotion with stops at the most poignant places in life. In this
book, as with previous ones, Billings writes about sorrow with the same bravado as joy and humor.
Annette Hope Billings is an award-winning poet and actress from the Midwest. Her dynamic style of reciting has led fans to dub her "the Maya of the Midwest." Her first book of poetry, A Net Full of Hope (2015), garnered the 2015 ARTSConnect ARTY Award in Literature. Her next book, Descants for a Daughter (2016), was a collection of
affirmations. Her poetry can also appears in the following anthologies: Gimme Your Lunch Money: Heart land Poets Respond to Bullying (2016), Twisting Topeka (2016), Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets.(2016), and Kansas Time ] Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry (Balkans Press, 2017). Billings' poetry can also be found in both online and print publications including Coal City Press (2016) and Konza Magazine (2016 and 2017). To view short videos of her poetry performances, visit tinyurl.com/anfohvideos, her website at http: //anetfullo ope.com /, her facebook: anetfullo ope, or on Twitter: @AnnetteBilling3
From Library Staff
As "Maya of the Midwest" Annette Hope Billings generates the power of hope in her poetry! On March 10, 2018 we met at the Wakarusa Valley Heritage Museum near Clinton Lake. 16 of us were serenaded by Annette—accompanied by the birds! We also learned deep history of the area’s displaced ... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Feb 09, 2018
I've read excerpts of the phenomenal poetry within these pages! Annette Hope Billings emulates her middle name and secures her reputation as the "Maya of the Midwest"!
Watch Annette's powerful & inspiring performance on TEDx Topeka--linked here on the tab labeled "More".