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Julianza (Julie) Kim Shavin

Hello: You may call me Julianza or Julie (or any other name in or out of the book). Art is my "calling." I realize this can be interpreted to mean that I hear voices, or A voice, but read it as the preferred usage. It has taken many years for me to accept the honor (and yoke) of referring to myself as an artist, because I wanted to be fairly accomplished before making such a statement. My first love is writing. I have written continuously since childhood, mainly journaling, (a word my computer does not like no matter how spelled), then short stories, and now, mainly poetry. I am very active in the poetry scene in Colorado Springs. I am a member of Poetry West and have held two offices within that wonderful group. I like to perform slam poetry, participate in open mics, and recently was selected to partake in "6 Women, 60 minutes." I was a semi-finalist in the 2006 Pikes Peak Performance Poet of the Year award; the winner of the 2011 Pikes Peak Performance Poet of the Year award; Page Poetry 2012; and have a poetry show taped on Dec. 14 in Ft. Collins, posted on Creative Thinkers, International. I have had the I had the honor of passing audition and doing street performance street poetry last summer. I am currently putting finishing touches on a first book of poetry and artwork. Music is a great passion for me, almost neck and neck (pardon the cliche) with writing. I have been composing since age 9, and have performed in several states and many, many venues. I write for piano, piano

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