A Selection of Published Poems to Read -Click  title below
if a title is not underlined, poem is only scheduled for publication

Sharon Lopez Mooney, poet, is a retired Interfaith End of Life Chaplain, living in Mexico now with frquent visits to family in northern California. Mooney has been writing since the 1970’s when she owned a used bookstore in a rural arts locale in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mooney was given a California Arts Council Grant for a rural poetry series; was nominated for “Best of the Net” 2022, and chosen for “Editor’s Choice” 2022; co-published a regional anthology; co-owned an alternative literature service; produced poetry readings, and continues facilitating poetry feedback workshops.

Mooney’s poems are in publications nationally and internationally, like: “The Blotter, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Kennings Literary Galway Review, California Quarterly, Ginosko, Door is a Jar, The Ricochet Review, Glassworks, Tipton Literary Journal, Sybil, Revue {R}Évolution”; anthologies: “CALYX, Cold Lake, & Smoke & Myrrors” (UK), amongst many others.

Writing History

I never wrote poetry as a youngster. I grew up in a mildly diverse ethnic working class community where the closest I got to literature of any kind was the 'Reader's Digest' condensed versions of books. Once I got to Catholic boarding high school, my greater education began, but still I did not write my own poems. Even in college the thought never came to me to write poetry.

 

In 1975 when my young family and I moved to the West Marin County California small community, Point Reyes Station, I did start writing with the inspiration of the community of writers who met at the used bookstore we owned. The store and book collection had developed a literary reputation even before we took it over, and we continue to build it. It was in that writer's group, which morphed into a group that lasted for twelve years, where I learned to write and edit poetry.

In 1978 I received a California Arts Council Grant to establish a rural poetry series; also over those years I co-published a small regional arts anthology; was a co-owner of an alternative literature service; and produced poetry readings and performances, all the while as I was mother and life partner to a wonderful photographer, and was known to be a political activist. That was the beginning of my writing career.

 

I've been seriously writing since 1978. Now, I am a crone writing in an uncommonly common voice of age and experience about people’s stories, death, aging, and witnessing our culture, while I put shoulder to the wheel of change and hope, with all I write. I retired from Interfaith Chaplaincy in the End of Life field, and live in Sonora, Mexico, and visit my thriving family in northern California. Over the decade my poems have been published in a variety of journals and publications, check above to read those published poems.

Only poems that have been published are included on this website. On the poem page is the publication date and where it was published. The links that are live (underlined) are poems that are available to read, but the non-underlined pieces are waiting the publishing dates.

Publications:

Fallow Dee

The MacGuffin

Muddy River Poetry Review

The Voices Project

The Avalon Literary Review

Adelaid International Magazine

Galway Review

Ginosko Literary Review

California Quarterly 

Sybil Journal

Poetic Medicine

Door is a Jar

Glassworks Magazine

Amethyst Magazine

Shot Glass

Young Ravens Literary Review

The Field Guide Magazine

Midwest Zen

California Quarterly

The Blotter Magazine

The New England Monthly Poetry Digest

Publications:

The Ricochet

RoundTable Literary Jouranl

Hags on Fire

NewVerse News

Visible

Writing in a Woman's Voice

Evening Street Review

Unlikely Stories Mark V

The Mindful Word

Smokey Blue Literary &  Arts Magazine

Field Guide Poetry Magazine

Soul-Lit

Umbrella Factory

Literary Forest Magazine

Existeré

Kennings Literary Journal

ClockHouse

Revue {R}Évolution

Ginosko Literary Review

Memory House - University of Chicago

Anthologies:

Cold Lake Anthology

CALYX: Women and Aging

Songs to the Sun

Poetry is a Mountain

The Wide Open Sky

Words are Power

Smoke & Myrrors (UK)

Revealing Everything Anthology