Open my mouth, look, and read
profile2what I ate, or, sometimes
what I hungered for.
Sweetness, rotten
gaps, bits
gnawed and worn down to the root
charred bread and mistletoe, bits
of his hand
bit-back words, here
lodged in the throat.

From Session - Pedestal Magazine, October 2010

Shannon Connor Winward is an American author of literary and speculative fiction and poetry.  Her work has appeared widely in such venues as Pedestal Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, Strange Horizons, Illumen, Ideomancer, Silver Blade Magazine,, Star*Line, Hip Mama and PANK, as well as in genre anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.  Shannon recently earned Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest for short fiction, and as an emerging artist in literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts.  Her debut poetry chapbook, UNDOING WINTER (Finishing Line Press), was released in July, 2014.  Shannon is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and a Rhysling Award nominee.  She lives and writes in Newark, Delaware.