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Congratulations, Keiko, the new Cupertino Poet Laureate

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re happy to share the news that Thinking Ink Press editor Keiko O’Leary is the new Poet Laureate of Cupertino, CA! Among her many roles at Thinking Ink Press, Keiko designs our instant books and flash fiction postcards, edits our poetry, and is the author of Your Writing Matters: 34 Quick Essays to Get Unstuck and Stay Inspired, which we published last August.

As Poet Laureate, Keiko is responsible for promoting the literary arts and inspiring creativity in Cupertino. She will be hosting in-person and online live events including workshops and community-focused poetry gatherings. Keiko’s two-year term began January 1, 2023 and will continue through December 31, 2024.

To connect with Keiko at Thinking Ink Press, consider submitting short stories or poetry to Keiko’s Calls. You can also reach her through her website at KeikoOLeary.com.

New book Your Writing Matters Is Now Available

We’re happy to announce that Your Writing Matters: 34 Quick Essays to Get Unstuck and Stay Inspired by creativity expert Keiko O’Leary is now available where books are sold!

The cover of Your Writing Matters: 34 Quick Essays to Get Unstuck and Stay Inspired, by Keiko O'Leary. "A beautifully written meditation on the writer's life," says Julie A. Fast, bestselling author.

In this engaging book of short essays for writers, Keiko O’Leary explores what it means to live life as a writer, offers encouragement and inspiration, and suggests practical techniques to cultivate your writing life. Whether you have years of experience or are just starting out, these essays will support you on your writing journey.

What readers are saying:

This is a book of welcome—which means that it’s a book of openings, the kind of openings that every writer needs to be inspired and connected—to the world, to themselves, to their fellow writers, to their stories … and to all of the mysteries that touch us as creators.

‘You deserve to create what’s in you to create,’ writes Keiko O’Leary. Yes. This book radiates yes. It radiates awakening.

—Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month

A beautifully written meditation on the writer’s life. The minute I started reading this, I thought, ‘Oh, I’m home!’ This book speaks to the writer in me, not the published person in me. I can’t speak highly enough about this book.

—Julie A. Fast, bestselling author of Getting it Done When You’re Depressed

If you want to write but feel intimidated, or you start writing but get discouraged, or even if you already write a lot but would like some encouragement and celebration—this book is for you.

—C. Borst, author of Soldiers in Grey

Keiko’s book inspired me to start working on a novel that I had been wanting to write.

—Erin Garcia, author, educator