Welcome, and hello! I'm Kharis Courtney. Before you stumble upon my poetry or blog and things get really personal, I'd love to tell you a bit about myself. I'm 28 years old, grew up in south Louisiana, and if I'm lucky I'll probably die here too--preferably after a last meal of boiled crawfish and gumbo. As for the finer details...

First and foremost, I am my own individual, with an identity not defined by my relationship with any other person. There are fabulous aspects to that, and things I'm still learning to love, but all of it is who I am, and I wouldn't trade it for a thing. Second to just being ME, I'm a wife to the handsomest man on the face of the earth, who allows me to call him all manner of silly names, suggestively winks at me even when I've been in the same pajamas for three days, and does the dishes on a regular basis. Finders keepers, ladies. I'm also a mother to three (soon to be four!) amazing children, who sometimes speak in algebraic equations, other times lick the paint off the walls, and always--ALWAYS--run around in the nude.

Beyond my personal roles, I run a successful-as-I-want-it-to-be graphic design business, Kharis Creations, creating logos, apparel, and invitations galore. You can see my work on my business website here.

Now the good stuff--what I assume you came here for--my writing. That identity that I talked about? Writing is a huge part of it. I started reading at the age of four and never stopped. At age eight, I decided to morph that love of words into a book of my own. It ended as well as you would probably think. After that, I put down the pen for a time, resolving never to write again, until I stepped into the world of teenage angst and began my poetry career. That too, went as well as you would probably think. Even so, at the age of fourteen I found myself published for the first time. One of my poems was featured in a local newspaper, thanks to the confidence of my eighth-grade English teacher, who believed in my abilities in a way I had never believed in them myself. Mrs. Pace, if you're reading this, thank you. You are the one who made me fall in love with writing and convinced me to never give up on my dreams.

Since then I have had short stories and poetry pieces published in other local and online sources, many of which no longer exist. One of the no-longer-existent sources even gave me an Editor's Choice Award for a short story! Of course, I believe my issue was the only issue they ever published, but hey, that's gotta count for something, right? My current goals include being brave enough to submit one of my novels to agents/publishers, writing even more novels, and having poetry or short fiction featured in a source that won't suddenly implode.

Now that we're acquainted, feel free to browse my poetry, fiction, and blog pages. If you're interested in writing yourself, I've got a great list of resources compiled for you here. Happy reading; happy writing!