BIO

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Cody McCullough studied journalism in college and worked as a reporter for several years before becoming an English teacher. In 2012, Cody began writing a collection of poetry titled: THE PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE. Original poems from this collection were first published on his blog. Since that time, Cody has edited the entire collection while also working on other projects. He published the updated collection earlier this year. He is currently writing and editing another collection of poetry titled LOST IN TIMEΒ and is putting the finishing touches on his debut novel under the working title 2021: A TIME ODYSSEY. Cody lives in Sherwood, Oregon, with his wife and daughters.

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179 thoughts on “BIO

  1. thank you for stopping by my blog and hanging out. i also look forward to reading your work. the funny thing for me is that I love to write, but poetry has never been my cup of tea – until lately I have been reading some beautiful work from some very talented poets/writers and now it seems I am writing poetry – but i am strictly a neophyte. you are a poet:)

    • Thank you for the comment. I never thought poetry would be my thing either. Once I started writing poetry, though, I found that I really enjoyed and loved it. Writing poems can be very relaxing and calming. I do have one problem with poetry writing, though. For some reason, I can never stop tinkering with my poems…. Fortunately, once I publish my poems on this site, I have no choice but to release them into the world.

  2. I know what you mean about the market for poetry these days. I like to write nature poems and am planning to self-publish a book of my poems and short fiction stories. So I checked amazon.com last night. Four books of nature poetry — one the reprint of a hundred-year-old volume. Hmmm… Oh, well — it’s a labor of love.
    Have you checked out the many literary journals like “The Seattle Review”, “Pearl” and “Raven Chronicles”?

    • I really should look into literary journals. Most everyone I know thinks I’m crazy for publishing all of my poems on this blog, without even looking into publishing first. When I created this site, I had a master plan in mind. The plan is to reveal everything after I publish the last poem. I have to admit, though, my confidence wanes from time to time. Even if I fail in the end, I figure I’ll have a good story to tell at cocktail parties….

  3. Thanks Cody for stopping by blog and liking ‘Valley of Lilies’. Poetry wasn’t my strong suit in school and when I was an English major, I cringed when I had to take a poetry class.

    I read some of your poems and really enjoyed ‘The Forgotten Realm’, ‘Constantinople’, ‘Our Decision’ just to name a few. I’m looking forward to coming back and reading and enjoying more!

    • When I became an English teacher, one of the first classes I taught was Poetry. I had no background in poetry previously, but it quickly became my favorite class to teach. Since then, I’ve enjoyed reading and writing poetry more and more.

  4. Hello you, published or not you should be thrilled to know you have people from possibly half way across the world reading your poems. And I don’t know quite how to say this, but it’s good to know that the kind of pleasure that one would experience after giving birth to these little pieces of beauty, exists. It was a pleasure stopping by.

    • Sounds like a good plan to me. Sometimes its not a good idea to go digging in the past, but in this instance I think you’ll like what you find….

  5. I’m liking the poetry I’ve seen on your site so far! Did you like the University of Oregon? I’d thought about doing graduate work there… Thank you for stopping by my site! I’m eager to read more of your stuff. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for stopping by my site too. Yes, I loved my time at the University of Oregon. I did my graduate studies at Western Oregon University, but nothing compares to the U of O.

    • Thank you for the offer. Unfortunately, between being a dad, working full-time, this blog, and the next project that I’m writing, I’m all booked up.

  6. hello. first; thanks for the like on my blog, The National Harold-Gazette.
    some good poems you have. i wish you well with them. have you thought about possibly publishing a book yourself?

  7. Hi there! thanks for liking my post. As an amateur and not-so-good writer I am greatly honored that you did care to check my work. I know it’s not that good that’s because I only compose during my pass time.

    • I liked your work. It was good. I have a hard time getting time in to write too. Sometimes life is so busy and hectic…

      • Thank you so much for the appreciation. It’s giving me inspiration to be more creative with words despite of the fact that English is not my native language.

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog! I just returned from a writers conference and would like to pass on a caution mentioned there about posting poetry or other written works on blogs, especially if you want to get them published in a lit mag. Take a look at their submission guidelines. You may find that they will not consider a poem for publication because it has already appeared for the world to see on your blog. That’s NOT to say that NO publication will consider your poems, but it might be prudent to check, especially those where you really want your work to appear. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the heads up. When I originally wrote my About page, I figured that I would try to get a few poems published in magazines. That was before my master plan fully evolved in my head. I will reveal more after I publish the last poem in this collection. In the meantime, I’m perfectly happy publishing all of my poems on this site.

      • Cool! Very unusual for a poet to have a master plan. Most of my poet friends are not planners; their heads are otherwise occupied. Although, I could say this about quite a few writers I know, given any genre. LOL

  9. Thansk for passing by my blog and liking my poem. I love that you write poems about topics that are important! I will follow your blog gladly look forward to read all of your 70 poems πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for visiting my site too. I hope you like what you read. If you like the poems on important topics, I have a few coming up that I think you’ll enjoy very much.

    • I helped a school district in Oregon create an online program last year. I’m still the head teacher for the program. It’s been a lot of work, but an enjoyable venture.

  10. Hey Cody, thanks for stopiing by my beeseeker blog -and liking the Status Quo piece I posted – inspired, perhaps you guessed by the reformation of the original Status Quo.
    Appreciate you taking the time to find it.
    Good luck with your own blog.

  11. Hi Cody,
    thanks for visiting JurnalDeCafenea which, unfortunately, is only written in romanian, my native language. I like your writting and am already following! I saw you liked my post about the question plans for the weekend. I also have a quesiton, ather blant (sorry!) but I am curious now, do you speak romanian?

    • I wish I spoke Romanian. Fortunately for me, I use Google Chrome as my web browser. When I visited your blog, Chrome allowed me to translate from Romanian to English. I’m sure Google Translate isn’t perfect, but it is a really useful tool. I’ve had a lot of fun reading blogs from around the world, even in languages I don’t speak.

      • That’s an idea! I never tried it, thinking that Google might fail to convey the message accurately. Maybe I’m wrong. I am curious now what meaning Google gave my text. I should try and see, it could be fun. πŸ™‚ Nice day!

  12. Hi Cody,

    Thanks so much for the recent like on my blog post about snow. It led me to your blog. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    I love to write also, but am not a poet. Although I am going to compose a little poem about my love of Peeps.

    Happy blogging!

    Nancy

    • Thanks Nancy. Here in Sherwood, my girls have been hoping for snow all winter. We didn’t get any this year. We did get some ice, though. Anyway, thanks for checking out my blog.

    • Well said. Truth be told, I’m much better at writing than I am at communicating verbally. For some reason, the spoken word always fails me. Fortunately, though, I found a way to express my thoughts via poetry.

  13. I continue to enjoy your work and have named you to receive the “Very Inspiring Blog” award. Check my site for details in about an hour. – Paul F. Lenzi at Poesy plus Polemics.

    • You are right. On the plus side, I did send out four recently written poems last week. Now the waiting begins….

    • I’m glad that you like my work. It’s always good to know that people like what I’m doing. Sometimes I lack confidence, but comments like yours make me feel much better.

    • Not yet. So far, I have just read your post about financial imperialism and your about page. I like what I’ve read so far. I looked for the templates chapters, but couldn’t find them. It looks like you have a lot of good work. I’ll have to delve in further.

  14. Folks tell me that self publishing now for poetry is the way to go. But I’m not sure. I write for me to have fun. Thanks for sharing your works. I’ll book mark your place so I can go through your collection when I have time. I think it is quite admirable to find so many poets who will share on the web. I’ve read more poets in the last two years than I ever did ‘in school’. And not many of them famous.

    Cheers and thanks for stopping by my place.

    • There are many good poets on the web these days. Like you, I like to write for fun. I’ll be looking into publishing more seriously with my next project. This blog has been a great confidence builder, and has helped me get my name out into the universe.

    • Thank you. I do my best. Writing each poem was fun, but releasing them can sometimes be nerve-racking. Comments like yours, though, put my mind at ease.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog too. I’ll do my best to continue expressing and sharing myself. I’ve had a lot of fun with this project. I hope the next one is just as fun.

  15. ABSENCE
    Everything is absence for which it wants to
    Just from this convince otherwise
    To create a magical universe
    To get an activity
    Then by this force of nature
    You become someone I assure you
    Exciting and balanced
    But before this electric phase
    A last literary type test
    After this layout as a end

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    Thank you for your visit on my blog and I wish you an excellent full moon πŸ™‚

  16. Thanks for visiting the Jenn stories! Glad you found one you liked. πŸ™‚ Please come back again any time and share your stories, too.

    How do you become an on-line English teacher? That sounds cool . . .

    • Thanks for visiting my blog too. With regard to becoming an online teacher, it was sort of a roundabout process. After earning my bachelor’s degree and working as a reporter and editor for several years, I went back to school and earned my Master of Arts in Teaching. Then I got a job as a teacher, but due to budget cuts I bounced around for several years. Eventually, I found myself in a school district that wanted me to help start an online program. Definitely not how I plan things, but it worked out in the end.

    • I’m glad you like the image. My wife and I were participating in an urban scavenger hunt. We had to decipher clues and complete various tasks throughout downtown Portland. It was a lot of fun. In the picture, we were trying to drink beer without using our hands. Neither my wife, nor I were very good at the challenge. We did have a good time, though.

  17. Hi Cody. Nice of you to pass by and like my poem ‘ Mask!’ i only have a degree of life. Spent most of my lifetime writing down my thoughts and feelings. Don’t dwell let it out and share this I’ve always done. Good luck with your work. Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

    • Thank you for your encouragement. When it comes to writing, I suppose I need all the encouragement I can get. It’s easy for my mind to move on to other things….

    • I’m glad you came across my blog too. I like your work also, especially how you explore the mystery of nature.

    • Thanks for visiting my blog too. My wife says the same thing. I suppose its the subject matter and style. Of course, some people say my writing has warmth. In the end, I guess we all see things differently….

  18. Thank you for checking out my site. I also love to write. I’m enjoying National Poetry Writing Month. Never really considered myself a poet though. Look forward to reading more of your works.

    Shell

    • Writing is fun, isn’t it? It is a good way to get in touch with your inner self and relieve stress. I’ve had a lot of fun with this project. Thank you for visiting my site too.

  19. Impressive about,teacher journalism,reporter l like your poems.Poems are the art of imagination feelings , and emotions.Thank you tor liking my post (( A day without tomorrow )) Best regards.jalal

    • Thank you for your wonderful comment. It makes me happy whenever someone says that they like my poems. I’m glad you like my about page too. I like your work as well.

    • Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of time to catch-up as “The Past, Present, and Future” has nearly reached the end. I’m glad you found your way to my blog. I hope you enjoy your time here.

  20. thanks for stopping at my blog. I used to love to write poetry. I checked out some of yours. Very inspiring. I will be following your blog.

    • I’m glad you like my poetry and found it inspiring. I’m very honored. Thank you for following my blog.

  21. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the “like”. I think there is a market for everything these days, so please don’t get discouraged. Perhaps next to each poem, you might want to add a story that relates to the poem or echoes it. This way you will have a story telling book with a twist. Just a suggestion.

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