Lanette Sweeney

Lanette Sweeney helped put herself through college cocktail waitressing in the early '80s, late '90s and early 2000s, and has also worked as a teacher of women's studies and English, a college and United Way fund-raiser, and a daily reporter; she is now a full-time writer thanks to her wife's support. Sweeney has been published in newspapers, journals and anthologies, including Women: Images and Reality, Blue Collar ReviewRattle, and Silkworm. Her debut poetry collection, What I Should Have Said, tells the story of her son's death by addiction and overdose; the book is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2021. Her blog and book reviews are available at