Ramona Davis
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Ramona Davis
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Since Ramona Davis's writing career began in 1988 writing and publishing poetry, essays, and short stories, she has owned a publishing company (PoeticJava Publishing, 2001-2009), an online journal of poetry and prose (PoeticJava, 2006-2009), and currently, Altered Words which offers freelance editing, proofreading, and typing services. In addition to her business ventures, Ramona has facilitated poetry writing workshops through the DC Public Library for youth in underprivileged communities, holds a Certificate in Advancing Youth Development, owned an after school program to benefit youth in at risk areas of Baltimore, MD, and done volunteer editing for a variety of authors.

In 2009, Ramona received her Diploma in Creative Writing, along with Certification in Mistake-Free Grammar and Proofreading, and Certification as a Basic Adult Literacy Tutor through the Literacy Council. She is a member of Madison Writer's Network and a volunteer proofreader/book reviewer for Verse Wisconsin.

In her spare time Ramona reads, writes and crochets, though her first love is books and she is never without some type of reading material in her possession. Her love of books stems from the fact that her parents never denied her the pleasure of such authors as Judy Blume, A. A. Milne, E. B. White, and Beverly Cleary, or such wonderful books as Encyclopedia Brown, the Hardy Boys, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, and How to Eat Fried Worms.

While her tastes have now grown to include a host of adult oriented authors, Ramona can still be seen enjoying children's and young adult books because as she often says to anyone who asks, “It's not how old you are, but how young you plan to be that matters.”

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