J Matthew Waters is my pen name. “jdubqca” is my twitter handle. j for John (first name), dub for W (first letter of last name), and qca for Quad Cities Area where I was born and bred (loosely defined as Rock Island and Moline in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf on the Iowa side).
After earning a liberal arts degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1984, I’ve since enjoyed a career in the financial services industry. My first collection of poetry entitled “Five Hundred Pieces” was self-published in 1997. My second collection entitled “In the Middle of Somewhere” was self-published as a Kindle edition in 2011. The poems appearing in my third collection, “101 Chances” (chosen from over 500 posted on this blog over a 30 month period), is illustrated by Millie Ho, and concludes with an unreleased series of haiku. In late 2015, I released my latest collection entitled “Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute.”
On a personal note, I’ve resided in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 1993 with my wife and best friend Norma Jean. We have four grown children.
Thank you so much for following my blog. Good luck with your blog and looking towards reading more of your poetry.
i share the same sentiment thank you so much
Thanks so much for all of your visits, likes and follow! I’m sorry for the delayed response, as I seem to be consistently behind in reading blogs these days…I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and writing, too! My hubby and I have been married almost 24 years and have a 17 yr old son and our daughter is almost 21…
Thank you for visiting my little place for poetry and leaving this message. I know what you mean about trying to keep up on blog reading. Keep up the great work on your end, I look forward to reading more of you work. JW
Thank you for finding my blog and liking my post. I hope you come back!
You’re welcome and thanks all the same. Happy blogging to you!
I like the name, very creative. Stay awesome!
Love and peace.
Thanks, Eddie, and keep up the great work!
Thanks for showing interest in what I put out. I sincerely hope you
continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Please invite
others too. Be safe, be fair, be good.
My pleasure and thanks for the follow back 🙂
I am delighted to be able to follow your work. I look forward to reading your work. Thanks
Hi Mr Waters, I’ve nominated your blog for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ award. Do check my latest post for more details.
Thank you so much for the nomination, I am honored you had thought of me. jw
Thank you for reading and liking my latest blog post. I hope your lifes journey this holiday season is one of peace and joy!
My pleasure, Chris, and thank you for supporting my poetry.
Hello, You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please check my latest post for more details
J Matthew Waters on November 30, 2012 at 6:35 am said: Edit
Thank you once again for the nomination. Hope you have a wonderful day!
You’re a very special man, Jdub
Thank you very much, Anne, you are a wonderful friend.
Gardens and poetry grow from the same seed. I enjoy your work with words. I bet that I would love your garden. ta
Thanks so much for the lovely message, Terence.
Hey buddy. Thanks for camping out for a bit at my blog. 🙂 I’m rediscovering the wonders of yours 🙂
The pleasure is mine, Riley. Thanks for revisiting! JW
Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.
Happy Birthday!!! (I think I’ a day late…sorry)
thanks so much Melanie – everyday is a birthday never belated ;`)
I admire your work and your creativity. I am proud to be one of your fellow employees in the real world and a fellow artist of our individualities.
Thanks so much, Renee, you just made my night. John
Do you accept guest posts? I’m a poet and would like to submit if you’re interested. Let Me know! i’m at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to comment. I’m currently not posting others’ work at this time, but I look forward to reading your work.
Hiyah, I really like your blog and I have nominated you for ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ just click this link http://stepping2yourdreams.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/one-lovely-blog-award/
Thank you so much for visiting my little poetry world. I’m honored by your nomination.
Your welcome, I was happy to nominate you:-)
Thanks for the follow. I hope you enjoy my writing as much as I do yours.
My pleasure, Chris and thanks to you as well. I’m looking forward to reading more of your wonderful work.
Love your blog and your writing! Looking forward to reading more. 🙂 Best, phoebe
Thank you very much, Phoebe. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. It means a great deal to me that you think so!
Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m working still on my poetry…. 🙂
My pleasure and thanks so much for stopping by mine.
Very impressive blog, John. I look forward to your posts.
Thank you very much, Ms. Blackwood.
Hi, good to meet you, your poetry is wonderful!
You as well, Vonita – thank you, fellow poet.
Hi jdubqca, I found your blog through a tweet and wanted to pop in to say hello and check out your site. I look forward to reading your works. Have a nice weekend! Steph
Thank you for stopping by and letting me know. I hope you enjoy my poetry.
You’re welcome! 🙂
Happy to discover and follow your blog
Thank you very much – I’m happy to be discovered by you, Anita.
hi john – thanks for stopping by for a read and a follow, i’m enjoying looking over your site and will be following you as well. best, beth
my pleasure, Beth, and thanks so much for following back, it’s an honor.
Hi John. I so enjoy your poems and nominated you for a Liebster Award. Best wishes.
Thank you very much, Dee, I am humbled and honored for your thoughtfulness.
Thanks so much for visiting my sites, my daughter is in her Junior Year at Augustana and I have gotten to know that area, I love it there now! I love your work.
My pleasure and many thanks for stopping by and commenting, Mary. Augustana is a wonderful college – I’m happy to hear you’ve been enjoying the area.
I nominated you for the Quote Challenge game.
Also – you shouldn’t need to self publish; your poetry is REALLY GOOD. Someone should be snapping your material UP.
Thank you very much for your kind comments. Until that time comes, let’s just say it’s business as usual.
thank you for the visit, likes and for following my simple blog, i really appreciated it.
My pleasure, Maya.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking my haiku.
my pleasure ~ it’s visiting your blog again!
Would you like to read my haibun published on Luna’s blog?
oh yes absolutely ~ thank you for sending me the link!
Thanks for sharing all your thought-provoking posts. Enjoy the day and wishing you many blessings in your life and work.
my pleasure Ms. Wells ~ thank you for being here and sharing your talents
I just wanted to let you know that am really enjoying your poems.
thank you so much Ali ~ I appreciate you visiting here and sharing your thoughts
Life experiences nicely rhymed. Nice to have come across your blog. Welcome to visit mine. Thank you.
Thank you for stopping by. I will certainly check out your blog, thank you.