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List of Contributors:
Leilanie Stewart is a Northern Irish-Filipina writer and poet. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Neon Highway, Erbacce, The Journal, Inclement, Decanto, Weyfarers, Sarasvati, Graffiti, The Robin Hood Book and more is forthcoming in Tips for Writers and Nostrovia. She currently lives in London with her husband, writer and poet, Joseph Robert. More about Leilanie’s writing can be found at www.leilaniestewart.wordpress.com
Samantha Seto is a writer. She has been published in various anthologies including Ceremony, Blue Hour, Soul Fountain, Ygdrasil, and Black Magnolias Journal. Samantha studies creative writing and is a third prize poet of the Whispering Prairie Press.
Norberto Franco Cisneros has been published by the Indiana University Journal Chiricu; Avocet Review (Avocet Press); Snow Jewel (Grey Sparrow Press) Ilumen (Mouthfeel Press) and many others, including countless e-zines. He has been a featured poet in several venues. He has been a Featured Poet in several venues and has been a finalist in two International Poetry Contests. He is a writer of poems of all genres; also writes short stories and has currently completed his first novel which is currently being considered for publication by a publisher. Mr. Cisneros came out with his first chapbook “Heart Split in Two” last year; and received excellent reviews.
Darrel Alejandro Holnes’ poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Kweli, The Caribbean Writer, Callaloo, The Best American Poetry blog, and elsewhere. His degrees in creative writing are from the University of Michigan, and the University of Houston. He has received scholarships to Bread Loaf, Cave Canem, and various residencies, most recently to VCCA, and currently resides in New York, NY.
Ranu Uniyal is a Professor of English at Lucknow University. She has an MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was awarded Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD in English from Hull University, U.K.
Her main research interests are in Indian literature, Women’s writing and Post colonial literatures. Her research papers and book reviews have been published extensively in India and abroad. Her English poems have been translated into Uzbek, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam. She is Associate Editor of The SPIEL Journal of English Studies (Lucknow).
She is the author of Women and Landscape: The fiction of Margaret Drabble and Anita Desai (Creative Books New Delhi 2000); Poems Across the Divide (Yeti Books, Calicut 2006); Raja Rao’s Kanthapura :A critical study (co-edited )Asia Book Club, New Delhi 2007); Women in Indian Writing : From Difference to Diversity (Prestige Books, New Delhi 2009); December Poems (Writers Workshop, Kolkata 2012).
She is currently working on a book of poems in Hindi. She is also one of the founding members of “PYSSUM” a charitable organization for children with special needs in Lucknow.
Rina Angela Corpus is an assistant professor at the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines where she finished her BA Art Studies (minor in Comparative Literature, cum laude) and MA Art History. Her research interests include feminist aesthetics, dance history and alternative spiritualities. She trained and danced with the Quezon City Ballet and served as cultural editor of the Philippine Collegian. Her first book “Defiant Daughters Dancing: Three Independent Women Dance” (UP Press, 2007) is a groundbreaking feminist research on Philippine contemporary women dancers. Her essays have seen print in Bulawan: Journal for Philippine Culture and Art, Transit, Humanities Diliman, Diliman Review, Philippine Humanities Review, Review of Women’s Studies, Research in Dance Education, Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice, Philippines Free Press, Manila Bulletin and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Her poems have been published in the Philippines Free Press, Philippine Collegian, and forthcoming with the Philippine Humanities Review and Tayo Literary Magazine.
Neil Leadbeater is an editor, author and poet living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His poems and short stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines and journals both at home and abroad. His first full-length collection of poems, Hoarding Conkers at Hailes Abbey was published by Littoral Press in 2010 and a selection of his Latin American poems, Librettos for the Black Madonna, was published by White Adder Press in 2011. Recent work has been published in Sur y Sur (Chile); Red y Acción (Colombia); Challenger International (Canada); The Seventh Quarry -Swansea Poetry Magazine (UK); Cyclamens and Swords (Israel) and Orizont Literar Contemporan (Romania). Some of his work has been translated into Spanish and Romanian.
Syed Faizan was born in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, India in June, 1987. After completing his schooling in Mysore he commenced his Medical education at the Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S) degree in 2011. He intends to pursue specialized training in Psychiatry.
Faizan started writing poems when he was eleven years old, nature being his first muse. He has continued writing poems ever since and this cacoethes scribendi has over the years resulted in an oeuvre comprising hundreds of fugitive sonnets and other poems. His poetic efforts have been primarily directed at attempting a fusion of Western and Oriental, particularly Indian, ideas of Poetry and he has, to this end, experimented with Oriental forms like the Ghazal. Apart from writing he loves philosophizing, playing the Violin, painting and travelling.
Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 365 national and international online and print journals. Some of Dr. Williamson’s visual art and/or poetry has been published in journals representing over 30 colleges and universities around the world. Visit Dr. Williamson’s website: www.yessy.com/budicegenius
Jan Oskar Hansen is a poet from Norway.
Niels Hav is a full time poet and short story writer living in Copenhagen with awards from The Danish Arts Council. In English he has We Are Here, published by Book Thug – moreover his poems and fiction are published in numerous journals and anthologies in e.g. Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Dutch and Arabic. Raised on a farm in western Denmark, Niels Hav today resides in the most colourful and multiethnic part of the Danish capital. He has travelled widely in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In his native Danish the author of six collections of poetry and three books of short fiction. Click this link http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=20579 to read «Interview with Danish poet Niels Hav».
Sherry Steiner, creator of eclectic spoken word pieces…visual artist, arts educator and more. Her website: www.sherrysteiner.com
Ali Abdolrezaei’s poetry shows that the contemporary art of Iran has been hugely influenced by the traumatic historic events of the last three decades and that these events have affected millions of Iranians in one way or another. Abdolrezaei is young and represents the aesthetics and voice of a new, multi-faceted generation of Iranians and their cultural chasm with the past in the face of a repressive political regime. Abdolrezaei gained reputation as a poet, speaking in the voice of his time, in the early 1990s and received wide critical attention. His poetry tackles difficult themes with a mastery of craft. Ali Abdolrezaei’s poems are translated into many languages such as English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Turkish, Portuguese, Urdu, Croatian and Arabic.
Ali Abdolrezaei was born on 10 April 1969 in Northern Iran. He completed his primary and secondary education in his city of birth and after receiving his diploma in mathematics passed the nationwide university entrance exams. He graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran Technical and Engineering University. He began his professional poetic career in 1986 and became one of the most serious and contentious poets of the new generation of Persian poetry. Abdolrezaei has had an undeniable effect on many Persian poets through of his poetry as well as his speeches and interviews. He is also one of the few poets who succeeded in expressing his unique poetic individuality. His 21 varied books of poetry –In Riskdom Where I lived, Shinema, So Sermon of Society, Improvisation, This Dear Cat, Paris in Renault, More Obscene than Literature, Hermaphrodite, A Gift in A Condom, You Name this Book, Only Iron Men Rust in the Rain, Terror, La Elaha Ella Love and Fackbook – endorse his poetic creativity and power. Nearly all well-known poets and critics of Persian poetry have written about Abdolrezaei’s work. In September 2002 after his protest against heavy censorship of his latest books such as So Sermon of Society and Shinema, he was banned from teaching and public speaking. He left Iran and after staying a few months in Germany, followed by two years in France, he moved to London, where he has been living for the last 6 years.
Sarah Gamutan‘s poems have been published in many online publications including Literary Kicks, Boy Slut, The Camel Saloon, Rainbow Rose, Haggard and Halloo Publications, Voxpetica, The Beat and Mad Swirl. She lives in Philippines where she always encounters the scorching heat of the sun.
Vernon Frazer has published fourteen books of poetry, including the longpoem IMPROVISATIONS, and three books of fiction. His work has appeared in Aught, Big Bridge, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, First Intensity, Golden Handcuffs Review, Jack Magazine, Lost and Found Times, Moria, Otoliths and many other literary magazines. His most recent books are the longpoems EMBLEMATIC MOON, RANDOM AXIS, and the visual poetry collection, Panels from IMPROVISATIONS (Series B), and the ebook, available on Scribd. His web site is http://vernonfrazer.net. Bellicose Warbling, the blog that updates his web page, can be read at http://bellicosewarbling.blogspot.com/, Frazer is married and lives in South Florida.
Safaa Sheikh Hamad is an Iraqi poet, writer and translator. He holds a B. A. and a P. G. Diploma in translation from Mosul University, Iraq; and an M. A. in English Literature from Pune University, India. His translation of Paul Wittek`s The Rise of the Ottoman Empire was published in 2010, Syria. His upcoming book, a Arabic translation of Maryam Ala Amjadi`s Gypsy Bullets, is soon to be published in Egypt. His poems and translations were published in Kritya, Poets Against the War, ILA magazine and others. His upcoming English poetry collection “Live from Baghdad” is to be released in 2012. He writes in Arabic and English.
Bina Sarkar Ellias is editor, designer and publisher of International Gallerie, an award-winning global arts and ideas publication. Over 14 years of publishing, since 1997, she has been committed to generating critical awareness and understanding of cultures as interpreted through the arts, performing arts, essays, poetry, cinema and photography, and features on significant individuals and communities. She is also a freelance writer and social observer, having written for national newspapers such as The Times of India Sunday Review, and has had columns in the Indian Express and The Hindu. She has edited, Fifty Years of Contemporary Indian Art, 1997, for the Mohile Parikh Centre for Visual Arts, Mumbai, and has designed and published several catalogues and books for reputed artists, poets and photographers. As a poet, her chapbook of poems, The Room has been published by AarkArts, UK. Her poems have been published in Indian poetry and literary anthologies, and have been translated into German and Arabic. She has participated, given talks and chaired discussions on art at events in India and overseas, and has been invited to read her poems at various venues.
Engaged in socio-political and community building issues which she addresses in Gallerie, she received a Fellowship in 2007 from the Asia Leadership Fellow Program and Japan Foundation for research and development of the project: Unity in Diversity: Envisioning Community Building in Asia and Beyond, and the Times Group Yami Women Achiever’s award in 2008. Her website: http://www.gallerie.net
Rishan Singh was born in Durban, South Africa. He is presently based at the Durban University of Technology and his poetry has been published.
Kujtim Morina was born in 1972 in Has district of Northern Albania. He graduated from the University of Tirana / Albania with a degree in Mathematics (1994), and studied Law at the University of Shkodra / Albania (2004), and also has a Master in European Studies from the University of Graz in Austria (2008). From 1999 to 2009, he worked with international organisations in Kukes region like UNHCR, CARE and OSCE. Currently, he works in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and lives in Tirana. So far, he has published the poetry books: “Drunkenness under the fog”, 2007 and “Return of eyes”, 2010. Also, he has translated poetries of Niels Hav (Denmark), Linda Hogan (USA) and Asanda Gonya (South Africa). He writes short stories as well.
Sarah Hales is a poet living in Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Micah Jonathan Lilley is an 18 year old male, and has been writing poetry consistently for two years. He has found that it is the best way for him to express himself and those complicated thoughts and feelings that we all find impossible to explain in regular prose or speech. He is currently unemployed, laid off due to downsizing at the elderly home in which he was employed. He decided to take the winter college term off to refocus his efforts and do some soul searching as far as what he wants the rest of his life to look like. He has recently found himself stuck in between what people tell him he “should” do, and what he believes he really should do. He hopes that establishes context as far as where his poems come from. His dream in life is to be a screenwriter—a dream that his family and friends laugh at. To which he says, don’t laugh at people’s dreams; those without dreams don’t have much. He finds himself living on the faint promise of dreams…it’s what really keeps him going. To learn more of Micah, click his image.
Stephanie Kjaerbaek was born in December 1975 in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. Educated in social work and accounting. Hospitality industry employee. She has travelled to U.S. and Europe. She’s single and enjoys biking, poetry, guitar and other pursuits.
Martine L. Jacquot is considered one of the most important representatives of francophone literature in Nova Scotia. Born in France, she has been living in Canada for almost 30 years. She has published over 20 books in Canada and in France including poetry, novels, short stories, essays and children books. Her work also appears in many journals and anthologies. Some of her work has been translated into English, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Arabic. As a journalist, she has written hundreds of articles on arts, culture and history. As a photographer, she has illustrated books and magazine articles, took part in group exhibitions and won several awards. She has travelled on three continents to lecture about her creative process and read from her work. She holds a Ph.D. in French literature from Dalhousie University. She has received a number of grants and awards for her work including the Prix Européen de l’Association des Écrivains de Langue Française in Paris. She was a finalist several times for the Prix Éloizes, Prix France-Acadie and Prix Radio-Canada.
Mostafa Badaoui was born in Morocco on 27/02/1966. He had his graduate in-depth studies in modern criticism. He is a teacher of Arabic literature since 1992. He has received many poetry prizes, such as the prize of young poets/1996 given by the Moroccan Union’s Writers, the Arab Emirates Al Sada’s Prize 2002, Radio Tangier 2006. He is a translator French/Arabic in great Arab newspapers and reviews. He participated at many Arabic festivals, the last one in Syria/2008. He is a member of Moroccan Union’s Writers since 1996. His poetry book is called “Transfusions” a common poetry book with the Canadian poet Martine Jacquot (Arabic/French). In few days, he will publish “Hallucinations on the Threshold of the Soul”; a book about exile and literature in Lebanon, and it was given meritorious reviews by many Arab searchers.
Marycile Beer was born in Kansas and spent her youth in the Sandhills of Nebraska and the Rosebud Reservation of South Dakota. Upon graduation she got her teaching certificate and went back to the Sandhills to teach and found her wonderful Cowboy Billy. They married and ranched on the Rosebud Reservation of South Dakota and were blessed with 4 precious childrenShirlee, Jim, Keith and Cathy. Their children blessed them with 8 grandchild and now great grand children. She lost Cathy in 2004 with breast cancer and in 2005 her precious husband Billy of 47 years and 2 weeks. Marycile began her writing in South Dakota and had a column in a supplement to the Valentine Newspaper. Through the years she wrote over 40 articles for theFence Post Agricultural mag in Colorado. She also had a column Bits and Pieces in The Prairie Connection for 9 years in Harper, Kansas.
Marycile Beer is now living in Casper, Wyoming next to her daughter Shirlee and her family. She spends her time reading her unpublished novels to the members of Nursing homes and Retirement Center in Casper.
Santosh Kalwar works as a poet, writer and young researcher. He is author of thirteen books. His latest book entitled, “The Vandana and Other Poems” is forthcoming from cyberwit.net, India. His poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The Himalayan Times, The Kathmandu Post, My Republica, Global South Development Magazine, Book In Sync, Munyori Literary Journal, Asphodel Madness, New Polish Beat, Carcinogenic Poetry, Mahmag, unFold, blue skies poetry, Rusty Truck, Chiron Review and Hanging Moss Journal. His chapbook entitled, “Warrior of light” is forthcoming from New Polish Beat Press on 25th Septemeber, 2010. He was invited by famous Brazilian Novelist and author Paulo Coelho for St. Joseph Party in Melk for his active participation in Coelho’s official blog. He is also officially listed in the Directory of Poet and Writers as a “Poet”. You may learn more about Santosh at: http://kalwar.com.np
Bhuwan Thapaliya was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and is one of the most widely read Nepali poet writing in English today. His writing is imbued with the art and culture of Nepal that he grew up with but his writing is not only about statistics: it is about spreading the message of global peace, love and solidarity.
His poetry books include, most recently, “Our Nepal, Our Pride (Cyberwit.net (ISBN 978 – 81- 8253 – 115 -4)”, narrative verses of love, peace and human understandings (http://www.amazon.com/Our-Nepal-Pride-Bhuwan Thapaliya/dp/8182531152), and his poetry has been published in the CD’s and the Books; The New Pleiades Anthology of Poetry (ISBN 1- 878431-52-8) and Tonight: An Anthology of World Love Poetry (The Poets Printery, East London, South Africa, 2008, pp.118, Paperback, ISBN 0-620-41372-7).
His poetry has been published in leading literary journals such as Urhalpool, Mahmag, Kritya, The Vallance Review, Nuveine Magazine, Foundling Review, Poetseers, Poetry life and times, Longfellow Literary Project, Poets Against the War, Voices in wartime, Tajmahal review, Autumn Leaves, Mindful of Poetry – Page for Africa, etc.
He has read his poetries and attended seminars in various venues in South Korea, USA, Bangkok, Cambodia and Nepal.
Despina Kontaxiwas born on the 22 of July 1978 in Kavala, Greece. She was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where she studied in SAHETI, the biggest Hellenic school of South Africa. She returned to Greece in 1995 and in 1997 she studied Physiotherapy in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2001 she began training in Holistic Therapies. In 2003 she opened her praxis in Eleftheroupoli Kavala, where she works until today. In 2007 her first poetic collection “You I think of while I wait” was published. In 2009, she received the following awards: Honorary Commendations in the A’ Pan-Hellenic Poetic Competition of Thassos and in the Pan-Hellenic Poetry Competition of the Municipality of Hortiati, an award of Honorary discrimination in the 5th Poetry Festival of Thessaloniki, the 2nd award in the 9th International Poetic Competition of Germany for her Poem “Cyprus- the tortured island of Afrodite”, the “Award- Metal of benefactor” of the Nomarchy of Kavala for her offer in the projection of the Nomarchy, and The Municipality of Eleftheroupolis Kavala awarded her as a Physiotherapist and Poet for her offer to poetry and Eleftheroupoli.
Her poems were published in the following anthologies: Anthology of the 5th Festival of poetry 2009, Anthology of Poetry and Painting 2009, Anthology of the Municipality of Hortiati with the title “Stone” 2010 and have been translated in English and in Italian. Videos of her poems are played in more than 40 internet channels around the world.
Eve Jeannette Blohm worked in offices as a gal Friday, typist, and figure clerk. As a volunteer, she worked for the Lighthouse, American Cancer Society and Congressman Bill Green. She also worked in public relations and publishing. Publication credits include: Parnassus, SeLaVie Writers Journal, Cochran’s Corner, Poets at Work, Lucidity, Lone Star Magazine, Bell’s Letters Poet, and United Amateur Press. She has a number of chapbooks and appeared in anthologies. She has received many awards for her poetry. She was a Featured Poet in Haiku Headlines, Poets Fantasy, Simply Words; a distinguished poet in PAW and nominated for Pushcart Nomination, Who’s Who.
Kimberly K. Thompson lives in Fairmont, West Virginia with her husband. They recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. She has been published in Bell’s Letters Poet, Gulfport, MS; The Taylor Trust, Palmdale, CA; Northern Stars, Hermansville, MI; The Pen, Pittsburgh, PA; Smile, New Milford, CT; Lone Stars, San Antonio, TX; and Poet’s Espresso, Stockton, CA. She enjoys writing poems, flash fiction, and children stories that she writes for her nieces and nephews. She has won several awards for her poetry in the West Virginia Poetry Society.
Luke Johnson is an American poet born in Cayucos, CA. He is a graduate from Cal-Poly with a degree in African-American studies and is the author of ‘Tubas in the Belly of Our Souls,’ his first book of poetry which evokes delicate and urgent images of apocalyptic yet optimistic times, where the mundane becomes the extraordinary, and our human experiences are magnified in heartfelt bursts of revelation. Johnson is currently working on his second publication. He lives with his wife, Ciara, and their lovely felines, Lily and Louie in Pismo Beach, California.
Fahredin Shehu, poet/essayist, born in Rahovec, South East of Kosova, in 1972. Graduated at Prishtina University, Oriental Studies follows M.A. in Literature. Actively works on Calligraphy discovering new mediums and techniques for this specific form of plastic art. To know more about this poet, click his image.
Samuel Hiram Duarte was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico in 1974. Along with his parents and brothers, he migrated to the United States in 1980, settling in California’s rich agricultural valley of San Joaquin and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Fresno State University. His poetry has been featured in Flies, Cockroaches, and Poets, a yearly journal for the arts, and has participated in various poetry-reading venues. His work includes a short story compilation; The Spirit of El Chorumo, and a book of poetry; Seven Standard Roads. Currently, he is a Family Advocate in Guadalupe, CA and is working on his first novel; Ofelia and the Journey of the Monarch Butterflies. He lives in Santa Maria California alongside his wife Jessica and son, Kael.
Satish Verma is ferociously original. You feel resentment, outrage and violence, cannot pin it down but wonderfully spin your brain. Satish has the greatest sensibility, which sweetly exploits the delicacies of human conflicts. You are taken aback. This is magic, profoundly soulful. In a lone, long journey Satish Verma is still discovering himself. Beaten, betrayed, felled, he comes back with fierce velocity. His childhood was traumatized by India’s partition. Terror, violence and death were witnessed, which built the morals of poet. Becoming defiantly reclusive Satish Verma pursued his value based life on the path of truth. Teaching Botany for 35 years he was writing poetry, privately and solemnly and published twelve collections. Worked silently with social causes. His scions, doctors and engineers are living in USA. He chose to live back in his beloved country and resides in Ajmer (INDIA) with his spouse Kanta running the Charitable Holistic Institute of SEWA MANDIR FOUNDATION.
Michele Lee Moyer is a poet living in Roseville, Michigan, USA.
Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, MO. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Public Republic (Bulgaria), Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Poetry Friends, Poetry Super Highway, Pirene’s Fountain (Australia) and other publications. To read more of his earliest poems, click his image.
Neal and Elaine Whitman: Neal is a poet who splits his time evenly between Western and Japanese form, with over 80 of each in publication. In 2009 he won the James McIntrye Poetry Contest in Ontario, Canada, and two honorable mentions in the Yuki Teikei HaikuContestjudged by haiku masters in Japan. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Pacific Grove, California, and are both volunteer docents at the Robinson Jeffers Tor House in nearby Carmel. Elaine plays the Native American flute for hospice patients and accompanies Neal in poetry recitals. She is a wonderful photographer and collaborates with Neal by combining her photographs with his haiku.
Celine Rose Mariotti was born in Derby, CT, and a lifelong resident of Shelton, CT. She’s a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT majoring in Business Administration with a minor in English. Since a child, she always loved to write and when she was a senior in High School she began sending her work to publishers. Her first poem appeared in Night Roses in 1991, and her second poem appeared in Green’s Magazine of Canada in 1991. Since then her work has appeared in many literary magazines around the USA and even in India, Australia, and Scotland. Early Bird Publications of India published a primary textbook of her essays on the Presidents. She also writes a monthly column for PCM Magazine of India. Rock Village Publishing of Massachusetts published her first children’s book, “Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You?” in August of 2004. Magbooks of Hong Kong published her story “Leapy the Frog” as an e-book in April of 2006. She has self-published her poetry book, “Through Celine’s Eyes.” She’s now going to self-publish a book she wrote about corporate America. A long time fan of Tom Jones, on more than occasion, he read one of her poems out loud to an audience once in Atlantic City and another time in Las Vegas. She also plays the guitar and the banjo. She resides with her family in Shelton, CT. Her book link: http://www.gcwriters.org/Mariotti.htm
Craig Shay‘s work has appeared in recent issues of the Bitter Oleander. He has poems forthcoming in Skidrow Penthouse and Counterexample Poetics. He lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Rebecca. To read more of his works / poems, click this link: http://craigshay.wordpress.com/
Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, After Hours, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review and others. In addition, he has eight poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).
Brownstein taught elementary school in Chicago’s inner city (he is now retired), but he continues to study authentic African instruments with his students, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators and the State of Illinois Title 1 Convention, and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.
Sunil Prakash Narayan’s work has been a long, enriching journey that absorbed the world’s eccentricities to create a masterpiece of color, surrealism and human emotion. The past two years witnessed a climatic moment in which his writing churned out emotionally inducing poems. It is his intent to help people access feelings they rarely get to experience.
Jeton Kelmendi is an author who, in writing a tri-dimensional poetry, entwines the modern with the actual and communicates it in an original as well as a traditional way. The literary critics have valued his verse for its clear, powerful and artistically accomplished massages. The language of Kelmendi is individual and is quite naturally conveyed to the readership, as a pleasant and appealing form, due to, perhaps, its touching complex and figurative concepts. The essence of his poetry is the vertical narration and the selective subject matter, with which he plays in time and space. The Albanian poet Jeton Kelmendi was born in Peja in 1978. He attended primary school and secondary school in his native town, and then he studied at the University of Prishtina. He is the correspondent of several Albanian (Kosovar and Albanian) media and cooperates with a number of others abroad. Kelmendi is a quite familiar name to Kosovar poetry readership since 2000. He is also renowned as a journalist covering political and cultural issues. Kelmendi’s poetry is translated in several languages and is included in a number of anthologies. He is a member of several international poets’ clubs and he has contributed to cultural magazines, especially in English. The essentially poetic thought of Kelmendi is the subtlety of expression and the care for the word. The themes that dominate his creations are love and the raw realities of the political situation, quite often permeated by feelings of disappointment for the current state of affairs. He is a war veteran of UCK (Kosovar Liberation Army). Kelmendi is currently settled in Brussels and he is a member of the Professional Journalists Association of Europe. His website: http://www.kelmendi-press.blogspot.com/
Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal was born in Mexico. He lives in California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His new chapbook, Overcome, was published by Kendra Steiner Editions. Overcome is a collaborated effort with photographer Cynthia Etheridge.
Elizabeth Kate Switaj edits Crossing Rivers Into Twilight www.critjournal.com and is assistant editor of Inertia Magazine. Her professional experience includes teaching in cities across the US, Japan, and China as well as writing copy for a kimono import and analyzing online media. Her website: http://www.elizabethkateswitaj.net/
Brandon S. Roy’s work has appeared in a numerous journals, including the Ottawa Arts Review, Loch Raven Review, Origami Condom, Pedestal Magazine and Pocket Change. His first book, Chaos Love Theory, has yet to be released. He currently resides in southwest Louisiana.
Alan Britt’s recent books are Greatest Hits (2010), Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995).Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, American Poets Against the War, Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009 and Vapor transatlantico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Economica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008.
Politically speaking Alan has started the Commonsense Party, which ironically to some sounds radical. He believes the US should stop invading other countries to relieve them of their natural resources including tin, copper, bananas, diamonds and oil. He is quite fond of animals both wild and domestic and supports prosecuting animal abusers. As a member of PETA, he is disgusted by factory farming and decorative fur. Alan currently teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise and two formerly feral cats.
Duane Locke lives by an ancient oak, an underground stream, and as an osprey’s home in rural Lakeland, Florida. 6,334 poems published in print magazines and ezines. Author of a 400 page poetry book «YANG CHU’s POEMS», published in April, 2009 by the Canadian publisher, Crossing Chaos. His book webpage: http://www.crossingchaos.com/Yang_Chus_Poems_by_Duame_Locke.html
Sonnet Mondal is an Indian-English poet and the Founder and Managing Editor of “The Enchanting Verses International Journal” (ISSN-0974-3057-Registration office-ISSN Centre, France and NISCAIR, India): http://www.theenchantingverses.co.nr/. He is also the Founder and Secretary General of the “United Minds For Peace Society” (A Global Peace Organization-Head office-India) and the Sub-Secretary General of Poetas Del Mundo (International Poet’s of the World Movement-Headquarters, Chile). At present, he is pursuing B.E./Btech. Course at BESU, Shibpur, West Bengal in India. To learn more of this poet, click here: http://www.sonnetmondal.co.cc/
Rodrigo Verdugo Pizarro is a poet from Santiago, Chile. He is the co-editor of the Magazine Spills, sub-director of the Magazine Rayentru, and co-editor of the Magazine Minor Lips. His works have been published in local and international magazines and anthologies and were translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic languages. He has participated in poetry festival in Spain and Portugal. In 2002, his first book Nudos velados (Veiled knots) was published. His website: http://rodrigoverdugopizarro.es.tl/
Ernilando L. Tugaff is an American poet from Livermore, California. He lives in Rome, Italy. He’s happily married and a proud father of three grown up kids. He writes poetry when he feels inspired and wishes he could spend more time writing. His poetry has been published online. To read more of his works / poems, click his image.
Iolanda Scripca lived in Eastern Europe for the first 20 years of her life, in a loving family. Her mom was a teacher and high school principal and her dad a published writer, poet and TV producer. She is a graduate of Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Bucharest. Nowadays she enjoys Southern California and possesses a CA Teaching Credential. Ms. Scripca publishes in several Romanian-American Newspapers both in Romanian and English. She is married to Ron; they own a business and enjoy traveling to exotic places. Her website: www.scripca.com
Felino Soriano (b. 1974) is a case manager and advocate for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. In 2010, he was chosen for the Gertrude Stein “rose” prize for creativity in poetry from Wilderness House Literary Review. Philosophical studies collocated with his connection to various idioms of jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences. For information, including his 42 print and electronic collections of poetry, over 2,600 published poems, interviews, and editorships, please visit his website: www.felinoasoriano.info.
Ray Succre currently lives on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and son. He has been published in Aesthetica, BlazeVOX, and Pank, as well as in numerous others across as many countries. His novel Tatterdemalion (Cauliay) was recently released in print and is available most places. A second novel, Amphisbaena, is forthcoming in Summer 2009. His website: http://raysuccre.blogspot.com
Karen O’Leary is a Christian wife, mother, nurse and freelance writer from North Dakota, USA. Writing affords her an outlet for her creativity. Her short stories, articles and poetry have appeared in various venues including SP Quill, Storyteller, Fine Lines, Sketchbook, Beyond Kartina, The Journal of Christian Nursing, Voices of Hope, and Art With Words. She feels blessed to share the gift of words.
Clelia Ifrim is a member of IWA – International Writers and Artists Association (USA). Her essays and poetry (Haiku, Haibun, Tanka, and Sonnets) were translated and published in many international magazines and anthologies, among them: “Haiku – poetry ancient and modern” by MQPublishing, London, 2002. She is the author of four books: The Skaters (haiku), The God’s Relatives (novel), Dove Zone (sonnets), and Centre of Excellence (drama). She has received various awards for her works such as the Special Prize, Itoen new haiku, Tokyo, 1994; a nomination for the best Romanian play of 1994; a Jury’s Prize, Itoen new haiku, 2000; and the First Prize of the ‘KO’ magazine, Nagoya, 2008. One of her poems was selected by JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – to be stored on the space module KIBO (Hope) in the International Space Station.
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois. He has been published in more than 280 different publications worldwide. He also has 2 previously published chapbooks available at: http://stores.lulu.com/poetryboy . His poetry chapbook with pictures, From Which Place the Morning Rises and his new photo version of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom is now available at: http://stores.lulu.com/promomanusa. The original version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom, can be found at: http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-46091-7. He is also publisher and editor of four poetry flash fiction sites–all presently open for submission. His website: http://poetryman.mysite.com/
Dumitru D. Ifrim, a jurist, essayist, translator and award winning Romanian poet. He was the vice-chairman of the Romanian Society of Haiku 1993, a member of the Romanian Union of Writers, member of the International Law and International Relations Association, and once was the Director Counsellor at the Senate of Romania. The Author of many books such as «The Plum Line», «The Book of the Roses», «Parallel World», «Shadow and Light», to name a few.
Fide Erken is a Turkish poet, born in 1967 in Bursa, where she lives and works as an English teacher. She has a degree from Uludag University in English, and writes in both English and Turkish. “Writing poetry is a big and a beautiful part of my life, through which I try to send love from my heart to all the world’s people,” she says. Her poems, inspired by nature, have been published on many Internet sites and in magazines. She maintains her own site as well. Fide is married and has two daughters. To learn more about this poet, click this: http://fide.erken.sitemynet.com
Joseph S. Spence Sr. is an award winning American poet. He is a college faculty member, a military veteran, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the state of Arkansas, USA. He co-authored two poetry books, A Trilogy of Poetry, Prose and Thoughts for the Mind, Body and Soul, and Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body and Soul. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He’s published in different forums, including the World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to list a few. His website: http://www.trilogypoetry.com/ or www.epulaeryu.org/
Laurian Stănchescu is an award winning Romanian poet, essayist and literary critic. He is the author of a noble literary work “the Crying of Nichita Stanescu, 2007” and “iesirea din cuvinte / coming out of words”. To buy his book, visit: http://www.dominor.ro
Jean Narciso Bispo Moura nasceu na cidade de São Félix, no estado da Bahia, no dia trinta e um de Outubro de mil novecentos e oitenta, radicado em São Paulo, formou-se em pedagogia e filosofia e especializou-se em educação. Reside na grande São Paulo, no município de Itaquaquecetuba. O autor tem dois livros publicados ” A lupa e sensibilidade” (2002) e “Setenta e cinco osso para um esqueleto poético” (2005). É casado e professor de Filosofia da rede estadual paulista. His websites: www.anedotabulgara.blogspot.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Dimitris P. Kraniotis is an award-winning Greek poet. He was born in 1966 in Stomio, a coastal town in central Greece. He studied at the Medical School of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. He lives and works as a Medical Doctor (Internal Medicine Specialist) in Larissa, Greece. He is the author of 4 poetry books: “Traces” (1985), “Clay Faces” (1992), “Fictitious Line” (2005) and “Dunes” (2007). He is Founder & President of the World Poets Society (W.P.S), Doctor of Literature, Academician of the Academy Tiberina of Rome, Academician of the International Academy of Micenei (Italy), President of 22nd World Congress of Poets (Greece 2011) by UPLI, Ambassador of Poetas del Mundo (Chile) to Greece, Editorial Director of the medical magazine “Hippocrates” and Member of the Hellenic Literary Society, National Society of Greek Literary Writers, International Society of Greek Writers, Greek PEN Center, Hellenic Society of Writing Physicians, World Academy of Arts & Culture, United Poets Laureate International, International Writers & Artists Association (IWA), World Union of Writing Physicians (UMEM), Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, etc. He has won many awards for his poetry which has been translated and published in many countries.His websites: http://www.dimitriskraniotis.com, http://dkraniotis.wordpress.com/ .
Magnus Amudi Nwagu is a poet and a young student, from Affa in Udi local Government Area of Enugu state Nigeria and was born on August 30, 1987. He loves literature and writes poetry with zest and his first poetry collection is WE MUST LEARN AGAIN TO FLY, published 2008. He is currently enrolled at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) in Nigeria, taking Law. His website: http://magnusamudi.synthasite.com/
Gino Dolorzo is raised in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines which would want to call him GiNoLoCo for he thinks it is an indication that he’s a part of a sub-species called humans. He’s currently taking up his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education Major in Special Education in Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. Furthermore, he usually associates himself to a wilted daffodil accidentally-like dancing with the rhythm of the breeze sullenly waiting when to be blown away or pretty much synonymous to a chewed bubblegum just patiently waiting when to sink in. Mr. Gino Dolorzo’s poem “Cobwebs and Tears” is a 4th place (Honorable Mention) winner of the January 28, 2008 “The Love Me or Love Me Not Free Verse International Poetry Contest”, sponsored by: USA poet Mark Cotterman-Author of the Beauty of Someday: Poems from a Dysfunctional Heart. To read more of his poems, click: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poems_by_poet.aspx?ID=10570
John Heck is an American poet. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s the First Prize winner of November 1, 2007 Poetrysoup International Free Poetry Contest. He loves to write. Indeed, he’s a brilliant master of word and the kind-hearted god of soup whisperers, at www.poetrysoup.com where he’s an active community builder. At present, he’s working with a high profile entertainment conglomerate in NYC developing marketing strategies for children’s programming and research. You can read more of his poems here: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poems_by_poet.aspx?ID=1934
Rhoda Galgiani was born in CA, but now resides in the state of NY. She is retired and is active in the Social Clubs and a Choral Group where she lives in a Senior Community. She began writing poetry and short stories in 1976, finding she felt the excitement growing with each line she penned. Writing has become her passion and she was first published in local newspapers and a recent poetry book called “Voices of Hope” in 2007, which is proceeding “On Butterfly Wings” in 2008. Rhoda also is an active Community Builder on PoetrySoup.com where she posts her poetry for others to enjoy. The first poem she composed “Love is Life, Life is Love. Without Either There is No Being.” words she truly believes…thus, a poet was born. Her Expressions Poetry Journal www.chesakat1.blogspot.com
Juanita Ganir is a Filipina, living in Athens, Greece. She’s a poetry enthusiast. She believes that Poetry is an expression of the mind. Though she’s new to poetry, yet she already gained for herself a recognition from other poets for her haiku “Sacred Well”, a Poetry Soup Featured Poem of the Week, in 2oo6.
Ernesto P. Santiago is a Filipino poet and the author of poetry books “The Walking Man”2007 and “The Poet Who Asked The Birds How To Fly” 2009, published by Outskirts Press. He’s the editor of “The Sound Of Poetry Review” http://thesoundofpoetryreview.wordpress.com/ . He’s a First Prize “Award of Excellence” winner in the March 2008 PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest, USA; a Honorable Mention winner in the 11th Mattia International Poetry Competition 2008, Canada; a Grand Prix Orient-Occident Des Arts 2008 Internationale Laureate, awarded at the 12th International Poetry Festival Orient-Occident «Curtea Des Arges: Poetry Nights 1001 Poems», by L’Acadamie Internationale Orient-Occident, Fondation et Organisation Culturelle d’UtilitéPublique, Romania. And also, he has received the Nosside Menzionati award in the XXIV Premio Internazionale di Poesia Nosside 2008, Reggio Calabra, Italy. He’s a member of Shadow Forest Authors. His book webpage: http://outskirtspress.com/thepoetwhoaskedthebirdshowtofly