KAREN ALKALAY-GUT After 25 books of poetry, a biography, and thousands of poems and articles, Karen Alkalay-Gut reports that she’s “just beginning to think about becoming serious about writing.” Her latest book of poetry is called Hanging Around the House, which includes poems to construct an installation in the reader’s home. Before that there was a book about the Galápagos Islands called The Encantadas: Emotion and Evolution (2014), with the photography of Ezra Gut, which shows the interaction between an individual and a strange yet familiar environment.

Other books concentrate on life in Israel, on clothes, on care-giving, and on the prevalence of poetry in daily life. Despite the variety of subjects, it is clear, as she puts it, that her “concentration is on communication, sometimes with humor, sometimes as a means to transmit even the most painful and pleasurable of experiences.”

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DEBORAH ALMA (Emergency Poet) is a UK poet, with an MA in Creative Writing, taught Writing Poetry at Worcester University and works with people with dementia and in hospice care. She is also Emergency Poet prescribing poetry from her vintage ambulance. She is editor of Emergency Poet-an anti-stress poetry anthology, The Everyday Poet- Poems to live by (both Michael O’Mara), and her True Tales of the Countryside is published by The Emma Press. She is the editor of #Me Too – rallying against sexual harrassment- a women’s poetry anthology (Fair Acre Press, March 2018). Her first full collection Dirty Laundry is published by Nine Arches Press (May 2018). She lives with her partner the poet James Sheard on a hillside in Powys, Wales.

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LISA ASHLEY, MDiv, Spiritual Director, Chaplain with incarcerated teens at the King County Detention Center, story-catcher and emerging poet, lives on Bainbridge Island, WA, where she meets with clients, writes and blogs at www.lisaashleyspiritualdirector.com  

She is a member of Common House Poetry, a small group of poets who write, meet and share their work bi-weekly. She is a board member of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, a Seattle nonprofit serving incarcerated youth. Lisa has survived a near-death illness and has had multiple surgeries for deteriorating joints, experiences that have informed her writing and her understanding of life. An avid plant and bird watcher, Lisa cherishes her home sanctuary, a small log and metal-sided home, where she embraces life, writes, cooks and gardens with her beloved husband, Mark.

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VICTORIA BENNET (Wild Woman Press) is an award-winning poet, creative activist and full-time home-educating Wild Mama to her son, Django. Originating from the borderlands below Scotland, she is the Founder of Wild Women Press and has spent the last quarter of a century instigating creative experiences in her community. Her poetry has appeared in print, online and even in the popular video game, Minecraft. She has published four collections and performed live across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to a Franciscan Convent.

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PAT BERRYHILL is a poet, artist, and editor. She lives and loves in Winston Salem, NC where life is good for the artsy and literary type. When she isn’t dreaming of her next tattoo or playing with her cats, hanging out with her loved ones, or sparring political chaos, she is working on her own literary and flash fiction coupled with poetic metaphorical mayhem. She has previously been published in  Incunabula, Change Seven, Breath & Shadow, Fictional Pairings, Wicked Banshee Press, and was awarded 2017 Summer Residency at Weymouth. You can catch her on FB @patberryhillwriter and Instagram @PATPUNKPOP Twitter @dp_pat

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MARY BONE has been writing poetry since the age of twelve. She has had two books of poetry published and is working on a third book. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including Oklahoma Today Magazine, Our Poetry Archive, Literary Yard, Spillwords, Poet’sGig, The Homestead Review, The New Ink Review, Whispers in the Wind, Poetry Pacific, The BeZine and numerous other places.

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GARY BOWERS (One With Clay) Born August 30, 1954, Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, California. Artist since the age of 2-1/2 (“Portrait of the Artist’s Mother with Ten Snaky Fingers”). Poet since the age of seven (“I was walking on the road./Then I saw a big fat toad./He was big and fat and round./Then he hopped along the ground.”). Limericist since the age of nineteen (“A Chinese chick went to Osaka/To meet up with a dude named Tanaka./He wined her and dined her/Seduced her, reclined her/But she, unimpressed, said ‘You baka [Japanese for “stupid.” My then girlfriend, taking a Japanese class at the University of Arizona, had as part of her homework a sentence to translate into Japanese that went something like “The Chinese girl is traveling to Osaka and will meet with Mr. Tanaka there.” When I saw that probably-unintentional rhyme, the limerick practically wrote itself. I knew a little Japanese from my Japamese-American girlfriend, including ‘baka,’ which she and her siblings called each other frequently].”), and Second-Place Winner of Roger Ebert’s Great Limerick Contest at the age of 55. Performing poet since becoming a “Monsoon Voice” for the Phoenix, Arizona Monsoon Voices event on September 18, 2007. Master of Ceremonies for “Sonora Bard Poetry Night” at Bards Bookstore from 2009 to 2011. Featured poet at Valley events Conspire, Caffeine Corridor, and Poetry at the Puppet Theatre. Creator of blog “One with Clay, Image and Text” which debuted December 3, 2012 and has has well over 1000 posts, usually illustration or poetry or both.

Day jobs have included warehouseman, busboy, dishwasher, receiving clerk, deliveryman, “Helpful Hardware Man, Tournament Office Manager for the Pyrex Tennis Championship, information analyst for Samaria Health Service Patient Financial Services and Scottsdale Healthcare.

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MIKI BYRNE has written three poetry collections and had work included in over 100 poetry magazines and anthologies. She has read on both Radio and TV, and was a finalist for Poet Laureate of Gloucestershire. She is active on the spoken word scene in Cheltenham and is a member of a number of poetry groups. She began performing her poems in a bikers club in Birmingham. Miki is disabled and lives near Tewkesbury. Gloucestershire.UK.

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YUAN CHANGMING currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include ten Pushcart nominations, the Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize 2018, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1,469 others worldwide.

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SUSIE CLEVENGER is an author, poet, and amateur photographer. She is author of the poetry collections, Dirt Road Dreams, Insomnia’s Ink, and Where Butterflies Pray. Her work appears in the poetry collection, Poetry as a Spiritual Practice, and online in The Creative Nexus, Poetry & Prose Magazine, The Global Twitter Community Poetry Project, Journey of the Heart, and The Yellow Chair Review. Susie resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, Charlie.

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DeWITT CLINTON is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, USA.   Recent poems of his have appeared in the Santa Fe Literary Review, Verse-Virtual, Peacock Journal, Ekphrastic Review, Diaphanous Press, Meta/Phor(e)Play, and The Arabesques Review.  He has a new collection forthcoming from Kelsay Books. He lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin.​

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KERRY DARBISHIRE lives in England on a Cumbrian fellside where she finds most of her inspiration. Her first poetry collection ‘A Lift of Wings’, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2014. Her second collection, ‘Distance Sweet on my Tongue’ to be published in 2018. Kerry’s poems have won many prizes, including shortlisted in the Bridport Prize, 2017 and appear widely in magazines and anthologies.

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ISADORA DE LA VEGA: Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I’m retired from the world of art exhibitions where I sold my artfully designed handmade copper and silver jewelry for 28 years. Although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it. Shifting my creativity to writing and photography has been both a joy and a blessing. My blogs: Inside the Mind of Isadora and Isadora Art and Photography.

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DEBBIE FELIO is a poet/witness living and writing in Boulder, Colorado.

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PAUL M. FULLMER  is theLife Enrichment Director at Casa de Redwood in Redwood City, CA, Paul works with residents to coordinate opportunities for service, education, and community involvement.  For twelve years prior, he served as Chaplain at Lebanon Valley College near Hershey, Pennsylvania, coordinating similar opportunities for students. Following the publication of his doctoral dissertation on the Gospel of Mark as popular literature, he published a series of workbooks designed to help people read ancient Greek.  While living in Pennsylvania, Fullmer also published a pictorial history entitled Annville Township (Arcadia, 2011) and hosted the monthly local radio show You and Your Faith.  Fullmer now lives in his hometown, Menlo Park, CA, with his wife Becky, daughter Juliana, and a miniature poodle named Mimi.

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TRICIA KNOLL is a Vermont poet of some longevity. Her most recent poetry collection is How I Learned To Be White (Antrim House, 2018)  Poetry collections –

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FRANK McMAHAN Professional career in Social Work. Written several plays, one of which, A Death in Flanders, will be broadcast on local radio in October 2018. Published poet on The Poet by Day, I am not a Silent Poet, The Cannon’s Mouth, Cirencester Scene, with more to be published in The Curlew, Persona Non Grata, and Fly on the Wall. Also writes short stories, one of which will appear soon in Scribble. Finally, working on a children’s novel.

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ANNE MYLES is originally from New York, graduated from University of Northern Iowa, specializing in early American literature, especially the study of Puritan and Quaker dissent. Originally trained in poetry, she lost track of writing it herself for decades. In Spring 2018 she began mindfulness practice and within a month began writing again, realizing that the spiritual life and poetry have always been what matter most to her. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ghost City Review, Ink & NebulaFriends Journal, The New Verse News, Thimble, and Lavender Review.

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My name is TAMAM TRACY MONCUR I write for the sheer pleasure of writing and have been doing so from the time I was a teenager. I’ve been a Civil Rights activist, taught elementary school for twenty-five years, worked with my husband, Grachan Moncur III arranging musical compositions and performing with him on different occasions. I self-published a book entitled Diary of an Inner-City Teacher in 2008. I wanted the reader to see the classroom experience from a different perspective.  Writing helps me organize my world and express what matters to me most at any given moment in time. I am a retired teacher and a seasoned senior who still loves to write. Writing helps me glean a somewhat nebulous understanding of the anger, the stress, the daily deluge of violence that has become the norm…the new reality. www.praxismagonline.com; Amazon Page.

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