LISA ASHLEY, Mdiv. (Lisa Ashley, Spiritual Director) is a spiritual director and a chaplain for incarcerated youth, in her sixth year as a volunteer, in King County, WA.  In addition to her spiritual direction practice, Lisa provides support to young men who have moved from juvenile detention into the adult prison system. She is a board member for the nonprofit, Youth Chaplaincy Coalition of King County, supporting Rev. Terri Stewart and the many volunteers who serve as chaplains for youth. She is also a member of the Juvenile Justice Commission steering group of St. James parish, Seattle, WA.

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IMEN BENYOUB (The Bardo Group/Beguine Again) is a miltilingual, multi-talented writer, poet, and artist living in Guelma, Algeria. She is a regular contributor to Into the Bardo and to On the Plum Tree and Plum Tree Books Facebook page.

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K.A. BRYCE ( A Mirror Obscura, Poetry, musings and sightings from where the country changes) is 63, lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his three dogs and one cat. He is a graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo where he received both a Bachelor and Masters of Arts degree in English. While at the University he worked with Mac Hammond and Irving Feldman and was winner of The Arthur Axlerod Award for Poetry. After graduating he entered the hospitality industry and did not write for the next 35 years during which time he always considered himself a poet stating that “a poet is one who has written a poem and may never write another.” Coinciding with his turning 60 he suddenly began writing again and is in the midst of finishing his eighth collection of poetry. He works assiduously for at least 10-12 hours 7 days a week at his writing. To Travel Without a Map is his first publication of a book length collection. His style is eclectic and his interest in myths and the tiny filaments of our humanity that connects us to one another are the centerpieces of his work.

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BRIAN CRANDALL (Empathy Globally: Painful Portraits of People – in Poetrystarted writing poetry  last July, 2014 at the age of 44.  I cope with significant pain daily, to the point where I rarely leave the house over the last F years.   I am inspired to write about others who suffer.  I write about the hungry, the homeless, the bullied, the victims of domestic violence, children caught up in war, soldiers suffering PTSD and more on my site.
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CHRISTINA CARNOY is a thriving child abuse survivor, after years of therapy, spiritual healing, and self-healing work. She is a former foster kid from the ages of 14-18, when she emancipated herself and made her big brother her guardian after she had had enough. Today she is an artist and teacher, and very happy mother of a little boy, who she works her ass off nonstop to raise conscientiously and non-abusively.

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ROY DeLEON is an Oblate of St. Benedict, spiritual director, and a certified yoga instructor. He represented his community, St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington, at the First World Congress of Benedictine Oblates in Rome, Italy in 2004. He teaches Blessed Movements (praying with the body, heart, and soul) classes in Issaquah, Washington, and conducts workshops at monasteries and retreat centers across the U.S. He makes a living as a graphic designer and lives in Bothell, Washington with his wife, Annie.
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GRETCHEN DEL RIO (Gretchen Del Rio’s Art Blog) first discovered the magic of water based colors when many years ago I began to paint with procion dyes on silk. I loved the unexpected quality of the process. It was so exciting to never be sure what the colors and water would combine to produce. It seemed as though the medium had its own passion. Painting with watercolors and paper is much the same. I love the color combinations and separations that occur spontaneously as the color floats on the water. You can never totally predict what effect will result. If you try to control the medium too much, your painting will be very tight losing its aliveness. The artist must be bold and decisive or the work will not be clear and fresh. It is really like a dance. It becomes a controlled folly in knowing when to let go and when to take charge of the direction that the painting is taking.

The images that I paint reflect my emotions and are expression of my life experience. The are not extensively planned, but rather evolve as the painting progresses. I am always surprised by the end result since it comes into being because of what the medium and emotion has suggested.

The paintings are from my heart and I always fall in love with the subject. I believe that we are all connected and, if an image touches you, it is because we all have the same heart even though our paths may be different.

Most of all, painting what I paint makes me happy. The paintings are my own path unfolding. They are an opening door for me and contain my own passion for life.

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TRACY DAUGHERTY  is an AIDS activist and Program Manager/Process Professional.

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MARLYN SUAREZ-EXCONDE (Kintal) completed an AB Literature in the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Philippines. She started to blog at kintal.wordpress in May 2013. ‘Kintal’ means impression, seal or mark. Her blog cerebrates the gathered impressions about life, ruminations and observations. Kintal features the photos and images and/or illustrations that Marilyn and her children have made and shot during trips. Most of the words were taken from deep understanding about life, society and the conversations shared between Marilyn and her husband and sometimes with their children…all echoed in the form of art and poetry, blogged for sharing.

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KAREN FAYETH (Oh Fair New Mexico) is a writer, blogger, photographer, and visual artist.  A native of New Mexico, Karen moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997 and was immediately inspired by the vibrant arts community that is so entwined with the Bay Area’s people and our way of life.

Karen blends influences of the cultures from where she grew up, including Hispanic, Native American, and the deep rural soul of the American West along with her newer city-sense learned in places like San Francisco, Brooklyn, Boston, London, Singapore, and San Jose, Costa Rica.

A storyteller at heart, Karen’s main medium is words and writing, but words don’t always tell the tale. Karen has expanded her studies to the visual arts including paint, clay, papier-mache and photography. She is learning to craft stories using a combination of both words and images.

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SIMONE FRAME (Life As a Wave) works as a speech-language pathologist in Los Angeles. Her writing is found at lifeasawave.net where she explores interconnection and compassionate living as a genuinely curious (and often perplexed!) sojourner, ~~~S Wave~~~.”

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DR. AMPAT KOSHY, A.V. is Assistant Profesor in Faculty of Arts for Girls, English Department, in Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. He has twelve books to his credit, among which Art of Poetry, Samuel Beckett’s English Poetry, Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times with Dr Bina Biswas, The Significant Anthology edited with Reena Prasad and Michele Baron, Umbilical Chords edited with Dr Madan Gandhi, Dr Santosh Bakaya, Himali Narang and Vineetha Mekkkoth and Igniting Key, his latest, a collection of poems with Pramila Khadun and Bina Biswas are his favourites.

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MATT PESCA  is fixture on the New York poetry scene, Matt Pasca’s work has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in over 25 journals and 10 anthologies. His two full-length poetry collections, A THOUSAND DOORS (2011, JB Stillwater) and RAVEN WIRE (2016, Shanti Arts), have been lauded in both academic and non-academic circles. Matt has been a featured poet/performer at SOMOS in Taos, NM, Shakespeare & Co. in Missoula, MT, off-site at AWP in Minneapolis, MN, The Orchard House School in Richmond, VA, the Parkside Lounge, Cornelia Street Cafe and Makor in NYC, and Hofstra University, CW Post, Stony Brook University, Molloy College, Nassau Community College and The Walt Whitman Birthplace on Long Island.

Pasca has been using the written word to defamiliarize, deconstruct, and reconstruct the world around him since he was eleven. After giving up on his dreams of becoming a professional disc jockey and playing major league baseball, Matt earned a B.A. in English at Cornell University, where he minored in Africana Studies, learned Russian, worked the projection booth at Cornell Cinema and sang in Pamoja-Ni, the campus gospel choir. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Stony Brook University and began teaching at Bay Shore High School in 1997.

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MYRA SCHNEIDER‘s (Myra Schneider’s Poetry Website) ~ poems have been featured in Long Poem Magazine and Domestic Cherry. She co-edited with Dilys WoodParents, an anthology of poems by 114 women about their own parents. Myra started out writing fiction for children and teens. We first discovered Myra through her much-loved poem about an experience with cancer, The Red Dresswhich she generously shared with readers here in our Perspectives on Cancer series in 2011.

Currently Myra lives in North London, but she grew up in Scotland and in other parts of England. She lives with her husband and they have one son. Myra tutors through Poetry School, London. Her schedule of poetry readings is HERE.

Myra’s eleventh poetry collection, The Door to Color, launched in September 2014 by Enitharmon Press.

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LANCE SHERIDAN (Lance Sheridan, Plaited poems) began writing poetry in 2002. Since then, he’s had twenty-one poems published in online journals including Napalm and Novacain, Storm Cycle, and Poised in Flight. He’s spent many years studying the works of great poets. By doing so, he developed his  own style, which he is always recrafting. Lance says, “One should never be completely satisfied with one’s writing.”

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DANIEL S. SORMANI C.S. Sp., a native Brooklynite, is a Roman Catholic Priest and member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). Having lived in Mexico, Algeria, Italy, and Egypt, he is currently living in the Philippines where he heads his community’s formation program and teaches theology at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University. When not reading, he enjoys meeting people and learning something new every day.

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ANNE STEWART (poetry p f page) ~ Ms. Stewart’s poetry is much published in anthologies/magazines. Her awards include the Bridport Prize and Poetry on the Lake’s Silver Wyvern (Italy, 2014). Her first collection is The Janus Hour (Oversteps Books, 2010). “ … varied, dominated by its music and a sense of quest for survival, for the light behind the clouds. Mercurial, like a Fellini film.” Katherine Gallagher. A review of the book is HERE.

Anne is the founder of poetry p f and she’s the Poetry Society’s ‘Kent North West’ Stanza Rep, a Past President (2011 – 2013) of Shortlands Poetry Circle and Administrator for Second Light Network, whose website, Second Light Live, she designed and runs. She co-edited (with Dilys Wood) the pre-launch issue, Issues 1 to 4, 8 and 11 of ARTEMISpoetry, a biannual journal devoted to women’s poetry, and contributes reviews/articles on a regular basis. She was the visiting poet at a London care-centre for two and a half years.

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SUE VINCENT (Daily Echo) is a Yorkshire born writer, painter and award winning poet.  She is also known as an esoteric teacher and is one of the Directors of The Silent Eye.  Sue now lives in Buckinghamshire, having been stranded there due to an unfortunate incident with a pin, a map and a blindfold; a temporary glitch of twenty-years duration.  She has a lasting love-affair with the landscape of Albion; that hidden country of the heart that is the backdrop for many of her books, particularly those co-authored with Stuart France.  She is currently owned by a small dog who also blogs. In addition to her blog (above),  you can find here at: The Silent Eye; Sue Vincent and Stuart Frances, writers of magic, mystery and mysticism; Amazon UK; Amazon US; Sue Vincent Good Reads Author Page.

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MICHAEL YOST  (Michael’s Lair) is a 61 yr. old divorced Male who lives in Oxnard, CA. I lose myself in words and try to gain the voice of the poet. My hope is to keep those things around me that are important, alive and in front of other people’s eyes. I started writing poetry when I was 13.  I wish I saved my early work, but at graduation I joined the Navy and writing went by the wayside until October 10 when  I started Michael’s Lair, my blog.

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