The Writers of Willowdown Books

Featuring every poet and short story writer from The Poetic Bond Volumes I – X, Human to Human, Lockdown 2.022, Poems from the Lockdown, Nature 20/20, Who are We?, Nine Frames, Our World, Your Place, and Life Dances.

 The poets/writers are listed alphabetically, and then in order of publication.  Each biography is taken from the most recent publication of each poet; therefore, some biographies are older than others.

All writers will be contacted for up-to-date biography.  Revised biographies will be uploaded if, and when, they become available.  

 

A – C          D - F           INTRO          M – P           Q - Z

Annette Gagliardi

Poem

Benevolence

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Annette has poetry published or forthcoming in Genre: Urban Arts No. 8- Print, Southwest Journal, Summer 2019, Dreamers Creative Writing Online, Down in the Dirt Online Magazine, Trouble Among the Stars, Issue#2,  Poetry Quarterly, the Poetic Bond VIII, ASPS Sandpiper and Dreamers Creative Writing Year 1 Anthology. She is a contributor and one of two editors for the anthology, "Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From The Shadow of Abuse".

Poem

Lacuna

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Bea Garth

Poem

I have never stood before a dead whale

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Bea Garth is known for her sublimely earthy narrative poetry and art. Bea discovered the healing power of creativity early on through her exposure to ancient world art and modern poetry.  For more see https://beagarthart.com. A frequent arts organizer, she edits https://eosthecreativecontext.com.

Poem

Dreaming of Nasturtiums - or The Red Empress

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

The Earth as Woman

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Frederick Garraty

Poem

singsing

concataverse

2022

Originally from Ireland, now living and working in Seattle, Washington.  His poetry has been published in several anthology and literary journals, and a collection of his poems, “Mountain Reflections” will be published next year.

Edna George

Poem

For Better, For Worse …

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Drama graduate, specializing in set and costume design in numerous London theatre productions, and walk on artiste in film and TV.  This is her second published poem.  Now retired, concentrating on her soon to be published book, as well as having fun with her growing brood of grandchildren.

Dean Gessie

Poem

Gram Bonkers Makes A Wireless Connection

Nature 20/20

2020

Dean is a Pushcart-nominated author and poet who has won multiple international prizes, including the Angelo Natoli Short Story Award (Australia), the Half and One Literary Prize (India), Bacopa Literary Review Short Story Competition (Florida), the Enizagam Poetry Contest (California), and the After Dinner Conversation Short Story Competition (Arizona).  Published in The Sixty Four Best Poets of 2018 (Black Mountain Press, NC),  and 3 novellas Anaphora Literary Press (Texas).

Story

Misanthropes

Nine Frames

2019

Emma Gibson

Poem

the dishes

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Emma is a British writer, now living in Philadelphia, PA. She mostly writes plays. Her most recent play, WHEN WE FALL, is a finalist for PlayPenn 2020, a semi-finalist for The Eugene O'Neill Conference, and a semi-finalist for Premiere Stages at Keane. She is also a teacher, a mother. and an actor.

Gabby Gilliam

Poem

drunk

concataverse

2022

Gabby Gilliam lives in the DC metro area. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Tofu Ink, The Ekphrastic Review, Cauldron Anthology, Instant Noodles, MacQueen's Quinterly, and three anthologies from Mythos Poets Society.

 

Poem

ifweburythishatchet

concataverse

2022

Poem

aplaceofpriviledge

concataverse

2022

Poem

somethingmorecomfortable

concataverse

2022

Charles Gillispie

Poem

The Boy Who Taught Me to Stay Inside the Lines

Nature 20/20

2020

Charles is a counselor, living in Tucson, Arizona. His first book of poems, The Way We Go On was published by the Backwaters Press in 2010. He is a founding member of the San Pedro River Pilgrims, a backpacking club dedicated to the pursuit of spirituality through wilderness adventure.

James Gilmore

Poem

My 30th

The Poetic Bond

2011

James Gilmore is a poet, writer and filmmaker currently residing in Los Angeles.  He is passionate about his family, creativity, philosophy, and fine Bavarian beers.

R.D. Girvan

Story

White Flags

Nine Frames

2019

A banker by day/writer by night, R.D. Girvan recently earned her University of Toronto Creative Writing Certificate. She writes suspense and horror fiction from rural Alberta, Canada.  She is pleased to have been twice-published in STORGY Magazine and accepted for 2019 publication in Coffin Bell Journal.  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/rdgirvan Website:  https://rdgirvan.com/

Ingrid Gjelsvick 

Poem

the floe inside the bookcases

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Born, raised and educated in Oslo, Norway. Currently works in administrating services to support children with special needs and their families. Writing since about 2009, but poetry and prose have been a great interest in whole her life. She often is searching for a picture of those small moody moments in her poems, or an atmosphere. Writing gives her a flow- or some kind of meditation.

Poem

no frame

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Jane Ellen Glasser

Poem

Covid-19 Lockdown

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Jane’s poetry has appeared in journals, such as Hudson Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and Georgia Review. She co-founded the non=profit arts organization and journal New Virginia Review, and has worked as a book reviewer and editor.  Her first collection Naming the Darkness, (introduction by W. D. Snodgrass) was issued by Road Publishers in 1991.  She won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry 2005 for Light Persists and The Long Life won the Poetica Chapbook Contest in 2011.  Publications include The Red Coat (2013), Cracks (2015), In the Shadow of Paradise (2017) and "Selected Poems" (2019) all available from Future Cycle Press. Website: www.janeellenglasser.com

Poem

Vernal Equinox Lockdown

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Caroline Glen

Poem

Together

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Caroline Glen grew from poetry, especially books her father, solicitor, bought from England: The Purple, Red, Yellow Book et al.  Taught at ten years: has published six poetry books, five for sale; Bookface, Gold Coast: gives readings, private editing, former editor FAWQ, member Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives & Professionals. Caroline's Blog

Poem

Peach Tree

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Cathryn Glenday

Poem

A Desert Daughter’s Perspective

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Cathryn Ana Glenday is a poet, disability activist, health educator and a psychotherapist practicing  in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Cathryn began creative writing early in grade school.  Cathryn lives in a rose-pink pueblo house with her dog and her dog’s two cats. Cathryn is working on a memoir and writes for The Mighty, a website for persons with disabilities. In Cathryn’s free time she is learning to grow roses and loves the local arts scene.

Poem

Female Healers:Witches, Nurses, and Surgeons, alone in the Night

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Existential Pscychophysics: Factors to Conisder when Constructing a Human Soul

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Twlight Descent

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Requiem and Post Mortem: Special Relationships in Parallel

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Ode to Athena: The Virgin Warrior of Peace and a Cat

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Julia Gordon-Bramer

Poem

Rights

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Julia Gordon-Bramer is a poet, author, Sylvia Plath scholar and professional tarot card reader. She quarantines in St. Louis, MO, with her husband and three cats.

J M Greff

Poem

Second Hand Memories

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

J M Greff is the intentional author, trucker philosopher, peace loving hippie, spiritual warrior, backpacking pantheist, wandering minstrel, and poet fool who created and operates the website, A Caravan of One, and the online publication, Letters from the Caravan. He can also be found on Facebook at A Caravan of One, on Instagram at j.m.greff, on Twitter at J_M_Greff, and on Elephant Journal as J M Greff.

Poem

These Things I Shouldn’t Say

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Kiel M. Gregory

Poem

family

concataverse

2022

Kiel M. Gregory teaches for the Binghamton Poetry Project and serves as Guest Curator for Bartle Library. He coordinates community school programming and afterschool tutoring to empower youth in the Southern Tier of New York where he is an M.A. candidate at Binghamton University. His prose and verse appear in LipsPaterson Literary ReviewStone CanoeFurrow365 Tomorrows, and elsewhere. Visit kielmgregory.com for more.

 

Poem

betrayer

concataverse

2022

Poem

alien

concataverse

2022

Poem

lawofphysics

concataverse

2022

Poem

desensitized

concataverse

2022

William Gregory

Poem

The Unseen

The Poetic Bond II

2012

William Gregory born London, in 1962. Spent most of his working life in the print industry, but is now a care worker. He started writing in 2011, poems about his life, experiences, people or inspired by visual art. His first book was published in 2012.

GK Grieve

Poem

life

concataverse

2022

Usually described as a sad, bitter old man, but in recent years has become less so, with poetry published in The Poetic Bond several times, and his short story “Insomniac” appearing in anthology “Life Dances”.   Being married again is also helping, as is meditation.

 

Poem

Veracity

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Story

Insomnia

Life Dances

2017

poem

The Final Moment Before The Death of Swans

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

poem

Addict

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

Jessica

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

Dark Soul

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

poem

The Anniversary

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Wendy Grossman

Poem

03/11/2020

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Wendy is a creative non-fiction writer and author of the blog on race, www.wendyjanesoulshake.com. She also writes poetry using her friends’ Facebook status updates. Publications: Frequency Anthology, Missing Providence (2015,), Me and Mrs. Stowe and The Rhode Island Writers' Circle Anthology (2007). This poem was includes found Facebook status updates from the following with from Barbara Gavin. Lily J. Whelan, Christopher Johnson, Martinha Javid, Darlene Sochin-Maras.  ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson. Seth Tourjee. Shey Rivera. Rodney Mason and Jessica Brown

Brenda Gunn

Poem

Cat Got Your Tongue

Human to Human

2021

Brenda Gunn retired in 2017 after 33 years teaching elementary and special education in Canada. She resumed a passion for genealogy and writing, completing all four branches of her family tree and completing a poetry collection based on historical research. She completed a certificate in creative writing through the University of Toronto and is working on a second poetry collection. Her poems appear in several journals and anthologies. She recently won Honourable Mention in the Dr WH Drummond poetry contest.        

Kelli Gunn (M.A.)

Poem

I Know I promise but …

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where she writes, works, and studies. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and is currently completing an undergraduate degree in adult education. Her creative work can be viewed at: https://www.amazon.ca/Pot-Uncertainty-At-End-Unsettled-ebook/dp/B01MZYYDBW and https://wordpress.com/view/bookend2016.wordpress.com.

Poem

Season

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Snake Hunting

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

7 a.m.

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Brianca Hadnot

Story

Token

Who Are We?

2020

Brianca Hadnot is a writer and graduate of the MA English Literature program at Texas Southern University. Her work has been published in National Council of Black Studies, TheCore94 and Pink Prods. She currently lives in Houston Texas where she devotes her time to writing, social activism and teaching High School English. Follow along with her journey via her youtube brianca jay, Instagram @lifeofbriancajay and twitter @jaybrianca .

Peter Hagen    

Poem

To Set A Big Cry Free

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Peter Hagen has worked as a journalist and sub-editor in Norway for more than 30 years. He is represented in two Norwegian poetry anthologies, and is now editor and deputy chairman at Trident Holding Ltd.

Mark Hammerschick

Poem

In Vitro

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Mark writes poetry and fiction. He holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a BS and MBA. He is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and currently lives on the north shore, his professional career has been in digital strategy and online consulting. His current work will be published in The Metaworker, Vext Magazine, Breadcrumbs Magazine, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Lucky Jefferson, The Fictional Café, Wingless Dreamer, HP 2020 Poetry Challenge, Trolley Magazine, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine and The Write Launch.

Poem

Pandemia

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

In the Moment Before the Moment

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Sandra Hanks

Poem

Moon Shine Supine

The Poetic Bond

2011

Published writer and poet. Two decades on a tropical island have added color to her take on life reflected in the unique perspective represented in her work.  "Papaya … and other seeds" (Short Stories) "It Gets Verse" (Poetry), available on her website, Paradise Preoccupied

Rob Hardy

Poem

Crossing the Delaware

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Rob Hardy is the first Poet Laureate of Northfield, Minnesota (USA). His prose and poetry have appeared in New England Review, North Dakota Quarterly, New Letters, Ploughshares, The Critical Flame, Sonora Review, Pleiades, Rattle and in other literary and scholarly journals and anthologies.

Blakelee Harmon

Poem

Labor of Materiality

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Blakelee Harmon is an established artist based in New York City who has dedicated her life to creating work that bonds human souls. She developed her sense of composition first through dance, exploring movement and stillness, music and silence, light and darkness, giving and taking, boundaries and abandon.  .

Poem

Podcast

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Joe Harper

Poem

BLOCK

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Joe has a poem somewhere in the anthology 'Collective Voices' by the Connecticut Poetry Society. He had written for the editorial section of The New London Day with restrained menace. Three of his plays have been given readings by the Eugene O'Neill local playwrights, perhaps it was two. Ex post facto ,'Missing Persons' was a finalist in the National Competition. This summer his video, 'Green Lights,' was selected for the Los Angeles International Film Festival without censure.

Seamus Harrington

Poem

Free Downloads

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Has won prizes and had poems published in the UK, US and Ireland. Has read his verse in Lake Orta, Strokestown and in France, and contributed to the Radio Programme "Seascapes." He has a piece accepted by the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. One of his poems was highly recommended in the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition.  http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/Issues/23A/harrington_seamus.html

Poem

Open Day

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

poem

The Hunters

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Scott Hastie

poem

Life Collects

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Scott Hastie is a successful British born poet and writer, who has been has been published in the UK for 20 years now. He currently has seven titles in print, including a novel and three collections of poetry. In recent years, the spiritual tone in his maturing poetic voice is starting to draw increasing acclaim and attention from an increasing worldwide audience, especially in the U.S. India & the Middle East.  www.scotthastie.com

Michael Hatchett

Poem

unwitting conquests

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Michael Hatchett is a writer in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a BA in English and the Second City Conservatory. He has work forthcoming from Thurston Howl Publications.

Poem

Hardly an Apocalypse in Here

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Syble Heffernan

Poem

Day 16 of Quarantine, Breathe

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Syble studies International Studies and English at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She started writing to entertain herself in small town Nebraska and filled countless journals on buses and garden benches during her year as an exchange student in Brazil. She participates in Spoken Word and is employed by the Nebraska Writers Collective. In addition to writing, she loves to read, dance, swim (especially in the sea), dig her toes in the dirt, paint and eat stovetop popcorn with coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt.

Poem

Day 18 of Quarentine: Perspectves

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Oscar Heimart

Story

Sentenced to Life

Our World, Your Place

2018

Born in Germany, but soon relocated to the UK (at eight weeks old), and after that Canada, and finally the USA (at twelve years old).  Oscar likes nothing more that to holioday in the Black Forest, where he practises his horribly accewnted, but accurate, Teutonic tones, on an unsuspecting Europe.  This is his first published story in twenty years, and is a snack version of the novel he has been working on for thirty years.

Rose Menyon Helfin

Poem

moniker

concataverse

2022

Rose Menyon Heflin is a writer from Madison, Wisconsin.  Her poetry won a Merit Award from Arts for All Wisconsin.  One of her poems was choreographed and performed by a local dance troupe, and she had a creative nonfiction piece featured in the Chazen Museum of Art's Companion Species exhibit.  Her recent and forthcoming publications include Deep South Magazine, Defunkt MagazineFauxmoir, Feral, Fireflies' Light, Great Lakes Review, Poemeleon, Red Weather, SPLASH!, Star*Line, and W.E.I.R.D.

Poem

making

concataverse

2022

Poem

loser

concataverse

2022

Poem

sacrifice

concataverse

2022

Poem

preach

concataverse

2022

Poem

inscribed

concataverse

2022

Karen J.Henneberry

Poem

A Metaphor of Life

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Born to be a social and political activist.  Educated at Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, with writing research, critical thinking skills, and political activism at hand, she says poetry became her passion, allowing her self-expression of life's social fabric. 

Poem

Patriarchy be Damned

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

The ABC's of Womanhood #MeToo

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

The Emotional Bond

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

Solace

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Peter Henrich

Poem

After The Blue House of Marc Chagall

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Peter Henrich focuses his craft on children's stories, lash fiction, and poetry.  He is a Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition Honorable Mention recipient for flash fiction.  His work appears in Penumbra and Vanish in Poetry from Wingless Dreamer.  He lives near Seattle, Washington where he dreams of becoming a pirate.

James Higgins

poem

Family Trait

The Poetic Bond III

2013

James Higgins was born in Texas, grew up there and in southern California before moving to Oregon where he graduated from the University of Oregon. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War Era. James is a member of the Oregon Poetry Association and Red Sofa Poets in Eugene, Oregon.

poem

Party Manners

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Camille Hill

Poem

After The Pandemic

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Ms. Hill is a retired U.S. diplomat. She grew up in Sacramento, CA, and lives in Van Zandt, WA.

Isabel Hinchliff

Poem

In sickness and in health

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Isabel Hinchliff is an English Major and intended Creative Writing Minor studying at UC Berkeley.

Robin Ouzman Hislop

Poem

my cat chi pi

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Editor of Poetry Life and Times. Publications include All the Babble of the Souk, Cartoon Molecules, and Key of Mist (the recently published Tesserae translations from Spanish poets Guadalupe Grande and Carmen Crespo). See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds) and his latest Collected Poems Volume at Next-Arrivals.

Poem

reducto anagrammatico, Sunday Morning 1915 Wallace Stevens

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Next Arrivals

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

Abandon Isle

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

poem

Tenochtitlan

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

poem

In Bed

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

A Split Second Later's Late

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

The Split

The Poetic Bond V

2015

poem

 Red Butterflies

The Poetic Bond III

2013

poem

 From Here to Silence

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Poem

Far from Equilibrium  

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Chi Holder

Poem

Enduring the Storm

The Poetic Bond

2011

Chi Holder was raised in Owensville, MO. She graduated from college with a BS in English Education. The tragic events of September 11th, and the spirit of the American people in the wake of this tragedy, inspired her poem, "Enduring the Storm". Chi currently resides in Steelville with her husband.

Judit Katalin Hollos

Poem

Spring postponed - a Haiku Sequence

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Judit is a teacher, poet, playwright, translator and journalist. She graduated in playwriting and screenplay writing and studied Swedish literature and language in Vaxjö, Sweden. Her short stories, micro-poems, translations and articles have been featured in English, Swedish and Hungarian in literary magazines and anthologies.

Pamela Hope Deluca Price

Poem

Being Free Under Nature’s Canopy

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Pamela's interests are of a theosophical & esoteric nature. She recently spent many months in different regions of India and now lives in Oceanport, N.J., USA. ''I am a newcomer to the Divine Art of Poetry, but as an old soul, words travel through me, as breath from my Beingness.''

Eric Machan Howd

Poem

Stuck in the Funhouse

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Eric Machan Howd (Ithaca, NY) is a professor of professional and technical writing at Ithaca College. His poems have appeared in (selected) Nimrod, River City, The Healing Muse, and Yankee Magazine. He received his MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He recently presented his work at a Slovenian/American conference on poetry and poetics as a guest lecturer/poet in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ann Huang

Poem

Something to Say

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Author, poet, and filmmaker based in Newport Beach, Southern California. She was born in Mainland, China and raised in Mexico and the U.S. As an MFA recipient in Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Huang has authored one chapbook and three poetry collections. Her poems have appeared online and in print extensively and follow the surrealistic gestures that weave reality into divergent realms of perspectives and perceptions. Visit AnnHuang.com

Rowland Hughes

poem

Lemon Soap

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Rowland is a Welsh writer and poet. To care for his brother, he was taken out of school at 14 years old. Ill health forced him to retire from work as a Local Authority Assistant Surveyor in 1997. He writes in bustling cafés or in the tranquil confines his shed. www.rowlandhughes.com

poem

A Valley Funeral

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Heikki Huotari

Poem

In My Solitude

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Heikki, a retired math professor, has published poems in journals such as Spillway, The Journal, and Pleiades.

Rachael Z Ikins 

Poem

Beneath a Saturn Sky 

The Poetic Bond II

2012

From CNY, three award winning poetry chapbooks, a fourth poetry eBook for Kindle Amazon. First collection of short stories for release by Christmas; also three visual art shows and featured artist in October Syracuse NY.

Khodijah Ismail

Poem

When the World Has Gone

Since Covid Has Come

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Dr. Khodijah Ismail is an assistant professor of Community Development at the Raja Ali Haji Maritime University, Riau Islands, Indonesia. Ph.D. degree from Andalas University, West Sumatra. In addition to teaching, she contributed as a Chair of the Indonesian Doctoral Forum in the Riau Islands Province. She was a winner of a Fellowship from the Conservation Strategy Fund. She collaborated on some manuscripts and presented them at international conferences. She currently resides in Bintan Islands, Indonesia. She can be contacted at khodijah @ umrah ac id

John Jacobson

Poem

When It Comes Time

Nature 20/20

2020

John lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York. His writing has appeared in many publications including About Place Journal, Aji Magazine, The Curlew, Intima Journal of Narrative Medicine, Longridge Review, and Remembered Arts Journal. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and a John Burroughs Nature Essay Award. For the past twelve years he has been a caregiver for his wife Claudia. He is working on a memoir about that experience.

Romi Jain

Poem

Would you come to me? 

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Romi Jain is VP of Indian Journal of Asian Affairs. Her publications include The Storm Within, Poetry! You Resurrect Me and Voices of Rocks in the Dusk.

Poem

Her New Abode

The Poetic Bond

2011

Diane Jardel

Poem

 Alzheimer Blues (1):  It’s Ok

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Diane lived most of her life in England, four years in Mexico and one year in Israel and now she live in a beautiful inspiring lake land area of Northern Ireland. She facilitates poetry workshops for a charity that aims to affect positive intercultural change.

Poem

Alzheimer Blues (2):  I am here my love 

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

poem

Light and Shade

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Poem

Grass

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Poem

The Mirror

The Poetic Bond

2011

Scott Jessup

Poem

fire

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Identifies as they/their, spent time in California but post-COVID, made the change, and returned to Chicago and enrolled on Creative Writing Course.  This is their first published poem.

Noami Jones

Poem

fixedme

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Noami Jones is from Milton Keynes, a town in England.  She lives in Huston, a town in Texas, USA.  She wants to retire to Honolulu, a town in Hawaii.

Jane Johann

Poem

Layers of Being

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Jane, daughter of Aggie (Agnes) and Jim (Marvin) Johann, Wisconsin native and global citizen, lives in rural countryside, blessed with the serenity of nature.  Taste a bit more of what she has written at Johannisthinking@Wordpress.com (Footprints of Thoughts)

Poem

The Love Star

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

Sometimes dark doesn’t move

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Kim June Johnson

Poem

During My Illness

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Kim is an award-winning singer-songwriter and poet from the west coast of Canada. She is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio. Her writing has appeared in Room, Literary Mama, CV2, and Today's Parent Magazine.

Poem

Blossoms

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Michael Lee Johnson

Poem

Charley Plays a Tune

The Poetic Bond

2011

Poet, and editor, from Itasca, Illinois who lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam era, published in 24 countries.  He runs five poetry sites, and published work is available at http://poetryman.mysite.com, Amazon.Com, Borders Books, iUniverse  and Lulu.com.

Poem

Kentucky Blue

The Poetic Bond

2011

EP Jones

Poem

Fixed to the Spot

Human to Human

2021

Born in Manchester, England, Elizabeth Porter Jones, came to poetry through social work, attempting to make sense of her working days and the people she met.  Latterly she has moved into counselling and writing short stories.

Wendy Joseph

poem

This is America

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Wendy Joseph sailed on cargo ships worldwide for ten years. She holds two Master's in English, and this is her second appearance in the Poetic Bond. She is also a playwright, actor, and novelist. She lives in the wilds of Washington State with very remarkable people and two cats.    www.wendyjosephwrites.com  www.facebook.com/TheWitchsHand

poem

In my house there are books

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

poem

when the water rises

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

Chief Joseph

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

Incantation

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Beverley Joyce

Poem

The Tea

Human to Human

2021

Beverly's writing appears in Plants & Poetry, The Pointed Circle, Hive Avenue, Wild Roof, Alchemy, and The Silent World in Her Vase, as well as in the anthologies titled Snowdrops and Turning Dark into Light. Her writing is forthcoming in The Raw Art Review and Lake Erie Ink's Growth anthologyShe has a MA in English from Cleveland State University, and she was a high school English teacher for sixteen years. She lives in Brecksville, Ohio, with her husband and two daughters.  

Poem

Staked Signs

Human to Human

2021

Amanda Valerie Judd

Poem

Poetry

The Poetic Bond V

2015

A 40-something Indiana native currently living and working in the Washington, DC area, Amanda’s poetry has been published in anthologies and literary journals.  A collection of her poems, Tainted Love, was published in 2017.  She is currently at work on her first children’s book, “A Dog Named Bailey.” 

Tonia Kalouria

Poem

Looking Up

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Tonia wants to help reinstate RHYMING poetry from its Rodney Dangerfield "no respect" status. She is the author of the rhythmic Aerobic Poetry. Her poem Advice is for the Birds appears in the Poe Anthology, Quoth the Raven.

Sebastian Karantonis

Poem

weight

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Hailing from the cradle of civilization, Cleveland Ohio, Sebastian uses oil paint or ink to bridge the disconnect between his brain, his heart and his vocal chards.  Sebastian’s concerned with the loss of nuance and driven by a disillusionment with the state of discourse in the age of the internet.

Poem

last laugh for Tina

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

the 4 dollar dead man in St. Lucie Country Florida

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

R.J.Keeler

Poem

She’s Deaf in One Ear, I Mumble

Human to Human

2021

Born St. Paul, grew up in jungles of Colombia. BS Mathematics NCSU, MS Computer Science UNC-CH, MBA UCLA, and Certificate in Poetry UW. Honorman U.S. Naval Submarine School, Submarine Service (SS) qualified. Vietnam Service Medal, Honorable Discharge, Whiting Foundation Experimental Grant. Member IEEE, AAAS, and the Academy of American Poets. He has two poetry collections, Detonation and Snowman, both published in 2020

Poem

interesting things happen in doorways

Human to Human

2021

Michael J.Keeley

Story

Zamarad

Who Are We?

2020

Michael J. Keeley was born in Glasgow but lived in Cairo from the age of three to ten, when his parents divorced, and he returned to Scotland.  It is this duality that has led him to living as an office worker in Scotland, while ‘remembering’ a past life as an Egyptian boy. This is Michael’s first published short story.

Joyce Ker

Story

Lotus Girl

Who Are We?

2020

Joyce Ker is a freshman at Johns Hopkins University whose poetry has appeared in TAB Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Tule Review, Louisville Review, and Boxcar Poetry Review. Her work has been recognized by the Lex Allen Literary Festival Poetry Contest, Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, and the California Coastal Art and Poetry Contest. A California Arts Scholar and alumna of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, Ker has been nominated for the Best New Poets anthology and the Pushcart Prize.

Sajida Khan

Poem

Silence

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Sajida Khan started writing poetry as a way to deal with the world around her. She likes to travel to find words, but often words can be found at home.  She would like the love affair between pen and paper to be rekindled and to start letter writing again, therefore has started writing letters to herself!

Poem

Virtual Walls

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Sonia Kilvington

Poem

Wild Montana

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Sonia Kilvington is a journalist, short story writer, poet and novelist, living in Cyprus. She is currently published in the international noir collection Exiles, as well as being a regular contributor to Contemporary Literary Horizon in Romania. Sonia's first poetry collection, Dangerous Love, has been published in English and Romanian.  Links: Website - http://soniakilvingtonwriter.com/  

Poem

Object of Desire

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Stephen Kirin

Poem

Ridgeway

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Stephen Kirin lives in Suffolk, UK. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in several Surrealist anthologies including; Patricide, La Vertèbre et le Rossignol, Surrealists and Outsiders 2019 and Peculiar Mormyrid. Stephen also paints individually and collaboratively with his wife and sculpts in wood. New creative projects continue to evolve. www.stephenkirin.com  www.thekirins.com

Poem

Smiling to Kyoto

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

KishaJade

Poem

Think Beyond

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

KishaJade, MA creative writer, is a British poet and English educator. She writes poems with the emerging themes of love, pain and faith. Her voice of expression is driven by promoting self-awareness and positive change to her audience and the younger generations. Social change and equality is her muse.   https://www.facebook.com/kishajadedoitwrite/

Jacob Klein

Poem

There are Secrets in the Trees

Nature 20/20

2020

Jacob is an emerging writer from New Jersey, with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has been published in The Esthetic Apostle, The Write Launch, and La Piccioletta Barca. He writes both poetry and prose and has an unpublished book of poems based on Ovid's Metamorphoses.

James Ph. Kotsybar

Poem

pinsandneedles

concataverse

2022

James Ph. Kotsybar is the first poet published to another planet. NASA placed his poetry into Martian orbit aboard MAVEN, the mission log of the Hubble Space Telescope and awarded it at IngenuityFest for the Centaur Rocket's 50th Anniversary. Invited by European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters' president, Kotsybar attended as featured speaker of the EuroScience Open Forum (2018) reading his science-poetry to science journalists and the Troubadours in their founding city of Toulouse, France, earning a standing return invitatio

Alyssa Kreikemeier

Poem

Eleven Days 

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Alyssa Kreikemeier is a writer and historian whose work explores the relations between non-human and human worlds.

Just Kribbe

Poem

Telegram

The Poetic Bond

2011

Just Kibbe is a co-founder of Pirate Pig Press, Poets On Site, and Indelible Ink. His avant-garde visual art and poetry have appeared internationally. He teaches creative writing and speaks publicly about his work upon request, and welcomes commissions.

Cathriona Lafferty         

Poem

 A Love in Chains

The Poetic Bond II

2012

A writer of poetry and prose, from Ireland. Interested in the diversity of poetry, she has created an online journal to promote an appreciation of poetry in society, titled: 'Poetic Thoughts' By Cathriona.

John Lambremont Sr. 

Poem

To My Octogenarian

The Poetic Bond II

2012

John Lambremont, Sr. is a poet from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. John edits Big River Poetry Review, his poems have been published internationally, and he has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Frieda W Landau   

Poem

When the Revolution was Young   

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Frieda W Landau is a writer and a photographer, specializing in military topics. She has a BA in history and an MA in English. Her parents are Holocaust survivors. 

Lee Landau

Poem

Meeting at the Farmhouse

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Lee Landau writes with raw honesty about her personal landscape, interaction with family events, those dysfunctional backstories. She writes about the nature of tangled lives, which tumble through her life and poems. She writes in a unique voice, poetry with multiple, sonic elements.

Poem

My Sister Karen Retires

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Ruth’s End of Days

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

Sitting Shiva

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

Growing Rocks in Ruth’s Garden

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

His Faltering Balance

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Jill Angel Langlois

poem

If the Wind Blows

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Jill grew up in Park Forest, IL.  Her poems and short stories appear in literary magazines, nationally. Collections: Scattered Petals explores the healing power of nature. Whiskey Nights inspired by whiskey and music Tell Me The Story, a memoir, portrays growing up adopted, reuniting with her birth mother.

poem

I Remember Silence

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

Botanical Garden

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Dorie LaRue

Poem

Dog Walking in the Global Pandemic

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Dorie LaRue is the author of two novels, Resurrecting Virgil, (Backwaters), and The Trouble With Student Affairs (Artemis Press); three chapbooks of poetry, Seeking the Monsters, The Private Frenzy,  In God's Due Time: A Tribute to Mistress Rowlandson; poetry books Mad Rains (Kelsay Press), and An Enemy in Their Mouths (Finishing Line Press). Ahas appeaered in a variety of journals including, The Southern Review, The Maryland Poetry Review, and The American Poetry Review. Has a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, and teaches writing and literature at LSUS.

Poem

Grocery Shopping Whole Foods

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

John Laue

Poem

Loose Oservations

Human to Human

2021

With six published poetry books including two of three line poems he calls Highkus, John Laue, prize-winning poet and former Editor of San Francisco Review, Transfer, and Monterey Poetry Review, presently coordinates the reading series of The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium. Also a photographer, Laue has had many of his photos featured in local and international galleries and magazines.

Shane Leavy

Poem

Reflecting on another time of separation

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Shane Leavy is an analyst and writer living in the rural west of Ireland.

Laura Lee

Poem

Click

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Chicago-area poet, college instructor and writer.  Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in the US, the UK, New Zealand, and Greece.  Her website is at: http://lauraleewriterpoeteducator.com.

Poem

They Left the Bed

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Lawrence W. Lee

poem

Cynic

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

I have made a good living as a professional artist for almost fifty years. I've seen fire and I've seen rain.  I have known love and loss in near equal measure. I am interested in almost everything,  but have special fondness for language and subatomic physics.  I continue to paint. http://lawrenceleeart.com

poem

Still Life

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi

Poem

After Dark

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

(B.A. English, Spanish; M.A. Spanish), author of Poem to Follow, Fall Tenderly, Surviving Gracefully, published worldwide in poetry anthologies, literary magazines, and in spoken word on the CD ‘HOW LIVE’ with LOOPRAT, considers herself a modern formalist, addressing contemporary issues in poetic verse with a stylized language.

Mark L Levinson

poem

The Book

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Mark L. Levinson is the fifth in a line of Harvard-educated Levinsons, but has lived in Israel since 1970. There he works as a translator and technical writer, frequents the local English-language literary scene, and actively follows politics. He has been married 36 years and raised one son. 

poem

The Agent

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Wen Wen Lin

Poem

Life in The Time of Covid-19

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Wen Wen Lin is a transplant to New York City who feeds off nature, enjoy crowd-less city streets in early mornings or very late at night. She catches the tail of inspiration solely with mobile phones.

Carey Link

poem

Blur Distinctions

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Carey Link is from Huntsville, Alabama. She has been writing poetry for over twenty years.    Link’s two collections of poetry are What it Means to Climb a Tree (Finishing Line Press) and Awakening to Holes in The Arc of Sun (Mule on a Ferris Wheel).

poem

where am I

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Madeline Heit Lipton

Poem

The Photo in my Hutch

Human to Human

2021

Madeline is a native New Yorker whose sensitive nature and love of words, comes straight from the heart down to pen and paper. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications. They include 4 of The Poetic Bond anthologies, Haiku and Tanka journals, Newsday, Woman's Day, Let The Acorns Grow, and A Poem A Day 2021. She is married with 2 children, and a marvellous cat Mia. Madeline dedicates The Photo In My Hutch to her brother Scott, for his ever-present support.  Madleine has also done a written interview for the Brooklyn library, and appears in the brand new book Let The Acorns Grow.

Poem

A View

Human to Human

2021

Poem

Tanka

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

Old Friends

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

His Name was James

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Home, I Hardly Know You

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

James Patrick Lockett

Poem

Zweisamkeit

Lockdown 2.022

2022

New Orleans born and Texas breed, James makes up songs and stories, with a lifelong love of wordplay. A former actor & stand-up comedian, Lockett has had a storied career as a script doctor, songwriter, playwright, SFX Coordinator, blues musician, photographer, and poet. Fueled by ambivalence, procrastination, and coffee, his poetry collection, Pretty Words for the ICONOCLASS of 2020 (Sour Grapes Press) was released in 2021. Other goodies can be found at his oft neglected blog: www.thehyenakitchen.bogspot.com.

Poem

Love in the Years Of Solitude

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Ellaraine Lockie

Poem

Kamastura Music

Human to Human

2021

Ellaraine Lockie is widely published and awarded as a poet, nonfiction book author and essayist. Her fourteenth chapbook, Sex and Other Slapsticks from Presa Press has been released. Earlier collections have won Poetry Forum's Chapbook Contest Prize, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Chapbook Competition, Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest, Best Individual Poetry Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England, and The Aurorean's Chapbook Choice Award. She also teaches writing workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyle magazine, Lilipoh.

Poem

Taking Issue with Marcello

Human to Human

2021

Poem

In Setwana there is a Saying

Human to Human

2021

Poem

Assault and Rape the City Crime Report Says

Human to Human

2021

Kelly-Jo Lomas

Poem

Eclipses of the Moon

Human to Human

2021

Kelly-Jo was born in Texas but moved to California aged ten.  As a child she was fascinated by the stars, wrote science-fiction poetry, and studied cosmology until life intervened.  Now her children have grown up, and she has left her husband a long way behind, Kelly-Jo has returned to writing, and to Texas, where she now lives with her telescope and a cat.

Tatjana LonĨarec

Poem

Chosen Memories

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Published author of two collections of poems That the World does not die Zagreb 2005 and Crowned Roses, Split 2008., also published in Mute. Melodist Anthology 2016, Com-pen-di-um USA 2016, Realistic poetry International Anthology 2016.  Sometimes Anyway, NavWorks press 2017.  Active member of Morning Poetry association in Croatia, Zagreb.

Christa Lubatkin

Poem

What if

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Christa Lubatkin was born in war, raised through post-war poverty and finally landed in the country of everyone’s dreams, where she moved and moved again. For someone who never lingers long, writing short poetry is a natural fit. Christa’s poetry shines a light on darkness. Her poetry has appeared in The Patterson Literary Review, Haunted Waters Press (Splash), The Blue Guitar, The Write Launch, Underwood, Cathexis Northwest, and others. Away from her writing table she likes to hike, dance, and enjoy the company of good people.

Marek Lugowski

Poem

Chicago 1993

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

This insufferable lout and serial abuser of good will everywhere has been very visible and notorious in posting poems and engaging in polemic.  Perchance he should be considered a lapsed or archival-quality internet perso-anality of yore, as much as he tries to remain abusively relevant on the interwebs of 2018.  Editor of A Small Garlic Press.

Heather M.F. Lyke

Poem

Recommendation: Date Closeted Gay Men

Human to Human

2021

Heather M. F. Lyke is a southern Minnesota writer and educator. By day, she works in the world of education; on evenings and weekends, she creates. Lyke is also known for saying 'yes' to far too many things, singing incorrect lyrics to The B-52's "Roam", underestimating how long projects will actually take, and communicating in metaphor. Lyke's poetry can be found in a wide array of literary journals, various anthologies, and online at heatherlyke weebly com.

John Lysaght

Poem

Passed On

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poet from New York.  He began writing poetry while a student the University of Scranton, graduating in 1968 with a degree in English and Classics. Here, his poems were first published in Esprit, the university`s literary journal. John draws inspiration from his journey through everyday life.

 

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