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           G – L        Intro         Q - Z 

Drake Mabry

Poem

Four Haiku

The Poetic Bond

2011

Composer, painter, photographer and poet. His music has been widely performed; his paintings and photography have been featured in numerous exhibitions. His collection of bilingual Poetry Drakedonius is published by Le Plac'Art. He divides his time between France, California and Istanbul.

Naomi Madeline

Poem

When you meet me

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Naomi Madelin is a writer, mother and business woman currently based in New Zealand. Her haiku and senryu have appeared in print publications including Frogpond, Kokako and Paper Wasp. She writes wherever her mind wanders, including a blog: http://jumpingoffbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Neetu Malik

Poem

Growing Feathers

Human to Human

2021

Neetu’s eclectic work reflects her diverse background as she explores the joy and darkness of the human condition in poems and stories noteworthy for their intensity in brief span. Her publications include poems in The Poetic Bond Series, journals, and anthologies. Her poem, "Soaring Flames”, was awarded First-Place by the NY Literary Magazine (2017).  Nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2019, Neetu’s poem “Sacred Figs” was published in The Ocotillo Review by Kallisto Gaia Press.  Neetu lives in Pennsylvania, USA.

 

Poem

The Teardrop

Human to Human

2021

Poem

The Reckoning

Human to Human

2021

Poem

Where do we belong?

Human to Human

2021

Poem

Social Distancing (every two minutes)

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

new wheels old yard

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

benumbed

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

Chasing Love

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Story

A Smile of a Thousand Stars

Life Dances

2017

poem

dancers

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

poem

the pianist

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

poem

wanderer

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

The Cobwebs

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

A walk in the rain

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

Limbo

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Chris Maloney

Poem

So, It Begins

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Chris Maloney grew up in Bayside, Queens which is in New York. His passion for writing began in his mid teens. Through out the years Chris would practice writing whenever and wherever he could. He would read poetry books and novels not just for entertainment but to learn as well. As he got older, he went on in having several different jobs. All which he enjoyed. All the while he was still writing poetry and having hopes in becoming a successful and respected poet.

Poem

Pals

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Susan Manchin

Poem

Now That You're Gone

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

A graduate of West Virginia University,  worked as a copywriter and creative director. Presently, pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Bennington College with a focus on poetry. She is an active member of Pennwriters and SCBWI. Most recently, she completed workshops at Highlights, and Stony Brook University.

Browning Mank

Poem

crush

concataverse

2022

Browning’s work was published in concataverse and she is a regular contributor to Poetry, Review, and Discuss, a major poetry forum on LinkedIN,

 

Poem

grudges

concataverse

2022

Poem

bubblingover

concataverse

2022

Poem

spitshine

concataverse

2022

Poem

Fourleafclover

concataverse

2022

Poem

smitten

concataverse

2022

Poem

struck

concataverse

2022

Poem

strangher

concataverse

2022

Poem

Senseless

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Poem

VIRAL EQUATIONS

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Israela Margalit

Story

Too Much

Life Dances

2017

Israela Margalit is an award-winning writer, playwright, and concert pianist. Her credits include the Gold Medal New York Film & TV Festival, Two NEA Media Awards, an Emmy Nomination, finalist the Long Island Film Festival, finalist the Glimmer Train Press Short Fiction Competition, Best Play Honorary Mention the New York 15-minute Play Festival, Best Production New York MIT Festival, an Ovation-recommendation LA, and Best CD the British Music Industry Awards

Caitlin Mitchel-Markley

Poem

submissive

Human to Human

2021

Formerly an attorney, Ms. Mitchel-Markley is a neurodivergent poet and stay-at-home mom to three incredible children. Having escaped the nightmare of practicing law, she now enjoys spending her time writing poetry, cuddling her lovely husband, and sharing her love of all things geeky with her amazing kids.

Mari-Carmen Marin

Poem

This is War

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Mari-Carmen Marín was born in Málaga, on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain, but moved to Houston, TX, in 2003 after receiving her Ph.D. in African American literature from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). An avid reader and lover of literature from an early age, she began to write poetry to give a specific shape to, and be able to order, the chaotic and complex feelings and ideas running rampant in her mind. Writing poetry has become her comfy chair in front of a fireplace on a stormy winter day.

Poem

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

Rum and Coke

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

Who Can Answer?

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

The Old Guitarist

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Annel Bell Martin

Poem

Watching

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Annel’s published memoir Just Ringing My Bell includes some of her poetry. She has short stories published in ELM Anthologies #2, and #3. (All Available on Amazon). Though she is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories, she always finds time to write more poetry.  She lives in Georgia.

Poem

My Wisteria Vine Swing

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Sara Martin

Poem

A Single Dead Whale Can Nourish an System for Fifty Years

Nature 20/20

2020

Sara recently completed a novel in verse called They Wake Up Swinging. The poem featured in this collection is an excerpt from that project. She has a MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers Workshop, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo Corporation, Jentel Foundation, Sundress Press Academy for the Arts, and the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She currently lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Montclair State University.

Kayla Matheson

Poem

Unending

The Poetic Bond X

2020

A retired English teacher from Texas, Kayla has shared her love of poetry with her students for nineteen years. She has been published in The Poetic Bond IV, the Poetic Bond IX, and two articles and poems in Poet's Are Heroes Magazine.

Poem

Crimson Tide

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

Prison Life

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

Lady Luna

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Open Water

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Johnnie Clemens May

Poem

Inundated

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Johnnie Clemens May, a Phoenix area poet, has an MFA from Pacific University and taught poetry and creative writing at the college level for over 25 years. She has also conducted many workshops and participated in several readings in her community as well as having published her work in a number of journals and online literary magazines.

Chris Maynard

Poem

Dying

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Chris has done many things and traveled many places, but now her garden is her joy, she loves to walk by the sea, and is happy to see her poems find the light of day.  She is married to Brin, has 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren, and lives in sunny Southend-on-Sea.

Poem

Cuddly Cat

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

Pigeons

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Trevor Maynard

Poem

The Real

Lockdown 2.022

2022

"Trevor B Maynard combines complicated thematic material and unites fractured images with a sure hand." (THE STAGE)

 

Trevor Maynard’s most recent publications are Paradox – a collection of his own poetry, Lockdown 2.022, concataverse, featuring 66 poems by 24 poets, Poems from the Lockdown, featuring 146 poems by 115 poets from 11 countries, and Human to Human, featuring 46 poems from 28 poets from across the world.  His previously published collections include The Path Now Known, Grey Sun Dark Moon, and Keep on Keepin’ On, as well as his one-act play anthology Four Truths.

 

He curated and edited the ten-volume series of the international poetry anthology series The Poetic Bond showcasing the work of 236 poets from 37 countries.  He also edited Nature 20/20, an anthology of 21 poets on the theme of the environment.

 

Trevor is the editor of the Cunningham Short Story Anthologies Life Dances (2017) and Our World, Your Place (2018)Nine Frames (2019). Who Are We? (2020)

 

Other publications featuring his work include Aesthetica, Tuck, October Hill, Deep Underground, Poetry, Life and TimesMiracle, and the anthology Men in the Company of Women (EAP)

 

Trevor read Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway College, and is a member of The Poetry Society (UK), as well as formerly an executive member of The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, and former treasurer of The Theatre Writers’ Union.  He is the manager of the LinkedIn poetry forum Poetry, Review, and Discuss, which has 22,800 members.  Trevor is married to Jo, has four children, four cats, nine grandchildren, and indeterminate number of tropical fish.  Details at www.trevormaynard.com 

Poem

waking

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Poem

snake

concataverse

2022

Poem

Subsistence

concataverse

2022

Poem

Catchit

concataverse

2022

Poem

Approach

Human to Human

2021

Poem

this day

Human to Human

2021

Poem

troubadours of the scaffold

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

Watching a TV Show

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

The World Has Changed, but There is Hope

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

The Spring

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

Precision

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

every

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

One

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

apology

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

float

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

story

George, the Cat

Nine Frames

2019

Poem

Written     Out

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Poem

One Minute Later

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Story

The Dance

Life Dances

2017

poem

Take Flight

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

poem

crushed

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

The Grey Sun

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

Human

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

the earthmovers

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Poem

Clarity

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

poem

Beyond the Writing on the wall

The Poetic Bond III

2013

poem

The Chattering Ants

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Poem

Gently, I walk the water's edge

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Poem

My Love is Like the Ocean

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Poem

Redundant C

The Poetic Bond

2011

Poem

elegant grace eternal

The Poetic Bond

2011

Luke Zachary Maynard

Poem

War

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Luke is an undergraduate reading Computer Science at Brunel, University of London.  He enjoys video, tabletop, and card gaming, as well as science fiction and fantasy novels.  His poem War was written when he was in high school and was influenced by his interest in history and fantasy games such as Warhammer.

Shalisa McAvoy

Poem

Covid Lesson 101: Humbly Woke

L:ockdown 2.022

2022

Shalisa loves to smile. Growing up as the youngest in the family, her parents and siblings shaped her into the woman she is today. Watching, learning, listening, and developing her own identity. Writing poetry allowed her to escape all of life’s chaotic noise and into a tranquil mindset that has kept her very humble. Free-spirited, she is an educator that loves to inspire the youth through creativity. She is all about love and expression.  Shalisa loves to lo

Brian McCully

Poem

The Journey of H'won

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Brian is a doctor, and the father of 4 children, a cat, and 2 small dogs. His book, Why Goldfish Never Die, which is an exploration of living and self-awareness, is currently availble on Amazon  Website  www.whygoldfishneverdie.com.au

Judith Mikesch McKenzie

Poem

 Post Hoc

The Poetic Bond X

2020

She has traveled much of the world, but is always drawn to the Rocky Mountains as one place that feeds her soul. She loves change - new places, new people, new challenges - but honors a strong connection to the people and places of her roots. Writing is her home. She is a recent winner in the Cunningham Short Story Contest and the Tillie Olsen Short Story Contest.  Her work has been published in Who Are We?, the Tishman Review, Rogue River Review, Thought and Action, Mountains and Lake, Works in Progress, and she has published four books. 

Poem

Looking out the Upstairs Window

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Story

A Perfect Circle Around The Moon

Who Are We?

2020

Janice McLaughlin

Poem

The Swampy Bog Blues

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

From Pennsylvania, Janice enjoys photography, music, gardening, dancing, movies,  reading., and of course, poetry. She has compiled 64 unusual forms into two instructional books: The Nooce (sic) and Other Fun Poetry, and The Blues and Other Fun Poetry. She’s is promoting her book of Japanese forms -- Haiku – Snapshots of Life, which contains Haiku and Haiga, and Tanka-Senryu-Sedoka.Janice also does layout and design, some editing, and book covers for other authors.

Poem

I Am War

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Michael McLaughlin

Story

The Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Life Dances

2017

Michael was the founder, producer, and actor with an improvisational comedy troupe in Sacramento, California for 20 years. Hehas appeared in films, television, and yes, radio. He has had short stories appeared in periodicals around the world. In 2005 he escaped to Ajijic, Mexico to write and live. You should too. Presently he is producer and director of a benefit lip sync show (the largest and longest running show in the world!) for the city's theater ...

John F. McMullen

Poem

Submission

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poet Laureate of the Town of Yorktown, the author of over 2,500 columns and articles and eight books, and the host of a weekly Internet Radio Show (Links to the recordings of all radio shows as well as information on Poet Laureate activities -- www.johnmac13.com.

Poem

Why Me?

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Annmarie McQueen

Poem

We didn’t think it would be us next

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

English, Creative Writing graduate from Warwick University in the U.K, Previously a  winner of the Simon Powell poetry prize and has been published in magazines including ‘Words with Jam,’ ‘Reach poetry’ and ‘Buried letter press.’

B McVie

Poem

unrequited

concataverse

2022

Brian McVie is originally from North Yorkshire, UK, but now lives in Australia with his wife and five dogs.  His own collections of poetry “Surprising Kindness” (1974) and “In a World of Hope” (1976) were published by Dora Press.

Nicole Hospital-Medina

Poem

Backpacks

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Nicole earned her MFA at the University of Miami where she is now a professor who instructs writing. Her poems can be read in the anthologies Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, as well as in CURA: A Journal of Art and Action, The Miami Herald, Linden Lane Magazine, Paper Nautilus, Blunderbuss Magazine, The Acentos Review, Canyon Voices and more. Nicole, professor, Floridian, surfer, sailor, artist and environmentalist, ventures to write. She is a poet-activist.

Tania Melick

Poem

Dignity

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Mother Lebanese and father Brazilian, Tania was born and raised in Lebanon. At the age of 23 she left Lebanon to study, live and work in Europe and Asia. Tania's life experience strengthened her faith in God, taught her resilience, tolerance, hope and humility and inspired her creative writings while igniting in her the passion to help other people. Tania is a Business and Executive Coach working internationally from her home base in Beirut

Poem

Heart of Winter

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

The River Water

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Mermie aka Lousie Robinson

poem

Eggshells

The Poetic Bond III

2013

"Jack-of-all-trades, master of a few...always chasing the eternal dream (whatever that is). Even if no-one buys my books I'll keep scribbling and sketching...its my bliss!

Miklos Mezosi

poem

An Iamblified Inquiry

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

A published author and scholar, Miklos Mezosi writes on literature and opera. Miklos, who was a Mellon fellow at Edinburgh University, authorized a book on Russian opera. He has published two poetry collections. He writes in Hungarian, English, Latin and Greek.

Poem

Farewell!  Do spend thy time and money well!    

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Claire Mikkelsen

Poem

Public Outrage

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Claire is a joyous poet as well as a glass artist.  Her mature poetry will soo be published on Mule on a Ferris Wheel. She has worked as a social worker, and has done many mundane jobs for various poetry related organizations.  Some of her favorite themes are nature, especially in regard to animals, social justice and music. 

Poem

Insouciance

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Poem

Moanin' the Blues

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

A New Bottom Line

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Poem

Tiny Banker

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Kat Milberger

Poem

What is Left

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Kat has been a social worker working with the autism spectrum population for 9 years in Richmond, Virginia.  She is proud member of the LGBTQ community and the fluidity of my experience has informed my poetry; poetry sets free the conventions of speech and writing. On March 16th, 2020, she developed a fever, had to leave work, and proceeded to experience the rest of her illness in self-quarantine. She says “Covid-19 is unlike anything I have experienced; the way that it improves and then suddenly worsens, see-sawing back and forth for days and days, is maddening. It steals the air from our lungs and causes us to labor over each breath; in and out. Experiencing this in isolation, before good information was available to the public about it, hit on many of my core fears as a human being; I am corrupt, I am a burden, I am bound to be rejected, I am useless. It was these voices, and the eventual recovery of my health and self-love, that inspired my poetry.”

Linda Mills

Poem

Balloon Kiss

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Nearly blind from birth, Linda's work grows from the reality of others into whatever she can imagine.  Wonder how you would describe the color green in its infinite verities, if you could not see it.  Sometimes her words wander off in unexpected directions far from the reality where they started, there is no anger or resentment in her work, but sometimes sadness for that reality.

Poem

By the River San Antone

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

poem

Winter Seep

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

poem

Abide

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

Gone Sound

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

Sleepy Dragon

The Poetic Bond V

2015

poem

Coal Taking

The Poetic Bond III

2013

poem

A Cloud of Butterflies

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Poem

From My Eye          

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Simon Miller

poem

Tingling Point

The Poetic Bond III

2013

 Teaches English and Drama at an international school in Thailand where he lives with his wife and three growing children.  He has written several plays for young people.  His own childhood was spent between Botswana and England and he has rarely stopped exploring since.  Social history, culture and the natural world are his main fascinations, particularly the points where all three meet.

Anthony Mirarcki

Poem

How to See

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Anthony Mirarcki lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife. He currently works as a carpenter and is a full-time student at Oswego State University, working towards his BA in English and Creative Writing. Anthony's work has appeared in LIT Magazine, the Great Lake Review, the 2020 anthology Poems from the Lockdown, and has earned honorable mention in the 47th New Millennium Writing Awards

Poem

Every Quiet Second

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

Moments of Life

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Poem

100,000

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Bilal Moin

Poem

Brittle

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

16 year old poet from Mumbai, India.  Mainly pens haikus and continuous haikus (where each stanza of a poem is a haiku). Has featured in the Scholastic Young Writers Anthology and the Tipton Poetry Journal.  His poems have themes of love, pain, insecurity and conflict. Bilal is an entrepreneur, self-titled globetrotter, and spends his free time collecting antiques, reading and arguing.

Poem

Happy Hour

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Justin Moir

Poem

The Song is Quiet Now

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Justin Moir is a writer and English graduate student from Halifax.

Poem

To A Plague Rat

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Susana Molinolo and Pamela Yuen-Elkerbout

Poem

Postcards We Never Sent

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Susana Molinolo (see the biography of Pamela Yuen-Elkerbout)

Helen H Moore

Poem

Papaya King

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Helen H. Moore is the daughter of a bricklayer, who was raised to believe that any art beyond a greeting card was not for her. Nevertheless, she persisted. Her writing is the fruit of her struggle against that belief. She received her Bachelor's degree from York College, CUNY, where she studied poetry under David Ignatow. She has three sons, three stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and three daughters-in-law. She lives in in Las Vegas with her husband. 

Poem

There Came a Night

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Temptation

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

The Coming-Home Time

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Greg Mooney

poem

Insecurities

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Active duty United States Marine, in 3 classes away from my bachelors in Marketing, currently writing a book that will be dedicated to a deceased friend.

Marli Merker Moreira

Poem

Closet Writer

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Marli was born and raised in a German family, in the very south of Brazil.  In Middle School, this girl met her husband-to-be.  Her graduate degrees are from Cornell University and Teachers College (US). For more than thirty years, she taught Literature as a full professor at UNISINOS. Family has been her choice: husband, 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 sisters. Simplicity, love, Nature music, and shells orchestrate her universe.

Poem

Quarantine

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Poem

Summer Flash

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Night Riddles

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

poem

Drifters

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

Behind Bars

The Poetic Bond V

2015

poem

Vacant Eyes

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Poem

First Kiss

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Poem

Dead Woman

The Poetic Bond

2011

Kristina Moriconi

Poem

#quarentineartclub

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Kristina Moriconi is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines including Brevity, Cobalt Review, Ruminate, as well as many others. Future publications include Sonora Review: the Woodhall Press anthology, and Flash Nonfiction Food (2020). Her lyrical narrative, In the Cloakroom of Proper Musings, will be published by Atmosphere Press in 2020.

Debbie Edwards Morton

Poem

What Will Happen?

The Poetic Bond

2011

Born and raised in west central rural Ohio. Married to a lovely English gentleman. Likes writing, sketching, and spending time with pets. Also enjoys genealogy and computers. Written poems since the age of 9. Prefers poems that send a message in hopes to better mankind.

Mustofa Munir

Poem

Broken Meditation

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Mustofa writes poems and stories. He is the translator of Poet Kazi Nazrul’s Sanchita, published by Outskirts Press Inc. USA. His poem ‘Stratagem’ was published in anthology ‘Sometimes Anyway’ by NavWorks Press, Los Angeles. He studied in Uppsala University Sweden and George Mason University, USA. He lives in Houston

Sonay Mustafa

Poem

Do Not Pursue Her

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

second generation Turkish Cypriot, born and bred in London. Sonay started writing poetry as a coping mechanism after a bereavement. Since then, she has discovered a love and passion for writing and is an active member of poetry communities on LinkedIn, Medium.com and Instagram. Instagram poetry page @s_k_mustafa.

James Najaran

Story

Of Strange Lands and People

Our World, Your Place

2018

James teach nineteenth-cntury British literature at Boston College, where he also edits the scholarly journal Religion and the Arts.  His fiction Hs been published in Worcester Review, Vermont Literary Review, and other small presses, most recently Kestral, and The Ear.  His first book of verse. The Goat Songs, won the Vassar Miller Prize, and was published by the University of South Texas Press. 

Martha Nance

Poem

thesolution

concataverse

2022

Martha Nance is a physician, part-time gardener, light sleeper, cookie-baker, and admirer of dragonflies who lives in Minnesota. She has taken to photographing the world around her and has shared some of her work in various literary journals. She also writes occasionally for publication, usually briefly, and typically on topics related to medicine or the natural worl

Poem

escape

concataverse

2022

Poem

wine

concataverse

2022

Poem

evolution

concataverse

2022

Poem

icarusandi

concataverse

2022

Poem

deathisnotfair

concataverse

2022

Poem

chocolatechipcookies

concataverse

2022

Gale Naylor

Poem

conditionedresponse

concataverse

2022

Gale has decided to express her biography in verse.

galewritesinventuracaliforniaandisa

poetengineermotherchildpartner

descendentancestordreamer

Kohl Neal

Poem

The end of the world from inside the house

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Kohl Neal is a writer and advocate born in New Jersey, raised in Texas, living and in Chicago.

Jude Neale

Poem

Ash to Dove

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Jude is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken word performer and mentor. She has been shortlisted, highly commended and finalist for many international and national competitions.  Jude has written seven books.Her book, A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir (Leaf Press) was a finalist for the 2015 Pat Lowther Memorial Award.In 2018, Jude and Bonnie Nish started an online collaboration which lead them to write, Cantata in Two Voices, in fifty challenging days. Her book, A Blooming, was published by Ekstasis Editions in May 2019 and We Sing Ourselves Back June 2019.

Poem

Obit

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

And Not

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Spells Out Daughter

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

poem

One Cleft Moon

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Poem

The Arrangement

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Hongvan Nguyen

poem

Becoming

The Poetic Bond VI

2016

Hongvan Nguyen is an English and philosophy graduate from George Mason University. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Under the Stone, and the Chickadees. Her third book, Crossing Places,  is in the publication process and will be out on the market by the end of 2016.

Poem

Singers

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Gloria Nixon-John

Poem

Convenience Store during Covid

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Gloria Nixon John's novel, The Killing Jar (2012) is based on the true story of one of the youngest Americans to have served on death row. Her memoir entitled Learning from Lady Chatterley (2015) is written in narrative verse and is set in Post WWII Detroit.  Her Chapbook, Breathe me a Sky was published by The Moonstone Arts Center. Her most recent publication is a collection of poetry entitled The Dark Safekeeping. She lives in Oxford Michigan with her horses, dogs, cats, and husband Mike. 

Maxine Nodel

Poem

United States of Virus

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Has a BFA in Fine Art from Cooper Union and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.  She studied writing privately with Allen Ginsberg in the late 80s and received an award from the Academy of American Poets for original poetry. Founded her own art high school in NYC with a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant in 2003. The school received the 2009 Lincoln Center Institute 1st Place Award for the Most Imaginative Curriculum in NYC.  She has also written educational material, including for the Children’s Television Workshop.

Bridget Noel

Poem

And's and But's of Quarantine

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Bridget Noel is an alumnus of Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. She received the Mitchell Adelman Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing at Rutgers University. She is currently a critical care nurse.

Poem

Just a Nurse

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Sandy Norris

Story

No Going Back

Life Dances

2017

Sandy is a retired English teacher turned writer. In 2005 her children's novel: Run Away to Danger was published by the National Maritime Museum but more recently she has begun to write for an adult audience and has completed two novels, both of which have garnered some agent interest, although neither has yet found a publisher. She is now researching a third novel about the spitfire women in World War Two.

Deborah Esther Nyamekye 

Poem

Makola Market Day, Accra Ghana

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Deborah is a prolific inspirational writer (Blogger, Published Author & Poet) from Ghana in West Africa. Deborah is also in Christian ministry; teaching, writing and prophetic intercession. Link: amazon.com/author/nyamekyede

Ryan O'Connor

Poem

On Entering a Close

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Ryan was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up in Cork, Ireland. He now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland where he works for Edinburgh University. He spends his time playing various stringed instruments, reading and trying to write better poems.

Poem

Keep Running

The Poetic Bond X

2020

Mary K O'Melveny

Poem

Space Bubbles

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Mary K O'Melveny (Washington DC and Woodstock NY): is author of A Woman of a Certain Age and MERGING STAR HYPOTHESES.

Poem

Adrenaline Rush

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Freddie Ostrovskis

Poem

The Waiting Tree

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Seventeen year old writer from Derbyshire, inspired by an eclectic mixture of modern and historical authors and poets. His debut novella 'Viridi' is available on the amazon kindle bookstore to five star reviews. This is hopefully the first of many appearances in the Poetic Bond anthology, amongst other publications

Denisa Parsons

Poem

In, Heat

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

North Carolina resident, Denisa lives with her husband and family in the Raleigh area.  She graduated from Catawba College in 2013 with a BA in English and Philosophy.  She has E-books available on Amazon, my latest is titled: Wrecked, Beyond Belief.  

Poem

Southern Treasures

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Kevin Michael Patrick

Story

Elan

Nine Frames

2019

Kevin is a American born writer living in Spain who spent many years in the magical city of London.  His flights of fancy have also taken in New York and Sydney, and though twice divorced, he is a firm believer in romance.  This is a true story, and Claire is the real name of his first wife, though his name is a pen name.     

Vox Pop Max Pax

Poem

Prepped

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

(Nathan Carmen Brown) British/American Citizen, New York native, traveled in Europe and Australia, and until now, across the United States of America.  Hold up in the midwest until the virus passes.

RH Peat

Poem

Enigmatic: Dead Polar Bear

Nature 20/20

2020

RH PEAT, lives in California, he's been published in the USA, New Zealand, India, England, Canada, and Japan. He’s taught workshops and read his works on radio & TV. He’s been listed in top 100 in Writer’s Digest Annual Poetry Competition; he’s operated poetry readings sponsored by Poets & Writers Magazine. His book Abyss Of The Moon Poems rediscovering love in late life.

Poem

Fawn in a Day

Nature 20/20

2020

Poem

A Shoe Beside the Bed

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Several Years Back

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Ocean Depths

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Dead Fish Laughing

The Poetic Bond IX

2019

Poem

Flying Fingers

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

The Chinese Restaurant

The Poetic Bond V

2015

Poem

At the Cost of Others’ Eyes   

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Poem

Crows in the Snow  

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

poem

Forgotten Embroidery

The Poetic Bond III

2013

Christine Pearson

poem

I Didn't know I Loved

The Poetic Bond III

2013

When she was two years old Christine met The Three Stooges. Nothing afterwards quite compared.  She wrote, she taught, made documentaries, ran non-profits, fell in and out of love, traveled, played a lot of Scrabble, that sort of thing. Today she lives a madcap life in the US with two children and one husband, proving true the cliché that life does, indeed, come full circle. 

Piet Pedersson

Story

Starlight

Nine Frames

2019

Written under the pen name Piet Pedersson, to reflect his Scandinavian origins, the writer is an author of novels and poetry.  Meanwhile, writing fan fiction and adult content elsewhere, he is published widely in online magazines and blogs. He has four children, lives in England, and enjoys running and motor racing.   

KP Perry

Poem

inlust

concataverse

2022

KP Perry lives and works in Riverside, California, as a model and occasional body double.  She is studying Creative Writing at night and online, and these are her first published poems.  She writes loves poetry so much she has named her cats Haiku and Limerick.  She entered concataverse for the challenge and is really happy to have succeeded. 

Poem

injust

concataverse

2022

Poem

insync

concataverse

2022

Yvonne Peters

Poem

But Will You Think of Me?

Human to Human

2021

Yvonne Peters, English graduate, christened Jane Smith (there’s a lot of us) approaches thirty years on this Earth with trepidation but is confident in her ability to reach and overcome this milestone.  Her siblings made it and they seem ok.  She has shared her poetry online, but this is her first foray into print.     

Patricia Pfahl

Poem

Obsidian

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Patricia has lived in South-western Alberta for 22 years; born in British Columbia.  She is raising three kids with her husband on a cattle ranch - a very cool existence.

Poem

How To Love A Woman

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Poem

The Hammock

The Poetic Bond IV

2014

Tuan Phan

Story

The Viet Kieu Casanova

Our World, Your Place

2018

Tuan Phan was born in Saigon, now called Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam.  He left the country in 1986 wityh his family as part of the exodus of refugees called The Boat People.  In America, he spent his childhood learning English and forgetting his mothe tongue.  Now he is back in his birth country, relearning his first language and teaching English literature to high school scholars.  Tuan has completed a memoir of his experiences and is looking for agent or publisher.  Yopu can read more of his writing on his blog Itsaphanlife.com

John Pietaro

Poem

A Fallout Unspoken

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Writer, poet, spoken word artist and musician from Brooklyn NY, and staff columnist/critic of the  NYC Jazz Record,  Recently commissioned for Shifting the Jazz Narrative: Photo Essays of Women Instrumentalists by the Berklee Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice.  Curates the poetry/music series West Village Word at Cafe Bohemia NYC.  Other recent credits include poetry in  Il Biglietto 2 (translated by Erika Dagnino, Genoa Italy: Sibello, 2018), the proletarian fiction collection Night People and Other Tales of Working New York (2013).  Contributing writer to Z, the Nation, CounterPunch, the Wire (UK), People's World and other progressive and arts periodicals.

Story

Her Side of the Road

Who Are We?

2020

Lizzie La Pool (Elizabeth Aiyar)

Poem

Have You Forever

The Poetic Bond VII

2017

Lizzie La Pool came into being when Elizabeth Aiyar met Mr Parkinson - this presence, (Parkinson Disease) is an all-consuming and uninvited guest, yet has concentrated my mind.

Paul Portugés

Poem

we are afraid of swallows

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Taught creative writing at UCSB, UC Berkeley, USC, and the University of Provence. Books include Sorrow and HopeBreaking BreadThe Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg, Saving Grace, Aztec Birth: The Turquoise Mockingbird of Light, The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, Ginsberg: On Tibetan Buddhism, Mantras, and Drugs, Witness, and Falling Short. Poems scattered in small magazines: Prairie Schooner, FloricantoThe American Journal of PoetryHambone, Chelsea, River Sty, etcAwards from the National Endowment, the Fulbright Commission, et al

Poem

there’s no-ine heree

Lockdown 2.022

2022

Robert S. Prattico

Poem

Poetry is Dead       

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Robert S. Prattico, J.D.: poet/essayist from Western Massachusetts. Publications include:  poems - When Ice Melts It Leaves No Trace But Water; essay - Gay Rights are Universal Human Rights. (2012)

Gillian Prew

Poem

Birds and Bombs

The Poetic Bond

2011

Gillian Prew is the author of two recent chapbooks, DISCONNECTIONS (erbacce-press) and In the Broken Things (Virgogray Press). A previous self-published book, the idea of wings, is also available via Amazon. Her poems have been published widely online and in print.

Peter Pritzel

Poem

N-95

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

Anthony Chesterfield (aka. Peter Prizel) is a social worker who specializes in end-of-life care and hospice. Each of his patients and their families have individually taught him about the unknown as he continues his vocation. Anthony considers fatherhood to be the greatest adventure of his life, and believes there is no one perfect way to be a father. He is currently pursuing an MFA at Manhattanville College, and lives in Bedford Hills, NY, with his wife, three daughters, and three cats.

Nancy Pritchard

Poem

Dreaming in an Alley

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Nancy Pritchard lives, works and writes in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has appeared in Melic Review, Natural Bridge, REVerb, Fugue, and other journals. She would like to live and write more—work less. She enjoys single malt scotch, the Russian Kettlebell Challenge and travel. That’s why she has to work.

Poem

Allusions

The Poetic Bond II

2012

Poem

Moon

The Poetic Bond

2011

Poem

Trouble on the Line

The Poetic Bond

2011

Glen Proctor

Poem

Curtains

The Poetic Bond VIII

2018

Published poet, sometime musician, lover of animals and believer in Meta. I came to poetry quite late, via the song lyrics I tried to write. I run a poetry blog (irregularly), mixing words, images, old poetry and new: https://poetshrub.wordpress.com

CC Pulliam

Poem

dangerousgame

concataverse

2022

CC Pulliam holds an MFA in Performance. CC taught theatre in higher education and among other things, instructed students in playwriting. CC’s published material includes plays for stage, radio, adaptations for the stage, and marketing campaigns for technical and creative advertising. CC’s poetry and photography have appeared in several university literary Magazines: Everyman (St. Edward's University),  Impressions  (Dickinson State University), Sage (Sul Ross  State University), Loomings (Benedictine College), and in the Mountain Springs House Anthology, Lost Tales from the Mountain.

Poem

Revenant

concataverse

2022

Poem

Surprised

concataverse

2022

Poem

haunted

concataverse

2022

Poem

fragment

concataverse

2022

Poem

Landscape

Human to Human

2021

MK Punky

Poem

Pandemic Possibilities

Poems from the Lockdown

2020

MK PUNKY is the author of many books, including the novel Year 14 (Barrelhouse Books), and gambling memoir The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster), as well as his beloved travelogue-with-dog Ella in Europe (Bantam/Dell). MK's memoir of befriending and housing a homeless man, The Unexpected Guest (Diversion), is forthcoming in 2020.

 

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