Poet Biographies Issue 4

Louise Barden

Louise Cary Barden is a self-avowed tree-hugger who moved to Oregon after 40 years in North Carolina. She has been a university English instructor and a marketing-advertising executive. Her poetry has appeared in multiple journals including Chattahoochee ReviewTimberline, and Greensboro Review and others. Her poetry awards include those from Calyx, Oregon Poetry Association, and North Carolina Writers Network  (chapbook).

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Rachel Barton

Rachel Barton is a poet and editor. She edits and publishes her online Willawaw Journal and serves as associate editor for Calyx and Cloudbank magazines. You will find her most recent or forthcoming work in the Oregon English Journal, SALT, CIRQUE, and Main Street Rag, among others. For more information: rachelbartonwriter.com.

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Robert Beveridge

Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Mason Street, Poetry Pea, and TMP Zine, among others.

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Susan Cole

Susan Cole has worked as a short order cook, clam digger, lawyer and caretaker for the NYPD’s horses.  A transplanted Canadian, she lives in Connecticut with a shaggy dog named Brewster and a fellow poet who truly is the love of her life.  Her work has been published in Amethyst Review, Open Arts Forum Front Page and (coming soon) Writing in Women’s Voices. 

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Kate Copeland

Kate Copeland started absorbing stories ever since a little lass. Her love for words led her to teaching & translating some sweet languages; her love for art, lyrics and water led her to poetry … with readings & publications sealed alright! Find her words @ Ekphrastic Review (& Podcast), First Lit.Review-East, GrandLittleThings, The Metaworker, New Feathers Anthology, Poetry Barn, Poetry Distillery, Poetry Soup Anthology a.o.. Over the years she volunteered at several literary festivals; in 2021 she started assisting Lisa Freedman with Breathe-Read-Write workshops. Kate was born in Rotterdam 52 ages ago & adores housesitting in the UK, USA and Spain.

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Jane Dougherty

Jane Dougherty lives and works in southwest France. Her poems and stories have been published in magazines and journals including Ogham Stone, the Ekphrastic Review, ink sweat and tears, Gleam, Nightingale & Sparrow and Brilliant Flash Fiction. She blogs at https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/. Her poetry chapbooks, thicker than water and birds and other feathers were published in October and November 2020.

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Scott Ferry

Scott Ferry helps our Veterans heal as a RN in the Seattle area. His third book of poetry, These Hands of Myrrh, is recently out to wide acclaim from Kelsay Books. You can find more of his work at ferrypoetry.com.

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Malcolm Glass

Over the past sixty-five years, Malcolm Glass has published a dozen books of poetry and non-fiction. His poems, fiction, and articles have appeared in many literary journals and magazines, including “Poetry” (Chicago), “The Sewanee Review,” “Nimrod,” “The Linking Ring,” and “Prairie Schooner.” His newest collection of poems, Mirrors, Myths, and Dreams was released by Finishing Line Press in October, 2018. Glass is a founder of the writers’ group L’Ècrit Cinematique.

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Joanna Grisham

Joanna Grisham (most folx call her Joey) grew up east of Nashville, where she spent a lot of time playing make-believe with her imaginary friends. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University. Her work has appeared in The Write Launch, Construction Literary Magazine, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Mayday Magazine, andelsewhere. She lives in Tennessee with her wife, Jenny, an academic librarian, and teaches part-time, so she can stay home with their three-year-old daughter. She still spends a lot of time playing make-believe.

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Georgia Hertz

Georgia Hertz is a queer musician currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Carlow University. Her poems have been featured in Homology Lit, Peculiar, and The Swamp. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her dog Obi and can be found online @thegeorgiamoon 

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Marie Marchand

Marie Marchand (she/her) has been published in Catamaran Literary ReaderCalifornia QuarterlyPaterson Literary ReviewTiny Seed JournalHigh Plains Register, and numerous chapbooks. Her new book Gifts to the Attentive will be published in 2022 by Winter Goose Publishing. Her 2018 book Pink Sunset Luminaries features 100 poems about love, nature, and transcendence. Read more at mishiepoet.com and follow her on Twitter @mishiepoet.

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Bob McAfee

Bob McAfee is a retired software consultant who lives with his wife near Boston. He recently discovered the cadralor form. His style is eclectic, but his goal is producing poems with both fierceness and a reluctant sense of optimism.  He has written six books of poetry including “Natural Worlds” poems illustrated with color photographs 2021, “Love Songs” 2022, available through bookbaby.com. Website: bobmcafee.com. Poems have been accepted by The Lyric, The Blue Mountain Review, Poetry Super Highway, The Society of Classical Poets Journal and many more.

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Julia Paul

Julia Morris Paul is a poet and attorney. Her full-length collection, Shook, is “an exploration of the kitchens and detox centers of family history and the homes and homeless camps of the heart.” Her chapbook, Staring Down the Tracks, deals head-on with her son’s tragic struggle with opiate addiction. Her poetry is found in numerous journals, both national and international. As a strong believer in poetry as a powerful and necessary form of communication, she leads the Riverwood Poetry Series, a long-running poetry reading series in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Charlotte Porter

Published poet and award-winning short fiction author, Charlotte M. Porter lives and writes in an old citrus hamlet in north central Florida. Her first play appears in a COVID anthology in press with Archway Press.

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Nick Reeves

Nick Reeves rents three rooms on the Northumbrian coast where, between cutting hair, counting magpies and collaging, he is working on a final draft for his debut novel When Bowie Had English Teeth. He holds an MA from Bath Spa University in Creative Writing and has poetry published by Free Verse Revolution and Experiments In Fiction. He can be found at NickReeves.blog

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Michelle Rochniak

Michelle Rochniak (she/they) is a 19-year-old bisexual poet from Wallingford, CT.  She is a sophomore at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) majoring in professional (creative) writing and minoring in women’s studies. She received the AWP Intro Award for Poetry at the university level and is a 2022 CT Collegiate Poet with the Connecticut Poetry Circuit. Current and forthcoming publications include Heartland Society of Women Writers, Pile Press, and WCSU’s Perspective. When they aren’t writing, they like to read about ancient history, play the ukulele, and crochet. Follow her on Instagram @shell.songs and Twitter @shellroch!

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Anastasia Vassos

The poems of Anastasia Vassos appear in RHINO, SWWIM, Rust+Moth, Thrush Poetry Journal, Comstock Review and elsewhere. She is the author of “Nike Adjusting Her Sandal” (Nixes Mate, 2021). Her chapbook “The Lesser-Known Riddle of the Sphinx” was a finalist in Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. She is a Best of the Net finalist, and was nominated for the Best New Poets 2021 anthology. Her poems have been awarded Honorable Mention by Marge Piercy in the Joe Gouveia Poetry Contest. She reads for Lily Poetry Review, speaks three languages, and is a long-distance cyclist. She lives in Boston.

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Sherre Vernon

Sherre Vernon (she/her/hers) is the author of two award-winning chapbooks: Green Ink Wings (fiction) and The Name is Perilous (poetry). Her work has been published in journals such as TAB and The Chestnut Review, nominated for Best of the Net, and anthologized in several collections including Bending Genres, Fat & Queer and Best Small Fictions. Readers describe her writing as heartbreaking, richly layered, lyrical and intelligent. To read more of Sherre’s work visit www.sherrevernon.com/publications and tag her into conversation @sherrevernon

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Sterling Warner

An award-winning author, poet, and English Professor, Sterling Warner’s works have appeared in such literary magazines, journals, and anthologies as Danse Macabre, Gleam, Scarlet Leaf Review, The Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine,  and the Shot Glass Journal. Warner’s collections of poetry include Rags and Feathers, Without Wheels, ShadowCat, EdgesMemento Mori, Serpent’s Tooth, and Flytraps (2022)—as well as Masques: Flash Fiction & Short Stories. Currently, Warner writes, turns wood, participates in “virtual” poetry readings, and enjoys retirement in Washington. 

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Ingrid Wilson

Ingrid Wilson is the owner and editor of the publishing house ‘Experiments in Fiction,’ which takes its name from her popular blog. She has been writing poetry since childhood, and more recently has launched her passion for writing into a career.

A featured contributor at MasticadoresUSA, and bartender at dVerse Poets’ Pub, Ingrid has had her writing published in many online publications and print journals. She published her first solo poetry collection, 40 Poems at 40, via EIF in February 2022.

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Jonathan Yungkans

Jonathan Yungkans is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer whose work has appeared in MacQueen’s QulnterlyPanoplySynkroniciti and a number of other publications. He was recently included in Part 3 of The International Literary Quarterly‘s California Poets online anthology. His second poetry chapbook, Beneath a Glazed Shimmer, won the 2019 Clockwise Chapbook Competition and was published by Tebor Bach in 2021. 

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