Poet Biographies

Debbi Antebi

Debbi Antebi (@debbisland) exhales oxygen while writing poems. Her work has appeared in The Poetry Jar, The Bijou Poetry Review, The Cynic Magazine, Modern Haiku, among others. Follow her at debbiantebi.wordpress.com


Mark Redford

I am not sure if I am a writer with a prolonged case of teacher’s block or a teacher who has written himself into the cupboard at the front of the class and no one will let him out.   In either case I am well known by my anonym Chuang Tse.

Mark runs a regular poetry blog: http://mlewisredford.wordpress.com/


Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry readers in the Triangle-area of North Carolina. He was born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough, North Carolina where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit. His first book, Wednesday Night Regular, was published in November 2013. www.bartbarker.net


Steve Manolis

Steve Manolis, retired from the daily grind of being paid for doing very little, has been writing poetry for over 40 years. If you ask him ‘why poetry?’  “…it was the easiest form of writing as I cannot for the life of me develop a grammatically correct sentence.”

Raised in Chicago, his first endeavor to make public his work was through Slam Poetry contests. Now residing in Phoenix Arizona, Steve is focused on putting his boxes of tequila soaked pages to print and through his web site (www.stevemanolis.com).


Randi Cramer

Randi Cramer is a new writer who lives in West Mansfield, Ohio with her daughter.  She would like to eventually be published lots of places and win some awards so she can fill up her bio with interesting stuff.


Don Carroll

Don Carroll is published in Word Riot, Poetry Scene, Underground Voices, Wanderingdog, Free Verse and Lummox. He is currently in the developmental process of working on a screenplay. He is from North East PA


Penn Kemp

Activist poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp is the inaugural
Poet Laureate for London Ontario, Life Member of the League of
Canadian Poets, and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee
medal. The League of Poets also honoured her as a foremother of
Canadian poetry. Since her first Coach House Press book in 1972, Penn
has published twenty-six books of poetry and drama, had six plays and
twelve CDs produced as well as award-winning videopoems and ten Sound
Operas. Whilst Writer-in-Residence at Western University, she produced
a DVD, Luminous Entrance: a Sound Opera for Climate Change Action,
through her company, Pendas Productions. Toronto’s Quattro Books has
published the second edition of Jack Layton: Art in Action, which she
edited. Her latest play was the sold-out production of The Dream Life
of Teresa Harris, now in CD production. She has received Arts Council
grants for poetry, theatre, fiction and memoir.


Lyn Lifshin

Lyn Lifshin has written more than 130 books and edited 4 anthologies of women writers. Her poems have appeared in most poetry and literary magazines in the U.S.A, and her work has been included in virtually every major anthology of recent writing by women. She has given more than 700 readings across the U.S.A. and has appeared at Dartmouth and Skidmore colleges, Cornell University, the Shakespeare Library, Whitney Museum, and Huntington Library. Lyn Lifshin has also taught poetry and prose writing for many years at universities, colleges and high schools, and has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. Winner of numerous awards including the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off, Lyn is the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. For her absolute dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for managing to survive on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution, Lifshin has earned the distinction “Queen of the Small Presses.” She has been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey and Richard Eberhart, and Ed Sanders has seen her as “a modern Emily Dickinson.”

Lyn Lifshin’s prizewinning book (Paterson Poetry Award) Before It’s Light was published Winter 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow Press, following their publication of Cold Comfort in 1997. The Licorice Daughter was published in February 2006 and Another Woman who Looks Like Me was published by Black Sparrow-David Godine in October 2006. (order@godine.com) Also books include A New Film About a Woman in Love with the Dead, March Street Press, Marilyn Monroe,When a Cat DiesAnother Woman’s Story, Barbie Poems, The Daughter I Don’t HaveWhat Matters Most, and Blue Tattoo. Lifshin has won awards for her non-fiction and edited four anthologies of women’s writing including Tangled VinesAriadne’s Thread andLips Unsealed. Her poems have appeared in most literary and poetry magazines. Her poem “No More Apologizing” has been called “among the most impressive documents of the women’s poetry movement” by Alicia Ostriker. An update to her Gale Research Projects Autobiographical Series, “On the Outside, Lips, Blues, Blue Lace,” was published in Spring, 2003. Texas Review Press published her poems about the famous, short-lived, beautiful race horse, Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. New books include Tsunami,MirrorsAugust WindNovemberly Persephone and just out spring 2008, 92 Rapple Drive and Desire. She has published a book about poets, Poets, (Mostly) Who Have Touched Me, Living and DeadAll True, Especially the Lies will be published by World Parade and Tsunami will come from Blue Heron Press. Other books include a book about the courageous and riveting race horse, Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness from Texas Review PressNutley Pond from Goose River Press, Lost in the Fog from Finishing Line Press, Persephone from Red Hen. For interviews, more bio material, photographs, reviews, a contact, interviews and samples of her work, browse this website: www.lynlifshin.com.. more recent  books are  Ballroom, All the Poets Who Have Touched Me Living and Dead, all True, especially the lies, Knife Edge Absinthe: The Tango Poems .  NYQ books published A Girl Goes into The Woods. Also  just out: For the Roses poems after Joni Mitchell and Hitchcock Hotel from Danse Macabre. Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle.  And Tangled as the Alphabet– The Istanbul Poems from NightBallet Press Just released as well  Malala,   the dvd of Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. The Marilyn Poems was just released from Rubber


Laura Stamps

Laura Stamps is a Pagan novelist and poet living in South Carolina.  Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for seven Pushcarts and appeared in many literary journals, including Curbside Review, Half Drunk Muse, Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal, Mannequin Envy, Poetry Motel, and Word Riot.  She enjoys creating experimental forms for her prose poems, blurring the line between fiction and poetry.  http://www.pw.org/content/laura_stamps


JD DeHart 

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher.  His work has appeared in Eye On Life Magazine, The Commonline Journal, Ancient Heart Magazine, and in other publications.


Anthony Ward

Anthony tends to fidget with his thoughts in the hope of laying them to rest. He has managed to lay them in a number of literary magazines including The Faircloth Review, The Pygmy Giant, Shot Glass Journal,Turbulence, Underground, The Bohemyth, Torrid Literature Journal and Crack the Spine,  amongst others.


Susie Sweetland

Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Susie she first played among the moss and pines, then the majestic Rocky Mountains, the rolling hills of the Ohio Appalachians and now amidst the lovely vineyards of the Willamette Valley. She spends her free time writing, growing plants and making art. . She has had poetry and photography published in a variety of journals, on line and in print, such as Moon Hollow Press, Lady Chaos Press, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, The Solstice Initiative, The Front Porch Review, Electric Windmill Press, Outside In Literary Journal, Deep Water Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, The Poetry Jar, Leaves of Ink, Vox Poetica and the Camel Saloon. More of her work can be found at susansweetlandgaray.wordpress.com.  She is also a founding editor of The Blue Hour Literary Magazine and Press, thebluehourmagazine.com.


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