What is a pub, with someone behind the bar that not only serves but has a great ear. These are the people that make d’Verse happen every week, so that you can show up and show off your verse. Widely talented, both poetically and beyond, here are your pub tenders..
Brian Miller hails from the East Coast of America. He is a writer, poet, father, husband, counselor, key lime pie eater, friend, side street walker, who doesn’t mind mucking and getting his hands dirty or standing in a cherry blossom rain. “Everyone has a story and everything a poem, once you look at it long enough.” He doesn’t take himself seriously (especially when talking in first person) but has been published. Oh and in case you have not heard, love wins.
Claudia Schoenfeld lives in Germany, works in Switzerland and lives close enough to France to have a front row seat, watching their “quatorze juillet” fireworks. So she’s used to cross borders and finds it easy to see beauty in other cultures. She loves thunderstorms, improvising on her Alto Sax, biking and in warm summer nights you sometimes find her sitting on the pavement with a glass of red wine and the mad desire to fly with the passing clouds.. She’s married, mom of three teenage kids and yep.. published..
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Gay Cannon is a Published poet, (she majored in English Lit.) author of children’s stories, musician and lover of music, artist and lover of art, figure skating judge,- covetous of dancers, founder of Stars FSC in Dallas (she minored in Political Science) supporter of the arts, an aesthete but not an atheist She’s a loyal friend, mother of three, grandmother of eleven. She loves to travel, meet people, go to museums; She loves good food and good conversations. She trys to find the music in people’s voices and the poetry in their souls.
Charles Miller (aka Chazinator) was born in Bible-belt PA, spent his adolescence on Long Island, and finally made his way to the Southwest where he set down roots. He has five children, whom he loves dearly. After the economic downturn around 1999 he got back on the road seeking employment and love via NYC, Minneapolis and Duluth. He’s presently back in PA via NYC where he lives with his second wife, Suvi, and Chihuahua, Faustus. He’s written poetry since a teenage infatuation turned serious and led to reading Eliot. Unfortunately, he’s never looked back. He has several volumes of unpublished poetry, drama, and stories he’s never found time to publish, although it’s rumored an upcoming anthology will contain some of his poems. He does have a published article on Wittgenstein and dreams. He currently slaves away in the belly of the Beast as a Technical Communicator.
Victoria Ceretto-Slotto is spent many years working as an RN in the field of death and dying. In retirement, Victoria pursues the creative life as a novelist and poet. Her first novel, Winter is Past, was published by Lucky Bat Books in 2011. A second, The Sin of His Father and a Poetry Anthology will be forthcoming in the near future. Victoria enjoys life with her husband and two dogs in Reno, NV and Palm Desert, CA. She is happy to pen a monthly article for dVerse’s Meeting the Bar, that deals with the art and craft of poetry writing. Twitter: @VCerettoSlotto
Anna Montgomery is a poet, painter, photographer, composer, digital artist, and vocalist. In June 2011 she founded Chromatopia, LLC, an independent publishing house, contemporary art gallery, and record label. As the former Executive Director of The Other Side Arts, a nonprofit community arts center based in Denver and Aurora, she helped bring the arts and art therapy to 65,000 people. Passionate about community service she has clocked more than 8,000 volunteer hours and raised over $350,000 for the arts and scientific research. She has a degree in Biology from Colorado College.
Samuel Peralta has won literary awards worldwide – including a Palanca Award for his manuscript “Pacific”; from the BBC, the UK Poetry Society, the League of Canadian Poets; and, as @Semaphore, a Shorty Award for the Best Poetry on Twitter. His work appears in numerous print and online journals; and he is currently wrestling with a novel. He edits “The Semaphore Anthology“, a journal of poetry he wishes he’d written, but – alas! – didn’t. Twitter: @Semaphore
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Laurie Kolp is an award-winning poet who has been published worldwide. She lives in Southeast Texas with the beach and Big Thicket at her fingertips (opposite hands, of course). She graduated from Texas A&M University and taught school for twelve years until she became a SAHM of her three children and husband. Laurie likes writing not only poetry, but creative nonfiction and fiction as well. Her two dogs, Snowy and Jake, are her sounding boards and cheerleaders. You can find her at Bird’s-Eye Gemini and Laurie Kolp Poetry. She also maintains a general bog, Conversations with a Cardinal
Beth Winter, a published prolific writer with a great love for the written word and though she specializes in poetry and prose, she is not shy to embrace anything else her itchy pen decides to scratch. With a huge body of growing work, she has authored over 750 poems, equaled only by as many journals that express her unique thoughts with clarity and sincerity as her muse strives to attain the full potential of the possibilities all around her. She lives and works in the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills and like Dorothy Gale before her, she’ll always dream of somewhere over the rainbow. Her poetry, prose and journals can be viewed on her blog, Eclipsing Winter. Beth is also a published photographer who dreams of trapping detail in images beyond what others take time to notice. Some of her shots can be viewed on her poetry blog, Sights of Winter.
Kelvin S.M. is a self-proclaimed poet, a former stage actor, a crayon-artist, a mythical sleuth, a Filipino (with a bit mixture of Spanish blood) and a chess enthusiast. He finished college in 2011 and currently working as a corporate accountant in a local Real Estate Co. He started writing poems at age 15 upon introduction to Haiku forms and Sonnets by the Brownings and Shakespeare. He finds inspiration from the works of Mary Oliver, Confucius, Pablo Neruda, Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Jose Garcia Villa, Robert Frost, Wang Wei and many others. When he is not writing he enjoys: the company of the forest, chirping of birds, computing of taxes & financial reports, dancing of the clouds, listening to crickets, chatting to frogs, and laughter of a friend.
Karin Gustafson blogs as Manicddaily, where she focuses (sometimes) on the interface
between creativity and stress. She is a writer and illustrator, having published a collection of poetry, Going on Somewhere, a children’s counting book, 1 Mississippi, and, most recently, Nose Dive, a light-hearted mystery novel about teenagers, Broadway musicals, love, noses, New York. (More information about the books may be found at www.BackStrokeBooks.com and at Amazon.)
She is very thankful to the dVerse Poetry Pub for inspiring a lot of new poetry of her own, and also for introducing her to a group of wonderful online poets. twitter: @ManicDDaily
Mary Kling has always lived in Wisconsin, USA, but has traveled the world. She is the author of three self -published poetry anthologies and co-author of two novels. (Ask her, if interested.) If she leaves any legacy at all, she believes it will be her poetry. Her philosophy of life is “When, if not now?” She shares her life with three small dogs who often guide her along the path; and she learns many life lessons from her grandchildren who give her faith in tomorrow. She knows her next great adventure is right around the corner.
Fred Rutherford: I’m a Poet/Screenwriter, amateur Philosopher and wannabe Artist interested in all things Literature and Language. I’m an avid reader, mainly non-fiction, reference, mythology and comics. I love wordplay, comedy and puzzles. I am constantly thinking and jotting ideas down for future exploration. I’m interested in all genres of music but Metal is what I love. Really enjoy Movies A-LOT and am a glutton for punishment, A.K.A life as a diehard Bills and Sabres fan. twitter: @PoeticalPsyche
Björn Rudberg lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and has found a new passion in writing short stories and poetry. He opened his blog in 2012, primarily as a mean to expand his writing beyond the 140 character of twitter, where he had been writing micro-poetry and playing word-games for about a year. When not writing he is working within an international high-technology company with strategic procurement. He took a PhD in theoretical physics in 1991. He lives in a relationship since many years back, and together with his wife he explores the outdoors with kayak, skis or by foot, all this a source of inspiration in his writing.
Joe Hesch is a writer and poet from Albany, New York. After 30 years in the newsbusiness and institutional and government public affairs, a brush with his mortality convinced him to try rediscovering the writer he once thought he was. Five years ago, he began to write short fiction. Three years ago, in a serendipitous response to a blinding case of writer’s block, he wrote his first poem…ever. He hasn’t looked back. His poems and stories have appeared in many literary publications since then. A chance encounter with Claudia sparked a trans-Atlantic friendship and convinced him to enter the blogosphere. Now, he posts poems and stories-in-progress on his blog, A Thing For Words.
Tony Maude was born in Hannover, Germany, raised in various locations across the world and now calls Edinburgh, Scotland his home. In a varied working life he has been a lifeguard, barman, research chemist, pastor, multi-drop delivery driver and, most recently, a proof-reader. More important than any of those, he has been a husband for 17½ years – and still counting happily. The first poem he remembers writing was when, aged 7, he wrote one about autumn leaves. He doesn’t remember writing another one for 38 years but, once restarted, he hasn’t stopped writing since then – apart from during a major illness in 2012. To date Tony has not been published, but who knows what the future might hold? You can follow Tony on Twitter @RadBeliever
Mary Grace Guevara is a late bloomer in writing and blogging (since winter 2010). She is self-taught in writing poetry and prose, relying on poetry communities like D’verse to sharpen and enhance the craft and appreciation for words. When she is not writing, she is mom to 4 children (including the devoted hubby) and currently works as Financial Analyst for an insurance company in Toronto, Canada. Her academic and professional background is business management, specifically insurance and financial services for more than 20 years. ”Writing is my creative corner, an outlet outside of work and real life challenges.” She started seeing her poems published late 2012, and continues to submit her writing to literary journals for publication credits. She runs two blogs – as Grace in Everyday Amazing, and as Heaven in Sweet Lust