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.
Twitter: @bmiller007

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..
Twitter: @cmschoenfeld


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.
Twitter: @beachanny 

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

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.


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.
Twitter: @brudberg


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.
Twitter: @JAHesch


tonyTony 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


GraceMary 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 Scarlet Verses
Twitter: asweetlust


photo-173Anthony Desmond is a Detroit born published writer & poet, now residing in Center Line, Michigan. He first discovered a gift for writing at the age of sixteen. He firmly believes he is but a vessel for a higher power who shares this selfsame passion for the written word. Intrigued by affliction & dolor; he explores these emotions across a wide array of subject areas: politics, death, the hypocrisy of religion & the struggles of everyday life. He blogs at glassstaircase & tweets @iamEPanthony


photo-214Abhra Pal: I am from a small town in eastern India and hold a degree in electronics engineering. I started writing at a young age with a journal and had a wonderful learning curve so far. Poetry started for me with the extensive travel I had to do for my studies first and then in my professional life. Though I’m mainly a poet but I love the challenge of writing fiction and in future want to try screenwriting.  In my mother tongue, Bengali – I write children’s stories. Father to a beautiful princess, there are so many stories that I have to tell her and I believe this is one of the best possible ways what I can leave for her, if not anyone else.
Twitter: @abhrapal


Marina Sofia has lived in nine countries, but thinks her current location between Lake Geneva and the Alps may be her favourite yet. photo-220She has only recently found her way back to poetry after a long period in the corporate wilderness, which still grabs a-hold of her every now and then. She has published poems and short fiction in online journals, Offshoots and in Dagda Publishing’s anthology of Western haiku. She is an active member of the Geneva Writers’ Group and a regular reviewer for the Crime Fiction Lover website.
Twitter: @MarinaSofia8


photo-260Gabriella is from northern France where she teaches high school and junior college English. She is quite new to the poetry blogosphere and blogs at Gabriella’s Writing Corner. When she is not writing poetry, she enjoys reading, photography, movies, walking, sketching and traveling. She can spend hours reading recipes in cookbooks and online before she actually cooks. She focuses on ethnic and healthy food. Gabriella also has a keen interest  interest in languages – Swedish, German, Italian, Hebrew and, of course English, top the list.

56 thoughts on “d’Team”

  1. Nice to meet you all.

  2. as good looking as this team is…i am afraid a bit for the hits we will get…smiles.

  3. Tashtoo fan!!!! said:

    I found this very interesting and read every single one! I’m not a writer or poet but thinks its totally awesome how you have all come together! I love to read all of your works!

  4. Hi! Brian, Claudia, and d’Verse team…
    Great looking team Brian!
    Thanks, for sharing!
    deedee ;-)

  5. How fun to read about each of you and your truly dVerse backgrounds! I think you make a great team and will reach many other poets out there searching for an encouraging community to share their words.

  6. Tara Miller said:

    How fun to read about each of you and your truly dVerse backgrounds! I think you make a great team and will reach many other poets out there searching for an encouraging community to share their words.

  7. Hello dVerse team.
    Nice to meet you all.

  8. nice to meet you, too, Andy, and everyone coming to the Pub. Good times…good times….

  9. Nice to read about you all. I thank you for creating this platform so I can share my rambling jibberinsh in an environment that does not snub their nose at attempts to be creative and fresh. I also always appreciate your feedback.

    Best of luck on your journey,

    Henry C.

  10. great lineup, snazzy site!

    :waves at group:

    :hugs @bmiller007, @beachanny, @Tashtoo, @Hedge_witch:

    i’ll be back.


  11. Great site….. Love poetry, love the time and effort that you all are putting into this passion. That’s so wonderful. I hope to get to know you all…. John

  12. Welcome aboard Chris!!!! I LOVE Pretzels :)

  13. Hey Chris! *smiling &waving like a nerd*

  14. wow! what a group! glad i found this ;-)

  15. Thak you all. I’m loving dVerse.

  16. What an inspirational pub to wander into. Perhaps it will entice my closeted poet to reappear?

  17. So excited to find you all. Very impressive troop.

  18. Nice to meet you, talented guys! :-)

    Kind regards,

    Subhan Zein

  19. dVerse is truly wonderful. Thank you all so much!!!

  20. dVerse is a brilliant idea, thoroughly enjoying reading all the input. Many thanks for a great site.

  21. Great idea! Do you guys havea real pub or is it a cyber crawl ? just askin … i may be daft, but always up for a bit of a crack, and poetry! :-)

  22. nice to see new faces in there!!!

  23. I like the new faces…it gives the pub (renewed) energy and inspiration ~

    Thanks for all that you do ~ Smiles ~

  24. Fun to know the story (or in Joy Ann’s case songs) behind all the D’verse tenders–thanks for your brilliance, diligence, and inspiring dedication. A great site!

  25. so very happy to see you all here, listen to what you write, and feel welcomed. bravo on one complete and successful year. cheers to many more.

  26. ihatepoetry said:

    Thanks one and all for your commitment to this enterprise, which is (easily) the most healthy and helpful experience in writing I’ve known on the web. Happy Birthday!

  27. I”m so grateful to all of you at Dverse. I look up to you as artisits, but also for your generosity of time. I know it takes precious time to contribute as much as you do to this poetic cause. I’m always impressed by your acceptance of beginners like me, and those of us less endowed with talent. All of you are extremely kind and obviously truly dedicated. Thank you so much.

    • Myrna, me too! Less endowed, also a beginner, I have been treated at dVerse with tender comments, forgiveness unspoken, and a love which permeates not only the ‘Pub, but the Universe
      Ain’t it GREAT?

  28. First time I have read who makes up this team, and what a talented bunch you have managed to put together. I am not having a good year writing wise, but I know that if I keep looking long enough, I will find the inspiration again. Seeing who does all the work here helps as I have read some of their work and know how good you all are.

  29. My whole attitude and outlook on dVerse has just changed. You all are REAL PEOPLE! Our acquaintance here is for me a gift, without which I’d have missed a great chunk of life’s treasure. On bended knee…thank you all!

  30. Am checking this space out! Interesting to read about you all.

  31. Great write-up on the team behind this wonderful site. Nice to Mary on board!


  32. Wonderful to see you all and welcome new ones to the dVerse team. The entire team is tremendous! Your commitment, excellence and hospitality have helped this poet try harder and write more. I am grateful! for all you do to inspire, stimulate and keep in touch.

  33. What a fantastic staff!!!!! Whu-hoo! You all make dVerse great!

  34. I so needed to see this today. I’ve been feeling discouraged about ever being able to write the way I want to. I read through some of these and Joe Hesch’s bio got me with this: he just started writing a few years ago. So, for me, just cause it’s not there right now doesn’t mean it will never be there.

  35. Never really checked the team out and have been meaning to – impressive and encouraging at the same time … glad to meet you all in a slightly more formal way. You often make my day, or week – so thanks! Looking forward to a continued poetic relationship that feels very real …

  36. Hi Team, Do like the idea of this site and I have enjoyed in the past a try at following the rules and having a go at some of the techniques of poetry. I feel quite stupid now though as a lot of times I have wanted to participate but just can not understand the complexities. I didn’t realise poetry could be so difficult in form. Sometimes I’m caused to wonder why – thinking if only other writers and poets can understand to read it then .. . why am I trying haha. I’ll wait til an easy challenge.

  37. So many good poets here … isn’t that the truth! Thank you each not just for your poetry but also for the hard work that you do here.

  38. just checking out who’s working behind the bar these days. Great group! Way to go, all, and Happy Holidays!

  39. Nice meeting you all. This is a great group. :-)

  40. Revisiting the pub, eighteen months on from when I was first introduced to you guys, makes me feel both proud and very happy to be associated with this team of excellent, supportive and talented human beings aka poets.

  41. kthorpe said:

    I’m intimidated! In a good way :)

  42. So, these are the great poets behind this lovely website. Keep it up team! :)

  43. Ummmm Wow. That’s quite the team.

  44. Inspiring team. Nice to meet you all :)

  45. Very impressive gathering of talent you have d’Verse. I am a newbie and look forward to learning and sharing. I was directed to you through Ramblings from a Mum (who is quite awesome ) and Brian I appreciated your comment on my “Titans” piece Cheers

  46. Thank you everyone, for all you do and have done! What a great pool of talent~

  47. I love this team! Hope to meet you all in persons one day…!

  48. What a wonderful team, lovely to meet you all – Sherri :-)

  49. Community is crucial to creativity.

  50. Thats not a team, thats a private Army. Glad I ran into you’s guys.

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