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..
Björn Rudberg lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and is passionate about writing short stories and poetry. When not writing he is working within an international high-technology company with business matters. He took a PhD in theoretical physics in 1991 and now lives in a relationship with another Physicist since many years back; together with his wife he explores the outdoors with kayak, skis or by foot, all this a source of inspiration to his writing. Starting out a dilettante he has added creative writing to his curriculum. and now has a few stories and poems published in a few books and online publications
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.
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. A former teacher, 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 enjoys writing, traveling, learning about the world around her, novels, movies, conversation & coffee with a few friends. She knows her next great adventure is right around the corner. If she leaves any legacy at all, she believes it will be her poetry.
Mary Grace Guevara lives in Ontario, Canada. She loves detective stories, late afternoon walks, warm chocolate cup & sweet tropical mango. When she is not writing, she is mom to 4 children (including the devoted hubby) and currently works for an insurance company in Downtown Toronto, Canada. Though her background is business & sales management, she says: “Writing is my creative corner, an outlet outside of work and real life challenges.” Her poems have been published in Nain Rouge, Emerge Literary Journals, VerseWrites, D’verse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry & Boston Poetry magazine, Recipes for Hemlock. As to her outlook in writing, Grace believes her best work is still to come. She runs two blogs – as Grace in Everyday Amazing, and as Scarlet in Scarlet Verses.
Abhra 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 Marina Sofia has lived and worked in nine countries, but thinks her current location between Lake Geneva and the Alps may be her favourite yet. She 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 and paper-based literary journals. But it’s the novel she’s working on now that is driving her close to despair! She is an active member of the Geneva Writers’ Group and a regular reviewer for the Crime Fiction Lover website.
Gabriella is from northern France where she taught 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, sketching, movies, walking, photography 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 in languages – Swedish, German, Italian, Hebrew and, of course English, top the list.
Toni Spencer – Currently lives in Virginia but grew up about three blocks away from Duke University’s east campus. Occupations have ranged from bartender to regulatory compliance and regulation of professionally engineers to recently retired. A grateful cancer survivor and married for 14+ years. I wrote my first haiku (traditional) when I was six. Traditional haiku and tanka are my favorite forms of poetic expression. I have travelled the US, Canada, UK, and Europe extensively and many times to Japan. I have a long and deep love for Japan. I enjoy cooking – Southern and Japanese cuisines. I blog on Word Press under Kanzensakura. An East meets South blog of poetry and cooking.
Gayle Walters Rose was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. along with five siblings. She currently resides in Sebastian, FL, a small community on the east coast nestled along the Indian River that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. She is a mother to two daughters and grandmother to Mira who all live in Sebastian. She has been writing about true life experiences, musings of the spirit, her former ashram life and the occasional fiction since August of 2010. She has been published in the Orlando Sentinel and Nain Rouge. She recently joined a local writing group of women who meet on the porch of the late poet, novelist and essayist Laura Riding Jackson’s preserved home nearby and call themselves The Porch Writers.
De Jackson pens ad copy, wrangles teens and doodles tiny poems in the margins of life. Her words have made appearances in small journals, fun anthologies and the like. (She’s been paid in garbanzo beans, author copies, and one time, a whole dollar.) De hails from Vegas, adores Lake Tahoe, and scribbles something daily at www.whimsygizmo.wordpress.com.
Kelly Letky is from Farmington, NY, USA, and works as a freelance graphic artist and jewelry designer. In addition to those two hats, she also wears those of poet, photographer, writer, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, crazy cat lady, friend, runner, knitter and gardener. She writes at www.mrsmediocrity.com and www.thebluemuse.com.
And of course we will have regular visits from our founders:
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..