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..
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
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. Her website ist www.lauriekolp.com. Laurie’s first full-length poetry collection, Upon the Blue Couch, was published by Winter Goose Publishing in April 2014 and is available on Amazon.
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.
Shanyn Silinski has been writing poetry since she was a young girl, doing her first homemade book when she was still in elementary school. In 2002 she published her first book of poetry, Rainbows of my Heart, and she is working on making the final selections for her second book. In addition to poetry Shanyn is a researcher, writer, has worked many years in emergency planning and response and in farming and ranching. She is a photographer, scrapbooker, baker, crafter, artist, blogger and most importantly a wife and Mama. She lives in the not-always-frozen Canadian province of Manitoba with her husband, son and their assorted critters. She loves horses, hates clowns, adores flowers (especially yellow ones her son picks for her to wear in her hair) and birds and is a coffee drinker.
Shanyn invites her dVerse family to use any of her photos for their blogs, with photo credit, and her photos can be found on Facebook at Photos by Shanyn.
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.
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 Scarlet Verses
Anthony 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
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.
Marina Sofia has lived 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 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.