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. Twitter: @brudberg
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. Find her at Everyday Amazing.
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
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.
Michelle or “Mish” is a proud Canadian residing in the beautiful province of Ontario. She is also a wife,mother and Early Childhood Educator. She began dabbling in short poems and song lyrics as a teenager but it was her blog, mishunderstood that truly kindled her passion for writing. So far, she sees no end to the creative flow. She dreams of retiring only to write more poetry and perfect her homemade soups. Michelle credits most of her inspiration to dVerse, her love of nature, music, amateur photography and the many ponderings of life.
Lillian Hallberg grew up, married and raised her children in the Midwest. She moved to Boston in 1997. Emeritus dean of MBA programs, she began writing poetry in February 2015 and happened upon dVerse in December that year. She’s enjoyed the camaraderie of folks at the bar and has learned much from the prompts and feedback. A proud mom of two and grandmother to five, she’s been married to the love of her life, George, since 1970. Lillian can be found most early mornings with pen and journal in hand, and a steaming cup of coffee nearby. She is published in Provincetown Magazine, North End Waterfront, and Poetry Breakfast, but mainly takes delight in being what she calls a home poet. Never one to say “retirement,” she enjoys rejuvenatement immensely! Her poetry and flash fiction can be found at http://lillianthehomepoet.com
Kim writes under the name of Kim M. Russell (so as not to be confused with the American journalist) and lives in England on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, not far from the North Sea coast: a perfect place for inspiration. She is originally from South London but lived in Cologne, Germany, for much of her teenage years and young adulthood, where she studied at Cologne University, and then moved to Ireland for a few years, where her only daughter was born. She has been writing poetry since she was at school, a very long time, and has more recently started writing short stories, completed a novel for children, and is working on a further Young Adult novel. However, poetry is her first love. She is a fan of Shakespeare, Yeats, Rilke, Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy, amongst many others, and loves experimenting with different poetic forms. Until a few years ago, she taught English language and literature, Media Studies and, sometimes, drama at a high school and didn’t have much time for writing, but since she has retired, it seems like she can’t stop. You can find her at Writing in North Norfolk. Her poetry can be found at writinginnorthnorfolk.com/
Sarah Connor lives in North Devon with her husband and two teenaged children. She works with children and young people with mental health problems. She’s always written poetry and journals, and over the last few years has come to appreciate the benefits of a structured approach to writing. Poetry is her favourite way of meditating and processing the world.
She spends most of her time juggling the balls of work, mothering and trying vaguely to keep on top of things in the house and the vegetable patch.
Age and experience have taught her that you should be first on the dance floor, that having fun is more important than being cool, and that everybody appreciates someone who can mix a cocktail. She swims all year round, tends her orchard and reads far too much. Sarah regularly posts poetry and flash fiction at https://wordpress.com/view/fmmewritespoems.wordpress.com
Merril D. Smith lives in New Jersey, near Philadelphia, with her high school sweetheart husband, a retired high school math teacher. They have two grown daughters. She is an independent scholar with a Ph.D. in American history. Her most recent work has focused on women, sexuality, and sexual violence. She also works as a freelance test writer for TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication). For the past few years, she has become more interested and immersed in poetry. Some of her poetry has been published, and she is working to publish a collection. Her blog is mainly a poetry blog and her musings about this and that: nothing stays in one drawer of her inner file cabinet—thoughts and words fall out, get misfiled, and cross genres. She likes to write on a laptop in her kitchen—coffee and cats nearby–while she gazes out the window to watch the birds and ponder about life.
Linda Lee Lyberg, a native Houstonian, destined by fate and the stars to be a writer. Her grandparents, father, and uncles all performed in Vaudeville. Her grandmother was a blues singer and her grandfather a contortionist. She discovered her passion for writing early on. Her dad once said to her, “Of course you’re an artist. You come from a family of artists. I’m an artist, your grandmother was an artist, and so was your grandfather.”
Linda is a wife, mother, writer, poet, and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband of 22 years and her dog, Ricky Bobby who loves to go fast.
Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. She is also the author of a blog Charmed Chaos, where she has amassed a following of writers, kindred poets, and those who share a passion for words. You can find her at: https://charmedchaos.com or her author page on Amazon at: https.//www.amazon.com/author/lindaleelyberg
I’m now living in the North of England but have kept my pen name as Bloomsbury because Central London was such an important part of my life. Besides it alludes to creativity as well as my gardening addiction. I’m a latecomer to poetry writing although I’ve been reading and reciting from the poets since a small child. As psychotherapist (now retired) listening was all important and that has helped with hearing the how and what of word sounds too. Even so, I do tend to resist rhyme lines and strict structure which is probably indicative of a rebellious nature, a lazy bone and a fear of small spaces! I blog @ poetrypix.com which combines my love of words with photography.
Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City’s “back yard” with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets.When he’s not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx.
When he’s not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.
Lisa Fox enjoys a laissez-faire lifestyle near Lake Michigan after years of government work. She’s earned a couple of pieces of paper from uni. She’s studied philosophical daoism. She currently writes poetry and flash fiction at her Word Press blog, https://tao-talk.com/ .Favorite pasttimes are reading, writing, listening to music, gardening and observing nature for advice, bicycling, and spending time with her adult sons.
Peter Frankis is an Australian writer, living in the industrial town of Port Kembla south of Sydney. Recent poems have appeared Wild (Ginninderra Press) Geelong Writers Centre Anthology 2020 (forthcoming) and online in Plumwood Mountain Journal, Vox Poeca and Vita Brevis. His blog is here.
Born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan she loves sweet corn, torrential rain and of course Literature.
“Go against the grain if need be, but stand up for what you believe in.” Originally from a background of aviation, she arrived at the poetry scene at the age of twenty-nine, in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula, in the year 2015. It turned out that poetry was in her blood! Her maternal grandfather who was a lawyer by profession, wrote and harbored the love for romantic poetry. Her poetic journey began at dVerse and continues to this day. You can find her work at http://www.adashofsunny.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..