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.
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.
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
WALTER J. WOJTANIK was born in Lackawanna, New York, a southern suburb of Buffalo. He draws from his strengths that continue to be founded in family, faith and friends who have come to understand him better over the passage of time. Walter remains poised to propagate poetry for as long as he has the time to rhyme. Overcoming obstacles that have served to steel his resolve, Walter found an outlet through creative writing to vent his powers of observation and his sarcastic wit. Clearly, he has found this endeavor cathartic and very revealing, learning as much about himself as the world and people around him. These expressions of heart have come to be a healing salve as well.
Coming on the heels of his first full poetry collection, his DEAD POET… trilogy, Walter has continued the exploration of life through verse and lyric alike. He also has several published poetry chapbooks to his credit: WOOD, Return to WOOD, YOLO, and RHYME OF THE POET LAUREATE (with apologies to Coleridge.)
FB account: FB.com/wwojtanik
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/
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..