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 in 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
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
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/
Frank Hubeny lives north of Chicago. He was born in Indiana and his earliest employment was in agriculture and forestry. He has degrees in Mathematics and he has worked for decades at tasks labelled “data science”. He began writing poetry fifteen years ago. He is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society which brings him into contact with local poets in addition to the virtually local poets he meets online. Frank blogs from frankhubeny.blog
Paul John Dear is a rhythmical alchemist, making his living designing and delivering drumming based programs to educational establishments, community groups and companies through his own company Rhythmbridge as well as managing and hosting internationally renowned training programs at his base in Scotland.
When he is not doing those things he loves to write as paulscribbles and enjoys being outdoors with his cameras. Paul is married and has 3 grown children.
Amaya Engleking is a poet and mother of three, with a background in teaching and music. Though an aspiring homebirth midwife, these days she’s on-call 24/7 at home in the Rocky Mountains raising the young children. You can read Amaya’s poetry, confessions, intercessions, travel stories, contemplations, and the occasional list at Gospel Isosceles.
Jill Lyman, writer, high school English teacher, photographer, amateur chef, & jazz lover, blogs at Jilly’s Poetry & Photography & Food! Influenced by childhood nursery rhymes and the works of poets like Ogden Nash and Lewis Carrol, she occasionally writes under the persona of Silly Jilly, allowing her to tackle the sometimes tough subject in the camouflaged tone of childhood. Jilly lives with her soulmate husband and fellow writer in Central Florda
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
Living on the equator, in hot and humid Malaysia but my heart longs for snow. I work in healthcare, in the field of cancer treatment; the human heart and its resilience is my daily inspiration. I like long walks and hiking deep into the forest on my days off from work. My first love is writing stories but I have discovered writing poetry has given me a different form of expression. Coffee and cake make me very happy! I blog at https://alifelesslivedblog.wordpress.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..