Eric Blanchard grew up in Houston, Texas. He earned degrees in philosophy (B.A.) and jurisprudence (J.D.). Eric has practiced law, written appellate briefs, been editor-in-chief of an international trade law journal, and worked for a state representative in the Texas legislature.
Eric’s poetry has been published in numerous literary journals and reviews, both on-line and in print, including Autumn Sky Poetry, Rust and Moth, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Pudding Magazine and Mock Turtle Zine.
He currently resides in Dayton, Ohio with his beautiful girlfriend, her young son, three dogs, and two tiny fish.
John Burroughs, a.k.a. Jesus Crisis, is a northeast Ohio poet and publisher who co-founded the monthly Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and yearly Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. He is the author of one full-length poetry collection, The Eater of the Absurd (just published by NightBallet Press). It includes some of his best work to date, including the Pushcart Prize nominated performance piece "Lens."
He has also authored many chapbooks, including Barry Merry Baloney, [Spare Change Press, 2012], Water Works [Recycled Karma, 2012], Electric Company [Writing Knights, 2011], and (with Douglas Manson and Bree) Identity Crises [Green Panda Press, 2009]. His newest chapbook, It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change, is forthcoming via The Poet's Haven.
For around a decade leading up to the turn of the millennium, John served as a full-time playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution. In 2007, his blog was ranked number 1 in several categories on MySpace. After that, John won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, formed the association known as Poets of Lorain County, has contributed irregularly to the Cleveland Poetics and Ohio Poetry Association blogs, and is perhaps most proud of his work (since 2008) as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.
Kislay Chauhan (July 23, 1987) was born in Ajmer, India in a middle class family, grew up in a little town called Beawar and did his schooling at a Hindi Medium school. Until then he used to write in Hindi-Urdu mostly maintaining his diary summing up his incidents of life in short stories, poems. Later in 2005 when he went in engineering college started to write in English. In college age he made himself to live alone for writing to get enough time and to give all concentration on writings. In his initial period of writing he published his own work by online publishing. The first book "Takhir" was most translation of his hindi-urdu poems into English and next were "The Vague" and "Once And For All"in last days of his college finish. After completing Bachelor Degree in Computer Science being an Engineer, he claimed his first impacting book "The Edges Of The Spirit". His poems got place in eminent magazines of US and Canada as "Fowl Feathered Review" and Sprout. Against his family views towards writing he still maintains his interest to keep writing. He maintains the essence of nature, spirituality, love and thick hidden touch to the soul binding feeling with words. His poems are pure and lucid and words are easy to grab and to feel.
Scott "Nadi" Gray is the founder of imagine1.org and Day of One. Professionally he works for a company with affiliates in 111 countries as an internationally recoginized expert in the field of automatic identification (bar code/RFID). he leads negotiations for how this technology will be used in the future by industry and governemnt. He has traveled throughout his entire life, living in three countries and visiting nearly 50. He is the father of four amazing sons. He is naturalist, explorer, philosopher, and poet.
He has two YouTube Channels; Voice of Nadi and Adventures of Nadi.
Chuck Joy delivers poetry line by line. Obsessed with poetry as vocalization, Chuck believes less is more and live is better. He likes to work with silence. He also likes to work with musicians. See him among the downtown poets at Poets' Hall in Erie PA USA and as featured poet at a show near you.
Maggie Mae is currently working on her BA in English. She has been published in several literary journals including: Poetry Now, Curio Poetry, Requiem Magazine, Conceit Magazine, Amulet, Turtle Way Journal and many others.
She enjoys meeting, sharing, learning, and growing will all different types of artists.
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." -Pablo Picasso
Watch for her forthcoming chapbook through Writing Knights Press, Spring 2013.
Travel real and the moon won't be far,
It's me living in this dense world..
Silence is my first love..
I love the power of words and honesty..
I am a writer by the bone.. and a heart by the soul
I am a writer of genres like fashion, poetry, lifestyle, travel, adventure. Creativity makes me passionate. I write to make my soul happy, more than any technicalities. Fashion trends, art, and emotions urge me to pen down my words. I have done my degree in Commerce and then my mind flipped over to fashion writing which I pursued in London. I feel if you truly want to do something, even a small biscuit or just running tap water can inspire you. Life has been great until now and I hope it remains the same, the irony lies right here.
My parents have always been a great source of inspiration for me and have always encouraged to be something different from the regular world. Just to define what I feel:
I am here, sent down to this earth,
Let me be different
The crowds will mix me and
I would lack my own spacious concoction.
Melanie Simms is an award winning Commonwealth poet from the state of Pennsylvania and the former Perry County Poet Laureate. Currently a Senior in the creative writing department at Bloomsburg University she has accrued over 175 publications of poetry in newspapers, magazines and e-zines, and is the author of a book of poetry titled Waking the Muse. She is also included in 2 anthologies and of poetry and has two more books of poetry in process. Awards include a Sophie Award, the Poet Laureate prize, a Vermont Writer's Studio Scholarship, a Richard Savage Award (finalist) among many others
Jeremiah Walton is a youth poet born February 12, 1995. He has a handful of published works including; To Your Health: Humanities Diagnosis, LSD Giggles, and Modus Operandi. Jeremiah lives in New England where he attends High School. His goal with writing is to destroy the preconceived concepts his generation have regarding poetry in order to promote the art and poetic community as a whole.
Wanda Lea Brayton
Wanda Lea Brayton is a former college librarian, a lifelong scholar and a prolific poet who has been writing since 1973. She married a brilliant writer in 2009 and they've disproved the theory that two artists cannot live together in harmony, let alone with only one computer between them. Her poems have been published by Clackamas Literary Review, Main Street Rag, World Poetry, Hudson View Poetry Digest, The Pedestal Magazine, Oak Bend Review, Aquillrelle, included in a number of anthologies and is a featured poet on various websites.
When I talk to people, I always hear, “I always wanted to do that,” or “You’re so lucky!” I NEVER want to be the person who says those
things. I am not lucky, I make things work. I don’t think I want to do that. I do it.
When I was in the seventh grade I thought I wanted to do three things when I grew up: I wanted to be an English teacher, a writer and a mother. All of that traveling, adventure, and Peace Corps was just research for what was to come. After more than twenty years of being told I would never be able to have children, I had two beautiful baby girls, a year and a half apart. I spend many of my daytime hours teaching English somewhere in Asia and and all of the rest of my time, inspiring and being inspired by my two little girls and creating that writing space necessary to evolve my craft.
As far as I know, one of the best poetry promoters and supporters in the states! Their youtube channel is full of amazing spoken word videos by various poets throughout the United States. Poetry E-Train has introduced me to a plethora of poetic talent.
I was born in Walton-on-Thames, England in 1945, grew up in North Carolina, received my BA in Philosophy San Diego State University 1977, and have been an educator most of my life currently a high school teacher in Tampa Bay. I live in Sun City
Center, Florida with my wife, Elba.
Shannon Lynette lives in upstate New York. She currently has twp published poetry collections titled "A Place with No Name" and "Lady on a Wire". She has been a featured poet at numerous poetry slams and word festivals in the Albany New York area.
Gray Night is the nom de plume of Brit Sigh, an American writer and poet. He earned a Degree in psychology from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has incorporated psychology in his fiction writing to create realistic characters but has written poetry from real life occurrences, tapping into darker periods of his life.
Recent publishing credits include Torn in Two (CreateSpace, 2012), a novel-length fictional suspense thriller. A man of wide-ranging interests, Sigh is a comic book buff and an avid mystery and suspense reader. He resides in Chicago, Illinois.
A blog started by Cleveland poet Michael Salinger, and now curated by Geoffrey Landis, for poets and writers in the area to keep abreast of news, views, opinions, and events in the Cleveland poetry scene. It has a bunch of contributors, although some contribute more than others, as well as a calendar of readings in the Cleveland area.
Brandon Stroud is an Experimental Performance Artist, Poet, and Educator from Northeast, Ohio. During his career, Stroud has had the unique honor and privilege of having personal conversations about art and science with Robert Cook, world renowned American sculptor, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Oily Cart, one of the great British theatre companies of the last 25 years, and Howard Earl Gardner, American developmental psychologist and Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate Schools of Education at Harvard University.
As an artist, Stroud has performed and directed at the historically acclaimed Akron Civic Theatre, Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio, as well as Mentor High School and Shore Middle School. He has given art lectures and read poetry at art events all throughout the greater Cleveland area including the Hessler Street Fair, Literary Café, Oberlin College, Karma Koffee, Mac's Backs, and the First Row Center for the Arts. His work has appeared in printed books and online literary sites such as Writing Knights Press, Poets Haven Press, Pohemian Press, and UnlikelyStories.com.
"Don't think inside the box, don't think outside the box, think, there is NO BOX."
Mike Wilson has been writing on and off since high school. A member of the Iowa Poetry Association, he has been published in five consecutive issues of Lyrical Iowa. Short fiction credits include Tales of the Talisman, Frightmares, Blinking Cursor and others. His fiction and poetry collections can be found on Amazon.com and createspace.com, as well as www.smashwords.com. He has formal education in computer networking. Mike writes at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.