About the Poets

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Azam Abidov

Azam Abidov (poet, translator; b.1974 in Uzbekistan). Trained in philology, a member of Uzbekistan Writers' Association, an award-winning poet whose translations into English featured the works of more than 50 Uzbek poets. He also translated works of many world poets and writers into Uzbek. His own poetry volumes include Miracle Is On the Way, Love in My In; individual poems have appeared in numerous anthologies. Mr. Abidov co-edited the Uzbek translation of Muslim Life in America. Azam participated in the international writing program at the University of Iowa (2004), his poems and translations may be read in the internet web sites at: The University of Iowa, an Uzbek literature site, and poetry.org.

Mr. Abidov receives email at azam_obidov [at] yahoo.com

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Karim Bahriev

Karim Bahriev (well-known journalist, poet and essayist in Uzbekistan; b. 1962); he is a prominent voice in the field of democracy nowadays. For several years he has worked for public newspapers, magazines and Internews press agency. Now he works in the magazine The World Literature which publishes translations from world literature and is released in Uzbek language. More than ten books of Mr. Karim Bahriev were appreciated and read with great interest. Splinters of Patience, Praying, Democracy and Human Rights, and About Freedom of Speech are popular among them.

Mr. Bahriev receives email at karim [at] internews.uz

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h e k s/lavish (Desmond Watson)

I (Desmond Johnel Watson) was born in 1980 in Southwest Georgia. I've experimented with a few forms of poeticality before, the sonnet-form for starters, this is my first journey aboard the Ghazal Express though.

I've been fascinated with this inborn-affinity for rhyme since the age of five back in 1986. Although, it was an afternoon shift at Chick-fil-A back in 1999, freestyling in front of co-workers that I somehow "mystically" came across the name h e k s agon/LAV iSh. I'm 25 now and a sophomore at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga. (north of Atlanta).

As of August of 2004, I've come in contact with my father who currently resides in Orlando, Florida. The state of mind that I was in during that time was puzzling..it wasn't depression or anything that caused torment...but, I could only write during the night, even if it was completely quiet during the daytime--the sun [in someway] came off distracting. So, I started penning down lyrics to what hopefully, someday, become the album Belle-Lettres of The Malevolent. ["Malevolent" comes in place of "Antichrist", which was in the original title...but, recent events in Life altered an "insignificant" change].

I only wish to have that "state of mind" again when it's time to write scriptures for Ashe-Mimesis Project. Currently, I enjoy being an emcee, a student, [that's unemployed (for the moment)] and the son of a man that's greatly misunderstood and underappreciated...though, I hope to one day get into film--or who knows what from there. But, as of right now, I just want to have that relationship with my father that I've longed for--for the past twenty-five years.

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Jaimie Duncan

"I live in Australia and am currently putting together my first collection of poetry for publication."

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R. L. Kennedy

Robert Kennedy was born in Yonkers, NY in 1950, and studied Economics at Manhattan College and Law at New York Law School.
Yonkers is a place for poets. John Maesfield worked there and Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born there as well.

He is married and has five grown children. Bob is a member of the Croton, NY Poet's Group, the Valley Artists and the Garrison Art Center, and regularly recites and shows his artwork in the Northern Westchester, NY area. In addition to his poetry on the Ghazal page, a collection of his sewer cover photos may be found online. He is employed at the monastery of the Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY.

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David Lunde

David Lunde is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Chelsea, Confrontation, Hawai'i Review, Chicago Review, Seneca Review, Cottonwood, The Mother Earth News, Asimov's SF Magazine, New Worlds, Renditions, Galaxy, Poetry Northwest, and Northwest Review. Most recent books: Blues for Port City (1995), Heart Transplants & Other Misappropriations (1996), Night fishing in Great Sky River (1999).

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Mary L. Mazzocco

A former Ohio resident, Mary L. Mazzocco is a freelance writer and poet who lives in Goodyear, Arizona. Her articles and essays have appeared in various publications in Ohio and Arizona.

Her poetry has appeared in Ohio Writer, Potpourri Magazine, Sandcutters and online in the Central California Poetry Journal and The Hyper Texts. A poem titled "So Bold Among the White Lilies" won first place for poetry in the Skyline Writers' (Ohio) literary contest in August, 2000. She is a member of the Arizona State Poetry Society and the National League of American Pen Women.

You may email Mary at Afm58 --at-- aol.com (Be sure to replace --at-- with @)

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Chris Mooney-Singh

Chris Mooney-Singh lives in Singapore, where he and his wife, Savinder Kaur, organize a variety of literary, musical and dramatic events. Among other things, Chris introduced the poetry slam to Singapore; he also recovered the ancient Central Asian string instrument, the rabab.

For more information on Chris, see this . It's in PDF format, so you'll need Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader.

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Rachel K. M. Rawlings

Rachel McGregor Rawlings graduated this year from the City College of New York--where she studied with Marilyn Hacker, Barry Wallenstein, and Elaine Equi--while taking a break from the computer industry. She grew up in Philadelphia, however, and sometimes sees herself as a missionary among the Mets-loving heathens. She has read at the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Arts Festival, Painted Bride, San Francisco Readers and Writers Festival, and a handful of venues around New York. Her work has also appeared in Global City Review.

Rachel is a technical writer and support engineer, and occasionally a journalist. Her blog, "All in Deshou," mixes poetry, politics, and poker.

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J. E. Stanley

J.E. Stanley is an accountant and on again-off again guitarist from the grayscale suburban wilderness of Northeast Ohio. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the chapbook Dissonance (deep cleveland press) and the short collection Ink (Gypsy Lips Press).

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Elizabeth Willse

Elizabeth Willse is a native of New York. She is currently working as a personal trainer, but plotting the career change that will better support her poetry habit. This is her first ghazal. She has also had poetry published by e-zine, and has worked as a freelance journalist for the New York Daily News and the Star-Ledger in New Jersey.

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