About the Poets

Information About the Poets for 2011

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Bill Batcher

After retiring from teaching, Bill Batcher turned to writing. His poems have been published in several magazines and anthologies. His first book of poetry, Footsteps to the Resurrection, was published by in 2005. Bill conducts a writers critique group on Long Island, New York.

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Fergus Carty

First half of my life bracketed by the Berlin Wall.
Briefly attended UCD NUI (Politics and Economics)
A chance acquaintance led me to start writing again.
Like to approach poetry my way.


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Mary Cresswell

Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington, New Zealand. She is a retired science editor. Her poems have been printed in various NZ, US and UK journals. Her third book, Trace Fossils, has just been published by Steele Roberts of Wellington. Further info about Mary can be read on the Book Council of New Zealand Web site.

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William Dennis

Stuck in pre-monsoon New Delhi, the expected tedium was transformed to a lifetime of excitement when I chanced on an English-language collection of ghazals by Ghalib. My fantasy novel, "Red Claudi: the Everyday Poetry," is available on-line at Smashwords for digital readers and my poems, stories, essays and translations are on display at Last Resort Publications.

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Ruth Foley

Ruth Foley's work has most recently appeared in ghoti, River Styx, and Measure, and has also appeared in the anthologies Sinatra: But Buddy, I'm a Kind of Poem and Letters to the World. She is the Associate Poetry Editor at Cider Press Review. She lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English at Wheaton College.

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Ruskin Gammon

Ruskin Gammon currently lives in Hull, England.

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Caroline Gill

Caroline Gill lives by the sea in Swansea, Wales, home town of the poet, Dylan Thomas. She won first prize in the international Petra Kenney Poetry Competition (general section) in 2008. 100+ of her poems have appeared in anthologies and small press magazines in the UK, USA, Romania and India. Caroline’s poem, ‘Preseli Blue’, featured on the BBC Poetry Please programme in 2008 from the Guardian Hay Festival. Her Tercet Ghazal, ‘The Ceilidh House’, was included in the anthology, By the Winter Fires (Indigo Dreams, 2009). Caroline is an external collaborator for the Romanian journal, Orizont Literar Contemporan (editor-in-chief, Daniel Dragomirescu). She was a participant in the first Swansea International Poetry Festival (2011), organised by Peter Thabit Jones (ed. The Seventh Quarry, Wales) and Stanley H. Barkan (ed. Cross-Cultural Communications, New York). Caroline is in the final stages of preparing her first chapbook selection.

Learn more about Caroline on her blog and her Web site.

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Bob Godwin

Born in Minnesota in 1933; did a stint in Korea (1953-55); a graduate of UCLA (1963); the State of Washington has survived my years as a civil servant since taking me on in 1982.

About my poetry: I consider myself a Formalist, in the sense that almost all of my poems use rhyme, rhythm, or meter — from blank verse to the villanelle.

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Taylor Graham

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in California. Her poems appear widely in small and university press. Her book, The Downstairs Dance Floor, was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. She's a finalist in this year's Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange.

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Michael Helsem

M. H. was born in Dallas in 1958. Shortly afterwards, fish fell from the sky.

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Holly Jensen

Holly Jensen's work has appeared or is upcoming in PANK, wtf pwm, and Folio. She lives in the Midwest. Jim Harrison's bawdy, sweet, free ghazals were the very first ghazals she ever met.

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Peggy Landsman

Peggy Landsman’s work has been published in many online and print literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry chapbook, To-wit To-woo, is available from FootHills Publishing. Her out-of-print romance novel, Passion’s Professor, which she wrote under the pen name Samantha Rhodes, is now available on her . She lives in South Florida where she swims in the warm Atlantic Ocean every chance she gets.

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Dennis Mahagin

Dennis Mahagin is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. His poems and stories have appeared in magazines such as Exquisite Corpse, 42opus, 3 A.M., Night Train, Stirring, Thieves Jargon, Juked, Keyhole, Catalonian Review, PANK, Storyglossia, and Smokelong Quarterly. He's also an editor of fiction and poetry for FRiGG Magazine. Visit him on the Web.

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Susan Melot

The author is Brooklyn-born, still residing in the Marine Park section, where she and her husband have lived for many years. She also enjoys the couple's Berkshire home in Becket, Massachusetts where she hikes and bikes, generally enjoying the cultural ambience and nature. For many years, a Special Education teacher, she embarked on a series of classes at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street "Y." She has published with Tapestries, Us 1 Worksheets, Poetica, and The Ghazal Page. Her first chapbook, Chameleon was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press, and a second, later this year. Also a serious amateur musician, she studies and plays as much as possible, sometimes accompanying her husband on his clarinet and always on the look-out for a chance to play with a chamber group.

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Esther Mürer

Esther Greenleaf Mürer lives in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared previously in The Ghazal Page and in numerous other literary ezines. At 75, she recently published her first poetry collection, Unglobed Fruit. Her collection is available on Amazon and lulu.com. She also has a Web site, with an informative blog.

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Amanda J. Miller

Amanda J. Miller lives in Spencerport, NY and is currently finishing her baccalaureate degree in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. She writes as often as she can and aspires to publish her own book of poems in the near future.

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Mike Miller

Mike Miller is the editor of High Coup Journal, an online journal for snarky formalist haiku. His poetry has been published in Four and Twenty, Short Fast and Deadly, Semaphore Magazine, and the Boston Literary Magazine. A current resident of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, he now writes poems up in an attic, about 40 miles and 130 years from where Emily Dickinson did the same thing.

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Ellen Pickus

Ellen Pickus taught English and creative writing for thirty years on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and her son. Retired, she now conducts creative writing workshops for adults and does volunteer work at an elementary school. The topics of her poems range from summers spent in the Catskills to the joys and challenges of raising a special needs child. Her first book of poems, Unbroken Promises, was self-published and sold for Alzheimer’s research.

Her work has appeared in the Long Island Quarterly, PPA Review, Fan Magazine, Midwest Poetry Review, Paws and Tales and Candlelight. She received awards at poetry contests run by Peninsula Public Library, one judged by Naomi Lazard and one by James Reiss. She won first place at the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts and also at the Plainview Y.

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Winston Plowes

Winston Plowes is a poet resident on the Rochdale Canal in Calderdale, West Yorkshire UK. Amongst other things, his work is inspired by his interaction with the local landscape, by his eleven-year-old daughter and the darker realities often found in the deserted corners of life.

Winston appears regularly as both compére and performer at open mic events. He also works in cabaret and runs creative writing workshops for schools and colleges.

As well as his self-published work, his poetry has won competitions and featured in several publications as well as being aired on local and national radio. His second collection “Misery Begins at Home” which features three other poets was published in 2010.

He is hoping to build a cultural bridge by writing Ghazals in English which adhere to the classical requirements of the form.

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Tree Riesener

I have two Web sites: a blog and a home page. Poetry chapbooks by Tree Riesener: Inscapes (Finishing Line Press), Angel Poison (Pudding House Publications), Liminalog (Inmates Run The Asylum Press). Each book is $10.00 and shipping is free when you order from me! If you'd like to know more about the contents, just drop me a line!

Forthcoming: New full-length collection, EK, from Cervena Barva Press!

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W. M. Rivera

W.M. Rivera has a new book titled Buried in the Mind’s Backyard (Brickhouse Books — also available at Itascabooks.com and Amazon.com).

Born in New Orleans, he began publishing poetry in the 1950s. His early poetry appeared under the names William Rivera and William McLeod Rivera in The Nation, Prairie Schooner, the Kenyon Review and the New Laurel Review among other publications. Recent poems have appeared in the California Quarterly, Gargoyle, The Ghazal Page, and Broome Review. A first book of his poetry was published in 1960 titled, The End of Legend’s String, illustrated by Mexican artist, José Luis Cuevas. His new book, Buried in the Mind’s Backyard, was published by Brickhouse Books in 2011, with a cover print by Miguel Condé one of Spain’s prominent artists.

Rivera’s professional activities in agricultural development have taken him to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Retired from the University of Maryland, he is putting together what he expects to be his next collection of poetry.

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Caroline Samples

Caroline Samples is a Buffalo, New York native who now resides in middle Georgia where she teaches Composition and Creative Writing at a local university. Her recent work has appeared in descant, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and Oak Bend Review. Keep an eye out for her first novel to be released this spring on Amazon.com.

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Lauren Schwartz

Lauren Schwartz has been a writer all her life. She attended Columbia University MFA Program in Creative Writing before pursuing a career in Art Book and Magazine Publishing. Her poems have been published or soon to be in Adobe Walls #2, Fixed & Free, and Mas Tequila Review. Her photography can be seen on her Web site.

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Marian Brown St. Onge

Marian Brown St. Onge retired in May 2006 from her position of founding Director of the Boston College Center for International Partnerships and Programs (CIPP) — a post in which she coordinated international activities university-wide with special attention to more than eighty institutional partnerships around the world. St. Onge received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French Literature from Boston College where, before becoming CIPP Director, she taught French and travel literature and directed BC’s Women’s Studies Program.

A former President of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, St. Onge has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards. In spring, 2006, she served as Michael Dukakis Visiting Professor in International Affairs at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece.

St. Onge has published travelers’ guides, articles on twentieth-century women writers, cultural issues, topics in international education, and, most recently, an essay on an 1846 family quilt that appeared in the summer 2010 issue of Quilting Quarterly, the journal of the American Quilting Association. Beyond her poems-fifteen published thus far-St. Onge is working on a biography of a French World War II Resistance leader and poet, for which she received a Norman Mailer fellowship award in summer 2009.

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Eric Torgersen

Eric Torgersen has published ghazals in New Ohio Review, New Letters, Zone 3,Third Wednesday, 32Poems and a number of other journals. The two ghazals in this issue from a book manuscript entitled In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals. You may also visit his Web page.

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Linda Umans

Linda Umans enjoyed a long teaching career in the NYC public schools. She is an ardent traveler and a native of Manhattan where she lives, studies, writes. Recent publications include poems in Switched-on Gutenberg, qarrtsiluni, Waterways, Terrain.org, The Broome Street Review and a piece in Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.

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Juliet Wilson

Juliet Wilson is an Edinburgh based poet, adult education tutor and conservation volunteer. Her poetry chapbook *Unthinkable Skies* was published in 2010 by Calder Wood Press. She blogs at Crafty Green Poet and edits the online poetry journal Bolts of Silk.

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