Poetica Publishing Editors
Publisher and Book Design
Michal Mitak is an award-winning artist and poet from Virginia. Her work has been published wildly, in print and electronically. She received many awards for her poetry, most recently from the Poetry Society of Texas, Green River Writers Society, The Poetry Society of Pennsylvania, Austin Poetry Society, and Bethesda Poetry Writing Competition. Michal is The Poetry Society of Virginia student contest judge and 2015 book award chair, and since 2013 is The Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award chair and Committee Member. Michal is the author of four poetry collections: Field of Harps (2016) ; Sipping Memories: A Poetic Journal to Morocco (2014-2016); What's Left Behind (2015); In My Bustan (2009). Her fifth collection is a work-in-progress, coming 2017-18.
Copy Editor and Proofreader
Daniel L. Pearlman is a native of Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA. He earned his BA in English from the University of Maryland and MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. He is a twenty-year veteran English teacher/professor, mostly at Norfolk State. Pearlman has also taught at H.B. Woodlawn High School in Arlington, VA, and the Muse Writers Center, and has directed writing workshops for the Poetry Society of Virginia as well as the Virginia Beach Public Library. Under his pen name, Daniel Pravda, his poetry has appeared in over forty journals, including Poetica, American Dissident, Blue Collar Review, Cedar Creek Review, Dead Mule, Hamilton Stone Review, PoetrySuperHighway, Solo Novo, Vine Leaves, and Virginia Literary Journal. His first book of poetry, A Bird in the Hand Is a Dumb Bird, was published in 2011, and he has edited text books for Kendall Hunt Publishing, including Introduction to World Literature, Rites of Passage. Pearlman has served as judge for PSV's annual student contest for years and more recently for Poetica's Rosenberg Prize. Pearlman has performed hundreds of readings, anywhere from universities to dim bars. He also fronts a rock band called The Dunes, which has released four albums, most recently Making Bad Decisions, in 2017. The band has sold in excess of 40,000 songs online and played gigs in New York, Washington, DC, Hatteras, NC, and all over Virginia. Lastly, Pearlman enjoys producing and promoting art-based benefit shows, including two in 2016: Heartsongs, a music benefit for the American Heart Association, and Food From Thought, a poetry benefit for the Foodbank.
Natalie Rose, Typesetting
Natalie Rose earned a Master in Finance from Old Dominion University Business School. She is the President of SUN Credit Financial and a senior accountant at Capital Investments. Rose's passion is animal rights, nature photography, making art using oyster shells, world travel, and family time. We welcome Rose as our new typesetting specialist: converting hard typed manuscript to digital files. Natalie lives in Virginia by the tranquil waters and gorgeous sunsets of the Rappahannock River.