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Poetica Publishing Editors

Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh: Publisher and Book Design

Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh 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 judge.

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.

Michal is a mixed-media collage and digital artist.  In 2014-2016, her art has been included in many group shows, including The Anne Frank Museum (sponsored by The Jewish Art Salon in New York) and TIME juried exhibition sponsored by the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Michal's iPad digital paintings were published in print and electronically by many magazines, including The Cactus Heart, Tiferet, Twisted Vine Art  (Western New Mexico University), Petricho, Mud Season, Artists Portfolio, Fiction Fix 15, ArtSpan BLOG, Pixles.com, Gravel, and Door A Jar. 

You are invited to read poems and review art by Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh:


Nancy Powell, Proofreader

Nancy Powell's work has appeared in Kalliope, Black Water Review, BlueLine, Virginia Adversaria, The Beacon, Skipping Stonesand Sweet Bay Review and has poems in the forthcoming anthology, The Light In Ordinary Things. Her first poetry collection, How Far Is Ordinary, was published by MindWorm Press in March 2007 and is available from Mindworm Press and www.amazon.com. She is the past president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, currently serves as one of their Executive Directors and is the Chair of the 2011-2012 PSV Student Poetry Contest. Ms. Powell is a member of The National Association of American Pen Women, and was on the advisory council for The Christopher Newport University Writers? Conference for ten years. She hosted a poetry program for Barnes & Noble in Newport News for three years, bringing poets into the area to read and share their work. Ms Powell was the poetry editor for Virginia Adversaria for three years, and is currently an assistant editor for Skipping Stones, a yearly poetry anthology for the Tidewater area in Virginia. More information: www.nancypowell.us


David King, Proofreader

David King is a retired educator who has taught in public schools and colleges in numerous levels and disciplines. He has over twenty years of experience in teaching college-level English, literature, and composition as well as implementing a program in which advanced high school students enroll in freshman composition for both high school and college credit. He is active as the web editor for the Poetry Society of Virginia and a board member and Facebook editor of Friends of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. Mr. King has published a book of poetry titled,
This Side of Forever. His interests include studies in the Civil War, the architecture of Virginia’s Colonial Churches, Victorian Era cemeteries, bicycling, hiking, and amateur photography. He resides in a restored bungalow in Colonial Place, Norfolk, Virginia, along with his beloved wife and four rescue dogs ranging from a Scottish Terrier to Chihuahuas. He has both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Old Dominion University, in addition to his thirty-nine years of professional teaching. He offers personal editing services in grammar, style, format, and content.

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.