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A book artist, Pushcart Prize nominee and international haiku award-winning poet, Rick Black is both a poet and publisher. To capture the intermingling of peace and war in everyday life in Israel, he has written and handcrafted Peace and War: A Collection of Haiku from Israel, which draws on his own experiences as a reporter there. After graduating from New York University, he lived in Israel for six years, first studying towards an M.A. in Hebrew literature at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and subsequently working as a journalist in the Jerusalem bureau of The New York Times (1989 - 1991). In addition, he has freelanced for The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. His poetry has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Midstream, U.S. 1 WorksheetsFrogpond, RawNervz, Modern Haiku and others. Currently, he lives and works in Arlington, Virginia, where he runs Turtle Light Press, a small press that specializes in handmade books and fine art prints, poetry and Judaica. In his spare time, he enjoys taking long walks with his wife and gardening with his daughter.  https://www.turtlelightpress.com/ Award-Winning Collection 

Editor of Voices from Leimert Park, Shonda Buchanan is an award-winning poet, fiction and narrative nonfiction writer. Recipient of the Brody Arts Fellowship from the California Community Foundation, the Denise L. Scott and Frank Sullivan Awards, an Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship, a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and several Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grants, Shonda is a Sundance Institute Writing Arts fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voices fellow. In 2010, she won the poem of the year award from Long Story Short Ezine. She has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, Indian Country Today, and The International Review of African American Art Shonda served as judge of the North Carolina Arts Council Poetry Fellowship, the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fiction Contest, the Metrorail Public Art Project Poetry Contest, the 2012 Poetry Society of Virginia Student Poetry Contest, and the Creative Writing Youth Contest for the College Language Association. Shonda received her B.A. and M.A. from Loyola Marymount University in English and her M.F.A. from Antioch University. www.ShondaBuchanan.com 

Jack Callan is an artist, poet and carpenter.  A Buddhist Quaker, his art, poetry and design work reflect an integrity and simplicity of style he has made central to his life. He offers monthly poetry readings at his house and also an annual poetry festival, Little River in Virginia. (Copies shared with family and friends)

D. L. Carlson served from 1968 to 1994 and retired as a Chief Lithographer. He recently retired from the Post Office after working for 18 years as a Sales and Service Associate from 1997 to 2015. Since 1968, Mr. Carlson has been writing poems to girlfriends, his wife of 34 years, his children, and his friends. The Military Affair is his debut poetry collection. (Copies shared with family and friends)


Norman Chansky is a graduate of the Boston’s Prozdor Hebrew High School, 1949. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1958. He is Professor Emeritus at Temple University. He had been appointed Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University 1973-1974. His writings include ESSENCE OF THE PSALMS, Wipf and Stock, 2007. A collection of more than 150 poems in-spired by the Canonical Book of The Psalms.; OLD TESTAMENT LORE, Wipf and Stock, 2011. His poems have appeared in several collections including A Converso Lament in Karen Primack, editor, Under One Canopy, Kulanu 2002 and A tribute to Anton Schmid, set to music by Pete Seeger in Jerry Silverman, The Undying Flame: Ballads and Songs of the Holocaust (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2002), xvi. 3. (Copies shared with family and friends.)

The author released three books published by Poetica. 

Shari Cohen is a critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including children's picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, young adult self-help books, and a short story collection for adults. Shari has also coauthored two books for the Rhyme Time Doodle Series: My Bubbe's Arms and My Dog Is Jewish. In addition to writing books, Shari writes feature and lifestyle stories for magazines. Her work is featured in publications such as Family Circle, Woman's Day and Woman's World. Her story "Patches of Time," about family letters discovered from the Holocaust, was published in Na'amat, and her story "Cantor, Can You Hear Me?" appeared in Shofar. A contributing writer for Whole Life, her article “The Transformational Power of Music” inspired her to begin working on a new book about how music soothes the soul and can bring us back to a place of health and harmony. Shari is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and the American Medical Writers Association.


Leigh Cuen is a writer from California who believes love can be divine. Her creative works have been featured online by the Poetry Foundation, the International Museum of Women, Circa: Journal of Historical Fiction, and Dagda Publishing, plus published in print by the Journal of War, Literature & the ArtsVoices of Israel Anthology 2014, World Literature TodayThe Jerusalem Post, and History Today. (Copies shared with family and friends)


You can follow Leigh on Twitter at @La__Cuen. 

Jane Allen Edwards resides in a beautiful Victorian in the Ghent section of Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to writing two pamphlets on self-awareness called Finding My Way and A Way Of Life, she has put together an autobiography called A Life Meant To Be Free, and has completed a book of poems titled A Potpourri of Poetry. She adds to this collection two new books of poetry--each book centering around a specific subject: A Personality- - - -Unleashed, about her experiences in self-growth, and A Love Like No Other, about her reflections on a spiritual journey. (Copies shared with family and friends)

The author released four poetry collection published by Poetica. 

Hank Fisher earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado where he specialized in collective behavior and inter-group relations. He credits the cultivation of his obsession with wordplay to a class in Greek mythology taught by the world renown, Hazel Barnes; a poetry class taught by the acclaimed poet, Reginald Saner; becoming immersed for a solid year in writing fiction under the tutelage of noted author, Jose Antonio Villarreal; and having the great fortune to study writing in high school from Harry Grill and Mary Freiberger, both of whom he credits for teaching him how to transform a complete thought into something more. The author released two collections by Poetica. 

Dede Fox’s poetry appears in Poetica, di-verse-city, Texas Poetry Calendar, The Enigmatist, Swirl, Poetry at Round Top, and Sol. Her poem "Chapultepec Park" won the 2008 Christina Sergeyevna Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival and she has twice been a juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest. Her children’s writing credits include The Treasure in the Tiny Blue Tin, which received the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award and was later listed in Linda Silver's Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens. Highlights Magazine has published several of Dede's nonfiction articles. Washington University alumna and school and synagogue librarian, Dede has also taught with Houston’s Writers in the Schools.


Jane Ellen Glasser has been an advocate for poetry much of her life. She served as poetry critic for The Virginian-Pilot, poetry editor for The Ghent Quarterly and Lady Jane's Miscellany, and co-founded The New Virginia Review, Inc. As a Poet-in-the-Schools and visiting poet, she conducted readings and workshops nationally before assuming a sixteen-year position as English and creative writing teacher for the Norfolk Public Schools. Her award-winning work has appeared in several anthologies as well as such journals as The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Georgia Review. A first collection, Naming the Darkness, was followed by Light Persists, which won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry 2005. On the Corner of Yesterday appeared from Pudding House Publications in 2010. Award-Winning Collection. www.JaneEllenGlasser.com 

Brenda Gottlieb is an arts advocate with a keen interest in travel photography where she expresses her enthusiasm for various world cultures. Her photographs are featured at Kim Son restaurant in The Woodlands and in private collections in the Houston area. Brenda is a board member of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, where she implemented BAM! Because Art Matters!--a community and educational outreach committee charged with bringing meaningful art programs to residents of Montgomery County. She was also past director of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, an annual juried fine arts festival in The Woodlands, Texas. In 2011 Brenda was the recipient of the Interfaith “Five Who Share” service for excellence award for her contribution to the fine arts.


Ray Greenblatt has been a poet for forty years and an English teacher longer than that. He was an editor of General Eclectic, a board member of the Philadelphia Writers Conference, and is presently on the staff of the Schuylkill Valley Journal. He has won the Full Moon Poetry Contest, the Mad Poets Annual Contest, and twice won the Anthony Byrne Annual Contest for Irish Poetry sponsored by The Irish Edition. His poetry has been translated into Gaelic, Polish, Greek and Japanese. (Copies shared with family and friends)
"Ed Galing is a poet and writer who remains alarmingly prolific well into his 90's. Like Charles Reznikoff, Alfred Kazin, and Henry Roth he writes about the streets of New York, what it is to be a Jew and a man, and he does it without affectation. His poetry is stripped down to its essence, and it speaks loudly of the Greatest Generation that graced our country and inevitably left us. Read Galing for his history, his artistry, his humanity." Doug Holder, Ibbetson Street Press. (Z"l) (Copies shared with family and friends)

Rochelle Graves has a B.S. in English from Old Dominion University, and is close to completing her Master of Library Science at North Carolina Central University. She fosters her passion for writing at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk. She lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband and two children. (Copies shared with family and friends)


Duane L. Herrmann  A reluctant carbon-based life-form, Herrmann was surprised to find himself in 1951 on a farm in Kansas.  How did that happen???  He’s still trying to make sense of it, but has grown fond of grass waving in the wind, trees and the enchantment of moonlight.  He aspires to be a hermit, but would miss his children, grandchildren and a few friends.  His work has been published in many physical places and online, even some of both in languages he can’t read (English is difficult enough!).  He is known to carry baby kittens in his mouth, pet snakes, and converse with owls, but is careful not to anger them!  All this, despite a traumatic, abusive childhood (first suicidal at age two) embellished with dyslexia, ADHD (both unknown at the time), cyclothymia, and, now, PTSD.

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Smoove Babii, whose real name is Alphonso Kenny, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He began writing poetry in 2010 once his beloved Grandmother Annie Johnson passed away. Although at first, it was a way to encounter his anger, throughout the years he started to fall in love with poetry. He likes to refer to his verse as Ghetto Gospel which stems from his personal experiences growing up on 183rd Walton Avenue in the Bronx. His raw, heartfelt and unique approach has allowed him to grow as a performer. This has allowed him to bring his “battle rap” style of art to venues such as Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Silvana, Where Ya Barz At and B.L.O.C Ent. Smoove has also made guest appearances at The Langston Hughes House which he calls home. He has performed and hosted open mics. Smoove would like his audience to know his poetry is for readers to never feel alone. He wants his stories and performances to connect and bring light to mishaps in life. So, readers feel free to yell through him as we decipher his Ghetto Gospel.


Frank Kozusko was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Utica, NY. He earned a BS in Physics at Utica College and was a PhD candidate in Physics at the University of California. Following an interview with the legendary Admiral Rickover, he earned a commission in the United States Navy and was assigned to submarine duty. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1992, he completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at Old Dominion University. He has been at Hampton University since 1995 and is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. Frank has become interested in poetry only in recent years, discovering the vibrant poetry culture in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He is a frequent contributor to open mic poetry and standup comedy. His poems have been published in Skipping Stones Anthology. He still enjoys (not so) long distance running and bicycling, but has retired from marathoning after completing twenty-five marathons, including qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon He has three children, and eight grandsons: The Great EightHis first collection of poetry, The Man in the Moon has No Testicles was published in 2010.

The author released two books published by Poetica.

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 has taught classes at pre-school to college level. He offers personal editing services in grammar, style, format, and content. (Copies shared with family and friends)

Kathryn Lane began writing fiction in 2009 after leaving an international finance position with Johnson & Johnson. Her short stories have been published in Swirl and The Texas A&M Border Fiction Anthology. In 2011, Kathryn began experimenting with poetry. She has performed poetry in both English and Spanish. Her poems have appeared in Homeless Diamonds, a London-based poetry journal, Primitive Archer, Swirl and The Poetry at Round Top Anthology. The Friendswood Public Library featured her Rothko poems when they showcased the Rothko Chapel and the art of Mark Rothko. Kathryn served as editor for an anthology of poems, Spirit Rocks, and was also a contributing poet. A native Spanish speaker, she writes and performs poetry in both English and Spanish. Kathryn is a board member of the Montgomery Literary Arts Council.


Paul Luken grew up on tenant farms in Indiana where he acquired a love of nature. His military experiences near the ocean and mountains in California and Japan served to enrich that liking. He graduated from Ball State University with honors in poetry and a member of the Earth Science Honorary Fraternity. He worked in education for thirty years. Living in rural areas for most of those years aided in a penchant for writing pastoral poetry. Early on, forty some poems were published in small magazines and periodicals, but with Paul’s varied interests and eclectic writing style, there was less of a desire to submit poems for publication. Upon retirement, Paul and his wife moved to Big Bear Lake, CA. Its unique sense of place, alpine lake and mountains, inspired him to write again. A few years later, they moved from Big Bear to Yucaipa, CA. Each day, Paul looks with reverence to the San Bernardino Mountains. (Copies shared with family and friends)

Kathleen Caster Mace was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She received her BA in English and Journalism from Bellarmine University. She studied Contemporary British Literature at Oxford University on a scholarship from the English-Speaking Union. After receiving her MA in Journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington, she worked in Manhattan as a writer/editor at various magazines, later working as a freelance writer based in Seattle. She now lives in Niwot, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. (Copies shared with family and friends)


Julie Bloch Mendelsohn lives in Israel and Vermont with her husband and children. Raised in the Midwest, she studied political science at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor where she was awarded the William Jennings Bryant Prize in Political Science. She has a JD from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She studied French, Chinese and Hebrew for several years, and some Russian and German. In addition to writing poetry, she works as lawyer for holocaust survivors, and on pancreatic cancer research. Julie’s work has been published in Poetica Magazine, The Mountain Troubadour, Lilipoh Magazine, the Voices Israel Anthology, The Road Not Taken: The Journal of  Formal Poetry, and Cyclamens and Swords. She has also written letters from Russia for the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, and essays for the website Chabad.org as well as a number of scholarly articles in the fields of law and epidemiology. (Copies shared with family and friends).


Milton Montague lives in new York City where he first fell in love with poetry at eighty-six years old while attending Hunter College. Now at ninety plus, fifty-one of his poems have been published in less than three years. The Library of My Life is his debut poetry collection. (Copies shared with family and friends)


Sharon Lask Munson grew up in Detroit, Michigan—attended Michigan State University and Wayne State University. She taught in England, Germany, Okinawa, and Puerto Rico before driving to Anchorage, Alaska where she lived and taught for the next twenty years. She is the author of the chapbook, Stillness Settles Down the Lane (Uttered Chaos Press, 2010) and a full-length book of poems, That Certain Blue (Blue Light Press, 2011). She lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon. (Copies shared with family and friends)



Jacob Plante was born and raised in Midland Michigan and graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High School. He then moved to the Detroit area to start a career in Standup Comedy. He later got involved with improv, he studied at The Second City, and was an ensemble member of the troupe Big Fun Limo at the Wunderground Theatre, which is now a Coney Island. Wanting to improve his improv abilities he enrolled at University of Detroit Mercy and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and has been acting ever since. He performs on stage in the Detroit area and in films and commercials and appeared in a Collabfeature series that had a one season run on Amazon Prime entitled A Billion to One. While at UDM he took a creative writing course and discovered the wonderful expressive craft of poetry and the joy of writing fiction. He also holds a Master of Science in Marketing from Yeshiva University. Jacob is earning a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Concordia University - Saint Paul; after that onward and upwards as he hopes to be able to obtain his Ph.D in English. jplante81@gmail.com 

Daniel Pravda knew his ABC's when he was one because they were carved into his crib. He grew up in Virginia Beach, watching the waves of the Atlantic repeatedly reject his first attempts at publishing. Uncoincidentally, his favorite cereal is Alpha Bits, without milk. When he got a teaching job at Norfolk State, his mother bought him one of those dress shirts covered in courier typeface. In eighteen years of teaching, he has never worn it. He hates neck ties and mayonnaise. Mr. Pravda boasts a collection of six typewriters but uses only one, a 1962 Smith-Corona. He sleeps with a cat named Creamsicle. 

David Taber was born in New York City. He grew up in poverty and upon graduating high school, worked to help support his family. When the country entered World War II, he enlisted and became a decorated radio operator-gunner in a B-17 heavy bomber. After being discharged, he received a B.A. in chemistry from New York University and a Ph.D. in the subject from what was then the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, now part of NYU. During his research career he published over fifty patents, technical papers, monograph chapters, and technical letters. With his first wife, he fathered three sons the oldest of whom, Alan, died in his 41st year. His other sons, Michael and Jesse, live near David. After divorcing his first wife, the author married Kitty, who remains his best friend. A lifelong love of books led David Taber to write poetry, about which he became serious after retiring. In his 90s, he continues to read and write poetry and enjoys his family and friends while researching matters of interest to him such as the Holocaust, mysticism, civility, and topics in religion. He lives in Chicago in an independent community of active, mostly elderly, residents. (Z"l) Author released two poetry collections published by Poetica.

Alan Toltzis writes poetry and consults on strategic marketing and business issues for healthcare companies. A graduate of Temple University, his poetry is published in online and print journals including Focus Midwest, Poetica, and The Provo Canyon Review. The Last Commandment is his debut book of poems.

Author released two poetry collections published by Poetica. 

M. Eugene Wiggins earned his bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) at Hampton University, and his Master of Science Degree at, the University of Michigan. He was head of the Speech Therapy Program in the Flint, Michigan Public School District before becoming director of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) speech and hearing clinic. Mr. Wiggins is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received special recognition from ASHA for his outstanding contributions in the area of Multicultural Affairs; he is also a recipient of UDC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a co-founder of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) and served as its Executive Director from 1988 to 2002. Mr. Wiggins was a competitive grant application reviewer with The Health Careers Opportunity Program housed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was awarded numerous grants from federal agencies and private foundations to provide financial support to students who were enrolled in the SLP undergraduate and graduate programs at UDC. He retired from UDC in 2008. In 2013, the NBASLH’s Leadership Award was created in his honor. (Book republished by a national publishing house)
Debra Winegarten Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Debra's poetry career began in third grade when her piece, "God is Everywhere" was published in the Temple Emanu-El newsletter. This third-generation Texan pursued degrees in sociology, first at Texas Woman's University, and The Ohio State University, where she specialized in ethnomethodology. Her first published sociological piece was a biography of the Jewish philosopher, Hannah Arendt. After returning to Texas, she co-authored with her mother, Ruthe Winegarten, the biography of Dr. Leona "Tiny" Hawkins, one of the first African-Americans in Texas to own her own nursing home. Debra's writing career took off with her second book, "Katherine Stinson: the Flying Schoolgirl," a story of the fourth woman in the US to earn her pilot's license in 1912. This book was a finalist in Forward Magazine's young adult fiction category for Book of the Year Award. "There's Jews in Texas?" is Debra's first poetry chapbook. Award-Winning Collection. 

Bob Young was born in 1931 and grew up in New York and Philadelphia. He served in the army 1953–55 and has been in Virginia since 1970. He has a doctorate from University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. He has taught at Bryn Mawr, Penn, VCU, Norfolk State, and ODU. From 1973 to 1991 he was Associate Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, where he was a psychotherapist, an administrator, and a teacher. He and his wife, Marguerite, enjoy visits with their five children and two grandchildren. He does volunteer community work in conflict resolution and war resistance, writes poetry and political commentary, and enjoys basketball, body surfing, theater, genealogy, meditation, and layered conversation. (Z"L) (Book shared with family and friends)