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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.
More information: 
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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 a 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. The author is from Israel. SOLD OUT

Editor of Voices from Leimert Park, Shonda Buchanan is an award-winning poet, and 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 | About the Collection

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 at The Chrysler Museum of Art. Jack is the founder of Little River Poetry Festival located in Floyd, Virginia. 

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) Contact the author: don.carlson@usa.net


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 four books published by Poetica. 

Brittany Coffman is a poet and fiction writer based in New York. She’s a proud queer woman, born in the Midwest but raised in between the pages of books. Her work No I received the Pratt Institute’s BFA Thesis Prize in 2022, and she has poetry in journals such as Anti-Heroin Chic, Reliquiae, and The Last Leaves.  You can follow her on Instagram at poet_escapist / Debut collection

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Elaine Cohen grew up in the small town of Gloversville, NY, and lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Brooklyn, and northern California before finding a home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 2003. Her early poems received recognition from Hollins College and the Academy of American Poets at the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A in Anthropology. As a jazz journalist for several decades, she co-authored Unfinished Dream: The Musical World of Red Callender (Quartet Books, London) and numerous profiles and concert reviews for magazines and the New York State Council on the Arts. Recent writing awards include a fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Regional Winner of the 2020 Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, and an Editor's Choice in the 2022 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards of Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. Cohen is also a visual artist.

For more information visit www.ElaineCohenGallery.com.           About the collection

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.
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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

Lois Parker Edstrom, a retired nurse, began writing poetry ten years ago. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, Floating Bridge Review, Rock & Sling, Connecticut River Review, Adanna, and Mobius. Her chapbook, What Brings Us To Water won the Poetica Publishing Chapbook Award, in 2010 and a second collection, What's To Be Done With Beauty, was published by Creative Justice Press, in 2012.

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 collections published by Poetica

and planning to release a fifth collection, forthcoming March 2023

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 published two
 collections with Poetica.   www.hankfisher.com

At 16, Yael Flusberg’s high school English teacher Frank McCourt suggested she had the makings of a memoir within. She thought him daft but appreciated how he let her sit on the wide window ledge rather than be confined to an ancient wooden desk; she never cut his class. A decade later, Yael found poetry, which helped her exteriorize the legacy of being the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Now in her 50s, she feels ready to heed elders’ advice. Yael teaches yoga and writing and has brought her classes and workshops to a wide variety of audiences including synagogues, hospitals, universities, libraries, adult education centers, and yoga studios. Her 19-poem collection, The Last of My Village, won Poetica Magazine’s 2010 Chapbook Contest; other work has appeared in Beltway Poetry Journal, Deep Beauty, Lilith, The Poetry of Yoga, and on NPR’s Latino USA.  More info at www.yaelflusberg.com Award-winning collection

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. Contact the author: www.dedefox.com


"Ed Galing Z"L 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. (Copies shared with family and friends)

Jane Ellen Glasser has been an advocate for poetry for much of her life. She served as the 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 an 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. The 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 Shares” service for excellence award for her contribution to the fine arts. Contact the author: www.kathryn-lane.com


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)

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. Visit his Author's Page on Amazon

Richard Ilnicki graduated from Youngstown State University in 1968 and went to work for Chrysler Corporation in Detroit. It was here in 1968 while a graduate student at Wayne State University that he began to write, and where he won a prize for his first short story, "I Never Met A Rat I Didn't Like." His primary love has been poetry, especially Russian Poetry, and, in particular, Vladimir Mayakovsky. He has composed three books of poetry about his current wife, Mary Frances Joyce Ilnicki. Mary is an exceptional artist and has done some wonderful sculpting and glass fusing projects. Richard has self-published two novels and a book of short stories. One of his books of poetry, "The Hatchet Man" is in the library of Yad Vashem located in Jerusalem, Israel. The poems deal almost exclusively about the horrors of The Holocaust. Purchase information: www.richardilnicki.com

After retiring in 2009, one inspiring writing workshop launched Joanne Jagoda of Oakland, California on an unexpected writing trajectory. Her short stories, poetry and creative nonfiction appear on-line and in numerous print anthologies including The Awakenings Review, Dreamers Magazine, Passager, A Poet’s Siddur, Better After 50, Sunbeams, Heat the Grease We’re Frying up Some Poetry, Project Healthy Love (Riza Press) and Still You, Poems of Illness and Healing. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination and has won a number of contests. .Joanne’s first book of poetry My Runaway Hourglass, Seventy Poems Celebrating Seventy Years, was, conceived while she was home sheltering-in-place. Joanne continues taking Bay Area writing workshops now on Zoom, enjoys walking in the redwoods near her home and spoiling her seven grandchildren whenever she can. About the collection: mypoetry.gift/purchase-my-book/ 

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. About the Collection 

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 Chihuahua. He has both Bachelors's and Masters's Degrees from Old Dominion University, in addition to his thirty-nine years of professional teaching. He has taught classes at preschool to college level. He offers personal editing services in grammar, style, format, and content. About the Collection 

Yala Helen Korwin, Z"L was born on February 7, 1933 in Lvov, Poland and died May 30, 2014 in New York City. She was a poet, artist, author and teacher. She created over 400 paintings and sculptures, some of which can be viewed in museums such as the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. A survivor of the Holocaust, after WWII she settled in Paris where she married Paul Korwin, with whom she had two children, Danielle and Robert. The Korwins moved to Queens in 1956, where Yala earned a Master's degree Summa Cum Laude at Queens College. She went on to author six books. Her Holocaust poetry has been published in Haggadah for Passover, in textbooks, and set to classical music. Donations in her name can be made to the Holocaust Museum, Washington D.C.

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 has released two books with Poetica. (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.


Michael H. Levin is a lawyer, solar energy developer and writer based in Washington DC.  His work has appeared on stage and in numerous periodicals and anthologies, and has received poetry and feature journalism awardsWatered Colors (Poetica, 2014), his debut poetry collection, was followed by Man Overboard (2018) and Falcons (2020).  Levin is co-author of A Border Town in Poland:  The 20th Century Memoir of Hirsch Bieler (Penn Convoy Press, June 2021) and Two Pianos: Playing for Life, a ‘concert documentary’ about young Jewish mothers concertizing under and after the Third Reich that premiered in Philadelphia June 2018 and Leipzig Germany June 2019www.michaellevinpoetry.com; www.twopianosplayingforlife.org

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)


Michal Mahgerefteh is a poet and artist from Israel, living in Virginia since 1986. She is the author of four poetry collections and the managing editor of Poetica Publishing, The Anna Davidson Rosenberg Annual Poetry Award, Poetica Magazine, and Mizmor Poetry Anthology. Since 2010, she has been an active member of the Poetry Society of Virginia, served as book award chair, student award co-chair and judge, and webmaster. Michal is an active member of national and international writing groups, monthly sharing works in progress, and participating in discussions about the writing process. To read sample poems and view art by Michal, please visit www.Mitak-Art.com    Two new collections forthcoming 2022


Mary Braford Martin is a published poet, author, and an English adjunct teaching writing at the Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College. She also sponsors the campus poetry club, Rhythm and Rhyme. Gifted with a fertile imagination, Mary was always fascinated by the power of connotations, double entendres, innuendos, puns, and other forms of word play. As a budding young poet, she began to "see" life in ways that others couldn't. Unaware of what was happening, this was the beginning of Mary's "eye" for taking the ordinary and making it appear extraordinary. When she turned sixteen, Mary recalls vividly that "I saw the world differently from anyone else. I never knew why---just that I did. I also could never understand why sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night with an unexplainable compulsion to write and that if I didn't, I couldn't get back to sleep." I would later understand that this was my Muse speaking to me if only I would listen. TAPESTRY is Mary's first volume of poetry. If the book proves to be successful, Mary has plenty of other poems waiting for their debut. Contact Mary Braford Martin mmartinml@cox.net (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) 
Contact the author:  memontagues@gmail.com



Beth SKMorris is the author of two poetry books: In Florida (2010) and Nowhere to be Found (2014). Her work has appeared in Artemis, Avocet, Broadkill Review, Crosswinds, High Shelf, Pank, Passager, and Poetica among others. Her poems have also been included in anthologies by Hurricane Press, The International Library of Poetry, Whispering Angels, the North Sea Poetry Scene Press commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and White Oak Press. The author is a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and Poets House in New York. Beth holds Master's Degrees in Speech Science, English Language, and Literature, and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the Graduate School and Center of the City University of New York. She retired from a career as a college professor and corporate consultant through her company, Unispeech to concentrate on her writing. After a ten-year hiatus in Florida, Beth recently returned to New York City and revisited her volunteer work at the WTC Ground Zero Relief Project for the first time since 9/11. In the Aftermath is her “coming to terms” with this life-changing experience. About the Collection 2021 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

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 the 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 Collab feature 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.  www.jacobplante.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. SOLD OUT

Mordecai Rosenfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He attended the local public schools (P.S. 152; Midwood High School), and is a graduate of Brown (A.B. 1951) and Yale Law School (LL.B. 1954). He spent almost his entire legal career as a solo practitioner in New York, representing small investors who challenged corporate and financial greed; he won some and lost some. For some twenty-two years he wrote a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, and those essays have been collected and published in three books: The Lament of the Single Practitioner (Univ. Georgia Pres, 1988), A Backhanded View of the Law—Irreverent Essays on Justice (Ox Bow Press, 1992), and Mozart As Lawbreaker (self-published, 2017). He has self-published two other collections of essays: Brooklyn LocalEssays on Growing Up Jewish in the 1930s and ‘40s (2014); and Cases I Lost and Other Injustices (2015).  Author has released four collections with Poetica. 


Siobhan Sean Rosenthal is an international and nationally award-winning disabled writer, musician, filmmaker, and artist. They are of Irish, English, Jewish, and African heritage. They reside in New Zealand, where their work has been shown in the New Zealand Parliament and National Te Papa Museum. Publications include A Chill Wind Dawning (funded by Creative New Zealand) and Blocked (runner-up, New Zealand Adams Prize). They have taught major creative writing programs in the UK and New Zealand, most recently at Auckland University of Technology, where they have been a regular external examiner. Their young adult novel Dawn Raid will be published by Lasavia Press this year.

Adina Sara was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and moved to the Bay Area to attend the University of California, Berkeley, during the political upheaval of the 1960’s. She graduated with a B.A. in English Literature, and promptly married and had two sons. Besides her love of writing and gardening, Adina has been a lifelong musician, expressing herself through the singing of folk, country, classical, jazz and contemporary music. Her decades of broken marriages and personal struggles resulted in three collections of songs; Feel A Change (all recordings burned in a fire), Love Song to Myself, and Just For The Song. Since retiring from her singer/songwriter days, she has performed in classical, world music and pop choruses and currently performs with an a cappella trio. Her love of singing grows stronger with age. Adina resides in Oakland, California with her husband, and makes frequent visits to her native Los Angeles to enjoy the company of her two sons and daughters-in-law, three granddaughters and grandson, who fill her with pride,  joy and immense gratitude.  www.AdinaSara.com  About the Collection

Neil Spirtas’ poetry can be found in the Roam, Poetica: Contemporary Jewish Writing, Free Expressions, The Soul’s Bright Home, The Eclectic Muse: A Poetry Journal and the Current magazines/anthologies, The Huffington Post’s - To Publish or Not to Be Published? Today’s Climate for Poet’s Works, and upcoming Decameron Days by the Hampton Roads Artistic Collective. Reader and contributor in The Struggle for Liberty Anthology Collection by Moonstone Press. His debut chapbook (in 2020) was When Men Cry: Life’s Later Voyages and Florida’s Forgotten Crackers (2021) was nominated for the 2022 North American Book Award. Spirtas was a recipient of the SUNSPRA (a state of Fl. school association) Margie Davidson Leading Light Award while at the Manatee Chamber. He received a master's degree in Community Development from the University of Missouri. At first a pre-journalism student, he only later in life homed in on his latent talents as a writer. He worked as an executive for three universities and the state of Florida in the field of Community/Economic Development and as a career coach. After three decades as a VP, Spirtas retired from the award-winning Manatee Chamber of Commerce in

Bradenton, Florida. About the collection

David Taber (Z"L) 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.  The author released two poetry collections published by Poetica.

Max Ticktin,ז"ל, 1922-2016 received BA from the University of Pennsylvania; a Rabbinic Ordination/MA/Honorary Doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Max was Hillel's director at the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Chicago, and assistant national director in Washington, DC. In his 2nd over thirty-year career, Max taught Hebrew literature and humanities at George Washington University. Translations by Max D. Ticktin / Introduction by Deborah McCants and Ruth Ticktin, Editors.

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Keith Tornheim is a biochemistry professor at Boston University School of Medicine. He was a co-winner of a Great Lakes College Association poetry contest in 1967 and is now a relapsed poet, with poems appearing in Poetica, Ibbetson Street, Boston Literary Magazine, Muddy River Poetry Review and Lyrical Somerville (The Somerville News/Times). His poems have been a part of High Holiday and other services of his congregation (see www.shirhadash-ma.org/poetry.html). In recent years, conversations with dancer/choreographer Wendy Jehlen on her developing Lilith composition led to the writing of a poem cycle on the story of Lilith, the first consort of Adam, to be published shortly. This instigated another poem cycle, Spoiled Fruit: Adam and Eve in Eden and Beyond, published by Poetica Publishing. A second book has recently appeared, Fireflies: Poems of Love and Family (Big Table Publishing). He lives in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, with his wife, Susan, a fiber artist and his primary critic and copy editor. (copies shared with family and friends) Contact the author:  tornheim@bu.edu         Read about the new collection: The Sacrifice of Isaac 


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. Purchase information: www.AlanTolzis.com

Author published two collections with Poetica.

Danielle Vannall - "It is my upmost goal in life to accomplish all that Jesus Christ my Savior died for me to enjoy. This includes my gifts in writing, spoken word, peer counseling, and array for activities within my church family New Life. Danielle is a peer counselor, qualified mental health professional (QMHP): facilitates psychoeducational groups at the crisis stabilization unit; peer bridging for exiting inpatient clients within the crisis unit; act as a liaison between the staff and clients; facilitates and completes advanced directives for all willing clients." "This is my first book of inspirational poetry that expresses my love for Christ and others." Contact me the author: daniellevannall@gmail.com

Margot Webb, born in Halle, Germany had eight years of a carefree childhood, before everything changed with the coming of the Third Reich. She lived as an only child in a large and loving family but sensed everyone's fears and worries. When she found her math teacher shot to death, lying in the street, she began to understand her happy days were over. She experienced Krystallnacht, saw her Grandfather and Uncle arrested in the middle of the night, watched as they packed a suitcase for Buchenwald’s concentration camp, and was told she could no longer attend school because she is a Jew. Later, she experienced insults and stones thrown at her if she ran an errand, but also learned that her best friend was loyal to her in secret. That loyalty gave her a great deal of hope during her life. Margot underwent surgery without anesthetic performed by a Nazi doctor, and again the positive love of her family kept her balance intact. The heavy undercurrents of her poetry stem from the fact her grandparents gave their permission to leave Germany for California, to her, as well as to her parents. Although she was only ten years old, she wanted to make sure they would be safe, first. As a child, of course, she didn’t have the power to do this. It left her with an all-pervading sadness, such as the death of her husband, her mother, and father, and a friend. This is being shared with the reader. However, amidst all this is a bubble of life, which brought great happiness. The birth of her sons, the adoption of her daughter, many years teaching young people, and working with integration in the Los Angeles school system. All this helped me toward full life. Margot lives in Valencia, California, and is now 87 years old, but continues to write, lecture, attend concerts and practice Judaism. Webb is currently writing a book about life in India sixty years ago. SOLD OUT 

A native Chicagoan, Shoshanah Weiss graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Jewish Studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana—Champaign. During her junior year of college, she studied at the Rothberg school for overseas students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In a quest for learning from the original Torah sources, Shoshanah furthered her Jewish education at Michelelet Bruria and Midreshet Lindenbaum. Leaving the confines of Jerusalem, Shoshanah moved to the town of Migdal Haemek in Northern, Israel’s lower Galil region under the leadership of Rabbi Nachman Bulman z’tl. On her return to Chicago Shoshanah continued her studies of Torah at the Hebrew Theological College’s— Anne Blitstein Institute. While raising her children Shoshanah began to find her creative voice by composing poetry. Her love of the Jewish tradition and the landscapes of the land of Israel were crafted into a poetry manuscript of depth and dimension. Shoshanah is a watercolor artist, writer, poet, and Jewish educator giving presentations to women on a variety of topics.  About the Collection 

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). Contact:  rcjones@tcc.edu

Lindsay Soberano-Wilson is a poet, teacher, and freelance writer who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband and three sons. Her poems and articles have appeared in journals, anthologies, and magazines, such as Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Canadian Woman Studies Journal, Running with Scissors, Travel Thru History, Scary Mommy, Canadian Jewish News, and Poetica Magazine. Follow her on Medium, Twitter or Instagram @Poetry Matters to explore motherhood, relationships, mental health, travel, education and sex positivity. She holds a MA (English Literature) and a BEd from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Creative Writing and English Literature) from Concordia University.  Read about the Collection
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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.  
Award-Winning Collection. www.winegarten.com 

Bob Young (Z"L) 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.  

Ellina Zipman is internationally published poet. Ellina was born in Tashkent where she used to freelance for newspapers and magazines. Ellina’s poetry has been included in anthologies 28 People Write, Memory Weaving, Migrant Women Writers and performed on 3CR Spoken Word radio. A selection of Ellina’s poems featured in the 2015 Rosh Hashana edition of the Jewish Holocaust Centre News. Ellina’s poetry also appeared several times in the Australian Jewish News and featured in the Australian Jewish Museum online magazine. Ellina’s accomplishments include published research “The Musical Portrait in Western Music”, The Australian Book Council literary grant, translation of Australian author’s Steve Carrol’s book “Remember me, Jimmy James” into Russian, participation in bilingual writers performance project “Portability” at the opening of Melbourne Immigration Museum and winning the prize for her short story “Airports”. Currently Ellina is completing a PhD in education, dedicated to positive ageing at Monash University in Melbourne. About the collection