The Poetry Kit MAGAZINE




Edited by Jim Bennett



Gary Blankenship

A retired federal manager who dabbles in poetry and publishing.  He is CEO of Santiam Publishing and published the online journal, MindFire Renewed and its companion, FireWeed, both at  Gary has been widely published on the web and in a variety of paper publications in the States and abroad.  His day is divided between the cat, poetry forums, and chores.  He published a volume of poetry based on Wang Wei's River Wang poems, A River Transformed, available at  He has two chapbooks out of print – Autumn Reflections and The Garbage Collection – and for Poetry Super Highway produced a chapbook based on the words of George Orwell and George W Bush, By George.  Gary moderates at Wild Poetry forum and for Blueline’s Poem a Day forum. His blog is at

Lesley Burt


I have lived in Christchurch, Dorset all my life (except for a few years in Germany when my ex-husband was in the army). I

have qualifications in teaching and social work. My social work career was mainly with adults who have learning disabilities, and then in social work education, initially within statutory social work agencies and finally as a senior lecturer in social work at Southampton Solent University. I retired in January 2009. My poetry has been published in various poetry magazines and online. I am currently editing the latest 'Transparent Words', and planning a local poetry project 2009-10.


Jennifer Compton


Jennifer Compton is a poet and playwright who sometimes writes prose. She lives in Australia.


Bob Cooper


Bob Cooper has won 5 pamphlet competitions in 6 years. His full collection, All We Know Is All We See, is available from Arrowhead Press: He now lives in Birmingham.


Katherine Hauswirth

Katherine Hauswirth has written creative nonfiction for 10 years, and over the last year she has delved into poetry. Her work has been published in  The Writer, Byline, The Writer's Handbook, The Writer's Guide to Fiction, Pregnancy, Snowy Egret, Christian Science Monitor, Women of Spirit, and Pilgrimage. She is the author of the book Things My Mother Told Me: Reflections on Parenthood, and had an essay featured in Get Satisfied: How Twenty People Like You Found the Satisfaction of Enough. Katherine lives with her husband and son in the shoreline area of Connecticut.

Irene Hossack

Irene Hossack's poems have been published in British, Australian and American journals during the last ten years. She is currently working on her first collection 'North of All Borders', which contains a series of Glasgow poems. She took her doctorate at Monash University, Melbourne undertaking a study on the poetry of Geoffrey Hill. She teaches Creative Writing, English Language and Humanities at the Open University. Some of her published poetry and essays can be found at: .

Sally James

I spend the early part of the morning and late evening writing. Mainly poetry at the moment though have written short stories and have attempted other things too. My writing has kept me going since my husband died. I have been writing since a child. I write poetry about love, loss and nature. I
also write poetry for children and poetry in Lancashire dialect.  I have been published in many small press and eline magazines. Some of my poetry has also been read on local radio. I have been guest poet at various venues within the North West and have an MA in Creative writing from Bolton University.


Bryan Murphy


Bryan Murphy was born in Tunbridge Wells, a retirement town in Kent, England. After he landed a degree in social psychology, his wanderlust took him abroad, where he learned to teach English and used that skill to live and work in interesting places in challenging times: Italy, Portugal, Angola, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Bulgaria. His time in war-torn Angola made him finally appreciate places like his home town, where very little happens. He has now hung up his itchy feet and settled in Turin, where he works as a translator, and also writes and acts.

Stuart Nunn


Stuart Nunn is a retired lecturer who divides his time between poetry, athletics and the marking of A Level English exams.

Frank Prem


Frank is a Beechworth (Victoria) based poet and psychiatric nurse.


His writing has appeared in print and online in Australia, the UK and the US, and ranges from poignantly sensitive to humorously hard-edged, often reflecting upon his Croatian heritage, his childhood growing up as a new migrant to Australia, his love of the Beechworth goldfields area, and his extensive experiences working in mental health.


He has self-published two poetry collections in free-verse style, The Book of Evenings (2003) and Memoir of a Dog (2009). A third collection Small Town Kid will be completed in May 2009.


Tammara Or Slilat


Born 1960 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Graduated from Thelma Yelin High School for the Arts in Plastic Art.

Served in the army as a commander in the Nahal.

1984 – BA from Tel Aviv University in English Literature and Philosophy.

1986 – Teaching License in English from Tel Aviv University.

1991 – Published her first book of poems "Children are made of Dream Stuff", edited by Natan Yonatan, Sifriyat Poalim.

1994 – Published her second book of poems "Only Love Can", edited by Itamar Yaoz Kest, Martef 29, near Eked.

2006 – is the graduate of a 2 year program for teaching creative writing by Matan.

2007 – is the graduate of a 2 year program of teaching LD children English.

2008 – Started her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing in Bar Ilan University.

Published poems in various e-zines and literary magazines such as "Kav Natui", "Mashiv Haruach", "Iton 77", "Shdemot", "Glittering Train", "The Potpourri" and more.


She is also an active painter and participated in many group exhibitions.

1996 – Solo exhibition in Ziurim, Kibutz Urim.

1997 – Solo exhibition in Beit Gavriel, Jordan Valley.

2004 – Recieved the Jordan Valley Creativity  Award for her poetry and painting.

2006 – exhibition with 2 other artists in Galleri 24, Gordon st. Tel Aviv.


She lives in moshav Arbel (near Tiberias) and teaches English in Bikat Kinarot High School


David Swan

Currently living and working in Amsterdam I have tried many jobs over the years from RAF Policeman to IT Worker and on the side have enjoyed an avid interest in Buddhism. I have written poetry sporadically over the years but only recently placed more effort into understanding and improving my poetry.

Grant van Wingerden


is a poet from the wheat belt of Western Australia. He has found a cooler clime in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales and commutes to the city where he works as a records manager at one of the major universities. He has two grown children and his other hobbies, besides poetry, include punk rock and comic books. He also enjoys walking.







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