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Steve Allen

Steve Allen, a Londoner living in the new town of Milton Keynes, has a track record of poetry competition successes, averaging two a year for the past five years, and has published many of his poems, in Dreamcatcher , The Interpreter’s House , Other Poetry and elsewhere.  His themes are love with a sensitive touch, travel with a warped humour twist, and a penchant for the risqué.  A top-of-the-bill performance generated this newspaper quote, “he can give an audience a slow orgasm with his witty sexual verbosity!”  In April 2007, he was one of 500 contestants in Milton Keynes’ “MK Factor” competition to find the best of the town’s performing arts, and was unanimously voted by the four judges (including the head of MK Theatre) through its two rounds to be one of the performers awarded a gig as part of the celebrations of Milton Keynes’ 40th birthday.

 

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 www.mindfirerenew.com.  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 http://people.lulu.com/users/index.php?fHomepage=108254.  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 http://garydawg.blogspot.com/
 

Jennifer Compton

 

I am a poet and playwright who also writes prose. I lives in Wingello on the Southern Highlands of NSW in Australia. My most recent book of poetry is Parker & Quink published by Ginninderra Press and my most recent stage play is The Big Picture which premiered at the Griffin Theatre in Sydney and is published by Currency Press.
    From Feb 1 - July 31 2006 I was the Whiting Fellow in Rome. This Fellowship is awarded by the Australia Council to a poet.  In 2005 I was a guest at the International Festival of Poetry in Genova.

 

Bob Cooper

 

Bob Cooper has won 5 pamphlet competitions in 6 years. His full collection, All We Know Is All We See, is avaliable from Arrowhead Press: http://www.arrowheadpress.co.uk/ He lives on Tees-side.

 

Nornam Crabtree

 

Norman Crabtree is 18 years old. Born and raised in West Yorkshire, on the cusp between the vast post-empire industrial wastelands of Bradford and the moorland meccas of the Bronte country. This diverse landscape and environment is the single greatest influence on Norman's writing, combining the sharp beauty of a townscape and the epic danger of nature.

Norman has also been published elsewhere on the internet and has recently just finished his first edition of his poetry, 'Into the Sun'. Purposely designed for free distribution amongst his peers and the internet community.

 

Waiata Dawn Davies

 

Waiata Dawn Davies is a retired teacher who lives in a fishing crib on the banks of the Waitaki River near Oamaru, New Zealand. She has published two books of poetry and several short stories. When she is not writing she travels.

 

Mike Estabrook

 

Marketing Communications Manager for a tiny division of a gigantic company, and man, going into an office every day can be excruciating. I should’ve stayed on Northfield Avenue instead where I belong and learned to fix cars like my Daddy did.  For me poems are living things, works in progress I suppose, hopefully growing and developing. I usually tinker with them over time, trying to improve them, hoping always that they will become better things. I am suspicious of things set in stone, except of course for the pyramids and Notre Dame and the Empire State Building and . ..

 

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.

 

Catherine  Kanaan

 

Catherine Sloane Kanaan is an American who lives between England and France.  She read music  at university in the States and later continued her musical studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has always loved poetry but began to write seriously about five years ago. She has three grown children who live in London.

 

Gary Lehmann

 

Gary Lehmann teaches writing and poetry at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His essays, poetry and short stories are widely published -- about 60 pieces a year. He is the director of the Athenaeum Poetry group which recently published its second chapbook, Poetic Visions.   He is also author of a book of poetry entitled Public Lives and Private Secrets [Foothills Press, 2005], and co-author and editor of a book of poetry entitled The Span I Will Cross.  His poem “Reporting from Fallujah” was nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize.   Visit his website at  www.garylehmann.blogspot.com

 

Les Merton

Words linking him to poetry include: poet, dialectician, reviewer, competition judge, publisher, promoter, performer, festival organiser, poetry editor of Cornish World magazine and editor/founder of Poetry Cornwall/Bardhonyeth Kernow.
    Poetry written by Les Merton has been published in over 100 UK magazines and on numerous web sites. His writing has also been published in many different countries.
    His latest poetry collection is, Inspired by Outlaws. Poetry from this collection with specially composed
music has been recorded and can be heard on the CD, Beat Reality. 

Go to:- http://cdbaby.com/cd/lesmerton  for a free sample.
 

Mark Murphy

 

I was born in 1969 in Holme Valley Memorial Hospital, Holmfirth, England. I studied Philosophy on my degree at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. I studied for a MA in Poetry at Huddersfield University but had to drop out due to alcoholism and ill-health. In 1996 I published a small collection of poems, Tin Cat Alley with a local Yorkshire publisher, Spout Publications. I stopped drinking alcohol in 1999. In 2001 I did a stint in St Lukes Mental Hospital, Huddersfield after admitting myself under conditions of appalling mental distress. In 2005, I finished my manuscript, Our Little Bit Of Immortality, which is a group of poems based on the paintings of David Hockney. I continue to live and write in Huddersfield, now with a sober head.

 

Colin Campbell Robinson

 

Colin Campbell Robinson is a writer and social researcher from Sydney, Australia now resident in Scotland. His poems and short stories have been published in various journals around the world. He has also produced plays and documentary films on social justice issues such as homelessness.

Sumanta Sanyal

 

Sumanta Sanyal is a citizen of India living in Calcutta. He is currently engaged in doing freelance and contract jobs for companies around the world including those in the USA and the UK. He is also somewhat of a poet and writes both for children and adults. He has been fortunate enough to have some of his poetry published in magazines, newspapers and e-zines in countries such as India, Canada, the USA and the UK.

He believes in a symbiotic existence where humans co-exist peaceably among themselves and with other species’ on Earth. He believes that this is the only way of conserving what remains of terrestrial beauty so that it can be passed on intact to future humans, the children and theirs. 

 

Ian C. Smith

 

Ian lives in Australia with his wife & their four sons.  His work has appeared in Best Australian Poetry, The Dalhousie Review, Descant, Magma, The Malahat Review, &, Westerly.  His latest book, Memory Like Hunger, is published by Ginninderra (Canberra)

 

Desmond Swords

 

-is the Poetry Director of the Monster Truck Art Gallery in Dublin and macaronic web artist regularly performing live poetry. He is a 2006 Poetry Ireland Introductions Reading series participant and Cuirt Slam (Galway) finalist, His poetry and prose is published @ www.irishpoetry.blogspot

 

Liam Willkinson


- was born in South Yorkshire in 1981.  His poems have appeared in such publications as
Aesthetica, The Onion Union, AIA Poetry, Bottle Rockets, Presence and Latchkey. He is the
editor/curator of the 3LIGHTS Gallery of Haiku. Liam is also a singer songwriter. He lives in York.

 

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