Happy World Poetry Day to Janet, Francine, Jessica & Eileen!

Janet McCann Journals publishing Janet’s poetry include Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou’wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia, etc. A 1989 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship winner, she has taught at Texas A & M University since 1969. She has co-edited two anthologies, Odd Angles of Heaven (1994) and Place of Passage (2000), and has co-authored two textbooks and written a book on Wallace Stevens: The Celestial Possible: Wallace Stevens Revisited (1996). Janet has also published essays on Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, and Emily Dickinson. Her most recent poetry collection is Emily’s Dress (2004).

Francine van den Berg, although nearing forty, feels as if life—with so much to learn, see and create in this world—is about to begin! She is a priestess of the Goddess of Avalon and much of her poetry is inspired by nature and/or by the goddess. Her frequent solo travels around the globe give her the opportunity to observe and find inspiration. Francine has always been intrigued by the human capacity to form and speak a language. Music and languages are her passion and she loves to unravel the relationship between them. A good poem carries music between its words. Francine sees her poems as children—announcing themselves as and when they wish—and feels that she is merely the instrument of unwritten verse wanting to be born. Francine is always delighted to share her poetry with anyone with an open heart.

Jessica Wright is a freelance editor, translator, and poet. Her work has been published with Prole, Neon Magazine, Lines + Stars, and The Prose-­Poem Project. Most recently she was a runner-up in the Third Annual James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Competition run by Red Squirrel Press.

Eileen Malone’s poetry has been published in over 500 literary journals and anthologies, a significant amount of which have earned prizes and citations. Her award winning collection Letters with Taloned Claws was published by Poet’s Corner Press and her book I Should Have Given Them Water was published by Ragged Sky Press. She lives in the coastal fog at the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area where she administers the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.