Happy World Poetry Day to Arlene, Anne, Kathie & Kristina!

Arlene L Mandell, a retired English professor, was formerly on the staff of Good Housekeeping magazine. She has published more than 500 poems, essays and short stories in newspapers and literary journals, including The New York Times, Tiny Lights and Wild Violet. Her work has also appeared in 24 anthologies, including Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing. A recent venture is an echapbook, Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street: A Brooklyn Memoir, set in the 1940s and 50s.

Anne Swannell went to school in Bangor, North Wales, emigrated to Canada at eleven, lives on Vancouver Island, BC. Her work has been published in Anglo-Welsh Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry and Audience (Leeds) and in many Canadian and American literary journals. She has three books of poetry, Drawing Circles on the Water, Mall (Rowan Books) and Shifting (Ekstasis Editions).

Kathie Giorgio’s award-winning first novel, The Home For Wayward Clocks, was released in 2011. Her short story collection, Enlarged Hearts, was released in 2012. The sequel to The Home For Wayward Clocks, titled Learning To Tell (A Life)Time, will be released on September 1, 2013. All were published by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Her stories and poems have appeared in many national and international literary magazines, and in anthologies by Papier Mache Press, the Main Street Rag Publishing Company, EBibliotekos, Fearless Poetry and Susurrus Press. She’s been nominated for the Paterson Fiction Prize, the Million Writer Award and for the Best of the Net anthology. She is the director and founder of AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, an international creative writing studio. Kathie’s author website can be found if you type in the usual three w’s, followed by her name and then an org.

Kristina Jensen is a ‘poet afloat’, freelance writer and musician living a simple life on a boat in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand with her artist husband and home-schooled son. She has always enjoyed spending more time in nature than with people and just rows off in the dinghy when things get too intense. Wild food foraging, sailing and watching the sun rise are among her favourite past-times and she looks forward with interest to the ‘drying up’ of oil and subsequent economic and social mayhem that will follow. Her poetry has been published in Bravado, Valley Micropress, Eclecticism, REM, Shotglass, One Smile magazine, Granny Smith, A Fine Line and by Forward Poetry.