Happy World Poetry Day to Cherise, Maggie, Carolyn & Christina!

Cherise Wyneken’s writings, prose and poetry, have appeared in a variety of journals, periodicals, anthologies, two poetry collections, two chapbooks, four prose books, which includes her latest, a collection of stories from her life: Stir-fried Memories (Whispering Angel Books). Currently she writes a poetry column for the Oakland Examiner.

Maggie Butler is a writer who lives in both Ireland and Maine, USA. Her poetry has appeared in The Naugatuck River Review and Crannog Literary Magazine. A past recipient of the Columbine Award for Best Screenplay at the 2004 Moondance International Film Festival, Maggie was also awarded the 2011 Maine Literary Award in the short fiction category. She is currently working on a novel and continues to write poetry.

Carolyn Belcher is a fledgling writer who has had, in the past few years, several short stories and poems published online, in magazines and in anthologies. She is in her second marriage and has three children by her first husband. She also has three grandchildren. Writing is like dark chocolate which has to be nibbled each day. She loves theatre, dance performances, film, music, gardening and meals with family and friends. A dark story, I Don’t Want To Play In Your Yard, which is emotionally challenging, has recently been accepted for publication by an American publisher.

Christina Pacosz has been writing for more than half a century; her poems and prose appear in books, small mags and online journals. In 2009 Notes from the Red Zone, (Seal Press, 1983) was the inaugural winner in the ReBound Series (Seven Kitchens Press).  From a working class Polish family in Detroit, Michigan, Christina has lived in New York City, the Pacific Northwest, North Dakota, Tennessee, the Carolinas and Alaska. She worked as a poet-in-the-schools in Washington state, South Carolina, the North Carolina Visiting Artist program, and taught at-risk youth both sides of the Kansas/Missouri state line. Her oeuvre and journals are available at the Bentley Historical Collection at the University of Michigan library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.