Happy World Poetry Day to Janet, M M, Susie & Cher!

Janet Sunderland grew up on a farm in Marshall County, Kansas, but drifted like a cottonseed throughout the USA, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, before moving to Kansas City with her husband, Cliff Kroski. She holds a BFA from Kansas State University, an MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and an M.Div and D. Div from Sophia Divinity School. Her work has appeared in a variety of venues including The Rockhurst Review, Lalitamba, Imago Dei, Ancient Voices, Touch: The Journal of Healing, and two recent anthologies, When Last on the Mountain and Love Over 60. Her chapbook, At the Boundary, is scheduled for publication by Finishing Line Press in 2013. She’s a member of The Kansas City Writers Group and sits on the executive board of Whispering Prairie Press. She’s also a professional actress, a member of SAG, and an adjunct professor at MCCKC.

M M Lynne Guay lives in the sunny, Okanagan wine country of Southern British Columbia, Canada. From an early age Lynne has used her love of writing to explore and give voice to how she sees life, people, the natural world and her place in it. Her foray into poetry began during a tumultuous divorce and proved to be a healing tool on the road to forgiveness, celebration of life—despite the challenges—and in overcoming the fears of being a single woman raising three sons alone. Lynne is currently working on editing a collection of poetry exploring the beauty and wonder of nature as well as a collection of short stories, and a historical novel. Lynne’s creative writing explores themes surrounding gender equality, racism and family dynamics. Through shedding light on the unsavoury aspects of life she hopes to reveal beauty and inspire others to lead rather than follow.

Susie Paul is a happily retired English professor whose poetry has appeared in Georgia Review, Kalliope, Alimentum, Earth’s Daughters, Negative Capability, among other magazines and journals. She is, at present, working on a collection of poems about Mary Paul, a 19th-century textile mill worker. She has two grown children, Amelia and Joseph Johnson. Most recently she has acquired a puppy, a lab mix named Lucy, who has chewed up numerous items in her house, including her miniature schnauzer’s ear. Poor Lennon.

Cher Holt-Fortin, living in central New York for the past few years, writes and quilts and gardens. She is a third degree black belt in aikido. Poetry is history. It keeps the records of family and self, encapsulating them in tiny novels.