Happy World Poetry Day to Kelly, JoAnne, Barbara & Tatia!

Kelly Stiles is an aspiring writer. Her poetry has been published in SNM Magazine and will appear in the upcoming book, Outlaw Poetry. Her short fiction has been published in the In Situ anthology, at With Painted Words, and at Fantasy Magazine. She is a reader for Dagan Books and works in Shenandoah National Park. 

JoAnne Bauer, Ph.D. holds a doctorate from New York University in Communication & Technology and advanced degrees in Special Education, Human Nature and Religion and Philosophy. An international book co-author (Cambridge University Press), she also wrote research papers presented nationally and taught secondary school writing. JoAnne has been honoured as a special education director and for community leadership, environmental activism, scholarship & research, events and publicity coordination, art, camerawork and photography. Her poetry has been published regionally, nationally and abroad, including prize-winners in Encore and Long River Run; others recently juried into: Avalon Literary Review; Caduceus; Granny Smith; Message in a Bottle; Poet Tree; Rhubarb; 30 Day Poetry Challenge Anthology; seed packets; Theodate; Verse Land; and Where Flowers Bloom. JoAnne served as publicity officer for the CT Poetry Society, coordinated ekphrasis for the National Arts Program, and created Third Sunday Arts for young artists in Hartford, CT

Barbara Wiedemann, professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Auburn University Montgomery, is the author of a critical study entitled Josephine Herbst’s Short Fiction: A Window to Her Life and Times (Susquehanna University Press). Her poems have appeared in Kaleidoscope, Blueline, Kerf, Feminist Studies, Paper Street, Acorn, and other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks: Half-Life of Love (2008) and Sometime in October (2010), both published by Finishing Line Press.

Tatia Nichols-Arlès is a feminist writer of both prose and poetry. She was born in the Pacific Northwest of the USA but has lived in the Cotswolds for the last 12 years. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire while working and being a mother to two daughters. For her dissertation, she is working on a collection of short stories and poems exploring the themes of ambivalence, transgression and social taboo in motherhood. Three of her poems and a short story were recently published in the University of Gloucestershire’s Anthology: Smoke.