Happy World Poetry Day to Kerry, Claudia, Naomi & Paola!

Kerry Trautman writes at dawn in Findlay, Ohio, before the clatter of children begins anew. She is a founding member of The Almeda St. Poets, Toledo, OH, and of The Toledo Poetry Museum. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals, including The Toledo Review, PoetryLetter, Alimentum, The Coe Review, The Country Mouse, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Think Journal; as well as in the anthologies, Tuesday Night at Sam and Andy’s Uptown Café (Westron Press, 2001), and Mourning Sickness (Omniarts 2008).

Claudia Van Gerven lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she teaches English literature for the Honors Program at the University of Colorado. Her poems have been published in a number of journals and magazines including Prairie Schooner, Louisiana Review, Calyx, the Georgetown Review, Runes and The Lullwater Review. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, The Ends of Sunbonnet Sue, won the Angel Fish Press Prize. Her latest chapbook, Amazing Grace (Green Fuse Press, 2010), was nominated for a Pushcart.

Naomi Lynn Bouriaque was born in Baltimore, Maryland in December 1993. She is a currently a resident of Louisiana, where she graduated from Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in May 2012. She is continuing her education as a student at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she is studying Psychology. It is her hope to one day become a family attorney. When she is not sitting in class or studying for an exam, Naomi works as a bookseller at a local bookstore.

Paola Borella is a poet, teacher and musician from the UK. Her passion for poetry has motivated her to hold poetry workshops for children and adults and she hopes to inspire more people to write poetry. Her poems have appeared in various British anthologies and in What the Dickens magazine. Paola’s most recent work is a poetry collection called: The Blemished Rose: Volume One (Matador).