Happy World Poetry Day to Sally, Rachel, Lori & Marta!

Sally Long is a teacher who wrote prolifically as a teenager and young adult before suffering a prolonged period of writers’ block. She began writing again through taking creative writing courses with the Open University and the brilliant Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing at Newcastle University which led to her first publication success. She is currently a student on the MA Creative Writing: Imaginative Practice at the University of East London and has had poems published in several magazines. When not writing she delves into family history. She lives in Buckinghamshire where she is a slave to two Siamese cats.

Rachel Sutcliffe, as a youngster, had a great imagination and loved story and poetry writing. For a while writing took a back seat as she discovered the joys of foreign travel and language learning. However, recent personal circumstances led her back to creative writing. Rachel is an active member of a writing group, has set up her own blog, projectwords11, and has seen many of her pieces published in various anthologies and journals, both in print and online. These include; thefirstcut and Every Day Poets, plus the haiku journals Shamrock, Lynx, Sketchbook, The Heron’s Nest, A Hundred Gourds and Notes From The Gean.

Lori Rottenberg is a writer who lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Hamilton College, a Master’s in Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language from George Mason University, and has published in such journals as Potomac Review, Artemis, and Poetica. She has served as a Visiting Poet for Arlington County Public Schools since 2007, was a finalist in the 2006 Arlington Reads poetry competition, and was selected as an invited poet in the 2002 Joaquin Miller Cabin Reading Series. Lori is also a singer who has performed in professional children’s musicals with the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Adventure Theater, and Potomac Theater Company. She works as a freelance writer and editor, instructional designer, and ESL instructor. She wrote the poems in Journey to Crone as part of a larger poetry cycle and is very happy that they will be published together.

Marta Ferguson’s chapbook Mustang Sally Pays Her Debt to Wilson Pickett (Main Street Rag) was published in 2005. Recent work has appeared in So to Speak, Alligator Juniper, and Spillway. She is the sole proprietor of Wordhound Writing & Editing Services, LLC, and has a manuscript making the contest rounds.