Happy World Poetry Day to Tina, Carol, Dianalee & Maureen!

Tina Culp Barton’s poetry has appeared in WestWard Quarterly Magazine, Requiem Magazine, San Diego Writer’s, A Year in Ink: Anthology IV, Every Reason ’Zine #6, Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the anthology Bound by the Secrets We Trust (Desperanto/Kanev Books, 2011). San Diego Magazine and Connotation Press have published Barton’s short stories. She lives in Pacific Beach, California with her husband, Tom, their African Grey Parrot, Elvis and their desert tortoise, Maggie. A portfolio of her poetry and lyrics may be seen at Hamilton Galleries.

Carol Alexander is a writer and editor in the field of educational publishing. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Avocet, Chiron Review, Mobius, Numinous, The New Verse News, Red River Review, and OVS. New work is scheduled to appear in Canary, Eunoia Review, Sugar Mule, Poetrybay, and the Mad Hatter’s Review. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies Broken Circles, Joy Interrupted, The Storm is Coming, and Surrounded: Living with Islands.

Dianalee Velie lives and writes in Newbury, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College, where she has served as faculty advisor of Inkwell: A Literary Magazine. She has taught poetry, memoir, and short story at universities and colleges in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire and in private workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have been published in hundreds of literary journals and many have been translated into Italian. She enjoys traveling to rural school systems in Vermont and New Hampshire teaching poetry for the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Her play, Mama Says, was directed by Daniel Quinn in a staged reading in New York City. She is the author of three books of poetry, Glass House, and The Many Roads to Paradise (Rock Village Publishing) and a collection of short stories, Soul Proprietorship: Women in Search of Their Souls (Plain View Press).

Maureen Bowden is an ex-pat Liverpudlian living on Anglesey with her husband. They have two grown-up children, a former foster daughter and nine grandchildren. She is a retired Inland Revenue Executive, currently studying for an Open University Honours degree. Her latest module, Advanced Creative Writing, finished recently. Maureen has written all her life, for the amusement of family, friends and work colleagues. She has had four poems and two short stories published and has just had another story short-listed in a Flash Fiction 500 competition. Maureen also writes songs—mainly political satire, set to traditional tunes—which her husband has performed at various folk clubs around the UK.