‘The Maiden in the Mirror’ in Journey to Crone

Although nearing forty, Francine feels as if life—with so much to learn, see and create in this world—is about to begin! She is a priestess of the Goddess of Avalon and much of her poetry is inspired by nature and/or by the goddess. Her frequent solo travels around the globe give her the opportunity to observe and find inspiration. Francine has always been intrigued by the human capacity to form and speak a language. Music and languages are her passion and she loves to unravel the relationship between them. A good poem carries music between its words. Francine sees her poems as children—announcing themselves as and when they wish—and feels that she is merely the instrument of unwritten verse wanting to be born. Francine is always delighted to share her poetry with anyone with an open heart. She blogs at http://francinevdb73.livejournal.com.

‘Red Dress’ in Journey to Crone

Claudia 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.

‘Pink Moment’ in Journey to Crone
‘I Have No Memory of You’ in Cities

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, First Edition, and The Many Roads to Paradise published by Rock Village Publishing in Middleborough, Massachusetts and a collection of short stories, Soul Proprietorship: Women in Search of Their Souls, published by Plain View Press in Austin Texas. They have also be published her fourth poetry collection, The Alchemy of Desire. She is a long time member of the National League of American Pen Women. www.dianaleevelie.com

‘Facing’, ‘Pre-Teen Gothic’ and ‘September’ in Journey to Crone

Karina dared to start writing poetry in her thirties, after wanting to for twenty years.  Reading other people’s poetry reassures her that she is not, after all, mad or alone in this world. Karina grew up in Kent, studied at Oxford University way back in what feels like a different life, and now lives and works on the hard-bitten northern edge of London. She shares an otherwise empty nest with a large ginger cat named Kevin who, unlike her children, finds himself unable to escape to university. Karina’s poems have appeared in the magazines Between the Lines, Equinox, 14, Orbis, The North, South, and South Bank Poetry. Karina collaborated with a group of fellow writers to produce the anthology Ordinary Magic (Poets Unlimited). Her poems have also been anthologised in Genius Floored (Soaring Penguin Press) and Seeking Refuge (Cinnamon Press).