Welcome to our April 2014 Poem-a-thon. We have thirteen poets participating this month: nine from the U.S., one from New Zealand, one from Burma, one from Toronto, and one from the United Kingdom. You can find their bios below. Each poet has committed to write one poem a day during the month of April. Support their creative efforts by clicking the “Sponsor A Poet” button below. When you get to the Review Your Donation page in PayPal, there is a “DONATION FOR POET” link. Please click on the link and type in the name of the poet you wish to sponsor.


Please click on the poet’s name to read their submissions.
 Anne Woodworth – Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of four books of poetry with a fifth, UNATTACHED MALE, coming out in April 2014. She also has two chapbooks, with another, HERDING, appearing in late 2014. Her work is published widely in journals (including Tiferet) and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. She has an MFA in poetry from Fairleigh Dickinson, where she studied with Renee Ashley, and she sits on the Poetry Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. www.annehardingwoodworth.com
 Lois P. Jones – Lois is a host of Pacifica Radio’s “Poet’s Café” (KPFK 90.7 fm), and co-hosts the Moonday series in West Los Angeles. Publications include Narrative Magazine, The Warwick Review, American Poetry Journal, Nassau Review, Askew andAntioch’s Lunch Ticket with upcoming work in Eyewear.  Her work won honors under judges Fiona Sampson, Kwame Dawes and others.  New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear selected “Ouija” as 2010 Poem of the Year.  She is the winner of the 2012 Tiferet Prize, the 2012 Liakoura Prize and is featured in The Tiferet Talk Interviews which includes Robert Pinsky and Julia Cameron with host Melissa Studdard.  She is a recipient of an award from the Arroyo Arts Collective for their 2014 Poetry in the Windows Project.  Lois is the Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal and a multiple Pushcart nominee.
Ambika Talwar – Educator, poet and artist, Ambika Talwar has composed poems since her teen years. She has authored and published Creative Resonance: Poetry—Elegant Play, Elegant Change; 4 Stars & 25 Roses, and others. She is published in Kyoto Journal; Inkwater Ink, vol. 3; Chopin with Cherries, On Divine Names; VIA, Poets on Site collections, Tower Journal, St. Julian’s Press ,Pirene’s Fountain, Enchanted Verse and others. She has published an article on creativity in Radiance Magazine, on peace education in Journal of Indian Research and Catalyst, on creative wellness in NAMAH Journal. She also made an award-winning short film. She resides in Los Angeles and teaches English at Cypress College.
 Alexis photoAlexis Quinlan – Alexis has been writing poetry for many years. Last spring, Exit/Strata in Brooklyn published a chapbook of her latest project, a series of interventions on and responses to Sigmund Freud’s essay, “Mourning and Melancholia.” Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, The Paris Review and Drunken Boat. She is the recipient of the Spoon River Poetry Review Prize. abchaospoesis.blogspot.com
 Screen shot 2014-04-03 at 9.38.32 AMStephanie Pietkiewicz – Since 2011, when she had a near-death drowning experience, Stephanie has been writing poetry as a daily spiritual practice. She sees writing as ‘vocation’ in its deepest sense and believes as Rumi says, “you must become the pen in the Sun’s hand…” Stephanie lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Tracy Brooks – Tracy Brooks is a lifelong writer, eager to “write out loud!” When not writing she is busy homeschooling her children, teaching yoga to young people, and offering various spiritual practices to others. www.tracybrookswriter.com
 Bridget Nutting – Bridget Nutting is a poet, writer, visual artist, and teacher who passionately seeks to discover new and innovative styles of expression through words, objects, and experiences. She encourages people of all ages to rediscover and honor their own creative spirits. Bridget has previously participated in August Poetry Postcard Fest, 3:15 Project, April P.A.D. Challenge, and “Read, Write, Poem.” Although she loves to wander, she calls the Pacific Northwest home.
Hazel Saville – Hazel has been writing poetry since her early teens. She has worked as a social worker and since 2000 as a hypnotherapist/psychotherapist. Amongst other things, she is a visual artist, a songwriter and plays the Celtic harp. Hazel likes exploring ideas in her work. She particularly enjoys the musicality of poetry. Her poems have been published in a number of UK magazines and anthologies.
Catriona Knapman – Catriona Knapman is a Scottish writer and a human rights worker, currently based in Burma. Her writing is connected to her ten years of travel and work across four continents. She has published work in Guernica, The Arab Review and Think Africa Press, among others. Connect with her @CatrionaKnapman or www.luckydiplife.wordpress.com.
 Udo Hintze – Udo Hintze is a mudlogger and poet. He first began writing poetry his senior year of high school. He won the 1999 Words Alive! Contest for Houston International Festival. His poems have been published in The 21st Century, Bewildering Stories, The Criterion, and Inkling. One of his plays has been performed at his college. When not working in the oilfield Udo likes to read books
Lin Ostler – Lin Ostler, of Salt Lake City, Utah,  has followed her poetic voice  to the rim for over 50+ years, frequently selected for the annual arts festival readings, First Night Celebrations, & the City Art Poetry Readings. She won in the Utah Art Festival’s Iron Pen project 3 times, and placed 2nd in Utah Original Writing Competition.  Her work appeared in Poetry of Yoga, Vol II.Lin’s poetry is full of elemental references — natural landscapes and phenomena, lunar and seasonal ceremonials, women’s passages, from childbirth to croning , with rich, resourceful inter weavings with her children.
 MaryMonroeMary Monroe – Mary Monroe was born on a farm in Minnesota and has spent her life as a journalist, writer and editor. Her poems explore love, loss and the sacredness of everyday experience. Her poetry has appeared in the L.A. Times and can be seen in the upcoming issue of FR&ED. She is a student of tai chi, raja yoga and Andean shamanic arts. She lives in Eagle Rock, California.
 Philip PixPhilip Marley – Philip Marley works as a writer and poet in Toronto, Ontario. He has sat on the editorial board for the literary journa lDescant, written book reviews for Canada’s National Post, the magazines Quill & Quire  and Canadian Notes & Queries, and he briefly wrote a books column for the film magazine, Montage. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Arc Poetry Magazine’s “Poem of the Year;” Malahat’s “Far Horizon’s Award for Poetry;” and Contemporary Verse 2’s “Two Day Poetry Contest.” More recently, Philip was the recipient of a fellowship for the SLS Writer’s Program in Vilnius, Lithuania. Two of his poems and a brief interview can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ld5l89f.