Welcome to our April 2015 Poem-a-thon! We have 16 poets participating this month from all over the globe. 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. Please complete the form and be sure to enter the name of the poet you are sponsoring and the dollar amount. Then click the “Sponsor” button at the bottom of the form and you will be re-directed to Paypal to complete your donation. If you do not have a Paypal account, you can also donate via credit card.
|Please click on the poet’s name to read their submissions.
|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.
|Tracy Brooks – Tracy Brooks is a lifelong writer. After reaching success with her facebook poetry page, www.facebook.com/soulbeckons, she is now in the process of writing her first book. When not writing,she is busy homeschooling her children, receiving wisdom from her dog, teaching yoga to young people, and offering various spiritual practices to others. www.tracybrookswriter.com
|Hazel Saville – Hazel Saville is from Carmarthen, Wales, in the UK. She 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.
|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 practice Tai Chi and read books. https://mudloggersdream.wordpress.com/
|Philip Marley – Philip Marley works as a writer and poet in Toronto, Ontario. He has sat on the editorial board for the literary journalDescant, 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.
|Jamie Hennick – Jamie Hennick is an adventurous gal who loves to travel, write and meet new people. Jamie is studying to get her MBA in Nonprofit Management and MA in Coexistence and Conflict, looking for a career in peace-building education. Jamie is a teacher specializing in literacy and creative writing, working to build curricula that builds resiliency and empowerment for children in conflict-zones. She is currently based out of Boston but her heart belongs to the earth.
|Ava Haymon – Ava Leavell Haymon is a poet, playwright, editor, and teacher. Her most recent poetry collection is Eldest Daughter, from LSU Press. She teaches poetry writing in Louisiana and in New Mexico and edits the Barataria Poetry Series for LSU Press. She is poet laureate of the State of Louisiana, 2013-2015. avahaymon.com
|Kimberly Burnham – As a 28 year-old photojournalist, Kimberly Burnham appreciated beauty. Then an ophthalmologist diagnosed a genetic condition, “consider life if you become blind.” From devastating words, she forged a healing path and became a brain and visual health expert. Winner of SageUSA’s story contest with 2013 Cross-USA bicycle trip poetry, her publication credits include Healing Through Words; Music—Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers; and Year of the Poet.
|Maureen Meshenberg – Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg is an author and a prolific poetess, guided by her inner soul’s journey and musings about life. She draws from her human experiences, bringing reflective soulful thoughts of the heart. Maureen’s most recent work includes a Facebook page called Heart’s Calling where she currently reaches 3,000 regular readers. She also writes for Journey at the Heart Blog, Women’s Spiritual Poetry from which seven of her poems were selected to be published in an August 2014 Anthology of poetesses called: Journey of The Heart: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry by Women. Maureen’s Debut book Seasons of the Soul:Transitions and Shifts of Life was released on November 7th 2014.
|Katherine Goodwin – Katherine Goodwin is a novice writer who seeks clarity and truth in her poetry. She has not yet published any of her work, but here is a link to her blog of a few poems. https://embodythesoul.wordpress.com/ Residing in Philadelphia, she is a certified school teacher and yoga instructor, and enjoys studying the philosophy of yoga and devoting her “Self” to the Divine. She is very grateful to be a part of this 30 day writing challenge! She hopes to expand her audience of readers and practice expressing herself out loud!
|Shannon Hyde – Shannon S. Hyde has mountains of poems dating back to the ’80’s when she was a child, but they have never been published. In her early 40’s, Shannon quit a long and lucrative career selling drugs as a pharmaceutical representative to be mother of three terrific and crazy children and wife to a husband who really doesn’t get the “poetry thing”; however, she is ecstatic to be able to do her fair share of seemingly mundane “homemaker” things but best of all, she writes!
|Laura Wolfe – Laura J. Wolfe is an Illinois Writer, Artist and Counselor. Her poetry is often times birthed from daily and life changing experiences. Most recently, her writing has given voice to a place of physical pain and emotional angst as she journeyed through medical challenges. Her writing is a sacred and spiritual space where she encounters God, faith and courage to journey on and through.
|Louise Moriarty – Introducing Louise Moriarty…. Traveller, Adventurer of the heart, Poet, Fool, storyteller of the new cosmology. An impossible dreamer! In her travels and experiences she has given herself the joyous job of writing a poem for every person in the world. She recognised that when your heart song is acknowledged, you feel seen for who you are, you have the courage to follow your truths and know you bring it just by being here.
Master of Social Ecology, Social worker, Circus trainer and performer, community cultural development worker; Louise delights in weaving pathways for the child within to have full expression. Giving us permission to play into what truly brings our senses alive. Using her bardic form of storytelling to sing the song lines of your soul, this modern day minstrel, makes poetry live through the everyday life of the hero and legend in all of us. www.miraclesandwonderdownunder.com
|Christine Segall – Christine Donegan Segall is a New York native, now living in California. She has attended NYU, taken writing workshops at The New School, worked as a copy editor, and is a mother and grandmother, and guardian to a very active three-year-old. She is a writer, artist, student of spirit, and loves the musicality and imagery of words, the rhythms of emotion, and believes that the arts and spiritual life are wonderfully intertwined.
|Bridget Nutting – Bridget Nutting is a literary and visual artist who has been writing and creating since she was a child. She passionately explores innovative styles of expression through words, objects, and experiences, and continually encourages people of all ages to rediscover and honor their own creative spirits. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, and her calligraphy and artwork graces walls in homes and offices throughout the world. She currently teaches High School English courses online to international students, in addition to her other creative endeavors. Although she grew up in Montana, she calls the Pacific Northwest her home.