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this issue. We look forward to working with all of you in the future again
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Esther Altshul Helfgott's The Homeless One: A Poem in many Voices
a chap-book-length conversation about homelessness and schizophrenia was
published by KotaPress in Jan 2000. Other writing appearances include
The American Psychoanalyst, Arizona Post, Baltimore Jewish Times, Chrysanthemum,
Genesis 2, London Jewish Chronicle, Midway Review, New York Jewish Week,
Off Our Backs, The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review, She Speaks, Spindrift,
Switched-on-Gutenberg and Writing Personal Poetry: Creating Poems from
Your Experiences, (Sheila Bender, Writers Digest, 1998). She teaches at
the Richard Hugo House Community Center for the Literary Arts in Seattle,
He served as director of the SUNY Farmingdale Visiting Writers Program
for 18 years and was the originator of the Paumanok Poetry Award. His
books include Mortal Companions (1977), The Firewalkers
(1996), Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust
(1991), and The Death Mazurka (Texas Tech, 1989), which was listed
by Choice as one of the outstanding books of the year. Fishman
currently serves as poetry editor for Gaia (www.whistle.org)
and Cistercian Studies Quarterly, and he is a poetry consultant
for the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. His many awards
include a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1995), the
Ann Stanford Poetry Prize of the Southern California Anthology
(1996), and the Eve of St. Agnes Award from Negative Capability
Widowed after a long marriage, discovered the independence of living alone.
Enter Chuck Finney, also widowed. Their friendship led to marriage, joining
eight children and fourteen grandchildren. Betsy earned degrees in Spanish
and can still speak it given a chance. She is an avid athlete skiing,
hiking, swimming, biking and walking. And she runs a successful Wellness
business coaching people to better health, both physically and financially
with Shaklee products. (www.shaklee.com/link/betsybell_naturalsolutions)
She is a master writer with over 20 years experience. Her current projects
as publisher/editor are the literary chapbooks NIGHT WORK: A COLLECTION
OF WRITINGS ABOUT WALTZ and NIGHT WORK 2: THE ROMANCE OF THE WALTZING
Her day jobs include bakery assistant manager, housekeeper, and hospital
clerk. She is a passionate tango dancer, hustle babe, and waltz queen.
NIGHT WORK may be viewed at www.scn.org/~candace.
He has taught composition, literature and creative writing, since 1974,
and his poetry has appeared in magazines and journals since 1969. He has
published two books of poetry, The Year Is Approaching Snow and The Headlong
Future, and was co-editor of Fever Dreams: Contemporary Arizona Poetry
(University of Arizona Press). He is editor of the online journal The
Salt River Review www.mc.maricopa.edu/users/cervantes/SRR/
Is currently studying creative writing in the graduate program at the
University of Southern Mississippi. His work has been published by Poetry
Motel, Seedhouse Magazine, and several online journals.
Shortly after my first book "My Heart's Memory" was published I was in
a Barnes and Nobles preparing to give a reading of my poetry. As I walked
around the room introducing myself a woman who was not familiar with my
work asked me how I would best describe my poetry. I paused a moment and
answered, "I strive to write about the split seconds in life most people
overlook." From that moment on those have been the words I most often
use to reveal the depth of my verse.
My background is not literary. I am not a professor or long heralded writer.
I am simply a man who sees into those split seconds I speak of and suspend
them in time long enough for others to review and contemplate. I have
been blessed to have others enjoy and respond to my poetry and they tell
me I touch special places in their hearts. These readers and listeners
now await the release of my second book, "Within These Walls".
I want to thank Kota Press for the opportunity to share my poetry and
be included with the other extremely talented poets. This is an honor
I do not take lightly. In closing I want to invite all who enjoy my words
to visit me at www.robertclay.com
I'm a retired teacher who has been writing for many years. I've been published
in many print and web journals. some of them are:
Birmingham Poetry Reviewl, Zuzu's Petals, Touchstone, Windsor Review,
Maverick, Sulphur River Literary Review, Small Pond, Kansas Quarterly,
Blue Unicorn, Oregon Easorn, Mississippi Review, Elf: Eclectic Literary
Forum, Licking River Review, Musing, Comstock Review, Whiskey Island Review,
South Dakota Review, Baltimore Review,Unlikely Stories, Porcupine, South
Dakota Review, Magma, Paris/Atlantic, Asphodel, the Melic Review,Rose
& Thorn, Cortland Review, and many others. email@example.com
Our featured KotaPress Poet Chat this quarter. firstname.lastname@example.org
I use poetry as a means to better understand myself and my relationship
to the world. I live in Chicago with a woman I love and two cats that
manipulate me. email@example.com
He has been singer, composer, and song writer since Hector was a pup.
You can often find him in various Seattle venues performing his music
live with his poet wife.
He also enjoys his day job of creating web sites. If you like what you
see here, then you like his work. He and his wife started KotaPress
in memory of their son Dakota. firstname.lastname@example.org
She is mother to Dakota Rain, whose death has inspired her to take on
the world. Having never written before, Sheri now writes poetry, draws,
and paints murals. Knowing how important education is, she is currently
going back to college, while homeschooling her daughter, Harley. In her
spare time, Sheri cares for a handicapped child, David, and teaches art
classes to children at her church. In Dakota's memory, Sheri organizes
a community-wide bear collection each December that benefits kids at Children's
Hospital of Wisconsin. The 'Beary Christmas' Project brings comfort to
both Sheri and many sick children, while honoring Dakota's precious memory...
At age sixteen he was a homicide victim. He wrote the poem, "And
We Are All Idiots." You can see for yourself from reading his works
that the world has lost an insightful and caring person.
Writer, poet, editor, publisher, Dakota's mom, Hawk's wife, Nanna's &
Jiddu's daughter, friend, sister, lover of life, mourner of death, and
her own person. email@example.com
She is currently working towards her B.A. in Creative Writing. She has
little published work, and hopes to write full time one day, writing novels
or short stories. Poetry is her favorite to compose, for the simple reason
of the compact concise nature of it, in that every single word counts.
He lives in Radford, Virginia with his wife Kendall, painter, and son
Alan. Right now he is working on a series of poems called NEAR GOBLINTOWN
which is a few miles away from where he grew up. He also is working on
a butterfly field guide for the southern Appalachians. Back in the 1980's,
he had three little books of poetry published: Shooting Creek, Dancing
at Big Vein, and Preservations.
She was born in 1956 in New York. She received her B.S. degree in Computer
Science and Mathematics from Montclair State College in 1978. She is currently
running her own computer consulting and training business in Redmond,
WA.. This is her first poem to be published.
"I'm an artist who represents my Living/Spirit process through self-reflective
projects. Lately, I've been releasing old fears and habits and learning
to trust and play again. I live in Seattle, Washington, with my Pookie
Mark." Send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll forward your message to him.
"I have been taking pictures for quite some time, but I really got
passionate about it 8 years ago. I especially enjoy capturing people's
natural relaxed selves in black & white portraiture, and capturing
nature in all it's glorious displays."
She lives on San Juan Island, Washington and is Senior Editor for the
Dragonfly Review, an online publication of Chiron Press www.chironpress.com.
She is a world-traveler, artist, photographer, master gardener, and restorer
of Victorian homes. Her personal essays, poetry, and children’s stories
have appeared in several publications - most recently in The Eloquent
Umbrella. She can be reached at:
She has put down roots in a grove of trees by a lake in Brown County,
She is currently 19 years old, residing in Sydney Australia. Some of her
writings are published under the name Faethea Winters. Her dream has always
been to have her poetry published. Poetry has become a part of her… Writer’s
block being her ultimate enemy; only outdone by the depression she suffers.
Without poetry she is a wilted flower, with it – She blossoms.
I am an amateur poet and live in a small community in Northern Ontario.
I enjoy writing poetry especially when it gives other people enjoyment
as well. I live beside Sand Lake, which serves as an inspirational place
to write some of my poems, especially relating to the wonderful sunsets
and views from my home.
She lives in a victorian house in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, just outside Milwaukee.
She is a minister, a wife, mother and grandmother. She write about a life
lived from the depression of the nineteen thirties through the beginning
of a new millenium.
He's a 95% self-taught photographer, 12 years after receiving a 35mm camera
for high school graduation. "I've primarily used photography as just another
element in other artworks (illustrations, sculptures, graphics, fanzines)
but, in recent years, I've been treating it as itself by studying the
finer points of the image and experimenting with infrared and recording
films. My current, never ending, photo study is collapsing, and consequently
disappearing, homestead and farm buildings." He makes his base on the
south shores of Bainbridge Island, Washington from where he creates, hikes,
cycles, snowboards, travels, and searches out great music.
She is the identical twin of Karen Carpenter, except she's shorter, has
light hair and a completely different face.
Work of mine has appeared in The American Literary Review, The Hollins
Critic, The Northern Michigan Journal, The Reader (Oxford University),
The Cortland Review and The Midwest Quarterly. Recent awards include a
Pushcart Nomination, and I have a second collection scheduled to be published
by Archer Books / Cadmus Editions this year. Finally, I serve as managing
editor for a not-for-profit publication called "Recursive Angel".
Crone, Grandmother, poet and crabby old woman. Her new collection titled
The Crone's Notebook: The Second Edition will be released by KotaPress
in April 2000. Send questions or comments to email@example.com
and we'll forward your message to her.
She has a B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College (Norton), and
has done extensive graduate work in English and American Literature and
Language at Harvard University. Her poetry and prose have been published
in numerous journals including Modern Haiku, Turnstile, Black Bough, The
Montserrat Review, New Works Review, Brevity, and (Harvard) Scriptorium.
She is the creative writing moderator at SayStuff.com (http://www.saystuff.com),
and teaches courses in autobiography, the literature of mourning, and
erotica at Writers On The Net (http://www.writers.com).
She has one son. .