Bios

One of the most striking things the editors found was the sheer range of poets, artists, styles, topics that we ended up selecting for the anthology. The anthology wasn’t planned that way – it’s emblematic of the range of souls and minds that participate yearly in the August Postcard Poetry Festival.

For some of the contributing authors, this is the latest in a list of poetry publications; for others, this is the first time their work has been sent into the world. The artists worked in many different media – collage bumped elbows with photography and watercolors mingled with ink sketches. We hope you’ll enjoy the breadth of offerings in this volume as much as we do – in anticipation, we provide here a brief glimpse of people you’ll meet as you read this work.

Contributing Poets

Elizabeth Aamot is a writer living in Oakland, California. Her postcard poems store transparent gravity, which she disperses as fuel to time travelers. To read mere transcriptions of the postpoems she has transmitted and to learn more about how you can join her timescaping efforts, please visit www.postpoet.xyz .

Carolyn Adams’ poetry and art have appeared in both print- and web-based journals and anthologies. Recent credits are Topology, Poetry Breakfast, Caveat Lector, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Remarkable Doorways. Nominated for a Pushcart, she was also finalist for 2013 Houston Poet Laureate. She now lives and writes in Beaverton, OR.

Michelle Ballou‘s writing has appeared in The Bellingham Weekly, Labyrinth, and the Sue C. Boynton Walk Award. She enjoys close encounters with insects, moving authentically to dreams, and eating chili pepper sandwiches. She hopes to live long enough to experience extraterrestrial contact.

 Christine Beck holds an MFA in creative writing from Southern Ct State College. She is the author of “Blinding Light,” “I’m Dating Myself,” and “Stirred, not Shaken.” The former Poet Laureate of West Hartford, officer of The Connecticut Poetry Society, and poetry editor of the journal “Perch,” she teaches at the University of Hartford.

  Jean Blakeman lives and writes in Western Massachusetts, where she is inspired by nature, cities, and baseball. She is a fan of the World Champion Chicago Cubs.                                              

Raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Rosanne Braslow draws inspiration from Hudson Valley lore. Her poems smack of the other-worldly and her horror stories remind us we are never quite safe. More short work by this author can be found on her blog: Work in the Margin https://writerose.wordpress.com.

 Nancy Canyon, MFA, is published in Raven Chronicles, Floating Bridge Review, Fourth Genre, Clover, Sue C. Boynton, and more. For inspiration, Nancy walks to Scudder Pond daily, observing nature’s seasonal changes. Inspired by her observations, she paints and writes in her Historic Fairhaven art studio. Saltwater is available through www.villagebooks.com.

Catherine Carroll Seattle resident, fan of birds, breviloquent. Poems previously featured in Pageboy magazine and University of Puget Sound’s Dirt? Exhibition.

Rita Rouvalis Chapman’s poems have recently appeared in Bellingham Review and Red Earth Review. She is a student in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and teaches high school English.

Jennifer Preston Chushcoff grew up in Southern California. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she continued north to the Pacific Northwest where she regularly frolics in the woods and water. She’s an award-winning artist and author with work in anthologies, journals, and children’s books. Science and nature spark her imagination. www.byjenn.com

Christine Clarke is a scientist and poet who lives in Seattle, Washington. Her poetry has appeared in Clover, DMQ Review, Raven Chronicles, Poets Unite: The LitFuse @10 Anthology, and others. She’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and likes to include aspects of the natural world into her writing.

A founder of Floating Bridge Press, T. Clear’s poetry has appeared in many magazines, most recently in Terrain.org, Scoundrel Time and Crab Creek Review. She lives in Seattle and spends her days herding production assistants as Herder-In-Chief at a glass art studio.

Gabriel Cleveland struggles to be happy, but is usually quite content. He’s almost always listening to music. He’s come to accept that his life has value and wants you to know yours does too. He writes poems and makes collages in Austin, TX, where he supervises adolescents with developmental impairments.

Diana L. Conces writes poetry and fiction from her home in Round Rock, Texas. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, in a major newspaper, and on a city bus. She has won numerous prizes for her poetry. Her photographs have appeared in Peacock Journal. Visit her blog at https://dianalconces.blogspot.com/.  

Linda Crosfield’s poetry has appeared in various literary magazines including Room, The Minnesota Review, and The Antigonish Review, as well as in several chapbooks and anthologies. She runs her micro press, Nose in Book Publishing, from her home in Ootischenia, BC, at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers.    

 Caroline M. Davies: Poet, poetry enthusiast and author of Convoy and Voices from Stone and Bronze. She blogs at http://advancingpoetry.blogspot.co.uk/.

Roberta P. Feins received her MFA in poetry, studying with Judith Hall, D. A. Powell, Carol Frost, and Alicia Ostriker. Her poems have been published in Antioch Review, The Cortland Review and The Gettysburg Review, among others. She has published 2 chapbooks: Something Like a River, (Moon Path Press), and Herald (Autumn House Press).

Rupert Fike was named Finalist as Georgia Author of the Year 2011 with the publication of his collection, Lotus Buffet. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction and poetry, with work appearing in Rosebud, The Georgetown Review, The Southern Review of Poetry, Alligator Juniper and others.

Vanessa Gebbie is author of one novel, two poetry collections and four collections of short and short-short fictions. She is contributing editor of Short Circuit, Guide to the Art of the Short Story, and she teaches widely. www.vanessagebbie.com

Alley Greymond’s poems have been seen in Five Willows Literary Review, Rain City Review, Trestle Creek Review, as well as other journals. She served with Red Sky Poetry Theater, The Washington Poet’s Association, as Poetry Editor for Urban Spelunker and Associate Editor on Open Sound.

Daughter of a father who loved reading, writing, and reciting poems, Christine Hartzell has read, written, and recited poetry for her own amusement since she was a small child.

Diana Herrera is a member of the Klamath Tribes of Oregon, has lived in Washington State since 1977 and works in a non-profit that provides legal services to Pacific Northwestern Native American tribes. Having read and written poetry since childhood, she continues her education in creative writing through workshops and English classes.

Denise Hill is Editor in Chief of NewPages.com, an online resource for readers and writers, and a Professor of English at Delta College in Michigan where she teaches developmental writing, college composition, and world mythology.

 Janka Hobbs lives in the Puget Sound lowlands, where she studies Aikido and Botany when she’s not playing with words.  Recent poems appear in Douglasia and Grievous Angel, and she has a story in the Altenative Truths anthology from B Cubed Press. Visit her blog at http://jankahobbs.com,

Terry Holzman received her MFA (American Film Institute in Los Angeles). She is an award-winning screenwriter as well as a playwright, documentary producer, artist, and poet. Terry is a longstanding participant in PoPoFest, having written 547 poems (the last 120 on her handmade collage postcards) with an upcoming chapbook. She lives in LA with her husband.

S. E. Ingraham writes poems that appear in print and on-line, from Edmonton, Alberta. She’s happiest when they reflect her philosophy: non-violent conflict resolution and peace advocacy. Recent successes? In Poets 4 Paris, her first poem published in both English and French; another, in The Persimmon Tree’s International collection. More here: http://soundofthewordnight.blogspot.ca/.

Treg Isaacson is the father of three amazing children, grandfather to two lovely granddaughters, and grateful to live with his wife, north of Seattle. His work has been published previously in The Monarch Review, KY Story, Motherlode, and About Place Journal. He anxiously awaits August and its postcards.

Judy Jensen is a longtime participant in the August Poetry Postcard Festival. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies. She is a co-founder of the KinCity reading series, a letterpress printer with Float Press, and a regular volunteer at Poetry at Round Top.

Alan Kahn teaches High School English Language Arts at Garfield HS in Seattle, Washington, where he lives with his wife and 1.5 kids (College Boy rarely visits home these days, yet half his imprint remains). This first poem published outside of a workshop anthology thinks it just summited Everest.

 Martha Jackson Kaplan is a Pushcart nominated poet who draws her palette from a passion for history, color, and a sense of place. She’s a native of Seattle who has lived in Houston and Chicago, and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are curious for more, see: www.marthakaplanpoet.com.

Catherine Carroll Seattle resident, fan of birds, breviloquent. Poems previously featured in Pageboy magazine and University of Puget Sound’s Dirt? Exhibition.

Christine M. Kendall: I have done August Postcard Poetry for nine years and thank Carla Shafer for announcing this practice. It gives me incentive, and I love receiving poems. August PoPo has generated poems I’ve had published and poems I tinker with. I’m honored to have a poem in this publication.

Fascinated since childhood by the power of words and pictures to convey meaning and arouse emotion, Carol Keslar writes, photographs, and collages, to tell stories of identity and life passages. A former marketing and communication executive, she currently lives in Oakland, California.

J. I. Kleinberg See Editor biography.

Tanya Korigan works primarily in long form, multi-voiced, often interdisciplinary poems. The immediacy of the August form is inspirational, instructive, and a breath of fresh air. Each year it’s astonishing that it continues to astonish but still, it does.

Maxine Lang is a poet, mixed media artist, and facilitator of Creative Journey workshops. She has enjoyed participation in the August Poetry Postcard project since its inception, and credits poetry for saving her sanity. A true beach lover, Maxine is grateful to be living and creating on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Linda Malnack has published poems in Amherst ReviewBlackbirdthe Seattle Review, and Ruminate, among others. She won a Writers Award from The Nassau Review in 2014, and her chapbook, 21 Boxes, was published by dancing girl press at the end of 2016. Linda is a Poetry Editor for the on-line poetry journal, Switched-on Gutenberg. She is also an Assistant Poetry Editor for Crab Creek Review.

Paul Marshall is a retired Community College Teacher living on Whidbey Island, Washington State. Most days you will find him playing ukulele, working in his woodshop, or writing. His poetry is published in Blue Collar Review and he has a book, Building a Boat: Lessons of a 30-year Project.

Lindsey Martin-Bowen teaches at MCC-Longview.

  • CROSSING KANSAS with Jim Morrison: semi-finalist, QuillsEdge Books’ 2015-16 contest.
  • Work from Inside Virgil’s Garage (Chatter House): Pushcart nomination
  • Standing on the Edge of the World (Woodley): Top 10 Poetry Book 2008 (McClatchy).
  • Where Water Meets the Rock (39 West Press)
  • Publication in New Letters, I-70 Review, Thorny Locust, and others.

Michael Martone’s favorite postcards were produced by C.T ART-COLORTONE. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with the poet Theresa Pappas.

Libby Maxey is a senior editor with the online journal Literary Mama. She reviews poetry for The Mom Egg Review and Solstice, and her own poems have appeared in Mezzo Cammin, Crannóg, Think, and elsewhere. Her nonliterary activities include singing classical repertoire and mothering two sons.

Janet McCann taught for 46 years at Texas A&M, and her most recent book is The Crone at the Casino (Lamar UP, 2014.)

Amy Miller’s writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, Nimrod, Rattle, Willow Springs, ZYZZYVA, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Fine Gardening, and The Poet’s Market. Her poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press and will be published in 2018.

Kate Miller lives in Bellingham, WA. with her wife of 33 years and her dog. Kate is a writer and a teacher who loves the sounds and meanings of words, both spoken and written. Her most recent publication is a poem in The Raven Chronicles journal.

Paul E. Nelson See Editor biography.

Polly A. Pattison is a teacher/naturalist for a small non-profit land trust. She has taught literature and music and art. She lives in the woods with her husband, indoor and outdoor animals, birds and plants. She has been writing poetry all of her life.

Kelleyanne Pearce is a postcard poet in the Pacific Northwest, which gives her inspiration and peace and is the place her soul is meant to be. She enjoys collaging, writing, and hiking. Her goal is to emulate Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley with a teardrop camper, dog and cat in tow.

Eugenia Hepworth Petty is a writer, photographer, and mixed media artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Galleries and a list of publication credits may be found at: www.eugeniahepworth.com

C.J. Prince picks her own pockets for words, wears a shawl of metaphors and a wide-brimmed hat of grammar. Prince is author of the poetry book, Mother, May I?; a novel Canvas Angels; and Twenty Four Houses, a chapbook. Prince received the Distinguished Poet Award from Writers International Canada.

Will Reger was raised in the St. Louis, Missouri area.  He teaches college-level history, plays many flutes, and is a member of the CU Poetry Group (cupoetry.com). He has been published most recently with Front Porch ReviewChiron Review, and the Paterson Literary Review. He can be found at https://twitter.com/wmreger.

Bethany Reid’s most recent book of poems is SPARROW, which won the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize. She blogs at bethanyareid.com (formerly A Writer’s Alchemy) and lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband and daughters.

Katrina Roberts has published four books of poems and edited an anthology. She curates the Visiting Writers Reading Series at Whitman College, and co-runs the Walla Walla Distilling Company. Find her here: www.katrinaroberts.net.

Laura Rodley

  • Pushcart Prize winner; quintuple nominee, Best of Net.
  • Finishing Line Press nomination of Your Left Front Wheel Is Coming Loose, PEN L.L.Winship Award and Mass Book Award; Rappelling Blue Light also nominated for MBA
  • Teaches memoir; edited As You Write It, A Franklin County Anthology I-VI, MBA nominee.
  • Counter Point (Prolific Press)
  • Turn Left at Normal  (Big Table Publishing) forthcoming.

Ina Roy-Faderman See Editor biography.

Somdutta Sarkar is a communication manager by profession and a hodophile by passion. She writes poems for postcards, and micro-fiction and musings for Terribly Tiny Tales. She lives in New Delhi and is a citizen of the world.

Laura L. Snyder uses a slanted profile to scratch out words in hard-back journals under Northwest trees. Find her latest writing in Claudius Speaks, Quill and Parchment, Windfall, Labletter. Recently, she had a blissful month long residency at Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Laura has two chapbooks of poetry, Winged, and Witness.

 Stephen Sossaman, in Burbank, California, is the author of Writing Your First Play (Pearson) and the long-poem And Job Lies in the Feedlot Where He Fell (Inkonoclast). His poetry and stories have appeared in several dozen literary publications. He is shopping a comic novel set during the Vietnam War.

David Stankowicz is a retired educator. Currently he is writing American Sentences, poetry coupled with his photographs, a collection of Benny poems inspired by John Berryman’s “Dream Songs,” and his first novel. He lives on an island in Maine with his wife Debbie and two dogs, Grady and Jade.

Charlie Stobert was born in Australia, grew up in New Zealand and has lived in U.K. since 2001. He is an avid student of poetry, writing since university, and a regular participant in the August Poetry Postcard Fest and other literary events. He lives with his wife, Heather.

L. Swartz

  • TL/DR: I make poetry + story + image + performance + found audio.
  • Policies: Constraint is freedom. Art is for giving away and letting it find its proper home.
  • Work: Land of Lists (Floating Bridge Press), Deck of Shufflepoems (Minor Arcana Press)
  • Where I literally stand each day of the Trump regime: propagandaministry.tumblr.com.

Abhaya Thomas lives in unincorporated NW Portland Oregon on a small farm. Here, along with her husband, she raised four children, an occasional dairy goat and hopefully her consciousness. There have been a few artistic endeavors thrown in the mix. This is her first published work.

 Sharon Tracey is the author of What I Remember Most is Everything, her first full-length collection of poetry (ALL CAPS PUBLISHING, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Naugatuck River Review, Silkworm, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Haiku Journal, and elsewhere. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Matt Trease is an artist and IT Analyst living in Seattle, WA. His poems have appeared recently in Nautilus Review, Apricity, Hotel Amerika, and Phoebe. He is the author of the chapbook Later Heaven: Production Cycles, and he co-runs the Margin Shift reading series in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

Barbara Jean Walsh A writer, editor, and designer living in Springfield, Massachusetts, I am an active member of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club as a rower and manager of our Dragon Boat team. Since moving to Western Mass in 2015, I have enjoyed becoming part of the area’s community of writers and makers.

Bonnie Wolkenstein is a writer, photographer and psychologist. Publications include Drash: Northwest Mosaic. Local readings include a featured reader at Easy Speak Seattle and the Rainier Valley Lit Crawl. Her poetry, essays and photography explore what lies below the surface of everyday moments and make their home at www.thinkinggirlthoughts.com.

Elizabeth Woods is a writer and poet from Sydney, Australia. Elizabeth likes dreaming, hiking, travelling the world, cloud watching, writing, building new businesses, long walks with Dodger her Cocker Spaniel, making mosaics, taking photographs, meeting new people and tapping into her creative soul. Elizabeth dislikes cold weather – brrrr!

Contributing Artists

Alison Birkmeyer Aske is a performer, writer, collage artist, and director. When she isn’t writing or glueing pieces of paper together, she is teaching pilates or goofing off on the internet.

Christine Clarke is a poet and accidental artist who loves to combine forms in ekphrastic poetry and mixed media collage. This is her first published art piece. She’d like to thank Stacie Kentop for her encouragement and for providing access to the Art Room, where creativity blooms.

Kristin Cleage Born the oldest daughter of Albert and Doris (Graham) Cleage in Springfield, Massachusetts seventy years ago. Grew up in Detroit. Raised six children, goats, chickens, and gardens. All the while writing, printing, taking photographs, celebrating numerous family events and figuring out the puzzle of my family history.

A founder of Floating Bridge Press, T. Clear’s poetry has appeared in many magazines, most recently in Terrain.org, Scoundrel Time and Crab Creek Review. She lives in Seattle and spends her days herding production assistants as Herder-In-Chief at a glass art studio.

Gabriel Cleveland struggles to be happy, but is usually quite content. He’s almost always listening to music. He’s come to accept that his life has value and wants you to know yours does too. He writes poems and makes collages in Austin, TX, where he supervises adolescents with developmental impairments.

Pate Conway  is a graduate of Chicago’s Second City Training Center (1996). He received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College, Chicago (2000). Pate’s work often explores the connection between visual art and performance, applying principles from one discipline to another. For the Postcard Poetry Festival he used discarded library books for a source of inspiration, incorporating the element of chance and distilling/adding text to find the essence within.

Mary Beth Frezon

Quilter and painter,

Herder of cats, love fruitcake,

Writer of Haiku

Gay Guard-Chamberlin lives in Chicago but visits any place and time in this world and any others whenever she wants through art and poetry.

Carmen Kennedy I create small collages on paper and larger works on wood and canvas. My work is inspired by meditation, everyday life, and Art history. I create worlds for images to interact. Sometimes the worlds stand on their own. BFA Art History, BA Studio Art, The University of Texas at Austin.

Fascinated since childhood by the power of words and pictures to convey meaning and arouse emotion, Carol A. Keslar writes, photographs, and collages to tell stories of identity and life passages. A former marketing and communication executive, she currently lives in Oakland, California.

Like many of the August postcard poets, Tanya Korigan enjoys the visual aspect of the sent and received sheaves immensely. The sketching furthers the simple power of sharing where you are.

L. Lisa Lawrence is a multimedia artist and performer with a passion for pottery, painting, photography, dance and written word. She finds magic and inspiration in nature and connecting with those who read/view her art. When not creating, she is most often found in nature. Her website is www.wildcelticrose.net.

Doris Lynch has published poems, stories, and haibun in various literary magazines. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Praising Invisible Things. Her young adult biography on Tolkien was published by Scholastic Press. This is her first published photograph. She works as a community librarian and reviews books for Library Journal.

Tim Mateer I practice curiosity in Austin, Texas. Performing, writing, and directing in the theater, dance, and film industries for 40 years. I am a 3-year participant in Poetry Postcard Month. Sharing in this creative partnership, and the challenge of writing in the moment daily is an inspiration. Thank you all.

Amy Miller recently returned to art after having the enthusiasm beaten out of her by art school in the 1980s. She takes photos of natural objects and fishing debris. She is developing several of her kayaking photos into a series of linocut prints featuring southern Oregon lakes and mountains.

Paul E. Nelson See Editor biography

 Kelleyanne Pearce is a postcard poet in the Pacific Northwest, which gives her inspiration and peace and is the place her soul is meant to be. She enjoys collaging, writing, and hiking. She considers her collage art to be a place for found objects left behind to find new relevance.

Dairine Pearson lives a wonder-filled life in Santa Barbara, California.

Eugenia Hepworth Petty is a writer, photographer, and mixed media artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Galleries and a list of publication credits may be found at: www.eugeniahepworth.com.

Laura L. Snyder has been exuberant about the August Postcard swap for the last five years! Primarily known as a poet, this is Laura’s first jaunt into the world of collage. Find her latest poems in Claudius Speaks, Poetry Breakfast, and in Windfall. Laura creates between clouds in Seattle.

Abhaya Thomas lives in unincorporated NW Portland Oregon on a small farm. Here, along with her husband, she raised four children, an occasional dairy goat and hopefully her consciousness. There have been a few artistic endeavors thrown in the mix. This is her first published work.

Joanna Thomas is a visual artist and poet residing in Ellensburg, WA. She is a founding member of PUNCH, an artist-run gallery previously located (2006-2016) in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle. Her poems have appeared in Otoliths, Picture Sentence, Found Poetry Review, and shufPoetry. In 2016 she founded the Inland Poetry Prowl (www.inlandpoetry.com).

Matt Trease is an artist and IT Analyst living in Seattle, WA. His poems have appeared recently in Nautilus Review, Apricity, Hotel Amerika, and Phoebe. He is the author of the chapbook Later Heaven: Production Cycles, and he co-runs the Margin Shift reading series in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.