Bio's of Guest Poets
Poet Robert Lindley
Robert Lindley is poet from the Southern USA. He has been writing poetry since 1969. Robert writes with the intent to offer others words to enjoy and with high hopes he may inspire and brighten lives in some way.
A father and husband that cherishes deeply family values and Southern traditions he writes to give back for the many blessings he has received.
Robert Lindley has poems published in a Book titled , Creator: A Christian Poetry Collection by Kim Bond.
You can find this at the following site: http://whispersinthewind333.blogspot.com
Poet Tim Smith
Location Chicago , USA
Tim Smith is a father of four who loves spending time with his kids. Whether it be coaching or just watching their athletic endeavors (baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, dance...etc.) Tim’s family is the center of his life, and this is often reflected within his writings. Tim is very active in the community and volunteers much of his free time at local charities, with fundraisers for the community, and coaching.
Tim Smith has been writing on and off for over twenty years, and has started to actively pursue his passion in 2014. He has done is undergraduate degree at the prestigious College of Cork, with his thesis topic being “Poetic Lore in the 18th century” He studied under the accomplished Professor Kerry, at Cork. Tim Smith also obtained his U.P.S (Universal Poetic Scholarship) at the University of Blackthorn.
Tim has been published in various magazines, including Three Line Poetry, Haiku Journal, Tanka Journal, and Whispers. Even his poetry is very diverse, he is the master of romantic and love poems that will bring any reader into a dream world of happy days and boundless love. Tim Smith being of Irish decent is also versed in telling his poetic tales over a few pints.
Painting: New Brunswick Coast
Artist: Liz Neveto, Louisiana, USA
Poet Emile Pinet
Location Toronto, Canada
Emile Pinet. I was born in a small city, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, the third eldest of thirteen children, ten girls and three boys. I’m the product of a semi-dysfunctional family, brought up by a physically controlling father, versus a loving nurturing mother. Many of my poems reflect the uniqueness and special circumstances of my upbringing and love of nature.
Poet Andrea Dietrich
Location Utah, USA
Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren and two adopted sons Timothy Hicks and Arthur Vaso. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.
Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at Shadowpoetry.com.
Poet Ron Wilson ( VeeBdosa)
Location United States
As Ron Wilson, my birth name, I began my writing career in short-story, article, and poetry writing, and early publication ranged from multiple markets from FIELD AND STREAM magazine, a prominent Boston Literary Publication called IN-POSSE REVIEW, a regular contributor to Springfield MO News-Leader OVER THE OZARKS, The Sacramento BEE and Weekender. Most of my early writing was as Ron Wilson, but there have also been nearly a dozen pseudonyms, most of whom I have forgotten without looking back in my scrapbook albums.
Today, if you see the names Ron Wilson, Ron Wilson Arbuthnot, Ron Arbuthnot, or Vee Bdosa the Doylestown Poet, they are all me. My second book of poetry, LOVE POETRY by Vee Bdosa, was awarded the (coveted) honor of EDITORS CHOICE by the Editors. However, only a few hundred are in existence now as I have stopped publication in order to re-write all of my poetry under my ancestral name of RON ARBUTHNOT. I also have written over 300 songs, and am in the process or doing new recordings of all of them and a lot of audio-video of my selected poetry. Much of it, the early, the new, the good, the better, and the best, can be found at YOUTUBE and searching for Vee Bdosa
Dreams will come true!!!!!
Poet Eileen Manassian
I guess you could say I'm a citizen of the world. I've traveled....and I've lived parts of my life in Iran, Lebanon, the US, and Cyprus. I am proud of my Armenian heritage. I was born in Tehran, Iran and soon after that, my family went to the States for my dad to work on his MA degree and many years later, to work on his Ed.D. I have a lot of the Middle East and the West in me, and at times....I feel confused about my identity. I do, however, cling to my Armenian roots and am outspoken about recognition by the world of the Armenian Genocide that took place nearly 100 years ago.
Since my parents had no common language, the language spoken in our home was English. Yes, I am most fluent in English, and I think, dream, and converse in that language, though I do speak 5 other languages to varying degrees! :)
I am melancholy/sanguine by nature and feel everything very keenly. My highs are SUPER HIGH...and my lows...SUPER LOW! I guess you could say...I'm INTENSE. I'm passionate about poetry to the point of obsession.
The events that have colored my life are the death of my mother due to MS and the war in Lebanon. As a child, it was hard for me to come to grips with the fact that my mother was ill, and to see her go from being a vibrant, well-loved teacher to a wheelchair bound, isolated woman was a very harrowing experience. I do believe, though, that there is a resurrection day and that, by His grace, I will see my Mama fully restored...free of wheelchair, able to sing, laugh, and smile again. The war in Lebanon...bombs landing all around, nights spent in bomb shelters.. has also scarred me to some degree.
Currently, I teach English at Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon. Poetry Soup has been a haven for me....most of the time! ;) I've developed amazing friendships here that are very genuine and real. My dream is to one day have my name on a volume of poetry! One can always dream....Thank you for making the effort to get acquainted. God bless!
Poet Charmaine Chircop
Location Beautiful Malta
Charmaine is a Maltese’s citizen, mother to a beautiful daughter Christina, and a loving wife. There is always an event, a person, a moment in time that brings someone to the joy of poetry and for Charmaine it was her English teacher, who introduced her to the likes of Shakespeare, Milton, Frost and Vaso. Obviously her teacher was a very knowledgeable, kind person, to pass on such a passion and introduce her to such fine poets. However some of her favorite poets are Rumi, Pablo Neruda, and again Arthur Vaso.
She has been published in many journals, including Poetry Quarterly, The Germ, Haiku Journal, Tanka Journal and Frogpond. She has also had her poems put to music, one of which is lyrical poem called 'Little by little ' put into a song , (music played by Archie Clifford , lyrics sung by Alice Clark ) and is now available on a cd in Nottingham U.K.
Her hobbies include traveling, visiting museums, old castles and therefore it’s not wonder she loves the highlands of bonnie Scotland. . She loves collectibles and collecting antiques and loves to know the story of the history behind them. She collects miniature books, teapots, teabag holders, and paperweights. She loves music, and even plays guitar.
Now I find her a kind hearted and a person who loves life and humanity and wants to make a difference in this world. Always wanting too see the best in even the worst, she is always looking at building bridges and not fences. This shines through her poetry. I love her love poems, her romantic writes, as they flow so well, and whether of sadness, hope, despair or passion, her poems always tug at the heart, and her poems speak so softly, yet with passion and strength no matter the topic.
Poet: Lucilla M Carrillo
Location Texas, USA
Born March 18, 1943 Passed away September 27, 2014
Lucilla was born in Mission, Texas, and spent most of her life living in Chicago. She has worked in the Electronics industry, and then returned back to Texas. She is the author of a book called “Sparkling Thoughts by Starlet” When reading her poetry, you are reading her thoughts, as she was always thinking of others, the world, and the injustices in this world. She had a very kind heart, and during the last few years of her life we spent quite a lot of time chatting and emailing, and it was pleasure to be able to say that I know her. Even when she was going through terrible moments with her health, she always took the time and concern to ask about me, and how I was feeling.
Her poems have been picked up and published on many blogs and other sites, a tribute to her writing and huge heart.
I hope my tribute to her does her justice, and I am sure she will be smiling from heaven. I will also add a small blog comment, in the blog section, for those interested to know more.
Poet: Casarah Nance
Casarah is both a poet and short story writer residing in the United States. She is married with one very very beautiful daughter. I met Casarah on the popular web site Poetrysoup a few years ago. She writes all kinds and styles of poetry, although I very much admire her dark and gothic writes. She has the ability to place herself in character of whomever she is writing about, and totally absorbs the reader. Having exchanged ideas and helped each other over time, I find she has grown as poet and she just keeps getting better and better. So welcome Casarah and I hope you too enjoy the poem I have selected.
Poet Jan Allison
Location: Isle of Man
Jan Allison is an inspiring poet from the Isle of Man. Having tutored the likes of Jane Austen, among many other writers and poets, she has decided to go out on her own and publish some of her works. The only reason she has not won the Nobel Prize for literature, is a little known fact the Mr. Nobel was expelled from the Isle of Man for disorderly conduct and has never forgiven the event.
Being of good spirit and kind heart, this slight that was in no way of her doing, hasn’t stopped the inspirational humor and good will she instills on others via her poetry. However, don’t be fooled of misled folks. Jan Allison may do humor, limericks and satire as best as comedian does a live act on stage, there is a depth to her poetry, She can melt the heart, and write prose like the best of Irish drunks one island over to the left.
She has been interviewed on the radio, and its rumored she may be writing the lyrics for a new Justin Bieber hit single, for the sole reason she loves Canada, however the best way to know the poetry of Jan Allison is to read it. I might remind you folks never think in terms of quantity, is also about the quality. I might point out, that she writes in a style that makes people wish to read poetry. It’s not for those stuck up Cornish folk, poetry should be read by the masses. Her gift of prose introduced a whole new generation to the love of poetry. So without further adieu, read on!
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Poet Constance Lafrance
Constance Lafrance is the new Guest Poet of the week. She is a poet and writer residing in Canada. She has been writing from a very young age and was greatly influenced by her Grand mother, a story teller in her own right.
Reading her poetry you will often find a theme of darkness, sadness, loss, despair, and her picturesque gothic prose have a way of putting the reader right inside the settings, the poems she writes.
Suffering the loss of loved ones, poetry can be both soothing and therapeutic, and one of the most beautiful ways to express feelings to the world, that show that we are all not alone. The expression of such beautiful words is a gift to the reader, for in her words, I am sure many have said, that’s exactly how I have felt.
Her hobbies include collecting old books, vintage clothes, and anything “antique” It is no wonder she also enjoys the old European masters, including gothic art of the 13th to 15th century. Some of her favorite painters from the Renaissance period as well as John William Waterhouse and Adolphe-William Bouguereau.
I particularly enjoy her gothic writes and cemetery settings, and who knows, for maybe we have met, as she loves to visit cemeteries and photograph the lovely statues and a cemetery is surely where I reside.
She has published her works on many sites, and has won numerous poetry contests, I hope you enjoy reading her poems as much as I do.