Meet Our Poets ~ Profiles H
Johnny Halton is a student of Social Policy at Swansea University in Wales, with a love for the printed word that outweighs his 21 years. Academic technicalities are not of much interest to Johnny, who prefers to write "straight from the heart." He sees writing as a healing tool, and as he puts it, "You may have no one around to talk to, nothing left to drink, and two weeks left until payday… but there's always a piece of paper, and a pen. That's kinda what poetry means to me." Read.
Louise Hastings is a writer and the author of a first collection of poetry, Phases of the Moon, published by Winter Goose Publishing in 2012. Her newest book is a children's fiction novel, Beatha - A Badger's Story written to help raise funds for the Badger Trust. A nature lover and defender of Gaia, she is inspired by the beautiful countryside of Somerset in South West England. She loves reading and writing, and "allowing my thoughts and emotions to breathe through the power of artistic expression." Read.
Matthew Henningsen is a native of Colorado, although he has spent the past seven years living in both Massachusetts and Wisconsin. During this time, he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. His work remains firmly grounded in his academic training, and attempts to merge poetry with literary theory and history. Matthew’s work has appeared in a number of venues, including various anthologies and literary journals. However, his website, The Literary Doc, is the best place to view his past and current poems, in addition to essays on poetry. He now lives in Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Read.
Sarah Hina writes poetry and fiction from her home in Athens Ohio, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her debut novel, Plum Blossoms in Paris, was hailed by Booklist as “a terrific literary love letter to the City of Light.” A published poet, Sarah is privileged to have writing credits with Kentucky Review, The Lascaux Review and Greenhaven Press. For fun, she loves nothing more than taking pictures of the southeastern Ohio landscapes and wildlife that are a daily inspiration to her work and life. To read more of her writing, she invites you to visit her blog and to follow her tweets @sarahhina on Twitter. Read.
Emily Hone was raised in scenic Northern California and Reno, Nevada, where she started writing poems and short stories at an early age. Her work now focuses on nature as well as the nature of human beings & relationships. Emily is largely inspired by the writings of Charles Bukowski, Robert Frost, and Shel Silverstein (among many others), independent films with heart, and deceptively simple stories. She presently lives and writes in Sherman Oaks, California. Although she has posted poems on HelloPoetry.com, VerseWrights is her first publishing experience. Read.
Elizabeth G. Howard is the human behind the low-tech Demand Poetry. She studied poetry under Michelle Boisseau at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has been published in Boston Literary Magazine, American Craft, and Bentlily. Her poetry and photography series In the Details was published online, and she curated a writers group on the international writing community Writing Our Way Home. She blogs on cultural angst and love at Letters from a Small State. She is a member of the American Society of Poets, and is the resident poet of the Stratford Arts Guild, near her home in Connecticut. Her tools are a portable Olivetti Lettera, a MacBookPro, her Day One Journal and a Nikon DSLR. Read.
Deni Howlett (Bubo), was raised on the island of Jersey, and presently lives in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. Early on she discovered the art of writing as a form of self-expression and a "way to silently rant." Deni collects art and photographic imagery because they "fire the imagination, and bring contentment to the soul." She has published several pieces of poetry, but writes in all genres, and has recently begun to pen her first novel, In the Name of Love. Read.
Ann Huang is a seasoned marketer with more than fifteen years of experience working with the spoken and written word. Huang lives in Newport Beach, California, and is also an accomplished poet and author. As an MFA recipient in Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Huang’s poetry has appeared online and in print extensively. Her debut chapbook, Love Rhythms, was published by Finishing Line Press, a collection reviewed and noted by Orange County Metro magazine. Her book-length collection of poems, White Sails, came out in Cherry Grove Imprints by Word Tech Communications. Her recent poem, “Night Lullaby,” was a Ruth Stone Poetry Prize finalist. Huang's new poetry collection, Delicious and Alien, is due out in 2017. Her poems follow the surrealistic gestures that weave reality into divergent realms of perspectives and perceptions. Ann maintains a website, and invites your visit. Read.
Foster Cameron Hunter was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is, in addition to being a poet and short fiction writer, a visual artist who works mainly in watercolors and mixed media. Presently he is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in graphic design. His poems and short stories have appeared in moonShine Review (under the pseudonym Javier Sanchez), The Main Street Rag, Vox Poetica, Iodine Poetry Journal, Charlotteviewpoint.org, and his chapbook, Just the Tip, was published by Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. As a rogue scholar his appetite for understanding is voracious. Being a creator who paints images with both words and brushes, Foster muses: If a picture is worth a thousand words, well then, how much is a picture painted with a thousand words worth? Read.
Barrett Dillon Hycner has been an imaginative writer of fiction and poetry for most of his life. He has always felt a deep need to express himself through the written word and one of his deepest passions has always been a love of poetry. Finding himself lost in his current corporate day job, he seemed to forget about this passion for awhile until he was recently inspired by a friend to submit some of his works to VerseWrights. The idea expressed at VerseWrights that “He does not write at all whose poems no man reads,” put boot to butt and made him realize that it was time to have his words see the light of day. He lives near Richmond, VA with his wife and five cats where he hopes to continue writing and perhaps find some people--finally--reading his work. Read.