Meet Our Poets ~ Profiles D
Jerry Danielsen is a poet, composer and producer, who lives and works in the Los Angeles area. He is a founding editor of Volume Number Magazine (Vol. No.) and the Los Angeles Poets’ Press (LAPP). His books include Transmit Love (2011), Spiritual Ennui (2006), Against the Fog (2003), and What?!:The unabridged secret guide to the hidden meaning behind ultimate reality (1983). He has also been published in San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Canyon Carvings, Electrum, CQ, and Vol. No., among others. Jerry is also the owner/operator at Busy Signal Studios, where he manages and coordinates multiple activities such as writing music, and working as a producer and recording engineer. Read.
Jessica L. Davis was born and raised among the pines and shores of Michigan's heartscape. Its interplay of water and light--and then nature itself--were the catalysts that sparked her love affair with writing. After earning a degree in psychology, working in the aviation field, and beginning a family in the Ohio area, she spent four years living and working to encourage grass roots humanitarian aid start-ups in the highlands of Kenya. An introduction to Wendell Berry's work while in Kenya began her first recognition of embracing words within as a calling. Mysticism and ancient voices seem to resonate most deeply with her, especially Rumi, Gibran, J. Krishnamurti and Tara Singh. But it is the sacred act of writing itself that transforms her every day life into a presence that "illuminates in all the right places." She currently lives tucked away in a wooded home with her husband, two teen children, and one very lively dog. She tweets @jessicajots and maintains a blog for her writing at Twenty Sentences, and invites your visit to both. VerseWrights is her first publishing experience. Read.
Jorge Davis grew up in Long Beach, California. A military veteran and former paramedic, he now splits his time as co-editor of a small travel magazine and EMT and CPR instructor. Obsessed with the concept of memory and the mysteries of time, he says: “I write because there are just some things you never want to forget, and not a day goes by without me needing to crystallize it.” He has also published under the pen name Diego Paz, and is currently working on his first novel, tentatively entitled, You Like to Sneak Around the caged poem. Read.
JD DeHart is an English teacher from Tennessee. When he does not teach about language and literature, he writes and reads all that he can. DeHart’s chapbook, The Truth About Snails, is available on Amazon. His work appears at The Commonline Journal, Uut Poetry, The Stockholm Review, and several other sites and publications. He was recently nominated for Best of the Net and delights in publishing the work of others on several blogs, one of which is spinrockreader.blogspot.com. His own blog, jddehartwritings.blogspot.com, features links to some of his work. Read.
Darren C. Demaree
Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. Read.
Angelee Deodhar is an eye surgeon by profession as well as a haiku poet, translator, and artist. She lives and works in India. Her haiku/haiga have been published internationally in various books and journals, and her work can be viewed on many websites. She does not maintain her own website. To promote haiku in India, she has translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi, which she distributes for free. These include: If Someone Asks: Masaoka Shiki's Life and Haiku (2005), Haiku: A Master's Selection, edited by Miura Yuzuru (2006), Ogura Hyakunin Isshu: 100 Poems by 100 Poets (2007), Children’s Haiku from Around the World–A Haiku Primer (2007), Indian Haiku (2008), and The Distant Mountain: The Life and Haiku of Kobayashi Issa (2009). Read.
E. Michael Desilets was born in Framingham, MA, where he spent much of his youth sitting in movie theaters and serving Mass at St. Stephen Church. He would later teach film history at Rowan University in New Jersey and The University of Judaism in Los Angeles, where he now lives. Kattywompus Press published his chapbook Nasty Stuff in 2012. Read.
B. Diehl lives in Phillipsburg, NJ, where he was also born and raised. He has been writing for a long time, but didn’t get particularly serious until 2013. His first full-length poetry collection, Zeller’s Alley, was published in 2016 by White Gorilla Press. Some of his poems have been published in Hobart, BOAAT Press, FLAPPERHOUSE, Words Dance, as well as other publications. When he is not writing, you can usually find him at home, hanging out with his cats and/or feeding his social media addiction. He maintains a website, my name is b., and invites your visit. Read.
Margaret Diehl was born in Texas, grew up in New Jersey and New York, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She has published two novels, Men (1988) and Me and You (1990); a memoir, The Boy on the Green Bicycle (1999), all from Soho Press; and a poetry chapbook, it all stayed open (2011, Red Glass Press). She is the recipient of a National Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for fiction and a New York State Council for the Arts Fellowship for creative nonfiction. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and works as a writer/editor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and for private clients. Read.
Maureen E. Doallas is the author of Neruda's Memoirs (T.S. Poetry Press, 2011), her debut collection of poetry. Her work has been published in Open to Interpretation's anthology Water's Edge, and at Every Day Poems, The Victorian Press & Journal, Escape Into Life, and other online and print publications. Maureen blogs daily on art, poetry, music, and film at Writing Without Paper and is a frequent contributor to TweetSpeakPoetry blog. She owns a small art licensing company, Transformational Threads, in Arlington, Virginia. Read.
Ramesh Dohan was born in 1974 in Singapore, and now hails from the city of Toronto, Canada. He earned a BA degree from the University of British Columbia. His poetry often slips into quirky, tender or profound observations on the everyday life, reading and writing, and poetry itself. He has also seen his poetry published in several literary journals including South Ocean Review (2007), Osprey Journal (2008) , Boston literary Review (2011), Ascent Aspirations (2011), Bywords Journal (2012), among others. Read.
Judith Dorian has a doctorate in musicology from the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she wrote the program notes for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and published several articles in music journals. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals. Three years ago Judith wrote and illustrated A Tiny Little Door, a collection of children's poetry. Recently, she served as writer-in-residence at the Kushi Institute in Becket, Massachusetts. She also is active as a narrator, lecturer and pianist. Read.
Ken Allan Dronsfield
Ken Allan Dronsfield is a poet who was nominated for The Best of the Net and two Pushcart Awards for Poetry in 2016. His poetry has been published worldwide in various publications throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. His work has appeared in The Burningword Journal, Belle Reve Journal, Setu Magazine, The Literary Hatchet Magazine, The Stray Branch, Now/Then Manchester Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Scarlet Leaf Review, EMBOSS Magazine and many more. Ken loves thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night, and spending time with his cat Willa. Ken's new book, The Cellaring, a collection of haunting, paranormal, weird and wonderful poems, has been released and is now available on Amazon. He is the co-editor of two poetry anthologies, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze and Dandelion in a Vase of Roses. All three of these books are available on Amazon. Read.
Peter V. Dugan
Peter V. Dugan was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and resides in East Rockaway. Mr. Dugan has published five collections of poetry and his book The Prowess of Emptiness: New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press) will be released in April. Over the years, his poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines both on-line and in print. Peter Dugan'swork has recently appeared in Grub Street Literary & Arts magazine, Soul Fountain magazine , Section 8 Magazine: International Art and Literature, Five 2 One Magazine (issue 10) and Avocet: A Journal ofNature Poems (#155). He co-edited and formatted the Writing Outside The Lines poetry anthology, (Wyld Syde Press, 2012) and co-edited and formatted the LI Sounds 2015 poetry anthology. Mr. Dugan also hosts a reading series at the Oceanside Library on Long Island. Read.