Meet Our poets ~ Profiles T
Kim Talon is a novelist (Strings and Bones, Tethered Birds), professional photographer and poet residing in Southern Ontario, Canada. Always a lover of words, she wrote her first poem at the age of seven and the magic of poetry has never left her. Her poems have been featured in many publications including The River Walk Journal, The Prairie Journal and 9train Press. She has been honored with a Cambridge Recognition of Arts and Cultural Achievement for her award winning poetry and short stories. You can find her on Twitter @This_is_Talon and on her website, www.kimtalon.com, to which she invites your visit. Read.
Grant Tarbard has worked as a journalist, an editor and a reviewer. He is the former editor of The Screech Owl and co-founder of Resurgant Press. His chapbook, Yellow Wolf, was recently released (WK Press). His collection As I Was Pulled Under the Earth (Lapwing) will be issued shortly, and a collection published by Platypus Press will be available later in the year. His work can be seen in such magazines as The Rialto, London Grip, Illumen, Aphelion, The Seventh Quarry, Ofi Press, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Bone Orchard Poetry, Blaze, The Journal, Southlight, Sarasvati, The Open Mouse, Poetry Cornwall, Stare's Nest, The Black Light Engine Room and Your One Phone Call. Grant currently resides in Essex, UK. Read.
Rowan Taw is British born, New Zealand residing, and a Bachelor of English Literature dropout. She restored her academic record, now holding a PhD in Psychology, publishing her research in psychological journals on a regular basis. Rowan’s poetry draws on this background, as well as her Buddhist practice, and love of literature (despite the dropout) to inform and influence her writing, through which she aims to bear witness to life: the miniscule and the mighty, the profound and the profane, sometimes with earnestness, sometimes with humor, and everything in between. She can often be found responding to prompts over at dversepoets.com, and she has a website at rowantaw.com where her poetry resides. Read.
Gail Thomas's new collection, Waving Back, will be coming out from Word Tech in the spring. Her other books are No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haleys, 2001) and Finding the Bear (Perugia Press, 1997). Her poems have appeared in more than 30 journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Hanging Loose, The North American Review, The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review and Naugatuck River Review. Gail has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross. Her book, No Simple Wilderness, about the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930’s has been taught in writing and multidisciplinary college courses. As one of the original artists for the MCC's Elder Arts Initiative, Thomas led workshops and intergenerational arts projects across the state. Originally from Pennsylvania, Thomas raised her daughters in Western Massachusetts where she has lived for more than 30 years. She is a learning specialist and teaches at Smith College. Read.
David Thornbrugh likes to tell people he was born in Tokyo while his father was with the occupation. Raised in Northern California and coming of age in the sixties, he has spent much of the last several decades bouncing about the world, having resided in Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan; Krakow, Poland; and Jinju, South Korea. He also once spent a year in Canada selling vibrators and crotchless panties, which generated at least a few poems he is willing to share. Most recently he resides in Seattle, Washington, where he reads regularly at local open mic venues. He has most recently been published in the Clark Street Review, The Artistic Muse, Blue Collar Review, and Convergence. David is now looking forward to reading at a venue in Rome, where he is meeting his wife at the end of her three-month tour of Europe as a butoh dancer. He expects to get some more poems from the experience. Read.
Maja S. Todorovic is an educator and writer from Belgrade, Serbia, currently living in the sunny Hague. After finishing her PhD in organizational sciences, and years of academic work, she switched her scientific pen for more creative expressions. With three books and two dissertations published, she now helps people find their writing voice and experience creativity through their own words. When she is not writing or busy with rhyme and drinking coffee, she munches on a bowl of fruit and loves to do some yoga. Otherwise she might be playing with astrological charts and exploring what’s under the stellar sky. Her most recent poetry online has appeared in Spillwords, algebra of owls online journal, and Poetry Corner. She maintains a website, Business in Rhyme, where she writes about beautiful uses of poetry and poetic techniques for improving writing, personal growth, and creativity. Read.
Holly Trahan has loved writing and dreaming about writing since she was a child. Thirty years of teaching English kept her from all but an occasional escape through poetry. She's shy to share, and these are her first two contributions to VerseWrights. She lives in rural Massachusetts, which you may be able to gather from her poem about spring. Read.
Laura Traverse is a middle school teacher at a charter school in East Boston, MA. Living in Boston for almost three years, she takes to the woods on every available occasion, and she relies on poems to process the intricacies--dramatic and mundane alike--of her day to day life.She has written poetry since she was a child, but she has not published poems in any formal context, outside of her college literary journal. Thus, VerseWrights is her first publishing experience. Read.
R. Gene Turchin
R. Gene Turchin recently retired after twelve years of teaching electronic engineering technology and mechatronics in West Virginia. Prior to teaching he worked as a network engineer and telecommunications technician before stumbling into the academic life. He has published how-to articles in technical magazines including Servo and Tech Directions in addition to poetry and short fiction in literary journals. He spends the winter months in Florida where he is currently working on a science fiction novel and comic book scripts. Most recent published works can be found in VerseWrights, 365 Tomorrows. With Painted Words, Aurora Wolf and Literary Hatchet. Read.