This Spring edition is already on the way to 639 medical waiting rooms, 457 rest homes, 8 prisons, 5 hospices and all the SDHB waiting areas. Sincere thanks to: André Surridge, my regular ‘go to’ poet for haiku, Kelli Russell Agodon for allowing me to use her poem, Love waltz with fireworks as the title for our 2017 PitWR fundraiser, and to all our Spring poets for generously loaning me their poems.
André Surridge is a poet and playwright who lives in Hamilton. His work has been published and/or performed in Britain, the US, Canada, Croatia, Australia and NZ. His writing awards include the Shell Playwrights Award NZ 1984 and the Janice M. Bostok International Haiku Award 2012.
Andy Seed is an author and poet, living in North Yorkshire. He writes memoirs, funny poems and humorous non-fiction books as well as all sorts of things for teachers.
Connie Wanek has written four books of poems, most recently Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, published in 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press. She’s also the author of a book of prose called Summer Cars. She lived for over 25 years in Duluth, MN, which is on the shore of Lake Superior. Read more about Connie here.
Judith Waller Carroll is the author of The Consolation of Roses, winner of the 2015 Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press Poetry Prize, and Walking in Early September (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her work appears in the journals Gyroscope Review, Persimmon Tree, and Mom Egg Review, the anthologies Home (Outrider Press, 2016), River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century (Blue Light Press, 2015), and Joys of the Table (Richer Resources Publications, 2015), among others, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. She lives in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas with her husband, the novelist Jerry Jay Carroll.
Kelli Russell Agodon is a poet, writer, and editor. She is the author of six books, most recently, Hourglass Museum & The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, as well as the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer. Her work has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in a sleepy seaside town where when not writing, she’s an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker. Read more about Kelli here
Michael Estabrook is retired. No more useless meetings under florescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms, able instead to focus on making better poems when he’s not, of course, endeavoring to satisfy his wife’s legendary Honey-Do List. His latest collection of poems is Bouncy House, edited by Larry Fagin (Green Zone Editions, 2016).
Michael O’Leary is a poet, novelist, publisher, performer and bookshop proprietor who has been a magnetic figure for many other contemporary New Zealand writers. He writes in both English and Māori; and his diverse and prolific work in poetry, fiction and non-fiction explores his dual heritage: Māori on his maternal side and Irish Catholic on his father’s as well as his mother’s. Born in Auckland in the year of the Tiger 1950, he was educated at the universities of Auckland, Otago (Dunedin), and Victoria University (Wellington). His Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint (inspired by Andy Warhol’s ‘Factory’, the Beatles’ Apple label, and John and Yoko’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’), which he founded in 1984, has published some of his own prolific output, as well as many other New Zealand writers. Michael O’Leary is a trustee for the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa (PANZA), a charitable trust dedicated to archiving, collecting and promoting New Zealand poetry. He now lives in Paekakariki, north of Wellington.
Sarah Russell says: When I was growing up I enjoyed writing poetry, singing and acting, but when I embraced the feminist movement during the 70’s and 80’s, I took on more left-brain pursuits – a Masters and Ph.D. while raising three kids, college teaching, writing and editing academic prose – rather than ventures in the arts. I kept those right-brain temptations at bay until a lovely man I met and married encouraged me to make dolls and now to write poetry.
During the school year, I live in State College, Pennsylvania where my husband teaches at Penn State. We spend our summers in Colorado to be near children and grandchildren.
ENJOY this Spring card and have a look here for details of our 2017 fundraiser.