VISHISHTA

Native to Southern California, Vishishta grew up in the tumultuous and inspiring 60s.  Starting out writing short stories, she published short surreal epiphanies in underground newspapers.  Gradually, she changed to writing songs, then poems, then back to short stories and now back to poems.  She writes constantly, journal, cookbook, letters...

Vishishta has had many professions: computer programmer, chef, restaurant manager, accountant, radio deejay, astrologer, columnist, psychic, mother, more to come.  She is restless by nature and always seeks something to learn.

"
Eros" is her first self published book of poems.  It is currently on display at Poet's House in New York City, and will be included in their permanent collection.  It will also be included in the library of Curtis Zahn, Pacificus Foundation in Los Angeles, where she will be the Featured Poet in June 2003, reading from that and other works.  Copies are available only from the author  v@stratlabs.com

DENISE ENCK

Denise Enck lives in Mukilteo, Washington near Puget Sound & the Olympic & Cascade mountain ranges. She is owner of EmptyMirrorBooks.com, an online bookshop specializing in the Beat Generation, modern poetry, & the work of Michael McClure. Denise's poems have been published in such places as The Cafe Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Angelflesh, Indefinite Space, & Tight, and online at McClure-Manzarek.com, FranksHome.org, & Sendecki.com. Work is forthcoming in Embryonic Stages. Her favorite word is 'fallen.'

CHUKWUMA AZUONYE

Our Guest Poet for the month of May 2003 is a professor of African Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA. He is the author of
Testaments of Thunder--Poems of Crisis and War, Dogon, Edo and The Silent Sky--Stories of Crisis and War, among other books. For a full profile of the poet, Click Here.

DURLABH SINGH

Singh is a poet resident in London, United Kingdom. He has been widely published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies and on the Internet.

He has had four books of verse published, the latest  the latest being
CHROME RED (ISBN 1898030464). The other books include THE BATS, NEO-XPRESSIONS and SPACES OF HEART.

His aim is to revitalize English poetry with new expressions and poetic craft.

ANDREW WILLOUGHBY

Andy Willoughby grew up in Cleveland between the strange dichotomy of the beautiful iron-emptied Eston Hills and the  iron blast furnaces of Grangetown.

He learnt the true nature of post-industrial suffering by supporting Middlesbrough from childhood. He went into exile at Kent University at Canterbury where he managed to gain a First, the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry and a W.B. Yeats studentship to attend poetry workshops with Seamus Heaney. 

He has a Masters in Film and Theatre from Sheffield University. He lived and worked as a lecturer, playwright, actor and performance poet in Tokyo, Manchester and London before returning to the North-East where he has supported poets like Tony Harrison and Linton Kwesi Johnson at The Verbgarden, Middlesbrough.

Willoughby is founder and Co-Director of the Hydrogen Jukebox Cabaret  of The Spoken Word  based at Darlington Arts Centre. He is the current "poet laureate" of Middlesbrough.

Unoma Nguemo Azuah
Azuah, author of Night Songs received the Hellman/ Hammett award for her writings on women's issues as well as the 2000 Leonard Trawick award, the most prestigious creative writing award from the English Department at Cleveland State University, where she got her MA in English.

Ms. Azuah served as the secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA Lagos), and as the publicity secretary of Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA). Ms. Azuah has just completed the MFA program in fiction at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.


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