Contributor Bios

A sampling of the hundreds of poets & writers who have graced the pages of T.W.

Ted Kooser is a poet and essayist, a Presidential Professor of English at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served as the U. S. Poet Laureate from 2004-2006, and his book Delights & Shadows won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. &

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Gargoyle and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Timothy Pilgrim is a Pacific Northwest poet with over 300 acceptances by journals such as Seattle Review, Cirque, San Pedro River Review and Third Wednesday. He is author of Mapping Water (Flying Trout Press, 2016) and co-author of “Bellingham poems” (2014). His work is at

Marge Piercy has published 17 novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women. Among her 19 volumes of poetry the most recently published include The Hunger Moon: New & Selected Poems 1980-2010, and Made in Detroit.

Dan Gerber is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently, Particles: New and Selected Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2017).

Marie Baléo is a French writer living in Paris. Her work was nominated for a Best of the Net award twice in 2018 and once in 2017. She has appeared in Passages North, Yemassee, Litro, Lunch Ticket, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is an editor for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel.

Stella Nesanovich is the author of  Vespers at Mount Angel and Colors of the River. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and magazines as well as over twenty anthologies. In 1999 she received an artist fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Michael Mark is a hospice volunteer and long distance walker. His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Rattle, Third Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Tahoma Review, and others.

Airea Johnson, a student at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where she is studying English and Creative Writing.  Third Wednesday is her first time in print.

Richard Widerkehr earned his M.A. from Columbia University and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. He has two books of poems, In The Presence Of Absence (Moon Path Press) and The Way Home (Plain View Press), along with three chapbooks and one novel, Sedimental Journey (Tarragon Books). Recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday, The MacGuffin, Rattle and Writer’s Almanac. Richard is one of a number of T.W. contributors who call Bellingham, Washington home.

Aremu Adams Adebisi is an African author inspired by natural vastness. He is published in Rockvale Review, Brittlepaper, Mistymountain Review, Barren Magazine, Poetica Magazine and elsewhere. He seeks depth, peace and tranquility in poetry, exploring the concepts of liberation, equality and existentialism. He will appear in Best New African Poets Anthology 2018 and Africa’s Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.

Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and The Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), Invocation (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015), and The View of the River (Kelsay Books/White Violet Press, 2017).

Sheryl Clough: “Someone once said that writing poems is a way to bring order into a chaotic universe. (Wish I could remember who that was!) I also like the way that poetry practice urges me to be in the moment, and to observe tiny details that might otherwise be lost.”

Judith R. Robinson is an editor, teacher, fiction writer and poet. She is listed in the Directory of American Poets and Writers. She has published 75+ poems, four poetry collections, one fiction collection and a novel. A full-length poetry collection, Carousel, was published by Lummox Press in 2017.

Kim Ottavi: Antioch, Sorbonne, Complutense. Baltimore, Paris, Madrid, Nairobi, Vienna, Geneva. UN. Much-travelled, keen interest in nearly everything. Published in The Antioch Review, fall issue 2017, a piece on L.- F.Céline.

Yakov Azriel was born in New York City and studied at Brooklyn College He completed an MA and doctorate. He works as a college lecturer and has published five full-length poetry collections, most recent; Closet Sonnets: The Life of G.S, Crown (1950-2021) by Sheep Meadow Press.

Joy Gaines-Friedler holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University, Ohio. She has taught as a visiting writer at Wayne State University, Michigan State, Frostburg State University, the Lapeer Correctional Facility for the Prison Creative Writing Project (PCAP) through the University of Michigan, and in the renowned InsideOut Literary Arts Project that serves Detroit public school children.

Guinotte Wise writes and welds steel sculpture on a farm in Resume Speed, Kansas. His short story collection Night Train, Cold Beer won publication by a university press. His poetry has appeared in Atticus, The MacGuffin, Rattle and The American Journal of Poetry. Some of his work can be seen at .

David James‘ third book, My Torn Dance Card (FCNI Press), was a finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie book award and the 2017 Book Excellence Awards. His second full-length book, She Dances Like Mussonlini, won the 2010 Next Generation Indie book award for poetry.

Jack Ridl‘s collection, Losing Season (Cavan Kerry Press, 2009), follows a high school basketball team over the course of a season as they struggle through a harsh winter in a small town. His poetry collections, Broken Symmetry and Practicing to Walk Like A Heron are from Wayne State University Press).

Leslie Schultz is the author of two collections of poetry, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies (Kelsay Books, 2016) and Cloud Song (Kelsay Books, 2018). She posts poems, photographs, and essays on her website:

Dana Johnson is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she studied with poet, Robert Fanning.  Her appearance in Third Wednesday is her first publication.

Tom Montag is the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, This Wrecked World, and The Miles No One Wants. He has been a featured poet at Atticus Review, Contemporary American Voices, Houseboat, and Basil O’Flaherty Review.

Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.

Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from Thoughtcrime Press, and Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. His latest book is Still Running from Right Hand Pointing.

Mary M. Brown taught literature and creative writing at Indiana Wesleyan for many years. Her work appears on the Poetry Foundation and the American Life in Poetry websites.

Geri Radacsi is the author of three collections of poetry. Her prize-winning chapbook, Ancient Music, was published in 2000 by Pecan Grove Press; her full-length poetry collection, Trapped in Amber, appeared in 2005 from Connecticut River Press; and Tightrope Walker in 2007 by Antrim House.

Sharon Scholl is a retired college professor of humanities and non-western studies.  Her chapbook, Summer’s Child, is from Finishing Line Press (2016)

Kat Lewis transmutes graphemes and phonemes into tales that chronicle human frailty. As an author of four novels and three feature length screenplays, she wrestles with the differences between monsters and humans.

Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is available through Amazon, as is a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press).

Lauren Tivey recently returned to the U.S. after living and teaching in China for six years. Now teaching at Flagler College, Lauren received her MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her chapbook, The Breakdown Atlas & Other Poems, was released in July of 2011 by Big Table Publishing Co.  She blogs at

Hedy Habra has authored two poetry collections, Under Brushstrokes, , and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention. Her website is

Susan Rich is the author of five books, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press). She is the winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Times Literary Supplement Award, London. She is co-founder of Poets on the Coast, a yearly writing retreat that takes place in La Conner, WA. She lives and writes in Seattle,WA

Jude Dippold was educated and trained as a philosopher, spent his career working as an editor and communications specialist, and now finds refuge in the worlds of poetry and photography. He recently moved to the Cascade foothills in western Washington and has traded the Allegheny River for the Skagit. His poetry has been published in Third Wednesday and in literary magazines at Jamestown Community College, the College of Central Florida, and most recently in Exult Press’ “The Yes Book, Writings About Yes.”

John L. Stanizzi is the author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits – Fifty 50-Word Pieces, and Chants. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Connecticut River Review, and many others. Stanizzi teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut, and lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.

Richard Solomon is developmental pediatrician practicing in Ann Arbor, Michigan whose writing has been shaped by Khrushchev’s shoe, the psychedelic Vietnam War era, mystical pursuits, and the resilient suffering of children. He’s married, has two children and four grandchildren.

Steve Klepetar lives in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. His work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Recent collections include A Landscape in Hell, How Fascism Comes to America, and Why Glass Shatters.

Dorsía Smith Silva is a Full Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her poems have been published in Aji Magazine, Gravel, MORIA Literary Magazine, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing, Edison Literary Review, Apple Valley Review, Bright Sleep Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The B’K, WINK, Poetry Quarterly, POUI: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing, Adanna, Rigorous, Shot Glass Journal, Tonguas, and the book Mothers and Daughters.

W. Luther Jett is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland. His poetry has been published in numerous journals, including The GW Review, ABRAXAS, Beltway, Innisfree, Potomac Review, Little Patuxent Review, and Main Street Rag. His work has also appeared in several anthologies, including “Secrets & Dreams”, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press and “My Cruel Invention”, published by Meerkat Press.

Daryl Scroggins taught creative writing for a number of years at the University of North Texas. His poems and fictions have appeared in magazines and anthologies across the country. This Is Not the Way We Came In, a collection of flash fiction and a flash novel (Ravenna Press), is his most recent book.

Sara Epstein is a clinical psychologist from Winchester, Massachusetts, who writes poetry and songs, especially about light and dark places. Her poems are forthcoming or appeared in Chest Journal, Literary Mama, Women Outdoors Magazine, Wild Swans, and two anthologies: Sacred Waters, and Coming of Age.

Jessica Goody: “I write to make myself heard and understood, to share my sense of self and the world around me, and poetry is the most accurate means I know of to describe what goes on inside my mind. I look for the stories within a scene, the inner thoughts behind the images. I believe that well-chosen words are the greatest agents of change; they provide hope to the suffering and clarity to the misguided.”

Bibhu Padi  has published ten books of poetry. His poems have appeared in Contemporary Review, Encounter, The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Confrontation, New Letters, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Poetry (Chicago), Southwest Review, Tulane Review, The New Criterion, Rosebud, TriQuarterly, Antigonish Review, Queen’s Quarterly, The Illustrated Weekly of India and Indian Literature.

Janice Northerns lives in southwest Kansas, where she teaches English at a community college. Her poems have appeared in The Laurel Review, Chariton Review, Roanoke Review, Southwestern American Literature, descant, and elsewhere. She received a 2018 Tennessee Williams scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, won second place in Southwest Review’s 2017 Marr Poetry Contest, and is a recipient of the Robert S. Newton Creative Writing Award from Texas Tech University. Read more of her poetry at or follow her on Twitter @JaniceNortherns.