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. http://tedkooser.net/ & https://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/.

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 www.timothypilgrim.org.

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. https://margepiercy.com/

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. www.mariebaleo.com

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.

Larry Levy’s poetry collections include What Outlives Us (Atmosphere Press, 2018), All the Dead are Holy (Atmosphere Press, 2017), and I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poems (Mayapple Press, 2007). Retired from full-time teaching at every level from pre-school to graduate school, Larry and his wife Cheryl live in Midland, Michigan where they direct plays and conduct workshops on acting and writing for the Midland Center for the Arts.

Sam Robertson lives in Forest Hills, NY, with his wife and two daughters. He teaches literature at Suffolk County Community College. His latest publications include poems in ‘Literary Imagination,’ ‘The Hollins Critic,’ and ‘The Dalhousie Review.’

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 http://www.wisesculpture.com .

J. R. Kangas is a semi-retired academic librarian, and has had poems in Atlanta Review, New Letters, The New York Quarterly, West Branch, et al. A chapbook, Breath of Eden, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in September, 2019.

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: www.winonamedia.net.

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 https://laurentivey.wordpress.com/.

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 hedyhabra.com.

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.

Beth Grindstaff has been writing poetry since she could hold a crayon. Beth has had poems published in several anthologies. Her first poetry chapbook, This Fragile Husk, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. She spends her time battling multiple sclerosis, working, writing, and caring for the love of her life, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in late 2019.

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.

Hilary Sallick is the author of Asking the Form (Cervena Barva Press, 2020) and Winter Roses (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She teaches reading and writing to adult learners in Somerville, Massachusetts, and she is vice-president of the New England Poetry Club. To learn more, go to hilary sallick.com

Scott Dalgarno counts himself fortunate to have seen poems of his in APR, The Christian Century, America, The Yale Review, The Antioch Review, The Bellevue Literary Review. He can be found in any number of watering holes that dot the otherwise dry environs of Salt Lake City.

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. 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 www.janicenortherns.com or follow her on Twitter @JaniceNortherns.

Zebulon Huset is a teacher, writer and photographer living in San Diego. His writing has recently appeared in. He publishes a writing prompt blog Notebooking Daily with its print companion Notebooking Periodically and is the editor of the fledgling journal Coastal Shelf.

Rustin Larson’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, Saranac Review and other magazines. The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009) is his latest collection. He won 1st Editor’s Prize from Rhino magazine in 2000 and has won prizes for his poetry from The National Poet Hunt and The Chester H. Jones Foundation among others.

Brianna Van Dyke is the founder of Ruminate, a contemplative literary arts magazine, where she happily served as editor-in-chief of Ruminate for its first thirteen years of publication. She earned her MA in literature from Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and their two children.

Katherine Edgren is a retired social worker who lives in Dexter, Michigan. She’s had one book and two chapbooks published, and individual poems in numerous publications. She served 3 months as a guest editor of 3rd Wednesday.

Jill Doster Marcusse lives in West Michigan. She has been published in Heron Tree, Bear River Review, Outrider Press, Peninsula Poets and How It Looks From Here.

Charles Hughes is the author of the poetry collection, Cave Art (Wiseblood Books 2014), and was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the 2016 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He worked as a lawyer for thirty-three years before his retirement and lives with his wife in the Chicago area.

Cash Myron Toklas is a new, young American poet, in precisely the way that Umberto Eco once described himself as a “young novelist” well into his fifties, because he had started so late. Otherwise. His work has lately appeared or is forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review, J Journal, The Midwest Quarterly, The Penn Review, Riggwelter, Virginia Normal, and elsewhere

Jeff Hardin is the author of six collections of poetry: Fall Sanctuary (Nicholas Roerich Prize); Notes for a Praise Book (Jacar Press Book Award); Restoring the Narrative (Donald Justice Prize); Small Revolution; No Other Kind of World (X. J. Kennedy Prize), and A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being. Jeff teaches at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN.

Eric Blanchard’s poetry has been included in numerous collections. In 2013, his prose poem “The Meeting Ran Long” was nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net anthology. His chapbook The Good Parts will be published in January 2020 by Finishing Line Press.

Deonte Osayande is a writer from Detroit, Mi. His nonfiction and poetry have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, and the Pushcart Prize. He has represented Detroit at four National Poetry Slam competitions. He’s currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College. His books include Class (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017), Circus (Brick Mantle Books, 2018) and Civilian (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019).