Whilst chronic pain and disability are Claire's daily companions, it is through nature and writing that she finds both the meaning and the means to make sense of the world in which she lives. Through her articles and poems, published on Tiny Buddha, Having Time, and Marias at Sampaguitas she strives to help others navigate the often complex realities of life. The natural world is a constant companion through many of her pieces and her poetry reflects this as she explores the human spirit. Find her on Twitter @occulife or on the web www.hopehikesandhealing.com
Maria S. Picone
Maria S. Picone has an MFA from Goddard College. She’s interested in cultural issues, identity, and memory. As a Korean adoptee in an Italian American family and a New Englander, her obsessions with noodles, seafood, and the ocean are hardly her fault. Her poetry appears in Homestead Review, Ariel Chart, Headline Poetry, and Route 7 Review. Her Twitter is @mspicone, and her website is mariaspicone.com. Here, she reads "Elegy for A.," which was originally published in Homestead Review.
Sara Pisak is a Contributing Editor at Helen: A Literary Magazine and a Staff Reviewer at Glass Poetry Press. Sara participates in the Poetry in Transit Program and has recently published work in the Deaf Poets Society, Five:2:One Magazine, The Poetry Question, Moonchild Magazine, Yes Poetry, PA Bards, and Boston Accent. When not writing, Sara can be found spending time with her family and friends. You can follow her writing adventures on Twitter @SaraPisak10.
Lee Potts is a poet with work in several journals including Rust + Moth, Ghost City Review, 8 Poems, UCity Review, and Sugar House Review. He is Associate Poetry Editor at Barren Magazine. He lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and their last kid still at home. You can find him on Twitter @LeePottsPoet and online at leepotts.net. Here he reads "The Finding of Names."
With a foot firmly each side of the Irish Sea, Alex Smith was raised in troubled Northern Ireland during the Eighties. Educated in English and Spanish, his work has taken him to some of the most socially deprived schools in England. His stark poetry has been published in ‘Twyckenham Notes’, ‘Tammy’, ‘Clear Water Poetry’, ‘Bonnie’s Crew’, ‘Abstract: Contemporary Expressions’, ‘Ink & Voices’ and ‘Okaydonkey’. He edits at ‘ABCTales’ and has a collection entitled ‘I dreamt I wrote another me’ available through Cerasus Poetry and Amazon.