About the Author:
A a young Ghanaian student-poet, Nana Arhin Tsiwah know in poetry circles as “The Village Thinker” uses livid words to tell tales of old, of history and tradition.
About the author:
I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and developed an interest in literature from an early age. I began writing when I was 10. I attended the International School of the University of Lagos and I’m currently at Bowen University, Nigeria. I am a Novelist and poet and have previously written poetry for the Huffington Post, Portsmouth Daily Times, Space Bar magazine, S magazine,Girslife.com, San Diego Free Press, Collective Lifestyle Media, Op-ed News, The Brooklyn Reader and Los Angeles Free Press.
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This one is by one of the most amazing women I know: my sister. She posted this poem as a facebook status, but I couldn’t simply let it die as soon as our news feeds updated. She captured an emotion I’m sure we all share in some capacity and that kind of resonance deserves recognition.
Tasha Kaminsky, 25, is a published author and graduate of the FSU Creative Writing Program and holds a M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She is committed to advocating for children, human rights, and promoting co-existence and tolerance in the Jewish community through learning and empathy.
I know today’s guest poet well. She’s my mother and happens to be the most selfless person I’ve ever met. Let this poem be a reminder that love abounds in multiple forms: the love for yourself, the love for a partner, the love for a friend, the love for a parent, the love for a sibling, the love for a daughter, and the love for a memory glistened in tears of bittersweet heartache. Today as you eat your candy hearts, don’t forget to also love the one beating inside your chest.
My mom, Lori Ortbals, founded the Missouri Chapter of the Children’s Heart Foundation in 2010 in memory of daughter Rebecca Lyn. Becky died of a congenital heart defect at 16 months old. Lori started the chapter with the hope that no other parent would have to feel the loss of burying their child from a CHD. All funds raised go directly towards research to develop new technologies and techniques to save lives like Becky’s.
When she’s not volunteering at a fundraising event or running board meetings, my mom enjoys spending time with our family, cherishing every moment to its fullest potential. She’s an avid reader, moviegoer, and superhero.
Nathan Mizrachi graduated from a prestigious liberal arts college in 2012 and spent his first year working a very unrewarding but well-paying job. He saved his money, quit his job, and has been traveling around Europe since August of 2013. You can follow his journey at lifeisacamino.com.
My name is Elianne El-Amyouni, and I write under the pen-name E. G. Wander. I’m 21 years old and spend my time playing the saxophone, singing, writing about the world around me, and wandering around aimlessly when I’m not in class. I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but am currently living in Lebanon, and soon enough I’ll be graduated and roaming the world. Connect with Elianne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lillo.ea
Kelsey Guire is a 16 year old singer/songwriter. She strives to publish a book of poetry in the near future. In addition to an admiration for the band Twenty One Pilots, she is a lover of literature and the sound of laughter.
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Topaz Winters is a fourteen year old singer/songwriter and author. When she is not staying up until four AM on a steady diet of coffee and cheesecake, writing her heart out, she can be found exploring musical frontiers with her eccentric collection of band mates or playing with her Japanese Spitz puppy, Hachii. Topaz’s debut novel, Frozen Hearts, drops in January of 2014, and her debut album, Falling Star, later on in the same year. Topaz does not yet know her path in life, but she is stopping to smell the roses on the way.
Hi, I’m Lauren. I’m a 22 year old Bostonian writer, poet, photographer, pianist, and belly dancer. I just graduated with my MA in English with a BA in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University. Creating art is who I am, not what I do. I like to see the beauty in things that people pass by.
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My name is Matthew J. Hall and I don’t have a degree nor own any cats. I am not studying creative writing and I am not the editor of any literary mags. I have worked in many factories and warehouses assembling, packing and picking everything from shoes to pornographic magazines. I am an avid reader and writer of poetry and short fiction. I aim to one day live a quiet life by a body of water with my wife, drinking whiskey, eating cheese and writing.
Devon Broadhurst is a West Yorkshire based poet who was hooked in to the magic of language by her great grandmother, a fellow poet. Later inspired by the surreal style of the poet Caroline Bird, after a trip to the Arvon Foundations Lumb Bank (the home of former poet Laureate Ted Hughes), Devon began capturing life’s gritty moments, her nightmares and emotions – each emotion impressive and different in its own degree – and retelling them within her own surreal framework. This led Devon to study Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield and pursue her own career as a writer.