The Poets of The Poetic Bond VIII

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Rick Davis


Author of three published novellas and has had over 1,000 poems published.  He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.  He is married & lives in Chicago (USA).



Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi


(B.A. English, Spanish; M.A. Spanish), author of Poem to Follow, Fall Tenderly, Surviving Gracefully, published worldwide in poetry anthologies, literary magazines, and in spoken word on the CD ‘HOW LIVE’ with LOOPRAT, considers herself a modern formalist, addressing contemporary issues in poetic verse with a stylized language.



Kelli Gunn (M.A.)


Resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where she writes, works, and studies. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and is currently completing an undergraduate degree in adult education. Her creative work can be viewed at: and



Carrie Magness Radna


An audiovisual cataloger at New York Public Library, a choral singer and a poet who loves traveling. Her poems have previously appeared in The Oracular Tree, Mediterranean Poetry and Tuck Magazine

Born in Norman, Oklahoma, she currently lives with her husband Rudolf in Manhattan.



Sonay Mustafa


A second generation Turkish Cypriot, born and bred in London. Sonay started writing poetry as a coping mechanism after a bereavement. Since then, she has discovered a love and passion for writing and is an active member of poetry communities on LinkedIn, and Instagram. Instagram poetry page @s_k_mustafa.



John Lysaght


Poet from New York.  He began writing poetry while a student the University of Scranton, graduating in 1968 with a degree in English and Classics. Here, his poems

were first published in Esprit, the university`s literary journal. John draws inspiration from his journey through everyday life.



Tim Williams


Published in several literary magazines and published first volume of poems in July 2018 (Take Life by the Throat under TW Williams) Website: Please sign up. Retired certified industrial hygienist and safety professional. Always a poet. My novel, Caden's Crime, is out to publishers for review.




Biman Roy


Has been writing poetry for past three decades and has been published in various literary journals in US, UK, Canada and India.  He is a psychiatrist by profession and serves as a consultant in a hospital in New York and lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.



Laura Lee


Chicago-area poet, college instructor and writer.  Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in the US, the UK, New Zealand, and Greece.  Her website is at:



Stephen Sesto


Retired from the Postal Service after a 30-odd year career, I find enjoyment in volunteering at the local community radio station, giving historical tours and writing poetry and song lyrics, despite my tin ear. My wife and I reside in Portland, Maine, USA: art, foodie and microbrew paradise.



John F. McMullen


Poet Laureate of the Town of Yorktown, the author of over 2,500 columns and articles and eight books, and the host of a weekly Internet Radio Show (Links to the recordings of all radio shows as well as information on Poet Laureate activities --



Stuart James Forrest


Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951. I am a retired public servant living in Foster City, California. In the summer of 2014, I developed a passion for creative writing while attending Stanford University Continuing Studies and hope to perfect my skills.


Annette Gagliardi


Annette presents her books & poetry lessons in schools & libraries.  She authored two children's books: The Three Betty Goats Griff and Resourceful Erica, and has self-published two poetry books, titled: "Life Prints: A Collection" and "Reflections of Sunshine". Her poetry has appeared magazines, calendars, newspapers and forty anthologies.



Kewayne Wadley


Kewayne has been writing poetry and creative stories since he was young. He is from Birmingham, AL and currently resides in Memphis, TN. Avid reader and writer when not working. Returning poet from the Poetic Bond V.  Social media link: 








Cathryn Glenday


Cathryn lives in a rose-pink pueblo house in Albuquerque, NM. She is a poet, a psychotherapist, and a disability activist. She has been writing poetry since the third grade but only recently begun submitting work for publication. Cathryn's work has recently been published in Awakened Voices and Persephone's Daughters.




Janette Bendle


Janette works in the health and wellness industry, where she teaches the importance of exercise, and good health at any age. She has always loved to write and is particularly drawn to poetry and children’s fictions where she can share her message about caring for the environment and animal’s welfare.



Gilbert Franke


Gilbert Franke is a retired Lutheran pastor living with his wife, Beth, in Bellville, Texas, USA.  He enjoys sailing, amateur radio, traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with his granddaughter.  Gilbert has "indie published" three books of poetry.  He maintains a web presence at



Joseph Sinclair


Joseph’s life was totally “bouleversé” in 2017 by his young daughter’s death to cancer.  His Lament For Emily, published in aid of the Shine cancer charity, is his final (fourth) book of poetry. His aim now is to complete his online autobiography You Don’t Apologise for Chutzpah before his own demise.



Lynne Zotalis


As a member of the Peace and Social Justice Writers Group at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, Lynne practices the life-long pursuit to BE a peacemaker. Peace journalism along with activism are an intrinsic element best imparted to our youngest citizens in order to ensure the future of our planet.



Wybgrig J De Vries


I enjoy reading and writing poetry because I love life.  Poetry for me means painting with words. I like to take readers on a journey with me in my poems and leave them delighted and enlightened. When my poems are understood I am pleased.



Madeline Heit Lipton


Madeline is a New York writer, born into a family with a passion for the Arts. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Poetic Bond Vll, Newsday, Woman's Day, Great South Bay magazine, and Haiku Journals.

She is proud to be among the authors of The Poetic Bond Vlll.



Betty Bleen


Betty’s collection of poems, Bad Red Shoes, is available on Amazon. She has been published in several anthologies and won Honorable Mention in 2018 in the Blackberry Peach contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems appear bi-weekly in a local newspaper.  Website:



Victoria Anllo


Victoria is a writer, editor, teacher, Romantic, and genuine bibliophile from New Jersey, USA. She wrote her first story at the age of five, but her first submission for publication was to this issue of The Poetic Bond. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter @victoriaanllo.



Glen Proctor


Published poet, sometime musician, lover of animals and believer in Metta. I came to poetry quite late, via the song lyrics I tried to write. I run a poetry blog (irregularly), mixing words, images, old poetry and new:



Cigeng Zhang


Cigeng is a freelance English translator from China. She started writing English poems in 2012. Her several selected poems were included in The Poetic Bond series from III to VII. Rouge in the Water was her first bilingual collection of poems published in China in 2017.



Gillian Bell


Gillian is a Speech-Language Therapist who loves working with people facing communication challenges.  She lives near a beach in the North Island of New Zealand.

Gillian has been writing poetry since childhood in West Yorkshire.  Since immigrating in the 1970’s her work has been published in NZ and Australia.



Lexene Burns


Lexene is a retired bank officer who lives in Darwin Australia and is author of one published book. She has had poems published in Flycatcher Magazine and The Poetic Bond VII. As well as writing Lexene enjoys the visual arts (photography, painting and drawing) and travel – see more at



Peter Coe Verbica


Peter grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Northern California. He obtained a BA and JD from Santa Clara University and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married and has four daughters.