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Chip Williford is a writer of prose, poetry, and short stories. He is a photographer, videographer, filmmaker, documentarian, family historian, researcher, a good listener, and relatable storyteller.
He was first published in Volume Four Issue One January 1995 of SBC Magazine, Stanley Bennett Clay Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, a romantic fiction" From That Moment On ", also in the May/ June 1996 issue "I Got Your Mail", the latest take on lovers lust and little black lives. Chip was so honored to be a contributing writer in "Oh! What a Ride" 50 Years in the Airline Travel Industry" by author Rev. ElTyna McCree in 2016. His poem "Thoughts of a Mongoose" was selected for publication in the Nassau County Poet Laureate Society Review, Vol. VIII, 2020, an anthology of poems.
Chip Produced a Public Access Tevevision show called "Let's Talk" hosted by Rev. ElTyna Dixon-McCree, then for 2.5 years he produced a LIVE weekly show called "30 Marvelous Minutes" hosted by Lucinda Taylor for United Cable Channell 3 in Alameda, CA. In 2017 He co-produced and filmed the YouTube Series “Poetry Street on The Road” and is featured on YouTube “America, Please Learn from The Scars of History”. His educational historical documentary, “Bohemia, Then and Now” was internationally recognized, and viewed by Bohemian American Citizens along with the Bohemian Ambassador at the National Hall Bohemian Embassy.
Maggie Bloomfield is a published, award-winning poet and essayist, Emmy-winning lyricist for Sesame Street, and graduate/MFA Program at SBSH. Her chapbook, Trains of Thought, was published by Local Gems Press, and a collection, Sleepless Nights, published by Finishing Line Press. Maggie and Susan Dingle performed their one-act play, BREAK OUT! AS PART OF THE 2017 LI FRINGE FESTIVAL and Maggie’s one-act, The Dispatchment Society was part of NYC’s New Works Emerging Artists Festival in 2019.
Over the years, Russ Green has been co-editor at Great Weather for Media, put on poetry and arts events around Long Island and NYC, and has raised funds through some of these events for humanitarian and social justice organizations such as Tahirih Justice Center, The Trevor Project, and an the earthquake victims of Nepal. Additionally, Russ hosted and curated poetry stages at various festivals and has read his work from New York to New Orleans, Cleveland, Santa Fe, and cities in between. His book, Gimme Back My Radio, is out with Night Ballet Press. Currently, he runs a monthly workshop with poet Christina M. Rau called South Bay Sundays and also hosts and curates poetry and music events in Port Jeff called Saturdays on the Sound. You can usually find him communing with the mountains in Vermont with interesting artist friends or roaming the docks of Port Jefferson Harbor at night looking for signs of life in the starry night sky.
James Smith is a poet/artist from Bay Shore, NY. He Graduated from the HBCU Norfolk State University with this bachelors degree in Finance. His message is to spread awareness and he attempts to spread his message to make the world a better place
Anastasia Tomkin is a writer with a passion for racial equity. She is an Administrative Coordinator at Common Justice, the first alternative to incarceration program in the country that accepts people faced with felony charges. She holds a degree in French and Spanish from the University of the West Indies, and is a certified mediator. She produces monthly articles for her blog on Medium and recently released her first book, a poetry collection entitled "Delusions of Grandeur."
Steve Kramer wrote his first poem at the age of 18 shorty after drinking a 12-pack of beer and falling asleep on a large boulder at the edge of a wilderness lake near Spectacular NY. His work has inspired occasional accolade and frequent dismissal, the most cutting of which "I know poetry, this is not poetry, it is madness," serves as mantra and raison d'etre. He lives in Riverhead with his wife Agnes.
Pramila Venkateteswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island (2013-15) and co-director of Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival, is the author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002) Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich Press, 2015), Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016), and her latest book: The Singer of Alleppey https://www.shantiarts.co/uploads/files/vwxyz/VENKATESWARAN_SINGER.html
She has performed the poetry internationally, including at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Festival Internacional De Poesia De Granada. An award winning poet, she teaches English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, New York. Author of numerous essays on poetics as well as creative non-fiction, she is also the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year. She is a founding member of Women Included, a transnational feminist association.
Mark Yoslow, PhD (“Dr. Mark”) writes narrative poetry in a book format, a pursuit that has held his attention for 56 years. His most recent work, The Town (96 pages), is the source of his readings for the October 2020 meeting of Poetry Street. In addition to his creative writing, Dr. Mark writes about spiritual transformation, and just completed a nine-year project that tells the story of how he and his good friend walk a mountain together and the experience leads them on a seven-year spiritual journey in which they make the same climb 800 times and record their impressions in words and photography. The resulting book, Walking the Hill: The Art of Accidental Transformation, is a collection of essays, poems, memoir, and 50 dramatic color photographs. Dr. Mark is currently at work on a collection of long narrative poems, Blunt’s Gift and Other Stories, that combine heroic and romantic themes. Dr. Mark holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), an MA in the history and philosophy of education from New York University, and an MA in transpersonal and spiritual psychology from ITP.
The PASCA-MUUSS family loves to visit other countries, talk to strangers, eat new foods and make art. *TERRI* is a social worker, director, performer, speaker & author whose poetry has received three Pushcart and two Best of the Net nominations. Her first book, Over Exposed, was released in 2013 and, in 2016, Terri co-edited an anthology of NY women poets entitled Grabbing the Apple. Terri has performed her one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll, around the US and Canada since 1998. Her second book, godspine, was released by 3: A Taos Press this February. *MATT* has also authored two poetry collections—A Thousand Doors (2011 Pushcart nominee) and Raven Wire (2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist)—and serves as Assistant Poetry Editor of 2 Bridges Review. Matt has taught Poetry, Mythology and Literature at Bay Shore High School for 23 years and been named a New York State Teacher of Excellence. Terri & Matt have performed and taught workshops together dozens of times and have curated Second Saturdays @Cyrus, a vibrant poetry reading series in Bay Shore, since 2015. As a rapper, 14-year-old *RAINER’s* work bursts with theatricality and lyricism, a result of his background as a published poet and accomplished stage performer. Rainer has been writing since he was 4 and had poems published in several literary journals. On stage, he has appeared in school productions as Sonny in In the Heights, Edna in Hairspray and Tim Allgood in Noises Off, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, and was a member of the Public Theatre's 2018 production of Twelfth Night at the Central Park Dellacorte Theatre. Rainer just released his first rap album, Same Difference, this August. *ATTICUS* has studied Spanish in a Dual Language program since he was 4, has played the djembe, congas and drum kit since age 2 and gigs with much older musicians when he can. Now in 7th grade, he loves following politics and soccer leagues around the world. Atticus appeared numerous times with his brother on The Ellen Show as a "Presidential Expert.”