Who's Who in Poetry

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 Dr.Mrs.S.Radhamani - Lisa RadonAthena Reid - Adrian Rice - Rod Riesco - Dam Robinson - Peter Robinson

  Fiona Robyn - Charlotte Peters Rock  - Rik Roots  - Michael Rothenberg


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Dr.Mrs.S.Radhamani was born in Madras in the year 1949, on the 30th of Junedid B.A English Liteature,in the Ethiraj college for women,Chennai,and obtained the degree in the year 1969,was awarded   M.A. from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, in the year 1973, did doctoral research on The Plays of W.H.Auden and got Ph.D  in the year 1987;subsequently did Post-graduate Certificate (PGDCE leading to the Post-Graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English  (PGDTE)in Central Institute of English and Foreign   Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad. She joined as assistant Professor of English  In chellammal women’s college in the year 1975. After having served nearly two decades in Chellammal women’s college of the Pachiayappa’s Trust, Madras she joined the department of English Pachiyappa’s College- a post-graduate and research institution of the same Trust.
    A Professor of English with   thirty one  31    years of teaching experience in a post-graduate and research institution, published four books of poems and one book of short story, widely published and anthologized, guiding M.phil research scholars and PhD candidates, recently on VRS. Also a reviewer and critic. Also published poems and short stories in many websites,presented papers in National and International conferences.
Poetry publications
1 Times Ahead Are Propitious {self publication}
2 Thistle and transformation {Writer’s forum, Ranchi}
3 Tidings of Transition { do }
4 Obsession and Transitional Exuberance do }
5 Garbage and Candelabra a book of short stories published by writers' workshop, Calcutta .
  As for her writing skills her writing career started some fifteen years ago, it all began with her scribbling in a note pad showing all her anger and fury on her colleague who was an expert in taunting her –a sort of sadism you see from which she could never release her self even today. In the early stage of her creativity she used to meticulously write down as inspiration and ideas flow; wherever she was, be it dining table or moving bus. Later on the thought process and writing process had a turn: if it were to be poetry or Picturisation or a particular idea or theme she would register in her mind and later on convert them into a shape.
  With the passage of years, time constraint and she should candidly admit that lack of patience had an impinging effect on her modus operandi.As for as the prose writing and   short stories are concerned she would frame a topography of the descriptions and characters in her mind and start with the computers –a sort of impromptu that is how her      stories have been given shape. Happily married to a husband who is also an academician and blessed with three sons she lives in Chennai

Lisa Radon
organisation: radonpoetryworks

For over a decade now, Lisa Radon has performed her poems at venues ranging from the San Francisco Poetry Festival to the Lollapalooza music festival, from bars to bookstores to dungeons. She is or has been reading host, performance artist, publisher/editor, and most recently producer/director of multidisciplinary poetry theater. She is currently working on percussive word constructs, noun poems and other experiments in nonnarration, specifically an audio/print work-in-progress entitled Unscheduled Lane Changes.
Radon's poems have found their way into little magazine, anthology, libretto. Her books include: Now Hear This (manic d press), The Super Deluxe With Everything (Big Star Press), and most recently, It's All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye (Big Star Press). She's written three pieces for performance by multiple voices including the most recent, Five Feet High and Rising. She is the former editor/publisher of the zine SQUIRM, issues of which are housed in the San Francisco Public Library Little Magazine Archive (or whatever it's called). In 1999 she received an arts' grant from the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission for Five Feet High and Rising.

Athena Reid
phone: 07939404217

Of Jamaican heritage, born and raised in London, she has continued to reside in the cosmopolitan capital. Since writing her first poem aged 13, Athena continues to write poetry and prose inspired by her traumatic childhood / adolescence and her subsequent transcendence of those issues. She also co-ordinates and facilitates a range of Self-development / self-determination workshops for both adults and children. She has performed her poetry in various venues, including the Millennium Dome and the National Maritime museum.

Adrian Rice
Abbey Press
12 The Pines, Jordanstown, Co. Antrim BT37 0SE
Abbey Press, Northern Ireland

Adrian Rice's first sequence of poems appeared in Muck Island (1990), a collaboration with leading Irish artist, Ross Wilson. Copies of this limited edition box set are housed in the collections of The Tate Gallery, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Lamont Library, Harvard University. He edited Signals (Abbey Press, 1997), an anthology of poetry and prose that was a Times Educational Supplement ‘Paperback Choice’. In 1997, he received the Sir James Kilfedder Memorial Bursary for Emerging Artists.

Rod Riesco
Bank Street Writers
16-18 Mill Lane, Horwich, Bolton, England BL6 6AT
phone: 01204 669858
fax: 01204 669858
rodriesco@aol.com website: The Jumping Cat

Poems published in The Rialto, Orbis, Envoi, Smiths Knoll, Aabye, New Hope International, Current Accounts, Prop, etc. 2nd prizewinner in York Open Poetry Competition and Ilkley Literary Festival Competition. Poem "Announcement" included in anthology "Marigolds Grow Wild on Platforms" (ed. Peggy Poole) published by Cassell in 1996.
Interests: Poetry from all periods but particularly keen on 20th century & later: William Carlos Williams, Peter Redgrove, Fleur Adcock, Les Murray. Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group in general. Local history, industrial archaeology, walking & cycling.


Charlotte Peters Rock
organisation: Manatee Press
Holly House, Middlewich Road, Allsotock, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9JX
phone: 0156 572 2738
fax: 0156 572 2738
A1A1A1 Charlotte Peters Rock Official Web Site
Recordings Web Site:

Organised performance events during the MANCHESTER POETRY FESTIVAL - various events, over 1995/6/7 - some for charity, such as
THE MANCHESTER CHILDRENS' CHARITY POETRY MARATHON, which ran for 5 hours in Manchester Arndale Centre, in October, 1997. The children of Manchester were encouraged to write, (mostly beforehand), and perform their own poetry and present it to a very large audience, (which probably ran at between 5 and 10,000 people).Various adults, not known for poetry also agreed to perform on an equal footing with the children. They included THE LORD MAYOR AND LADY MAYORESS OF MANCHESTER, WALTER KERSHAW, PROFESSOR CARY COOPER, BERNARD AARON, PETE HOOD and LINDA EDWARDS and others. It was in aid of the childrens' hospice, The Rainbow Family Trust.
Also events LLANDUDNO OCTOBER FESTIVAL (as fringe), at the Library, The Cottage Loaf, Le Cafe, Badgers, Clare's and The Ocean Lounge of The North Wales Theatre. 1997/8/9.
And at SHEFFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL, POETRY IN PEFORMANCE onTHE MOOR, with various others, in October 1997.
LANCASTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL, fringe POETRY EXPLOSIONS at all 9 libraries in the Lancaster district at the same time - October 97. And performance with others at local pubs, as further fringe.
Over the years she has fringed festivals in CHESTER, MANCHESTER, NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME, LLANDUDNO and LANCASTER; wrapping each festival with poetry, in shops, cafes, pubs, libraries and other public buildings and performing in various indoor venues and public squares.
Chester Folk Festival - committee member
Performer and Committee member in charge of publicity and some event organisation. KNUTSFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL - performer and workshop leader.
WRITER - of rich and varied material, detailed and accurate in its historical and geographical context. Writes both POETRY - 2000 and counting - and SONGS - 200 and counting - on all subjects and many styles.

Dam Robinson damrobinson1@btinternet.com Tel;  07986915035 Tel ;01744 737765  Website - http://uk.geocities.com/damrobinson1@btinternet.com/   I have had approx 30 poems published in magazines and anthologies in the UK & US. I won the Lancaster Lit Fest Poetry Slam 2003. I have also done support slots in Lancaster, Leeds & Liverpool as well as performing all over the place.  

Peter Robinson

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PETER ROBINSON was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1953. In the 1970s he edited the poetry magazine Perfect Bound and helped organize several Cambridge International Poetry Festivals. In the following decade he co-edited Numbers and was advisor to the 1988 Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, London. After teaching for the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and at Cambridge, he has held posts in Japan, at present in Tohoku University, Sendai, where he is a visiting professor of English literature. He is married and has two daughters.
Peter Robinson's four books of poetry are Overdrawn Account (Many Press: 1980), This Other Life (Carcanet: 1988), Entertaining Fates (Carcanet: 1992) and Lost and Found (Carcanet: 1997). He has edited the poems of Adrian Stokes, a collection of essays on Geoffrey Hill, and an anthology, Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City (Liverpool University Press: 1996). His translations of contemporary Italian poetry include Selected Poems of Vittorio Sereni (Anvil: 1990). A volume of his critical writings, In the Circumstances: about Poems and Poets, was published by Oxford University Press in 1992. He is at present co-editing with John Kerrigan The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies (Liverpool University Press: 1999).

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Fiona Robyn
Reading, England

Have greatly enjoyed my 23 years of life so far. Lived in Malaysia for several years, did school and Uni and am now an office girl with a difference. Live with boyfriends' computer (very useful for email). Main ambition to get a cat - need a garden before this can happen.
Achievements: Read for years and years. Now published in Obsessed With Pipework, Community of Poets,
The Poetry Kit etc. and recently got MONEY for a poem in Rialto. Runner-up in 1998 Flarestack pamphlet competition. Will one day be famous.
Interests: Stationary. Jungle music. Haagen Dasz. Libraries. Walking. Enjoying myself.
Anything else: Isn't the www world of poetry a small world after all?

Rik Roots
Hackney, London, E5 0DY

email: rik@rikweb.co.uk
website: http://www.rikweb.co.uk/poems
blog: http://rikfiles.blogspot.com

Rik has published two poetry collections - 22 Facets of my Father (May 2001) and Playtime (April 2002), both of which can be freely downloaded from his website.  He describes himself as mainly an internet poet.

Michael Rothenberg
Big Bridge
2000 Highway 1, Pacifica, CA 94044

Poet, songwriter, publisher of Big Bridge Press, and editor of Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else. His poems have been published widely in literary reviews including Cafe Review, Exquisite Corpse, Zyzzyva,Poetry Kit, Zuzu's Petals, Southern Ocean Review, Jacket, Ironwood, Lungfull!, Mungo vs Ranger, Cortland Review and Beehive. He is most recently editor of Overtime, Selected Poems by Philip Whalen, Penguin Putnam, Inc.