Who's Who in Poetry

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Derek Adams - Ashley Alquine - Paul Amphlett - Steve Anderson - Caron Andregg - Aurora Antonovic -

Keith Armstrong - Penny Ashton -  Attila the Stockbroker - Marc Awodey

Derek Adams
website Derek Adams
email   derek@theadamsresidence.co.uk

born 1957, Walthamstow, London. Studied Photography at Paddington College, London, 1974-77 and has been earning his living as a photographer ever since. Moved to Essex in 1985,  joined the Southend Poetry Group. One of the organisers of the Essex Poetry Festival since 2002. http://come.to/the-essex-poetry-festival

Widely published in magazines including Acumen, Boomerang, Black October (US),  The Interpreters House, Magma, Moonstone, Obsessed With Pipework, Orbis, Other Poetry, Poetry Monthly, Purple Patch, Read The Music, Red Lamp, Seam, Smith's Knoll, Tears In The Fence, Verse Libre (US) and in anthologies A Dress of Nettles (Ragged Raven Press 2004), Off The Wall - Anthology of Comic Verse (2003), The Sensitively Thin Bill of the Shag (Biscuit Publishing 2003), Saturday Night Desperate (Ragged Raven Press 2003), Uno (Comrades Press 2002).

First collection 'Postcards to Olympus' was the winner of the Poetry Monthly Booklet competition 2004.

Has performed poetry at a variety of venues including, the Leigh Folk Festival, Essex Poetry Festival, Poetry Cafe, Cabaret Voltaire, Troubadour and run poetry workshops at the Essex Poetry Festival & London South Bank University.

Ashley Alquine

Ashley Alquine lives in Arizona with her 4 daughters and her husband. She has been writing as long as she can remember. She is 35 and was originally from California. When she is not writing, she's busy doing puppetry and clowning, video production, web design, home-schooling, and running a poetry club. She publishes the e-mail newsletter Poetic Ramblings.
Published a group of poem in the e publication "Runes Rag" in 1994. Published "Painting" in 1998 in the poetry journal La Chuparosa. Helped to open the Desert Sage branch of the Phoenix Public Library in 1998 with a poetry reading. Vice President of the Arizona State Poetry Society. Published her book "Sparrow in the Snow" with the publisher Iuniverse.com.


Paul Amphlett

Editor: Peer Poetry Magazine 

26 Arlington House, Bath St., Bath, Somerset BA1 1QN

Paul Amphlett is the editor of Peer Poetry Magazine which has been in constant publication since 1992.  A recent  interview in Poetry Kit Magazine can be found here(291004)  

(update Dec 2007)  Sadly my wife, Jane died at the beginning of June last. She was brilliant at fashioin and interior decorating and wrote some very compelling haiku.
She also helped me in many ways with criticism and proof-reading. Since I have been completing and finally revising a selection of my haiku since 1992, when I started getting deeply into it - publication as an Ebook in the earlier part of next year through Lulu.com. I am also revising a science fiction novel and later an anthology of my conventional poetry. I thought I had better get on as one never knows when the grim reaper will call, though I am at present a healthy 83.  It is pleasant to mention my efforts being awarded by becoming 1st runner-up in the World Haiku Club competition for an International Prize The R.H.Blythe Memorial Prize for 2007- won this year by E Berry of New Zealand - already prominent over there and appearing in magazines world-wide.  Also, I have recently been appointed moderator of the World Haiku Club's Newcomers Group  - which I must admit is full right up with newcomers - so don't apply till the second half of April 2008.


Steve Anderson
UK Poet - not to be confused with the writer by the same name in the USA.
34, Mossbrook Court, 2 Kentford Drive, Collyhurst, Manchester, M40 7RE, United Kingdom.

Steve Anderson has been out and proud for more years than he cares to remember. Winner of the coveted school prize for poetry in his last year, he has been writing seriously for publication since 1991. He won the 6th Commonword Poetry Slam with a poem about kd lang's Constant Craving. An appearance on Granada TV frightened the life out of him while, appearing live at a Candlelight Vigil in front of more than 5,000, didn't faze him in the slightest. Steve has been published in a large variety of journals, winners anthologies and established poetry magazines. A non-Catholic, his work has even appeared in The Catholic Times. He now lives in central Manchester where, after a bit of a break, he is back to reading and writing lots of poetry. He currently has in the order of sixty poems looking for an appropriate publisher.
Winner of the BSPG Poetry competition 1996. Winner of the 6th Commonword Poetry Slam. Winner of the Cherrybite Publications Anthology competition [129 entrants] 1998.
Pamphlet: "Bitter Almonds" - published by BigBear Publications in 1995 - now out of print. Anthology: "Alchemy Of Passion: Knaresborough and Mother Shipton in Poems" - published by BigBear Publications in 1998 - copies available on-line from Amazon Books at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1900026023/qid=1064150989/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_0_2/026-2490842-1662003 or direct from the poet at Ŗ6.00 each inc p&p. Pamphlet: "Working A Way Through" - published by Cherrybite in 1999 - now out of print.
See a selection from "Alchemy Of Passion" and "Working A Way Through" plus newer work at http://www.zen13221.zen.co.uk/poetry.htm
He is happy to give a little help and encouragement to both new and established poets and to review new collections and poetry journals for the Internet so long as a hard copy is sent and he is allowed to keep the collection afterwards.

Caron Andregg
organisation: Poetry Calendar
8288 Gilman Drive, #45 La Jolla, CA USA 92037
fax: 619-638-0086

Caron Andregg lives and writes in Southern California with her husband and two cats, where she also runs her own media research company. 
Her poems have been published in Spillway, Zero City, Minotaur, The Olympia Review, Impetus, Talus & Scree, Sheila-Na-Gig, and Rattle among many others and on the Internet in Gravity, Poetry Cafe, Zero City, Spokenwar and elsewhere. 
Achievements: Publisher of the annual Poetry Calendar which features new poems form 53 contemporary wirters. Winner of an Honarbel Mention in the First Annual Internet Litterary Arts Contest for her poem "Ripe".

Aurora Antonovic

Aurora Antonovic is a Canadian freelance writer, visual artist, and the former co-editor and columnist for the now-defunct GT Times. Her poetry has recently appeared in Thunder Sandwich, Megaera, Makarta, Little Acorn, The Moriarity Papers, Sidewalk's End, and Poetic Voices, where she was Featured Poet for May 2003.
Further information, including works of Aurora's, can be found on the following links:

Keith Armstrong
organisation: Northern Voices

93 Woodburn Square, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear NE26 3JD
phone/fax: 0191 2529531
email  k.armstrong643@btinternet.com
WEBSITE  www.exposweb.net/ExposedWebPages/KeithArmstrong/Layout.html

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher, Keith Armstrong is coordinator of the Northern Voices creative writing and community publishing project which specialises in recording the experiences of people in the North East of England. He has organised several community arts festivals in the region and many literary events featuring the likes of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Douglas Dunn, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Katrina Porteous, Ian McMillan, Edward Bond, Edwin Morgan, Uwe Kolbe, Attila the Stockbroker, Adrian Mitchell, Jackie Kay, Frank Messina, Benjamin Zephaniah and Liz Lochhead.
He was founder of Ostrich poetry magazine, Poetry North East, Tyneside Writers' Workshop, Tyneside Poets, East Durham Writers' Workshop, Tyneside Trade Unionists for Socialist Arts, Tyneside Street Press and the Strong Words and Durham Voices community publishing series. He has recently compiled and edited books on the Durham Miners' Gala and on the former mining communities of County Durham and the market town of Hexham.
He was a libriarian at Newcastle University, Blyth Public Library, International Research and Development Company (I.R.D.,Newcastle), Merz & McLellan Consulting Engineers (Killingworth), Gateshead College and Sunderland Libraries, before becoming a community worker with Newcastle Neighbourhood Projects (part of Community Projects Foundation), research worker with Tyneside Housing Aid Centre, and then Community Arts Development Worker (1980-6) with Peterlee Community Arts (later East Durham Community Arts).
As an industrial librarian at I.R.D., he was christened 'Arts & Darts' , organising an events programme in the firm incuding poetry readings, theatrical productions, and art exhibitions by his fellow workers, as well as launching Ostrich poetry magazine using the firm's copying facilities and arranging darts matches between departments!
He has been a self-empoyed writer since 1986 and he is currently studying for a PhD on the work of Newcastle writer Jack Common at the University of Durham where he received a BA Honours Degree in Sociology in 1995 and Masters Degree in 1998 for his studies on regional culture in the North East of England.
He was Year of the Artist 2000 poet-in-residence at Hexham Races, working with painter Kathleen Sisterson. He has also held residencies in Durham, Easington, Sedgefield, Derwentside, Teesdale, Wear Valley, Chester-le-Street and Sunderland.
His poetry has been extensively published in magazines such as New Statesman, Poetry Review, Dreamcatcher, Other Poetry, Iron, Sand, The Poetry Business, and Poetry Scotland, as well as in the collections The Jingling Geordie, Dreaming North (with Graeme Rigby), Pains of Class and Imagined Corners, on cassette, LP & CD, and on radio & TV. He has also written for music-theatre productions, including O'er the Hills (with Dreaming North - Graeme Rigby, Rick Taylor, Paul Flush, Joan McKay and Keith Morris, with guest Kathryn Tickell,) and ˜Wor Jackie (with Mike Kirkup) (1988) for Northumberland Theatre Company; Pig's Meat (1997 & 2000) for Bruvvers Theatre Company; and The Roker Roar (1998) for Monkwearmouth Youth Theatre Company. Other commissioned work includes Fire & Brimstone (with Linda France, Paul Flush and others) (1989) and ˜The Hexham Celebration (with Paul Flush and others) (1992), both for the Hexham Abbey Festival; Suite for the River Wear (with Dreaming North) (1989) for BBC Radio; and The Little Count (with Andy Jackson and Benny Graham) (1993) for Durham County Council.
He won the Kate Collingwood Bursary Award in 1986. He was the Judge for the Sid Chaplin Short Story Awards in 2000. He has performed his poetry on several occasions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Festivals in Bradford, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Durham, Greenwich, Lancaster, and throughout the land. He has also toured to the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Iceland (incuding readings with Peter Mortimer during the Cod War), Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic and The Netherlands.
He has long pioneered cultural exchanges with Durham's twinning partners, particularly Tuebingen and Nordenham in Germany and Ivry-sur-Seine and Amiens in France, as well as with Newcastle's Dutch twin-city of Groningen. In fact, he has visited Tuebingen some 28 times since he first spent a month there in November 1987 as poet-in-residence supported by Durham County Council and the Kulturamt, and he has performed his poetry in the city's Hoelderlin Tower and as part of the annual Book Festival. He has arranged for writers such as Katrina Porteous, Julia Darling, Michael Standen, Alan C. Brown and Linda France to join him in Tuebingen. In 2002, he visited New York City to give readings with the aid of a Northern Arts Award ad he will be returning there in 2004. He has also won Northern Arts Awards to visit Berlin in 1990 and in 2001 to pursue his studies of Dutch regional culture. His travels to Denmark, Germany, Holland and Sweden have also been supported by the British Council. He often works and travels with folk-musicians from North East England, including Jez Lowe, Marie Little, Chris Ormston and George Welch, and he has written the lyrics for an album, 'Bleeding Sketches', by folk-rock band ˜The Whisky Priests, with whom he has toured extensively in The Netherlands. He has also visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg to perform his poetry with musicians Pete Challoner and Ian Carr. He has recently inspired songs by Jez Lowe and by Joseph Porter of Blyth Power.
Though a regionalist inspired by the landscape of his birth, he is very much a European and his work is much influenced by writers such as Hoelderlin, Hesse, Brecht, Baudelaire, Prevert, Esenin, and Mayakovsky.

Penny Ashton, The Hot Pink Poet

website - www.hotpink.co.nz

Since abandoning a career in ballet due to her pesky need to eat Penny Ashton has become a poet, improviser, actor, writer, publicist, producer, voice over artist and comedienne.  She has performed her comedy poetry all over her native New Zealand as well as in Singapore, England, Scotland, Canada, USA and Australia, and she was a member of the victorious New Zealand team at the 2003 Improvaganza Master’s of the Universe Tournament in Edmonton, Canada.  Her acting credits include various stage, TV and short film productions and her voice can be heard masquerading as various characters from lesbian puppets to Power Rangers’ monsters


http://www.attilathestockbroker.com  Poetry Kit Site Award *****

Sharp tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. Inspired by the spirit and the Do It Yourself ethos of punk rock, and above all by The Clash and their overtly radical, political stance, Attila started performing in 1980, blagging spots for his poems and songs in between bands at punk gigs. He quickly got a couple of John Peel radio sessions, a deal with London independent label Cherry Red Records and before very long was on the cover of Melody Maker...and he hasnšt looked back since!  Attila has spent the last 24 years performing  his work across the world at literary and music festivals,  rock venues, arts centres, pubs, universities, schools, folk clubs and punk squats in the UK, Australia, Germany,  Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand, the US, Poland,  Italy, Hungary, Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium, Austria and the Basque Country - and more improbably in Romania, Bulgaria and a hotel basement in Stalinist Albania. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics radical, but Attila will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger......

He's very proud of the fact that he has earned a living as a poet since 1982.

He can, and does, gig just about everywhere: hešs created his own global network, and organises most of his hundred plus performances a year himself, as well as running regular spoken word/music events and two festivals.  As well as all his solo gigs, where during his songs he accompanies himself on mandola, Attila plays violin, bass guitar and a variety of early music
instruments and from time to time gigs with his band....
an energetic and unique mixture of early music and punk! Attila and the band have 4 songs and live footage in a major German feature film, DoppelPack which was released across the German cinema network on August 17 2000. His third album with Barnstormer, Zero Tolerance was released in April 2004,  following on from Just One Life (2000) and The Siege of Shoreham (1996) In addition to his new solo album Live in Belfast Attila currently has two solo Best Of CDs on release, Poems Ancient and Modern (A Live Anthology 1980-1999)  which is his definitive spoken word release to date, and The Pen & The Sword (Selected Songs 1981-1995) which documents his best songs up until the formation of his
band,  now the main vehicle for his songwriting.  Attila has published 4 books of poems: 

Cautionary Tales for Dead Commuters (Unwin, 1985) 

Scornflakes (Bloodaxe, 1992)

The Rat Tailed Maggot  (Roundhead, 1998)

Goldstone Ghosts (2001,  see below)

Having battled for  years to help save his beloved Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club,  he's now Poet in Residence and matchday  DJ/PA announcer, and reads his poems over the tannoy before home matches in addition to announcing teams and half time scores (and playing punk rock!) A new book of all the best football poems he has written, entitled
Goldstone Ghosts  was published on Sept 22nd 2001 - the centenary of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

Marc Awodey
Rhombus Gallery/Artspace at 186 College St., Burlington, Vermont
Phone: 802.865-9603
e-mail: rawodey@together.net

Poems by Marc Awodey (11/4/60) of Burlington, Vermont have appeared in approx. 150 publications including: (print) Writer's Journal, Humanitas, Defined Providence, Poetry Motel, Yamimono (Japan), Afterthoughts(Canada), Axxion (Agrentina); Internet: Recursive Angel, Brooklyn Poet, Poetry Cafe, The New Voice, Southern Ocean Review, Webgeist, Glossolalia, and many others. Collected works have appeared in four chapbooks, seven "minimalist" editions, the 1999 Poetry Calender (CAC Communications, Laguna Beach CA) and In Their Own Words: voices of generation X (MWE publisher, Raleigh NC). He has been a featured reader at the New England Artist's Trust Congress in Newport NH; National Writer's Union/Vermont local 1998 symposium, the Baggot Inn in Greenwich Village NYC; Mobius, Boston MA; The Middle East, Cambridge, MA; and many other venues. His works have been "netcast" on C.B.C. radio, Go Poetry! and other programs. As co-founder of THE MINIMAL PRESS, he has distributed tens of thousands of folding books worldwide, and has installed nine poetry vending machines accross New England. Awodey's visual arts criticism has appeared in Seven Days, Art New England, Burlington Magazine and several electronic publications. He received the John P. Donoghue Award for Art Critisicm in 1998. Director, Rhombus Gallery/Artspace in Burlington. MFA (painting) Cranbrook Academy of Art 1984; BFA Johnson State College, 1982; B.Phil, Grand Valley State University 1980. Winner of the 2000 Poetry Slam National Haiku Competition.
His collection-
TELEGRAMS FROM THE PSYCH WARD AND OTHER POEMS, isbn 0-9658903-4-1 (101 pages, perfect bound, WPC-Minimal Press 1999; $10) is available through Amazon.com and many bookstores in Vermont and New Hampshire.