Who's Who in Poetry

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Claire Tal-y-bont - David Taub - Adam Taylor  - Barry Tebb - Jan Theuninck - Helên Thomas - Thom the World Poet - Donal Thompson - John A. Thompson, Sr - Marie D Tiger

CK TowerJohn Tranter - Suzanne Treasure - Michelle Ailene True - JJ Turner - Ruth Twyman


Claire Tal-y-bont

organisation: SPACE
Craigle, Dinorwig, Gwynedd, N.Wales LL55 3EH
phone: 0786 777 2679

Poet, inspired mainly by the UK dance scene and contemporary life. Running an open-mic night for musicians, poets DJs etc in North Wales. Have performed in Liverpool, Bristol, London and Glastonbury as well as locally in Gwynedd.
Looking to network with poets and similar organisations to our own, which promotes artistic and creative expression in all its forms.

David Taub
PO Box 703, Umatilla, Florida 32784, USA

Website: http://www.ukpoet.cjb.net/

Columnist, Journalist, Consultant Editor, Poet, Lecturer and Narrator / Voice-over talent.
Born in England, David currently lives and writes in Umatilla, Florida. His poetry and various magazine articles have been, published in England and North America. He was an editorial board member and overseas columnist for Writers' Forum (UK) magazine, is overseas columnist for Poetry Now (UK) magazine, and also freelances for other USA & UK publications. Finally, he was appointed in 1998 as Consultant Editor to Unknown Magazine, and Feature Columnist for Critique Magazine.
David Taub has experience in lecturing and public reading in England and the USA, as well as via interent/correspondence courses, covering aspects of Creative writing, Poetry and Journalism. He toured the East coast of the USA in 1997, starting in Florida, then New York and finally Massachusetts. He was booked to read and lecture in a number of bookstores and schools, with coverage of his tour featured in a number of the previously mentioned newspapers and magazines. He has undertaken several readings in Florioda during 1998 and 1999, including Borders book-store, Orlando.
His books (as author or main contributor) are:
Living in England - Loving in America Cherrybite Publications, (ISBN 1 900447 053) England. David Taub
Dancing With Trees Cherrybite Publications, (ISBN 1 9004447 11 8) England. k.t. Frankovich and David Taub
A Poem For You Wings of Dawn Publishing, (ISBN 0 9655816 8 3) U.S.A. Poet Project co founder
Language of Souls Language of Souls Publications Inc, (ISBN 1 894368-04 5 & 00 2[Hard back]) Canada k.t.Frankovich, David Taub & Ruth Solomon

For a complete list of David Taub's publications, visit his website: http://ukpoet.cjb.net/


Adam Taylor
Email: poet@adamtaylorpoetry.com
Website: http://www.adamtaylorpoetry.com

Adam Taylor's poetry themes range from from Messerschmitts to Messiahs, from leadership to gangsters, from mystics to psychics, from singles to primitive
blobs, from Englishness to Jewishness, from atonement to tea. His work uncovers the fine detail of life, probing peoples' foibles and poking at things which take themselves a bit too seriously.

He has performed his poetry on BBC TV and radio, at the South Bank, at arts festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and Ledbury International Poetry Festival, at other literary and cultural events, comedy clubs and schools. Now living in London, the Dublin-born poet has been published and featured in national newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times and The Independent as well as poetry magazines such as Poetry Review and Orbis. He as poet in residence at Yahoo. His poems have been used as models for poetry writing / projects in schools in UK, US and Australia and feature in school textbooks in a number of European countries.

His poetry collection "God's Face in Your Gazpacho" is published by
Troubador. ISBN: 978-1905886-81-4

Barry Tebb

Born in Leeds 1942. Leeds Training College 1961-64. Included in Michael Horovitz’s Penguin anthology Children of Albion. Collected Poems 2003. Kith and Kin: Experiences in Mental Health Caring 2004. Pitfall Street (novel) 2005. Series editor Easy Guides for Patients and Carers. Director Sixties Press. Runs six websites. Main sites www.barrytebb.co.uk and www.sixtiespress.co.uk. A survivor from the 60’s, close to Martin Bell and Peter Redgrove but doesn’t fit contemporary trends. Believes Arts Council funding of small presses needs radical overhaul. A passionate reader of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and admirer and translator of French poetry. Editor (with Simon Jenner) of Orphans of Albion: Twentieth Century British Poetry, a comprehensive 550 page anthology of neglected poets like Thomas Blackburn and James Simmons. (publication late 2005.)

Jan Theuninck
artist for peace, justice and civil liberties
JAN.THEUNINCK@village.uunet.be JAN.THEUNINCK@belgacom.net

Jan Theuninck was born (54.O6.O7) in Zonnebeke(Belgium). Also known under the pen name of ORC(°1954),a few of his poems became famous e.g. "Stalag Zehn B","Papirac","Yperite" ,"Tyne Cot" and "Shoa" , which is an early warning against an ideological hate .Native speaker in Dutch , he writes in French , sometimes in English or German.His work has been translated in many languages and is given in courses at different universities .
en italien http://www.girodivite.it/antenati/xx3sec/_theuninck.htm
en français http://www.alalettre.com/contemp/HFauteurssz.htm#Theuninck http://perso.chello.fr/users/r/rlauret/jan_theuninck.htm
en allemand : http://www.textgalerie.de/literatur/jan_theuninck/ http://www.onlinekunst.de/frieden/index.html
en anglais : http://www.raoul-wallenberg.org.ar/english/wallenbergaroundtheworld-belgica.htm http://www.anarchy-movement.org/arts.php?ID=12
en hongrois http://www.moosburg.org/info/stalag/stalag10b.html
en néerlandais http://www.nopapers.nl/DiZijn/wie/lit/auteur/Theuninck/

Helên Thomas

Organisation: 'Hot Wire Poetry Slam' and 'We Are Poets!'


Tel: 01925 752611

website:  http://www.creativewomensnetwork.co.uk/CWNWeArePoets.htm


Helên Thomas has been writing poetry and songs for as long as she can remember and appears regularly on the UK poetry circuit.

She is a prize-winning poet whose first taste of success came in 1985 when she won a runner-up prize in 'She' Magazine's National Poetry Competition with 'Ode To Bad Poetry'. In October 2000 she won the Manchester Poetry Festival Slam.

Helên is a performance poet who is both versatile and original. She has organised events as 'Poetry Link Organiser' for The Lymm Festival and as part of Warrington’s Hot Wire Poetry Slam along with Jo Warburton. In July 2003 Helên and Jo were commissioned to write and deliver a ten minute performance poem to commemorate five years of The Lymm Festival.

Guest appearances and performances include: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1989 &1990);The Buxton Fringe Festival (2000); The Bristol Poetry Festival (2000 & 2003); The Poetry Tent at Glastonbury (2000, 2002 & 2003); The Ashton Court Festival, Bristol (2002, 2003 & 2004); The Lymm Festival (1999 - 2004); The Cheltenham Festival of Literature (2002) and at various venues in New York as part of the launch of ‘Shortfuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry’, published by Rattapallax Press, Autumn 2002.

In 2003 Helên compèred for the Glastonbury Poetry Tent and co-hosted the prestigious Glastonbury Festival poetry slam. She has been working with Bristol’s Big Mouth Cabaret and helped MC at Bristol’s Ashton Court Festival along with poetry impresario Rosemary Dun.

Her poems appear in numerous anthologies including 'The Hot Wire Slam Anthology' (Pyramid Press); ‘Shortfuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry’ (Rattapallax Press) and her own collection 'Hopelessness And Other Hobbies'. Her poems have also appeared in a number of editions of Manchester's 'The Ugly Tree' magazine. In 2003 Helên donated poems to three ground breaking new e-books edited by Todd Swift. ‘100 Poets Against the War’; ‘Times New Roman’ and ‘Poems for Lord Hutton’. All three titles are free to download from www.nthpositiononline.com.

Helên has recently been working on a collection of children’s poetry which she has incorporated into a performance piece 'We Are Poets!' For 'We Are Poets!' Helên has teamed up with primary school teacher Kate McGann in order to devise a piece of performance which meets many of the National Literacy Strategy's requirements for teaching poetry in schools. The 'We Are Poets!' show is performed by Kate and  Helên in the roles of Penelope Page and Gabby Mouth, two larger than life characters with conflicting ideas about what makes good poetry.

Thom the World Poet
5003 Lark Cove, Austin,Texas 78745-1830 USA
phone: 5124167435
website:  http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Studios/6285/

Began extemporising at Rainboe Aquarian festival (nimbin)1973 STREET POET 1973-1985 20 chapbooks published, 30 tapes of original poetry and music improvisations, 2 cds-ROSES!(1997),AMERICA!(1998), Guest of CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL(1994-7), HUDDERSFIELS POETRY FESTIVAL(1994), GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL((1994), LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL(1995), Founder of AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL(1993), and AUSTIN POETS AT LARGE(1995) Featured at AUSTIN ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL(1994-6), and AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL(1998)
Involved with poesia y calle and poesia y sur readings at Mexic-Arte Museum (1995-8)WRITER IN RESIDENCE-Charles Sturt University(1994)and Kansas City School of Performing Arts(1995). Active in NAPJAM(National Poetry Jam)#1 and #2
Achievements: Awarded BEST INTERNATIONAL POET-1995
London Cabaret
participated in first interactive poetry/dance live TV simulcast 1995
Set up open poetry venues at Cafe Jammin,Parachute,raglan cafe,Carringbush Library etc
printed and distributed for free over 100,000 poetry broadsheets
Performed with SPACE BROTHERS
M.C for 1998 STRANGEDAZE festival(Cleveland)
Initiates LOVE POEMS readings on St Valentine,s Day annually(1995-8)
Interests: Improvising original poetry to original music. Extemporisation. Art. Dance. Drama. Architecture. Dreaming. Eating. Listening. Watching.
Anything else: Tours Australia,England and United States constantly.Based in Austin,Texas.

Donal Thompson
Organisation: Muscling Tenses
C/San Francisco 38, Gros, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, The Basque Country, Spain 20001
phone: 943283588
fax: 943283588


Born 1961 into an irish family living in England. 'Educated' by the Irish Christian Brothers. Former actor/director with PRETTY DISGUSTING THINGS, STOCKPORT PERFROMING ARTS TEAM and FOURSIGHT THEATRE COMPANY.
Emigrated to The Basque Country in 1992.
Achievements: Poetry Winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Memorial Bursary 1992.
Publications: 'Live Poets Society' Edited by Henry Normal and various magazines.

John A. Thompson, Sr
organisation: Nite-Writer's Internat'l Lit.
137 Pointview Road, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15227-3131 USA
phone: (412) 885-3798

I was born and raised in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on New Years Day of 1952.
I began writing poetry in 1983 while attending an Intro course at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then I have had many poems and illustrations published around the world. Some of them include: Pittsburgh Press Magazine (1986); Haiku Zasshi Zo; The Droplet Journal; and the Poetry Express (Web Site) and more.
Achievements: I have received many awards and honors through the years such as: Personalities Of America (1986); Commemorative Medal of Honor for Outstanding Achievements & Dedication to Personal and Professional Goals (1993); and hold a Honorary position on the Research Board of Advisors for the American Biographical Institute since 1986.
Interests: Mostly the company of my girlfriend, Bree. She's my inspiration. I also enjoy poetry, writing in general, photography, There is also camping, fishing and boating.
Anything else: "I have touched the hearts of many by words that sometimes laid useless."

CK Tower
Organisation: Conspire
Lansing, MI USA


CK Tower, editor for the online literary journal,Conspire, resides in Lansing, Michigan and attends Michigan State University, where she is continuing her studies in literature and creative writing. CK also serves as poetry editor for the critically acclaimed internet literary journal, Recursive Angel. In working with both journals, CK hopes to further excellence in internet literary publishing.

Achievements: Grants and Awards/Honors Include: 1995 Cranbrook Scholarship(poetry), 1995 Lansing Community College Foundation Grant: "An Evening With Richard Tillinghast," 1996 Omega Institute- Poetry Workshop Invitational (selected by Galway Kinnell), 1997 Lansing Community College Student Life Grant "Reading and Workshop by Galway Kinnell," 1997 L.C.C. Student Service Award(for services performed as President of the Creative Writing Club) 1997 Niki Giovanni Poetry Workshop Invitational(selected by the members of the L.C.C. English Dept.), Featured Artist- Eclectica (May '97), Featured Poet- Brooklyn Poet (July/Sept '97) 1998, Michigan State University Poetry Reading Invitational- (selected by Diane Wakoski).

Some of the other journals where CK's work has been published include: The Allegheny Review, The Mississippi Review Web, CrossConnect, Zuzu's Petals, The Morpo Review, Gravity, Poetry Magazine, PIF, and Poetry Cafe.

John Tranter  

interviewed here (1998)
Editor, Jacket magazine
39 Short Street Balmain NSW 2041 Australia 2041
phone: 612+ 9555 8502
fax: 612+ 9818 8569

website: Jacket magazine

John Tranter is a leading modern poet. He spent his youth on a farm on the South-east coast of Australia, attended country schools, and took his BA in 1970 after attending university sporadically. He has worked mainly in publishing and radio production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and has travelled widely, making reading tours of the United States, England and Europe. He has lived at various times in Melbourne, Singapore, Brisbane and London, and now lives in Sydney.
He has received several senior fellowships and other grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Thirteen collections of his verse have been published, including a Selected Poems in 1982 (Hale & Iremonger). The Floor of Heaven, a book-length sequence of four verse narratives, appeared from HarperCollins in 1992, Gasoline Kisses (Equipage, Cambridge) in 1997, Late Night Radio (Polygon, Edinburgh) in 1998, and Different Hands (Folio/Fremantle Arts Centre Press), a collection of seven experimental prose pieces, also in 1998. His work appears in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. In 1992 he edited (with Philip Mead) the Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry, a 470-page anthology, published in Britain and the USA as the Bloodaxe Book of Modern Australian Poetry.
Achievements: Very few.
Interests: Photography, typography, travel.

Suzanne Treasure
5550 Spring Valley Rd.; # E-36, Dallas, TX 75240, USA

Email: suzi@swbell.net
Website: Treasured Thoughts

I've been writing since 15 years old; love to write about self searching things deep within the conscious & unconscious realms. Achievements: Received Honorable Mention; Award of Merit & Award of Acheivement cerificates for some poetry work.
Interests: Include psychology & writing (poetry, lyrics, short stories and novels).
Plus anything else I'd like to say: Keep writing; it not only inspires yourself but others as well!

Michelle Ailene True
P. O. Box 7387
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-7387
Phone; 847-229-1622
email:  MichelleAileneTrue@yahoo.com
website: www.michelleailenetrue.com

  I am "a writer, poet, columnist, book reviewer, writing workshop leader, and poetry ezine publisher - but not necessarily in that order on any given day." My first highly acclaimed book of poetry, "True Reflections," published in 2004 was followed closely by "True Emotions" in 2005. My third book, True Identities, will be released in 2006 followed by "True Perspectives" in 2007. I am also writing two non-fiction books: (1) an outline to literary success for aspiring poets called "The Passionate Poet: The Journey From Aspiring Writer to Published Author," and (2) a beauty/health book called "The Mane Attraction: 500 Tips for Growing, Maintaining and Loving Beautiful Long Hair."

I lead "Poetic License," a successful poetry writing workshop I founded at my local library in 2003. The group reads their work to the public twice a year. I publish True Poet Magazine (www.truepoetmagazine.com), an online poetry magazine I founded in 2003. I write a monthly newletter column for an author's newsletter filled with poetry publishing tips. I read my poetry at local open mikes. I am in the process of locating a venue in my home town where I can host a new poetry-only open mike. As Poetry Editor for "The Professional Authors Newsletter," I write a column called "The Published Poet" in which I provide publishing and other tips for aspiring poets. I was selected as The Featured Reader for June 2004 by PoeticVoices.com (www.poeticvoices.com). I writes book reviews for poetry and other genres for www.BookIdeas.com and www.BookZonePro.com. I also mentor high school students interested in a writing career.

More details of my literary activites (including excerpts and reviews of her books, as well as transcripts of radio and newspaper interviews) can be found on my website: http://www.michelleailenetrue.com or at my blog: http://michelleailenetrue/blogspot.com

JJ Turner
113 Glen Shee Avenue, Neilston, East Renfrewshire, G78 3QH.
E-mail: Meandering.poet@ntlworld.com.

Performance poet, regularly performs in Glasgow. Has had numerous poems published over the years in various Anthologies and magazines both in UK and USA.  Currently branching out into short story format but will continue to perform.

Ruth Twyman
organisation: Horsham Writer's Circle
47 Capsey Road, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 0UF
phone: 01293 613881

I have had a book and several poems published in national publications. I sing unaccompanied folk. I have a whole range of interests. Too many to list.