Prior to emigrating to live under the skies of the Pacific Northwest in 2001, Cheryl Latifwas host and curator of San Diego’s nationally known reading, Poetic Brew at the Claire de Lune.
She has served as a contest judge for the San Diego Writers Cooperative, (2002); Berkeley’s Bay Area Poets Coalition (2003); and San Diego’s African American Writers and Artists (2003).
Her poems have appeared in local, regional and national publications, including New Millennium Writings, The Comstock Review, Green Hills Literary Review as well as in anthologies ofCalifornia poets, and public art exhibitions. Her columns have run in the Bainbridge Islander and Marketing News. She is the author of two chapbooks, transformations(1999) andrain on my tongue(2000); a limited-edition handmade book of 17 new and selected poems, tears & ash, was produced in 2003. She now resides in West Seattle.
See Poems to read some of Cheryl's work.
John Burgess grew up in upstate New York, worked on a survey crew in Montana, taught English in Japan, and since 1985 has lived in Seattle where he works corporate communications for an insurance company.
Past glories include: 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning Word Festival; 2008 Words' Worth curator for the Seattle City Council; and past Board president of Richard Hugo House, Seattle’s creative writing center. He's a co-conspirator with the Band of Poets.
Ravenna Press publishes his poetry and drawings: Punk Poems (2005), A History of Guns in the Family (2008), Graffito (2011), "by Land…" (2015) a riff on the journals of Lewis & Clark, and 1977(2018).
See Poems to read some of John's work.
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