Potcake Poets

Although immutably English, Brian Allgar has lived in Paris since 1982. His humorous verse has appeared in many publications, and he is the author of ‘The Ayterzedd’, a bestiary of (mainly) Alien Beings. He also drinks malt whisky and writes music, which may explain his fondness for Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

Not much is known about Marcus Bales except that he lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, and that his work has not been published in Poetry or The New Yorker. However his “51 Poems” is available from Amazon.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is melissa-balmain.jpgMelissa Balmain edits Light, America’s longest-running journal of humorous poetry. She’s the author of Walking in on People (winner of the Able Muse Book Award) and The Witch Demands a Retraction: Fairy-tale Reboots for Adults (forthcoming from Humorist Books).
Website: melissabalmain.com
Twitter: @MelissaBalmain

John Beaton’s metrical poetry has been widely published and has won numerous awards. He recites from memory as a spoken word performer and is author of Leaving Camustianavaig published by Word Galaxy Press. Raised in the Scottish Highlands, John lives in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is katebb.jpgKate Bernadette Benedict is the author of three full-length poetry collections, the most recent being Earthly Use: New and Selected Poems. She lives in New York City with her husband John and a frisky tomcat, Finn. Website: katebenedict.com

f_j_bergmann_2F. J. Bergmann edits poetry for mobiusmagazine.com and (on occasion) Star*Line, and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. Writing appears in Abyss & Apex, Analog, Asimov’s, and elsewhere in the alphabet. A Catalogue of the Further Suns won the 2017 Gold Line Press chapbook contest and the 2018 SFPA Elgin Chapbook Award.

Jerome Betts edits the quarterly verse webzine Lighten Up Online in Devon. His work has appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, Angle, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Pennine Platform, Light, The Rotary Dial, and Snakeskin, other American, British and Canadian publications and two Iron Press anthologies.

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Kate Bingham is the author of two novels, several screenplays and three collections of poetry. Quicksand Beach was short-listed for the Forward Prize, Best Collection, in 2006, and in 2010 ‘On Highgate Hill’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize, Best Single Poem. Her third collection is Infragreen (Seren 2015). In 2020 New Walk published her best-selling pamphlet, Archway Sonnets. Photo credit: Luisa Martelo

Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia.  Her poetry has been published around the world as well as posted online.  Her collections–the shorter Unloosed and the longer Tides & Currents are available from Kelsay Books.

Michael R. Burch has over 6,000 publications, including poems that have gone viral. His poems have been translated into fourteen languages, incorporated into three plays and two operas, and set to music by seventeen composers. He also edits The HyperTexts. http://www.thehypertexts.com/Michael_R_Burch_Poet_Poetry_Picture_Bio.html

Antonia Clark is a writer, editor, and teacher. She loves the vibrant online poetry community and co-administers an online poetry forum, The Waters. Toni is the author of a chapbook, Smoke and Mirrors, a full-length collection, Chameleon Moon, and the forthcoming Dance Craze.

Brooke Clark is the author of the poetry collection Urbanities and the editor of the epigrams website The Asses of Parnassus.

Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in Agenda, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Moth, New American Writing, New Writing Scotland, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Review, The Stinging Fly, Threepenny Review, and the TLS, among many other journals. Her collection Shot Silk was listed for the 2017 Poets Prize.

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Once an aspiring songwriter, Pino Coluccio turned to poetry when he realized he couldn’t sing, play guitar or write songs. His books include First Comes Love and Class Clown. He lives in Toronto.

Edmund Conti has recent poems published in Light, Lighten-Up Online, The Lyric, The Asses of Parnassus, newversenews, Verse-Virtual and Open Arts Forum. His book of poems, Just So You Know has been recently released by Kelsay Books.

Maryann Corbett lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she worked 35 years for the Legislature. Poetry: Breath Control (2012), Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter (2013), Mid Evil (2014 Richard Wilbur Award), Street View (2017). Past winner, Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Work included in The Best American Poetry 2018.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is kathy-lundy-derengowski.jpgKathy Lundy Derengowski’s work has appeared in Summation, California Quarterly, Silver Birch Press, Autumn Sky Daily, Turtle Light Press, the Journal of Modern Poetry. She has won awards from the California State Poetry Society and was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards poetry chapbook category. Readings of her earlier poems are on YouTube under Kathy Lundy Derengowski.

Ann Drysdale now lives in South Wales and has been a hill farmer, water-gypsy, newspaper columnist and single parent – not necessarily in that order. Her seventh volume of poetry, Vanitas, has recently joined a mixed list of published writing, including memoir, essays and a gonzo guidebook to the City of Newport.

Martin Elster’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is co-winner of Rhymezone’s 2016 poetry contest, first place in the Thomas Gray Anniversary Poetry Competition 2014, third place in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2015 poetry contest, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.


Richard Fleming is an Irish poet resident in Guernsey, his work widely published and broadcast. He has performed at literary festivals and has three collections of verse, A Guernsey Double, Strange Journey and Stone Witness, the latter featuring the titular poem commissioned by the BBC for National Poetry Day 2016.

Daniel Galef writes poetry, fiction, musical plays, science journalism, sketch comedy, death threats, and about everything else. His poetry, mostly rhymed and metered, has appeared in Light, Measure, The Lyric, Word Ways, Caterpillar, Verbatim, Snakeskin, and the Scrivener Creative Review. He’s one of those millennials you keep reading articles about.

David Galef has published over two hundred poems in magazines ranging from Light and Measure to The Yale Review. He’s also published two poetry volumes, Flaws and Kanji Poems, as well as two chapbooks, Lists and Apocalypses. In real life, he directs the creative writing program at Montclair State University.

Author of Humor Me (David Robert Books, 2006), chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019), and poems in journals internationally, Claudia Gary also writes chamber music and health/science articles. She teaches at The Writer’s Center (writer.org), FAES (FAES.org), writerhouse.org, and elsewhere.
See pw.org/content/claudia_gary,
Twitter: @claudiagary.

Brian Gavin is a retired newspaperman and lover of formal poetry. His work has appeared in several issues of The Journal of Formal Poetry and Peninsula Poets. He is currently working on his first chapbook. He lives in Lakeport Michigan USA with his wife, Karen.

Julia_Griffin_2Julia Griffin lives in south-east Georgia/ south-east England. She has published in Light, LUPO, Mezzo Cammin, and some other places, though Poetry and The New Yorker indicate that they would rather publish Marcus Bales than her.
More of her poetry can be found in Light, at https://lightpoetrymagazine.com/?s=julia+g&submit=Search

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Max Gutmann has contributed to dozens of publications including New Statesman, Able Muse, and Cricket. His plays have appeared throughout the U.S. and have been well-reviewed (see maxgutmann.com). His book There Was a Young Girl from Verona sold several copies.

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Robin Helweg-Larsen is British-born but Bahamian-raised. His chapbook “Calling The Poem” is available as a free download from Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, issue 236. He edits Sampson Low’s “Potcake Chapbooks – Form in Formless Times” series from his home in Governor’s Harbour on Eleuthera.

Juleigh_Howard_Hobson_2Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in many places, including Think Journal, Able Muse, Mezzo Cammin, Third Wednesday, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The Lyric. A Million Writers “Notable Writer”, nominations include the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and the Rhysling. Her latest collection is the Elgin nominated Our Otherworld (Red Salon).

Frank Hubeny lives between Miami Beach, Florida, and Northbrook, Illinois. He has been published in The Lyric Magazine, Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, Ancient Paths Literary Magazine, Visual Verse and Vita Brevis. He regularly posts photographs, short prose and poetry to his blog.

Vera Ignatowitsch is addicted to poetry, raspberries, and the occasional good scotch. She is Managing Editor of Better Than Starbucks Poetry Magazine.


Kathryn Jacobs is a professor at Texas A&M-C and editor of The Road Not Taken. Her fifth book of poetry (Wedged Elephant) appeared in Kelsay Books. Her poems have appeared in Measure, The New Formalist, Southern Poetry Anthology, Mezzo Cammin, etc. Currently she is working on a book of Dan.

A.M. Juster is the Plough Quarterly poetry editor. His work has appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Hudson Review and other journals. His tenth book is Wonder and Wrath (Paul Dry Books 2020).


Vadim Kagan writes poetry and prose in English, Russian and, occasionally, a combination of both languages. He runs an AI company in Bethesda, MD and is a member of the DC Poetry Collective. His poems have been published in The Lyric, The Road Not Taken, Founder’s Favorites and DCPC Inkblots anthologies.

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Jean L. Kreiling is the author of two collections of poetry: Arts & Letters & Love (2018) and The Truth in Dissonance (2014). Her work has been awarded the Able Muse Write Prize, three New England Poetry Club prizes, the Plymouth Poetry Contest prize, and several other honors.

geoffrey_landis_2Geoffrey A. Landis is a poet, a science-fiction writer and a scientist. He is the author of two poetry collections, the novel Mars Crossing, and the story collection Impact Parameter (& Other Quantum Realities). In his spare time, he goes to fencing tournaments to stab perfect strangers with a sword.

Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, California. He is retired from writing now, but in the early years of this century, he published approximately 250 poems, many of them addressing scientific concerns. His author profile is available at https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/robert_laughlin

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Born in Oklahoma, Quincy R. Lehr is the author of several books of poetry, and his poems and criticism appear widely in venues in North America, Europe, and Australia. His most recent books are The Dark Lord of the Tiki Bar (2015) and Near Hits and Lost Classics (2021), a selection of early poems. He lives in Los Angeles.

Anthony Lombardy, a classicist and farmer, has had poems in journals like the Hudson Review and The New Yorker. He is now working on two monographs: an ethics of social resources, For Love and Honor, and a study of dissociation and the origins of comedy, The Sophia of Mirth.

LindaAnn LoSchiavo, recently Poetry SuperHighway’s Poet of the Week, is a member of SFPA and The Dramatists Guild. Her poetry collections “Conflicted Excitement”, “Concupiscent Consumption”, and Elgin Award nominee “A Route Obscure and Lonely” along with a contribution in “Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice” are her latest titles.

Paula Mahon is a practicing family physician and medical director of Health Care for Homeless in Manchester, NH. Her essays, poems and stories have been published in the Boston Globe, Light, Lyric, Road not Taken and Pulse. Married to Robert d’Entremont and mother to a son, Raymond, adopted from Kazakhstan.

Bruce McGuffin_2Bruce McGuffin’s poetry has appeared in Light, Lighten Up Online, The Asses of Parnassus and other journals. He divides his time between Lexington, MA where he works as an engineer in a radio research lab, and Antrim, NH where he lives with his wife.

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Susan McLean has two books of poetry, The Best Disguise and The Whetstone Misses the Knife, and one book of translations of Martial, Selected Epigrams. Her poems have appeared in Light, Lighten Up Online, Measure, Able Muse, and elsewhere. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.


Mary Meriam co-founded Headmistress Press and edits the Lavender Review: Lesbian Poetry and Art. She is the author of My Girl’s Green Jacket (2018) and The Lillian Trilogy (2015), both from Headmistress Press. Her poems appear recently in Poetry, Prelude, Subtropics, and The Poetry Review.

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Helena Nelson runs HappenStance Press and sometimes writes poems.


James B. Nicola has authored six collections of poetry, the latest being Fires of Heaven: Poems of Faith and Sense. Decades of theater work culminated in the nonfiction book Playing the Audience: The Practical Guide to Live Performance, which won a Choice award. Residence: New York City; born: Worcester, Massachusetts.

Chris O’Carroll appears in New York City Haiku and The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, yet has won British poetry prizes from Flash 500, Literary Review, the Spectator, and elsewhere.  His collection The Joke’s on Me is forthcoming from Kelsay Books.

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Francis O’Hare is the author of three full-length poetry collections, the most recent being Sailing To Omeath, available from Arlen House Press, Dublin. A selected poems, Home And Other Elsewheres, is available from Evening Street Press, Sacramento, U.S.A. He lives in a
house. And also in his head. In Ireland.

Martin Parker lives in Dorset, UK. Founder and first Editor of Lighten Up Online. The 102 poems of his 2017 collection, I Think I Thought, make an ideal gift for those ageing curmudgeons whose remaining laughter lines would appreciate exercise more than the habitual new socks for Christmas! Extracts appear at:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is nina_parmenter_1.jpgNina Parmenter has no time to write poetry, but does it anyway. Her work has appeared in Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, The New Verse News and Ink, Sweat & Tears. Her home, work and family are in Wiltshire.

Another poet’s pseudonym, Noam D. Plum has published in The Spectator, The Country Mouse, Light Quarterly, and elsewhere. Having won two $500 prizes, as well as some smaller ones, he is a more successful breadwinner than the poet for whom he fronts.

D. A. Prince writes both light verse and ’the other sort’, as well as reviews for UK poetry magazines. Two collections — Nearly the Happy Hour (2008) and Common Ground (2014) — have been joined by a pamphlet, Bookmarks (2018), all from HappenStance.

Dervla Ramaswamy
Poet. Thinker. Woman.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is jennifer_reeser_1.jpgJennifer Reeser is the author of six books. Her writing has appeared in POETRY, Rattle, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Her sixth, INDIGENOUS, was Englewood Review’s Best Poetry Book of 2019.

Ed Shacklee lives on a boat in the Potomac River. His first collection, “The Blind Loon: A Bestiary,” was published by Able Muse Press in 2017.

George Simmers used to be a teacher; now he spends much of his time researching literature written during and after the First World War. He has edited Snakeskin since 1995. It is probably the oldest-established poetry zine on the Internet.

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J.D. Smith has published six collections of poetry as well as books in other genres, listed on his Amazon author site. Smith works in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife Paula Van Lare and their rescue animals. Twitter: @Smitroverse

Susan de Sola passed away in 2021 at the top of her poetic form. Her collection, Frozen Charlotte, was published by Able Muse Press in 2019.

A.E. Stallings is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Like, with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She has translated Lucretius’ philosophical epic, The Nature of Things, and Hesiod’s almanac, Works and Days for Penguin Classics. Awarded fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim foundations, she lives in Athens, Greece.

Rob Stuart’s poems and short stories have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and webzines including Ink Sweat and Tears, Light, Lighten Up Online, M58, Magma, New Statesman, The Oldie, Otoliths, Popshot, The Projectionist’s Playground, Snakeskin, The Spectator and The Washington Post. He lives in Surrey, England with his family.

Marilyn Taylor, former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, is the author of six poetry collections. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Light, American Scholar, and Measure. She was recently awarded the Margaret Reid Prize for verse in forms.

N.S. Thompson lives near Oxford, UK. A poet, critic and translator, he is also the non-fiction editor for Able Muse. Two recent pamphlets are After War (New Walk Editions) and Ghost Hands (Melos Press).

Tom Vaughan is not the real name of a poet whose previous publications include a novel and two poetry pamphlets (A Sampler, 2010, and Envoy, 2013, both published by HappenStance). His poems have been published in a range of poetry magazines. He currently lives and works in London.


Cody Walker is the author of three poetry collections, including The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016). His work appears in The New York Times Magazine, Light, Parnassus, and The Best American Poetry. He directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference in Northern Michigan.

Mindy Watson is a Washington DC-based formal verse poet who holds an MA in Nonfiction Writing from the John Hopkins University. Her poems have appeared in venues including Autumn Sky Poetry, Eastern Structures, the Poetry Porch, the Quarterday Review, Snakeskin, Star*Line, Think Journal, and many others. Read her work at:

David Whippman is British, in his 70s, long retired after a career in healthcare. He writes stories and articles as well as poems. Outside of writing, his hobbies are music, chess and visual art. (And reading, of course.)

Gail White is the resident poet and cat lady of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Her books ASPERITY STREET and CATECHISM are available on Amazon. She is a contributing editor to Light Poetry Magazine (lightpoetrymagazine.com). “Tourist in India” won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award for 2013.