Welcome to Lighten Up Online, the quarterly light verse webzine
(Founded in 2008 by Martin Parker) Editor: Jerome Betts
We believe that light verse is very far from being the poor relation of “proper” poetry.
On this site you will find work by light verse specialists as well as by some of the many “proper” poets who enjoy it and write it and agree that light verse deserves a wider audience than it is normally given.
If you feel as we do, then you are welcome to send us some of your own work for consideration for inclusion in our future Issues which will appear each September, December, March and June - but please read the guidelines on the 'submission' page first.
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James B. Nicola has had work appear in the UK in Orbis, Inkapture, The Recusant, Antiphon, Word Gumbo, and Snakeskin, and stateside in the Southwest and Atlanta Reviews, Rattle, and Poetry East. His nonfiction book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. His first full-length poetry collection, Manhattan Plaza, is currently available; his second, Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater, will be out in 2016. A Yale graduate, James gives both theater and poetry workshops at libraries, literary festivals, schools, and community centers. More at sites.google.com/site/jamesbnicola.