Lighten Up Online

The quarterly light verse webzine

Born and raised in rural New Zealand, he trained as a teacher and spent rather too many years at the chalkface in New Zealand, Singapore and Australia. Recently he came full circle, returning to an idyllic small lifestyle block in NZ’s north. He came to poetry rather late in life and is previously unpublished.

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Melissa Balmain is the Editor of Light, America's premier journal of light verse. ( Her 2014 poetry collection, Walking In on People, won the Able Muse Book Award. She has published poems in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, Measure, Poetry Daily, The Spectator, and The Washington Post, and prose in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Success, and other magazines and newspapers. She teaches at the University of Rochester in Western New York, and lives nearby with her husband and two children.

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