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The quarterly light verse webzine

Michael Swan works in English language teaching and applied linguistics. His poems are published widely, and have won prizes, including The Times Stephen Spender competition for his translated version of Rilke’s Orpheus, Eurydike, Hermes.  His first collection was When They Come For You (Frogmore Press 2003) and his second The Shapes of Things (Oversteps Books 2011). He won the Poetry Society's 2010 Stanza Poetry Competition.

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Johanna Evenson is a professional musician, as well as a professional social worker living and working in Charleston, SC where she has had the privilege of being tutored by poet Richard Garcia. Her work has appeared in Cactus Heart, The Milo Review, New Verse News, Alba, Marathon, Zocalo Public Square, First Class Lit and is forthcoming in Door is a Jar.

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