Guest Poets:



Bryan J. Pitchford earned an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. He is an aspiring U.S. Poet Laureate. Aside from writing, performing, and publishing poetry, he works for the Florida Army National Guard as a Logistics Officer. For more information, visit



Carrie Danaher Hoyt is a life-long lover and writer of poetry. It is her humble opinion that poetry is the highest form of human communication. Poems (she says) at once highlight what is unique and what is universal in humanity; the bond between writer and reader is intimate and sincere (kind of like Facebook, only better).

Carrie lives in Massachusetts where she is a wife and mother of three school-aged kids. To pay the bills (as her poems don’t yet do this) she works as an estate planning attorney. Beside family and poetry, she loves travel, volunteer work and concerts.



Richard Green writes poetry in southern New Mexico, inspired mostly by the high desert. He has published in Avocet, Weekly Avocet, Malpais Review, Sin Fronteras Journal, and upcoming in Penwood Review.



Charika Swanepoel is a South African poet, writer and literary scholar. She is naturally concerned with issues of ontological richness and complexity. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English poetry at the North-West University where she is also lecturing academic literacy.



Elisabeth Horan is a stay at home mom in Vermont, caring for her two young boys, feeding the animals and writing her heart out. Her goal as a writer is to bring attention to issues that she cares about and has dealt with personally: mental illness, sexual abuse, the plight of nature and the environment, and those suffering in isolation and in pain.

She has recently been featured at Anti-Heroin Chic, Swimming With Elephants, Dying Dahlia Review and Vox Poetica.

Elisabeth is a 2018 MFA Candidate at Lindenwood and teaches at River Valley Community College in New Hampshire.



Ken Woodall has been writing poetry for over 30 years, beginning with creative writing in high school, and minored in English at UW-Milwaukee with emphasis on creative writing.

During college, he was introduced to open mic reading at a number of venues in Milwaukee. He was featured at a popular local venue for the first time in 2006, and has been featured annually since.

In 2007, he began an open “mic-less” night at a coffee house, and in 2009 shifted to another coffee house where he continues to host the venue.