The Poets Reacts
Kemlyn Tan Bappe is an active community member of SingPoWriMo (Singapore Poetry Writing Month) and SEAPOWRIMO (Southeast Asia Poetry Writing Month). Her poems have been included in anthologies released by SingLit Station and Squircle Line Press. As a spoken word artist some of the events she has performed at include Poetry Slam at Wham! (Surprise, Arizona), The All-Arizona Poetry Slam Championships (2019), WeGlobal Poetry (Philippines), Spoke & Bird (Singapore) and a Blot In The Blue (Scotland).
She is a recipient of the 2009-10 VSA National Teaching Artist Fellowship and has presented at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
Mark Fishbein has been a graduate in Literature from CCNY in 1970, and afterwards the Sorbonne in Paris for French Literature. At this time Mark has 5 books available on Amazon, is host to two writers workshops, does a unique Zoom event, Planet Poetry 28, a monthly Eventbrite/Zoom poetry virtual magazine of world poets. Mark is a student of poetry, has translated a collection by the French poet Paul Eluard, writes ekphrastic poetry, political works, and often combines his reading with his eclectic music.
While his list of published work isn't quite that extensive (a few articles and essays, a bunch of poems, a couple of TV drama episodes) his work for some of the Philippines' biggest brands like Red Horse Beer, Globe Telecoms, Ford, and Jollibee have anonymously graced the pop culture scene over the years. But rediscovering and reopening his poetic vein has played a huge part of his story over the pandemic. He draws upon the tools of his trade to fuel poetry that is at once current, insightful, sometimes funny, always impassioned, and allows him to stretch the wings that the cubicle sometimes stifles. He is a passable husband, an ok father, an eager guitarist, and still unjaded enough to remain a poet at heart. .
The Poets Lighthouse
She has recently had her poetry featured in Postall Magazine’s inaugural issue, “Beginnings,” has pieces included in two poetry anthologies this year, “Sinew: Ten Years of Poetry in the Brew,” and The Bronx Memoir Project Anthology Vol. V. Phynne has one poetry collection out titled, “Some Days, Here” (AuthorHOUSE Publishing). Her Tuesday morning podcast, Phynnecabulary, can be streamed on Spotify, and you can also find her hosting her weekly themed online open mic of the same name, every Thursday. Phynne posts regularly on both Vocal and Medium under the name Tricia De Jesus-Gutierrez. S he is passionate about crafting events and programs that make the literary arts (poetry in particular) accessible widely. Phynne used to be a superhero of creatures big and small in a past life.
The Poetry News
Martin Grey is a co-director and event organiser and editor for World Jam, a creative organisation based in the UK East Midlands, with the goal of connecting marginalised groups to their local communities through poetry and music. He co-edited Us Versus Virus, an anthology about pandemic life featuring poems in seven languages. He also co-runs Lenguas, a multilingual open mic based in Texas and the UK. His work has also been featured on BBC Radio Nottingham, Mud Press, Nottingham Community Artist Network, Nottingham City of Literature, North Manchester FM, Wycombe Sound, Poems from my Heart Podcast and Dead Darlings Podcast. He has performed extensively around the UK and as far afield as Berlin, including at Nottingham Poetry Festival, Hockley Hustle, Furthest from the Sea Festival, Southwell Folk Festival, Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, where he co-ran the show “A DIY Poetry Fix'' in 2019. He won the 2018 Southwell Folk Festival Poetry Slam.
Eddye has a Master's degree in Anglophone literature with a focus on comparative and post-colonial fiction, specifically in Lebanon and the SWANA region. He is the founder of Sidewalk Batroun, Northern Lebanon's first monthly open mic and writing collective. He is a poet whose work has been published in several local and international journals, anthologies, and websites. He has led workshops, talks, and artistic events with prospective writers, several artists, and several college students in their respective clubs. Eddye hopes to make poetry and literature accessible to all in an interesting manner whether it is through his job as a teacher or through his community work with everyone.