Meet the New PoetsIN Poets
PoetsIN publishing are proud to announce our debut poets. We opened our doors for submissions in February and were thrilled with the quality of every single one of them. If you’d like to see your name listed on this page, read the submission criteria, and send it our way – you could be the next PoetsIN poet.
Maura Coyne is a poet & prose writer and a holistic therapist. Words, horses, dirt, and dogs were tattooed on her soul many moons ago. Having lost her father suddenly at the age of eight, her personal grief process was ever present and while she always felt a part of the world and the stars, she sometimes felt separate from it all too. And so, she wrote. And walked in the trees and watched the bears, the fish, and the coyotes.
With degrees in writing, education, and social work, she has spent her life intrigued by the strength of the healing human spirit. She is profoundly amazed by the vulnerability she witnesses in her role, standing beside others as they dig up the emotional artifacts of their personal traumas. Through the practices of hypnotherapy, equine therapy, and energy work, she witnesses amazing changes as individuals transform the dusty debris of their past into inspiration for the future.
A few years ago, the natural world and the wisdom of the animals, led Maura on an internal emotional excavation project. She calls it Wild Soul Archaeology. She is still digging today. She believes in assisting others to re-connect to their unique nature and to express their sacred art into the universe. She aspires to go on wild goose chases for the rest of her time on the planet.
You can find Maura at Wild Goose Farm, www.wildgoosefarmtherapy.com, named for her patriarchal line.
C. B. Fan
A retired professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, he has taught in two separate prisons to inmates to help them create something from deep within themselves to resonate with the world and to be heard as a person; not a number.
He is also a person who, throughout his early life worked different jobs, in part to understand the average person and gain knowledge for his writing.
This is his first completed work of poetry.
C. B. Fan dedicates this to one inmate he became very good friends with. His name is Michael Polfus. Valhalla!
Long story short; Jaylan Salah, poet, translator, 30-year- old Egyptian, two-time national literary award winner, two published books, online international poetry award winner, animal lover, feminist, film critic and dreamer who has never been abroad.
Jaylan studied Pharmacy in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Drug Manufacturing, Pharos University in her hometown Alexandria, Egypt. Jaylan has Lebanese roots and her ancestors on her Dad’s side are Persian. Jaylan enjoys dancing, singing, acting, yoga, collectibles and meditating; nothing taken seriously though.
Jaylan participated in a short movie by Lebanese director Selim Mourad “Holy Tissue” and directed a short film titled “Dear Depression” which won third place in the online competition held by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki as part of the online Edraak filmmaking course. She moderated Q&As with multiple directors from diverse countries during the 38th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival; through which she was the main translator as well.
Jaylan started writing poetry before she learned to start a normal, friendly conversation with a stranger (or a boy crush). She wrote her first short story when she was 10, when her mother told her;
“If you cannot find a book which tells a story that you are dying to read, maybe you are the one who is destined to write it,”
Jaylan’s first book was titled “Thus Spoke La Loba” a short story collection that explores sexuality, gender and issues of identity; which was published in 2016 by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture after winning a national prize, coming first place and gaining critical acclaim. One of her poems “Poof, Vagina” won first prize in the “Bleed on the Page” competition held by “Prose.com.”
Her writing contributions include various international and local publications, including ZEALnyc, Africiné, Guardian Liberty Voice, Elephant Journal, Synchronized Chaos, Vague Visages and many more. In 2017 she was selected as part of the Official Selection Jury for Woman & Film Festival (Dona i Cinema) taking place in Valencia, Spain. Her second under-publication novella is titled “Bogart, Play a Classic for me” which explores issues of identity in the modern Egyptian, middle class setting infusing paranormal with sexuality, becoming the second prize winner in the Annual Competition held by the Egyptian General Organization of Culture Palaces in 2017.
Her third WIP is a novel titled “I Kissed Rita” with expected publication in 2020.
In 2010-2011 I spent 11 months volunteering with a poetry workshop at a men’s homeless shelter in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. I also founded my own sketching group that met in the cafeteria. I was feeling lost at the time and homeless in my own way. I just left a graduate program in art therapy that didn’t work out for me. I was having roommate problems and trying to find a place to live. I think I was partly drawn to volunteering at the shelter since I felt somewhat homeless and lost.
I learned so much from volunteering at the shelter. The men shared their wisdom with me. Each week I went there feeling like I learned more from them than they did from me. It was at times inspiring, sad, beautiful, thought-provoking, disturbing, and humorous. I started writing these poems about little things that happened there. I called them “Incidents” and they were my way of documenting my time there.
I am currently a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling. Over the past year I have returned to the shelter several times, reconnecting with the poetry group where I was many years ago. When I returned to the shelter for the first time, I was surprised that I ran into my former self there. I had to find a way to come to terms with her so that I could keep going back. I found a way to meet her through poems. I will still find ways to return to that shelter so I can learn from the wisdom of the men and meet myself in the process.
Inspired by the poetry group at the shelter, I am using poetry therapy with my clients at the campus counseling center. I lead a local poetry workshop for people with mental illness. I also write online for different websites about mental illness. I care a lot about raising awareness about mental illness and being an advocate for people with mental illness. With this book, I want to share perspectives of homelessness as well.
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