Introducing A Few of Our Amazing North Florida Poetry Hub Members!
Author. Storyteller. Keynote Speaker. Educator.
Shutta Crum is an award-winning poet and children’s book writer and, also, an oft-requested speaker and presenter at writing conferences, libraries and schools. She is the author of a well-reviewed chapbook titled: WHEN YOU GET HERE (Kelsay Books, 2020). In addition, her poems for adults have appeared in numerous small press publications and literary journals since the 1970s. That includes Ann Arbor (W)rites, The Wayne Literary Review, The Huron River Review, Writers Reading at Sweetwaters, Current Magazine, Driftwood, Stoneboat Literary, Typehouse, Blue Mountain Review, CultureCult, Redshift 4, Orchards Poetry Journal, Better Than Starbucks, Nostos, Southern Poetry Review, ArtAscent. As well, a number of her poems appear in the AAR2 (the online version of the Ann Arbor Review).
She is also the author of thirteen picture books and three novels for young readers, all published by major publishers: Alfred A. Knopf, Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Albert Whitman, and Fitzhenry & Whiteside. In 2005 she was invited to read at the White House, and in 2010 toured Japan presenting to the students of the Dept. of Defense schools.
Shutta is always delighted about what poetry can bring to one’s life. It was through poetry that she met her husband when he was a co-editor of the Ann Arbor Review. When they married he brought with him his two children. Now, those children have given her grandchildren. “Poetry has shaped my whole life,” she says. “When I look at those grandchildren, I see poetry.”
Singer - Storyteller - Writer - Poet
Chris Kastle is an award-winning singer, storyteller, songsmith, author, artist and educator from St. Augustine, Florida. Chris was presented with the Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Storytelling Association and is the author of the critically acclaimed book of short stories, “From the Icy Fingers of the Deep,” as well as three CDs of music and spoken word.
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Poet – Writer – Speaker
Howard Moon, a retired broadcaster and professional writer having been a columnist for the Ocala Star Banner and other publications. He is of Native heritage and lives in central Florida, spending his time writing poetry and flash fiction. Visit his Website at: www.halfblindpoet.com
Howard has published four books:
Poems from A Shattered Brain – Living With Mental Illness,
White Fox – A Collection of Native American Poetry
Zombies Are Not Vegetarians
His latest Release in 2020:
Outside Looking In
NUALA MOLLOY MORAN
Newly Published "Out & About" - The Poet's Pen Volume 2 ~ A Limited Edition Series Chapbook December 2020
An accomplished Poet, writer, and songwriter joins us at North Florida Poetry Hub, Nuala Molloy Moran. Visit her website "Pennydanger" to read some of her beautiful poetry. From Nuala's words; "I'm a Poet, Writer, Artist. I grew up loving words and poetry. I like to write on a variety of subjects." She also enjoys writing lyrics, taking photos, and creating art.
Her lighthearted collection of poetry, “Lyrical Liaison’s” was published in 2007. One of her poems, "For The Victims & Their Loved Ones”, inspired by the tragedy of September 11th, was featured in the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, 2011 in a special 10th Anniversary Edition the newspaper published.
In December 2020 Nuala's second book of poetry was published, "Out & About", which is a limited edition Volume 2 of "The Poet's Pen", a special publishing project supported by North Florida Poetry Hub for it's members and in collaboration with Rising Moon Press, it's publisher and editor.
We welcome Shani Hall to the North Florida Poetry Hub, a multi-talented individual who pursues many paths of artistic expression. Visit her Home Page to learn more.
"My passion is sharing my stories with you through the swirls and twist of color from my brush, though the promises of delight capture by the shutter click, or though the birth of new worlds arranged by pen on paper - each representing a unique piece of my world for you to enjoy."
Of Ruth Van Alstine
One of our North Florida Poetry Hub members, Ruth Van Alstine, has been writing poetry since a young age, and has seriously pursued a writing career for the past thirty years. She has been published in many national and international publications and anthologies, as well has published two books of poetry; Fairies and Fantasies in 1996 and Shattered Moonbeams in 2016. Her on-line blog, thefloridafairy.com, features captivating and entertaining entries, a sampling of her poems, interesting articles and links to other informative and industry-relative sites. Check in regularly for updates to her blog and new postings of poems and other updates of articles and much more. Submissions to post your poems are also most welcome!
In 2016 she established Rising Moon Press and works individually with the poets of North Florida Poetry Hub to publish “The Poet’s Pen” and with other authors on various projects. Rising Moon Press specializes in unique, small volumes of handmade limited-edition chapbooks and Zines.
SALLY WAHL CONSTAIN, AUTHOR
Sally Wahl Constain of Ponte Vedra is a valuable member of our chapter here at North Florida Poetry Hub. She is an accomplished author and poet. Her background is that of an elementary school teacher and librarian in New York City for more than 30 years. She is also a valued member of the local literary scene, holding the position of president of the Writers Group at Del Webb, Ponte Vedra for the past three years, is a published author of several books to include "The Keys to Fanny", a work of historical fiction, a poetry chapbook, "Sometimes I Wonder", and her latest book released this past October, 2019 "Random Reflections", an anthology of essays and poems.
PAULA VELOSO BABADI, AUTHOR
A happy and valued addition to the North Florida Poetry Hub membership base, Paula Veloso Babadi loves God, her family and words. She wrote her first poem, about hope, when she was eight. For many years, her writing was dormant while she pursued a career in the health care industry after serving in the Navy Nurse Corps. She is board Chairperson of the St. Johns Chapter of the Catholic Writers Guild (CWG), regular contributor to St. Joseph’s Reflections Magazine, and past “Poet’s Voice” columnist and occasional guest writer for the CWG blog. Her book, "Everywhere Hope", captures life experiences and wraps them in a triple package of prose, poetry and pictures.
Her book can be found on Amazon. "Everyday Hope" awakens readers with uplifting and insightful stories and poems to rekindle the power and presence of hope in their daily lives. Eloquently written, this collection is a journey to be experienced more than once. Book #1 in the "Everywhere..." book series is disarmingly honest, emotionally accessible, and meant to be savored in all ages of life. Everywhere Hope delivers on its promise.
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