Martin Egblewogbe stands at the door of most well-meaning literary activities in Ghana, turning the knob and ushering you in with a smile, if you were a visitor to West Africa’s calmest country, longing for poetry and beer. You will be drawn to him before his poetry, organisational panache in the city of Accra of writers who refused to be left behind by a kaleidoscopic culture and indifferent polity, this writer and teacher of physics at the University of Ghana, Legon. But once you hear him read, a mellifluous rendering of philosophy and love most often, (more…)
Archive for the ‘The Rainbow's End’ Category
Even as a reader and follower of Gloom Cupboard, Rainbow’s End stands out as a most engaging section of this e-zine, dovetailing each edition with an ensemble from the writer’s desk; biodata, interview, work and, of course, reader’s response. In deciding to anchor this section, there’s need to continue providing the traditional meeting point between writer and reader; a rainbow of poetry arced through the sky for all to see, for all to behold and relish. But there’s far greater need now to broaden the scope.
Rainbow’s End has for long tilted towards European and American writing. My appointment to profile the Rainbow’s End section of Gloom Cupboard provides concomitant opportunity for African writers to contribute and balance the literary nuance of this e-zine. It is this balancing act really, a complete spectrum of activities from the otherness of poetry, a perfect rainbow where all hues and colours are reflected, a far illuminating reward.
I welcome you again to Rainbow’s End, hoping the variety will enrich your experience. Do continue to engage the author in the commentary box. Indeed, quoting the editor-in-chief, Lena Vanelslander, ‘conversation with the author is encouraged!’
Introducing Luis Rivas, seems like introducing my favourite writer I got to know this year … his writing, work and attitude towards the world so close to my heart, my vision of the world. I can only recommend the reader to read his poetry fully, addictive, beautifull, heartbreaking but always with reason. I present you the writings from our new non-fiction editor, Luis Rivas … I can only say to Luis: I can’t wait till your work is published and when that time comes, I’ll be one of the first to buy. Enough praise, let the marvel begin!
Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974, California), is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults. He has authored 17 collections of poetry, including “Altered Aesthetics” (ungovernable press, 2009), and “Construed Implications” (erbacce-press, 2009). His poems have appeared at Calliope Nerve, Full of Crow, BlazeVOX, Metazen, Heavy Bear, and elsewhere. He edits & publishes Counterexample Poetics, www.counterexamplepoetics.com, an online journal of experimental artistry, and Differentia Press, www.differentiapress.com, dedicated to publishing e-chapbooks of experimental poetry. He is also a contributing editor for Sugar Mule, www.sugarmule.com, and consulting editor for Post: A Journal of Thought and Feeling, www.postjournalofthoughtandfeeling.com. Philosophical studies collocated with his love of classic and avant-garde jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences. His website explains further: www.felinoasoriano.info/. (more…)
Jaria Cecil Sowl: the unconventional one
Jariah Cecil Sowl, unconventional in life, love and writing, started writing after a deeply depressing event … Tribulations caused this writer to take on the writing skill or to put his talent into use … The tribulations may have gone by, but luckily his writing stayed, for you, for me, for the world … You may like his writing, you may dislike it, but one thing is for sure: he is talented. The author has published some pieces and is working on his first collection of poetry. Hopefully one day, soon, we can enjoy the published works of Jariah Cecil Sowl.
Jaria chose to withhold most personal data due to his privacy. Close ones are not aware of his writing and who are we to change that? Noone.
I have a 27 poem book that I am trying to self-publish called ‘Square Tree’, you can find the first 3 chapters on my blogspot, http://www.jariacecilsowl.blogspot.com/ and if you are interested in reading more I am selling copies for 8 dollars. My email address is email@example.com. Thank you,
Casey Mensing: Gipsy thoughts under the moon of longing and desire
Casey Mensing was born in a town called, Breese. His family was the restless sort, so he’s lived a few other places since then. Currently, he’s residing in Honolulu, HI. Mr. Mensing started out as a compulsive liar but switched to writing after discovering the works of Frederico Garcia Lorca and Lightnin’ Hopkins, which is why Casey describes his poetry as a blend of Duende and Mojo Hand. You can read selections of Casey’s newest writings at http://caseymensing.blogspot.com.
Peter Ristuccia: where many styles converge …
Peter Ristuccia graduated from the University of Georgia with a B/A in History. He performs commentary on Georgia Public Broadcasting, the local NPR affiliate. His writing can be found on http://www.PeterRistuccia.com. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.
Debbie Berk: the story of life
The daughter of an abusive, alcoholic father Debbie Berk was born in Ohio in 1969 as the oldest of five children. She married in 1992, gave birth in 1993 and 1996. She has two grown step-sons and two step grandchildren. She’s had a lifelong battle with depression and has been writing since childhood. Her writing is a way of coping with the effects of the physical, mental and sexual abuse she endured as a child and throughout her teen years as well as her struggles with depression, anxiety and with the death of her father in May of 2008.
The Rainbow’s End by Lena Vanelslander
The Rainbow’s end is a returning piece treating specific writers, known and lesser known, published or self-published. Each time one writer stands in the spotlight, presented to you through 4 essential aspects: biography, core questions, poetry and a piece on the work of the author.
The end of the rainbow is the place where author and reader meet, in mutual understanding, intrest, ideas and visions. Where they can find each other, both in similarities and differences, under the extravagant assembly of the colours of life and maybe find that common pot of gold, for each other to read and understand.
I hope I can fascinate you with their poetry and writing and maybe even encourage you to read their work, as The Rainbow’s End does give you a full, essential profile of both author and work, concise, to the point and dedicated to you, beloved readers. All comments and questions are welcome, conversation with the author is encouraged!