South Florida Poetry Journal- SoFloPoJo staff- is mostly comprised of poets in South Florida, though the work we seek does not necessarily need to be from South Florida. We want poetry, art, photography and stories of the highest caliber- voices from the fierce, intangible world.
Elisa Albo’s Issue 2 Editor, Associate Editor
first poetry chapbook Passage to America recounts her family immigrant story and will be reissued this year by Main Street Rag. It’s also available as an ebook. Born in Havana and raised in central Florida, her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Alimentum, Bomb Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, InterLitQ, Irrepressible Appetites, MiPoesias, The Notre Dame Review, The Potomac: A Journal of Poetry & Politics, Sixfold, and Tigertail: A South Florida Annual. A collection of food poems, To Sweeten the Flesh, is looking for a home. Her latest chapbook Each Day More (Main Street Rag) is a collection of elegies for friends, family, and strangers. She has work forthcoming in Two-Countries Anthology (Red Hen Press, 2017) and a review of Richard Blanco’s poem “Matters of the Sea” written on the occasion of the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana in The Potomac in August of 2016. Elisa has a Master in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, both from Florida International University. She received her BA in English from UF. At Broward College for nearly 25 years, she teaches composition, literature, Honors courses, and ESL and has received an Endowed Teaching Award and Teacher of the Year. She lives with her husband and daughters in Plantation (Fort Lauderdale), Florida.
John Arndt Associate Editor
is an actor, playwright and poet who has
served five years with the Jean Cocteau Repertory in NYC, served out the full five due to some very bad behavior but got to work with Tennessee Williams and Robert Patrick. His first play Antiquities was produced there in 1984. Screen credits include Sundry Commercial fare and his big screen debut in The Return of the Alien’s Deadly Spawn. He's long gone before the opening title sequence but there’s a lot of blood. Other plays have been produced from Florida to PA. The Palm Beach Repertory Theater came to life in 2000 and only lasted one short year but it was glorious. Arndt hosted the Beach Road Poetry Workshop since the mid 1990’s and have been working on the combination to the poetry vault ever since. Elected onto the Approved Artist Roster of the Kennedy Center in DC for his one-man poetic journey entitled Gleaning Laughter, Gleaning Light, Arndt says "As for the rest of it, the pain only lasts a moment and the joy I’ll never forget. . ."
Don Burns Issue 3 Editor, Associate Editor
traded science for the arts. His professional life included clinical research in medical genetics, immunology and laboratory administration. He has spent his latest years catching up on all he missed in world literature, art, music and especially poetry. His poems have appeared in print and on-line journals. He was born and spent his early life in Chicago, lived in south Florida for many years and is now returning to his Midwestern roots, this time in Ames, Iowa.
Deborah DeNicola Associate Editor is the author of 6 books of poetry, most recently, Original Human (Word Tech Communications 2010.) She edited Orpheus and Company; Contemporary Poems on Greek Myth, (University Press of New England 1999). She is also the author of Where Divinity Begins from Alice James Books and 4 chapbooks, two of which were contest winners, Psyche Revisited and Harmony of the Next. Her work has appeared in The North American Review, Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, The Journal, Boston Book Review, Runes, and Prairie Schooner among others. In addition to other awards Deborah has received an NEA individual artist's grant.
Gary Kay Associate Editor
taught high school English literature for five years in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. He relocated to Florida where he earned a Masters and Doctorate in reading education at Florida Atlantic University. Kay taught reading and English for 30 years at Broward College. As adjunct he taught reading in the content areas at Florida Atlantic University, and many Reading and English education courses at Nova University. He has published articles on reading in several academic journals. Gary's poems have been published in 27 journals.
Stacie M. Kiner Issue 1 Editor,Associate Editor
Stacie M. Kiner is the recipient of the Hannah Kahn Memorial Award, and a Writer in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in The University of Oregon Review, The South East Review, The Madison Review, Apalachee Quarterly, The Charlotte Poetry Review, The Comstock Review and Palm Beach International Airport, Art in Public Places. Kiner was also the moderator of a poetry talk show on Channel 17 in Miami.
Sally Naylor Issue 6 Editor Associate Editor
spent her professional life in academia before a series of crises motivated her to reevaluate conventional attitudes. She describes this journey in a satirical memoir, Rogue Nirvana: Beyond Woo-Woo, Create the life You Love, launched in 2014. After battles with chronic fatigue, widowhood and cancer, Naylor sought, synthesized and shared in that field guide, her own idiosyncratic views. She is a proponent of a practical spirituality: a create-your-own-adventure, self-styled nirvana.
Her memoir captured the fancy of a wide range of readers. Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, states, “Whether poignant or playful, soulful or satirical, Sally Naylor’s poems in Rogue Nirvana are spiritually spot on. A perfect complement to the text, both offer a sane means with which to negotiate this world with an independent sense of ease or panache. She touts a science-based idealism, discovered in the course of her own resistance to the unworkable dictates handed down by family, religion, education, and community.” With considerable verve, she weaves individual and universal themes from a variety of traditions and zig-zags deftly from whimsical to mock-serious to dead-serious tones – all while splicing poetry into her prose exposition.
Early on Sally sent her poetry out to journals, but after securing a number of individual publications, she felt the whole process to be unutterably boring. So this rascal, shares now only with friends, workshops, her books and Florida poetry readings; she reads to her dog Sport, a Mountain Feist. Sport, like Sally, has attitude and a love of language.
Her English curriculum for the gifted was published by the Houston Independent School District, earning curriculum grants from Ransom Everglades in Miami, she also worked as upper school counselor, created peer counseling, AIDS Education and mediation programs. This poet thrived as an English and creative writing teacher. Her students work has been featured in many publications and has won numerous writing awards.
Travel, writing and founding a writer’s guild keeps her out of trouble, mostly. When she isn’t being a wordsmith, yoga and radio interviews intrigue her. Her latest venture is a workbook series, Poetry Mentor, in which she shares her unique creative writing process. Writing as the marriage of therapy and art fascinates her as well as the transcendental nature of all creative endeavors.
She reveled in the FIU MFA program from 1995 to 1999 under Campbell McGrath, where she earned awards in creative non-fiction and poetry. She is an active author. Her first book, Firebird, 2012, is a story of regeneration and recovery, available on Amazon, as is Heresies & Sweet Basil, 2014, and her memoir, Rogue Nirvana, as well as her latest collection of poetry: Riffs, 2016. She has just completed editing an anthology by her local Florida workshop: Slay Your Darlings: An Anthology By The No Name Poets.
Barbra Nightingale's Editor Issue 4, Associate Editor
poems have appeared in many national journals and anthologies, such as Rattle, Narrative Magazine (Poem of the Week), Gargoyle, Barrow Street, The Georgetown Review, CRIT Journal, The Apalachee Review, Calyx, Kalliope, Many Mountains Moving, Birmingham Review, Chatahoochee Review, The Comstock Review, Poetrybay.com, The Mississippi Review.com, Florida in Poetry, The MacGuffin, Crosscurrents, The Kansas Quarterly, Cumberlands Poetry Journal, Passages North, The Florida Review, Coydog Review and several national anthologies.
Book Publications include:
Nightingale is a Professor emeritus of English, Literature, and Poetry at Broward College, near Fort Lauderdale, FL. She lives in Hollywood with her menagerie of two- and four-legged creatures.
Michael Mackin O'Mara Co-publisher/Managing Editor
was born in Brooklyn New York, lives and works in West Palm Beach, Florida. Poetry first found him in an older sibling’s abandoned Imagism text book, and a schoolmate’s love poem surreptitiously tucked into his book bag. While at the University of South Florida he studied under Hans and Ilse Juergensen who were kind enough to encourage his early writing. He hand collated copy at Gryphon in the 1970’s, and sharpened pencils at the South Florida Poetry Review in the 80’s. He had the unusual good luck to fall in among the folks at the Florida Arts Gazette, the South Florida Poetry Institute, various incarnations of Fort Lauderdale’s Poetry in a Pub, and the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation (HKPF) where he met many of his co-editors. He was a regular at West Palm’s Dead or Alive Poets Society (DOAPS) in the 1990’s where he met the members of the Beach Road Poetry Workshop (BRPW). He has and continues to perform his poetry with other BRPW members in various Florida venues.
Paul Saluk Associate Editor
was born in Philadelphia, raised in Miami (1st through 12th grades), Saluk has been married to his wife, Beryl, for 51 years. They have one son living in Ohio. Saluk flunked out of college after the first year, then served in the Army for three years. He then attended the University of Florida and earned a BS, MS in Physics, and PhD in Immunology & Microbiology. Saluk was a college professor at two medical schools for 12 years. He left academia and started a two-man software company which became a 50-man company . After 10 years, he sold his share and was a consultant for start-up software companies on the East Coast. He started over again and became Dean of an Executive MBA Program, then Online Dean of Business for the same school. Saluk retired after 10 years and discovered poetry. He saved the best for last. His poems have appeared in Homeland: Writings About Homelessness (FutureCycle Press); several annual anthologies: Seasons of Change, The Mountain, A Bird in Hand, - Risk and Flight, Deep Waters, Home (all published by Outrider Press); two anthologies of the Florida State Poets Association among a few others. He was a Finalist two consecutive years in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Poetry Contest. All of his poetry is written via voice-to-text. He lives with his wife, Beryl, in Broward County, FL.
Science & Medicine: Many, most in peer-reviewed journals. A few chapters in books.
Meryl Stratford Associate Editor
won the 2013 YellowJacket Press competition for her chapbook, The Magician's Daughter. Her poems have appeared recently in Rattle, Amsterdam Quarterly and Poetrybay, and have been anthologized in Crossing Lines (Main Street Rag), MALALA: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press), and Glass Bottom Sky (YellowJacket Press) among others. She lives with her husband, Richard Magesis, in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Francine Witte Reviews
Francine Witte is the author of the poetry chapbooks Only, Not Only (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and First Rain (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), winner of the Pecan Grove Press competition, and the flash fiction chapbooks Cold June (Ropewalk Press), selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the 2010 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, and The Wind Twirls Everything (MuscleHead Press). Her latest poetry chapbook, Not All Fires Burn the Same has is the 2016 winner of the Slipstream Press annual contest and was published in Fall, 2016. Her poem “”My Dead Florida Mother Meets Gandhi” is the first prize winner of the 2015 Slippery Elm poetry award. She has been nominated seven times for a pushcart prize in poetry and once for fiction. Her photographs have been featured in Anti Heroin Chic and Cactus Heart Literary Review She is a contributing editor to the Poetrybay.com Facebook blog. A former English teacher, Francine lives in New York.
Lenny DellaRocca Founder/Co-Publisher
began his publishing career as an editorial assistant with the Florida Arts Gazette in 1980, shortly after that, he joined the board of directors of the South Florida Poetry Institute. He founded The Electric Chair in the late 1980s. In 1989, DellaRocca joined the board of the Miami-based Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation. He self-published Alphabetical Disorder in 2010. In 2015, NightBallet Press published his chapbook, The Sleep Talker. Blood and Gypsies was published in 2016. Many of the lit mags his work has been published in can be found on Google.
Once upon a time, there was the South Florida Poetry Review. SoFloPoJo is, in a way, the reincarnation of SFPR with new and old voices from South Florida and around the world.
SoFloPoJo considers all genres of poetry. We especially like fairy tales, magic realism, haunting prose-poems, lyrical vignettes, crafted narratives. We love pantoums and sestinas. Send us your best work.
BLIND READING PROCESS
SoFloPoJo reads “blind”. Names and bios are removed before poems are shared and read among editors.
We encourage you to send an audio file of your poem(s) to Co-Publisher and Managing Editor Michael O'Mara at MMOMara@SoFloPoJo.com only after your work has been accepted. The audio file should include the title, the poem itself, and your name if you wish, but nothing else. We will gladly mention your upcoming publications in your Bio please do not include them in the audio file.
All audio files will be converted to MP3 format for publication. We convert MP4, m4a, wav, and wma formats to MP3.
SoFloPoJo will consider video of poets reading their work, preferably at live venues as long as the sound and video quality are good. Poets may send videos to Managing Editor Michael O'Mara at MMOMara@SoFloPoJo.com. Videos will be considered for publication independently from text or audio. Reading poems from the page will probably not garner an acceptance.
SoFloPoJo seeks stories, real or imagined. Stories should be 5 to 10 minutes long. Story Tellers should send an MP3 recording of each story they submit. One story per MP3. Send as an attachment or attachments if more than one. Please include a photo of yourself, a bio and a brief description about each story. If you belong to a story tellers guild, please tell us the name of the guild and its location (state, region etc).