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 1957-2017 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.
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.
David Colodney Director, Reading Series
David Colodney holds an MFA from Converse College, an MA from Nova Southeastern University, and his poetry has or will appear in a variety of journals including St. Petersburg Review, South Carolina Review, California Quarterly, Shot Glass Journal, and Gyroscope Review. His poem “Deployed” was Causeway Lit Mag’s Fall 2017 Poetry Contest winner, and his poem “Biscayne Bay Lies Still, Like Glass” was a Panoply Editor’s Choice selection in January, 2018. David lives in Boynton Beach, Florida with his wife, three sons, and golden retriever, where he coordinates South Florida Poetry Journal’s bi-monthly reading series.
Deborah DeNicola Issue 8 Editor, Assoc. 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.
Michael Mackin O'Mara Co-publisher/Managing Editor
While at the University of South Florida Michael Mackin Omara 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.
Mary Jane White Translations Editor
Mary Jane White has an MFA from Iowa Writers’ Workshop, NEA Fellowships (in poetry and translation). Tsvetaeva translations: Starry Sky to Starry Sky (1988) New Year’s, an elegy for Rilke; Poem of the Hill (The New England Review); Poem of the End (The Hudson Review), reprinted in Poets Translate Poets, (Syracuse 2013).
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.
INTERVIEW WITH A POET
Each month we ask the same five questions of three poets (the questions change each month). We request a full, complete bio and a photo of all poets. Poets may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for IWAP.
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).
Barbra Nightingale Editor Issue 4, Associate Editor
Barbra's Nightingale's 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, Passages North, Comstock Review, Poetrybay.com, The Mississippi Review.com, The MacGuffin, The Kansas Quarterly. Cumberlands Poetry Journal, The Florida Review, and several national anthologies. Her most recent books are Alphalexia (2017, Finishing Line Press) Two Voices, One Past, (Yellow Jacket Press, 2010), and Geometry of Dreams (2009), Word Tech Editions, Ohio.
Sally Naylor Issue 6 Editor Associate Editor
Sally Naylor, counselor, editor, teacher and author of poetry, memoir, curriculum, creative writing and a self-help book, currently has three nonfiction books in progress. She insists upon being addressed by her title: renegade wordsmith. Bored with credentials, degrees or publications, she does in fact have a few, see LinkedIn or Amazon for details. She loves to make art, build books and share that enthusiasm.
Alec Solomita Reviews
Alec Solomita’s fiction has appeared in The Mississippi Review, Southwest Review, Litbreak, and elsewhere. He’s published poetry in the MockingHeartReview, Eclectica, Literary Orphans, 3elements review, and many others. Find his book reviews in the Boston Globe, The New Republic, and The New Criterion, among others. His poetry chapbook, Do Not Forsake Me (Finishing Line Press), came out in October, 2017 (and can be found on Amazon), and in the same month his story “Return,” was chosen by Winning Writers as an honorary finalist. His photographs have appeared in The Adirondack Review and The Young Ravens Literary Review. He lives in Somerville, Mass.
Francine Witte Reviews
Francine Witte is the author of six chapbooks of poetry and flash fiction. Her full-length collection, Cafe Crazy, has recently been published by Kelsay Books. She is a former English teacher and lives in NYC.
Meryl Stratford Associate Editor
Meryl Stratford’s chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets. Her poems have appeared recently in Amsterdam Quarterly, Rattle, and Portside, and have been anthologized in MALALA: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press) and Slay Your Darlings (Parson’s Porch Books) among others. A video of her poem, Ruffian, first published in AQ19, can be viewed at https://youtu.be/AU-LzZ13MJU.
Susannah Simpson Associate Editor
Susannah W. Simpson’s work has been published in The North American Review, The Wisconsin Review, South Carolina Review, POET, Nimrod International, Poet Lore, Salamander, and Xavier Review among others. Her book:Geography of Love & Exile was published by Cervena Barva Press (Somerset, MA.) December 2016.
Paul Saluk Associate Editor
Paul Saluk has poems in Homeland: Writings About Homelessness (FutureCycle Press); several 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 others. He was a Finalist two consecutive years in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Poetry Contest.He lives with his wife, Beryl, in Broward County, FL.
Lenny DellaRocca Founder/Co-Publisher
is Founder and Co-Publisher of SoFloPoJo. His poetry has appeared in Poet Lore, Wisconsin Review, Seattle Review, Nimrod, POEM, Apalachee Review, 2River View, Laurel Review, Sun Dog, and others. He is a past president of Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation, and a Pushcart nominee.