Swati Ghatpande is an aspiring writer and has been writing poetry since the age of 12. Poetry, for her, is a way to relate to people and express simple thoughts in an intense way. She's happy to have found the OPP and appreciates the opportunity it provides to established poets as well as to aspiring ones.
She works in the area of medical communications, and lives in Allen, TX with her husband and two daughters.
Daryl Muranaka lives in Massachusetts with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys aikido and taijiquan and exploring his children’s dual heritages. He has full-length collection, Hanami (Aldrich Press, 2015), available on Amazon.
You can read more about him at www.darylmuranaka.com.
Claude Clayton Smith is Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University and the author of 8 books and co-editor/translator of two others, most recently MEDITATIONS After the Bear Feast: The Poetic Dialogues of N. Scott Momaday and Yuri Vaella (Shanti Arts, 2016).
His own work has been translated into five languages, including Russian and Chinese.
Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Wildflower Muse, Noble/Gas Qtrly, and The Ibis Head Review, among others.