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Most recent poets. Select "Pick a Poet" for entire list.


Star Ferrin

Star Ferrin was born in Delaware and has also lived in central Pennsylvania, upstate New York and now Rhode Island. She has a MA in Religion and a BA in English.

In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she enjoys creating original one-of-a-kind patterns and projects in media such as paper, fiber, textiles, and paint.




Rick Benjamin

Rick Benjamin is the State Poet of Rhode Island. He teaches or has taught at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, in many schools, and in community & assisted living centers — where he has passed good time in the company of people who range in age from six to ninety-six. He also serves as a Fellow at New Urban Arts — an afterschool arts mentoring program for Providence high school students. His poems & essays have appeared in PRØOF, Watershed, The Providence Journal, Tongue, 350.org, The Writer’s Circle, American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press), Urthona: An International Buddhist Journal of the Arts, Poem, Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica (Paper Kite Press), and La Petite Zine.

He lives with his family in a very small village in the smallest state.

Charlene Neely

Charlene Neely has been a dishwasher, waitress, cook, babysitter, nurse’s aide, stock clerk, elevator operator, paste-up artist, service girl at a candy factory, Fuller Brush man, Avon lady, printer, copy machine operator, circuit board imager, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, chauffeur and sometimes tries to put it all into poetry. She is published in anthologies and magazines and mails silly postcard poems to friends and family.  2016 update: Her new book of poetry and photographs, The Lights of Lincoln, will be out soon.

Her email motto is "The home of a poet is full of Delight!" 

* Charlene's poem, "The Poem I Should Have Written," is included under the Introspection category in the Origami Poems anthology The Best of Kindness available on Amazon.

Ariana D. Den Bleyker

Ariana D. Den Bleyker is a Pittsburgh native currently residing in Upstate New York, a wife, mother of two, a writer and an editor. When she's not editing or writing, she's spending time with her family and every once in a while sleeps.

She is the author of several poetry chapbooks and collections, including Wayward Lines (RAWArt Press, 2015), Strangest Sea (Porkbelly Press, 2015), Beautiful Wreckage (Flutter Press, 2015), and The Peace of Wild Things (Porkbelly Press, 2015),  the novelette, Finger : Knuckle : Palm and the experimental memoir, prosthesis.

Ariana is the founder and publisher of ELJ Publications, home of Emerge Literary Journal, scissors & spackle, Amethyst Arsenic and other fine journals.

She can be found at arianaddenbleyker.com.

Phil Shils

Phil Shils lives in Decatur Illinois where he works as a physician assistant.

His poetry can be found in various online and print journals including Rattle, Sixth Finch, BODY, 2River View, Stirring, and many others. A chapbook about life with his disabled daughter, Lucia, was published by Right Hand Pointing and can be ordered via his website: www.philshils.com. All proceeds from sales of the book go to the therapeutic horseback riding program in which his daughter participates.



Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock is primarily a visual artist.  (See his OPP Artist's page Here.)

He says about his art:  "My art is my solace, therapy, and love that makes me feel whole when life itself can be so fractured. As these characteristics come together my hope is sharing something sublime."

"Poetry Lines" is his first collection for the OPP poetry page.


Stephen Coltin

Stephen Wallace Coltin began writing poetry and short stories for his own amusement at an early age, but has always been shy of bringing attention to his work. While his poems have recently been included in two online anthologies, Stephen considers himself primarily an aphoristic writer, in the tradition of La Rochefoucauld and Yoshida Kenko. A collection of his aphorisms and fragments, under the title Almond Blossoms, should appear online sometime later in 2014. Stephen lives with his kitten, Groucho, in a suburb north of Boston.