Monday, July 1, 2013



            Ndongolera C. Mwangupili--Malawi
            Shirley Smothers--United States
            Dorothy L. Bussemer--United States
            Gerald Heyder--United States
            Ron C. Moss--Australia
            Suzanne Clement--United States
            James Rasmusson--United States
            jani johe webster--(In Memory)--United States

Please welcome them to our community.  We now have representatives from the following countries--Australia, Canada, Canary Islands, England, France, Germany, India, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States and Wales.  We are truly becoming an international community.  Many other countries are reading work at Whispers.  I invite anyone who would like to join the group to check out the guidelines published on January 21.  Best wishes to everyone with your writing endeavors.               Sincerely, Karen


Brian Stand’s local dialect poem “Bucks Boy” was featured by his local paper, The
Bucks Herald (circulation 30k+) in June. You may hear him read it on youtube, which can be found under Bucks Boy under Brian’s pen name ichthyschiro.

From Jane Richer Fellow poets: Did you know that some public libraries have a once a month poetry reading night? Usually this is free or only a couple of dollars! There you can meet and talk to other writers and listen to poems or scrape up the courage to stand and read one of yours. You might hob-nob with a publisher that thinks that your work is the next best thing around! At least it may get your 'foot' in the door and give you another chance to show your talent and the tea and cookies don't hurt either. Good luck to all!

jani johe webster's daughter, Nila, speaks to how her mother introduced her to the magic of creativity that lives within all of us.  The youtube link is

Ndaba Sibanda’s short story, “I Will Tell Her”, was published by the UK-based magazine called The Metric.

Karen O’Leary released Whispers, her first book of poetry in 2011, published by APF Publisher.  It has been getting good reviews and is available at online at (Search Whispers under Karen O'Leary) or contact Karen at


Jean Calkins, editor: The Jokester, 2 pages of clean jokes free by email monthly, a forever stamp by snail mail (monthly or quarterly). Help bring smiles to shut-ins by contributing forever stamps. Even one stamp helps. Jean Calkins, 260 4th St., Waynesville, NC 28786-3762.

Maurice J. Reynolds, the editor of the poetry publication Creative Inspirations, is seeking poetry 20 lines or less for his print magazine. Complete guidelines are available at  Stamps or cash donations would be appreciated to help with mailing costs.

Arthur C. Ford, poet/editor of The Pen (Poetry Newsletter) is looking for new subscribers and submissions. See information
(click on guidelines).

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