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Organizers

Who organizes Living Poetry?

Bartholomew Barker, Organizer
Bartholomew has been writing since his idyllic childhood in small town Ohio. He facilitates the long running Sharing Creativity Poetry Critique Workshops and posts the Monday Poetry Prompts.  His poetry and mostly true stories of his travels can be found on his poetry blog.

JeanMarie Olivieri, Co-Organizer
JeanMarie is a mostly retired business writer who keep trying to become a short story writer, but it keeps coming out as poetry. After proving herself useful by hosting some workshops she was made a co-organizer. She has been published in a few online journals and several anthologies. She is  also an editor for the Heron Clan Poetry Anthology series. For more, check out her blog, Words from JeanMarie.

Chris Abbate, Co-Organizer
Chris has been a proud member of Living Poetry since its inception. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net award and has received awards in the Nazim Hikmet and North Carolina Poetry Society poetry contests. His first book of poetry, Talk About God, was published by Main Street Rag in 2017. Chris is a database programmer for a pharmaceutical company in Raleigh and serves as a volunteer coach for The First Tee of the Triangle golf program. For more, check out his blog.

Lisa Joy Tomey, Co-Organizer
Lisa has been writing poetry since childhood. She believes in life-long learning and tender, loving care of one’s work. Her chapbook, Heart Sounds was published in 2018. She’s been in two anthologies and several publications including Wolff Poetry Literary Magazine. An editor for Fine Lines Literary Journal, she also works with poets privately. Read her stories and poems on her blog, The Prolific Pulse, and check out her Prolific Pulse Podcast.


Lynne Groth, Co-Organizer Emeritus
Tara Lynne Groth writes short fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in multiple journals and one of her poems was selected to inspire two community art sculptures in 2014. She received honorable mention in fiction in the 2015 Carolina Woman Writing Contest and was a semifinalist for the 2015 and 2016 James Applewhite Poetry Prize. She is an alumna of the Southampton Writers Conference. She blogs at Write Naked.

Angelika Teuber, Founder 
Angelika is an internationally published poet who followed her dream of writing after she had moved to the United States from Germany. She loves poetry deeply and found like-minded people in the Triangle area with whom to cultivate the art of Living Poetry. She enjoys  meeting new people interested in poetry and invites you to join the ongoing discussions.

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