Poets Biography

Aarthi John

Aarthi has been fascinated by poetry, essays, drama, and stories since a very young age and believes that art in any form is release of self. Born and raised in India, Aarthi currently lives in Redmond with husband, daughter and another addition to the family on the way. Her accolades include being a winner of Redmond’s found poetry contest in 2011, winner of poetry and essay during post-graduate in 2002 and topper in English language in graduate school in 1999.
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Adora Svitak

At age 8 Adora was featured in “Chapbook 9” of RASP’s 2006 Young Authors’ Contest as a special guest author. Being introduced to poetry at a young age, she found a love for everything from romanticized narrative poems like “Young Lochinvar” and “The Highwayman” to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky’s witty rhyming poems. Adora’s early poems are included in her first book, Flying Fingers (Action Publishing); and second book, Dancing Fingers (Action Publishing), which was co-authored with her sister.
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Allison Ohlinger

Only recently having been brave enough to make her poetry public, Allison has since been published on the internet, has won and placed in poetry slams and has graduated to facilitating RASP’s slam contests. She invests her time and love in making safe venues for poets and writers to share their work. “They are the example to me of the risk and growth that fuel the artist’s progress, and it is in this spirit that I offer myself as a Centennial Anthology poet.”
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Denise Calvetti Michaels

Denise teaches Psychology and Human Relations at Cascadia Community College and writes poetry and memoir for a variety of publishers. Her first poetry collection, Rustling Wrens, is scheduled for publication by Cave Moon Press in August, 2012. Her work appears in anthologies including Broken Circles (Cave Moon Press, 2011) and Against Forgetting (Kent State University Press, 2009) and in 2010 she participated in the Jack Straw Writers Program.
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Elizabeth Carroll Hayden

Elizabeth is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest who enjoys writing stories and picture books for her nieces and nephews. Her poetry was recently published in Belletrist, the Bellevue College Literary Magazine and when she is not writing poetry she can be found dancing Ballroom, Latin and Swing or teaching in a public school program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students.
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Maya Ganesan

Maya began writing poetry at the age of four, and in 2009, at the age of eleven, she published her first collection of poetry, Apologies to an Apple. She has since been featured in several online and print anthologies and journals. In addition to writing poetry, she organizes and co-hosts TEDxRedmond, an annual youth empowerment conference.
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