hülya n. yılmaz [sic], Ph. D., is a retired Penn State professor with an extensive teaching career in German, Comparative Literature and Turkish studies. Advanced-level creative writing, her most prominent instructional focus, constitutes her primary area of expertise. Her academic publications and treatises dwell on the literary reflections of cross- and inter-cultural influences, between the West and the Islamic East in particular. A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Academy of American Poets, yılmaz served as editorial consultant for a large number of academic and literary manuscripts of national and international content with her substantial experience in book evaluations, critiques, developmental editing and literary translations.
After completing her dissertation at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, yılmaz has published Das Ghasel des islamischen Orients in der deutschen Dichtung (The Ghazal of the Muslim Orient in German Literature), an extensive book of research on the influences of Rumi and Hafiz on the 19th and 20th century mainstream German literature. Among her numerous scholarly treatises and national and international conference presentations, her book chapter in a scholarly publication by Palgrave McMillan of the US stands out: “Orhan Pamuk: The Imagined Exile”. In her work in this book, hülya examines the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Orhan Pamuk’s highly acclaimed novel, Snow within the context of Sufism, i.e. Islamic mysticism and the migrational literary conceptualizations in Germany and Turkey.
yılmaz has authored Trance, a trilingual book of poetry with her own literary translations in English; Aflame. Memoirs in Verse and this and that – both, collections of poems in English, and co-authored An Aegean Breeze of Peace, poetry in English. She has presented some of her poetic work in- and outside the U.S., including Kosovo, Canada, Jordan and Tunisia. The Year of the Poet, now in its sixth year, is an international anthology to which hülya contributes every month with her poems. Her poetry has been published in an excess of sixty-eight anthologies of global endeavors. Several of her poems have been early on highlighted in Pastiche, a local literary journal. Two of her poems were distinguished on April 15, 2017 through inclusion in a U.S.-wide poetry exhibition that was the second in the nation then –Telepoem Booth, a permanent public art installation in her hometown in the U.S. On May 25, 2018, WIN – the Writers International Network of British Colombia, Canada honored hülya with a poetry award.
hülya is currently working on three book-length literary manuscripts: Canlarıma, My Lifeblood, poetry in Turkish and English with her own translations of the Turkish poems; homeland, poems in English, and Once upon a Time in Turkey, a collection of short stories. Her short prose, including feature articles, professional prefaces, introductions, forewords and epilogues, has appeared in literary publications of national and international makeup.
yılmaz says, she finds it vital for everyone to understand a deeper sense of self and that she writes creatively to attain and nourish a more comprehensive understanding and development of our humanity.
William S. Peters, Sr.
AKA ‘just bill’, William S. Peters, Sr. is a devoted writer who has been committed to the path of poetry since 1966. Presently, his poetic work has been published in excess of 200 anthologies, newspapers and literary magazines, including about 50 books of his own. Since the day of his commitment to the creation and public-sharing of the poetic art, Peters has been a devoted supporter of the venue of creative expression –regardless of form. His conviction that the human countenance through written art is a necessity reflects in his capacity as an activist for the progression and evolution of humanity and its love of each other.
The author has been able to publish many first-time writers and poets from across the globe through hands-on assistance, counseling and guidance; thus, introducing their work of different literary genres to the public. In its brief history, Inner Child Press International – Peters’ publishing enterprise has brought attention worldwide to several hundred poets by means of the authors’ personal releases and the appearances of their work in a large number of anthologies. Such undertakings encompass notable and highly acclaimed anthology series, such as the voluminous World Healing, World Peace –published every two years since 2012 and The Year of the Poet – a monthly international book as conceived in January 2014 and published every month since. In the latter anthology, The Poetry Posse –a core group of contributing poets comprises fourteen poets from a large variety of world regions. This publication also features between two and four guest poets each month.
William S. Peters, Sr. possesses one other passion: To induct less commonly represented cultures into the mainstream entity of the “West”. To materialize this predilection, he has – among other globally collaborative works, published Voices from Iraq, Kurdish Voices, Aleppo and the encyclopedic Balkan Anthology while he, all along has been – to adopt his words – ‘building bridges of cultural understanding’.
In September 2015, the author was recognized as the “Poet Laureate” at the Kosovo International Poetry Festival in Rahovec. His sizeable book, The Vine Keeper was showcased there where he was also awarded The Golden Grape Award for it. Being so inspired by this communion of poets, Peters went on to pen his book of tribute, O Sweet Kosovo . . . Dreams of Rahovec. This work has been since translated into Albanian by Fahredin Shehu, the esteemed poet and scholar who has incorporated it into the Rahovec School System in 2017.
From the 2015 inaugural formal introduction into the world of international poetry onward, invitations to William S. Peters, Sr. grew in speed and frequency. In 2016, he attended the Morocco International Poetry Festival in Rabat as an invited participant and speaker. He made many friends also in that world region, impressing them with his spiritual essence which was serving all efforts pertaining the plight of humanity. In 2017, Peters’ journey continued through a dazzling tour to Strumica, Macedonia; Monastir, Tunisia; Casablanca and Larache, Morocco; Istanbul, Turkey; Rome, Italy; Amman, Jordan; Bethlehem, Mar Saba, Ramallah and West Bank, Palestine, and Chicago, USA.
The author has been immensely inspired in his travels and has penned a large number of poems and prose pieces during and after his introduction to the places of his personal experiencing. Several of those poetry collections have been included in Tunisia, My Love and 7 Days in Palestine . . . the Land, the People, the Blood, the Tears and the Laughter. Peters was commissioned to write the book on Tunisia which was launched in 2018 at the Poetry by the Sea Festival in Monastir, Tunisia. He is presently working on an extensive book, The Journey . . . Footprints and Shadows, which will chronicle via poetry his complete touring between September 2nd and November 9th 2017.
William S. Peters, Sr., a 2016 Pulitzer Prize nominee for poetry has enjoyed the honor of being recognized for his work at large – publishing and writing alike also in the U.S., his country of birth The number of his appearances on North American radio and television shows is too copious to list. His poetic work has been published in various countries of the world, including Kosovo, Albania, Germany, Iran, Iraq, India, The Philippines, Taiwan, Canada, Italy, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Italy, England, Romania, France, Germany and Poland. The author is known to be adamant about taking time out to share his humanitarian, spiritual and philosophical insights wherever he is invited. He has cited and performed his poetry at numerous venues, such as summer camps for children, teacher workshops, poetry workshops and classrooms, including an October 2017-lecture to graduate students at The University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan.
The author currently serves as the CEO of Inner Child Enterprises, ltd., Managing Director of Inner Child Press International, Executive Producer of Inner Child Radio and Executive Editor of Inner Child Magazine. He says: “I have always likened Life to that of a Garden. So, for me, Life is simply about the Seeds We Sow and Nourish. All things we ‘Think and Do’, will ‘Be’ Cause and eventually manifest themselves in an ‘Effect’ within our own personal ‘Existences’ and ‘Experiences’ . . . whether it be Fruit, Flowers, Weeds or Barren Landscapes!” In high regard of the “Fruits of his Labor”, William S. Peters, Sr. wishes that everyone would thus go on to plant “Lovely Seeds” on “Good Ground” in their own “Gardens of Life”.
For more of William S. Peters, Sr., visit his personal web site at: www.iamjustbill.com
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Chrispine Kasiya, born on 22nd September 1978, is a child and youth development activist in Malawi. He holds Diplomas in Mass Communication and Community Development. As a Community Development worker. He is the Coordinator for Educate Community (EdCo), a local NGO that works to improve the lifestyles and livelihoods of children, youth and women in areas of education, health and governance.
He has worked with various local organizations that promote children, youth and women as the Executive Director, Programmes Manager and Field Worker. For over three years, he has served as the Southern Region Chairperson and the National Executive Committee (NEC) member of the Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance (MAPA) where, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Population services, he participated in the development of the National Alcohol Policy which was approved and launched in January 2017. Currently he is serving as a member of the National Steering Committee of the Civil Society Nutrition Alliance (SCONA), a network of organisations that advocate for the passing of the Nutrition law in order to ensure improved access to nutrition in Malawi.
He has over ten years experience working in the social sector. He has experience in community mobilization, advocacy and lobbying, and Capacity Building (Trainer of Trainers – TOT in various social development fields). In the area of child development, he has participated in various child and youth policy review and lobbying processes at community, district and national levels. He has supported projects aimed at strengthening Community Victim Support Units (CVSU) through awareness creation and capacity building of CVSU Committees to address child rights violations at community level.
UNITED WORLD MOVEMENT FOR CHILDREN (UWMC)