Azsacra International Award - For Taj Mahal Review Dec. 2013 Issue

Steve Kilmer is a 56 year old musician who has played all over the world including the White House in 1998. “I took up poetry a year ago. I have written over 200 poems since that time. I write to kill the demons that live inside me. I live to write poetry.”

Alexander Kozhukhov ― is a great Russian photographer. He is born on December, 18th 1956 in village Staroselye, Smolensk Oblast. At the time of the USSR served in military fleet. Now lives in Magnitogorsk. Photos by Alexander Kozhukhov show the beauty of Russian earth as visual continuation of poetic tradition by the great Russian poet Nikolay Rubtsov. They can be compared with art of haiku ― expressive simplicity and laconicism of forms. Alexander's works took part in various exhibitions: Sochi. «The nature reserved». 2010; Ufa. «Wildlife of Bashkortostan». 2010 and 2011; Moscow. A photomarathon «Courage and Humanism» 2012; Chelyabinsk. Photo-exhibition of «The oddities of winter» 2012; Moscow. The international photo-exhibition «Man, habitat» 2011; one from his photoworks is placed in The State Russian Museum, St.-Petersburg, sector of a modern photo. 2012. His works are published in Taj Mahal Review (Vol. 9 Number 2 Dec. 2010), Harvests of New Millennium (Volume 6 Number 1 Jan. 2013), Taj Mahal Review (Vol. 12 Number 2 Dec 2013). 

Azsacra International Award 
For Taj Mahal Review June 2013 Issue

Simran Oberoi is an HR professional with a decade of experience across various areas. She also writes poetry and publishes the same frequently. Her Poems have been published in literary journals such as Apostrophe’O, Muse India, Kritya India, Free India Media. Her work has been shared as a good read by The Asia Writes Project. Her poem has also been selected for being published in the UK based The Asian Writer's anniversary edition "Happy Birthday to Me", a collection of contemporary Asian writing.


Fran Shaw, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Connecticut at Stamford, is the author of several books including 50 Ways to Help You Write and Writing My Yoga: Poems for Presence that explores writing as a path to awareness. Her new book, Notes on The Next Attention, is comprised of the recollected talks of a spiritual guide, with the aim of helping one awaken in the midst of everyday life (www.thenextattention.com).

Azsacra International Award 
For Taj Mahal Review Dec. 2012 Issue

Katya Ganeshi (Blond Beast) is Russian poetess. She is founder of a new literary style «Overaggressive Masterpiecism». In poetry Katya Ganeshi continues to develop philosophical ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche, Azsacra Zarathustra and Buddha, also aesthetic ideas of Arno Breker. Beauty of human body and spirit in Absolute Break, and Spiritual War — the basic themes of her poetic books. Publications: a poetic cycle in journal «Taj Mahal Review» (vol. 9, number 2, Dec. 2010), a poetic cycle in journal «Taj Mahal Review» (vol. 10, number 2, Dec. 2011), an essay in journal «Harvests of New Millennium» (volume 5, number 1, Jan. 2012), the literary review of the book of Azsacra «The Evangelies of Birds of Prey» («Taj Mahal Review» vol. 11, number 1, June 2012).


Strukova Marina Vasilevna (born March, 9th, 1975) was born in V. Romanovka of the Saratov region. Has graduated from The State Specialized Institute of Arts (faculty of Panel painting). Has graduated from the higher literary courses of Maxim Gorky Literature Institute. Since 1996 — a member of the Union of writers of Russia, and since 1998 of radical national movement RNU («Russian National Unity»). Now lives and works in Moscow. The main themes of poetry of Marina Strukova — patriotism, Russian nationalism, and history of Russia. Has three poetic collections: «Thistle», «The Sun of War», «The Silver Bullet».


Alina Aleksandrovna Vituchnowskaja (born March, 27th 1973): the Russian poetess. First publication was in 1993, the author of several books of poems and prose, including «Anomalizm» (1993), «The Children's book of dead» (1994), «Last old woman-usurer of the Russian literature» (1996), «The Dog of Pavlov» (1993; 1999), «The Earth of Zero» (1997), «The Novel with Amfetamine» (1999) and «The Black Icon of the Russian Literature» (2005). Her poems have been translated and published in German, French, English, Swedish and Finnish press. She is a member of the Union of writers of Moscow, the honorary member of the International PEN. She was awarded by the literary grant of Alfred Toepfer (Germany).

AZsacra International Award 
For Taj Mahal Review June 2012 issue

Moshé Liba, 1931, diplomat, lecturer, poet, writer, painter, sculptor. He has represented the State of Israel for 31 years as Ambassador and Consul General in 15 countries. Was Director General of the Central Institute of Cultural Relations. Is Docteur en Droit International de l‘’Université de Paris. Was Professor in four universities in Israel, Cameroon and New Zealand. As lecturer, writer and poet, member of various national and international associations has lectured, has published, is included in anthologies and has been awarded honorary titles. He contributes regularly to literary, historical and international publications, reviews, newspapers, yearbooks and On-line publications in the Internet. Writing directly in several languages, he has published 58 books, including 27 books of poetry. His last poetry book ”My country, the World,-and Me”, was published by Cyberwit.net, India, in 2009. The Israeli company Lily Film-Tal Schahar is planning a documentary based on his book: Jewish Child Slaves in São Tome. A play written on the basis of his book: “The Fiddler from Auschwitz “has been staged in Israel in 1989. The same, adapted for a new stage production in Dutch, has been presented in The Hague in 2008. As painter and sculptor has presented 47 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions. His artworks are in museums, art galleries and private collections and are represented in albums, anthologies and on websites in the Internet.

Floriana Hall, b. 10/2/27, Pgh Pa., graduate and Distinguished Alumna of Cuyahoga Falls High School, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, attended Akron University, married Robert Hall 59 years, five children, nine grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, author/editor of ten nonfiction and inspirational poetry books, SMALL CHANGE; THE ADVENTURES OF FLOSSIE, ROBBIE, AND JUNEY During The Great Depression (2006); THE SANDS OF RHYME (poetry); DADDY WAS A BAD BOY; OUT OF THE ORDINARY SHORT STORIES; HEARTS ON THE MEND (2006); FRANCIS, NOT THE SAINT, 2008. Founder and Coordinator of The Poet’s Nook. Editor of THROUGH OUR EYES, POEMS OF BEAUTIFUL NORTHEAST OHIO, POET’S NOOK POTPOURRI, and TOUCHING THE HEARTS OF GENERATIONS. Winner of many poetry contests. Published in United States, England, France and India. Poetry teacher, YOU, ME, AND POETRY, for www.LssWritingSchool.com WHO’S WHO IN US WRITERS, EDITORS AND POETS, WHO’S WHO IN INTERNATIONAL POETRY, MARQUIS WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA. Works compared to Poe and Hawthorne style by Taj Mahal Review.   

Sayumi Kamakura was born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, 1953. She began composing haiku while a student at Saitama University and studied haiku under the guidance of Toshiro Nomura and Sho Hayashi. In 1988, she won Oki sango Prize. She is a member and Treasurer of the World Haiku Association. Judge of the Haiku section of Japanese daily newspaper of The Asahi Shimbun’s Saitama culture.  

Johannes S. H. Bjerg: Born 1957. Danish haijin writing in Danish & English simultaneously. Some works are to be found on the bilingual blog “2 tongues / 2 tunger” 2tongues.blogspot.com, which was created to promote and underline the universality of haiku in the 21st century. Published a bilingual haiku book “Penguins / Pingviner” in 2011 through Cyberwit. Member of World Haiku Association. Published in various publications: Roadrunner, Presence, Modern Haiku, Notes from the Gean and more.

AZsacra International Award 
For Taj Mahal Review Dec. 2011 issue

Akanksha Chaudhary was born in Rohtak (Haryana) and is a well known writer and poetess. A graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and an MBA in Human resources from FORE, she continued nevertheless to follow her passion of writing. She has an intriguing passion for photography and writing for almost 9 years now. She has been quoted as a young promising writer in India Today, The Tribune, and Times of India. She is also the youngest recipient of the prestigious Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award in India for her contribution in the field of literature, especially for her book The Unspoken Thoughts.

Suzie Palmer began writing her life story and poetry in 1999 at 28 years of age. She was encouraged to write after a mystical encounter with a unique Indian sage. ‘You are a writer; you must write’ he told her ‘you must write about your life. People like reading about other people’s lives, and they’ll like reading about yours. You’ll also write poetry, teaching people how to be happy even if they can’t run and jump’. In early 2009, Suzie published: Loving All – her first book of poetry and from mid 2009 she has regularly recited poems in public, usually accompanied by a guitarist and drummer. She loves sharing her musical poetry with the world! In response to the encouragement of the sage, Suzie continues to work on her autobiography, which she currently views as her central life work. In addition, she writes reviews for prominent poets, of which Ban’ya Natsuishi, Sayumi Kamakura, and Azsacra Zarathustra are her most celebrated thus far! Writing the Foreword of Hybrid Paradise by Ban’ya Natsuishi has also been a joyous and wonderful experience for Suzie. http://suziepalmer.com/

Steve Morris is based near the England / Wales border in the UK. For a living he teaches mathematics and science. In spare time he writes short stories, which have been included in Taj Mahal Review and a number of books, magazines and anthologies. His first two collections of short stories "In All Probability" and "Jumble Tales" have been very well-received by the press in the UK. More writing is to follow. www.s-morris.co.uk

Harshada Pathare, a poet of the human innermost feelings, intently wields the pen of her craft to expand the mind like an artist wields a brush. She dwells in her cherished inner sphere, where she is in touch with the world. This enables her to glean information about populations, their personal value systems, and interestingly employs such sensuality in her writings. Harshada Pathare employs immense creativity, flexibility, and ingenuity to organize her poetic ideas; thus, ensuring this anthology stands out to be yet, one of her most influential and credential poetry composition. www.harshadapathare.com

AZsacra International Award 
For Taj Mahal Review June 2011 issue

Sonnet Mondal is an Indian English poet residing in Kolkata, West Bengal. Starting his poetic career from the year 2005 he has authored 4 books of poetry namely A Poetic Peep Into The Post Modern World (2007), The Curse of Atlantis and Other Poems (2009), 21 Lines Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century (2010) and Penumbra of Indian Verses (2010). He has authored a translation book named "Songs from The Ashes" and has been published in several world famous journals and literary magazines including Stremez, World Poets' Quarterly, Houston Literary Review, ERI Jams magazine, Conifer’s Call, the Brown Critique, Danse Macabre, Muse India,Wilderness House Literary Review,Edit Street, Other Voices in Poetry, Hudson View, Aphelion, Kritya, Homeless Diamonds,Writers Editors Critics, Taj Mahal Review, Istanbul Literary Review etc. He was awarded Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing, Sweden in 2009, appointed as the Sub-Secretary General of Poetas Del Mundo in 2009,  and was conferred Doctor of Literature from United Writers Association, India. Sonnet was inducted into the Significant Achievements Plaque at the Museum of the 154 year old Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur. Sonnet is the pioneer of the 21 Line Fusion Sonnet which are 21 Lines Sonnets unlike the popular 14 line form. He is the Managing editor of The Enchanting Verses International journal of poetry (ISSN-0974-3057) and the chief editor of The Bombadil Review. He is also the founder of the United Minds for Peace Society and the Musical Oasis for Resurrection. His poetry has been read out as message of peace to the world at World Poetry Cafe show, Canada and has been displayed at World Poetry Display at Vancouver Public Library in 2011. He has been officially invited at the prestigious International Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia to represent India in 2011 in their 50th year ceremony to increase the cultural co-operation between the two countries. His upcoming poetry book is Diorama of Three Diaries

Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com) is a Pushcart nominated-poet, novelist, author, essayist, columnist, blogger, wife, yoga-devotee, dancer, and oenophile whose musings have translated into four chapbooks of poetry, two collaborative collections of poetry, and a fiction novel (upcoming in April 2011). Her scribbles have also appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives and writes in New York City and reads her work across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Sweta also teaches creative writing workshops. Follow her: Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta)

June Nandy is a published poet, short story writer, reviewer, ghazal singer, teacher and a translator from Calcutta, India. A post graduate in English Literature and Hindi, Bachelors in Education, post graduate diploma in Translation Science (Gold Medalist) and a diploma in Public Relations. Her writings has been published world wide in reputed international and national journals like Taj Mahal Review, Sein und Werden, Femina, Frontier, Poetry Super Highway and other corporate journals. She can be accessed at her blog: http://throughmystripedshirt.blogspot.com

Akshat “The Reflection” Sharma, is an aspiring poet. Currently pursuing engineering from VIT UNIVERSITY, Vellore, Akshat, always had literature as his first love which was soon collaborated with music. Inspired by works of various poets like James Morrison and Lord Byron, yet with a different taste, he was soon thrilled by various emotions that a common man comes across. An ardent follower of music, especially genres like Heavy metal and Psychedelic Rock, his work revolves around human psyche and its inner self as a human. 

AZsacra International Award 
For Taj Mahal Review Dec. 2008 issue

María Cristina Azcona is an Educational Psychologist, poetess, novelist and peace researcher. Her articles, reviews, poems and short stories are continuously published in many newspapers, magazines and anthologies around Argentina, UK, India, US, and other countries. Since 1980, she works as a psychotherapist specialized in Forensic Psycho diagnosis, listed by the American Biographical Institute (ABI) in their international directory "Experts & Expertise". 

Albert Russo who has published worldwide over 65 books of poetry, fiction and photography, in English and in French, his two mother-tongues, is the recipient of many awards, such as The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, several New York Poetry Forum Awards, Amelia Prose and Poetry awards and the Prix Colette, among others.

AZsacra International Award 
For Taj Mahal Review June 2008 issue

Adam Donaldson Powell (USA-Norway) has published several books previously, including novels/novellas, poetry, literary criticism and more - in USA, Norway and India. He writes in English, Spanish, Norwegian and French. Mr. Powell is also a visual artist (painter, installation artist and photographer), and a literary critic (primarily poetry books, haiku books, and books of short prose). 

 

Ban’ya Natsuishi, master of contemporary haiku and trailblazer at home on the overflowing haiku mountain of life, offers the world - Hybrid Paradise, a collection of his recent, liberating work. In 2009, I wrote a review in a book for him, The Poetical Achievements of Ban’ya Natsuishi, understanding the honour of casting my views on such outstanding haiku. Again, I am thrilled to be involved in the process of expounding works of this incredible author, who has been a great influence in forging ahead with my own style of muki-haiku (seasonless poem technique)!

Salvatore Buttaci is an obsessive-compulsive writer who plies his craft many hours a day. His poems, stories, articles, and letters have appeared widely in publications that include New York Times, U. S. A. Today, The Writer, Cats Magazine, and Christian Science Monitor. He was the recipient of the $500 Cyber-wit Poetry Award in 2007.

 

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