A page from the "Poetry through the Ages" exhibit...


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Robert Yehling

Robert Yehling, Primary Writer and Researcher

Robert Yehling is an award-winning author, poet, editor, chapbook publisher, and journalist from Southern California with six non-fiction and poetry works to his credit. These include the Independent Publishers Book Award-winning Writes of Life: Using Personal Experiences in Everything You Write (2007: Aisling Press), plus Coyotes In Broad Daylight (2007: Aisling Press), and Shades of Green (2006: Kobaca Publishing). He also produced a spoken-word CD, Nature’s Writes (2005: Word Journeys Publishing). He became interested in poetry as a child, and has been writing and editing poetry since heading his high school literary arts magazine in the late 1970s. Robert teaches creative writing and editing workshops throughout the United States. See his site at wordjourneys.com

Joe Romano

Joe Romano, Writer and Researcher

Joe Romano is a poet, writer, and writing instructor living in Northern California. He currently teaches writing at Sacramento City College and is a distance writing instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. As an adviser for the exhibit, he used his teaching experience to develop the "make your own" sections and the teaching guide. He also worked closely with the e-poetry and experimental poetry sections. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of California, Davis, where he won an Academy of American Poets Prize, and his poems have appeared in West Branch, the Bellevue Literary Review, and Barnstorm, among other places.

Michael Douma, Curator

In this and other WebExhibits, Michael Douma combines his passion for helping people learn with his expertise in bridging the gap between people and technology. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA), where he has overseen the development of a variety of information systems that use technology to facilitate and broaden the learning process.

Sally E. Smith, Editor

Sally Smith is the Communications Director for IDEA, which curates this exhibit. With a career arc that reflects her strong commitment to accessibility and advocacy, Sally devoted 15 years to the non-profit sector in the legislative offices of the ACLU and the LIFE Lobby, and as the executive director NAAFA. From there, she pursued her passion for writing, serving as editor-in-chief for national consumer health, advocacy, and women’s fashion magazines.

Ovidiu Ancuta, Visual design

Ovidiu Ancuta is the Lead Designer for IDEA. Ovidiu embraces IDEA’s challenging mix of creative exploration and technical problem solving. His background in seamlessly blending design and technology to create solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing helped produce this exhibit, combinign text articles, and the SpicyNodes-based "node view."

Firman Maulana, Web Site Developer

Firman Maulana is passionate about web development, and provided the HTML/CSS implementation for the site so that visitors using a wide range of browsers can enjoy the exhibit, easily print pages, quickly zoom into images, and enjoy its multimedia elements. Firman is also an avid photographer who enjoys surrealist poetry and its ability to tap into the subconscious and portray the world more clearly. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Other credits

Kelsie Gray contributed to the "Song Lyrics" pages. Kelsie credits her love of music and creative writing to growing up in a house where Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan were always on the turntable. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from DePauw University and a Master’s in Poetry from the University of Oregon. She currently lives in western Kentucky where she teaches college writing classes and a unit called "The Poetry of Song" at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Melissa Jenkins helped with proofreading.