Indie Blu(e) Publishing is extremely fortunate to attract regular talent with our poets and authors. In addition, we have worked with some truly talented and notable Guest Editors on our anthologies.
An Indie Blu(e) Anthology is no small feat. Packed with award-winning writers and artists, they’re works of art filled to the brim with inspiring and raw creatives. The editors we have been lucky enough to collaborate with on these projects are gifted artists in their own right, with thriving careers. It’s a true honor for all at Indie Blu(e) to share the stage with these lights in the poetry world and we are incredibly grateful for their invaluable input.
Meet the talented faces behind the hard work of Indie Blu(e)’s Guest Editors:
John W. Leys has been writing poetry for over 30 years. His major
influences include Allen Ginsberg, Erica Jong, Bob Dylan, and Lord
Byron. His first book, The Darkness of His Dreams, was published in 2019. In 2020 he published his second book, Whispers of a One-Eyed
Raven: Mythological Poetry. He lives in Albany, Oregon with his
chihuahua, Cosmo. www.JohnWLeys.com
Mel Sherrer (She/Her) is a writer, editor, and educator. She
received her B.F.A. from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia,
and her M.F.A. from Converse College in Spartanburg, South
Carolina. Mel teaches and conducts Creative Writing and
Performance Literature workshops. Her work is featured in
SWWIM, Interim Poetics, The Racket Journal, and others. She
currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mel was Guest Editor of But You Don’t Look Sick. Mel Sherrer.
Megha Sood is a Pushcart-nominated Award-winning Poet, Editor,
and Blogger based in New Jersey, USA. She is an Associate Editor
at MookyChick (UK), Life and Legends (USA), and Literary Partner
in the project Life in Quarantine’ with Stanford University, USA.
Author of Chapbook My Body is Not an Apology, Finishing Line
Press, 2021) and Full Length (My Body Lives Like a Threat, Flower Song Press, 2021). She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and Tweets
at @meghasood16 – Megha was Guest Editor of The Kali Project.
Matthew DJ Eayre is a non-binary pansexual poet living with
mental illnesses and physical conditions which cause them chronic
pain. A poet and artist, a parent and spouse, Matthew is published
in six poetry anthologies and has a collection of poems in the
works, expected in 2021. “Hope is the only gift I can give you; it’s all
I have.” Matt was Guest Editor of But You Don’t Look Sick.
Marcia Weber has been a practicing mental health professional for nearly
3 decades, as well as a trauma survivor who has experienced
accompanying mental health symptoms. She is also an evolving poet who
has been published in several anthologies. She approached the role of
guest editing this Anthology through the twin lenses of professional
observation and artistic reverence. Marcia was Guest Editor of Through The Looking Glass.
Lakshmi Tara is a self-taught artist and writer based in South India. She
believes that art is a pathway to explore (and expand) consciousness. She
has a history of having overcome MDD with the help of creative
expression and meditation, and undergoing a metamorphosis of
personality in the process. The pieces featured here are from her
depression-era journals. Her current work, focused on self-inquiry, draws
influence from Jungian psychology, Tantric and Buddhist thought, and
ancient art. Her work can be found on Instagram at @lakshmi.tara
and Lakshmi Tara on medium.com. Lakshmi conceptualized, painted and illustrated for The Kali Project and drew the striking artwork featured on the covers of; Through The Looking Glass and Zinia Mitra’s stand-alone collection of poetry, These Words Never Sleep.