Poetica Magazine

Poetica Magazine


Founder and Managing Editor

Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh is an Israeli-American poet and artist, living in (Norfolk - Alexandria) Virginia, since 1986. Her poetry has been published in many literary magazines, recent publications: Dashboard Horus Blog (2022)Al-Khemia Poetica (2022), Featured Poet by The Poet Magazine (England-2022), Medical Literary Messenger (Virginia Commonwealth University, 2022), Mindful Magazine (England-2022), Soul-Lit: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry (2021), The Poet Magazine (England-2021), Grey Thoughts Magazine (2021), Medicine and Meaning Magazine (University of Arkansas Medical Press, 2021), Global Voices Group Newsletter (Israel-2021), The Jewish Writing Project (2021)ARC Magazine (Israel-2021), Verbal 2 Exhibit: Artists and Poets Collaboration (2021), Club Plum Journal (2021), Agape Review (2021), The Wild Word Magazine (2021), Eve Anthology (2021), Edify Fiction Magazine (2021), Baruch Literary Blog (2021), among others. Michal is the managing editor of Poetica Magazine and Miriam Rachimi Poetry Prize. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks: In My Bustan (2009); What's Left Behind (2014); Field of Harps (2016); Sipping Memories (2018). Forthcoming collections: The Rising Song (2022) and FishMoon (2022). Michal is an active member of Women Who Write and Submit, The Poetry Society of Virginia, The Muse Writers Center, Chesapeake Bay Artist Association, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Voices Israel Global Writers Group, among others.  In her free time, Michal enjoys bike riding, hiking, visits to botanical gardens, cooking for her family, world travel, and making art using 100% recycled material.
Visit her art and read her poems: www.Mitak-Art.com

Selecting Editor

Sofia M. Starnes, Virginia Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014, is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The Consequence of Moonlight (Paraclete Press, 2018). She is the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, among other commendations, including the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, the Aldrich Poetry Prize, the Transcontinental Poetry Book Award (Editor’s Choice), the Marlboro Review Poetry Prize, the Whitebird Poetry Series Prize, five Pushcart Prize nominations, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College, Kentucky. Sofia’s poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, First Things, The Bellevue Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, William & Mary Review, Southern Poetry Review, Laurel Review, Gulf Coast, and Modern Age, as well as various anthologies, including the Best of the Decade Edition of the Hawai’i Pacific Review. Her translations of essays on the Philippine-Spanish artist Fernando Zóbel have been issued by Galería Cayón in Madrid, Spain, and the Ayala Foundation, Manila, Philippines. In 2018, she was engaged to translate a book on Spain’s role in the American Revolution, which was subsequently published by Iberdrola. Sofia lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with her husband, Bill, Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at William and Mary and jazz pianist. More information on her work may be found at www.sofiamstarnes.com. 

Selecting Editor



Alan Toltzis is the author of 49 Aspects of Human Emotion, The Last Commandment, and Mercy. A two-time Pushcart nominee, he has published in numerous print and online journals including, Grey Sparrow, The Wax Paper, Hummingbird, IthacaLit, North of Oxford, and Poetry NI. He also serves as a Contributing Editor for The Saturday Poetry Series in As It Ought to Be Magazine, and Mizmor Anthology. Find him online at alantoltzis.com 

Award Judge

Jane Ellen Glasser’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals, such as The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Georgia Review. Her poems have garnered awards from the Irene Leache Society, Puddingstone, and the Poetry Society of Virginia, and she has been recognized for outstanding articles on teaching poetry that were featured in Virginia English Bulletin and English Journal. In the past she reviewed poetry books for The Virginian-Pilot, edited poetry for the The Ghent Quarterly and Lady Jane’s Miscellany, and co-founded the nonprofit arts organization and journal New Virginia Review.  A first collection of her poetry, Naming the Darkness, with an introduction by W. D. Snodgrass, was issued by Road Publishers in 1991. She won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry 2005, and her award-winning book, Light Persists, received an honorable mention in the 2007 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The Long Life won the Poetica Publishing Company Chapbook Contest in 2011. FutureCycle Press published The Red Coat (2013), chapbook Cracks (2015), ​In the Shadow of Paradise (2017), Jane Ellen Glasser: Selected Poems (2019). Cyberwit published Staying Afloat during a Plague in 2021 during the pandemic. She has presented readings and workshops for audiences as diverse as students in the Poet-in-the Schools Program, inmates at the Broward Detention Center, and participants in national poetry conferences. Glasser is a member of The Poetry Society of Virginia  and The Fort Lauderdale Writers’ Group. Visit Jane's poetry.

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