“The measure of artistic merit is the length to which a writer
is willing to go in following his own compulsions.”

~John Updike

Tavares Stephens is a poet and spoken word performer whose stirring and profound poetry makes you think deeper and move up higher.  The subject of Tavares’ poetry spans life situations, political and social issues and human emotions.  He also weaves the art of storytelling into his work by relating his poetry to stories and experience that have shaped him as an artist, classroom teacher and servant.

Email Tavares at tavares@verbaleyze.org

Derek Koehl is a writer, educator, writing coach, editor, and publisher. He has written and edited across all the written genres, including novels, poetry, short story collections, playwriting, graphic novels and video game scripts. His passion, which is aligned with the mission and vision of VerbalEyze, is to help manifest a model of writing and publishing that is cooperative to its core.

Email Derek at derek@verbaleyze.org