Judges for Kakalak 2022

The judges for Kakalak 2022 will soon be posted.
Meanwhile, special thanks to Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak, David E. Poston, and special guest Richard Allen Taylor
for their time and commitment as judges for the Kakalak 2021 poetry and art contests.

Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak

Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak makes her home and writes in Lancaster, SC, but her Midwest roots still burrow deep. Small-town life and nature are most often the subjects of her poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction, but sometimes family and grands find a place, too.

Kim is the author of the poetry collection, In the Garden of Life and Death: A Mother and Daughter Walk (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2014) and the author of St. Anne Catholic Church: A Century of Faith, the compilation of her parish’s 100-year history. A Pushcart Award nominee, Kim’s work has appeared in moonShine review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Kakalak, and other anthologies, and her poem Diaspora was displayed as part of the Hickory, NC Museum of Art’s Poetry on Art series. In 2021, her poem The Cyclist was included in Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11& Its Aftermath.

She’s organized and helped curate two exhibits of ekphrastic poetry and the art that inspired it for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, and she helps organize and emcee a monthly reading and open mic, Afternoon of Poetry and Prose, in Rock Hill, SC. Kim previously served on the SCWA (formerly SCWW) Board for several years, and more recently served on the first Rock Hill Poet Laureate selection committee.

When she isn’t writing, Kim can be found gardening, playing with her grands, traveling with her hubby, or reading. She’s been a member of the same reading group, the Rowdy Readers, for almost 40 years. Her bucket list still includes walking the El Camino de Santiago. She opens her window to writing, nature, and other observations each Monday on her blog, awriterswindow.wordpress.com. Kim’s excited to once again be part of the Kakalak editorial team.

Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak

Angelo ‘Eyeambic’ Geter is a dynamic poet, spoken word artist, and motivational speaker who merges his passions for poetry and speaking into a unique performance that educates, entertains, and inspires. Angelo’s work touches on a variety of issues, including social justice, race, grief, character, and manhood. He blends his pieces with commentary, stories, and personal narratives that transcend a traditional lecture or performance. 

Over the course of his career, Angelo has amassed several accolades. He currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, SC, and is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Geter is also a 2019 All-America city winner, 2018 National Poetry Slam champion, Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam finalist, Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam finalist, and has performed and competed in several venues across the country. His work has appeared on All Def Poetry, Charleston Currents, and the Academy of American Poets “Poem a Day” series.

Angelo’s debut poetry collection, More God Than Dead, is scheduled for release in June 2022 by Muddy Ford Press. For more information on Angelo and the new collection, visit www.angelogeter.com. You can also visit Jasper Writes: Angelo Geter to sample his poetry.

David E. Poston

David E. Poston is the author of two award-winning chapbooks and the full-length collection Slow of Study (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2015). His poetry and fiction have appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, The MacGuffin, Ginosko Literary Journal, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies.

In addition to a thirty-year public school teaching career, he also taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, at Charlotte’s Young Writers’ Workshop, and in Cleveland Community College’s adult education program. He has led or facilitated workshops for the NC Writers’ Network, the NC Poetry Society, Charlotte Lit., and Hospice of Gaston County.

He edits a quarterly poetry feature for the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library newsletter and frequently reviews poetry collections for Pedestal Magazine. He and his wife Bee live in Gastonia, where they are active in First United Methodist Church and in a variety of community causes.