Special thank you 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 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 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, Kakalak, Catfish Stew, Petigru Review, and other anthologies. She’s excited to now be part of the Kakalak editing team. When Kim isn’t writing, she’s gardening, reading, or playing with her grands, and her bucket list includes walking the El Camino de Santiago. She opens her window to writing, nature, and other observations each Monday on her blog, www.awriterswindow.wordpress.com.
David E. Poston
David E. Poston taught for thirty years in public school, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and at Charlotte’s Young Writers’ Workshop. He has led or facilitated workshops for Hospice of Gaston County, Charlotte Lit., the NC Writers’ Network, and the NC Poetry Society. David’s poetry collections are My Father Reading Greek, Slow of Study, and Postmodern Bourgeois Poetaster Blues—which won the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Competition. His publishing credits include the Atlanta Review, The Windhover, Youth Imagination Magazine, The Main Street Rag, moonShine review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, VII: North Carolina. He has been a featured poet in the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series and won awards from the Writers Workshop of Asheville and Southeastern Writers’ Association. His poetry book reviews appear regularly in Pedestal, and he edits a poetry column for the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library newsletter. David chairs the board of directors of the Gaston Literacy Council and the church council at First United Methodist Church-Gastonia and is a member of the Gaston Early Literacy Collaborative and the board of directors of the Gaston Symphonic Band.
Richard Allen Taylor
Richard Allen Taylor, of Charlotte, NC, is the author of three published poetry collections, all from Main Street Rag Publishing Company: Armed and Luminous (2016), Punching Through the Egg of Space (2010), and Something to Read on the Plane (chapbook, 2004). His poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in Rattle, Comstock Review, The Pedestal, Iodine Poetry Journal, Wild Goose Poetry Review, YourDailyPoem.com, and Asheville Poetry Review, among others. Taylor co-founded and for several years co-edited Kakalak, a poetry and art journal featuring the work of North and South Carolina artists and poets; and served as Review Editor for The Main Street Rag (2013 – 2019). After retiring from his forty-four-year business career, Taylor earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2015.