This month's featured poets are Ben Heins, Stephen Hoffman and Penelope Maguffin.
Ben Heins is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Cut Me Free (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2014) and Greatest Hits & B-Sides (Vagabondage Press, 2012). He currently serves as the Internship Coordinator for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Career Services Department. And he does not miss Northeast winters.
Stephen Hoffman is a retired United Methodist Pastor who served congregations in Florida. He and his wife Christine live in Sarasota and part-time in the Lake District in England. He volunteers at two correctional institutions, and with the Sarasota Orchestra, Contemplative Outreach, and Family Promise. He enjoys cycling, hiking, reading widely especially poetry, and occasionally writing. His son also lives in Sarasota, his daughter lives in Atlanta, and his grandson lives in Orange Park.
Penelope Maguffin has been writing poetry since the age of seven and performing it since 1975. It has been published in local journals and anthologies. Her related career includes positions as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, advertising copywriter and facilitator of poetry workshops for special populations (homeless, seniors and incarcerated). More recently, she was a special education teaching assistant for the New York City school system, retiring in 2013.