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Why "Better than Starbucks"?

Who we are

Better than Starbucks

Founded 1995 as Scene, Arts of the Treasure Coast,

Renamed 1998 Abundance, a Harvest of Literature, Life & the Arts

Revived  2016 as  Better than Starbucks

Staff, listed in order of when they joined the staff.

      Anthony "Uplandpoet" Watkins                  ​   Publisher, Founder, Editor-in-Chief        

      Kevin McLaughlin                                          Haiku Page Editor, Spiritual Adviser, Poetry Mentor 


      Vera Ignatowitsch                                          Formal &Rhyming Poetry Page Editor, Associate Copy Editor             


      S. Ye Laird                                                      Translations Page Editor

      Suzanne Robinson                                         Poetry Main Page Editor

Before You Know it, the One Man Band is an Orchestra

For the first four issues, in this space ran a bit about the publisher. At first, this was due to the fact that there was nobody here but the publisher. Now, as you can see, we have added several staff members so that we are a real fairly fully staffed journal.

S. Ye Laird is the editor of a now regular feature, Translations, and 

Suzanne Robinson officially agreeing to the title of what she has been all along, the final judge of what goes on the General Poetry Page, look for a greater depth and breadth than anything I could offer when I was trying to wear all the hats!

poetry magazine, Anthony Watkins Book Store

Please continue to direct your submissions, questions and thoughts to the main, but you might want to put your work to the attention of whichever page editor seems most likely to want to see it. We will be looking for submissions of interesting translations, watch S. Ye Laid's Translations page for details.

Staff we have yet to find, but are actively looking for!

We are still missing a few pieces of the puzzle. At least two, maybe three or four or more.


The certain two are as follows:

A grant writer (we are not a non profit, except in fact, but not law), we need someone who knows how we might gather funding to first pay contributors, and then, possibly, though none have ever asked for a dime, to the various editors.

Second, we need a tech person who can build us the mythical chat room discussion forum from Shelfari, or even something better.

The maybes, let's talk:

Thirdly and Fourthly, and maybe even Fifthly

(is fifthly a word? It looks a lot like filthy.)

We are looking for:

a book reviewer,

a music critic

and either an art page editor or an art critic or both.

Mentors, Ghosts, and Spirtual Editors

poetry magazine, Mom, Mrs.Dan
poetry magazine, family portrait

Even in 1968, at our old home in

Shorter, Alabama, the littlest one was the noisiest, nearly 50 years later, I still am.

Neither of these wonderful ladies are on our staff, as both are deceased, but they put this little muddy footed boy on the path to a love of the written word.

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