Ben Atkinson (showcase emecee) is an assistant professor of natural sciences at Flagler College. Active with Ancient City Poets, he has been a featured reader for the JaxByJax Literary Arts Festival, Sing Out Loud Festival, and Southeast Sister Cities Reading Tour. His poems are published in Cadence, Facets, FM Quarterly, and Refractions, among other outlets. His debut collection Spider Lightning (Hidden Owl, LLC.) was published in 2019.
Cassandra DeGraff has worked in salons and spas for the last 16 years. She is a mother of four children. Cassandra grew up in a house full of artists and writers. She moved from Key West to Saint Augustine in 2014. Cassandra has been with the Ancient City Poets since 2015.
Colleen Jones is a native of New York who currently lives in Saint Augustine. She is a veteran journalist who has lived in nearly ten states in her career and had the privilege of telling the stories of folks from all walks of life.
Patricia Konover is a writer and visual artist, retired from a career in Education Administration. She hails from a small island in Southern New Jersey, moved to SW FL in 1973, and, seeking new adventures in a culture rich with history, art, and music, headed to Saint Augustine in 2000.
Tonn Pastore lives and works at the beach. He is the author of Convergence (Closet Books, 2003), and Mark my Words (2019).
Princess Simpson Rashid is an American visual artist, designer and writer. She was raised in New Jersey with roots in Georgia. Now a resident of Florida, Rashid serves as a contributing member of the Ancient City Poets and recently selected to be a featured reader at the 2021 JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival.
Jamie Lynn Stanish is a proud feminist human being who enjoys fumbling fingers on her ukulele while attempting to sing instead of scream, getting lost in deep conversations with friends over crafty cocktails, practicing yoga, and running miles and miles while pondering the purpose of life. Her mixed media artwork, No Longer Silent was published in A River Rising – Anthology of Women’s Voices produced by Women Writing for a Change, Jacksonville, Florida.
Robert Waldner has been a dedicated poet and writer since childhood. His life experiences have largely shaped his literary works. Robert has been an active member of Ancient City Poets since 2013 and has led many of the monthly open mics. For the past 5 years he has actively written articles for multiple Northeast Florida publications. You can also find his poetry and essays in various literary anthologies.
Lee Weaver is known in Saint Augustine as a playwright, an actor, and a poet. With his wife Nanette, the couple travels all over the country, performing their Special OPS (One Person Shows) on the social issues of our day. Weaver had a TV program for ten years in New Jersey. Weaver maintains a gallery in Saint Augustine where his one of a kind Light Boxes may be seen. Additionally, he is an auctioneer, bicyclist, motivational speaker, and a vocal soloist.