Our Board

Our Board Members

With humble appreciation for those who attend our monthly “first Tuesday” event—featured poets, local poets, and audience members, here is our governing board:

Sam Love, President:

Sam Love is a former environmental activist, freelance writer, and documentary film maker turned poet.

Sam has had poems published in Kakalak, Slippery Elm, Voices on the Wind, The Lyricist, Flying South, Sleet, and other publications.

Eno, published by Duke University, has published six of Sam’s environmental poems, and four of his poems have been featured on Poetry in Plain Sight posters throughout North Carolina.

Sam’s latest poetry book, Cogitation, is available from Unsolicited Press. His illustrated children’s book My Little Plastic Bag is available in Spanish and English and has won numerous awards, including a Nautilus Award.

Sam can be found online at SamLove.net.

Suzannah L. Cockerille, Vice-President:

Suzannah earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech. She’s a native of Charlottesville, Virginia and thirty-year resident of New Bern.

Suzannah has poems published in various publications, including Kakalak, Shoal, and Pinesong. She has been a semi-finalist in the North Carolina Literary Review’s James Applewhite Contest and a finalist in the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Contest, won first place in the NCPS’s 2017 Thomas McDill Contest,

Suzannah works as a freelance copywriter, website designer, and graphic designer. She designed this website in the summer of 2019.

Find Suzannah online at her blog, ShinyButter.com.

Jeanne Julian, Treasurer:

Jeanne retired to New Bern after a 27-year career in higher education marketing.

Jeanne has published two chapbooks, Blossom and Loss and Relic and Myth, and her full-length collection, Like the O in Hope was released in 2019 from The Poetry Box Select.

Jeanne’s poems appear in Prairie Wolf Press Review, Poetry Quarterly, and other journals and have won awards from The Comstock Review and Naugatuck River Review. She has visited all 50 states, and practices yoga, photography, and making omelets.

Visit Jeanne online at JeanneJulian.com.

Margaret Tau, Secretary:

Margaret Tau moved to North Carolina in 2014 after retiring as a medical editor at a pharmaceutical company in Delaware. Margaret spends her time writing poetry with a focus on haiku and senryu.

Her haiku has appeared in FrogpondHaiku Universe, and Failed Haiku. Her poetry has appeared in the 2018 edition of Ekphrastic, a publication of the Craven Arts Council & Gallery.

Margaret lives with her husband, Joel, and their two Chihuahuas in New Bern, NC.