Who’s Who on the Blue Dandelion Blog

Photography by David Beck

David Bankson

David is a full-time autodidact and part-time computer geek with a lifelong passion for reading and writing poetry. His favorite poets are Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, and William Carlos Williams, though he’s also quite fond of Shel Silverstein. He currently lives in Texas with his wife, son, and Siberian Husky.

Contact him here:   davidbankson@yahoo.com

You may check out more of his work here:



Philip Charles Barragan, II

Philip Charles Barragan, II is an author and activist. He has been published in The Blade Magazine, The Big Ad, and Two Hawks Quarterly, an online literary journal.

Philip was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and is a graduate of Crespi Carmelite High School where he earned his varsity letter in swimming as a freshman.

After a career of delivering social services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS on the front line, Philip now spends his days as a healthcare analyst working to improve the healthcare delivery system for disenfranchised residents of Los Angeles.

Philip’s life was changed forever when he returned to school in 2006 at the age of 39 to complete his bachelor’s degree. Fate intervened and he was led to Antioch University. With a philosophy of social justice, the dynamic environment of Antioch provided a bold, new look at making a difference in society and rekindled Philip’s joy of literature and writing. And a university that graduates individuals like Rod Serling and Coretta Scott King had to be the right choice. Philip earned his B.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Choosing life as a fat man, Philip has been an advocate for people of size for as long as he can remember. He believes that everyone should be comfortable in their own skin, whatever size that is. But most importantly, Philip believes in the elimination of fat shame. It does nothing but hold you back from living the life you want. In accepting ourselves and our beautiful bodies, whatever the shape or size, we can learn to accept the differences in others and embrace diversity as a wondrous thing. And in the end, we move one step closer to true happiness and total fulfillment by living an authentic life.

When not challenging the status quo, Philip works with his husband, Mason Arrigo, building the media platform for his novel Fatizen 24602. Messages from Delilah are available at www.delilahsdiaries.com. You can also find the link on the official book website www.fatizen.com.

Contact him here:  philipbarragan@yahoo.com


David Beck

David Beck works for the State of Colorado.  He also studied Pastoral Ministry at Elim Bible Institute.  His photography encompasses both pictures of both his native North Carolina and his adopted home in Denver, Colorado.  His photography speaks:  he finds both beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary within Nature.  Either way, his work is infused with color.

David Beck Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/milehighbeck/


Robert Curd

An artist, writer and peer support specialist from New Zealand. He is also of the indigenous Maori people in New Zealand of the Tribes Ngate Moe/Rangitane/Ngate Kahungunu ki Warapa. Also, he is part of a large extended family for better or for worse.

Contact him here: robertthetogfer@gmail.com

Rebecca Curtis

A senior at New England College majoring in creative writing, Rebecca ‘s hobbies include reading, writing short stories and poems, drawing and painting, and metal detecting in the forests by her home.  Born a farmer, Rebecca lives on a seventy-acre farm in Wilton N.H., where she’ll soon acquire pigs, a life-long dream Rebecca’s held ever since she read Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White as a small child.  Often writing about nature, animals and the unexpected, in the future Rebecca plans to write novels, poems and short stories.  After graduating NEC with a bachelor’s degree in 2017, she’ll enter a master’s program to further her studies.

Delilah Das

Delilah Das is a 16-year old Junior High School student from Assam India.  She also blogs in her spare time.

A link to her blog:


Tyler Kaden Duval

Rev. Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards is a United Methodist Pastor who enjoys walks in the woods and the wide inclusivity of God’s wondrous love

Corry Jones

Website:  http://whosdat4.wix.com/madviking


Irsin Kast (Daniel Mies)

My version of a bio

My recently discovered

American connection Daniel Miess

asked me to write a bio

so there’d be some reference to

the posts of my work he may be including

in his poetry project.

(Don’t feel obliged, by the way, Daniel.

I know that most of my work

would not qualify as poetry when scrutinised)

I’ve written some biographies

in the past.

Mostly for one of the bands

I was playing in.

And next to doing performance video shoots

it’s probably one of my most hated parts

of being in a band.

But it has to happen,

because the audience wants to relate

to the musician

or to the author

or to the artist.

But you have to understand that

it really sucks to be at the centre of things

when you are actually too introverted

to occupy such a space.

It was never the reason I started writing

or making music.

Quite the opposite really.

Because I don’t like it at all,

I will do it in the only form

that will give me some fulfilment.

Here goes:

I’m a Belgian.

We have been in the news recently

since this tiny speck of a country

with its square footage of 11,787 square miles,

appears to be the hub of all terrorist sleeper cells

on the European continent.

We’ve always been a transit country for commerce,

why not for radicalist idiots.

(To give you an idea,

this country is just a tad smaller

than the state of Massachusetts.)

I was born in the creepy town of Mechelen

and lived there until the age of 21.
I moved a few miles up north to Antwerp later.
A small move, but it made a big difference,
providing more anonymity.

My interest in writing started quite early on.

I had always been interested in story-telling

and I still have some cassettes

from when I was 4 or 5,

with recorded invented stories

about animals in anthropomorphic interactions.

Family life and silly adventures.

Growing a bit older I started writing short stories

for myself which I all threw away.

It was the action of writing that pleased me,

not the reading

and I would certainly never show them to anyone.

I got horribly embarrassed when my mother

would dig them out of the trash.

I didn’t want her praise.
I didn’t want anyone’s praise.

But I wrote.

Not great stuff,

but the desire to dream-up things was strong.

The real kick came when I was about 11 or 12,

reading my first English book.

I wish it had been

something deep

and impressive

and way beyond my years

but it was ‘The Day of the Triffids’ by John Wyndham.

The cover spoke to me

and I still remember being sucked into the story.

That’s the first time I remember thinking:

I want to do this.

Up until today,

I haven’t.

Not really.

I studied journalism

but started working in

marketing and communications.

A job that doesn’t suit me at all

but which, nonetheless, I’m quite good at.

Parts of it, at least.

Either way

from the age of 16

all through college

and right up to this point

(I’ll be 40 in May)

I’ve been singing in bands.

Not for the audience

but for the writing.

Writing lyrics allowed me to write

without spending weeks or months on a story.

It also forced me to ‘finish’ the work

and be concise

because other people were waiting for me,

depending on me.

It had the added bonus of allowing me to be

highly emotional, abstract

and even extreme with my use of words.

A great way to explore the limits

of what writing can do

and a great way to find your fist.

Some things just come naturally,

and those are the ones I’m looking for.

An extension of the subconscious,

using a conscious technique.

To each his own

and this is absolutely my thing.

My writing has adopted this lyric style

to an extreme extent.

Even though it looks a lot different,

the intent is the same.

I just let it go.

Sometimes it will read like a journal

on other days there will only be abstract thoughts

or seemingly random words on a page

(which they are not).

And anything in between.

To me, writing is

an expression of my freedom, first.

Something to be read, second.

I don’t (and never will) care about form

or spelling or grammar or punctuation.

But I can imagine some of the more technical writers

would shun me for that.

I understand your point,

but I truly don’t care at all.

I have debated this point with others

claiming that this makes me ‘not a writer’.

All I can say to that is:

I write, don’t I.

I never claimed that

I would make a living out of it

or be published

or even be read.

But still

That doesn’t make me less of a writer.

It makes me an unsuccessful writer.

But maybe more of a writer

than some of the really successful ones

since success is often the poorest indicator of quality.

But to answer the questions

that tend to be raised by the term ‘biography’:


Born in 1976.

Musician, singer, songwriter since 1992.

Writing other things since 2010.

Unpublished, because

that’s what self-published really is.

There’s a blog: http://irsinkastwrites.blogspot.be/ *

and there’s about 5 copies left of

my ‘essay on poetry: Juniver’

I’m a huge Bukowski fan

for all the right reasons

but many other books

have shaped my freedom writing style.

I love being influenced

and building on that.

That about sums it up.

More about me can be learned by reading my work

or listening to the albums on http://thequiettapes.bandcamp.com/

* Irsin Kast is a pen name

and my fully established alter-ego.

Irsin is derived

from the German word ‘Irrsinn’,

which can be translated as insanity or madness.

Kast is the Dutch word for ‘Closet’,

just a word I happen to like.

Geplaatst door Irsin Kast

Daniel Mies Blog


A link to his book (Not available in the US):



Sensy Khan

Sensy Khan is from Nairobi, Kenya.  She is both a counselor and a teacher.  She has been writing since she was a teenager.  She is a single mother of two daughters, 8 and 9 respectively.  She is a little morbid, attracted to the mystery of heartache and sadness.  She reads everything from E. L. James 50 Shades of Gray to James Patterson.  She also appreciates historical romances by June Devereux and Johanna Kindsay.


Karen King

Karen King lives in England and has been writing for four years. She originally started because she had so many photos of nature and thought she would do something with them. The topics she discusses are about nature, romance, humanity and a little horror as well.  She already has published twelve books.  As well, she runs four poetry groups on Facebook.  Finally, she features on American radio and posts in an online magazine every week.
Contact her here:  karenlking1@rocketmail.com
Her spiritual sonnets can be found here:
Her romantic/er0tic page is found here:
Here is a page of her nature poetry and photography:
 A link to her work on Amazon:

Nivedita Lakhera

L. M. Langley

M. Langley has a post-graduate degree from Newcastle University in Creative Writing and a B.A (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from Northumbria University. Her upcoming novel The Whole Trying Thing comes out in June. She’s also working on a visual novel called Talk to Me. She grew up in Colombia and currently lives in Gainesville, FL with her husband.

Kevin Lenihan/Dena McKinnon

Dena and Kevin are screenwriters who have optioned a few projects and collaborated in this for NYC Midnight. Dena is currently working on a feature script while Kevin is busy with his novel Dark Messiah.

Ozy Licano

Ozy Licano is a singer, songwriter and poet. His dream is that his poetry will find the write eyes to read and gain inspiration.

Contact him here:  ozylicano@yahoo.com


Vyolet J. Meola

Born October of 2000, I discovered that I loved reading about two years ago. After completing The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare last year, I became infatuated with writing as well. In addition to reading and writing my own short storiesI enjoy painting and photography. Despite my love for the artsI aspire to become a surgeon because of my desire to help others.

Daniel Miess (and not Daniel Mies, another nice guy that just happens to share almost the same name)

Is the editor-in-chief of this blog.  This project is the very last project that he is handing in as a Senior in College.  His hopes are to continue writing as well as publishing this blog.

Debaprasad Mukherjee

Debaprasad Mukherjee is a57-year-old doctor in Bilaspur, India.  He enjoys exploring literary writing off and on.  He has three books published; two collections of short stories and a novel (BOLTU ). In addition, some dailies and periodicals feature some of his articles.

Link to his novel (Amazon India):


Link to his book on Amazon Kindle:


Shradha Nayak

I have been writing for five years now. I am a Pre-final year engineering student in India. I have not yet entered the professional grounds of writing. As a writer I would say that I get influenced by the stories of people, their dreams which run parallel to the reality, not to mention the pain they endure to make their life worth it.



Misbah Quadri

Mishah Quadri is from Ahmedabad, India. She has been writing ever since she was a young child. She enjoys both reading fiction novels and writing short length stories and articles. As well, she has contributed her writing to magazines in both the UK and in India. She graduated from Leyton Sixth Form College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media. She also took courses both in English Language and Literature. She was also selected by the UK Education Department to attend Oxford and Cambridge Universities for special literature sessions as part of the Gifted and Talented Program. She also in the past has represented her school and college in various cities.


Eva-Maria Se Fue

Contact her at:  eva-maria.kuehne-wehrmann@t-online.de

Cassie Smyrl

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson is a writer from Morgantown, WV. He is known for his dark and surreal confessional poetry. His book, Houses I’ve Died In, is available for purchase on Amazon.





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