Decimos – We Say is a literary magazine for the Florida Keys. Our mission is to provide a platform for the creative writing voices of our community. Anyone who lives in the Keys may submit short fiction or poetry. Our editorial board will select entrees based on their education and experience.
I was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In 1985 I moved to Chicago, IL to work on my graduate degree. I started writing poetry in high school. In 1995 I arrived in Key West with my husband Stephen and my fury family. The Key West Writers Guild and the Key West Poetry Guild are my soul’s houses. In their midst, I play with words and hone my craft. I enjoy the company of my fellow writers and my chosen family. In 2014 I was awarded the Anne McKee Foundation grant to publish my first novel, The Funerals of Key West. In 2016 I was awarded a second grant to publish my poetry book, Don’t Read This Poetry Book; that year I was recognized by the foundation with the Richard Heyman award for poetry. I am working on my second novel.
Vicki holds a Masters degree from Florida International University in Miami and a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia; she is a founder of the GLEE Community Garden Key West, serves as the Vice-Chair of the Monroe County Climate Change Advisory Committee, as a Board Director for Key West’s Southernmost Homeless Assistance League, and on the Editorial Board of the Key West based literary magazine, Decimos.
She draws creative inspiration from the chaos and beauty in the world around her; as well as from the politics and struggles of the human family. Vicki enjoys spending much of her free time stand up paddling through the back-country or cultivating her gardens. Her career as a poet started in the second grade, c. spring 1979, at Winslow Township School #3 in Sicklerville, NJ, with a recitation of Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Sick”. She celebrates her 47th birthday on Saturday, December 5th.
I don’t remember writing; I don’t remember not writing. I do remember parental orders not to write on walls. I remember Benedictine nuns drilling on the use of commas, semicolons, and the subjunctive. I remember having a reputation for writing witty letters way back when people were into epistolary. I liked that small bit of fame so did nothing to refute the idea. Yet I knew deep down the only thing I was really born to do was eat. When I discovered I couldn’t make a living just eating, I turned to academia. Over the years I’ve taught writing– all kinds of writing from technical to creative– in university classrooms, in board rooms, on TV, and on line.
I’m the former Director of Northeastern University’s Writing Center, a published poet, a grant writer, co-founder of several literary magazines, and judge for many writing contests.
Flower Conroy – Poet Laureate of Key West, 2017-2019
Flower Conroy is the author of Facts About Snakes & Hearts, winner of Heavy Feather Press’ Chapbook Contest; The Awful Suicidal Swans; and Escape to Nowhere. Her poetry’s been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poets and Pushcart Prizes and has won Radar Poetry’s first annual Coniston Prize, the Key West Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest and the Richard Heyman Award. She is a scholarship recipient of Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, Napa Valley and the Key West Literary Seminar. She is the current Poet Laureate of Key West.
Publisher – EPCO press
JD Adler, owner and founder of Elegant Publications Company, holds a Masters of Science degree in Publication Management from Drexel University, his 2007 thesis described the digital age democratizing the publishing industry through print on demand and electronic self publishing tools. JD has published as a journalist and creative writer, including a novel, “Legacy” and an epic poem written in Key West, “Daughter of the Sun.” As a creative writer and graphic designer, JD has experienced the frustration of the publishing industry demanding art be constrained to packaging. This project was developed to simply open the doors between artists and audience.