Apryl Skies, an LA native, is a 2013 (PoeticDiversity) & 2014 (Sybaritic Press) Pushcart nominee and award-winning author of A Song Beneath Silence (Readers Favorite 2012), Skye the Troll & Other Fairy Tales (Best Poetrybook of 2010 by Muses Review.
Apryl Skies is founder and editor of Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House of Sherman Oaks and with several titles hitting the number one best-sellers list for Amazon she is currently building solid momentum in the publishing industry. Titles include: A Song Beneath Silence by Apryl Skies, Running on Fumes by Alicia Winski, Skye the Troll & Other Fairy Tales for Children by Apryl Skies, This Same Small Town in Each of Us by Wanda Morrow Clevenger, In the Company of Women: An Anthology of Wit & Wisdom Sass & Class, Dialect of Dahlias by Gloria J Wimberley, Actual Tigers by William Crawford, Men in the Company of Women: A Provocative Anthology of Praise & Persuasion, More titles forthcoming in 2013 are, Edgar Allan Poet Journal #1 , Art is Always an Impression of What an Artist Sees by Martin Willitts, Jr., & Back to Back: Two Poets Under One Roof by E.L. Freifeld & Lois Michal Unger.
Skies' creativity is not exclusive to her passion for literary composition and is a natural talent with poetry, photography and canvas. Skies expresses her devotion to the written & spoken word with a quiet intensity; a superbly visual and telling writer, whose work holds merit among authors both classic and new. Whether with written or spoken word, art or design, Skies captures the sublime beauty of the world with a unique and lyrical voice. Creating her own greeting card line in May 2010, this poet proves she has few limitations. Inspired by a wide range of writers, Apryl has established a modest following of her own and has impressed readers worldwide, as well as by her performances throughout Los Angeles. While Skies is known mainly for her lyrical approach to poetry, her more light-hearted pieces include fairy tales, amphigories, fables and juvenile verse. Using whimsy, humor and colorful characters Skies speaks of hope and embraces the differences that make us all unique.
Before entering the publishing world Apryl focused on film with Polyphony – Be You & Accept Me Too! Consisting of educational segments, puppet adventures, fairy tales, clay animation and poetry for children. Polyphony is now available worldwide and a huge hit in the Green Cinema at the 2008 Coachella Music & Arts Festival and in 2010 won the Gold Pixie Award for animation by The American Pixel Academy. Skye The Troll & Other Fairy Tales For Children,which launched October 2010 comes alive on the page and continues to enchant children of all ages. Inspired by the award-winning cartoon series, the charismatic debut of this feature film includes over a dozen original musings and an exciting array of four brilliant new artists, Brandon Morino, Emily McGregor, Takeshi Kata and Chris J. Miller. This collection sets the bar for children’s entertainment at a charming new level…a fresh, new anthology of poetry for both children and the young at heart.
Publishing Credits: Skies work has been published internationally in US, Ireland, Canada, Australia, UK & Spain. Credits include the current or forthcoming publications; The Examiner, H Style Magazine, Carty’s Poetry Journal (Ireland), Target Audience Magazine (U.S. & Canada), Lit Chick Show (Austalia), Tremendously Two (U.K.), Beyond The Bookshelf, Poetry Super Highway (Poet of the Week –Dec. 2010, H.O.P.E. (Canada), The Woulds & Shoulds of Editing (U.K.), The Juice Bar, Botticelli Literary Magazine Issue: 3, Poetry Corner, Noho Arts District Magazine, Red Fez Issue #44, #50, #55, In The Company of Women: An Anthology of Wit & Wisdom Sass & Class, Marbella Marbella Adelante! (Spain), Alternate Lanes- Anthology - Sybaritic Press, Lummox Review, From the Four-chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anaïs Nin.
Living for 8 months in Beijing studying while performing Theater deeply impacted and enhanced the spoken word artistry and passion of living Sean Hill wishes to share with the world. His poetry embraces all people while reminding them of why we are beautifully fun beings regardless of what we go through or what we confront inside or out.
He's featured at the LA Watts Riot anniversary festival Art and Music Festival sponsored by the Blue Dot Mission, opened for Diplo/BigSean at the last CSUN BIG Show because of the CSUN Slam Team's generosity, has twice hosted the Success is Our Future scholarship/graduation ceremony for all the youth homes across Southern California. He is part of the SketchCityTV comedy troupe, The Ki (which means "Energy" in Japanese) a musical ensemble that is a musical movement raising $25,000 in it's first kickstarter, and promotes wholeheartedly the open mic Soapbox Sessions, the Emblem 3 youth project called, "Team Inspire", and the UN Women Greater Los Angeles Chapter. He will be in a powerful Indie feature film called, "The Better Half" (2014 release).
He released his first spoken word album last year via online/iTunes, giving/selling approximately 500 albums in New York & California while hosting & performing for open mics at colleges/schools while teaching afterschool poetry/theater as a SAG actor who aims at leaving this world so much better than he was fortunate enough to come in to it. "Peace worldwide starts from inside" - Luminaries. "They say it's better to light a candle than to curse the dark." - K'naan. Let's keep being the change we wish to see.