The Creative Exiles Writing Group and Book Store

The Creative Exiles Writing Group

Creative Exiles


THE CREATIVE EXILES writing group is a WordPress site comprised of many of the finest modern-day writers of poetry and fiction on the Internet. Our writers hail from locations worldwide and they collectively welcome you, to read and enjoy the numerous pieces of poetry, stories, and related literary works on this site. If you wish to share your thoughts on a particular piece, please leave a comment; our authors love feedback.

The TCE writing collective is made up of experienced authors who value high-quality content. The philosophy of the site is to present written works where creative expression is encouraged and appreciated. On most days, there are multiple new and original pieces posted. If you are an aficionado of writing, then you’ll definitely want to bookmark this site.



People who love to write are welcome to apply for membership. We have three literary genres, which are Poetry , Creative Writing ,  and Fiction , each with several sub-categories. This gives our members a wide variety to choose from. If an applicant feels confident they can write in any or all of these areas, they are encouraged to fill out the application and provide us with at least three links to works they have written on the Internet ( it is imperative we know if they are knowledgeable of how to write for the Internet).

TCE staff is very selective as to who we accept as members. All applicants are carefully vetted and must be approved by all staff members, who are Ralph Schwartz (Owner and WebMaster), John Hansen (Founder and CEO), and Phyllis Doyle Burns (Senior Editor and Site Manager).

When an applicant is accepted as a member, we ask that they read and study the following pages to become familiar with our policies and rules :

Terms of Use

Posting Tips and Help for New Members

Essential Rules
The Creative Exiles (TCE) Policies for all Members

Privacy & Disclosure 



Our newsletter is sent out to all subscribers every Thursday. It is created by Phyllis Doyle Burns, Senior Editor. Each issue has a themed title, which is followed up by a post explaining the purpose. We focus on the TCE authors by providing information pertinent to their interests, SEO tips, short biographies of famous writers, maybe a poem relating to the theme, and any notifications our members need to be made aware of.  Our newsletter includes 3 to 6 article links from our blog.

The Creative Exiles Newsletter Archives 



Published works from authors of The Creative Exiles Writing group. Visit our book store, enjoy the selections, and come back often to check for the newest published books.



Tony DeLorger is a full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of ‘Poet of the Year’ on HubPages, ‘Poem of the Year’ on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+,, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

Books by Tony DeLorger:

Tales from the Inner Self: The poetry of Tony DeLorger

The View from the Shed: A Spiritual and Philosophical Journey into Perspective

Reflections: words of the heart


Kurt James is one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Kurt James “Rocky Mountain” historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released “Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man” – the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores.

Books by Kurt James:

Rocky Mountain Reckoning 

Rocky Mountain Retribution 

Rocky Mountain Ghost 

Poetry and Thoughts Of A Wandering Man: Uniquely Colorado 


Jamie Lee Hamann has a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. He lives in Washoe Valley NV with family. He loves to share his poetry and hopes that you enjoy reading as much as he enjoys writing.

Books by Jamie Lee Hamann:

The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class 

Six Years of Service: A Collection of Poems by Jamie Lee Hamann


Ralph says: I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I’m fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I’m passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I’ve always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I’m continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

Books by RJ (Ralph) Schwartz:

Poetry of the Human Condition – The Ups and Downs of Modern Living


The Creative Exiles: an anthology of poems Let the Words Speak

Let the Words Speak was a groundbreaking book for many of the writers on the site as it gave them a chance to see their works in print. Everyone involved had a great opportunity to learn about publishing and each other, leading to a more cohesive group with an eye on growing the group and pushing the limitations of their writing.

This book of poetry was released last October, 2016, and is a compilation of works published on the site at that time. You’ll find works by R. J. Schwartz, John D Hansen, Phyllis Doyle Burns, Tony DeLorger, Kurt James Reifschneider, Melissa Hougard, Shalini Kagal, Jackie Lynnley, Jamie Hamann, Abhimanyu Gaur, Ed Fisher, Nathan Bernado, Amy Johnsen, Lori Colbo, Rasma Raisters, Tarun Chhauda, and William Kovacic.

Copies can be ordered on-line at Amazon.

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I am an author on TCE and write mainly in poetry and short stories. I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am currently an author on HubPages. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

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