In life and in writing, Raphael highlights the beauty in people and places; beauty that might otherwise be missed. He has received a Pushcart nomination and is a recipient of the Stanley Hanks Award. His poetry appears in Likestarlings, U City Review, Vending Machine Press, Split Lip, and other publications. He is co-editor at U City Review. Raphael resides in Washington, MO where the river keeps its secrets. He periodically reads in St. Louis and heads west to read at the April 2017 Kansas City Poetry Throwdown. Follow Raphael at

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