New Editor for The Romantic Poet of the Internet

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Award winning author and poet, William F. DeVault has announced that his longtime editor and friend, Janet L. Innes, will not be editing his forthcoming books "The Morgantown Suite" and "INVOCATO".

Stepping up to lock horns with the poet, who has been called "difficult" and "brilliant" in the same breath, will be his former protege, Orange County resident L.B. Wielenga. "May God have mercy on her soul," intoned the poet upon announcing the passing of the editorial torch.

Ms. Innes had been responsible for the editorial duties on three of the poet's first five books, including the seminal "PanthEon" and "Love Gods of a Forgotten Religion", which the poet dedicated to his longtime friend and professional associate. Her stepping down is for personal reasons to devote more time to her family and her health.

Ms. Wielenga apprenticed under Mr. DeVault both online and during his tenure in Southern California; most recently she been continuing her own writing career, as well as working as an educator.

"The Morgantown Suite" is a collection of works about the poet's hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia, with the proceeds slated to going to help fund Arts Monongahela, a local arts advocacy organization.

"Invocato" has been described as a "collection of the real firepower I have issued, the poems that are akin to a brace of artillery fire to open a battle." It has been rumored that his anthem "Triumph" will finally come to print in this volume, as the poem has been shelved repeatedly from earlier books due to the structure of the lines written by Mr. DeVault.

William F. DeVault has over nine thousand poet works to his credit, more than three hundred publication credits, as well as five books, prior to the release of these two new volumes. In 2003 he was named to a list of outstanding creative artists from the State of West Virginia by the Appalachian Education Initiative, and was named to the Edinburgh (Scotland) International Internet Festival of the Arts in 2002. His poem "the patchwork skirt of my love" was named "Poem of the Year" in the 2001 "Preditors and Editors" online readers' poll.

In 1997 Yahoo declared him the "Romantic Poet of the Internet".

The poet has recently been granted a divorce from his second wife and cover model, Ann Costilow. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he teaches and consults, in addition to his writing.

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