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Sudeep Adhikari


Sudeep Adhikari is a structural engineer/Lecturer from Kathmandu, Nepal. Also a Pushcart Prize nominee for the year 2018, Sudeep is currently working on his 4th poetry-book Hyper-Real Reboots, which is scheduled for publication in September 2018 through Weasel Press, Texas, USA.    



Nick Allen


Nick has recently twice been runner-up in poetry competitions based in Ireland: the Bangor Literary Journal, poems of 40 words or less; and the 2018 Hungry Hill Writers International competition, "Poets meet Politics". His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books in October 2017. He talks to poets in darkened rooms at the back of pubs and sometimes feels enlightened.



Jimmy Andrex


Without a clue what he's doing, Jimmy performs his poetry all over the UK either with or without music. Black Horse Poet of the Year on two occasions, he has published two collections, along with three albums. The longer version of one of these, Cresties, was featured in 2015 at Wakefield and lkley Litfests, when he also premiered his play 3 Characters at the Leeds 10x10 Drama Festival. April 2016 saw him collaborate with RCM composer Amy Bryce at the Leeds Lieder Festival, where their piece The Green Children of Woolfit did untold damage to an expensive grand piano. Co-Founder (with John Irving Clarke) of Red Shed Readings, he is also compere of Holmfirth's legendary Hot Banana Open Mic and a regular presenter on elfm's Love the Word. Described by Steve Pottinger as ͞angry, clever and articulate,͟ his wife thinks he should just tidy up that pile of books next to the bed. A new album, Northern Beat Poetry, a series of 12 poetic rants to music was released in March 2017 from where he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe where, as well as performing, he held doors open for several Fringe luminaries. He is currently working on Town, a piece of poetry theatre to premiere in March 2018.



Devon Balwit


Devon Balwit teaches in Portland, OR. She has six chapbooks and two collections out, among them: We are Procession, Seismograph (Nixes Mate Books), Risk Being/Complicated (A collaboration with Canadian artist Lorette C. Luzajic); Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders); and Motes at Play in the Halls of Light (Kelsay Books). Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday, the Aeolian Harp Folio, Red Earth Review, The Fourth River, The Free State Review, Red Paint Hill, and more.



Danny P. Barbare


Danny P. Barbare resides in the Southern US. He enjoys writing poetry in free verse. He attended Greenville Technical College. And has been writing poetry most of his adult life.



Matthew Barrow


Matthew Barrow is originally from Gloucester but now lives in London. His poems have previously appeared in The North, The Rialto and South Bank Poetry.



Gary Beck


Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn't make a living in theater. He has 13 published chapbooks and 1 accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing) The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay and Expectations (Wordcatcher Publishing). Blunt Force will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pigs Productions). As part of the continuing series, 'Stand to Arms Marines', Gnome on Pigs Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing and Acts of Defiance by Wordcatcher Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don't Send Flowers and other stories will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.



James Bell


James Bell is Scottish and now lives in France where he contributes photography and non-fiction to an English language journal. His fiction has appeared in Cyclamen and Swords, Scrittura, Thief, Laldy, Aether and Ichor and is forthcoming in Bare Fiction. He was highly commended in the Tears In The Fence 2016 Flash Fiction Competition. He has written and published poetry for twenty years.



Jim Bennett


Jim Bennett, has written 74 books and numerous chapbooks and pamphlets in a 50 year career as a poet.  He lives near Liverpool in the UK and tours giving readings of his work throughout the year.  He is widely published and has won many competitions and awards for poetry and performance. He runs www.poetrykit.org one of the world’s most successful internet sites for poets.



Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal


Luis, born in Mexico, lives in Southern California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles.


His first poetry book Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press.  His other chapbooks and books have been published by Alternating Current Press, Deadbeat Press, Kendra Steiner Editions, New Polish Beat, Poet's Democracy, and Ten Pages Press.



Bernie the Bolt


Bernie-the-Bolt is an English and Yorkshire Born Radical Poet. She writes with colour, edge, whit, creativity and humour. Her writing has a real rawness to it in a way which tantalises the imagination and really gets you thinking! Controversial and Non Conforming to the max what's not to like?



Robert Beveridge


Robert Beveridge makes noise and writes poetry in Akron, Ohio. Recent/upcoming appearances in The Literary Yard, Big Windows, and Locust, among others.



Rich Boucher


Rich Boucher resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rich’s poems have appeared in Cultural Weekly, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Soft Cartel, Gargoyle, Gravel, The Nervous Breakdown, Apeiron Review and Menacing Hedge, among others, and he has work forthcoming in antinarrative journal, Drunk Monkeys, Street Poet Review and the “Walls” edition of the Poets Speak anthology. For more, please visit richboucher.bandcamp.com. He loves his life with his love Leann.



Elle Brown


Elle Brown is from Newcastle upon Tyne, and currently studying English Literature at the University of Birmingham, before which she spent half a year in Paris. She is an aspiring author and poet



Steve Carr


Steve Carr lives in Richmond, Va and began his writing career as a military journalist. Steve has had over 140 short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies. A collection of his short stories was published by Clarendon House Books. His plays have been produced in several states in the U.S.. He was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. He is on Facebook  and Twitter @carrsteven960.



James D. Casey IV


James D. Casey IV is a southern poet with roots in Louisiana & Mississippi. He currently resides in Illinois with his Muse, their retarded dog, and two black cats. Mr. Casey has authored three books of poetry: Metaphorically Esoteric, Dark Days Inside the Light While Drunk on Wine, and Tin Foil Hats & Hadacol Coins. He is also in the process of penning a new book, Owls in Hot Rods with Pink Elephants and Dead Bats, that will be published by Cajun Mutt Press in early August. His work has been published in print and online by several lit mags and small press venues including Triadæ Magazine, Pink Litter, In Between Hangovers, Indiana Voice Journal, Beatnik Cowboy, Dissident Voice, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, Zombie Logic Review, Tuck Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, and many more. Links to his books and other projects can be found here: https://cajunpoetjames.wordpress.com/



Michael Chin


Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York and currently lives in Georgia with his wife and son. His hybrid chapbook, The Leo Burke Finish, is available now from Gimmick Press and he has previously published work with journals including The Normal School, Passages North, Barrelhouse, and Hobart. He works as a contributing editor for Moss. Find him online at miketchin.com or follow him on Twitter @miketchin.



Kitty Coles


Kitty's poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies. She was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2016 and her debut pamphlet, Seal Wife, was published in 2017. www.kittyrcoles.com



William Coniston


William Coniston lives in Bradford and writes scary novels for young readers and the young at heart, set in West and North Yorkshire. He’s recently become interested in writing poetry. You can find out about him and his work here: https://tinyurl.com/WmConistonAuthor and on his Facebook Author page.



Mark Connors


Mark Connors is an award winning poet and novelist from Horsforth, Leeds. Mark has had over 100 poems published in magazines, anthologies and webzines.  His debut pamphlet Life is a Long is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first full length poetry collection, Nothing is meant to be Broken was published by Stairwell Books in 2017. Mark won the Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic competition in both 2014 and 2015 and has received a number of prizes and commendations for his short fiction. His debut novel Stickleback was published by Armley Press in 2016 and was longlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize.’ His second novel is being published by Armley Press in 2018. He runs spoken word nights for WORD CLUB in Leeds and comperes regularly at Literature Festivals. He is also a director and managing editor of the poetry publisher, Half Moon Books. For more info visit www.markconnors.co.uk



Marc Darnell


Marc Darnell is a floor tech and online tutor in Omaha NE.  He received his MFA from the University of Iowa, and has published poems in The Lyric, Blue Unicorn, Shot Glass Journal, Pangolin Review, Quantum Leap, Skidrow Penthouse, Aries, and The Fib Review among others.



James Diaz


James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger  (Indolent Books, 2018) and founding Editor of the Literary Arts & Music mag Anti-Heroin Chic. His work can be found in Occulum, Bone& Ink Press, Moonchild Magazine and Philosophical Idiot. He lives in upstate New York.    



Salvatore Difalco


Salvatore Difalco's work has appeared in print and online. He splits time between Toronto Canada and Sicily.



William Doreski


William's work has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently A Black River, A Dark Fall (Splash of Red, 2018).



David Driver


David Driver is a Yorkshire writer, poet and broadcaster. He has written several short story collections, a number of poetry anthologies and a Sci-Fi novel aimed at younger readers. He hosts `The Writers Bookshelf` every Tuesday for Drystone Radio, which showcases writing talent at all levels. When writing poetry, he uses the pen name, Arthur G. Mustard.


David continues to work alongside Bradford Libraries in order to promote local writing talent and will be part of The Bradford Festival 2018. He has contributed to National Poetry Day in 2016 and 2017. In April 2018 David was part of Settle Stories.


David has recently started a new venture for 2018, `The Gingerlicious Company`, where he will give people a voice and a platform through storytelling and broadcasting, whilst working with schools, colleges and libraries.

David Driver's books.



Dennis DuBois


Dennis DuBois has published poems in Bee Museum, Curved House, The Projectionist's Playground,

and MessageinaBottle. He is self-taught over many years, and is preparing a collection of poems and a first work of fiction. He is an American expatriate, living in Copenhagen.



Hugh Dudley


Hugh Dudley is the name used by Ken Dudley and Bear Kosik for their collaborative work. In addition to short fiction, Hugh Dudley has published one science fiction novel, Crossing Xavier, and is completing work on a second, Soul of Glory. Ken Dudley retired from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles where he was an information specialist. Bear Kosik is the author of two alternative history novels and a nonfiction book on the state of democracy in the USA. His short stories, poetry, essays, and photography have been published by Third Flatiron Press, River & South Review, Calliope, Silver Streams, Weasel Press, and others.



Julie C. Eger


Eger is a three-time winner of the Wisconsin Regional Writers Jade Ring Contest. She has self-published six books that are available at Amazon. Her work has appeared in various online journals including Anchala Studio's  The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memories.



Michael Estabrook:


Michael Estabrook has been publishing his poetry in the small press since the 1980s. Hopefully with each passing decade the poems have become more succinct and precise, clear and relatable, more appealing and “universal.” He has published over 20 collections, the latest being Bouncy House, edited by Larry Fagin (Green Zone Editions, 2014).



Mike Farren


Mike Farren is an editor in academic publishing from West Yorkshire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies, including The Interpreter's House, Prole, The High Window, Strix and and Valley Press's Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry. His debut pamphlet, ‘Pierrot and his mother’ was published by Templar Poetry in 2017. He is a member of Beehive Poets and Wharfedale Poets, publishes under the Ings Poetry imprint and hosts the Rhubarb open mic in Shipley. Website: http://www.mikefarren.co.uk/



Alicia Fernández


Alicia Fernández is a translator, interpreter and poet. She was born in Spain and currently lives in Leeds. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies, including the winner of the Saboteur Award 2018 #MeToo: A women's poetry anthology. She has also published poems in magazines like Dream Catcher, Bunbury and the Saboteur-shortlisted publication Strix. Her debut pamphlet If Moments Were Places was published by Half Moon Books in 2017. She won the inaugural title of Chapbook Champion at Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, awarded by former BBC Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra. She was commended in Prole's Laureate Poetry Competition 2018.



Mike Fiorito


Mike Fiorito is currently a contributing short story editor for Mad Swirl magazine.  In 2018, his short story collection Freud's Haberdashery Habits & Other Stories was published by Alien Buddha Press.  Mike's writings have appeared in Narratively, Mad Swirl, Ovunque Siamo, Pif Magazine, Longshot Island, Beautiful Losers, The Honest Ulsterman, Chagrin River Review and The New Engagement.  Mike is currently working on another short story collection.  



Robert Ford


Robert Ford's poetry has appeared in both print and online publications, including The Interpreter's House, Brittle Star, Butcher's Dog and San Pedro River Review. He is a member of the Brewery Poets in Kendal, Cumbria. More of his work can be found at https://wezzlehead.wordpress.com/



James Gering


James Gering has been a diarist, poet and short story writer for many years. His poetry and fiction have garnered some awards and have appeared in a number of journals including Rattle, Every Writer, The Lake, Meanjin and Cordite.


James holds a Masters with honours in Creative Writing. He teaches English at the University of Sydney in Australia, volunteers, rock climbs and runs mountain trails.


More of his work can be found at jamesgering.com



John Grey


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Nebo, Euphony and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East and Midwest Quarterly. 



Ryan Quinn Flanagan


Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Nerve Cowboy, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.



Deborah Hansen


Deborah has been published in The Teacher Magazine, Florida Times-Union, First Coast Parent Magazine and most recently, Breathe Free Press. She is the author of Character in Everything, a curriculum for school aged children, and the author of two books: Broken Strings: Wisdom for Divorced and Separated Families and Nothing to Complain About: My 125-Day Journey to Become Complaint Free. Her third book, in progress, is a collection of her Haiku.



Andrea Hardaker


Andrea Hardaker is what her granny would call a bletherin skite. She loves stories both real and imagined and has worked with words all her life.


Although she yearns for her homeland, Scotland, she lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, which she finds a little on the posh side for her liking.


She mainly writes fiction for young adults (having never fully recovered from her teenage years).


Her novel in perpetual progress, When Mad Dog’s Bite, is based on those teenage years (but please don’t tell her mum what she got up to).



Caroline Hardaker


Caroline Hardaker lives in the north east of England. Her poetry has been published worldwide, most recently or forthcoming in Magma, The Interpreter's House, The Emma Press, and Shoreline of Infinity. Her first poetry collection, 'Bone Ovation', was published by Valley Press in October 2017. You can follow her at  www.carolinehardakerwrites.com.



Oz Hardwick


Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer, music journalist, and occasional musician. His work has been published and performed internationally in and on diverse media. He has published six poetry collections, most recently The House of Ghosts and Mirrors (Valley Press, 2017), and has edited and co-edited several more, including (with Miles Salter) The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry, which was a National Poetry Day recommendation in 2017.


Following a dissolute youth of idealism and rock & roll, subsidised by assorted factories and retail outlets, Oz decided that Higher Education was a more effective way of changing the world, and he is now Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the Creative Writing programmes. www.ozhardwick.co.uk



Ian Harker


Ian Harker won Templar Poetry's Book & Pamphlet Competition in 2015, and his pamphlet The End of the Sky was followed in 2017 with Rules of Survival, his first full collection. He's been placed in competitions including the Bridport and the Troubadour, and he's co-founder of Strix magazine. He's just finished a residency at the Henry Moore Institute. www.strixleeds.com.



Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon


Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University in 2017. She believes everyone’s voices counts.



SK Iyer


SK Iyer, a commerce graduate, is presently leading a retired but busy life in Pune, India. His poems have appeared in Poetry Kit Magazine, Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Magnapoets, StepAway Magazine, Fade, WestWard Quarterly, HRed Poppy Review, Red River Review, Poetry Kite, Poetry24, Sarasvati (Indigo Dreams), Camel Saloon etc. Published a book of collection of his poems recently. His personal blog: https://poeticniblets.wordpress.com



Ali Jones


Ali Jones is a teacher, music lover, and mother of three. Her work has appeared in Proletarian Poetry, Ink Sweat and Tears, Snakeskin Poetry, Atrium, Mother's Milk Books, Breastfeeding Matters, Green Parent magazine and The Guardian. Her pamphlets Heartwood and Omega are forthcoming with Indigo Dreams Press in



Dick Jones


Dick Jones’ work has been published in magazines, print and online. In 2010 Dick received a Pushcart nomination for his poem Sea of Stars. His first collection, Ancient Lights, is published by Phoenicia Publishing (www.phoeniciapublishing.com/ancient-lights.html). His translation of Blaise Cendrars’ influential epic poem ‘La Prose du Transsiberien…’ was published an illustrated collaborative edition with artist Natalie D’Arbeloff by Old Stile Press (www.oldstilepress.com/osp_book/trans-siberian-prosody-and-little-jeanne-from-france/)in 2014.


Dick teaches Drama and also plays bass guitar and writes lyrics in songwriting trio Moorby Jones.


Gia Kaur 


Gia Kaur is a Punjabi Sikh writer and artist living in Seattle, WA. Her curiosity and wanderlust has led her to Italy and Britain and back again in search of stories. She continues to create time in her busy schedule as a billing assistant in a law firm to doodle, write and hike with friends. And she would like all to know that a blue whale's tongue weighs 8000 lbs. That's as much as one male African Elephant. What a world we live in.



F. R. Kesby 


F. R. Kesby is a poet and storyteller from Leeds.  She has headlined gigs including for Stirred, Word Club and NeurodiVERSE and her work has appeared in magazines and journals such as Wanton Fuckery, Laldy and Strix.  She also blogs for Spoons and Toons and Women’s Republic.



Lewis King


Lewis is a copywriter by day and compere by night. He's the 'compere without compare' for WordSpace open mic and Bettakultcha, a night of quick-fire 5 min talks by passionate presenters.



Steve Klepetar  


Steve Klepetar has recently relocated to the Berkshires in Massachusetts after 36 years in Minnesota. His work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including three in 2017. Recent collections include A Landscape in Hell (Flutter Press), How Fascism Comes to America (Locofo Chaps), and Why Glass Shatters (One Sentence Chaps).



Gill Lambert


Gill is a poet and teacher from Yorkshire and she has been published widely both online and in print. She won the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Open mic competition and runs Shaken in Sheeptown in Skipton. Gill's debut pamphlet, 'Uninvited Guests' was published by Indigo Dreams in September 2017.

Uninvited Guests



Paul Lewellan


Paul Lewellan lives on the banks of the Mississippi in Davenport, Iowa, USA.  He teaches Communications Studies at a small private liberal arts college across the river.  He's married to his best friend, Pamela, who is also his chief literary critic and his accountant.  They share their home with an annoying little Shi Tzu named Mannie. He has recently published stories in Lodestone Journal, Black Heart Magazine, Euphemism, and Front Porch Review.



Clyde Liffey


Clyde Liffey lives near the



Richard Livermore


Richard Livermore was born in the South East of England in 1944. He went to various boarding-schools and left at 15. He joined the Army, but was discharged 6 months later. He went from job to job and in 1974 to Newbattle Abbey College in Scotland. He has lived in Scotland ever since, except for 5 years in Spain. He has had numerous poems published in magazine and webzines in the UK, Spain, Romania and the USA, plus books by Lothlorien, Diehard,  Ragamuffin Press and Biblioteca Universalis. He is presently retired.



DS Maolalai


DS Maolalai recently returned to Ireland after four years away, now spending his days working maintenance dispatch for a bank and his nights looking out the window and wishing he had a view. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.



Jeremy Nathan Marks


Jeremy Nathan Marks is an American living in London, Canada. Recent poetry appears/is appearing in Unlikely Stories, Landlocked Lyres, Spectrum, The Blue Hour, The Blue Nib, I-70 Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Mojave River, Chiron, Alien Pub, The Wild Word, and The Wire’s Dream. He is a 2017 Pushcart nominee in poetry.



Brandon Marlon


Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 225+ publications in 28 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com.



Stephen Mead


Stephen Mead is an Outside multi-media artist and writer.  Since the 1990s he's been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online.  He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the Health Insurance.



Ezra Miles


Ezra Miles is a poet from London. His writing explores the subconscious mind and is often concerned with the unspoken presence of violence within the family home. His poems have previously appeared in Allegro Poetry and Poetry Pacific. He works in a museum.



Ray Miller


Socialist, Aston Villa supporter, faithful husband. Life's been a disappointment.



Liz Mistry


Liz is the author of three police procedural crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She completed an MA in Creative writing in 2017 and is now doing a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.d she will be researching the effects of social media on young adults with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues. Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and has been on many crime writing panels at literary festivals throughout Yorkshire and the South of England as well as reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2016.  Her fourth book Uncommon Cruelty will be released on 14th April 2018.



Mark J. Mitchell


Mark J. Mitchell's latest novel, The Magic War just appeared from Loose Leaves Publishing. He studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. Three of his chapbooks Three Visitors, Lent, 1999, and Artifacts and Relics and the novel, Knight Prisoner are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble..  He lives with his wife the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster and makes a living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco.


A meager online presence can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MarkJMitchellwriter/



Suchoon Mo


Suchoon Mo lives in the semiarid part of Colorado USA.   His recent poems appeared in Aji Magazine, World Literature, Scarlet Leaf Review Armarolla, All The Sin, Optimum.



Traci Mullins


Traci Mullins writes short fiction and has been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Dime Show Review, Spelk, Ellipsis Zine, Palm-Sized Press, Fantasia Divinity, CafeLit, CommuterLit, and others. She was named a Highly Recommended Writer in the London Independent Story Prize competition.



Jeff Nazzaro


Jezz Nazzaro grew up in New England, lived in Japan for twelve years, and now makes his home in Southern California. His flash fiction has appeared in several journals, including Talking Soup, Every Day Fiction, Flash: The International Short-short Story Magazine, and here.



Ben Nardolilli


Ben Nordolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Inwood Indiana, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish a novel.



Jay Passer


Jay Passer's work has appeared in print and online since 1988. He is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently The Black and the Blues, from Alien Buddha Press, 2018. Passer lives and works in San Francisco, the city of his birth.



Craig Paulenich


Craig Paulenisch is the author of two books of poetry, Drift of the Hunt (Nobodaddies Press, 2006), and Blood Will Tell (BlazeVOX [books], 2009) and editor (with Kent Johnson) of the anthology Beneath A Single Moon:  Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry (Shambhala Press, 1991).  He and his wife, Karla, live on a 27-acre farm outside Lisbon, Ohio.



Mark G Pennington


Mark G Pennington is a writer based in Kendal, UK and he is the author of Barren Stories for Moonlit Mannequins (Dempsey & Windle 2018) which is his debut book of poetry. He has recently been nominated for The Pushcart Prize for Poetry and his poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, including Scarlet Leaf Review, Visions with Voices, Poetry Pacific, Visitant and The Oddville Press.  



Kevin Phillips


Kevin Phillips is a Leeds born minimalist writer. His journey began in local writing groups, which led to Open Mic events. After five months of Open Mic he featured on local TV, a reading and interview, and also local radio.

In 2017 he was shortlisted to six out of over two hundred northern writers by New Writing North for BBC radio 3's show The Verb (Verb New Voices). In early 2017 he was enrolled onto West Yorkshire Playhouse's (Now Leeds Playhouse) internal learning course Playwrights One. Despite having never written for theatre before West Yorkshire Playhouse further invited him onto FUSE Playwrights... A year-long mentoring program that has been extended to two years (ending in 2019). He has several works published online, and features in the anthology Mad Like Me ~ Tales From Tormented Minds.



Sharon Phillips


Sharon retired from a career in education in 2015. Since then, she has been learning to write poems again, after a break of 40 years. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Open Mouse, Bluepepper and Amaryllis. In 2017 Sharon's poem 'Tales of Doggerland' won the Borderlines Poetry Competition and another was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives on the Isle of Portland, in Dorset.



Kenneth Pobo


Kenneth Pobo had a book out in 2017 from Circling Rivers called Loplop in a Red City.  Forthcoming is his book of prose poems from Clare Songbirds Press called The Antlantis Hit Parade.



Lisa Poff


Lisa Poff is a single mom of two children—one a medically complex special needs child.  Although she has written poetry ever since she learned to write, she only recently started submitting them as the one thing she would do just for her.  Lisa's work can be seen in the recently released anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told by Tulip Tree Publishing.  Her entry won in the "Depth" category.  Additionally, Lisa's work will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of Crosswinds Poetry Journal. 



Frederick Pollak


Author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness (Story Line Press), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018). Many other poems in print and online journals. Adjunct professor creative writing George Washington University, Washington, DC.



Ken Poyner


Ken’s collections of short fiction, Constant Animals and Avenging Cartography, and his latest collections of speculative poetry, Victims of a Failed Civics and The Book of Robot, can be obtained from Barking Moose Press, as well as Amazon and most on-line book outlets.  He serves as bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs, where she continues to set world raw powerlifting records.  His poetry lately has been sunning in Analog, Asimov’s, Poet Lore; and his fiction has yowled in Spank the Carp, Red Truck, Café Irreal.



John Riley


John Riley works in educational publishing. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Metazen, Connotation Press, Smokelong Quarterly, Blue Five Notebook, Willows Wept Review, The Dead Mule, and many other journals both online and in print.



Mark Antony Rossi


Mark Antony Rossi's poetry, criticism, fiction, creative nonfiction and photography have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Anak Sastra, Bareback Magazine, Black Heart Review, Brain of Forgetting, Deep Water Literary Journal, Dirty Chai, Enclave, Expound, Farther Stars Than, Flash Fiction, Gravel, Indian Periodical,  Japanophile, Journal of Microliterature,  Kulchur Creative Journal, Mad Swirl, On The Rusk, Purple Patch, Scrivener Creative Review, Sentiment Literary Journal, Snapdragon, Syzygy Poetry Journal, The Sacrificial, Toad Suck Review, Transnational, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Wild Quarterly and Yellow Chair Review. He is the Editor in Chief, Ariel Chart




Jane Salmons


Jane Salmons is a teacher living and working in Stourbridge in the West Midlands.  She has been published in various online magazines including Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Ekphrastic Review, Algebra of Owls, The Lake and Snakeskin and has work forthcoming in Amyryllis and Three Drops from a Cauldron. A good deal of her poetry is inspired by art and photography and in her spare time she enjoys creating handmade photomontage collages.



Sharena Lee Satti


Sharena Lee Satti is the Author of Testing Tmes and Broken Chains.


She is a local poet from Bradford West Yorkshire.


She started writing poetry at a young age which initially helped deal with her troubled childhood. Poetry later became a huge part of her life. She actively performs at spoken words events, and leads an active role in her community volunteering and working in schools. She has been interviewed by several radio stations Bcb Radio, Drystone radio, 5towns radio etc. She was filmed for National Poetry Day which was supported by Bradford UNESCO City of Film and Bradford Libraries and in most recent times she was a guest on Sisters corner Iqra sky TV. Most currently Sharena took part in Leeds Lieder. She collaborated with a composer to create a song.


Sharena Lee Satti’s empathy for the many causes in which she takes part in is instantly recognised and well received.



Sunil Sharma


Sunil Sharma is an English teacher with 26 years of degree-college teaching and administrative experience (as vice-principal and principal); freelance journalist with 16 years experience writing for the supplements of the Times of India, Mumbai, India and a widely-published bi-lingual writer, poet, novelist, interviewer, blogger, reviewer and literary editor.



Henry Simpson 


Henry Simpson is the author of several novels, two short story collections, many book reviews, and occasional pieces in literary journals. His most recent novel is Golden Girl (Newgame, 2017).



Chelsey L. Slattum


Chelsey L. Slattum is a Pacific Northwesterner who left the hustle of independent book publicity to teach kindergartners. She adores red velvet ice cream. The cake is another matter entirely.



Adrian Slonaker


Adrian Slonaker works as a copywriter and copy editor in Urbandale, Iowa. USA. Adrian's work has appeared in The Bohemyth, Queen Mob's Tea House, Pangolin Review, Five on the Fifth, The Honest Ulsterman and others.   


Meg Smith


Meg Smith is a poet, journalist, dancer and events producer living in Lowell, Mass. In addition to Poetry Bay, her poems have appeared in The Cafe Review, The Offering, Astropoetica, Illumen, Dreams & Nightmares, the Dwarf Stars anthology of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association and many more.


As a journalist, her coverage has been in honored by the New England Newspaper And Press Association, including first place awards for coverage of racial and ethnic issues, and coverage of religion.


She is a past board member of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! and produces the Edgar Allan Poe Show, honoring Poe's presence in Lowell, Mass. She recently published a second book of poetry, Dear Deepest Ghost. 



Sarah Dickenson Snyder


Sarah Dickenson Snyder has two poetry collections, The Human Contract and Notes from a Nomad. She was selected for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference both times she applied. One poem was nominated for best of Net in 2017. Recent work appears in Chautauqua Literary Magazine, RHINO, and The Sewanee Review. https://sarahdickensonsnyder.com/


Annie Stenzel


Annie Stenzel was born in Illinois, but has lived on both coasts of the U.S. and a couple of other continents at various times in her life.  Her book-length collection, The First Home Air After Absence, was published in October 2017 by Big Table Publishing Co.  Her poems appear in a wide range of print and online journals in the U.S. and the U.K., from Ambit to Rat's Ass Review to Whale Road with stops at Catamaran Literary Reader, Eclectica, Kestrel, Quiddity, and The Lake, among others. She lives within sight of the San Francisco Bay.  For more, visit anniestenzel.com.



Edwin Stockdale


Edwin Stockdale was born in Chester in 1985.  In 2007 he graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Hons in Creative Writing and Music.  He also has a PGCE in Early Years Education from Liverpool Hope University.  Aventurine, his debut pamphlet collection, was published in September 2014 by Red Squirrel Press.  In Autumn 2017 he completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham with Distinction.  Currently, he is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.  A new poetry collection is forthcoming in September 2018 from Red Squirrel Press.



Hannah Stone 


Hannah Stone has two collections; Lodestone (Stairwell Books, 2016) and Missing Miles (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2017). She convenes the poets/composers forum for the Leeds Lieder Festival. She has been published in Envoi, Prole, The North, and has publications forthcoming in Lakeview International Journal, Frogmore Papers and Southlight.



Kathleen Strafford


Originally from Ohio, USA, Kathleen graduated with an MA In Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University in 2017.


She has been widely published, in Panoply; Algebra of Owls; Clear Poetry; Fat Damsel; Tom and Stan Wick; The Interpreter’s House; Inspiring Futures; Butcher’s Dog; Cinnamon Press’ Reaching out; Ilkley Festival Anthology and most recently her debut collection Her Own Langauge published by Dempsey and Windle.


Kathleen is Editor of Runcible Spoon webzine, she is also a painter and fine artist.



David Strafford


From Leeds, UK, David is a consultant Surveyor and Valuer by day and a reluctant amateur writer and long suffering husband of Kathleen Strafford by night.


David manages the webzine.



John Sweet


John Sweet b 1968, still numbered among the living.  A believer in writing as catharsis. Opposed to all organized religion and political parties.  His latest collections include Approximate Wilderness  (2016 Flutter Press) and the limited edition chapbooks  Heathen Toungue (2018 Kendra Steiner Editions) and A Bastard Child in the Kingdon of Nil (2018 Analog Submission Press).  All pertinent facts about his life are buried somewhere in his writing.



Mark Totterdell


Mark Totterdell’s poems have appeared widely in magazines and have occasionally won competitions. His collections are This Patter of Traces (Oversteps Books, 2014) and Mapping (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2018). http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/mark-totterdell/4594336680



Kaley Tuson


I am a 24 year old English Literature student from Manchester, England. I am curretly working on a Novella Millennium Promenade. Writing poetry for me is like therapy, each poem is written about real life experiences that have compelled me to write. This is my very first publication.



Thomas Tyrrell


Thomas Tyrrell has a PhD in English Literature from Cardiff University. He is a two-time winner of the Terry Hetherington poetry award, and his writing has appeared in Spectral Realms, Wales Arts Review, Picaroon, Lonesome October, Three Drops From A Cauldron, isacoustic and Words for the Wild.



Paul Vaughan


Paul Vaughan lives in Yorkshire. His poems have cropped up in Prole, Acumen, Agenda, Frogmore Papers, Poetry Salzburg, Obsessed with Pipework, and Ink, Sweat & Tears, amongst other places. One day he will re-open the poetry e-zine Algebra of Owls. 



Anthony Watts


Anthony Watts has been writing 'seriously' for about 40 years.  He has won prizes and had poems published in magazines and anthologies.  His latest collection is The Shell-Gatherer .  His main interests are poetry, music and walking.



James Walton


James Walton is published in many anthologies, journals, and newspapers. He was a librarian, a farm labourer, a cattle breeder, but mostly a public-sector union official.



Gail White


Gail White is a Formalist poet whose work appears regularly in such journals as Measure, Raintown Review, Rotary Dial,  and First Things.  She is a contributing editor of Light (www.lightpoetrymagazine.com)  and a two-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.  Her most recent collections are Asperity Street and Catechism (both on Amazon).   She lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, with her husband and cats.



Louise Wilford


Yorkshirewoman Louise Wilford  is an English teacher and examiner.  She has had around 70 poems and short stories published in magazines including Popshots, Pushing Out The Boat and Agenda, and has won or been shortlisted for several competitions.  She is currently writing a children's fantasy novel.



Gareth Writer-Davies


Gareth Writer Davies is from Brecon. He was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2014 and 2017) and the Erbacce Prize (2014). Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition (2015) and Prole Laureate for 2017. Commended in the Welsh Poetry Competition (2015) and Highly Commended in 2017.  


His pamphlet Bodies was published in 2015  by Indigo Dreams and the pamphlet Cry Baby came out 2017. His first collection The Lover's Pinch (Arenig Press) was published June, 2018.




Jim Zola


Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children's librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) and a full length poetry collection What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC