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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.


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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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).



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/



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.  



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.



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.



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 2018.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.  



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. 



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.



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. 



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.



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. 



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.



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