Fizza Abbas is a Freelance Content Writer based in Karachi, Pakistan. She is fond of poetry and music. Her works have been published at many platforms including Indiana Voice Journal and Poetry Pacific.
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.
Ahmad Al-Khatat was born in Baghdad, Iraq. His work has appeared in print and online journals globally and has poems translated into several languages. He has been nominated for Best of the Net 2018. He is the author of The Bleeding Heart Poet, Love On The War’s Frontline, Gas Chamber, Wounds from Iraq, Roofs of Dreams, and The Grey Revolution. He lives in Montreal, Canada.
Nick Allen 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.
Grace Anderson is a creative writing student in the Twin Cities. She finds inspiration in life's obstacles and human flaws. When she is not writing poetry, she usually can be found drinking a strong cup of tea sandwiched by her dogs, daydreaming about travel.
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 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.
Ben Banyard lives in Portishead, near Bristol, UK. He’s the author of a pamphlet, Communing (Indigo Dreams, 2016) and a full collection, We Are All Lucky (Indigo Dreams, 2018). He blogs and posts mixtapes at https://benbanyard.wordpress.com
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 is originally from Gloucester but now lives in London. His work has appeared in several publications, including Runcible Spoon, The Poetry Village, The North, The Rialto and South Bank Poetry. His website is frozenduckblog.com.
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 M. Bell is a Scottish writer who now lives in France. He contributes photography and non-fiction to an English language journal. His fiction has appeared in Cyclamen and Swords, Scrittura, Thief, Aechor and Ichor and Tears In The Fence. He has also written and published poetry for more than twenty years.
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.
Jon Bennett writes and plays music in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. You can find more of his work on Pandora and Spotify.
Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, 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.
Leanne Bibby is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at Teesside University. Her research aims to bridge gaps between creative and critical writing, and she has published academic papers on the novelist A. S. Byatt and on the literature of second wave feminism. She lives in Leeds with her husband, daughter, and several beloved pet rodents.
Henry Bladon is based in Somerset in the UK. He is a writer of short fiction and poetry with a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Birmingham. He is the author of several poetry collections and his work can be seen in Poetica Review, Pure Slush, Truth Serum Press, Lunate, and O:JA&L, among other places.
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 makes noise and writes poetry in Akron, Ohio. Recent/upcoming appearances in The Literary Yard, Big Windows, and Locust, among others.
Henry Bladon is based in Somerset in the UK. He is a writer of short fiction and poetry with a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Birmingham. He is the author of several poetry collections and his work can be seen in Poetica Review, Pure Slush, Truth Serum Press, Lunate, and O:JA&L, among other places.
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.
Jude Brigley is Welsh. She has been a teacher, an editor and a performance poet. She is now writing more for the page.
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.
Michael Burton is originally from East Lancashire but has been currently living in Beijing with his girlfriend and cat. His most recent poems to be published have been in the Spittoon Collective and Allegro.
Dan Cardoza has a MS Degree. Dan lives in Northern California and is the author of three Chapbooks, Nature's Front Door , Expectation of Stars and Ghosts in the Cupboard. Partial Credits: Amethyst, UK., Ardent, Better Than Starbucks, California Quarterly, Chaleur Magazine, Entropy, Esthetic Apostle, Foxglove, Frogmore Journal, UK, High Shelf Press, Oddball, Poetry Northwest, The Quail Bell, Skylight 47, Ireland, Spelk, Unstamatic, and Vita Brevis.
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 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 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.
Peter Clive lives on the southside of Glasgow, Scotland with his wife and three children. He is a scientist in the renewable energy sector. As well as poetry, he enjoys composing music for piano and spending time in the Isle of Lewis.
Kitty Coles 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 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 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
Luigi Coppola teaches and writes in London, England. Shortlisted three times for Bridport Prizes, he appeared in Worple Press's anthology 'The Tree Line' and publications include Acumen, The Frogmore Papers, The High Window, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Iota, Magma, Orbis, Neon, Rattle, The Rialto, THE SHOp, Structo and Snakeskin.
Ken Cumberlidge a Birkenhead-born recovering actor is based in Norwich, but can be lured out by decent beer and an open mic. He has ben writing poetry, songs and short stories for 40+ years, during which time his work has appeared variously in print and, more recently, in online journals.
Susan Darlington is a freelance arts journalist and poet. Her debut collection, Under The Devil’s Moon, is available now through Penniless Press Publications
Marc Darnall 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.
Will Daunt's six poetry collections have been published by Lapwing and Oversteps and 2009's Powerless was an Indigo Dreams Collection Competition winner. He has reviewed for Envoi, Pulsar, New Hope International and Tears in the Fence, and adjudicated competitions for Sentinel.
Dawn DeBraal lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband Red, two rat terriers and a cat. Recently retired, she has discovered her love of telling a good story.
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's work has appeared in print and online. He splits time between Toronto Canada and Sicily.
Craig Dobson has had poems published in The North, Stand, The London Magazine, The Rialto, Agenda, Poetry Ireland Review, New Welsh Review, Under the Radar, Acumen, Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, Butcher’s Dog, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Frogmore Papers, The Journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Antiphon, Magma and Lighten Up Online. He has work forthcoming in Prole and Crannóg.
William Doreski'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).
John Dorrah. Whether John Dorroh taught any high school science is still up for grabs. However, he managed to show up every morning at 6:45 for a couple of decades with at least two lesson plans. His work has appeared in Red Dirt Press, North Dakota Quarterly, Red Fez, Suisun Valley Review, Tuck, Message in a Bottle, Setu, Walk Write-up, Indigent Press, and several others. He also writes short fiction and the occasional rant.
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.
Ken Allan Dronsfield publishing credits include many online magazines, journals and reviews, including The Blue Mountain Review, Literary Orphans, Oklahoma Today Magazine, The Burningword Journal, EMBOSS Magazine, Blue Heron and many more. Ken has a YouTube Channel called, 'Ken Allan Dronsfield' where his poems and turned into video poetry.
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 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 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.
Neil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published more than 1,200 ekphrastic poems in journals and chapbooks throughout the world. He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the the Net.
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).
R Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor. He has been publishing poetry since 1972 in various poetry magazines. He is the editor Of Raw Dog Press https://rawdogpress.wordpress.com He has published two books of his published poems, Parallels and Coming Out Of The Atlantic. His novels, Memphis Masquerade, Getting Lucky (The Story) and Seventh Sense are available at all ebook publishers including Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes and Noble. He is currently working on His fourth novel, Ghost Girl, scheduled for publication in 2020.
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/
Penny Fearn has been an English teacher for 14 years. Her poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies and her first collection was published as a chapbook by Erbacce Press.
Please see her website for more information: https://pennyfearn.wordpress.com/
Martin Ferguson was born in West Yorkshire His poems have appeared in numerous publications including Envoi, Iota Purple Patch,The Guardian Online and more recently, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Journal, The Poetry Village and Klecksograph. His first collection was shortlisted by Against The Grain Press in 2018
and published by Original Plus in 2019. For a copy visit here
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 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.
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.
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/
Margaret Galvin is an Irrish poet iving and working in Wexford Town. She has been publishing poetry for three decades and is currently putting together a collection on growing up in the Ireland of the 60's. Her titles include, The Waiting Room (doghouse) and The Scattering Lawns (Lapwing).
Srijani Ganguly is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She has six years of experience as a journalist in India, and BA Geography and MA English degrees as well. Her stories have appeared in Five:2:One, The Ogham Stone, The Roadrunner Review, The Drabble and Didcot Writers till date.
Kate Garrett is the editor of Three Drops from a Cauldron, Picaroon Poetry, and Bonnie's Crew, and her own writing is widely published online and in print. She is the author of six pamphlets, and her first full-length collection, The saint of milk and flames, is forthcoming in April 2019 from Rhythm & Bones Press. Born and raised in rural southern Ohio, Kate moved to the UK in 1999, where she still lives in Sheffield with her husband, five children, and a sleepy cat. www.kategarrettwrites.co.uk
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
Paul Green works for nature conservation and lives in rural Lancashire. His recent publishing credits include: The Curlew, The Fiction Pool, Orbis, Tears in the Fence and The Wild Word.
Howie Good is the author of The Loser's Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from ThoughtCrime Press. His latest collections are I'm Not a Robot from Tolsun Books and A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel from Analog Submission Press.
Taylor Graham is a search-and-rescue dog handler in the California Sierra, and served as El Dorado County's inaugural poet laureate (2016-2018). She's widely published in print and online, including the anthologies Villanelles(Everyman's Library) and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University). Her latest book is Uplift(Cold River Press, 2016) and a new collection, Windows of Time and Place, is forthcoming from Cold River.
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.
John Grochalski is the author of the poetry collections, The Noose Doesn't Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), Starting with the Last Name Grochalski (Coleridge Street Books, 2014), and The Philosopher's Ship (Alien Buddha Press, 2018). He is also the author of the novels, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press 2013), and Wine Clerk (Six Gallery Press 2016). Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, in the part that voted for Trump, so may God have mercy on his soul.
Deborah Hansen 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 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 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 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 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 lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She writes short stories and poetry. She has been widely published in web magazines and print anthologies. She was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition [Spring 2018], won the Hedgehog Press Poetry Competition 'Songs to Learn and Sing' [August 2018] and was shortlisted for the Neatly Folded Paper Pamphlet Competition, Hedgehog Press [October 2018]. In 2017 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and she is now developing practice as a creative writing facilitator with hard to reach groups. She believes everyone's voice counts.
Geoffrey Heptonstall is the author of a novel, Heaven's Invention [Black Wolf 2017] and a number of performed and/or published plays. Essays and reviews have appeared in many places, including The London Magazine, Montreal Review and the TLS. His poetry has appeared in many magazines including. Agenda, International Literary Quarterly, and Poetry Salzburg.
Jefferson Holdridge, Director of Wake Forest University Press and Professor of English at WFU in North Carolina, Jefferson is the author of three volumes of poetry, Eruptions (2013) and Devil's Den and Other Poems (2015). and The Sound Thereof, (2017). He has written two critical books entitled Those Mingled Seas: The Poetry of W.B. Yeats, the Beautiful and the Sublime (2000) and The Poetry of Paul Muldoon (2008). He has also edited and introduced two volumes of The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry (2005; 2010), as well as Post-Ireland? Essays on Contemporary Irish Poetry, which he co-edited and introduced with Brian O'Conchubhair (Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University Press, 2017).
Phil Huffy had a lengthy career doing something else entirely in the vicinity of Rochester New York
Since venturing iinto poetry just a couple of years back, he has found publication of nearly 150 pieces. His work has recently been seen in Magnolia Review, Fourth & Sycamore, Eunoia, Sheila-Na-Gig, and Bindweed. He writes at his kitchen table, sometimes during meals.
Alan Issler. In a previous, employed incarnation, Alan Isler was advised ‘now you are a manager everything you do will either be wrong or too late'.
He did however develop some partnership skills by treating people reasonably and found showing unexceptional courtesy was surprisingly valued.
He continues to look for more positive and mindful watchwords and tries to write regularly.
He remains unsure if reading the phrase ‘rats live on no evil star backwards’ will ever reveal life’s meaning.
SK Iyer, 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
Colin James has a book of poems Resisting Probability from Sagging Meniscus Press. He lives in Massachusetts
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’ 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.
Lukpata Lomba Joseph is Nigerian. His work has appeared in many print and online magazines including Jacar Press's One, Caustic Frolic, South Florida Poetry Journal, the Collidescope and others. He currently resides in Port Harcourt.
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.
John Keeman is a retired researcher from Ayrshire. Published work includes magazine articles and a full length novel: The Italian Connection. His autobiography is due for publication when Covid 19 is under control. You can view some of his writings at https://keeman.weebly.com/
Joseph Kelly after a forty-year career in education completed a B.A. (Hons) degree with the Open University.
A revelation for him was taking the module on Creative Writing especially poetry in which he discovered
the freedom to write about being human - the fragility and the briefness of our existence and the
need for connections of one human to another.
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 s 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 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).
Mark Joseph Kevlock has been a published author for nearly three decades. In 2018 his fiction has appeared in more than two dozen magazines, including 365 Tomorrows, Into The Void, The First Line, Toasted Cheese, Literally Stories, The Sea Letter, Fiction on the Web, Bewildering Stories, Ellipsis Zine, The Starlit Path, Yellow Mama, Down in the Dirt, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Friday Flash Fiction. He has also written for DC Comics.
Stephen Kingsnorth, 67, is retired from ministry in the Methodist Church, living in north Wales. (He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease five years ago, and has been writing poetry for some 9 months).
Ajay Kumar is a student and writer based in Chennai, India. He served as the student editor of Abhivyanjana Magazine for 2017-18. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in The Bangalore Review, Eunoia, Literary Yard and Amethyst among others.
Gill Lambert 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.
Chris Laverty is originally from Cornwall, but currently lives in Manchester. He works as an English teacher and also in catering. He likes to write on a variety of subjects using many different forms. He mainly enjoys poetry, but also short stories and essays. His hobbies include reading, music, films, travelling and scuba diving.
Edward Lee's poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen and Smiths Knoll. His debut poetry collection "Playing Poohsticks On Ha'Penny Bridge" was published in 2010. He is currently working towards a second collection. He also makes musical noise under the names Ayahuasca Collective, Lewis Milne, Orson Carroll, Blinded Architect, Lego Figures Fighting, and Pale Blond Boy.
His blog/website can be found at https://edwardmlee.wordpress.com
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 lives near the water
Stephanie Limb graduated in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003. She worked as an English teacher in secondary schools for several years. She is now working towards an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham. She lives in Derbyshire with her husband and two sons.
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 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 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 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.
Thomas McColl lives in London, and has had poems published in magazines such as Envoi, Iota, The Journal, London Grip, Prole, Fat Damsel and Ink, Sweat and Tears. His first full collection, Being With Me Will Help You Learn, was published in 2016 by Listen Softly London Press, and he is one of four poets showcased in the latest edition of Co-incidental, published by Black Light Engine Room Press.
Kevin McGowan is a writer based in Stirling, Scotland. He has been published in: Fiction on the Web, Literally Stories, Inklings Anthology (Stryvling Press), Peeking Cat Poetry, Eunoia Review, Bandit Fiction, and Plum Tree Tavern. His short story, ‘God’s Shoulder’, was awarded Stirling University’s Research-Based Learning Prize. He holds an MLitt in Creative Writing and also manages submissions for Ringwood Publishing.
Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in many literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Poet Warriors, Blueline, and Halcyon Days. Four Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Spectrum Publications have accepted her work. Her latest title, The Muse In Miniature, is available on Amazon.com and Cyberwit.net. She has four Best of the Net nominations.
Liz McPherson lives in Calverley, Leeds. She used to be a librarian. Nowadays she writes poetry and teaches creative writing.
Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,400 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are ‘The So-Called Sonnets' (Silenced Press); ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy; (Cawing Crow Press) and ‘Like As If” (Pski’s Porch), Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).
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.
Bradford Middleton lives in Brighton on England’s south-coast. He’s been widely published in the small press world with three chapbooks already sold out and over 300 poems in various magazines, journals and online sites. Follow him on Twitter @BradfordMiddle5.
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, winner of the Inter Board Poetry Competition, September 2013, 3rd in 100 metre sprint, Trescott Junior School, June, 1965.
Rajnish Mishra is a poet, writer, translator and blogger born and brought up in Varanasi, India and now in exile from his city. His work originates at the point of intersection between his psyche and his city. He edits PPP Ezine.
Liz Mistry 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'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 lives in the semi-arid part of Colorado USA. His recent poems appeared in Aji Magazine, World Literature, Scarlet Leaf Review Armarolla, All The Sin, Optimum.
Tristan Moss lives in York with his partner and two young children. He has recently had poems published in The Poetry Shed, Antiphon, Snakeskin, Amaryllis, Lighten Up Online, Open Mouse, Picaroon Poetry and Algebra of Owls.
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.
Mark A. Murphy’s poetry publications include To Nora, A Singer of Sad Songs (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, 2019), and Night Wanderer’s Plea (2019, Waterloo Press). His next two books, Poems: Precepts and Paradoxes and Word Painting are in the pipeline from Cowboy Buddha Press, USA and Eyewear Publishing, UK respectively. His work has been published worldwide in 18 countries in over 200 print and online journals. He is the founder/creator and chief editor of online poetry journal, POETiCA REViEW… www.poeticareview.com
Jeff 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 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.
Robert Nisbet is a Welsh poet who has been published widely and in roughly equal measures in Britain and the USA.
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.
Ava Patel recently graduated from her Writing MA at the University of Warwick with a First and currently lives in London. Her poetry has been published in Chimera, three separate University of Reading Creative Arts Anthologies and two separate Young Writers’ anthologies.
Mandira Pattnaik writes flash and poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Times of India, Spark Magazine, FewerThan500, Editor's Pick Juggernaut Publishing, 365tommorrows, MicrofictionMonday, Paragraph Planet and 101words among others.
Craig Paulenich 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 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 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 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.
Victoria Pickup has written two collections of poetry and is a previous winner of the Café Writers competition, with her poem about a Bosnian chicken. Victoria lives in Hampshire with her husband and three children.
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 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 Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure (Story Line Press, 1986) and Happiness (Story Line Press, 1998), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, 2018). In print, Pollack’s work has appeared in Hudson Review, Southern Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Manhattan Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Main Street Rag, Miramar, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Poetry Quarterly Review, Magma (UK), Neon (UK), Orbis (UK), and elsewhere. Online, his poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Diagram, BlazeVox, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, Big Pond Rumours (Canada), Misfit, Runcible Spoon (2018), and elsewhere.
Laura Potts is twenty-three years old and lives in West Yorkshire. Twice-recipient of the Foyle Young Poets Award, her work has been published by Aesthetica, The Moth and The Poetry Business. Having worked at The Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, Laura was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and became one of the BBC's New Voices last year. Her first BBC radio drama aired at Christmas. She received a commendation from The Poetry Society in 2018 and a nomination for The Forward Prize in 2019'.
Ken Poyner’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
Carson Pytell is a poet living in a very small town outside Albany, NY. His work has appeared in numerous venues online and is currently available or forthcoming in print from such publications as Vita Brevis Press, The Virginia Normal, NoD Magazine, Blue Moon Lit & Art Review, Spank the Carp, Crack the Spine, Futures Trading, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Gideon Poetry Review and Children, Churches & Daddies, among others.
When he isn't writing, eating, sleeping or picking the blues, Carson enjoys silent and foreign films, documentaries on fellow writers, the music of Townes Van Zandt, the art of Odilon Redon and the politics of absolutely no one.
Niles Reddick is author of the novel Drifting too far from the Shore, a collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities, and a novella Lead Me Home. His work has been featured in eleven anthologies/collections and in over two hundred literary magazines all over the world including The Saturday Evening Post, PIF, Forth Magazine, Cheap Pop, Slice of Life, Faircloth Review, With Painted Words, among many others. His new collection Reading the Coffee Grounds was recently released. Website: http://nilesreddick.com/
Brian Rihlmann was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Reno, Nevada. He writes free verse poetry, much of it on the confessional side. He has been published in Blognostics, Red Eft Review, Spillwords, Synchronized Chaos, Cajun Mutt Press, The Rye Whiskey Review, and others.
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.
Richard Rose is a British writer and university professor whose poetry, short stories and essays have been published in magazines in the UK, USA, India and Canada. These include The Cannon's Mouth, Taj Mahal Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Muse India and Spadina Review.
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 http://arielchart.blogspot.com
Mark Rutter's poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Under the Radar, Dark Mountain, and Prole. His most recent pamphlet is Basho in Acadia (Flarestack), and a collection of minimal and visual poems, Simple Cells, is due from inkConcrete in 2019.
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.
Julie Sampson is a widely published poet. She edited Lady Mary Chudleigh's Selected Poems, 2009 (Shearsman) and has two poetry collections: Tessitura, (Shearsman, 2014); and It Was When It Was When It Was, (Dempsey and Windle), 2018. She was highly commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 2019. Author website at https://www.juliesampson.com/
Anindita Sarkar is pursuing Mphil degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She is from Kolkata,India. She is also an UGC Junior Research Fellow. She says her works are cliff hangers mostly. They also question a human's daily life existence.
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.
Christopher Sedgwick has had a very interesting, albeit turbulent, life to say the least. A thorough believer in the importance of being open to the discussion of mental health, domestic violence and sexual abuse after unfortunately falling foul to all three himself. The power that creativity, self-expression and letting others know they are not alone can achieve is one of the most powerful turning points that a survivor can have
Although a lot of Christopher's poetry and future short story and novel structures have dark undertones, which are definitely inspired by personal experience he is far from a one trick pony. His mother once remarked that he must not be good enough for diamonds after the ones in his engagement ring from his first failed relationship kept falling out. So despite the dropping diamonds most likely turning out to be a sign, Christopher resigned to turning himself into something multifaceted instead.
Katherine Selby is an editor and writer based in Cambridge, UK. Having studied art history at the University of York, Katherine has gone on to work for arts charities, a ceramic art magazine and for higher education organisations. She is currently writing her first novel, as well as experimenting with poetry.
Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University's MFA program in fiction. His work is forthcoming or has been published in journals such as Maudlin House, Unstamatic, and Ariel Chart. Mir-Yashar lives in Garden Valley, Idaho.
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.
Sheree Shatsky writes short fiction believing much can be conveyed with a few wild words. She was selected as an AWP Writer to Writer mentee for flash fiction Spring 2018. Recent work has appeared in Defenestration, New Flash Fiction Review, Funny Pearls, Moon Park Review, Flash Flood, Crack the Spine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, KYSO Flash, Fictive Dream and X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine. Read more at http://www.shereeshatsky.com . Sheree tweets @talktomememe.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems "Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong" was published by Eyewear in 2015. His band Human Shields released the album "Somebody's Hometown" in 2015 and the EP "Défense de jouer" in 2016.
John Short, from Liverpool, went to Leeds university then spent many years in southern Europe. He returned in 2008 and began submitting work. His poems and stories have appeared or forthcoming in Prole, Envoi, Blue Nib, Frogmore Papers, Algebra of Owls, Ink Sweat & Tears, High Window, Picaroon, Sarasvati. Last year he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He's a member of Liver Bards and reads at venues around Liverpool and beyond.
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 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.
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.
Sam Smith is editor of The Journal magazine and publisher of Original Plus books. Author of several novels and collections of poetry, he presently lives in Blaengarw, South Wales. https://samsmithbooks.weebly.com/the-journal.html
Jane Snyder has had stories appear n Lunate, Cobalt Weekly, and Bull, Men's Fiction.
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/
John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, and Chants. His newest collection, Sundowning, will be out this year with Main Street Rag. John's poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Blue Mountain Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Rust & Moth, Connecticut River Review, Hawk & Handsaw, and many others. His work has been translated into Italian and appeared in many journals in Italy. His translator is Angela D'Ambra. John has read and venues all over New England, including the Mystic Arts Café, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hartford Stage, and many others. For many years, John coordinated the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Young Poets at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT. He is also a teaching artist for the national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. A former New England Poet of the Year, John teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT and he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.
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.
Julie Stevens has had Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. She used to be a teacher and was a successful athlete and musician. Nowadays her MS has progressed so much, she uses sticks or wheelchair to move around. Her poems tend to reflect the impact MS has on her life, as well as other topics close to her heart. She publishes under the name Jumping Jules and her website is jumpingjulespoetry.com
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 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.
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.
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.
Tanner Congealed Anfield, '84. Novel 'Jobseeker' on Amazon now. Penniless Press to publish 'Shop Talk: poems for shop workers' this year.
Tim Taylor lives in Meltham, West Yorkshire and frequently performs at poetry events in the area. He won the NAWG Daisy Watkin prize for poetry in 2016 and has been shortlisted in several other competitions. Tim’s poems have appeared in various magazines (e.g. Acumen, Orbis, Pennine Platform, The Lake) and anthologies. His first collection, Sea Without a Shore, was published in June 2019 by Maytree Press. He has also had two novels published by Crooked Cat. Tim teaches Ethics at Leeds University and enjoys playing the guitar and walking up hills (not usually at the same time). https://timwordsblog.wordpress.com/
Henry Arthur Thorpe is a York based poet, originally from Somerset. He writes 'folky poetry', about myths, the countryside, the sea, magic and monsters. He has been around the York open mic poetry scene for a few years now, as co-host of BeSpeak and a regular at The Spoken Word. He has previously been published in the Looking Glass Anthology and Three Drops from a Cauldron. He enjoys walks in the woods, lore and mythology.
Georgina Titmus has been many things, including a YHA assistant warden, a dinner lady, a Philosophy graduate and a sitcom co-writer. She's lived in Australia, Canada and Wales. She now lives in Cornwall. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, including South, The Journal, The Road to Clevedon Pierand Orbis.
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 is an English Literature student from Manchester, England. She is curretly working on a Novella Millennium Promenade. For her writing poetry is like therapy, each poem is written about real life experiences that have compelled her to write. This is her very first publication.
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.
Angela van Son writes poems, short stories, and useful stuff about procrastination. She lives in the Netherlands.
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 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.
Christian Watson is a freelance writer and passionate spoken word artist with over ten years performing experience. He hosted Sunday Veg in Hastings for three years, won the Bradford Literature Festival Slam in 2014, and has featured at Hammer and Tongue, Bang Said the Gun, Jawdance and many others. He is currently working with Theatre in the Mill in Bradford on spoken word projects and hosts a poetry show on Sable Radio. The window Christian uses to look out onto the world shows it to be confusing and weird, and he'd be the first to admit he's probably looking in a mirror. https://www.crackenink.com/
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.
Sarah White lives in New York City and divides her time between poetry and painting. Her sixth poetry collection, Iridescent Guest, will be published in 2020 by Deerbrook Editions.
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.
Francine Witte is the author of four poetry chapbooks and two flash fiction chapbooks. Her full-length poetry collection, Café Crazy, (Kelsay Books.) Her play, Love is a Bad Neighborhood, was be produced in NYC in December 2018. She is a former English teacher. She lives in NYC.
Phil Wood was born in Wales. He has worked in Education, Shipping, and a biscuit factory. His writing can be found in various publications, including: The Poetry Shed, Ink Sweat and Tears, London Grip, Califragile.
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.
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