Writers ~ Issue #5
Jackie Biggs started writing poetry after leaving a successful career as a journalist and editor. Her first collection, The Spaces in Between was published in September 2015 by Pinewood Press (Swansea). She has also had poetry published in many magazines and anthologies, and she reads her work regularly at spoken word events all over west Wales, where she lives.
Some of her poetry (and other work) appears on her blog: http://jackie-news.blogspot.co.uk contact: email@example.com
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Gargoyle and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock and Spoon River Poetry Review.
Lesley Quayle is an award winning poet whose work has appeared in The North, The Rialto, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Obsessed with Pipework, High Windows, Angle, Envoi, Pennine Platform, Tears in the Fence, BBC Radio 4 and the Guardian etc. She was an editor of Leeds based poetry magazine Aireings for ten years but now lives in rural seclusion in Dorset. She is also a folk and blues singer.
Jessica Mookherjee is a poet from Wales – now living in Kent. She has been published in Prole, Interpreter’s House, Ink,Sweat and Tears, Brittle Star, Antiphon, Agenda, the Journal, Tears in the Fence, Obsessed With Pipework, High Window and Clear Poetry among others. She was shortlisted for the FairAcre Pamphlet competition 2016. Her first pamphlet, “The Swell” will be published by Telltale Press in October.
Charlotte Ansell has two poetry collections with Flipped Eye and is working on a third. Publications include Poetry Review, Mslexia, Now Then, Butcher’s Dog and various anthologies. She won the Red Shed Open Poetry Competition and was one of 6 finalists in the Fun Palaces Write Science competition in 2015 and won the Watermarks poetry competition in 2016.
Born in Maghera, County Derry, Northern Ireland, Jo Burns is a biomedical scientist and mother of three. Shelives with her family in Germany. To date, her poems have been published by A New Ulster, The Taj Mahal Review, Greensilk Journal, The Artistic Muse, Poetry Breakfast, The Galway Review, The Honest Ulsterman, featured in The Irish Literary Times, Poetry NI P.O.E.T Anthology, Dove Tales, and Identity.
Although David Susswein has been been published in Envoi, ScarletLeaf, Morphrog [Frogmore Papers ‘off-shoot’] and Dreamcatcher, he’s still struggling to get his voice heard above the din, the din that is this weird world we all live in.
Amy Kinsman is a poet and playwright living in Sheffield, England. In her spare time she is also an editorial assistant at Three Drops From A Cauldron. Her work has appeared in publications including Rat’s Ass Review, Rust + Moth, Pankhearst, Prole and Up The Staircase Quarterly. Find her online at facebook.com/amykinsmanwriter
Monika Kostera is a scholar in management and organization theory, working as Professor and Chair in Poland, the UK and Sweden. She has published many books and articles within the area of her research. Oneiropeia is her first published collection of poems. She lives in Warsaw, Poland and Sheffield, UK. More of her poems in English, Polish, Swedish and French can be found online.
James H Duncan is the editor of Hobo Camp Review, a former editor with Writer’s Digest magazine, and the author of What Lies In Wait, Dead City Jazz, Berlin and other books of poetry and fiction. He currently resides in upstate New York a stone’s throw from Vermont, but dreams of the highways and railyards of his past. For more, visit http://www.jameshduncan.com.
Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe is a Poet and Mum from Dukinfield. Her work has appeared in Magma, Curly Mind, Clear Poetry, Lakeview Journal, Interpreter’s House and The Lake. She also enjoys wargaming, painting models and scrapbooking.
Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor for The Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of Disability Literature & Art. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University and currently teaches writing at Duquesne University. Ava’s poetry and nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in Cimarron, decomP magazinE, The Fem, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Rust + Moth, and Uppagus, among others.
Derek Coyle has published poems and reviews in the U.S., Britain and Ireland. He has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Bradshaw Prize, and he has been a chosen poet for the Poetry Ireland ‘Introductions Series’. Most recently he has had a selection of poems published in Assaracus in the U.S. He is a member of the Carlow Writers’ Co-Operative.
Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.
Brett Evans writes from and lives on a small leper colony somewhere beneath Ynys Mon since posting social media support on Bob Dylan’s winning of the Nobel Prize in literature.
Ojo Taiye is a young Nigerian who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with the society.
Bethany W Pope is an award-winning writer. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program, and her MA from the University of Wales Trinity St David. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama, 2012) Crown of Thorns,(Oneiros Books, 2013), The Gospel of Flies (Writing Knights Press 2014), and Undisturbed Circles(Lapwing, 2014). Her collection The Rag and Boneyard was published this month by Indigo Dreams, her next collection, Silage, has been accepted by Indigo Dreams and shall be released in 2017 and her chapbook Among The White Roots Will be released by Three Drops Press next autumn. Her first novel, Masque, was published by Seren this June.
Paul Brookes is an amateur Yorkshireman, educated beyond his intelligence, short in the tooth, forward at going backwards.
Emma Lee‘s most recent collection is “Ghosts in the Desert” (IDP, 2015). She was co-editor for “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge” (Five Leaves, 2015) and “Welcome to Leicester” (Dahlia Publishing, 2016). She reviews for The High Window Journal, The Journal, London Grip and Sabotage Reviews and blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com.
Steven Bruce is a writer, poet, and author of Thrown Up. His work has featured in the B.L.E.R. magazine, and performed at the Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret, Crossing the Tees, and the B.L.E.R. live night. He currently studies the MA in creative writing at Teesside University. When he isn’t writing into the early hours of the morning, he is most likely indulging in his miniature wargaming addiction, or getting a good dose of coffee. www.stevenbrucewriter.com
John D Robinson is a published poet; ‘When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide’ (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016) ‘Cowboy Hats & Railways’ Scars Publications 2016; A contributing poet to the 2016 48th Street Press Broadside Series; his work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals.
Nenad Trajkovic was born in 1982 in Serbia. He graduated from Faculty of Law. He is a poet, translator, essayist and literary critic. He has published two collections of poetry, Traces (2008) and I’ll Take You To The Museum (2011). His work has been widely published and translated into English, German, French, Polish, Macedonian and Bulgarian. In 2013 he received the award given by the Bulgarian publishers Melnik. In 2015 he received the award Rade Tomic for the best poetry manuscript in Serbia. His translations from Macedonian into Serbian were published in literaty magazine Istok in Serbia. He is a founder and editor of an international literary manifestation Pisanija. He lives and works in Vranje, Southern Serbia.
Shauna Robertson hails from the north-east of England and now lives, writes and paints in the south-west. Poems appear in many and varied publications on both sides of the Atlantic including Ambit, Magma, Poetry London, Hotel Amerika and The Found Poetry Review. Meanwhile, poem-pictures have popped up in a handful of gallery exhibitions and a first chapbook, ‘Blueprints for a Minefield’, was published by Fair Acre Press in 2016. More at shaunarobertson.wordpress.com
Bobby Steve Baker grew-up on an Indian Reservation on the Canadian side of Lake Huron and still craves a life by the big water. He now lives in Lexington Kentucky with his wife, several male offspring, who come and go, and a very large Airedale.
Courtney LeBlanc is the author of chapbooks Siamese Sisters and All in the Family (Bottlecap Press). Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Connections, Welter, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, District Lines, Slab, Wicked Banshee, The Door is a Jar, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog at www.wordperv.com, follow her on twitter: @wordperv, or find her on facebook: www.facebook.com/poetry.CourtneyLeBlanc.
Jane R Rogers has been writing poetry for around five years. Jane is a member of the Greenwich Poetry Workshop in London and the Magma Poetry Magazine board, co-editing Magma 65. Jane find ideas come easy but that the hard work is in the editing, where she finds feedback invaluable. Jane lives in London but misses the West Country.
Cheryl Pearson lives and writes in Manchester. Her poems have appeared in publications including The Guardian, Envoi, Antiphon, and Skylark Review (Little Lantern Press). She placed third in Bare Fiction Magazine’s 2016 Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Princemere Poetry Prize and the York Literature Festival Poetry Prize. Her first full collection is forthcoming in Spring 2017 with Pindrop Press.
Writers ~ Issue #4
Nancy Iannucci is a historian who teaches history and lives poetry in Troy, NY. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Amaryllis, Eunoia Review, Three Line Poetry, Fickle Muses, Red Wolf Journal, Rose Red Review, Faerie Magazine (FB photography), Three Drops from a Cauldron, Mirror Dance, Pankhearst, Yellow Chair Review, and her poem, “Howling”, won Yellow Chair Review’s Rock the Chair Challenge poetry contest.
Lizzie Holden’s motto is “The Truth will just have to do”.
Ricky Garni was born in Miami and grew up in Florida and Maine. He works as a graphic designer by day and writes music by night. COO, a tiny collection of short prose printed on college lined paper with found materials such as coins, stamps, was recently released by Bitterzoet Press.
Antony Owen was born in Coventry to working class parents. He is the author of four poetry collections. His work generally explores the consequences of domestic and international conflicts. Following a trip to Hiroshima in 2015 to interview atomic bomb survivors, Owen was one of a handful of people appointed as a CND (UK) Peace Education Patron. In Spring 2017 Coal Sack Press (Japan) will be publishing and translating his fifth collection of poems titled We Are Made From Beautiful Atoms.
Paul Vaughan is a Yorkshire poet who dislikes custard with a passion. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Seventh Quarry, Sarasvati, Peeking Cat and Eunoia Review amongst others. He also runs the poetry e-zine Algebra of Owls.
Kevin Casey’s work is forthcoming or has appeared recently in Rust+Moth, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Gulf Stream, Chiron Review, and other publications. His chapbook “The wind considers everything” was published by Flutter Press last year, the full-length collection And Waking… was published this year by Bottom Dog Press, and Red Dashboard will publish the chapbook “For the Sake of the Sun” later this year. For more, visit andwaking.com.
Larry D. Thacker is a writer and artist from Tennessee. His poetry can be found or forthcoming in journals and magazines such as The Still Journal, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee, Mojave River Review, Broad River Review, Harpoon Review, Rappahannock Review, Silver Birch Press, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, AvantAppal(Achia), Sick Lit Magazine, Black Napkin Press, and Appalachian Heritage. His stories can be found in past issues of The Still Journal, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and The Emancipator.
Daniel Roy Connelly was the winner of the 2014 Fermoy Poetry Prize and the 2015 Cuirt Prize for New Writing. He has been published by Magma, The North, Acumen, B O D Y (amongst others) and is forthcoming on Uncle Vanya in Critical Survey. He is a professor of English, theatre and creative writing in Rome. www.danielroyconnelly.com
Cathryn Shea’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Dirty Chai, Gargoyle, Gravel, Main Street Rag, Permafrost, Rust + Moth, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. Cathryn’s chapbook, Snap Bean is by CC.Marimbo (2014). Cathryn served as editor for Marin Poetry Center Anthology and is the author of dozens of software and database manuals (which you will be blessed never to read). Cathryn lives in Fairfax, CA. See www.cathrynshea.com and @cathy_shea on Twitter.
Meygan Cox resides in Bristol, Tennessee and is a librarian. She loves her job, especially during poetry week. When she isn’t writing, she loves practicing playing the guitar, playing old school video games, and reading. She is obsessed with cats, chocolate, the smell of books, and, of course, poetry. Aside from school publications, this is her first time being published.
R. A. Clemens is a PhD student at Leeds Trinity University, and their research topic is footnotes, which fittingly sounds a lot like ‘Fuck knows’. They have previously written for The B.S. Johnson Journal, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, the British Library European Studies blog, and the Centre for Low Countries Studies. For a while they ran an ill-fated spoken word night in Manchester.
Grant Tarbard is a ferret whisperer, a smoke wrangler, a person without portfolio.
Caroline Hardaker lives in the north of England and earned her BA and MA from Newcastle University. Her non-fiction work has been published all over the world, and her poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in Neon, Allegro, The Stinging Fly, and I am not a Silent Poet. She is currently buried underneath three different pamphlets-in-progress, and her debut chapbook collection, ‘Eye, Tongue, Machinus’ will be released with Goya Press in Autumn 2016.
Holly Magill is a poet from Worcestershire. She does NOT want to run away to join the circus.
Ben Banyard lives and writes near Bristol, the ancestral home of brigands and rapscallions. His debut pamphlet, Communing, was published by Indigo Dreams in February 2016 and he edits Clear Poetry, an online journal publishing accessible contemporary writing by newcomers and old hands alike: https://clearpoetry.wordpress.com
Heath Brougher is the poetry editor for Five 2 One Magazine. He has published two pamphlets with Green Panda Press and his first chapbook A Curmudgeon Is Born is forthcoming from Yellow Chair Press. His work has appeared or is due to appear in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Chiron Review, Of/with, Gold Dust Magazine, Main Street Rag, Mobius, The Angry Manifesto, The Seventh Quarry, eFiction India, and elsewhere.
Pat Edwards is a writer, teacher and performer from Mid Wales. She recently read at Wenlock Poetry Festival and can be found at events all along the Powys-Shropshire border where worlds collide, but in a good way.
Susan Castillo Street
G.B. Ryan was born in Ireland and graduated from University College Dublin. He is a ghostwriter in New York City. Elkhound published his SURPRISED BY GULLS in May 2015.
Bethany W Pope is an award-winning writer. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama, 2012) Crown of Thorns,(Oneiros Books, 2013), The Gospel of Flies (Writing Knights Press 2014), and Undisturbed Circles (Lapwing, 2014). Her collection The Rag and Boneyard was published this month by Indigo Dreams and her chapbook Among The White Roots Will be released by Three Drops Press next autumn. Her first novel, Masque, shall be published by Seren this June.
Adam Phillips makes his living teaching at-risk junior high kids how to read, write, and dominate on the hardwood (these are three separate things; the kids rarely read or write while playing basketball). When not thusly occupied, he’s f**king s**t up old school on the coastline of Rockaway Beach, Oregon, with his inimitable wife and two small sons. If you’re interested, recent/impending publications include upstreet, Blotterature, Shark Pack Poetry Review, Raven Chronicles, and Blue Monday Review. His first novel is forthcoming from Propertius Press.
James Croal Jackson is a US-based writer, musician, and filmmaker whose work in film and TV in Los Angeles led to a rediscovery of his love of poetry. His poems have appeared in magazines including The Bitter Oleander, Lines+Stars, and Columbia College Literary Review. He is the winner of the 2016 William Redding Memorial Poetry Prize. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit him at jimjakk.com.
Hugo Esteban Rodriguez
Seth Crook taught philosophy at various universities before moving to the Hebrides. He does not like cod philosophy in poetry, though he likes cod, poetry and philosophy. His poems have rappeared in such places as The Glasgow Review of Books, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now, Southlight, Causeway, The Rialto, Magma, Envoi, and Three Drops from a Cauldron.
Vincent Frontero is an undergraduate english and creative writing student at the University of Alabama. He is originally from Spring Lake, NJ.
Lindsey Lucas‘s work has appeared in The Fem, The Blue Route, and Canvas, and is forthcoming in Dirty Chai. She is an editorial intern for Sundress Publications and a content editor for Blue Monday Review. She was recently accepted as an MFA student and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Since she could read, Mackenzie Dwyer has known a longing to make a mark on literature. But another landmark decision of hers was to leave the marksmanship Junior Olympics qualifying rounds to go earn her black belt and a concussion. Mackenzie’s work has been recognized with an honorable mention and a Silver Key in 2015’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, shortlisted by Vine Leaves Literary Journal and Brain of Forgetting, and published in Ink In Thirds Magazine.
Daniel Blokh is a 15-year-old creative writer living in Birmingham, Alabama. His work has been recognized by Foyle Young Poets, Scholastic Art and Writing awards, Cicada magazine, and more. His debut novel, In Migration, will be available at booksamillion.com.
Richie Brown is an author and poet from Aberdeenshire in the UK. He published a collection of poetry with Blue Salt called ‘Travel with my Rants’ in 2014, has had recent stories published by Funny in Five Hundred and Donut Factory and is currently working on his first novel for children. You can catch more from him at http://www.richiebrown.co.uk and on Twitter @richiewrotethis.
Glen Armstrong edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in The Lake, Conduit and BlazeVOX.
Noel King was born and lives in Tralee, Co Kerry. In this his 50th year, he has reached his 1000th publication of a poem, haiku or short story in magazines and journals in thirty-eight countries. His poetry collections are published by Salmon: Prophesying the Past, (2010), The Stern Wave (2013) and Sons (2015). He has edited more than fifty books of work by others (Doghouse Books, 2003 – 2013) and was poetry editor of RevivalLiterary Journal (Limerick Writers’ Centre) in 2012/13. A short story collection, The Key Signature & Other Stories will be published by Liberties Press in 2017.
Poems by Bernadette Gallagher have been published on HeadStuff.org as poem of the week during November 2015, and in two literary journals published in Ireland ‘Boyne Berries 1916’ and ‘ROPES2016.’ One of her poems was included in the shortlist for the Galway University Hospital Arts Trust poetry competition 2016. Bernadette lives in Cork, Ireland. Further details on bernadettegallagher.blogspot.ie
Chris Hemingway is a poet and songwriter from Gloucestershire. He has self-published a collection of poems and lyrics “Cigarettes and Daffodils” and a prose collection “The Future” about extra-terrestrial management consultants. He is also on the organising committee for Cheltenham Poetry Festival and co-runs the “Squiffy Gnu” poetry prompt blog.
Carrie Redway is a mixed media artist and writer in Seattle, WA. She is inspired by myth, folklore, and ritual. Her poems have been featured in Really System and Sick Lit Magazine. She tweets @carrie_redway.
Grace Kearney is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in English. She is currently living in Baltimore, Maryland and conducting clinical research at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Siegfried Baber was born in Barnstaple, Devon in 1989 and his poetry has featured in a variety of publications including Under The Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Butcher’s Dog Magazine, and online with The Compass Magazine and Ink, Sweat and Tears. His debut pamphlet When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid is published by Telltale Press, with its title poem nominated for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Follow Siegfried on Twitter: @SiegfriedBaber
Writers ~ Issue #2
Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. He has published two chapbooks, Three Visitors, and Artifacts and Relics and one full length collection , Lent, 1999 as well a novel, Knight Prisoner. Two more novels and another full length collection are on their way. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster.
Angela Croft worked as a journalist and took to writing poetry in retirement. Highly commended in competitions, most recently by Magic Oxygen, and widely published in magazines – including South, Agenda, South Bank Poetry, The North and the Morning Star – with poems on the Poetry Kit website and a collection entitled Dancing with Chagall published in Caboodle by Prolebooks.
Stephen Bone has been published in various journals. Most recent work in Elbow Room Poetry, The Fat Damsel, The Dawntreader. Poems from first collection ‘ In The Cinema’, published Playdead Press 2014, to be featured in Indigo Dreams Sarasvati magazine.
Kiley Creekmore writes poetry and other things. She really isn’t a hard-core kleptomaniac (although who is going to miss a rogue fork here and a rogue napkin there, and mostly, sadly, in plastic?). She also loves cats.
Beth McDonough is currently Writer in Residence at Dundee Contemporary Arts. She is published in Gutter, Interpreter’s House, and many other fine places. Her debut pamphlet with Ruth Aylett, Handfast, will be published in May 2016.
Demi Cybulski is the daughter of the late filthmonger, BBQ poet and pornography baron King Concrete. Following the death of her estranged father, Demi was inspired to become as little like him as possible, and now lives alone in Brighton where she writes, often and poorly.
Kymm Coveney, an American expat living in Barcelona, grew up in a harbor town known as the Irish Riviera. She has been told her Irish surname is native to County Cork, which, she has heard, is famous for its pirates. (Her pirate name is Iron Bess Rackem.) She posts mostly flash fiction at betterlies.blogspot.com, and tweets @KymmInBarcelona.
Kate Hodges is a teacher turned writer. She has traded the Middle School Science Lab for the Uni Library. She still believes that you can a lot about person based on their favourite Wakefield Twin. She has fallen in deep like with Heathcliff, Laurie, and Moriarty. She has fallen in deep love with Gilbert Blythe. When she’s not writing, she is trying to (finally) win a pub quiz and to bake a perfect pie crust.
Hilary Hares has just completed an MA in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is published in various magazines and anthologies and currently helps Hospice patients capture memories through creative writing.
Finola Scott enjoys life and loves adventures, even little ones. Travel excites her – she’s thrilled waking up in strange beds! Since escaping work, she been writing, having poems and stories published. Finola is proud to be a slam-winning Granny. Performance poetry allows her to be terrified in the safety of cosy pubs. To recover and soothe her soul, she plays non-stop Mah Jong, tickles her grandchildren and scans cheap flight sites.
Carol Gloor is an extremely ancient woman living on the Mississippi River in far northwest Illinois. Her work has appeared all over the place, most recently in the print journal East on Central and the online journal Riverrun. She is the featured poet in the next issue of Sage Woman. Her chapbook, Assisted Living, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.
Charles W. Brice is a retired psychoanalyst living in Pittsburgh. His full length poetry collection, Flashcuts Out of Chaos, has just been published by WordTech Editions (2016). Hispoetry has appeared or is forthcoming in over 45 publications incuding The Kentucky Review, The Atlanta Review, Chiron Review, The Dunes Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sports Literate, Avalon Literary Journal, Icon, The Paterson Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Spitball, Barbaric Yawp, VerseWrights, The Writing Disorder, and elsewhere.
Stephen Daniels is the editor of Amaryllis Poetry and the Secretary for Poetry Swindon. His poetry has been published in various magazines and websites, including The Interpreter’s House, Ink Sweat & Tears, And Other Poems, and The Fat Damsel. You can find out more at www.stephenkirkdaniels.com @stephendaniels
Jovan Jakić was born in 1995 in Belgrade, Serbia. He’s currently a student of the English department of the Faculty of Philology on the University of Belgrade. He finished his first book of poetry “Insane by the Judgment of Time” in 2014. He lives in Belgrade.
Pru Kitching has two poetry pamphlets: All Aboard the Moving Staircase was published by Vane Women Press in 2004 and Arrowhead Press published The Kraków Egg in 2009, the same year that she received a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North. She has worked at home and abroad in theatre and opera, was married to a painter, lives in beautiful Upper Weardale and is generally artsy fartsy.
Mary Imo-Stike identifies as an American Indian, and a feminist. She worked “non-traditional” jobs as a rail worker, construction plumber, boiler operator and gas line inspector. Now retired from work-life, she obtained an MFA in Poetry from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2015, and is currently the poetry co-editor of HeartWood Literary Magazine. Her work has been published in Antietam Review, Phoebe, The Pikeville Review, Appalachian Heritage and Cactus Heart, and will be included in the forthcoming issues of Young Ravens Review and riverSedge.
Holly Magill is from Worcestershire. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, including Lunar Poetry, The Stare’s Nest and The Emma Press anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse. She prefers cats and strong tea to most things.
Marilyn Francis lives, works, and writes poems near Radstock in the wild south-west of England. She has had one collection of poems, red silk slippers, published by Circaidy Gregory Press. She also has some other poems out and about in the world, though she has even more lazing in her notebooks.
Faye Boland has had poems published in Literature Today, The Shop, The Galway Review, Revival, Crannóg, Orbis, Wordlegs, Ropes, Headstuff, Silver Apples, The Blue Max Review, Speaking for Sceine Chapbooks, I and II and in Visions: An Anthology of Emerging Kerry Writers’. Her poem ‘Silver Bracelet’ was shortlisted in 2013 for the Poetry on the Lake XIII International Poetry Competition.
Laurie Kolp lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. She recently returned to teaching after a 14-year hiatus which has rocketed her into a new dimension where her only saving grace is poetry. Learn more about Laurie’s full-length collection, chapbook, and publications at http://www.lauriekolp.com.
Bethany Rivers debut pamphlet is due out with Indigo Dreams Publishing later this year, called Off the wall. Ekphrastic poetry is one of her specialities. She loves writing, helping others to write and being with cats. She runs creative writing courses, poetry healing and inspiration days: www.writingyourvoice.org.uk
Broc Riblet is a writer of poetry and fiction. He graduated from Defiance College and now resides in Kentucky with his cat Waffle.
Writers ~ Issue #1
Writing under the name of iDrew, to co-ordinate with her titles, Essex girl Drew has previously been published both on-line and in print. She enjoys shopping, boys and clubs claiming these are merely research for her writing. She is one of the founding members of the Clueless Collective and to be found at: www.cluelesscollective.co.uk
Shane Vaughan is a writer of poetry, prose and plays. His work has been published in The Pickled Body, Unbroken Journal, Poetry NI, Roadside Fiction and elsewhere. In August 2015 his play, Jacqueline, ran in the Cork School of Music. He works for Ó Bhéal: Cork’s Weekly Poetry Event, and also runs Stanzas: An Evening of Words, where he publishes a chapbook of new writing every month. For more: shanevaughan.wordpress.com | stanzas.ie | obheal.ie
David Spicer has had poems accepted by or published in such magazines as Reed Magazine, The Curly Mind, Mad Rush, Slim Volume, Yellow Chair Review, Jersey Devil Press, New Verse News, The Kitchen Poet, Circle Seven, Phantom Kangaroo, Bad Acid Laboratories, Inc., and elsewhere. He is also the author of one full-length collection of poems and four chapbooks and is the former editor of Raccoon, Outlaw, and Ion Books. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Susan Castillo Street is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emeritus, King’s College London. She has published two poetry collections, The Candlewoman’s Trade (Diehard Press, 2003) and Abiding Chemistry (Aldrich Press, 2015). Her pamphlet Constellations is out in the spring 2016 by Three Drops Press.
Neil Fulwood is the author of media studies book The Films of Sam Peckinpah and the co-editor, with David Sillitoe, of More Raw Material: work inspired by Alan Sillitoe (Lucifer Press, 2015). His poetry has appeared in The Morning Star, The Lampeter Review, The Interpreter’s House, Nottingham Drinker and Dissident Voice. He lives and works in Nottingham, where he also subsidizes several real ale pubs.
Brett Evans is co-editor at Prole, his debut poetry pamphlet The Devil’s Tattoo was published by Indigo Dreams in 2015. Brett drinks to try to forget he is an editor of poetry and a poet himself.
Amy Kinsman is a poet and playwright living in Sheffield, England. In her spare time, she is an editorial assistant at Three Drops from a Cauldron. Her work has previously appeared, or is forthcoming, in After The Pause, Glass Octopus, Pankhearst, Rust + Moth and Up The Staircase Quarterly. Find her online at https://www.facebook.com/amykinsmanwriter/
Carole Bromley lives in York where she is the stanza rep and runs poetry surgeries for other rogues and pirates. Her most recent publication is ‘The Stonegate Devil’ (Smith/Doorstop 2015) .
Alyson Miller teaches literary studies and professional and creative writing at Deakin University, Australia. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in both national and international publications, alongside a work of literary criticism, Haunted by Words: Scandalous Texts, and a collection of prose poems, Dream Animals.
In his current incarnation, Robert Crisp teaches writing and literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. By night, he wanders through cemeteries, which isn’t always tolerated by the local constabulary. He writes poems as often as he can.
Chris Hemingway is a poet and singer-songwriter based in Cheltenham, and has read at various events at both the Cheltenham Poetry and Literature festivals in the last three years. Chris has been published in Lunar Poetry, Three Drops from a Cauldron, The Stare’s Nest and I am not a silent poet websites, and has self-published two collections, Cigarettes and Daffodils (2012) and The Future (2016).
Rachel Nix is a native of Northwest Alabama, where pine trees outnumber people and she likes it. She stays busy as Poetry Editor at cahoodaloodaling, Associate Editor at Pankhearst, and coffee-maker at her paying gig. She can usually be found in some sort of shenanigans on Twitter as @rachelnix_poet
Despite being certified as disabled at age 16, Jennifer A. McGowan has published poetry and prose prolifically on both sides of the Atlantic, including in The Rialto and Pank. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and been highly commended in many competitions. Jennifer’s chapbooks are available from Finishing Line Press; her first collection, The Weight of Coming Home, is from Indigo Dreams Publishing. Her website is http://www.jenniferamcgowan.com.
Bethany W Pope is an award-winning author. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama, 2012) Crown of Thorns, (Oneiros Books, 2013), The Gospel of Flies (Writing Knights Press 2014), and Undisturbed Circles (Lapwing, 2014). Her collection The Rag and Boneyard, shall be published soon by Indigo Dreams and her chapbook Among The White Roots Will be released by Three Drops Press next autumn. Her first novel, Masque, shall be published by Seren in 2016.
Grant Tarbard lives in his granny’s wooden shoe which has many bedrooms. She’s applied for the Bedroom Tax exemption under the Disability Rights UK Factsheet F57 as she has a tea kettle for a chest and wheezes in frost but the government are bastards.
Hannah Pyne lives near a vineyard in Kent and teaches English. She has been published by Prole, Forward Poetry, The Emma Press and on various websites.
Marilyn Hammick writes (and reads) when travelling, during still moments at home in England and France, recalling a childhood in New Zealand and years living in Iran.
Mary Stone is the author of the poetry collections Mythology of Touch and One Last Cigarette, and the chapbooks The Dopamine Letters andHoney & Bandages (co-written with Katie Longofono). Her third collection, Deficiency, will be published in 2017. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in Decomp, Menacing Hedge, Cahoodaloodaling, Tinderbox, and other journals. She currently lives in St. Joseph, MO, where she teaches English and coordinates the First Thursday open mic reading series, and edits the regional anthology Black Snake Creek.