David Barber lives anonymously in the UK. He prefers to keep it that way.
Greg Beatty lives with his dog in Bellingham, Washington, where he tries, unsuccessfully to stay dry. He writes everything from children’s books to essays about his cooking debacles. His main hobby is martial arts. For more information on Greg’s writing, visit greg-beatty.com
Chris Bullard lives in Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Finishing Line Press published his poetry chapbook, Leviathan, in 2016 and Kattywompus Press published High Pulp, a collection of his flash fiction, in 2017. His work has appeared in publications such as 32 Poems, Green Mountains Review, Rattle, Pleiades, River Styx and Nimrod.
Glue seems to be a common denominator in gaye gambell-peterson‘s creative process. She layers paper bits, adds found objects to paintings or paper collages, makes a three dimensional assemblage. It’s all fun. Her degree in design (Univ. of Michigan) opened a world of painting, weaving, and sculpture. It is only as she matured (ahem) that she turned to this sticky-fingered business. Oh yeah, she writes poetry too (sticking words together, line by line). Both her art and poetry live side by side in her two chapbooks pale leaf floating and MYnd mAp, and have appeared online in qarrtsiluni (Fragments).
You can call gaye names: wife (twice), mom (thrice), gramma (five times), visual artist (degreed, awarded, purchased), poet (published, awarded), or you can get her attention by hollering “Hey!” She is also defined by her favorites (which range widely): sweet rhubarb pie/tangy feta cheese, Pink Floyd/Rhapsody in Blue, thunderstorms/fireflies,
glow-in-the-dark pjs/gauzy goddess-y garb/tie-dye anything. You get the idea.
gambell-peterson’s “the authoress protects her muses” first appeared in Art St. Louis Weekly News (February 2017)
Giles Goodland has published several books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years (2001), Capital (2006), What the Things Sang (2009), The Dumb Messengers (2012) and The Masses (2018). He works in Oxford as a lexicographer and lives in West London.
Liam Hogan is an Oxford Physics graduate and award winning London based writer. Abandoned in a library at the tender age of 3, he emerged blinking into the sunlight many years later with an aversion to loud noises and a head full of words. His twisted fantasy collection, Happy Ending Not Guaranteed, is published by Arachne Press. Find out more at happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk or tweet @LiamJHogan . He dreams in Dewey Decimals.
It is probably best not to trust anything Liam says. He is and always will be, a Liar. Find him onstage at the live literary event, Liars’ League, if you dare.
Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in Star*Line, PoluTexni, Faerie Magazine, Abridged Magazine, Illumen, Enchanted Coversation, “The Literary Whip” (Zoetic Press podcast), The 2018 Rhysling Anthology (Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association)… and many other places. Her work has been nominated for “The Best of the Net” and The Pushcart Prize (twice on the Pushcart so far). She is currently nominated for a Rhysling. Her latest book is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press).
Juleigh lives at the edge of a dark forest in Deepest Cascadia with her family and a black dog named Grimm. The dog may or may not be mortal.
Derek Kannemeyer‘s writing has appeared in Fiction International, The New Virginia Review, Smartish Pace, Rolling Stone, and dozens of other places. Since January, 2018, his non-journal publications include the light verse collection An Alphabestiary, and a chapbook, Blue Nib #1, featuring his winning poems from Blue Nib’s inaugural chapbook contest.
Jane Kite is from West Yorkshire, UK. janekite.co.uk
Mark A. McCutcheon lives in Edmonton and teaches English literature at Athabasca University. His poems and short stories are published in journals like Unbroken, EVENT, Existere, and Carousel; “Heaven help the roses” placed as Runner-Up in Into the Void’s 2017 poetry contest. Mark is the author of The Medium Is the Monster (Athabasca UP, 2018) and his literary criticism also appears in The Explicator, Continuum, and other scholarly periodicals. He can be reached on Twitter at @sonicfiction.
Isla McKetta is the author of Polska, 1994 (Éditions Checkpointed) and co-author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art (Write Bloody). She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. Isla makes her home in Seattle where she writes fiction, poetry, and book reviews. Find her on Twitter at @islaisreading and on the web at www.islamcketta.com.
Though she’s always written, Isla didn’t start writing poetry in earnest until she found out she was pregnant and found that prose was no longer big enough to contain her experience.
Amber Morrison is an emerging cross-disciplinary artist from Nanaimo, BC. She completed her BA in Visual Art and Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University in June 2018. She won the Visual Art Major Award of Excellence, Best Performance at VIU Create Conference, and Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Achievement Award in 2018. Her work can be viewed at ambervisualartist.com.
Amber is actually trapped on an island but luckily it’s a pretty nice place.
Elena Nola has been writing poetry for more than 20 years. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas. Her home on the web is elena.com
Elena has predilections for feathers and capes.
David Oates writes about nature and urban life from Portland, Oregon. The Heron Place won the 2015 Poetry Award and publication from Swan Scythe Press (San Francisco). Peace in Exile: Poems was published in 1992. He won the Dovid Heersche Badonnah award from Bitterroot Poetry (NY) and was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod International (OK). His poetry has appeared in many other publications. He is also author of four books of nonfiction, including Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature. A chapter from his memoir project The Mountains of Paris will appear in Georgia Review (Summer 2018).
Géricault’s Raft of the Madusa is big as a barn door. David stared at it for a long time—always a sucker for nineteenth-century melodrama. And came back often: he was at a residency in Paris for four months, sort of (it’s complicated). Oh, and don’t miss Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
Úchè Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press) is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and a Westword Award Winner (“Best Environmental Poetry”). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop. He co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast, featured in the Best New African Poets anthology, and was shortlisted for Nigeria’s Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize. On Twitter as @uogbuji. Link: uche.ogbuji.net
Úchè is addicted to muscular movement. He plays soccer almost every day, coaches most seasons, snowboards avidly, plays volleyball, basketball, tennis or trains in Kenpo Karate when he can find time. But most of all, he dances.
There’s never not a reason to dance.
Iris Orpi is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, wife, and mother. She is the author of four books of compiled poems, including Rampant and Golden and Hand Painted, and the illustrated novel, The Espresso Effect. Her work has appeared in over two dozen online and print publications all over the world. She was a 2014 Honorable Mention for the Contemporary American Poetry Prize, given annually by Chicago Poetry Press. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently resides in Chicago, IL.
Iris’s alter ego is a university mathematics instructor who likes to incorporate CSI episodes and milkshake recipes in trigonometry and calculus problems. One of her life missions is to own all the books in Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. She has taught her three-year-old son to count to a hundred in two languages.
Orpi’s “Silhouettes from a More Intricate Light” first appeared on her blog in May 2014.
Ronald J. Pelias’ work has appeared in a number of journals, including Midwest Poetry Review, Coal City Review, Poetry East, and Negative Capability. His most recent books, Performance: An Alphabet of Performative Writing (Left Coast Press/Routledge), If the Truth Be Told (Sense Publications), and Writing Performance, Identity, and Everyday Life (Routledge) call upon the the poetic as a research strategy.
Ron came to literature, not only out of a love for what can happen on the page, but also in search of a better way to write performance criticism.
Andrea Potos is the author of eight poetry collections, including most recently A Stone to Carry Home from Salmon Poetry and Arrows of Light from Iris Press. Another collection entitled “Mothershell” is in process. Her work appears widely in print and online.
Potos’ “Speaking of Poetry” first appeared in We Lit the Lamps Ourselves (Salmon Poetry, 2012)
Steven Reese is the author of three collections of poems—Enough Light to Steer By(Cleveland State), American Dervish (Salmon), and Excentrica: Notes on the Text(BlazeVOX)—and two volumes of translation, Synergos (Etruscan; poems of Roberto Manzano) and Womanlands (Verbum, Spain; poems of Diana María Ivizate González). He teaches in the English Department at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and in the Northeast Ohio MFA program in creative writing. He lives in Youngstown.
The child of a father who tapped wires for the FBI, Steven has always felt listened-in on; since his father’s death, that feeling has increased.
Michael Dwayne Smith lives near a Mojave Desert ghost town with his family and rescued animals. His most recent book is Roadside Epiphanies (Cholla Needles Press, 2017). Nominated a bunch of times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work haunts many literary houses–including The Cortland Review, New World Writing, Star 82 Review, Blue Fifth Review, Word Riot, Heron Tree, Gravel–and has been widely anthologized. When not writing or teaching, he edits Mojave River Press & Review.
WARNING: the Department of Homeland Language has determined that poetry by MDS may cause side effects, which could include blah blah blah potentially fatal. Call your doctor immediately if you experience death.
Annie Stenzel was born in Illinois, but has lived on both coasts and a couple of other continents at various times in her life. Her book-length collection, The First Home Air After Absence, was published late last year 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 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.
Annie began taking poetry seriously 30 years ago. She eventually sent variations of her manuscript to 89 contests/open readings over a period of three years. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” (Churchill)
After living in Los Angeles for many years, Jake Tringali is now back in his home city of Boston. Runs rad restaurants. Thrives in a habitat of bars, punk rock shows, and late-night adventures. His first book Poems for a Neon Apocalypse will be published in October 2018. More info at jakethepoet.wordpress.com.
After growing up in New England, Jake never wants to see another poem about a tree or pond again.
Tringali’s “recanted” was first published by Kool Kids Press (June 2015)
Ayame Whitfield lives on the East Coast of the US and never stops writing; has had poetry published in journals such as L’Ephémère Review, Subterranean Blue Poetry, and Wax Poetry; and can be found @avolitorial on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.
Ayame thinks flowers and cats and eating berries are the best things in life and drinks far too much tea.
Gregg Williard‘s fiction, non-fiction and visual art have appeared most recently in Slag Review, Angry Old Man, Infinity’s Kitchen and Change Seven. His one person drawing exhibition is currently on display at the Ohio State University Lima Campus gallery. He teaches ESL to refugees in Madison, Wisconsin. Instagram: ktobything1 or #greggwilliard
Thomas R. Winward is an engineer and an avid pursuer of all things sci-fi, fantasy and weird. When not juggling his many hobbies, he spends his time trying to warp his children into gamers. His first published story “Light” was recently released in Gathering Storm Magazine.
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