Harold Ackerman writes poetry and fiction and gathers megapixels of light at opportune moments. He holds, with Shelley, that no one can decide to write a poem, though he thinks that good fiction does involve a series of sweaty, deliberate choices. As for photo art, he thinks that too often folks forget that a camera is not the imagination. Welcome to visit his gallery page at briarcreekphotos.com for samples of his published work.
Guy Biederman began writing in the peace corps during a civil war in Guatemala where he lived in a goatherder’s shack rented from American Bahai’s. He’s the author of five books of stories, poetry, and lyrical micro prose including Nova Nights (Nomadic Press) and Edible Grace (KYSO Flash). His sixth collection, Translated From The Original: one-inch-punch fiction will be published by Nomadic Press in 2022. His work has appeared in many journals including Flashback Fiction, great weather for Media, Carve, Riddled with Arrows, and MacQueen’s Quinterly. Visit guybiederman.com.
Guy lives on a houseboat with his wife, drinks black coffee in the afternoon, is a reluctant psychic, and a part time pareidolia doula who squeezes in writing between his 24/7 duties as a tuxedo cat valet; fortunately his boss sleeps 23 hours a day.
Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary e-zine, Eternal Haunted Summer; and is a regular contributor to ev0ke: witchcraft*paganism*lifestyle. To date, she has released four short story collections and one poetry collection. A complete list of her publications can be found at Eternal Haunted Summer.
Rebecca does all of her writing on the living room couch. She writes a lot. There is a permanent butt-shaped dent in the cushion.
Rhonda Eikamp is originally from Texas, the land of eternal sunshine, if not spotless minds, and now lives in Germany, land of not-quite-eternal-winter. She is primarily a short story writer, with work in Lackington’s, Neon, Vasterian, and forthcoming in Phantom Drift. A list of stories available online can be found at her sadly abandoned blog Stories-writinginthestrangeloop. She misses American candy hearts on Valentine’s.
Rhonda has recently moved on from Wordle to Quordle. ‘Nuff said.
Amlanjyoti Goswami‘s forthcoming collection of poetry ‘Vital Signs‘ will be published by Poetrywala. His earlier collection ‘River Wedding‘ (Poetrywala) was widely reviewed. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies around the world. A Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee, his poems have also appeared on street walls in Christchurch, exhibitions in Johannesburg, an e-gallery in Brighton and buses in Philadelphia. He has reviewed poetry for Modern Poetry in Translation and has read in various places, including New York, Delhi and Boston. He grew up in Guwahati, Assam and lives in Delhi.
Derek Kannemeyer is from Richmond, VA by way of Cape Town and London. His works since 2017 include a contest-winning poetry chapbook, a book of animal verse and lakeside photography, the five act Play of Gilgamesh, the poetry collection Mutt Spirituals, and the photography/non-fiction tome Unsay Their Names, about the fall from grace of Richmond’s Lost Cause statuary. Its photographs became the fall 2021 main exhibit at Richmond’s Black History Museum. His novel The Memory Addicts is due out in mid 2022, and his website is www.petalridge.com.
Derek says, Aw shucks. Enough about me already.
Kate Kastelein writes both fiction and non-fiction, and her work has been published in numerous publications, including Shondaland, NonBinary Review, Riddled With Arrows, The Future Fire, anthologies by Medusa’s Laugh and McFarland Press, and a number of regional outlets. She has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Writers’ Program. To contact Kate or to learn more about her work please visit: katekastelein.com
Kate lives on the coast of Maine in an old, slightly haunted house with her supportive husband, two fantastic children, two cranky cats and an adorable dog.
Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction and in Best of British Fantasy (NewCon Press). He’s been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flame Tree Press, among others. He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk
There are not many things that Liam has not written about. From A.I. to zombies, from talking rats to lady gardens. For reasons that defy inspection, a lot of his stories end up being about love, including those last two.
Geoffrey A. Landis is a poet, a science-fiction writer and a scientist. He is the author of two poetry collections, the novel Mars Crossing, and the story collection Impact Parameter (& Other Quantum Realities). In his day job, he works on Mars missions, and in his spare time, he goes to fencing tournaments to stab perfect strangers with a sword. More information can be found at his web page geoffreylandis.com
Valerie Nieman‘s In the Lonely Backwater is being called “not only a page-turning thriller but also a complex psychological portrait of a young woman dealing with guilt, betrayal, and secrecy.” To the Bones, her folk horror/mystery, was a finalist for the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award, joining three earlier novels, a short fiction collection, and three poetry books, the most recent being Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse. She has held state and NEA fellowships and was a creative writing professor at NC A&T State University. You can find her online sites at linktr.ee/ValNieman
Valerie is a Leopard Lady.
Ellen Sander was once Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine and despite it all, she still lives there. Red Bird Chapbooks just published her collection Aquifer, Poems Evoked By Water.
Dr. Scary (Michael E. Skyer) and Mr. Gory (Gregory Fedorchuk) are a team of like-minded readers and creators of dark art. Both Dr. Scary and Mr. Gory are trained and practicing Fine Artists. Skyer is a University professor and PhD candidate, writing a dissertation on the role of vision in pedagogy. Skyer has published extensive research in scientific journals and has presented nationally and internationally in the field of deaf education. Skyer is professionally active on Twitter, often in an activist role for deaf children’s literacy. Fedorchuck is a renowned artist, whose work is appreciated globally, and shared widely to devouring audiences. Skyer is late-deaf and a fluent ASL user. Fedorchuk also lives with a physical disability. Dr. Scary and Mr. Gory support the #OwnVoices movement, as related to disability and diversity of author identity. Dr. Scary and Mr. Gory have nearly two thousand followers on Twitter and are preparing the launch of an Instagram account and separate website. We hope you Come Haunt With Us.
Claire Smith‘s poems have most recently appeared in the journals: Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spectral Realms, and The Deadlands. She is working on a PhD at the University of Gloucestershire. She lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire with her husband and their very spoilt Tonkinese cat, Ishtar. You can find her on social media – Instagram – @clairesdivingfornightmares.
Claire collects books. She asks for books for every special occasion: birthdays, Christmas, Easter, anniversaries, Valentines! Her wish-lists are private as she is so embarrassed about the piles of books mounting ever higher in their house. Even their cat feels so ignored she complains by pushing books off the shelves… It feels only right, then, that Claire should aspire to write.
Pat Tompkins is an editor in Northern California. Her poems have appeared in Channel, Modern Haiku, Grievous Angel, and other publications.
This is the first valentine Pat’s written in over 50 years.
Marie Vibbert has sold over 42 poems to mostly science fiction magazines, including Analog and Asimov’s, and one time sold a rhyming poem to a market that said “No rhyming poetry” in their guidelines. Her debut novel, Galactic Hellcats, is about a female biker gang in outer space rescuing a gay prince and is on the British Science Fiction Association longlist for 2021. You can learn more about her at marievibbert.com or follower her on twitter @mareasie
Marie played women’s professional football for five years.
Riddled with Arrows 5.1: “Candy Hearts & Little Literary Love Notes”
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