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5 poems by Jude Brigley

Jude Brigley has been a teacher, editor, coach, performance poet and a speaker, and she is now writing for the page.  She believes that poetry should be at the heart of the English curriculum and that it can play an important role in everybody’s life.  While being an experienced examiner, inset provider and research student, …

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Highly Commended Poet – Grainne Tobin

Formerly They will be grandparents, and the country where they honeymooned will no longer exist, after several wars, massacres, forced migrations, the splitting and sorting of territorial claims, new dialects: a language whisked together in official dictionaries will have separated out like a curdled sauce, and worshippers will devote themselves to difference. When everything’s the …

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In Conversation with Emma McKervey

Emma McKervey won the 2015 PoetryNI/Translink Poetry Competition and in 2016 she was shortlisted for both the NI National Poetry Competition and the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ Poem of the Year Award. In 2017 she had two poems highly commended for the Seamus Heaney Prize. She is also a professionally-trained musician, having played cello …

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HERE THEY ARE!!! The Winter/Spring Chapbook Contest 2017/18 Results

RESULTS The Winter / Spring Chapbook contest 2017/18. With guest judge Kevin Higgins.     HUGE CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE BLUE NIB TO:-   WINNER  Anne Walsh Donnelly – €150.00 SECOND PLACE  Akshaya Pawaskar – €100.00 THIRD PLACE  Bobbie Sparrow  (debutante) – €50.00   HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Sue Johnson Antoinette Rock Michele Ring Grainne Tobin Eithne Lannon Derek Coyle Ceinwen …

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5 Poems by Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is an Irish chef and writer currently living in Chicago. His first collection ‘Somewhere but not Here’ won the RL Poetry Award, 2016 International category and was published late 2017. He has been published worldwide in places such as Warscapes, Spontaneity, Indian Review, Tuck Magazine, The Poetry Bus, The Galway Review, RædLeafPoetry-India, The …

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3 poems from Jennifer Fytelson

JENNIFER FYTELSON is an American poet from the New Jersey area. She holds her BA in English with a concentration in writing from The William Paterson University and a MA in creative writing from the University of Lincoln. Jennifer has been featured in The Mitre, which is Canada’s oldest literary magazine twice and won first …

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5 poems by Robert Klein Engler

Robert Klein Engler  lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a writer and artist. His many publications are available in print or online. Robert holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where, among other subjects, he studied religious art.  Robert is represented by Connect Gallery in Omaha, NE and …

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5 poems by David Subacchi

David Subacchi lives in Wales (UK) where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has published four collections of his poetry in English and one in Welsh. He has also begun to write in Italian.   YOU JUST GOT ON WITH IT (A poem for International Women’s Day) …

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How to cope with Sex Daily.

Opps, that should have read How to cope with Dyslexia, but it got you here, and I promise I will get back to the point of the title shortly. I have spent a number of days looking at writing from the perspective of authors or poets with a mental or physical disability and was both …

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5 poems by Margaret Siu

Margaret Siu is majoring in Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas. Siu additionally has a certificate in Managerial Economics, Business Analytics, and Financial Accounting from Harvard Business School and Mandarin Chinese from the National Taiwan Normal University (國立臺灣師範大學). She is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Apricity Magazine (www.apricitymagazine.com), a …

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Poems by Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon, Vicky Donnelly, William Howard Taylor and Diarmuid Fitzgerald

Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon has worked as a Probation Officer, a Mental HealthSocial Worker and Practice Educator. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published on web magazines and in print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Literally Stories, Alliterati, Stepaway, Poets Speak (whilst they …

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 5 poems by Ken Cathers

Born (1951) and raised in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. Has  a B.A. from the University of Victoria and a M.A.  from York Universityin Toronto. Was a senior Pulp Operator at Harmac Pacific Pulp Mill on Vancouver Island. Has been published in numerous periodicals, anthologies as well as six  books of poetry,  most recently Missing Pieces on Ekstasis Press. Married since …

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3 poems by Eithne Lannon

Eithne Lannon is a poet and native of Dublin. In her writing she embraces the natural world as a medium to express various dimensions of human experience. Online in Ireland, the UK, US and Canada, she’s had work published with Headstuff, Bare Hands, Sheila-na-Gig, and BeZine. She’s been included in publications such as The Ogham …

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4 prose poems from Michael Brockley

Michael Brockley is a semi-retired 68-year old school psychologist who continues to play his trade in rural northeast Indiana. His poems have appeared in Atticus Review, Gargoyle, Third Wednesday, Flying Island and Tattoo Highway. Poems are forthcoming in Clementine Unbound and Zingara Poetry Picks.   A Surprise Birthday Party for Tina, with Unexpected Guests You …

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3 Poems from Michael Griffith

Michael A. Griffith is working on his first chapbook and lives and teaches near Princeton, NJ.       Couple’s Prayer Thy will be done as our kingdom comes. Who would dare trespass against us with all our power and glory? Led to temptation, forgive us for we are bound for Heaven. I hallow your …

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Roy Liran – 5 poems

Born in Israel in 1971. Lives in the Galilee with his wife and twins. Works in the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) as an archaeologist, architect and artist. His first poetry book, ‘Not who I thought’ was published (in Hebrew) in 2016 by Pardes Publishing. It includes 65 poems and several drawings by the author.   …

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5 Poems from Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar has recently relocated to the Berkshires in Massachusetts after 36 years in Minnesota. His work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including three in 2017. Recent collections include A Landscape in Hell (Flutter Press), How Fascism Comes to America (Locofo Chaps), and Why Glass Shatters (One …

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5 poems by Lorraine Carey

Irish poet and artist Lorraine Carey’s work has been published in the following: Prole, Atrium, The Blue Nib, Ariel Chart, Poethead, The Honest Ulsterman, Proletarian, Sixteen, Quail Bell, Live Encounters, Picaroon, Laldy, The Cabinet of Heed and The Runt Zine among others. A runner up in both the Trocaire / Poetry Ireland and The Blue …

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2 poems by Melissa Mulvihill

I write from northeast Ohio where I live with my husband who is an attorney and with our two sons, 17 and 21, and our labradoodle, Luna(tic). In 1990 I graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in psychology and in 1996 I graduated with an M.A. in Counseling from John Carroll University. I recently …

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5 Poems by Mike Farren

Mike Farren is an editor in academic publishing from West Yorkshire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies, including The Interpreter’s House, Prole, The High Window, Strix and Valley Press’s Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry. His debut pamphlet, ‘Pierrot and his mother’ was published by Templar Poetry in 2017. He is a …

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3 Poems by Geraldine Ward

Geraldine Ward is a writer and poet from Kent. She is also the author of children’s poetry and fiction, adult short fiction, poetry and a novella. She has had poems published in ‘I am not a Silent Poet’ edited by Reuben Woolley, ‘Writers Cafe Magazine’ edited by Marie Lightman among other publications. She also enjoys …

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5 poems from Emily Schiavone

Emily Schiavone grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is currently an assistant professor of Physics and Engineering at Viterbo University. She has published poetry in The Naga and Rats Ass Review.       Perversion Cheek pressed to a living ground I felt a pulse the rise of breathing. A deep vibrating hum …

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Five Poems by Sunita Thind

Sunita Thind – I have always been passionate about my writing and now I have the time to concentrate on it fully. I have dabbled in many things including being a model, primary and secondary school teacher and trained as a make up artist. Make up, poetry and animals are my passion. I have recently …

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5 poems by Gordon Meade

Gordon Meade is a Scottish poet based in Fife. He divides his time between his own writing and developing creative writing courses for vulnerable people in various settings. His most recent collection, The Year of the Crab, was published by Cultured Llama Publishing in 2017. At present, he is working on a series of poems called, Zoospeak, …

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3 Poems by Roy Liran

Born in Israel in 1971. Lives in the Galilee with his wife and twins. Works in the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) as an archaeologist, architect and artist. His first poetry book, ‘Not who I thought’ was published (in Hebrew) in 2016 by Pardes Publishing. It includes 65 poems and several drawings by the author.   …

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2 poems by Michael H. Brownstein

Michael H. Brownstein began his writing career in Chicago, but presently lives in Jefferson City, Missouri. He has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, Poetrysuperhighway.com and others. In addition, he has nine …

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2 poems by Judy Shepps Battle

Judy Shepps Battle began writing poems long before she became a psychotherapist and sociology professor at Rutgers University. Widely published both in the USA and abroad during the Sixties and Seventies, she deferred publishing to concentrate on career and family. Fortunately her muse was tenacious and she continued to write during the next three decades …

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5 Poems by Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar has recently relocated to the Berkshires in Massachusetts after 36 years in Minnesota. His work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including three in 2017. Recent collections include A Landscape in Hell (Flutter Press), How Fascism Comes to America (Locofo Chaps), and Why Glass Shatters (One …

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