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The Contemporary Short Story by Fiction Editor Mimi Gladman

A Pick of the Best Contemporary English-language Short Story Collections Short stories appear widely in literary magazines, as well as in the relatively small number of mainstream publications that publish literary short stories, notably The New Yorker. There are also plenty of anthologies and single-author collections of short fiction published, and the form seems to …

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Sarah Leavesley

Photo-poems: visual art and poetry combinations for a high-tech age by Sarah Leavesley

Although my working and creative life has mostly been as a writer, I’ve always loved photography. As a poet, the initial appeal for me in combining photos and poetry on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram was to try and reach new audiences – people who wouldn’t normally read poetry but did respond to …

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Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page

Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). Also a spoken word artist, Anne has performed at festivals and events in Ireland and abroad including Lingo, Electric Picnic, Bloom and The …

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Poet -Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. His work has appeared widely in the U.S. and abroad, and has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including four in 2016. Three new collections have appeared in 2017: “A Landscape in Hell;” “Family Reunion;” and “How Fascism Comes to America.”     …

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4 poems by John Saunders

John Saunders is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group. His collections are After the Accident(Lapwing Press, 2010) and Chance (New Binary Press, 2013). One of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers, 2012, he was shortlisted in the 2012 inaugural Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition and is a 2014 Pushcart Nominee. John’s poems have appeared in journals in Ireland, …

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2 poems by J D DeHart

J D DeHart is a writer and teacher.  He blogs about books and authors at dehartreadingandlitresources.blogspot.com and publishes poetry at onpossibilitypoems.blogspot.com.  DeHart has a chapbook, The Truth About Snails, published by RedDashboard.  . . . . . . . . .   The Word Has an Edge   Below the soft word is a knife blade waiting to …

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Featured poet Finola Scott

St Kilda Post Boat, winter 1886   Select a sheep for slaughter …………………an old one, a tough one. Remove its slack stomach, ………………….clean, eat the rest. Fetch driftwood from the rocks, ………………a few feet square, not waterlogged. Carve a wee boat, a notion ………………no need to be accurate. Gouge a deep hole, centre square ………………..to …

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Poetry from Craig Wijckaans, Amy Louise Wyatt, Marc Frazier and John Malvert

Craig Wijckaans : I’m Craig. I’m from Teesside in the North East of England. I write poetry mostly for myself. I enjoy the freedom of expression it gives me. I have been writing on and off since I was sixteen, though I don’t really consider myself a writer. I’m more an old fashioned ‘song-and-dance’ man. …

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Review of The Red Lion, Live Theatre, 8th April 2017 currently at the Trafalgar Studios, London until 2nd December 2017 by Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

  Ceinwen has worked as a Probation Officer, a Mental Health Social 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 still can) Three Drops …

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3 poems by Jim Bourey

Jim Bourey is an old poet living on the northern edge of the Adirondack Mountains. He lived in Delaware for thirty years before this recent move. His chapbook “Silence, Interrupted” was published in 2015 by the Broadkill River Press. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Broadkill Review, Double Dealer and other journals and anthologies. He …

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3 poems by Alan Halford

Alan Halford was born in Dublin, Ireland. The Memory Bone was his was his first collection of work. (2016) Poems have appeared in The Blue Max Review (Rebel Poetry) Fathers and what must be said (Rebel Poetry) The Galway Review Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts (2013/2015) Madswirl.com (USA) https://www.facebook.com/AlanHalfordPoetry/       In memory of J.H. 1974. Cry …

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Poetry from Pauline Flynn, Steve Klepetar, Wanda Morrow Clevenger, Beth Copeland, Lynn White

Pauline Flynn is an Irish Visual Artist by profession and has an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. She began writing poetry in 2009 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2010. She has travelled widely, lived in Japan for four years and is influenced by its aesthetic. She is …

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