Harold Ackerman holds a Ph.D. in linguistics, but tries not to let it intrude. Retired from teaching, he spends his work time now writing poetry and gathering patches of light with his camera. He has published poems, some fiction, and photo art, with recent work in The Comstock Review and Schuylkill Valley Journal (poems) and in River River Journal and Uppagus (photography). He knows there is something of an animus against not focusing on a single medium, but he has found that the one craft sparks the other for the artist just as art can spark all of us, by causing us change perspectives.
Jude Alexzander studied English at Aberdeen University and now lives near Belfast with her very tolerant husband and a gang of spoilt rescue animals. She has tutored students and taught EFL in local schools, and now writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories in her spare time. Some of her poetry has been featured in The Blue Nib magazine and in Lagan Online’s Poetry Day Ireland Mixtape Volume 2 and her flash fiction has been included in several flash fiction Armagh events.
Pat Anthony writes the backroads, often inspired by soil and those that work it. Often using land as lens she mines characters, relationships and herself. A longtime educator, she holds an MA in Humanities Literature, Cal State, among others, poems daily, edits furiously and scrabbles for honesty no matter the cost. She has work published or forthcoming in Cholla Needles, Heron Tree, Quail Bell, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Review, Open Minds Quarterly, Orchard Street Press, Passager, Red Wolf Journal, Snakeskin, Awkward Mermaid and others.
Bob Beagrie is a widely published poet. Recent collections include This Game of Strangers – written in collaboration with Jane Burn (Wyrd harvest Press 2017), Leasungspell (Smokestack Books 2016). He is a senior lecturer at Teesside University and co-director of Ek Zuban Press & Literature Development. These poems are from a forthcoming collection entitled Civil Insolencies which explores events during the British Civil Wars and those of our own tospy-turvy world.
Shirley Bell has been the poetry editor and the editor in chief of The Blue Nib since 2017. She is a widely published and anthologised poet as well as an experienced workshop tutor and writer-in-residence. Her poetry is archived in the Special Collection in the University of Lincoln’s Library Her latest collection, The Still Room, new and selected poems chosen by Dave Kavanagh, was published in 2018 under The Blue Nib imprint.
Jim Bennett has worked at the University of Liverpool. He used to perform regularly with the Dead Good Poets in the Everyman Bistro. He received three DaDaFest awards, and a Silver Stake from the Manchester Slam. He has also won awards for his poetry including the 2006 Frost Award, and the Fante Award in 2002. In 2005 his book The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds was voted Best Poetry Book in English at the Berlin Book Festival. He has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Award and has twice won the performance award the San Francisco Beat Festival and was Poetry Superhighway Favourite Poet of the Year 2000.
Anne Elizabeth Bevan‘s first collection of poetry, entitled Testament, was published by Lapwing Press, Belfast in August 2018. Her poem Another Rising is included in the anthology Outbreak Of Peace, publishing by Arachne Press, London in November 2018. Her poem, School Mornings has been accepted by Cold Coffee Stand and most recently she has been asked to contribute a poem to an anthology of poetry based on the artists Bosch and Bruegel. Anne is working on her second novel while continuing to write poetry. Two of her stories have been published in The Holly Bough and Irelands Own Annual. She writes a series in monthly episodes on her blog, www.HerNibs.blog
Alfred Booth is, in any given order or disorder: An American in Paris. A classical pianist. A modest folder of origami. A teacher. A wearer of a several-times-broken heart on his sleeve. A poet, albeit still learning. A survivor of cancer, still a tense subject. A dilettante cello player. A lover of cats. A sedentary traveler. A black sheep. An orphan, in the large sense of the word. A man preoccupied with traces and death. And he writes about most of it.
Arthur Broomfield is a poet, novelist, publisher and Beckett scholar from County Laois. His previous works include When the Dust Settles (International University Press), The Poetry Reading at Semple Stadium (Lapwing), The Empty Too: Language and philosophy in the works of Samuel Beckett (Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing) and Mice at the Threshing(Lapwing). He is editor of the online poetry journal Outburst and delivers occasional lectures on the works of Samuel Beckett. Cold Coffee at Emo Court is his first full collection.
Philip Dean Brown lives in Tucson, AZ, USA, and has had short fiction published in Voices West, Farmer’s Market and Strong Coffee. His story Helpless, selected by Mona Simpson, won a PEN Syndicated Fiction award. Most recently, he has poems forthcoming in Subterranean Blue Poetry, and in New Reader Magazine and The Mojave Review. His short story Sun in the East, Sun in the West won 3rd prize in Typehouse Literary Magazine’s open fiction contest, and appeared in Issue 12.
Frances Browner grew up in Dublin, spent 20 years in New York, USA, and now resides in County Wicklow. She has been writing fiction for over 20 years and has had short stories shortlisted for competitions, and one took 2nd prize at the Dromineer Festival in 2010. Others have been published in Ireland’s Own and Woman’s Way magazines, anthologies, and in Sixteen and the HSE online journals. Memory pieces have also been published in Ireland’s Own, in the East Hampton Star and Montauk Pioneer newspapers on Long Island, and broadcast on Irish radio for Sunday Miscellany and Living Word. She self-published a collection of her work – You Could’ve Been Someone, in 2015, and compiled two volumes of memoirs – While Mem’ry Takes us Back Again – stories from Irish people who immigrated to the US, 1929–1964; and Coming Home about people who returned home after many years abroad. Her poems have been published in the Ogham Stone and Skylight 47, and online for Ink, Sweat and Tears, Tales from the Forest, the Ulster Voice and Poems on the Edge. A graduate of UCD, Dublin and City College, New York, she tutors creative writing and history with a community education board.
Cathy Bryant worked as a shoe shop assistant, life model, civil servant and childminder (among other jobs) before writing professionally. Described as ‘Carol Ann Duffy meets Spike Milligan’, she has won 27 literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize and the Wergle Flomp Award for Humorous Poetry. Cathy’s work has been published all over the world in such publications as Magma, The Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Stairs and Whispers. She co-edited the anthologies Best of Manchester Poets vols. 1, 2 and 3, and Cathy’s own books are Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature and Look at All the Women. Cathy’s new collection is Erratics, out now. Cathy is disabled and bisexual, and lives in Disley, UK. See more at www.cathybryant.co.uk
Iain Campbell grew up in Holywood, Co Down, before heading to Edinburgh to study Structural Engineering. His poetry is inspired by his love of the landscape, the sea and sailing; his poems are often a tale of someone he has met, or of a journey he has undertaken. Iain’s work has recently been published in the Blue Nib, Lagan Online and has been accepted for the inaugural edition of the Bangor Literary Journal. He was runner up in the Second year of The Bangor Poetry Competition, has read at Aspects Festival and is a regular contributor to Poetry NI’s Friday nights at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.He is an avid rugby fan and wrote the poem voice-over for Ulster Rugby’s 2015 promo video, “The 16th Man” which featured on the big screen throughout that season.
Susan Castillo Street is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita, King’s College London. She has published three collections of poems, The Candlewoman’s Trade (Diehard Press, 2003), Abiding Chemistry, (Aldrich Press, 2015), The Gun-Runner’s Daughter, (Aldrich, 2018) and a pamphlet, Constellations (Three Drops Press, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in Southern Quarterly, Prole, The High Window, Ink Sweat & Tears, Messages in a Bottle, The Missing Slate, Clear Poetry, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Foliate Oak, The Yellow Chair Review, Poetry Shed, The Lake, Smeuse, Algebra of Owls, Picaroon, Riggwelter, and other journals and anthologies. Her poem Bird of God recently won first place in the 2018 Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition.
Steve Cawte has worked as a playwright, poet, teacher and performer. Over the years, he has produced eight of the plays he has written and has directed a collection of stage plays. He went on to win two awards in 2012 – the ‘Our Times New Writer of the Year’ and the ‘Voice it’ Performers prize. His passion for poetry and theatre has led him to become a board member for ‘Lincoln Inspired’, an up-and-coming arts festival, and the host of the Lyric Lounge Lincoln poetry event. Steve is a strong believer in inspiring and encouraging new writers, and to this end is a founding member of Lincoln Creative Writers which celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in 2017. Between acting work and spoken word performances Steve runs workshops with children and adults teaching drama and writing.
Marcy Clarke. Grief is a wound writing helps heal- journals and poetry (I embrace free verse as it is an extension of my journals) inspire me to honor my boys, their pets and their gardens- I love nature and am a committed animal rescue volunteer- celebrating nature and those most precious to me.
Neil Clarkson is a long-standing member of the Albert Poets, Huddersfield. He has been published in magazines including Pennine Platform, The Black Horse and Obsessed by Pipework. He has won prizes in numerous competitions. His debut collection, Build You Again from Wood, was published in February 2017 by Calder Valley Poetry.
Bernie Crawford is from County Galway and is co-editor of the popular poetry newspaper Skylight 47. In 2017 she won first prize in the Poetry Ireland/Trocaire poetry competition. In 2018 she was shortlisted in the Fish Poetry Competition and in Poems for Patience competition. Her work has been published in many journals including Mslexia, Crannog, Boyne Berries among others and has appeared in a number of anthologies. She is currently working on her first collection.
Irene Cunningham has had many poems published in lit mags, including London Review of Books (as Maggie York), New Welsh Review, New Writing Scotland, Stand, Iron, Writing Women, Northwords Now, Poetry Scotland and others. Recent publications: In Between Hangovers, Picaroon, The Poetry Cafe, South Bank Poetry, I am not a Silent Poet, Former Cactus, Riggwelter and Laldy! She has published three collections of poetry, available at Amazon. She lives at Loch Lomond, has a mad passion for art and photography and is a constant digital doodler. Website: http://ireneintheworld.wixsite.com/writer and separate blog – https://wolfatthewindowblog.wordpress.com
Steve Denehan lives in Kildare, Ireland with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. Recent publication credits include Better Than Starbucks, Fowl Feathered Review, a “microchapbook“ as part of the Origami Poems Project, Terror House Magazine, Dual Coast, The Opiate, Sky Island Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Evening Street Review, The Folded Word, Ink In Thirds and Third Wednesday. One of his poems was recently shortlisted for the Ireland Poetry Day Competition. His chapbook Of Thunder, Pearls and Birdsong is available from Fowlpox Press.
Kieran Egan lives in Vancouver. He was shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement (UK) Mick Imlah prize in 2017, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Canadian magazines Quills, Literary Review of Canada, Dalhousie Review, Qwerty, Antigonish Review, Canadian Quarterly, and, in the US in Tenth Muse, Foxglove Journal, Snapdragon, Shot Glass, Sheila-Na-Gig, Raintown Review, and in the UK in High Window, Orbis, Envoi, Acumen, HQ Poetry Magazine, Interpreter’s House, Dream Catcher, Dawntreader, and Times Literary Supplement online.
Kate Ennals is a poet and writer and has published material in a range of literary and online journals (Crannog, Skylight 47, Honest Ulsterman, Anomaly, Burning Bush 2, Poets meets Politics, The International Lakeview Journal, Boyne Berries, North West Words etc). Her first collection of poetry At The Edge was published in 2015. She has lived in Ireland for 25 years and currently runs poetry and writing workshops in County Cavan, and organises ‘At The Edge, Cavan’, a literary reading evening, funded by the Cavan Arts Office. Before doing an MA in Writing at NUI Galway in 2012, Kate worked in local government and the community sector for thirty years, supporting local groups to engage in local projects and initiatives. Her blog can be found at kateennals.com
Ruth Ennis completed her English with Drama undergraduate degree at UCD in 2017 and is now studying Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She is the Administrative and Marketing Assistant for the Dublin Book Festival 2018. She has worked for Children’s Books Ireland, Luath Press and has written for The Blue Nib, The University Observer and Caveat Lector. She has a love for theatre and enjoys amateur film making.
Pauline Flynn is a Visual Artist/Poet. She lives in a small village in West Wicklow. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UCD, was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2010 and is published in various literary journals in Ireland, US and UK, including Light, a journal of poetry and photography.(NY) Orbis,(UK) Skylight 47, The Boyne Berries, and Sixteen. She enjoys travelling and lived for four years in Japan on a Japanese Government Scholarship. Pauline is a member of the Carlow Writers Coop and enjoys the challenges of this active group of writers.
Caron Freeborn is autistic, perseverating on details others discard. A novelist until gradually she became a poet, her poems have been published in magazines and journals, both with and without her collaborator, photographer Steve Armitage. As part of winning the Earlyworks competition, her first full poetry collection, Georges Perec is my hero, appeared in 2015. She regularly does spoken word gigs and in 2017, was commissioned to produce an hour-long performance piece in response to the Phantom exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, curated by artist Jane Boyer. With Presenting…the Fabulous O’Learys, she has also recently returned to prose fiction.Full-length books: Novels:Three Blind Mice (Abacus, 2001)Prohibitions (Abacus, 2004)Presenting…the Fabulous O’Learys (Holland House, 2017)Poetry: Georges Perec is my hero (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2015)
Mimi Gladman, Fiction Editor of The Blue Nib, is a knowledgeable editor with 20 years of professional experience. She has expertise and qualifications in the fields of literary fiction, French literature and culture, classical studies, history of art and linguistics amongst others. London based, she is well placed for contacts in literary and cultural circles. She also has a strong social media presence which we hope will help to grow and develop The Blue Nib’s profile. Above all, she loves contemporary literary fiction, which she devours with endless enthusiasm. Imogen is selecting fiction for The Blue Nib, and contributing reviews of books, theatre and other cultural events, along with articles and news items to the magazine and the online site.
Kevin Griffin is from Caragh Lake, Kerry and has had poems in many magazines including The SHOp, A New Ulster, North West Words, Orbis, Riposte, Star*line (USA), Pennine Ink, Salzburg Review, Labor of Love (Toronto), and others, He is a regular reader at poetry readings in Kerry, Cork, Limerick etc, and has taken part in a poetry program on Radio Kerry. He was shortlisted for the Fish Prize in 2011 and is working towards his first collection.
Michael A. Griffith began writing poetry as he recovered from a disability-causing injury. His poems, essays, flash fiction and articles have appeared in many print and online publications and anthologies. He resides and teaches near Princeton, NJ. His first poetry chapbook, Bloodline, November 2018, has been published by The Blue Nib.
Patricia L. Hamilton, a California native, is the author of The Distance to Nightfall (Main Street Rag, 2014). She won the Rash Award in Poetry in 2015 and 2017 and has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. By day she is a professor of English in Jackson, TN, where her specialisations are creative writing and 18th-century British literature. She loves jazz, cappuccino, and travel.
Deborah Harvey is a poet and novelist. Her three poetry collections, Communion (2011), Map Reading for Beginners (2014), and Breadcrumbs (2016), are published by Indigo Dreams, while her historical novel, Dart, appeared under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013. Her fourth collection, The Shadow Factory, will be published in 2019. Deborah runs workshops and read at many poetry festivals. Her poems have been widely published, and broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. Amongst her prizes are the 2010 Wells International Poetry Competition, 2011 Dor Kemmyn Poetry Prize, the 2012 Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize, the 2013 Buzzwords (Gloucestershire) Prize, and the 2016 Well Festival of Literature Hilly Cansdale Prize. Deborah is co-director of the Leaping Word poetry consultancy.
Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. After a career as a probation officer, a mental health social worker and a practice educator she is concentrating on writing. She writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Literally Stories, Alliterati, Stepaway, Poets Speak (whilst they still can), Three Drops from the Cauldron, Snakeskin, Obsessed with Pipework, The Linnet’s Wing, Blue Nib, Picaroon, Amaryllis, Algebra of Owls, Write to be Counted, The Lake, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Riggwelter, Poetry Shed, Southbank Poetry, Smeuse, Bandit Fiction, Atrium, Marauder, Prole, The Curlew and coming up in Mothers Always Write. She was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition In 2017 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and she is now developing practice as a creative writing facilitator with hard to reach groups. She believes everyone’s voice counts.
Alisdair L R I Hodgson is a Scottish writer of poetry and prose, currently based in Stirling. He is drawn to juxtapositions of the strange and the ordinary. This year, he is also publishing with Adjacent Pineapple and Stryvling Press, amongst others.
Rick Howe is a factory worker from South Yorkshire, England. He has only recently begun writing poetry again after a self-enforced hiatus of eighteen years. His poetry can tend towards the dark, but is not exclusively so, there is also a lot of dark humour and wry observation in his words.
Eileen Hugo is retired and doing all the things she loves. She loves to cook and make quilts. She spends the summer in Spruce Head, ME. where she belongs to The Poetry Corner a wonderful workshop group. In the winter she resides in Stoneham, MA. And belongs to the Middlesex Writers Group. She has been published in various anthologies and journals. She won first prize in the David Osgood Poetry Contest and also served time as the Poetry Editor for The Houston Literary Review. In April 2015, her book Not Too Far: A Journey of Words was published. In April 2018 her poem The Ladies With The Scarves Around Their Heads won an Honorable Mention at the Austin International Poetry Festival.
Fred Johnston (born 1951) is an Irish poet, novelist, literary critic and musician. He is the founder and current director of the Western Writers’ Centre in Galway. He co-founded the Irish Writers’ Co-operative in 1974, and founded Galway’s annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature in 1986. His most recent work includes poetry, The Oracle Room (Blaenau Ffestiniog: Cinnamon Press, 2007) ISBN 978-1905614219, a novel The Neon Rose (Bristol: Bluechrome Publishing, 2007) ISBN 978-1906061074, short stories Dancing in the Asylum (Cardigan: Parthian Books, 2011) ISBN 978-1906998448 and translation, Northern Lights (poems by Colette Wittorski, from French) (Belfast: Lapwing Publications, 2007) ISBN 978-1907276064
Tim Kalbach lives in Greer, South Carolina and has previously been published by The Blue Nib.
Brian Kirk is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Dublin. His children’s novel The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.
Sarah Leavesley/James (http://sarah-james.co.uk) is a prize-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer. Author of seven poetry titles, two novellas and a touring poetry-play, she’s been published by the Guardian, Financial Times and in the Blackpool Illuminations. Sarah runs The Poetry Society’s Worcestershire Stanza and V. Press poetry and flash fiction imprint (http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.com/). 2018 books: Always Another Twist (Mantle Lane Press) and How to Grow Matches (Against The Grain Press).
Emma Lee’s most recent collection is Ghosts in the Desert (IDP, UK 2015), she co-edited Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves, UK, 2015), reviews for The High Window Journal, The Journal, London Grip and Sabotage. Reviews and blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com.
Tim Love’s publications are a poetry pamphlet Moving Parts (HappenStance) and a story collection By all means (Nine Arches Press). He lives in Cambridge, UK. His poetry and prose have appeared in Stand, Rialto, Unthology, etc. He blogs at http://litrefs.blogspot.com/Twitter: @TimLoveWriter Facebook: www.facebook.com/tim.love.315
Joe Lynch Born in Belfast N Ireland and only recently started writing poetry. Being Dyslexic he has always had an aversion to all things involving reading and writing. As a full time, lay health care activist for Unison, I am exposed to the many effects of cuts and austerity on both workers, patients ant the world in general. This is reflected in perhaps the earthy societal aspect of my poetry.
Lucy Mackarel is a teenage aspiring writer from rural Ireland. She has always been passionate about writing and uses personal experiences to gather her inspiration. Lucy has been making solid plans to attain her dreams of attaining a future in creative writing, having been offered a place in University to study the subject.
Dermot McGarthy was born and grew up in Dublin. He started writing short stories in his teens and had some of these were published in local magazines. He got the poetry bug in his mid-thirties, and has since self-published 4 books, Standing Room Only (2004), Goldfish Logic (2006), Building Work (2008) and his current collection, Balance of Payments (2017)). He also recorded a spoken word CD entitled Ancient Air in 2010. His poetry has appeared, amongst other places, in the Drogheda Independent and the poetry journal Boyne Berries, and he has read his work as the featured guest of the White House poets in Limerick. One of his poems Borders from his first collection was recorded by Kairos Communications for RTE. He travels widely and reads his work extensively, having recently been invited back to share some of his work at his old alma mater, O’Connell’s School, North Richmond Street, Dublin 1. His current publication is available from both Books Upstairs and The Winding Stair bookshops in Dublin.
Anne McMaster is a poet and playwright who lives on an old farm in rural mid-Ulster. Her 80 stage adaptations and original theatre productions have toured NI and Canada and she’s written and directed specially commissioned works for colleges, theatres, health boards, the NI Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and community groups for the past 25 years. Her poetry has been published in 19,751 Words: An Anthology, Paper Plane Pilots, The Honest Ulsterman, The Blue Nib, Fourth & Sycamore, The Hidden and the Divine – A New Ulster, Matter – the 2017 CAP Anthology, Lagan Online – The Power of Words: poems for Holocaust Memorial Day, Riggwelter Press, The International Poetry Marathon Anthology (2014, 2016 and 2017) and The Bangor Literary Journal amongst others.
Elliott Manley gets bored easily. To fill the time he’s been a masseur, a teacher of meditation, a pot-washer, an international banker, a business analyst, a quality consultant, a publisher, managing editor of a very dull journal, an internet entrepreneur, a modern jive taxi dancer, a composer of music for contemporary dance, and a digital artist. He founded The Pint Pot of Fire storytelling competition and once he hitch-hiked from London to Johannesburg. Now he is old and fat.
Jack Mullen is retired in College Station, Texas, U.S.A., with wife Margie of 60 years. He writes for pleasure and enjoys family outdoor activities with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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 survived 8 years of homeschooling with my sense of humor and some brain cells intact so I sometimes write about things I notice. I have been recently published in the 2017 Poet Haven’s Digest, Strange Land and The Poet’s Haven’s Digest, The Distance Between Insanity and Genius. My work also appears in multiple issues of The Blue Nib Literary Magazine and The November 2017 issue of The Write Launch Magazine. My poem, Your Phone Call, appears in The Blue Nib Anthology.
Maxine Rose Munro is a Shetlander adrift on the outskirts of Glasgow. After spending the first eighteen years of her life exclusively on the islands, without even a small break for the holidays, the culture shock experienced on eventually seeing the wider world rocked her to her core and is still rocking some decades later. However, as the end result appears to be poetry, she is fairly ok with this. She has been writing poetry in for a few years now and her work has been widely published, including in Northwords Now; Glasgow Review of Books; Pushing Out the Boat; and The Eildon Tree. More recently she has begun to publish poetry in her native Shetland Scots, something very close to her heart and much, much harder to do than she would ever have believed when she first started out. Forthcoming Shetlandic poems will be found in Poetry Scotland and Three Drops from a Cauldron. Find her here www.maxinerosemunro.com
Samantha Maw is a teacher by profession who has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. She is a member of Lincoln Creative Writers, Women in the Arts (WITA) and Outspoken Poets. She regularly performs at local and national Spoken Word events and dabbles in amateur dramatics. She is also a regular contributor to The Blue Nib.
Jon Jack Neil is a newly emerging writer of both poetry and fiction based out of Lichfield, Staffordshire, with works published in local charity anthologies in the West Midlands. He is currently a part-time graduate student on the MA Creative Writing program at the University of Birmingham. He also balances out his time writing with his work as a pharmacy technician for the National Health Service.
Leanne Neill is a company director, mother of three, and a self-professed ‘composer of words.’ She has over twenty years of experience in public libraries and local government. In 2016, she started her poetry and art inspired Facebook page : LUST for WORDS, and has since been published in many ezines and pages including Spillwords , Bymepoetry, including their WOMb anthology, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Blue Nib, Raven Cage, Husk Magazine, and US anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses. Her first collection, Fine Lines and Unpolished Pieces of Me was published by The Australia Times in 2017. Her second poetry collection, Blue Lotus was released in June, 2018.
Kirsty A. Niven is from Dundee, Scotland where she lives with her husband and cats. Her writing has appeared in a number of anthologies such as A Prince Tribute, Landfall and Betrayal: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Betrayal and Being Betrayed. She has also appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Dawntreader, Cicada Magazine, The Machinery and Dundee Writes. Kirsty’s work can also be read online on websites such as Cultured Vultures, The Scottish Book Trust, Silver Birch Press and several others.
Colm Ó Ciarnáin is a cultural worker originally from Ireland but now living in Sweden. He likes to use his emotions to paint pictures with words. He realised early in life that no matter how much he talked around a subject words didn’t have the power to convey his feelings, being hampered by logical structures. He finds though that words when used in poetry for him paint between the lines. Flowing beyond the confines of realism and logic to bare self. A nudity of the soul inconceivable except in the hope of a poem. His poetry defines his inner self.
Brendan O`Neill “You go through life with rules and regulations constantly reminding you to do this and that, follow that road or path, and don’t talk to strangers who will lead you astray. But what is life without adventure, making up your own mind on choices, opinions, and existence. Getting to 58 years of age is a battle (married, with kids and luckily they are still close, geographically and emotionally) but you have won your war, conquered your fears and perhaps your dreams have come true.You got over the adoption process, and later in life found your bloodline by accident on Facebook of all places, yes! you met the fabulous family and knew you belonged. Such a pity that it occurred at the same time as your redundancy. And now you have the time to write, to ponder, to dream and be you.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Osiris Poems published by boxofchalk, 2017. For more information including free e-books and his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.To view one of his interviews please follow this linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK774rtfx8
Andrea Potos is the author of eight poetry collections, including A Stone to Carry Home (Salmon Poetry), Arrows of Light (Iris Press), An Ink Like Early Twilight (Salmon Poetry), We Lit the Lamps Ourselves (Salmon Poetry) and Yaya’s Cloth (Iris Press). Another collection entitled Mothershell is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in the fall of 2019. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Adil Sami is based in New Delhi, India. He is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and a harmonica player. His lyrics are inspired by Poets like Arthur Rimbuad, Allen Ginsberg, Namdheo Dhasal, Bob Dylan, WB Yeats, Walt Whitman. He has performed in many Poetry readings in the Capital city and has been invited for soul musical performance in poetry fests. Currently he works for a non-profit organization where he teaches, trains and spends most of the time with individuals on the autism spectrum. He likes to travel, meet and absorb all types of experiences to find inspiration for his literary ambitions.
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). He is one of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers, 2012. John’s poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the UK and America, on many online sites. .and in The New Binary Press Anthology of Poetry, The Stony Thursday Book, The Scaldy Detail 2013, Conversations with a Christmas Bulb (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2013), The Poetry of Sex, (Penguin, 2014), Fatherhood Anthology (Emma Press UK, 2014), The Fate of Berryman Anthology (Arlen House, 2014) The Launchpad Children’s poetry book and The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work, Hibernian Writers Anthology (Alba Press, 2015).
Carla Scarano D’Antonio moved to England (Lancashire then Surrey) in 2007 from Rome (Italy) and started attending creative writing courses. She obtained a Degree of Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Merit at Lancaster University in October 2012. Her work was published in Shipwrights (an online Swedish Review), Purple Patch, First Edition magazine, Northern Life, audio Flax Anthologies: Vanishing Act (Flax 020), Flash Mob (Flax 026), Cake, the Beautiful Dragons anthologies Heavenly Bodies and My Dear Watson, London Grip, Lighthouse, South and Poetry News. She self-published a poetry pamphlet, A Winding Road, in 2011 and won the First Prize of the John Dryden Translation Competition 2016. The prize was awarded for translation of some poems by Eugenio Montale that Keith Lander and Carla co-translated. She publishes recipes, travel journals and opinions on her blog: carlascarano.blogspot.co.uk/ She is currently working on a PhD on Margaret Atwood’s work at the University of Reading. Website: http://www.carlascaranod.co.uk/
John Short was born in Liverpool and studied comparative religion at Leeds university and creative writing at Liverpool university with the poet and lecturer Richard Hill. Later he spent some years in Europe as an agricultural worker, production operative and language teacher before settling for a long period in Greece where he developed a passion for the language and the music. In 2003 he was included in the Pterodactyl’s wing anthology of Welsh poetry (Parthian Books) and around 2009 began submitting work on a more regular basis to the small press. His poems and stories have appeared in many magazines in the UK, Spain, France and the USA, most recently Prole, Dream Catcher, Ink Sweat& Tears and Black Market Re-View. He’s a member of the Liver Bards poetry group and reads at venues around Liverpool.
Jane Simmons is a former teacher/lecturer who has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She is now a PhD student at the university of Leicester, where she is working on The Lyric Self: lyric poetry as a medium for autobiographical life-writing in the work of contemporary British women poets – with a collection of original poems. Jane has published a collection of poetry, from darkness into light, and she is currently working on a novel and a second collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs her work in the Lincoln area.
Linda Stevenson is a Melbourne poet. Her Chapbook The Tipping Point is a collection of ecopoems published in 2015 by Blank Rune Press. Her recent poetry appears in literary journals, both online and in print.
dana st. mary is a lifelong devourer of books and tall tales told by strangers, in odd places. he spent over fifteen years as an alaskan deckhand on halibut, black cod, and crab boats. he spent twenty plus years as a traveler and inveterate storyteller. north america is his particular bailiwick. he now sleeps in a bed, under a roof, with his wife (colleen) and two exceptionally handsome children (patrick and irene).
Megan Stratford‘s work can be read in Shot Glass Journal, Runestone Journal, North Dakota Quarterly and Weasel Press’s anthology: How Well You Walk Through Madness. She currently attends Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Massage Therapy.
Yong Takahashi won the Chattahoochee Valley Writers National Short Story Contest and the Writer’s Digest’s Write It Your Way Contest. She was a finalist in The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest, Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest, and Georgia Writers Association Flash Fiction Contest. Some of her works appear in Cactus Heart, Crab Fat Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Gemini Magazine, Meat for Tea and Twisted Vines. To read some of Yong’s stories, please visit: www.yctwriter.com.
Mark Tarren is a poet and writer based in Queensland, Australia. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various literary journals including The New Verse News, The Blue Nib, Poets Reading The News, Street Light Press, Spillwords Press and Tuck Magazine.
Jean Taylor belongs to Words on Canvas – a group of writers who work in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland. Her poetry has been published in a range of publications including Orbis, Northwords Now, Eildon Tree, and Envoi as well as online on Snakeskin, Amaryllis and Ink, Sweat and Tears.
Clint Wastling was born in Beverley, Yorkshire and returned there in the mid-1990s after a spell in London as a chemistry teacher. Five years ago he went part time and began a career in FE. Clint was born in Beverley, Yorkshire and returned there in the mid-1990s after a spell in London as a chemistry teacher. Five years ago he went part time and began a career in FE. He has written two novels The Geology of Desire and Tyrants Rex. He appears at open mics and literature festivals across the country, reading stories, sections from his novels, and poetry. His short stories have been published around the world. Two full length plays have been produced in the USA by Shoestring Radio Theatre.
Nadia Wolnisty is the submissions editor of ThimbleLitMag.com. Her work has appeared in Spry, Apogee, Anti-Heroin Chic, *Isaucoustic, McNeese Review, Paper & Ink, and others. She has chapbooks from Cringe-Worthy Poetry Collective and from Finishing Line Press and a full-length from Spartan. Her third chapbook is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.