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Karen Poppy – author’s biography

Karen Poppy has work included in The American Journal of Poetry, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, ArLiJo, Wallace Stevens Journal, and Chaleur Magazine. An attorney licensed in California and Texas, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find her at https://karenpoppy.wordpress.com/publications/

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Micah James Bauman – author’s biography

Micah James Bauman enjoys photography and audio/video production, as well as poetry and word play. He has read his poems at local art galleries and poetry gatherings, including Faustina’s in Lewisburg, The Station Gallery in Lock Haven, and the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre. Micah’s first published work was in pages of The Lock Haven …

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Sally McHugh – author’s biography

Sally McHugh lives in Galway and started writing poetry in 2017. She had her first publication ‘Dunmore East’ in 2018 in ROPES2018. She enjoys making art and crafts.

James Walton author’s bio

James Walton was a librarian, a farm labourer, a cattle breeder, and mostly a public sector union official. He is published in many anthologies, journals, and newspapers. He has been shortlisted for the ACU National Literature Prize, the MPU International Prize, and the James Tate Prize. His poetry collections include The Leviathan’s Apprentice, Walking Through …

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Denise O’Hagan

Denise O’Hagan is an editor by trade. Born and raised in Italy, she lived in the UK before emigrating to Australia. She holds an MA in Bibliography and Textual Criticism and works in publishing. She has published fiction (short stories, published by Papyrus Publishing and Bewildering Stories) and poetry. Her poems are published in New …

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PW Covington biography

PW Covington writes in the beat tradition of the North American highway. He lives in Northern New Mexico, two blocks off of Historic Route 66, and his latest book, a collection of flash fiction, is titled, “North Beach and Other Stories”. www.PWCovington.com

Vivien Jones

Vivien’s first poetry collection – About Time, Too – was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2010. In that same year, she won the Poetry London Prize. She has completed a second short fiction collection on a theme of women amongst warriors – White Poppies (2012). Her second poetry collection –‘Short of Breath’ – was published in November 2014 by …

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Tim Kalbach

Tim Kalbach If Tim travels about 584 million miles each year (1.6 million miles a day) at a speed of 66,627 mph within a solar system that moves at a speed of 448,000 mph within the Milky Way Galaxy, and will, in about 4 billion years, collide with the Andromeda Galaxy (the two are rushing toward …

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dana st. mary

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 …

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Clint Wastling

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. …

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Andrea Potos

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. …

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Fred Johnston

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 …

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Steve Cawte

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 …

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Jim Bennett

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 …

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Colm Ó Ciarnáin

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. …

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Leanne Neill

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 …

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Mike Jenkins author bio

His next book of poetry out soon is a collection in Merthyr dialect ‘From Aberfan t Grenfell’ ( Culture Matters), with illustrations by Swansea artist Alan Perry. Co-editor of ‘Red Poets’ magazine for 25 years and former editor of ‘Poetry Wales’.   Regular blogger on website www.mikejenkins.net .    Winner of Wales Book of the Year for collection of …

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Nigel Burch – author’s biography

Nigel Burch (born 1954 in Braintree, Essex) is an east London songwriter, musician, poet, and graphic artist now based in the London Borough of Hackney.[1] Musically covering the genres of punk, rock, folk, and anti-folk, Burch has collaborated with Kevin Coyne, John Cooper Clarke, Andrew Ranken (of The Pogues),[2] and had an ongoing pen pal …

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Thomas Bailey – author’s biography

Thomas Bailey: Tom is 21 years-old, and lives in London. He is currently studying English at Cambridge, and is editor of his college’s annual poetry publication. His work has been published in Agenda’s Online Broadsheet, The Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Acumen’s Young Poets Section, Off the Block, and The Cambridge Student, among other places. When he gets …

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Simon Perchik – Author’s Biography

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 …

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Reviews Editor

Jane Simmons appointed Reviews Editor We are delighted to welcome our new Reviews  Editor, Jane Simmons, onto our team. Jane has contributed numerous fine reviews to the Blue Nib over the months and has proved herself to be a knowledgeable and skilful reviewer.Jane will be a real asset to The Blue Nib. She is a former teacher/lecturer …

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Shirley Bell – author bio

Shirley Bell is the poetry editor and the editor in chief of The Blue Nib. 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 and as a result, she has collected together all …

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Mimi Gladman – author bio

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 …

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Jane Simmons – author bio

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 …

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Simran Keshwani – biography

Simran Keshwani is an India based author currently pursuing her  Masters research in Sydney, Australia. Her literary career has been based on exploring the question of spaces – personal, private, public, closed, open, empty, hollow and full and how they interact viz-a-viz the performances of being in the 21st Century. Her first book, Becoming Assiya,  explores …

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Aurora M. Lewis – biography

Aurora M. Lewis is a retiree, having worked in financial institutions for over 40 years.  In her late 50’s she received a Certificate in Creative Writing-General Studies, with honors from UCLA.  Aurora’s poems, short stories, and nonfiction have been accepted by The Literary Hatchet, Gemini Magazine, Persimmon Tree, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Jerry Jazz Magazine, to name …

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 Cathy Donelan – biography

Bio: Cathy Donelan is a writer from the west of Ireland. Her fiction has appeared in ROPES, The Honest Ulsterman, Dodging The Rain, The Nottingham Review, Spontaneity, The Lamp Graduate Journal, Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine and A New Ulster’s 2017 anthology ‘The Hidden and Divine: Female Voices in Ireland’. Her poetry has appeared in …

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Kenneth Robbins – biography

Kenneth Robbins is the author of  five published novels, 29 published plays, and numerous stories, essays, and memoirs. He is a past recipient of the Associated Writing Programs Novel Award and the Toni Morrison Prize for Fiction.

Tom Paine – biography

TOM PAINE’s poetry is upcoming or published in The Nation, Glasgow Review of Books, The Moth Magazine, Blackbox Manifold, Volt, Fence, Forklift, Ohio, Epiphany, The Common, Green Mountain Review, Tinderbox, Hunger Mountain, Hotel Amerika, Gulf Stream, Tampa Review, World Literature Today and elsewhere. Stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New England …

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Nathan Fidler, biography

Nathan Fidler lives in Nottingham, working as a copywriter while reviewing film and music in his spare time. He writes his own music under the moniker King Fringe and thinks of Bill Murray as his spirit guide

Emma Lee – biography

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.

DJ Tyrer

DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing, was placed second in the 2015 Data Dump Award for Genre Poetry, and has been published in issues of Amulet, California Quarterly, Carillon, The Dawntreader, Haiku Journal, The Pen, and Tigershark, and online at Atlas Poetica, Bindweed, Poetry Pacific, and Scarlet Leaf Review, as well as releasing several chapbooks, including the critically acclaimed Our Story. DJ Tyrer’s website is at http://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/ The …

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Appointment of our new Fiction Editor

New Fiction Editor At The Blue Nib. We are delighted to welcome our new Fiction Editor, Mimi Gladman, onto our team.Mimi 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 …

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