The Blue Nib

Poetry

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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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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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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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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Brina Platt

Brina Platt was born in Lincoln City, Oregon in 1994. She devotes her writing to raising awareness on mental illness and the escapism found in traveling. Her poems have been published in Esprit Magazine and Ripple Magazine. She currently studies at Kingston University of London where she is working on completing an MFA.

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Mark G Pennington

Mark G Pennington is a writer based in Kendal and he is the author of Barren Stories for Moonlit Mannequins, (Dempsey & Windle 2018) which is his debut collection of poetry. He has recently been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and his poems have appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies including Scarlet Leaf Review, …

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Stephanie Hempel

Stephanie Hempel was created in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Nebraska where pine trees tell stories by the direction of the sunrise. She earned an undergraduate degree in English writing from Wayne State College, where she learned the value of silence, language, and the biology of dirt roads. She is uprooting to Boulder, Colorado in the summer of …

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Jeremy Nathan Marks

Jeremy Nathan Marks is an American living in London, Canada. Recent writing appears/is appearing in The London Free Press, OTV Magazine, The Black Lion Journal, Chiron Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Mojave River, The Wire’s Dream, Unlikely Stories, Landlocked Lyres, Alien Pub, The Blue Hour IV, and The Wild Word. His self-published poetry collection Facebook Friend …

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Megan Stratford

Megan has been nominated and accepted as one of twenty individuals into Juniper Writer’s Institute. Her work can be read in Shot Glass Journal, Runestone Journal and Weasel Press’s anthology: How Well You Walk Through Madness. In 2017-2018 she acted as Associate Editor for Poetry City, U.S.A. in Minneapolis, MN. Megan currently attends Northwestern Health …

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5 poems by Joan Colby

Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship …

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5 poems by Ann Howells

Ann Howells, of Dallas, Texas, has edited Illya’s Honey eighteen years, recently digitally at www.IllyasHoney.com. Recent book: Under a Lone Star (Village Books Press, 2016) and an anthology of D/FW poets she edited: Cattlemen & Cadillacs (Dallas Poets Community Press, 2016). Her chapbook, Softly Beating Wings (Blackbead Books, 2017), was published as winner of the …

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4 poems — collaboration: Jayant Kashyap and Lisa Stice

Jayant Kashyap lives in live in Purnea, India, and he is the co-founding editor of Bold + Italic, with poems published around the world in quite a few print anthologies and e-zines, including The Ekphrastic Review, StepAway and Rigorous magazines. One of his poems was featured in the Healing Words award ceremony in London, in …

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Poetry from Kevin Griffin, Byron Beynon, Rie Sheridan Rose, David Ratcliffe and Michael H. Brownstein

Byron Beynon’s poems and essays have appeared in several publications including London Magazine, Chiron Review, Crannog, Southlight, Cyphers and Poetry Wales. He co-ordinated the Wales section of the anthology Fifty Strong (Heinemann). Collections include Cuffs (Rack Press) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).   HÔTEL DIEU, ARLES At noon I entered the old hospital, a …

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5 poems from Will Reger

Will Reger is a founding member of the CU (Champaign-Urbana) Poetry Group (cupoetry.com), has a Ph.D. from UIUC, teaches at Illinois State University in Normal, and has published most recently with Front Porch Review, Chiron Review, Paterson Literary Review, Zingara Poetry Review (forthcoming),  Innisfree Poetry Journal (forthcoming), and Broadkill Review (forthcoming). His first chapbook is Cruel …

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Editorial Issue 34

Well, as you will see from Dave’s article, this is the last e-zine for the magazine, which will become a quarterly print magazine instead. It will be a large one as it will hold the same amount of content as the e-zines but obviously collected together into one print issue. In his article Dave has explained what …

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5 poems from our featured poet, Clifton Redmond

Clifton Redmond lives in Carlow, Ireland with his wife and son. He is a member of the Carlow Writer’s Co-operative and studies at Carlow College Saint Patrick’s. His work has appeared in various print and online journals in Ireland, Britain and America. He has been long listed for the Over the Edge Poetry Contest and …

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5 poems by Bev Smith

Sometimes we find ourselves in the damnedest places. Stumbling around in the dark,  poetry was the shade I needed before I could tolerate the sun again ~ Equine professional since high school. Horseman since birth. I train dressage horses and riders in Texas on our family farm with my husband and two sons.   dear sisters our …

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