Matthew Abuelo is a writer, professional blogger and award winning poet. He has three books out, Last American Roar and Organic be found an Hotels on lulu.com, His third book "The News Factory" was released by Plain view Press. He is working on his first novel, "The Nowhere People" and a forth collection of poetry, "Land Of The Cheated". He is currently a journalist for the online news site Examiner and he most recently worked for the Times Square Chronicles as a housing rights journalist and political commentator. Matthew Abuelo has performed around Manhattan including at the forum The Poetry Project's marathon, which also featured, Pattie Smith Susan Vega, Lenny K, Steve Earle and many other icons.
Barbara Bixon writing under the name A.R. Alan has had many short stories, poems, and 14 Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Thrillers, and sexy books published. She's also sold comedic material to Joan Rivers and has been published in Playgirl Magazine. Her humorous book talks about sex, romance, and mystery will definitely entertain you. Worldwide travel and a career that brought her into contact with a never-ending stream of interesting personalities and celebrities fanned her already fertile imagination over the years and validate the vivid, often zany characters that people her novels. Barbara is also an avid environmentalist and played a major role in saving a New Jersey/New York mountain range from developers. It will remain open space forever. Screenplays available for: "The House Of Cupcakes, The CB (Chocolate Brown) Social Club, and Do I Flaunt My Fat, Or Jump Off A Bridge? Please check out her website: aralanbooks.com
Anetsberger, Kim: (Artist for WritingRaw.com)
Kim Anetsberger's experiences in the arts date back to 7th grade when she drew a very fantastic drawing of her shoe, an assignment the entire class had, but only few, including her, really excelled at. When talking about herself and how far back her love of art goes, she refuses to say that she has been drawing since she could hold a crayon, because really, who hasn't? Anetsberger isn't special, and neither is any other artist. Everyone is just getting by, living their lives, and although no one is more special than the person next to them, everyone's view of the world is unique. What Anetsberger thinks is really great about art is that it allows the viewer to experience the artist's unique view of the world and their interactions with it. Some artists, the ones we confuse ourselves into thinking are special, are better at this than others. Anetsberger strives to be as good at communicating her experiences through her art as genuinely as possible, so that one day, others might make the mistake of thinking that she too, is special. Anetsberger is currently working on her BFA at Johnson State College and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2016. She is excited to be participating in her very first group exhibit as part of the Art of Horror show at the Space Gallery in Burlington, Vermont.
Paraphrasing the words of the great Greek philosopher, Socrates, "Employ your time by improving, using the writings of other men so that you can gain easily what they labored for", "Mr. Ben", as he is fondly called, is poised to impact humanity in all spheres of life and human recognition. With his knowledge zenith, he is willing to disseminate valued and ageless information to all interested persons, groups and organizations regarding what he toiled to gain over the years. To depict this feat, he has written over twenty breath-taking masterpieces that cut across almost every literary category to help improve the cause, shape and existence of many fields of humanity: sexuality, fictions (stories) business anecdotes, science, home affairs, marriage, relationships, friendship, self-help, gender issues, life matters, motivational and inspirational interests, educational/academic matters, and many more. He is still counting! Writing the literary genres as showcased in his blog, mybookpublication, Mr. Ben tags himself a G.A.N.G writer. In his words, "G.A.N.G is an acronym which means G-Generally A-Appreciating N-Notable G-Genres."
Although not employed by anyone other than myself, I am hardly retired. A long time ago, when people paid me to do stuff, I was a full-time artist, but then moved on to writing fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction essays. My six eBooks are available at Amazon, plus I have a personal website (www.dragonia.net) which displays both my accumulated artworks and writings over the past 40 years. My wife, two cats, and I live in Arizona, USA, all of us still waiting patiently for that boat, plane, or spaceship to "come in," as they say.
Julie Ardelean was born in Indianapolis, IN and is a graduate of DePauw University where she was recipient of Roy and Anna Kennedy Prize in Creative Writing for Fiction. She has published both prose and poetry in various small publications both online and in print. Currently she works for an education non-profit by day, but continues to write whenever she can. "It Died in Chicago, the Same Way it Came" is a short story which takes place unsurprisingly in Chicago, a city where things are simultaneously being born and being broken nearly every moment. The story is simply about two people who used to love each other who - quite simply - realize that they do not love each other anymore. It is, for all intents and purposes, the end of a love story and an honest exploration of the great sadness when we cannot will ourselves back into the people we used to be. "The Left" is an excerpt of a larger story, "The Things She Touched," which are both attached to this email. "The Things She Touched" is the story of two sisters, Daphne and Quinn, whose mother leaves them and their father when they are impressionable preteens. It charts their reactions, their memories, their anger, their ways of coping. Ultimately it is a story of growing up, a story of navigating the unexpected the people who wind up next to us, and a story not of the mother who leaves but of the family who is left and who ultimately stays.
Marie Castronuovo Ascolese has been writing since she was a kid. Although she now lives in New Jersey with her husband of 20-many years and her four children, the ethnic Brooklyn neighborhood of her childhood continues to serve her imagination well. "Prisoners Of War" is a work of fiction, but her colorful Brooklyn Street is real. Likely, the colors have changed since 1970, but the author is sure they're still as vibrant.
I live in Ohio with my partner and many furry friends. Since my retirement I have had several short pieces published along with books for children, mystery lovers, science fiction gurus and suspense enthusiastic readers alike.
Travis G. Baker lives in Orono, Maine where he writes plays and short stories and a blog about youth sports. His work has been published in Spry Lit, Masons Road, Stolen Island, Puckerbrush Review and Hawk & Handsaw among others. He's won a Berrilla Kerr Award and a Clauder New England Playwrights Prize. He wrote a novel, Night and the Texas Sky, and his play, Hair Frenzy, will debut at the Penobscot Theatre Company next season. He received his MFA from Fairfield University and teaches composition and creative writing at the University of Maine.
Sylvester Barzey is a Soldier, a marketing major, a new husband and a father to a one year old boy. Yet with all those labels his still seeking one more: A writer. It's a title that his always wanted, and this time his pushing for it more than his ever done before. He takes his favorite hobbies, his daily day to day life and turns them into poems and short stories, in hopes of being heard.
Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn't make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks and 1 other accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways (Winter Goose Publishing). Perceptions and Displays will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections has been accepted for publication (Black Rose Writing). His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City
Vivian Belford is a freelance writer by day, and an aspiring actor by night she has been writing professionally since 2013. Her Mantra: *Put on some lip gloss, pour yourself a drink, sit back and have a really good laugh, the world is one big comedy. She writes from Abuja Nigeria.
William Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope, accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over-evaluating his contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to recite the following which so far he hasn't been able to attribute to anyone: "A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem." You will find Mr. Belle's unbridled stream of consciousness here (wqebelle.blogspot.ca) or @here (https://twitter.com/wqbelle).
Jon Bennett is a Pushcart Award nominated poet who writes and plays music in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. His novel, "The Unfat," speculative science fiction involving autism, as well as his cd "Submarine," are available through his website, jonbennett. You can also find him on Pandora.com and Amazon.com.
Dennis J Bernstein is author, most recently, of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, which received the 2012 Literary Achievement Award from Artist Embassy International. His poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Chimaera, Bat City Review, The Progressive, Texas Observer, ZYZZYVA, Red River Review, etc Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, writes that Special Ed "…is art turned to us through the eyes of love." Carol Smaldino says in The Huffington Post that the poems remind us how "…we are all connected to the sorrows as well as to the grandness of being human…
Karen Mary Berr was born in France, where she studied Applied Arts and Art History. She lived in Bosnia, Lebanon and Canada, before returning to France in 2004. Short films based on her poetry have been featured on Moving Poems, Hypocrite Design Magazine and File Electronic Language (Highlike) and screened in festivals. Her poems have been published in Lost Coast, El Aleph Press, Deep Water Journal, Construction, and other reviews.
I graduated from Kutztown University (PA) in '62 with an Art Education BS and a minor in English. I did quite a bit of educational writing during my 40 year teaching career in PA, NJ, UT and FL. I was published by Prentice-Hall with Every Child An Artist which can still be found on the internet...it's a classic, full of art lessons that anyone can teach to any level student. I co-wrote Save Our Schools with R. Robinson. It is a thoroughly comprehensive school reform plan which should be implemented in every school in the U.S. (I'm not kidding!) You can check my website for info. about both of the above on.... thesensuousdisciple.com.... the name of the novel which I've written in 3 books...and haven't found a publisher as yet. I've been published by Mirror Publishing House with 2 children's books and lead a writing group for The Florida Writers Association called "Sebring Scribblers and Scribes." My daughter, Juliette Pokletar, has been a frequent presenter to your magazine!
Ava Bird is an American based poet, writer, editor, reviewer, producer, magical elixir maker and more! Her poetic works are printed in historical anthologies, academic journals, spiritual publications, online, recorded for radio and exhibited in galleries. She has published two books of poetry and prose 'the new now' and 'rage against the war machine' and is an organizer for the worldwide poetry movement 100thousand poets for change. Connect @ facebook:avabirdpoetic
Mark Blickley's latest book is Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press). He is a proud member of PEN American Center and the Dramatists Guild. His play, Beauty Knows No Pain, will open this November at the 13th Street Repertory Theater in NYC. His text based art collaboration with photographer Amy Bassin, Dream Streams, was exhibited this summer at The 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island.
I am a writer by nature. Both my parents were English teachers so I grew up in the classroom. My mother encouraged me to write. After her death in 2002, I started writing and never stopped. I've written poems and some short stories. I've been published in a school magazine named Reflections Magazine. I was also published in my local newspaper after winning a contest about my family history. I was seven at the time. I was born and raised in Central Florida and currently living in South Florida. I am Transgender (female to male) and slowly transitioning.
Casey Bottono is an author and poet. She is currently conducting experiments in writing from the body, art as personal growth as art (for artists and ordinary mortals) and the boundaries between you and me as we evolve, heal and discover emerging ways of being together. She invites you to connect and join the experiment at caseybottono.com.
Dan Boylan is an ageing Yorkshireman, a well-traveled army veteran and ex prison guard. He has been writing articles and travel features for a series of magazines and publications for some 25 years. His favourite genre is short fiction, usually liberally sprinkled with intrigue, humour and a twist in the tale/tail. He has been a member of Fareham Writers for over seven years which has produced over sixty short stories, dramas and rattling good yarns.
I'm 30 years old and originally from North Carolina but I now live in New York. I've been writing since I was a child my favorite genre is horror and I love to write poetry (especially emotive poetry) and I'm currently working on a novel and will hopefully put together a book of my poetry very soon.
Adam Levon Brown is a published Poet and Author residing in Eugene, Oregon. He has 2 published collections of poetry and has been featured in several places, including First Literary Review - East, Section 8 Magazine, and The Stray Branch Magazine.
I am a founder member of Fareham Writers. I write brilliant prose in my head but when I sit in front of the screen it has all floated away never to return. However, I just love writing. I am passionate about challenging injustice and my interests are global politics and international law. I can't change the world but I like to think that sometimes I can encourage readers to think outside the box.
Educator, lecturer, performance poet, eclectic thinker, mentor with staunch multi-cultural mindset and entrepreneurial attitude, Anca Mihaela Bruma considers herself a global citizen, having lived in four continents. Her eclecticism can be seen in her intertwined studies, she pursued: a Bachelor of Arts (Romania) and a Master of Business Administration (Australia). The author labels her own writings as being "mystically sensual", a tool and path for women to claim their own inner feminine powers. She uses poetics as a form of literary education, self-discovery and social engagement. Through her writings she surpasses what seems to be the limitations of the human but emphasizing the essence of the woman, of the Goddess. The main theme, Love, is basically presented as a transformative experience in life, the energizing force in the universe and empowering the creative feminine. When she writes she sees a painting in front of her eyes, using symbolism and allegory in order to capture the infinite intelligence gathering the reflections of truth with a strong mystic sense of the boundless, of the opening out of the world of our normal finite expressions into the transcendental. Like an architect of a language she builds a language within a language, a world within a world, using vivid, sometimes surreal, imagery, giving her poetry a feeling of transcendence. Her writings reflect her spiritual autobiography, with depictions of hidden reality, with no limitations of space and time, - a quantum view of Existence. Currently, she sees her writings as a practice of being present within the language, a paradigm of living encoded within the message itself, a poetic consciousness with a spherical view of Life and Love. It is related to the realization of the greater self beyond the mundane and established laws of the society: as an expression of both the rational and the intuitive, in the concise poetic form, increasing one's mindfulness with expanded, even unfamiliar meanings. Anca sees her writing as an act of Creation, in which the pain transcends into Beauty, allowing a profound healing process to take place. She, as a poet, alchemically heals herself through this process and subsequently heals all who are touched by her writings. She considers that is the main purpose of ART, to Heal and Elevate the minds and souls of the readers! To listen to "Hindsight" on music, recital done by Anca Mihaela Bruma, in collaboration with Johnny Alici, CLICK HERE. I do hope you will like it.
Mara Buck writes and paints within a self-constructed hideaway in the Maine woods --- she hopes to leave soon. Awarded or short-listed by the Faulkner Society, the Hackney Awards, Carpe Articulum, her work appears in Drunken Boat, HuffPost, Crack the Spine, Blue Fifth, Apocrypha, Tishman Review, Stepping Stones, Living Waters, Orion, Pithead Chapel, The Lake, The Linnet's Wings, plus anthologies. A novel is forthcoming.
Brigid Burke writes fiction and poetry dealing with the darker aspects of human behavior. She's been published previously in Writing Raw, Static Movement, Dark Gothic Resurrected, Open Magazine, Danse Macabre, Long Story Short, and Death Head Grin. She is also a librarian, professor, and doctoral student.
Brian Burmeister is Program Chair of English and Communication at Ashford University. He co-wrote Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment, published by Ice Cube Press, and his writing has appeared in 50-Word Stories, Eunoia Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review. He can be followed @bdburmeister.
Salvatore Buttaci has enjoyed seeing his writings published in The New York Sunday News, Writer's Digest, The Writer, Cats Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cup of Comfort, and many other publications. He is the author of two short-short story collections Flashing My Shorts and 200 Shorts, both published by All Things That Matter Press, and available at Amazon.com. He lives with his wife Sharon in West Virginia.
Jefferson Carter has lived in Tucson since 1953. Currently, he is a passionate volunteer for Sky Island Alliance, a local environmental organization. Jefferson was a featured reader at the Tucson Poetry Festival in 2007 and at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2009, 2012, and 2013. His work has appeared in journals like Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, Cream City Review, Barrow Street and New Poets of the American West. His fourth chapbook, Tough Love, won the Riverstone Poetry Press award. Chax Press (Tucson) published Sentimental Blue in 2007, My Kind of Animal in 2010, and Get Serious: New and Selected Poems, which was named a Southwest Best Book in 2013 by the Tucson/Pima County Public Library.
I am a retired attorney and practiced law in Columbus, Ohio for more than 20 years. I was diagnosed at age 53 with breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy, and radiation over 10 months in 2007. I retired to my hometown of Michigan City, IN, where I cared for my parents until their deaths in 2010. I write memoir and poetry, tutor dyslexic children at the Michigan City Public Library, and serve on the Michigan City Public Library Board of Trustees.
Yuan Changming, an 8-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China, started to learn English at 19 and published several monographs on translation before moving to Canada. Currently co-editing Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver, Yuan has poetry appearing in 1009 literary publications across 32 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review.
Embe Charpenter has been most recently published in Science Fiction Romance Quarterly, Litro NY and Romance Flash. Her award-winning Nanowrimo novel Vouchsafe remains on display at jukepop.com. She writes feature articles for her local newspaper and works with teen writers and teachers on the art of narrative writing.
Kanchan Chatterjee is a 47 year old male executive, working in the ministry of finance, government of India. He is from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand India. Although he does not have any literary background, he loves poetry and scribbles as and when he feels the urge. His poems have appeared in various online and print journals, namely, 'Eclectic eel', 'Mad Swirl', 'Shot Glass Journal', 'Jellyfish Whisperer' , 'Bare Hands Poetry' , 'River Muse', 'Decanto' 'Ygradsil' , 'Off the Coast', 'Red Booth Review' 'Electric Windmill Press' 'Under the Basho', 'Oddity', 'Coldnoon', 'Randomly Accessed Poetics', 'Cease Cows' 'A hundred gourds' , 'Camroc press'etc.
Carissa Chesanek is a professional writer in the Miami area. Her work has been seen in Redbook, Forbes Travel Guide, Booklist, The Miami Herald and ZAGAT Miami. She's also an aspiring fiction writer working on short stories focused on love, murder and revenge, along with a psychological thriller novel that was recently nominated for the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence with Mystery Writers of America.
Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury is in her third year of PhD at Durham University. She is the co-editor of the journal, Postgraduate English, Durham University's online peer-reviewed literary journal and has published academic articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her poem 'Half-Past Ennui is due to be published in the Literary Journal 'The Poeming Pigeon' in October, 2015.
M.J. Cleghorn was born in anchorage Alaska. Her Athabaskan and Eyak heritage gave her a love of poetry. M.J. now lives and writes near the banks of the Matanuska river in the Palmer Butte, Alaska, where the moose, wild dog, roses and salmonberries.
Jack Coey did the things male people do in this world: played Little League as a boy, went to school, college & got married, had children & worked in a store. The wisdom he has to share is that if you want to be a writer he says you have to read, read, read. What he knows is far more interesting than what he's done.
Many moons ago, when I was a young man I wrote two stage plays that were performed widely in Ireland. Due to many 'ups-an-downs' in life i gave up writing until relatively recently. I have since written the novel 'Referne' and many short stories. I live in County Wexford, in the South-East of Ireland.
Theron Couch spends his days as a wine merchant and his nights as a writing addict. "Truths to Lie For" is his first published short story, and he's previously written a novel entitled The Loyalty of Pawns. He somehow endures the temperate weather and natural beauty of the San Francisco bay area. Follow him on Twitter (@theroncouch) or Facebook.
PW Covington is a 100% disabled combat veteran and a convicted felon. He has been active in the Texas Indie Lit scene since the 1990's and his third poetry collection, Sacred Wounds, was published this summer by Slough Press. Covington's work has been featured in both academic journals and underground 'zines, and he travels in the Beat tradition, sharing his works from the Texas/Mexico border to the San Francisco Bay area. His work is fueled by the legend and people of the great American highway. He lives in rural south central Texas with his English bulldog, Chesty. Follow him on Twitter @BeatPW"
PW Covington is a 100% disabled combat veteran and a convicted felon. He has been active in the Texas Indie Lit scene since the 1990's and his third poetry collection, Sacred Wounds, was published this summer by Slough Press. Covington's work has been featured in both academic journals and underground 'zines, and he travels in the Beat tradition, sharing his works from the Texas/Mexico border to the San Francisco Bay area. His work is fueled by the legend and people of the great American highway. He lives in rural south central Texas with his English bulldog, Chesty. Follow him on Twitter @BeatPW"
David Curran is a former Editor-In-Chief of the University of Montana's CutBank Magazine. He has an MFA from the University of Montana in Creative Writing Fiction, an MA from the University of Montana in Interpersonal Communication, a BS from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Journalism and a BS in Chemistry from Manhattan College in the Bronx. His fiction has appeared in Magazines ranging from Louis L'Amour Western Magazine to Bugle. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest, Writer's Market and The Writer. He is a filmmaker and is David Curran IV on imdb.com. He currently lives way-off grid in the Montana Wilderness with his wife of 44 years Patricia.
Now in my late 50's I left school at 15 years old only 3 months after "making" grade 8 has been in many ways a drawback involving my literary goals as I only starting "writing" in late December 2007 and has been a huge learning curb for me, I am still tackling how verbs, adjectives, nouns, syllables, etc, work. As a poet, and recently a memoire/short story writer, I have had wonderful support, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia and worldwide. My love for writing and the impact it has on everyday people, has, definitely been an inspiration to continue with something I honestly enjoy, and, if I inspire one person to write and or showcase their work, then I have done my job.
My poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. I am the author of "As We Refer To Our Bodies" (2013, 8th House), "Temporary Champions" (2014, Main Street Rag), "The Pony Governor" (2015, After the Pause Press), and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2015, 8th House). I am the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. I am currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and children.
Nicholas Denmon studied English at the University of Florida. He started story telling from the moment he could talk and has spent a lifetime perfecting the art. He has authored the best-selling crime novel, For Nothing, as well as its sequel Buffalo Soldiers. The final installment of his An Upstate New York Mafia Tale, Ashes to Ashes, is due out later in 2015. He also has another release scheduled for a coming of age novel, The Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax. His life has been varied, giving him no shortage of material. Some of his unique experiences include growing up with a schizophrenic mother, having six brothers and sisters (of which he is the middle-younger child), a perfectionist father, an evil step-mother, a college life to rival Tucker Max, and working for politicians on the Presidential as well as local stage. He has been, at times, a devout Catholic, a closet atheist, and an honorary member of the Jewish tribe. Nick's joy of art knows little in the way of limitations, as he loves unique paintings, music, acting, film, and of course writing.
Margot DeSalvo, a surveyor of this world through a poetic lens, has been writing for over 10 years. An M.F.A graduate in 2008 from Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Margot has dedicated her time to teaching basic writing and college composition. Fueled by personal voids that are frequently expressed in her poetry, Margot provokes herself and her students to continuously seek personal development.
My name is Damien. I am a 31 year old hobby writer I suppose I should call myself living in Limerick in Ireland. I work full time at front office in a busy hotel and I am the father of two incredible young boys. I write mostly for enjoyment and to appease the soul. I have had one story accepted for publication recently which will be published in Silver Apples magazine around mid-May.
Larry Duncan currently lives smallest apartment in Long Beach, CA. Where he writes, drinks, and wakes up at an ungodly hour to go to work every day. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various print and online publications, including Juked, the Mas Tequila Review, Citizens for Decent Literature, the Muddy River Poetry Review, Mused, and the Fat City Review. His Chapbook Crossroads of Stars and White Lightning is available from Arroyo Seco Press. You can learn more about Larry and check out links to his writing at his website larry-duncan.
Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is university faculty and assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India; and author of two books on lesser known Indian languages: A Grammar of Hadoti and A Grammar of Bhadarwahi. As a poet, he has published around fifty poems in different anthologies, journals, and magazines worldwide. Until recently, his poem "Mother" has included as a prologue to Motherhood and War: International Perspectives (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014.
Born and raised in London, England, I've always loved to write mainly as a tool to shed the weight off my mind. I work in adland so there's a fair bit of weight to shed. I jest, of course. I've written plays, poetry, short stories - all mainly for pleasure. I did have a short play performed at a prestigious London theatre which is my proudest writing moment - so far. I intend to extend that list before I expire.
Michael Enevoldsen is a poet and photographer, who lives in Denmark, just outside the capital of Copenhagen. He has education as both a gardener and preschool teacher. The latter he finished at the University College of the city of Roskilde in 2015. His interests include literature, metaphysics, philosophy, meditation and nature - particularly bird watching and hiking. His poems have appeared in some international magazines, including Lummox Poetry Anthology 4 (USA) Calliope: Literary and Visual Arts Magazine (USA) Yellow Chair Review (USA), The Commonline Journal (USA), Time of Singing, (USA), Aquillrelle Anthology (Belgium) and Section 8 Magazine (one micropoem combined with two of his photos) (USA). Also he has works in the forthcoming issue of Madison's Lake Anthology and Indiana Voice Journal.
Robert Klein Engler lives in Omaha, Nebraska and sometimes New Orleans. Many of Robert's poems, stories, and paintings are set in the Crescent City. His long poem, "The Accomplishment of Metaphor and the Necessity of Suffering," set partially in New Orleans, is published by Headwaters Press, Medusa, New York, 2004. He has received an Illinois Arts Council award for his "Three Poems for Kabbalah." Link with him at Facebook.com to see examples of his recent work. Some of Mr. Engler's books are available at amazon.com. He is represented by Connect Gallery at 3901 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105.
Michael Estabrook is a recently retired baby boomer child-of-the-sixties poet freed finally after working 40 years for "The Man" and sometimes "The Woman." No more useless meetings under florescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms. Now he's able to devote serious time to making better poems when he's not, of course, trying to satisfy his wife's legendary Honey-Do List.
I am 75. I am a Londoner by birth, but lived all my married life (38 years) in a small village on the Essex coast. Later I moved to Wiltshire but as a leaving present to the village I produced a booklet outlining how the village came to be. This was only sold locally and made over £2000 for the village. I was quite proud of it, as you can imagine. Since retiring I have more time to write and got through to the national final of a W.I competition. As my interest grew I jointed Fareham Writers, who have given me lots of encouragement. Last winter I won a short story competition in Prima magazine which was included in their March edition this year and in April I had a poem included in the WI Hampshire magazine.
Raymond Farr lives in Ocala, FL. He has a dog, Jasper, a Min Pin/Chihuahua mix, that he walks a lot. He is author of Ecstatic/.of facts (Otoliths 2011), & Writing What For? across the Mourning Sky (Blue & Yellow Dog 2012), a chapbook, Eating the Word NOISE! (White Knuckle Chaps 2015) & a full length collection of poems Poetry in the Age of Zero Grav (Blue & Yellow Dog 2015). His chapbook, A Journey of Haphazard Miles, is slated for 2016 online publication by Alt Poetics. He is editor of Blue & Yellow Dog, which is now archived at blueyellowdog.weebly.com & publisher of a new poetry blog The Helios Mss at theheliosmss.blogspot.com
I'm a writer, artist and mother of four children, two girls and two boys. My oldest child is in Washington State going to college for archaeology. I'm an alumni from The Maine College of Art. For years, I created paper dolls and did craft shows. About ten years ago, I started writing novels and in 2011, I self-published my first mystery novel, Black Roses and two of my paper doll sets with Authorhouse. In the spring of last year, I self-published my first book in a fantasy trilogy, The Glorious Money Tree. I also published several recipe books, and later about eight poetry books with KDP. In January of this year, I self-published The Dolls with KDP. I'm currently working on a vampire novel and book two of my fantasy trilogy.
Christian Fennell, having recently completed his first novel, Urram Hill, a 2014 Black Ballon Publishing Horatio Nelson fiction prize finalist, and a William Faulkner - William Wisdom 2014 unpublished novel award semi-finalist, is currently working on his next novel, The Monkey King. His short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines and collected works, including: Tincture, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Carnival Magazine and Liquid Imagination, among others. His short story, "Under the Midnight Sun", was an Eric Hoffer Award, Best New Writing, 2015, finalist. In addition to writing fiction, Christian is the Fiction Editor at the Prague Revue.
Jay Frankston was raised in Paris, France. Narrowly escaping the Holocaust he came to the U.S. in 1942, became a lawyer and practiced on his own in New York for nearly twenty years, reaching the top of his profession, sculpting and writing at the same time. In 1972 he gave up law and New York and moved himself and his family to Northern California where he became a teacher and continued to sculpt and write.
He is the author of several books and of a true tale entitled "A Christmas Story" which was published in New York, condensed in Reader's Digest, translated into 15 languages, and called a Christmas Classic by many
reviewers. El Sereno, his latest novel, is a short epic set in Spain with authentic historical background. It took ten years and two trips to Madrid to complete.
C.S. Fuqua's books include White Trash & Southern ~ Collected Poems ~ Vol. I, Hush, Puppy! A Southern Fried Tale (children's picture book), Rise Up (short fiction collection), The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft, Trust Walk (short fiction collection), The Swing: Poems of Fatherhood, Divorced Dads, and Notes to My Becca, among others. His work has appeared in publications such as Main Street Rag, Pudding, Dark Regions, Iodine, Christian Science Monitor, Cemetery Dance, Bogg, Year's Best Horror Stories XIX, XX and XXI, Amelia, Slipstream, The Old Farmer's Almanac, The Writer, and Honolulu Magazine.
I lived most of my life in Conneaut, Ohio. I am a self-employed Housecleaner & self-published author. Just recently released my first poetry book called Unrequited Love which is a part of a 3 book series. Been writing since I was 14 in all genres. I have been published in one Anthology Book (2006), one Online magazine (2010), Several times in my Local Newspaper (2013-2015), Couple of times in a local Historical Newsletter in 2015 & Won 1st place in a local Writer's Group in 2011.
I live in NYC and Martha's Vineyard. I am a widow. Yiddish was my first language. I have published a few essays in the FORWARD as well as in the VINEYARD GAZETTE. I also have a chapter in Peter Simon's book ON THE VINEYARD II. I don't like swimming in water over my head, but used to sit on the back of motorcycles going 100 mph when I was 16 and insane. I started writing when I was 50.
As a Pushcart Prize nominee, Joseph Grant's short stories have been published in over 260 literary reviews. He also has two boxing novels published by Fight Card Productions. A collection of his short stories is being published in Europe this year.
Although Lind Grant-Oyeye was born in Nigeria, she considers herself multicultural. She has work published/ forthcoming in several international literary magazines. She tries to pitch in regarding social justice, equality and women issues and believes art is a language for change.
Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 550 poems published in more than 275 international journals and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995. Since then she has published eleven other books of poetry and six collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press in December 2012. More recently, her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series in October 2014. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; allisongrayhurst
Lo-Arna lives with her husband, two children and pet hermit crabs in Perth, Australia. When she isn't writing or daydreaming, she's usually found at her day job or on the beach, which both involve daydreaming.
Paul Green's work includes 'The Gestaltbunker - Selected Poems' (Shearsman Books 2012), two novels 'The Qliphoth' (Libros Libertad 2007) and 'Beneath the Pleasure Zones' (Mandrake 2014). He has had plays performed by BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio Canada, Capital Radio, Resonance FM, RTE Eire, Travesty Theatre and New Theatre Works, which have been collected in 'Babalon and Other Plays' (Scarlet Imprint 2015). Short fiction has appeared in Canadian Fiction Magazine, New Worlds, Small Worlds (University of Brighton), Brand (University of Greenwich), Unthology 2 and numerous on-line magazines. As Saul Wolfe he has also written the erotic thriller ' Space Virgins of the Third Reich'. Born in London, he studied at Oxford and the University of British Columbia. He's worked in teaching, freelance media and book selling. He now lives in Hastings on the UK's south coast, where he writes full-time.
Ananya S. Guha lives in Shillong in North East India. He has been writing and publishing poetry for the last thirty years and his poems have been published worldwide. This particular poem arose out of some kind of childhood crisis and trauma.
Brian Hartman lives in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He has been writing short stories for as long as he can remember. He is currently working on a mosaic novel, Long-Distance Dedications, which he hopes to have finished this year.
G. Louis Heath teaches at Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Mutiny Does Not Happen Lightly, The New Teacher, and The Hot Campus. He has published articles in such magazines as The Nation and The Progressive.
As a college graduate, my mom tells me "they think they know everything"… yes, we all learn until we pass on, but the problem is we all learn at different rates & we learn different ideas. As a baby boomer, I need to share what I am learning when I explore aging concepts. When I was 30, I worked with retirement residents and the weekly meeting requirement was to learn a few nursing aging gracefully concepts that seem to be coming back to me now that I need to know. As an official senior, age 60 I am only beginning to act as the parent to my parent. They always said the day would come, so read on if U like.
Steve Hood is an attorney and political activist. His work won an award from the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association and has been published in many places including Crack the Spine, Maudlin House, and the anthology Noisy Water. His chapbook From Here To Astronomy was published by Pudding House.
Dris Horton was born in California, raised in Louisiana and currently lives in Atlanta. He recently published his first novel, Pleasant Hill, a piece of historical fiction set in Civil War-era Louisiana. His second novel is due out next year, Sam's War, based on his late grandfather's experience as a B-17 pilot shot down in Nazi occupied Yugoslavia. Dris has also written several short stories and screenplays.
Corey Howard is a writer going insane paying the bill of a recent college graduate in Boston, Ma. He is a cook, an editor, a TA, a guitarist, a drinker, and importantly a poet (nicknamed Poet Howard for those who know him best). In the time he does have, he hosts an open mic style reading once a month in the living room of his house in Brighton, dubbed The Mammouth Readings. His poems have been published in Crack the Spine Magazine, Venture Magazine, and the 2014 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival Chap Book. He is trying not to act his age of 22.
Clifford Hui is a retired research biologist and writes fiction when he's in the mood. When he's not writing, his mood revolves around his collection of aloha shirts, his garden, and his Mainsqueeze. He lives and writes in Concord, California. A sampling of his published work can be found at CliffordHuiStoriesEtc.com.
Brandon Hursell was born in Northwest Indiana on February 6, 1982. He has worked there as an unknown poet and painter since the age of 19. He now lives in his home with his wife, Zuzanna Nguyen, and their menagerie of animals. He continues to work and make use of various techniques such as sensory deprivation, meditation, distance viewing, telepathic communication, etc., in order to analyze and report.
Writing under the name of iDrew to co-ordinate with her titles, Essex girl Drew has previously been published in various magazines both on-line and in print. She enjoys shopping, boys and clubs but claims these are all merely research for her writing. She is also one of the founding members of the Clueless Collective and can be found at: cluelesscollective.co.uk.
Shawn Inmon hails from Mossyrock, Washington--the setting for his first two books, Feels Like the First Time and Both Sides Now. His most recent novel is Second Chance Love. By day he works in real estate with a side of public speaking. Prior to that, he has DJed, sold stuff that you definitely wanted, cooked your hamburgers, fished for crabs in the Bering Sea, bought for department stores, and done business consulting. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn. He is a father of five, grandfather of five and best pal of two chocolate labs named Hershey and Sadie. He also serves the every whim of a slightly schizophrenic cat named Georgie Girl. You can follow his blog and see pictures from Feels Like the First Time and Both Sides Now at ShawnInmon.com. To keep current with his writing, please "Like" his Facebook page: ShawnInmonwriter. If you'd like a free copy of his novel Rock 'n Roll Heaven, join his New Release Alert List at http://bit.ly/1cU1iS0, and it will be automatically sent to you.
Abha Iyengar is an internationally published author, poet and British Council certified Creative writing facilitator. Her work has appeared in The Four Quarters Magazine, Kritya, Muse India, The Asian Writer, Pure Slush, and others. Her story, "The High Stool", was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her poem-film "Parwaaz" won a special jury prize at Patras, Greece and screened to acclaim at international film festivals. She is winner of the Mariner Award 2010, and the Lavanya Sankaran fellowship 2009-10. She blogs at Encounters of an Everyday Kind, where she hosted an edition of the language-place blog carnival: 'The Other'. She is a finalist in the FlashMob 2013 Flash Fiction contest. Her poems have appeared in the Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poets and her fiction in The Indo-Australian Anthology of Short Fiction. Her published works are Yearnings (poetry), Flash Bites (flash fiction), Shrayan and Many Fish to Fry (novels).
Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era: now known as the Illinois poet, from Itasca, IL. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries, he edits 10 poetry sites. Michael is the author of The Lost American: "From Exile to Freedom", several chapbooks of poetry, including "From Which Place the Morning Rises" and "Challenge of Night and Day", and "Chicago Poems". He also has over 76 poetry videos on YouTube.
I am currently studying literature at the community college of Denver. I am a poet, short fiction writer, and musician and perform regularly in the Denver area. I have previously contributed to the Rain, Party and Disaster Society, Ourglass, and the Animal Liberation Front's Activists+.
Nathaniel T. Jones a native of Rochester NY is a writer, poet and author. Nathaniel's work has appeared in Cram journal. He published his first collection of poetry "Here goes nothing", by Mylk "n" honee publishing in March of 2014. Nathaniel's passion for writing is inspired by his faith in God, life experiences, love, the need for change and a strong desire to share his words with the world.
Stacey Margaret Jones has been published in venues like Slant, Ariel, and North Coast Review. She has have recently earned an MFA from the Arkansas Writers program at the University of Central Arkansas, and was an award-winning Knight-Ridder newspaper columnist before the sad demise of that media corporation. Currently she is working as a free-lance columnist and an independent market researcher with a master's degree in communications management from Syracuse University.
Strider Marcus Jones is a poet, law graduate and ex civil servant from Salford/Hinckley, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry are modern, traditional, mythical, sometimes erotic, surreal and metaphysical: stridermarcusjones1. He is a maverick, moving between forests, mountains and cities, playing his saxophone and clarinet in warm solitude. His poetry has been accepted for publication in 2015 by mgv2 Publishing Anthology; Earl Of Plaid Literary Journal 3rd Edition; Subterranean Blue Poetry Magazine; Deep Water Literary Journal, 2015-Issue 1; Kool Kids Press Poetry Journal; Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology 2015; Eccolinguistics Issue 3.2 January 2015; The Collapsed Lexicon Poetry Anthology 2015 and Catweazle Magazine Issue 8; Life and Legends Magazine; The Stray Branch Literary Magazine; Amomancies Poetry Magazine; The Art Of Being Human Poetry Magazine; Cahaba River Literary Journal; East Coast Literary Review; Nightchaser Ink Publishing Anthology - Autumn Reign; Crack The Spine Literary Magazine; A New Ulster/Anu Issue 29; Poems For A Liminal Age Anthology; In The Trenches Poetry Anthology; Outburst Poetry Magazine; The Galway Review; The Honest Ulsterman Magazine and The Lonely Crowd Magazine.
John Joyce was born at Hampton Court, in England. He held school records for running the mile. Educated in London and Salford, Lancashire where he gained an honours degree in electrical engineering. Subsequent studies were at Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia and Capilano University. He departed England for Montreal to go around the world, living at different times in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Dartmouth. He resides in Vancouver Canada where he is an active sportsman. John Joyce started writing philosophy at school and has been extensively published. Monique's Interview was his first short play and Inside Fleetwood Gym is his latest. Mild Muses is his first book of funny stories available on Amazon.com. He is presently compiling a book of his short stories about the adventures of Anne-Marie and Paul Tulley. The Altus Arts Agency, promotes his works worldwide.
T. Pearl Joynz is a gifted leader, teacher, speaker, poet, dancer and now officially a published author. She is retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 21 years. She is a former Christian radio show host, the leader of her church’s dance and drama ministry, and frequently speaks at church events. She serves as a chief administrator for a government agency and teaches leadership courses. She is completing her PHD in Education with an emphasis in training. Mrs. Joynz resides in Richmond, VA with her family. Her story of heartbreak, betrayal and sorrow is common, but her testimony is not. For information regarding retreats, seminars, and conferences, email Mrs. Joynz at email@example.com or visit her website at www.tpearljoynz.com. She would love to hear from her readers concerning how her story has touched your life.
I am Scottish, aged 69 and living now in Malaysia. Having retired from working around the world I have taken up writing, fiction, biography and travel. I have had magazine articles published but not yet a book.
Kees Kapteyn has been published in such magazines as In My Bed, blue skies, ditch, Novella, Corvid Revue and Revolution 21 as well as several CAA Niagara poetry anthologies such as The Saving Bannister, Woven Words and Symbols, in which he received an honourable mention. He has also received an honourable mention in the 2008 Ten Stories High contest for the CAA Niagara short story anthology. He was raised in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Malkeet Kaur hails from India. She has been working as a teacher in Mumbai for almost past ten years. She writes poems mostly as a therapy and to assert her strong female identity in a patriarchal world. Few of her poems are published in anthologies and online journals like Episteme, The Incredible Women of India, Resonating Strings, The Significant Anthology, Acerbic Anthology to protest against female violence and many more.
Michael Keshigian's tenth poetry collection, Beyond was released in May, 2015 by Black Poppy. Other published books and chapbooks: Dark Edges, Eagle's Perch, Wildflowers, Jazz Face, Warm Summer Memories, Silent Poems, Seeking Solace, Dwindling Knight, Translucent View. Published in numerous national and international journals, he is a 5- time Pushcart Prize and 2-time Best Of The Net nominee. His poetry cycle, Lunar Images, set for Clarinet, Piano, Narrator, was premiered at Del Mar College in Texas. Subsequent performances occurred in Boston (Berklee College) and Moleto, Italy. Winter Moon, a poem set for Soprano and Piano, premiered in the Fall of 2013 in Boston. (www.michaelkeshigian.com )
Among other things, Daniel is the lead singer/lyricist for the indie rock band Mining for Rain, and for many years has been a respected community activist and organizer in the labor movement. Since 2007, over 100 of his poems have been published in literary journals and magazines in Australia, the UK, and the United States, including: Blue Collar Review, Colorado Life Magazine, Journal of South Texas English Studies, The Penwood Review, Shot Glass Journal, and Wayfarer: a journal of contemplative literature. He has a BA in Religion Studies with a minor in Theater Arts from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and a Master of Divinity degree with a justice and peace studies concentration from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. His first full-length poetry collection, A Poet Playing Doctor, was published in the fall of 2015 by White Violet Press/Kelsay Books. To learn more (and to see a music video from his band), please visit: about.me/dklawitter
Author Marlene Klotz's writing career began in 1976 with the publication her first poem in The American Journal of Nursing. Her next poem, A Mountain of Shoes was accepted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. to be included in their permanent archives. Marlene has since kept busy as a poet, playwright, freelance writer, and the author of five books. She is a resident of Boca Raton, Florida and a member of the Boca Raton Branch, National League of American Pen Women where she has served as both Letters Chair, first Vice President, and is the current Poetry Chair where her colleagues enjoy reading her light verse in their newsletters.
A teacher at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois, Adam Kotlarczyk has recently published fiction and scholarship in Yellow Chair Review, The First Line, Cahoodaloodaling, and the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal. He has a Ph.D. in American literature and enjoys traveling with his wife.
Craig Kurtz resides at Twin Oaks Intentional Community where he writes poetry while simultaneously surviving the dream. Recent work has appeared in Aerie Literary Journal, Burningword Literary Journal, Conclave: A Journal of Character, The Criterion: An International Journal in English, Danse Macabre, Festival Writer, Penumbra, Poetry Quarterly, Red Fez and The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry.
Bradley LeBlanc is a freelance writer, teacher, and former businessman. Lockport, Louisiana, the small town where he grew up and offers much inspiration for his writing, is now a bedroom community to New Orleans. Today he calls Brookings, SD and Lafayette, LA home. His first book, Web Footed Snowman: How a Middle Aged Man from the Gulf Coast Survived His First South Dakota Winter, is expected to be published in the spring of 2016. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.
Star LaBranche is a writer from Hampton Roads, Virginia. She currently attends Old Dominion University in the English MA program and works as a pet sitter and a blogger for HealthyPlace. Her dream is to live in the desert with a rescue corgi.
Bo Lanier is from Chattanooga, Tennessee and has become an established poet with five books to his credit that were published in Canada. He received several achievement awards in creative writing through poetry.com and has recently published two eBooks and one paperback book through Lulu.com. After a nine year hiatus, Bo returned to publishing his poems with a new outlook and fresh ideas. His other talents include singing and songwriting.
My short fiction is featured in Akashic Books' Terrible Twosdays series, while my poetry appears in Literary Mama, San Francisco Peace and Hope and has appeared in Meniscus Magazine. My novel, The Boulevard Trial, is now available on Amazon. If you'd like, you can follow me on Twitter @Stefani1218.
James Lawless' poetry and prose have won many awards, including the Scintilla Welsh Open Poetry Competition, the WOW award, a Biscuit International Prize for short stories, the Cecil Day Lewis Award and a Hennessey award nomination for emerging fiction. Two of his stories were also shortlisted for the Willesden (2007) and Bridport prizes (2014). He is the author of five well-received novels, a book of children's stories and a poetry collection Rus in Urbe. His books have been translated into several languages. Born in Dublin, he divides his time between County Kildare and West Cork. He is an experienced creative writing workshop facilitator, speaks to groups and at festivals and has broadcast his work on RTE radio. His books are at: Amazon or at his website: jameslawless.net
I was born on May 19, 1949 and began writing poetry at age 64. I live in Kenmore, WA with my wife Mary. I have a web site with most of my work posted: timspoetry.com and one book published: "Amazement". My wife created and published the book as a gift for my 65th birthday. I grew up in an abusive, alcoholic home. Some of my poems reflect my recovery from that abuse and the hope I have gained in the process.
Shannon P. Laws, Bellingham WA, is a 2013 Mayor's Arts Award (Bellingham) and 2015 Community Champion Award (Writer's International Network, Richmond, B.C.) recipient. Her poetry appeared in Clover-A Literary Rag, Five Willows Literary Review, From Bellingham With Love, and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington. She has performed in Western Washington University's "Erotic Poetry Night", the "West Coast Tagore Festival", Writers International Network Canada, Village Books "Literature LIVE" and worked as a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company "Phrasings" collaboration. Shannon is a co-founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham, who promote harmony through words for local and international writers at various public readings, including the annual "Read-in! Write-On!" event. In 2015 she coordinated a charity album "Blue Skies for Bellingham" featuring 17 local bands. All album proceeds go to the Blue Skies for Children's Our Little Wishes Instrument Loaner and Enrichment Programs. These programs provide low income, homeless and foster children ages six to fifteen living in Whatcom and Skagit County funding for music lessons and musical instrument rental to help increase hope and raise self-esteem. Her publications include two poetry books, Madrona Grove and Odd Little Things. Her next book "Fallen" is set to release fall 2016.
Poornima Laxmeshwar resides in the garden city Bangalore and works as a content writer for a living. Her poems have appeared in Kritya, MuseIndia, Writers Asylum, The Aerogram, Stockholm literary review, and are forthcoming in Northeast review and Brown Critique. Her haiku have found space in several magazines like Frogpond, Hundred gourds, BottleRocket, Under the Basho and others.
Bradley LeBlanc is a freelance writer, teacher, and former businessman. Lockport, Louisiana, the small town where he grew up and offers much inspiration for his writing, is now a bedroom community to New Orleans. Today he calls Brookings, SD and Lafayette, LA home. His first book, Web Footed Snowman: How a Middle Aged Man from the Gulf Coast Survived His First South Dakota Winter, is expected to be published in the fall of 2015. He can be reached on Twitter (@bjcleblanc), or on Facebook.
Andrew Lee-Hart was born many years ago in Yorkshire, England but now lives near Liverpool where he works as a support worker and writes stories. Many of his works have appeared in print magazines and on various websites.
I have written a play; And All his Songs Were Sad, which was produced by the Pantagleize Theatre Company in Fort Worth, Texas. I have written a one-act, We Have a Wolf, by the Ears which hasn't been staged to date. I write articles for Ireland's Own and Ireland's Eye. I have a webpage; mattielennon.com. Along with John Cassidy I am producing a DVD/ TV Documentary on a less well-known aspect of the Irish Potato famine. I produced a DVD Sunrise on the Wicklow Hills. I am a part-time storyteller. I am a Competent Communicator with Lucan Toastmasters and a member of Irish PEN. I am working on a Memoir, the working title of which is The January Fair.
Katie Lewington loves her boyfriend, bacon sandwiches, poetry and reality TV. She had her first poem published in the after the Pause literary journal. She has since been published on the winamop.com, breadcrumbs magazine, potluck magazine, quailbell magazine and fuckfiction.net websites, among others. You can contact her through Twitter @Idon'twearahat or Tumblr at klluniverse and read more of her work at katielewington.blogspot.co.uk.
As a Director of an app development company in Science Park Hong Kong, he believed Science is Magic but with time goes by, Science is just too weak to be with our Life. He fills this gap with Literature, and finally a way out comes by.
Duane Locke, PH. D, lives hermetically in Tampa, Florida near anhinga, gallinules, raccoons, alligators. Has had published 7,041 different poems, none self-published or paid to be published. This includes 33 books of poems. His latest book publications are DUANE LOCKE, THE FIRST DECADE, 1968-1978 (First 11 books-Order from publisher Bitter Oleander Press or AMAZON---YANG CHU'S POEMS, Order from AMAZON---TERRESTRIAL ILLUMINATIONS, FIRST SELECTION, from FOWLPOX PRESS. Forthcoming 2015: VISIONS from KIND OF HURRICANE PRESS. Nov. 2015: TERRESTRIAL ILLUMINATIONS, SECOND SELECTION (Sorties) from Hidden Clearing Books, ECO ECHOES, first selection, 2015. 100'S of his poems can be found by clicking Duane Locke on GOOGLE. He is a photographer of Surphotos and Nature. Has had 558 photos published, some as book covers. A book of 40 of his surphotos has been published by BLAZE VOX, POETIC IMPRINTS, RESPONSES TO THE ART OF DUANE LOCKE, by Connie Stadler and Felino Soraino. His paintings have been described in Gary Monroe's EXTRAORDINARY INTERPRETITONS, Published by University of Florida Press, and are in many private collections and museums. He is a student of philosophy-favorites: Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze.
Stephen Lord was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1976, and has spent more than 25 years waiting for a TARDIS to come and whisk him away. He took to making things up and writing them down when it became abundantly clear he couldn't play the guitar to save his life. He has spent far too long in university tutorial rooms fishing with explosives and longer still in the studios of community radio stations, where he developed an unhealthy relationship with the sound of his own voice. He has a similarly abiding fondness for popular fiction and decisively unpopular music, and is prone to fits of impotent nerd rage.
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Jack Phillips Lowe is a lifelong Chicagoan. His poems have appeared in Clark Street Review, Poetry Super Highway and Nerve Cowboy. His poetry chapbooks include So Much for Paradise (MuscleHead Press, 2000) and Jupiter Works on Commission (Middle Island Press, 2015). For several years, Lowe has admired the album covers of singer Debby Boone. Not the albums themselves; just their covers.
Is now a graduate from the AB English program of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila, on April 2015; Mark Twain's work," The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" made him want to be a writer someday, some of his written works can be found at his wordpress blog. He loves to write short stories and poems, and dreams that someday one of his works will get published someday.
I am a 18 year old aspiring writer. I have a keen interest in poetry and fiction I have been writing for just over a year, in that time I like to think that I have honed my technique and found my style. My current WIP is a novel I have been working on for 14 months. It is my dream to be a writer, and I have a keen enthusiasm for films also.
Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. (Hon.) in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry has been published variously in Canada, the U.S., England, Greece, Romania, Israel, and India. brandonmarlon.com.
Joan Mazza has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, seminar leader, and has been a Pushcart Prize nominee. Author of six books, including Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam), her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Off the Coast, Kestrel, Slipstream, American Journal of Nursing, The MacGuffin, Mezzo Cammin, Buddhist Poetry Review, and The Nation. She ran away from the hurricanes of South Florida to be surprised by the earthquakes and tornadoes of rural central Virginia, where she writes poetry and does fabric and paper art. www.JoanMazza.com
William Matthew McCarter, a Pushcart nominee, is a writer and a college professor from Southeast Missouri. After earning his doctorate in English from The UNiversity of Texas-Arlington, McCarter has focused on the plight of rural America in both his creative and academic work. McCarter's work has appeared in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Midwestern Gothic, and many other literary magazines. His first academic book, "Homo Redneckus: On Being Not Qwhite in America" was published in March of 2012. Along with Vicki Sapp, McCarter co-edited an anthology on White Trash literature called Trash Told Tales. It was published in November of 2014. For more information, see McCarter's wikipedia page.
I'm a 69-year-old former computer programmer living in Fredericksburg, VA with my wife. I'm a graduated of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. I served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy. My poetry has most recently appeared in Crab Fat Literary Magazine and Ink, Sweat & Tears.
Josh McDonald is a freelance writer and a Jack-of-all-creative-trades. His writings, comics, and cartoons have been published in The National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal Magazine, and on the website BustedHalo.com. He holds a BA in film-making from Bard College and is active in local community theater. A member of the Burlington Writers Workshop, McDonald and his wife currently live in Essex Junction, Vermont.
Mac McGovern was born in Dubuque, Iowa and lived there most of his youth. Most of his adult life, he served in the US Navy, retiring in 1995. Mac has varied experience in the US Navy as a Chief Hospital Corpsman, Cardiopulmonary Technologist, Director of the Naval School of the Health Sciences Cardiopulmonary Technique School and of the Electroencephalography Technique School. He served as a Medical Recruiter, Educator, was the first Master Training Specialist in the Navy Medical Department and is a State of Florida Journeyman Recruiter. He has written and published nine books, and utilizes his extensive knowledge in writing poetry, articles, and blogs. In May 2011, he invented a new poetic form called "Interchanging Poetry." A narrative combining poetry with discussion, debate, dialog, or description; using poetry to emphasize the narrative. The purpose...to develop interchanging literary devices to enhance poetic discourse. Today, Mac resides in Pensacola, Florida with the inspiration and the love of his life, his wife Sandra.
Michael McGrath is an emerging Irish fiction writer who has been published both nationally and internationally in journals such as Roadside Fiction, The Ogham Stone and most recently in the January 2015 edition of Literature Today. He achieved success in two categories at the University of Limerick Arts Awards 2014: 1st place in the Short Story category for his work Entropy and 3rd in the Poetry section for The Trouble With Atoms. He is currently working on his first novel. He works as a second level English teacher and lives in Cork City, Ireland.
From Ohio USA, Gina's poetry has appeared international anthologies as well as literary journals. Writing at an early age, an avid reader and lover of words, Gina continues to be encouraged by her horses, neighbors, family, and friends. gmcknight.com . Recent Poetry Release:.amazon.com
Joan McNerney was born in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Ravena, a small town outside of Albany, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the Board of Regents, New York State Excelsior University. Most of her professional background has been spent in the advertising business. Her poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, 63 channels, Spectrum, and three Bright Spring Press Anthologies. Four of her books have been published by fine small literary presses. She has recited her work at the National Arts Club, Russell Sage College, McNay Art Institute and other distinguished venues. A recent reading was sponsored by the American Academy of Poetry. She has received three Best of the Net nominations. The internet has expanded her outreach and given her great impetus to continue writing.
A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer, maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads. If you are at all interested and get the time, Google Stephen Mead Art for Stephen Mead, Poet/Writer for links to his multi-media work.
Rena Medow is a 17 year old poet and staff writer/curator of the Teen Column at LunaLunaMag. She has received 6 college credits for playwriting and screenwriting at NYU, and teaches a small poetry class at her high school. She currently resides in small town Wisconsin. She has always been inspired by the work of feminist confessional poets, specifically Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Meg Day, Megan Williams and Lisa Marie Basile-- among many others.
Casey Mensing is a writer currently residing in Downtown Los Angeles. He is the author of the books Last Fair Deal (2012), March of The Tongue Brigade (2012), and The Unimaginable City (2014). Most recently he's had poetry published in Black Book, Gloom Cupboard, and Queen Anne's Revenge. Currently, he is trying to sell his soul to Hollywood, but finding it is definitely a buyers' market.
Erika Gisela Abad Merced is a poet, scholar, essayist and fiction writer. She has since published essays at The Feminist Wire, Black Girl Dangerous and Latino Rebels. Her poems have been published by La Respuesta, Mujeres De Maiz and Dialogo. Her fiction has been published in Read Vitality and Outrider Review.
Dean Meredith is an Australian poet, philosopher, and genius. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia; and his various works have been published in chap-books and journals domestically and abroad. Love, loss, and human nature are common themes. Major influences include Alfred Noyes, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, and WB Yeats. Dean's collected poems are due for release some time this year.
Kristopher Miller has been scribbling random words since he was just a little dude, and he's continued scribbling down even more words as an adult. Apart from being featured on Writing Raw, Miller is also featured in Down in the Dirt and Burning Word Literary Journal. He has also written and released his first novella, The Maze's Amulet, and the poetry anthology, Poisoned Romance, on Amazon and for digital download in 2012. To contact Mr. Miller, e-mail at email@example.com. You can also visit his site at krismillerofficialsite and his blog.
Terin Tashi Miller spent many of his formative years in India, the child of anthropologist parents. Since then, he has lived and worked in a variety of countries in Europe and Asia. His writing has appeared in guide books, international magazines including Time and Geografica Revista, and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News and The Los Angeles Times. He began his writing career as a part-time reporter for Time magazine, then worked for The Associated Press in India and North Dakota and AP-Dow Jones News Services in Spain and New York, and as a reporter for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Milwaukee Sentinel, Amarillo Daily News and the Hilton Head Island Packet. Born in St. Louis, Mo., and raised in Madison, Wis. and several provinces in India, he currently lives in New Jersey. He has published three novels: Kashi, Down the Low Road, and Sympathy for the Devil. His short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org; Merida; South Mountain Review, Nomos, and the Journal of Post-Colonial Societies, as well as in anthologies.
Although Sanjaya works as a geologist, searching for ground water in underdeveloped areas, and writing has always been his passion. His numerous field trips to remote places often provide him the footage for his stories. Sanjaya's stories have been published in desilit.org, dispatchlit.org, BTW Magazine, splitlipmagazine.com, "At Home and Abroad: Prize-Winning Stories" by Joyous Publishing, Lost Coast Review by Avignon Press Books. One of his children's stories was translated into Chinese and was published in both USA and China last year. His other publications include stories in 'Anything Goes Volume I', 'Flash It', 'Heroes and Villains' and he looks forward to be published in many more anthologies.
Anthony Mondal is a poet and actor. He considers himself simply as an artist beyond the narrow confines of nationality and religion. His most recent book of poems was titled A Burst of Sunshine which is his second published book. He lived in New York City for almost ten years pursuing writing, acting and song writing. Now he resides in Michigan, USA. As an actor he has appeared in the film "Sabrina" and the TV show "Strangers with Candy" (2000). He received his BA from Calvin College in geology in 1995. He worked in World Trade Centre, Building One in 2001 and has survived. Currently he is working on an existential novel tentatively named "In Search Of"…and other writing projects.
Tom Montag, Fairwater, Wisconsin, is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, as well as Middle Ground, Curlew: Home, Kissing Poetry's Sister, The Idea of the Local, and The Big Book of Ben Zen. Recent poems will be found at Architrave Press, Atticus Review, Blue Heron Review, The Chaffin Journal, Hamilton Stone Review, Hummingbird, The Magnolia Review, Mud Season Review, Plainsong, Sand, and others. He blogs as The Middlewesterner and serves as Managing Editor of the Lorine Niedecker Monograph Series, What Region?
Stephen Morrill spent ten years as a forum moderator for the AOL writing club, then started several writing clubs, then started WritersCollege.com, an online writing school. He's seen all the above types of clubs and critique sessions - and has the scars to prove it.
Alexander Moschella is a budding poet who was born and raised in the tiny hamlet of Sweetwater Texas. He has written various types of literature since the age of Six; in which now he is settling for free-form poetry. He writes verses over any topic imaginable (His favorite topic being the whimsical nature of humanity) and has self-published six collections of poetry since the age of fifteen. He has been in and out of homelessness and has travelled all over the United States with a pen and notebook within arm's reach.
Leah Mueller is a writer who resides in western Washington. In addition to Writing Raw, her work has been featured in Cultured Vultures, Bop Dead City, Quail Bell, Typoetic, Talking Soup, Silver Birch Press, Semaphore, MaDCap, The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, and many others. Leah's chapbook, "Queen of Dorksville" was published in 2012 by Crisis Chronicles Press. Leah's new book of poetry and prose, entitled "Allergic to Everything" is forthcoming from Writing Knights Press in the fall. Leah was a featured reader and poet in July 2015 at the New York Poetry Festival, and a 2012 winner in the Wergle Flomp humor poetry contest, sponsored annually by Winning Writers. She enjoys sunflowers, lucid dreaming, and anything water-related.
I have been writing since young; 10 years as a columnist and generally writing short stories, poetry and lyrics. I am currently finishing a biography on frontiersman John Liver Eating Johnston made modernly famous by the Redford Movie Jeremiah Johnson. I also write fiction western and modern day science fiction.
I have had 10 years experience of writing over 1000 music reviews for a popular music website. Currently, I am a writer of Crime/Thrillers as well as poetry of the obscure. My first novel called 'Lost Connections' is part of a Kindle Scout campaign until late November, and I am in the middle of writing my next Thriller. My style is observational, with a touch of adventure and bound up in lashings of humor. I consider myself a literary maverick, but most consider me odd. Kindle Scout campaign: kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1GRWJV90LDJM4; Facebook face: Facebook/JimOdyAuthor.com; Twitter: twitter.com/Jim_Ody_Author
Scott Thomas Outlar spends the days flowing and fluxing with the waves of the Tao River while laughing at and/or weeping over the existential nature of life. His words have appeared recently in venues such as Hobo Camp Review, Eunoia Review, The Poet Community, and Dissident Voice. His debut chapbook "A Black Wave Cometh" will be out in April through Dink Press. More of Scott's writing can be found at 17numa.wordpress.com.
Sunayna Pal, born and brought up in Mumbai, shifted to USA after marriage. She has PG degrees from XLRI and Annamalai University and worked in the Corporate World for five odd years. She quit it in 2009 and embarked on her heart's pursuits. She started "Art with Sunayna" (artwithsunayna.wordpress.com) to teach and sell art for NGOs. She is also a certified handwriting analyst (sos4graphology.com) who helps everyone to understand themselves better by using a mix of graphotherapy, healing and affirmations.
Laureta Petoshati is an Albanian poet and prose writer. She was born in Vlora Albania where still lives recently. After graduating from Industrial High School in her hometown, Laureta Petoshati attended Faculty of Engineering in University of Tirana for about five years and received a Master Degree in Civil Engineering (Water Engineering) in 1987. She quitted her work as water engineer in 1991, so few years after she got the Master Degree to begin a career as a free lance translator and writer and from that time to nowadays she is committed to translations, literature and journalism. She published her first poetry collection Goddess of Heaven in 1996, as well her historical novel Return to Ventotene in 2012. She worked journalist in several newspapers and reporter in Vlora Channel Television mainly in her hometown Vlora. She continues to publish her poetry cycles in many national and even in some international newspapers such Knot Magazine, Albanian American newspaper - "Illyria" in New York, etc. As a poet she is a winner of one competition which took place in her hometown and as a translator she has won two national competitions. The beautiful landscape of her seashore hometown has a strong and tonic presence in her poems. She likes rhyming in the poetry because according to her the poem is like a sea, you cannot imagine it without waves.
Brendan Peveril lives in rural Vermont with an artist and kids and so many animals. He writes as much as he can. You can follow his sporadically updated blog at hisweird or his tumblr at fainthum.tumblr.
Mark Piper has been writing professionally his entire adult life. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon, and he taught literature and writing at the college level for several years. Mark has written four novels, three screenplays, and a lot of short stories. His stories have appeared in Short Story America, The California Writers Club Literary Review, and online literary magazines, including, Scrutiny, Animal, ShatterColors Literary Review, Slurve, and others. In addition, two of his short stories have recently been Honorable Mention selections in Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction contests.
John Pistelli was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches literature, writing, and related subjects. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Rain Taxi, New Walk, The Millions, Revolver, The Squawk Back, Winter Tangerine Review, Atomic, The Stockholm Review, The Harpoon Review, and others. His novella The Ecstasy of Michaela was published by Valhalla Press in 2012. Find out more at johnpistelli.wordpress.com
Kushal Poddar is widely published in several countries, prestigious anthologies included Men In The Company of Women, Penn International MK etc and featured in various radio programs in Canada and USA and collaborated with photographers for an exhibition at Venice and with performers for several audio publications. He is a lawyer and an English teacher presently living at Kolkata and writing poetry, fictions and sketching for an art-poem book. He authored, The Circus Came To My Island' (Spare Change Press, Ohio) and "A Place For Your Ghost Animals" (Ripple Effect Publications, Colorado Springs) and his forthcoming book is "Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse".
I have been writing poetry since I was 13 years old. I grew up in the country area of New Jersey and now reside in Florida. I am working on a book with photos attached. I am also now a photographer of wildlife, nature and candid shots.
Nalini Priyadarshni is a poet, writer, editor and amateur photographer. Her work has appeared at Up the Staircase Weekly, eFiction India, Mad Swirl, Crescent Magazine, The Riveter Review, Writes & Lovers Café,The Gambler, Camel Saloon, Earl of Plaid,CUIB-NEST-NIDO, and The Open Road Review, Phoenix Photo and Fiction, Undertow Tanka besides numerous anthologies including I Am Woman, Awakening of She, Art of Being Human etc. Her forthcoming publications include I Am Waiting series by Silver Birch Press. She lives in India with her husband and two feisty kids.
Joe Quinn is a 35 year old American Poet. He has been published 60+ times in over 30 publications around the world including Burning Word, The Delinquent UK, The Alarmist and Digital Papercuts. His newest collection, "the mascara massacre" is available for purchase for $10 at lulu.com/spotlight/welcomehomeironlung and he can be followed at @joequinnpoetry on twitter or at facebook.com/joequinnpoetry
Tom Ray, a native of Tennessee, entered Federal civil service following military service that included a tour in Vietnam. He retired from civil service after a thirty-five year career spent in the Washington, D.C., area. He currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. His fiction has been published in New Pop Lit and Penny Shorts.
Niles Reddick's collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities was a finalist for an Eppie award, his novel Lead Me Home was a national finalist for a ForeWord Award, a finalist in the Georgia Author of the Year award in the fiction category, and a nominee for an IPPY award. His work has appeared in anthologies Southern Voices in Every Direction and Unusual Circumstances and has been featured in many journals including "The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta Studies", "Southern Reader", "Like the Dew", "The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature", "The Pomanok Review", "Corner Club Press", "Slice of Life", "Deep South Review", "The Red Dirt Review", "Faircloth Review", "New Southerner", and many others. He works for the University of Memphis at Lambuth in Jackson, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Michelle, two children, Audrey and Nicholas. His new novel, Drifting too far from the Shore, is forthcoming in 2015. His website.
I am a 65 yr old practicing physician and have recently had the opportunity to be more involved in my writing. I live in Michigan City, Indiana. When my eldest daughter was 13, her friend Stephanie was brutally murdered by a disgruntled customer of her mother's business. The following day would have been her last day in eighth grade.
Joe Romano is a Northern California-based writer. His work has appeared in the SoMa Literary review, Out of the Gutter, Literary Beginnings and in his mother's scrapbook. Be sure to check out his blog: Hey Joe
Mark Antony Rossi's poetry, criticism, fiction and photography have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Another Chicago Review, Bareback Magazine, Black Heart Review, Collages & Bricolages, Death Throes, Ethical Spectacle, Gravel, Flash Fiction, Japanophile, On The Rusk, Purple Patch, Scrivener Creative Review, Sentiment Literary Journal, The Sacrificial, Wild Quarterly and Yellow Chair Review. markantonyrossi.jigsy.com
I am currently studying literature at the community college of Denver. I am a poet, short fiction writer, and musician and perform regularly in the Denver area. I have previously contributed to the Rain, Party and Disaster Society, Ourglass, and the Animal Liberation Front's Activists+.
Jenny Ní Ruiséil is a 22-year-old Irish musician, aspiring writer and linguist currently residing in Dublin, living for balance, coffee, and that portion-controlled piece of dark chocolate. BA in English and Nua-Ghaeilge, and MA in Nua-Ghaeilge (not that qualifications really matter) from Maynooth University. When not performing with Irish-language pop/folk group "Seo Linn," or trying out a new topping on her porridge in the morning, Jenny works for Conradh na Gaeilge and writes freelance articles both in the Irish language and English, while also blogging regularly. She aspires to be able to sustain herself purely on her creative output and believes that there is nothing that can't be solved by, a cup of tea, a flowery dress and some chocolate. Jenny thrives on her art, and hopes to someday soon be able to move out of her home in Leixlip and write/gig her way around the world, spend time with some elephants, and write about every little insignificant thing she sees.
Wayne is a creative writer from Tampa, Florida, his work has been described by his peers as "dark" "brooding" "honest" "raw" "surreal" "gritty" and "very observational of the ravaged world that we live in." Over the years Wayne has been published in various publications such as Foliate Oak, Poetry Quarterly, Danse Macabre, Dead Snakes, mgversion2>datura, Eccentric Press, Far Off Places, Poets' Espresso Review, and the Moon Mist Valley anthology.
My name is Niko Rylee. I'm a proud homoromantic greysexual Jamaican-American (you may have to look some of that up). I received my B.A. in psychology and my M.S. in education. Currently, I live and teach pre-k in the Bronx, New York. Several of my poems have been published in Art & Scope literary magazine and The Prism. I usually write about tragic romances, or my personal struggles with mental illness. My influences, include Poet Laureates, Kay Ryan and Billy Collins, and the Icelandic vocalist, Björk.
Charles Sanchez is an openly gay, HIV positive writer/performer living in New York City. He studied acting and musical theatre technique at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. As a professional actor, he's performed in original works Off Broadway at The Vineyard Theatre and Open Eye: New Stagings, as well as at Lincoln Center with the Little Orchestra Society. He was seen regionally in theaters ranging from the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to Murry's Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, AR (where he was also musical director!). He conceived, directed and performed in the music revue, Out of the Trunk and co-wrote and performed Sweet and Sour Porked Off Off Broadway. He also co-wrote the book of Aliza, The Musical, developed and performed at the Minerva Stage in Williamstown, MA. He directed the cabaret acts Mismatch.com and Electricity at Don't Tell Mama, and has also been seen around town performing his original stories in venues like The PIT and Le Poisson Rouge. He conceived, wrote and starred in Manhattan Man-Travels, a comedy web series on YouTube, and he's developing a one man show, Full Blown. His acclaimed web series Merce, is available on Vimeo and YouTube. Hair by Justin at Hello Beautiful Salon.
E.R. Sanchez has published poetry and non-fiction, most notably with Red Fez, Zouch, Examiner, Ray's Road Review, Poetry Super Highway, and Corners of the Mouth Anthology. His debut novel, Remedy; a tale about an all-American, conservative businessman and father, who struggles to hold onto the American dream in the wake of a recession that finds him jumping into California's Green Rush, was recently released by Fried Potato Press. Foreword Clarion Reviews said, "Remedy leads the reader moment by moment through a harrowing experience that is as surprisingly exciting and humorous as it is dramatic and heartbreaking," and Kirkus Reviews said, "Jack Gram is no Walter White, but his entertaining devolution into the world of drug manufacturing is a decent hit of pot-lit." More information is available at FriedPotatoPress.com.
Graduate of The Center For Media Arts, Professionally produced playwright, (three Off-Bway plays) full-time Filmmaker (two feature films screened at various "Top 25" rated film festivals) Former Journalist for the U.S. Government.
Iris N. Schwartz, a freelance editor based in New York City, writes fiction and poetry. She has work anthologized in such collections as An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind: Poets on 9/11; and Stirring Up a Storm: Tales of the Sensual, the Sexual, and the Erotic; and in such journals as Ducts, November 3rd Club, Pikeville Review, and Vernacular.
Andrew Scott is a native of Fredericton, NB. During his time as an active poet, Andrew Scott has taken the time to speak in front of a classrooms, judge poetry competitions as well as published worldwide in such publications as The Art of Being Human, Battered Shadows and The Broken Ones. His books, Snake With A Flower, The Phoenix Has Risen and The Storm Is Coming are available now. To contact Andrew, email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Twitter: JustMaritimeBoy; andrewmscott.com; Facebook: andymscott and/or JustaMaritimeBoy.
Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue and Midrash and Working Out of the Book. Currently a volunteer at the Cincinnati J Meals on Wheels, Schwartz continues to write. His latest book is Shards and Verse (2011, Publish America).
Andrew Scott is a native of Fredericton, NB. During his time as an active poet, Andrew Scott has taken the time to speak in front of a classrooms, judge poetry competitions as well as published worldwide in such publications as The Art of Being Human, Battered Shadows and The Broken Ones. His books, Snake With A Flower, The Phoenix Has Risen and The Storm Is Coming are available now. To contact Andrew: twitter.com/JustMaritimeBoy, andrewmscott.com, facebook.com/andymscott, facebook.com/JustaMaritimeBoy
Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer residing in India. A contributing poet in over two dozen international anthologies, she has also seen her poems published in Emanations IV, Ofi Press Mexico, Wicked Banshee Press, Otoliths, Calliope Magazine, Poetry WTF?!, Visual Verse, Vine Leaves, Literary Orphans, The Mind[less] Muse, and Jaggery among others. She is the founding editor of the literary and arts journal, Sonic Boom.
Sheehan served in 31st Infantry, Korea 1951-52. Books: Epic Cures; Brief Cases, Short Spans; Collection of Friends; From the Quickening; The Saugus Book; Ah, Devon Unbowed; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; This Rare Earth & Other Flights. eBooks include Korean Echoes, The Westering, (nominated for National Book Award); Murder at the Forum, Death of a Lottery Foe, Death by Punishment, and An Accountable Death. Work in Rosebud, Linnet's Wings, KYSO Flash, Soundings East, Vermont Literary Review, Literary Orphans, Indiana Voice Journal, Provo Canyon Review, Nazar Look, Eastlit, Green Silk Journal, The Path, Faith-Hope-Fiction. He has 28 Pushcart nominations. In the Garden of Long Shadows and The Nations (Native American fiction collection), were recently published by Pocol Press with solid reviews (See Serving House Journal.) Where Skies Grow Wide is next on the agenda. Sheehan just published his 23rd book, and garnered the following nominations for his writing ... one for a National Book Award, one for a Distinguished Military Book Award, 30 Pushcarts, 5 Best of the Net (with one selected), and various short story awards in 2012-2015. His author's page is on Amazon.
Fred Skolnik was born in New York City and has lived in Israel since 1963. He is best known as the editor in chief of the 22-volume second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Medal. He is also the author of The Other Shore (Aqueous Books, 2011), an epic novel depicting Israeli society at a critical juncture in its recent history. His second novel, Death, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in over 150 journals, including TriQuarterly, Gargoyle, The MacGuffin, Los Angeles Review, Prism Review, Words & Images, Literary House Review, Montréal Review, Underground Voices, Third Coast, Word Riot, The Recusant, and Polluto. His poetry has appeared in Word Riot, Oak Bend Review, Free Verse, Boston Literary Review and Hacksaw. Under a pen name, he also published two novels in 2014: Rafi's World and The Links in the Chain.
Steve Slavin was born in Brooklyn and still lives there. Unemployed for the last eighteen years, he gets by on a low three-figure income from small literary magazines for his short stories His sole claim to fame is having been Bernie Sanders' college roommate for one semester.
Bob Smith has diverse life experience, from factory worker to children's camp director to Adult Education teacher. He lives in Central Ontario in Canada where he invents rich characters, detailed settings and plots that resonate. He has published stories in print, ebook, and on-line format.
Mahalia Solages' work has appeared at WritingRaw and Oné?Respé? "Vague in Conversation" received an honorable mention from Lorian Hemingway but appeared in Fall, a short story collection by Almond Press. "Fringes of Reality" is published in Kalyani Magazine's second edition, Sound. A nonfiction title, "Burnt Flakes, Burnt Flesh" appears in the anthology So Spoke The Earth. She is also the author of two picture books.
Felino A. Soriano is a poet documenting coöccurrences. His poetic language stems from exterior motivation of jazz music and the belief in language's unconstrained devotion to broaden understanding. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies. Recent poetry collections include Forms, migrating, Of isolated limning, Mathematics, Espials, watching what invents perception, and Of these voices. He edits the online journal, Of/with: journal of immanent renditions. He lives in California with his wife and family and is a director of supported living and independent living programs providing supports to adults with developmental disabilities. Visit felinoasoriano.info for more information.
Tom (Wordwulf) Sterner wrestles with creativity: graphic art, music, photography, & WORD. A native Coloradoan, he lives in Denver. Tom's artwork, music, photography, & written word have been published in magazines & on the internet by various folk, including Howling Dog Press/Omega, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Skyline Literary Review, The Storyteller, & Flashquake. Also published, six novel-length works. He is winner of the Marija Cerjak Award for Avant-Garde/Experimental Writing & was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2006 & 2008. email: email@example.com website: wordwulf.com
Northwest Indiana resident, Deb Stipp teaches psychology at a community college. While in college, she won 2nd place for her essay "Too Much TP, but No Eggs" in the Sigrid Stark Writing contest sponsored by Purdue University Calumet. Professor Charlie Tinkham encouraged her creative writing.
Born and raised in Virginia, Christine Stoddard is a Puffin Foundation artist, a Folio 100 media visionary, and the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Bustle, Thought Catalog, So to Speak, and elsewhere.
Christopher Stolle's poetry has appeared in more than 100 magazines in several countries, including Labyrinth (Indiana University Honors Program), The Plaza (Japan), El-Shaddai (Singapore), Poetechniciens (England), Ultimate Ceasefire (Australia), the Tipton Poetry Journal, Flying Island, and Recursive Angel, and in three anthologies (In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself [volumes 1 and 4; 1997 and 2002] and Reckless Writing ). Poet's Market entries noted him as a contributor to various magazines (1997-2000), and he has also published two nonfiction books with Coaches Choice: 101 Leadership Lessons From Baseball's Greatest Managers (2013) and 101 Leadership Lessons From Basketball's Greatest Coaches (2015). He works as a book editor and lives in Richmond, Indiana-the cradle of recorded jazz.
Writing as "Peter Storey" Tony Blocker was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and is now living in Calgary, Alberta, This Canadian Aurora Award finalist writes, draws, and paints the creative thoughts and ideas that flow from his imagination. Tony is a trained weather observer, courtesy of the US Navy, earned his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and writes and draws the web comic "Sam's World".
Larry is the author of five novels on; motorcycle racing, vigilantism, emergency nursing, oil well exploration and a collection of mystery and mayhem-themed shorter stories. He has two books due out this year, one on Native American shamanism and a second volume of his vigilante story. His work is published in web-zines, and a variety of print magazines. His story "Exit Strategy was a published finalist in the annual Deadly Ink competition. His books are available on Amazon. His forays into flash can be read on fictionaut.com.
Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college Over 250 of her poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. The natural world is generally her framework; she also considers the stories of people and places around her and personal histories. She is a semi-retired teacher living in California.
I am a recent graduate of the Mississippi University for Women and Men. My fiction has appeared twice in The Dilletanti, where both pieces earned either an honorable mention, and in the most recent issue, won third place overall. I've also been published in the September Edition of WritingRaw Magazine 2015 and Syzygy. This is a story about family and how the definition of that thing we hold so dear in the south is seen differently depending on where you're from.
Susan is a freelance writer, cozy mystery author, speaker and veteran blogger. She lives in upstate New York with her long suffering husband and she welcomes comments on her blog at sundwallsays.blogspot.com
Nick Sweeney's novel Laikonik Express was published by Unthank Books in 2011. Much of his work shows his fascination with Eastern Europe and its people and history. He is a freelance writer and editor, and guitarist with Balkan troubadours the Trans-Siberian March Band. His story Traffic was second-placed in the 2015 V S Pritchett Memorial Prize.
John Sweet, b. 1968, currently alive and well in the wastelands of upstate. Dead factories in every direction, and slowly eroding hills. A believer in the healing powers of sunlight and surrealism. Opposed to all organized religions and political parties. Labels are the enemy, as are those who make them. Most recent collection is THE CENTURY OF DREAMING MONSTERS (2014 Lummox Press $12). HUMAN CATHEDRALS (Ravenna Press, $8.50) is also out there.
E.J. Tangonan, a native of Kansas City Missouri, is a current local filmmaker and graphic designer. For years since high school, he has written lyrics for rap songs as an outlet for social issues and inner thoughts. He cites culture conscious rappers Nas, 2pac, The Roots, Slum Village, Mos Def and Dilated Peoples as influences.
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is the author of four books of poetry, Prayers of a Heretic/Tfiles fun an apikoyres (2013), Uncle Feygele (2011), What Stillness Illuminated/Vos shtilkayt hot baloykhtn (2008), and The Insatiable Psalm (2005). His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Eclectica Magazine, The Lake, Pearl, Prairie Schooner, Pyrokinection, and The South Carolina Review. Tsugreytndik zikh tsu tantsn: naye Yidishe lider/Preparing to Dance: New Yiddish songs, a CD of nine of his Yiddish poems set to music by Micha? Górczy?ski was released on the Multikulti Project label (multikulti.com). Taub was honored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage as one of New York's best emerging Jewish artists and has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for a Best of the Net award. With his colleague, Ellen Cassedy, he is the recipient of the 2012 National Yiddish Book Center Translation Prize for translation of fiction by Blume Lempel. Taub completed an artist's residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in 2014. Please visit his website at yataub.net.
My previous publications include short stories published in a number of literary journals: one short fiction published in Blood & Aphorisms; one in chapbook by Plowman Press; one in Green's Magazine; one in Filling Station; two in Whetstone; two in Broken Pencil; one in Tessera; one in Windsor Review; three in Paperplates; one in The Write Place at the Write Time; three in The Maple Tree Literary Supplement; two in The Writing Disorder; one in Gertrude; one in Turk's Head Review; one in Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine; one in Bareback Magazine; one in Rampike; two in Crab Fat Literary Magazine; one in The Round Up Writer's Zine; one in The Acentos Review; one in Gravel; one in the Brasilia Review; one in Sediments Literary Arts-Journals; one in The Gambler. Also, I had about a dozen short stories as well as some pieces of creative nonfiction published in The Siren, then Centennial College's student newspaper. Following journalism studies, I had articles and features published in East York Observer, East York Times, Beaches Town Crier, The East Toronto Advocate, Our Toronto as well as community and trade newspapers such as York University's Excalibur and Hospital News, where I interned as an editorial assistant. I broadcast a set of my short stories as a community radio broadcaster for CBLS/CBQW in Sioux Lookout one summer. I have recently written a novel and am an avid photographer.
I do not believe that I became an autodidact because I was raised by wolves, but surely it was a contributing factor. The years I spent in the waters of the Outer Banks, afforded me a mainline infusion of chaos and tranquility. The simultaneous discovery of my ability to write and the secret meaning of my desire brings fire to pages I hadn't expected to burn down. I write villain free fiction for children. I embrace contradiction and try to illuminate the dark without losing the shadows. I work daily to give voice to diversity, for isn't that the gift beyond measure? Please visit my site to see the books I've written and the artwork I produce: SerendipitousGallery
Sharon Thompson lives in Donegal, Ireland and is a primary school teacher, on career break. Imagine-Write-Inspire, Brilliant Flash fiction, Bare Fiction Magazine, Mills & Boon and Malinki Press all acknowledged or published her short stories. Charity work, voluntary copywriting and highlighting children's palliative care issues interest her also. Sharon is submitting her first novel 'Devina'. Sharon Thompson. Writing Fun is her writing page. Her blog is remembervictoria9 and she tweets @sharontwriter
Michelle Thurlow is a sessional lecturer in the English department at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of research interest include the Victorian novel and film criticism.
Abby Tiska is a middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania-raised college student and part-time popcorn-scooper at the local theater. She tends to speak her mind which may sometimes get her into trouble. Although usually found writing informational essays and research papers, she is dabbling in creative writing as a means to grow as a writer. She is interested in free-verse poetry, usually about personal things with little room for metaphors and fluttery language. She seeks to put readers in their feelings and leave them with nostalgia about an event they never even experienced.
Jay Todd studied writing with Frederick and Steven Barthelme and Mary Robison at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and now teaches at Xavier University of Louisiana. His fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern California Review, the Chicago Quarterly Review, Fiction Weekly, and 971 Magazine.
John A. Todras is a former first place prize winner in both the Shelly Society of NY contest, and the Borders Book contest on Long Island. He has worked in many traditional poetic forms and free verse, some of which he has adapted to comedy cabaret songs (in which he is the pianist-composer). He has been published in Nomads' Choir and The Brownstone Anthology, NYC.
Andrew Vastag was born at Footscray Hospital, Melbourne Australia on 11 August 1971. In 1988, he started writing extensively and kept many diaries of poetry and essays written over the years. He has written several unpublished books in the genres of science fiction and philosophy. In 2004, he received a Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT University. Andrew has also had a book of short stories called 'Stories of the Weird and Uncanny' published in 2011 and a philosophy book called 'Theories, Ideas, and Insights' published in 2014.
Alisa Velaj (born 1982, Vlorë, Albania) is an Abanian poet whose work has appeared in a number of print and online international magazines, including "Blue Lyra Review", "One title reviews", 'The Cannon's Mouth' (UK),'The missing slate' (UK), 'The Midnight Diner' (USA), 'Poetica' (USA), 'Time of Singing' (USA), "Canto" (USA), 'Enhance' (USA) "Ann Arbor Review" (USA) 'The French Literary Review" (UK), "SpeedPoets"(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), "LUMMOX Poetry Anthology 3" (USA), "Erbacce" (UK), "fourW twenty-five Anthology" (Booranga Writers' Centre, Australia), "Poetry Super Highway" (USA), "The Otter" (USA), The "Atherton Review" (USA) "Knot Magazine"(USA, "The Brighter Light Poetry Anthology"(USA), "Spark Magazine" (India),"Phenomenal Literature" (New Delhi, India),"17th Annual Yom HaShoah Issue" (USA) and in "The Commonline Journal" (USA), She also has works in forthcoming issues of "Poetica", "The Journal", "Reunion: The Dallas Review" (USA), "Lummox Poetry Anthology 4" and in the Anthology by Mago Books. Alisa Velaj has been shortlisted of the annual international erbacce-press poetry award in June 2014. She is also shortlisted in the Aquillrelle Publishing Contest 3 in January 2015 and has been the first runner up in this contest. Velaj's first full-length collection of poems "A GOSPEL OF LIGHT" is published by Aquillrelle during in May 2015. Her poems are translated into English by Ukë ZENEL BUÇPAPAJ. These poems are published in the book "A GOSPEL OF LIGHT", a full-length book of 100 poems by Velaj
Emily Vieweg is a poet and playwright originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been published in Foliate Oak, The Voices Project, Northern Eclecta and Red Weather Literary Magazine. Her one-act play Atomic Lounge was performed at the 25th Annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival in 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota where she is a wife, mother, daughter, pet parent and data processor. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University and will earn her degree in June, 2015.
Lorraine Voss bio: I live in rural Mid Wales in the UK. I recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with the Open University studying a combination of English Literature and Primary Education and I now earn my living teaching pre-school aged children I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember and painting with words is my passion! Painting with acrylics comes a fairly close second. Examples of my written work can be found at: venpoet.com ; Art and more at: Lorraine-Voss
Ty Spencer Vossler (MFA) currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter. Vossler attributes his creative and original writing to the fact that he shot his television twenty-three years ago.
Mitchell Waldman's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in numerous publications. He is also the author of the novel, A Face in the Moon, and the story collection, Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart (Wind Publications), as well Fiction Editor for Blue Lake Review. (For more info, see his website.
Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork, Ireland. She has already published a collection of poetry, titled Continuity Errors, in 2010 and since then has published in a range of journals, including: Revival Magazine, The Snapping Twig, Narrator International, Ink Sweat and Tearsi, and the Evening Echo. In addition, she has published a novel titled The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014, the story centering around a set of twins and their nefarious adventures on their first archaeological excavation. The web address for this novel is: questforlosteire.com. It is available to buy on Amazon.com.
James Walton lives in the Strzelecki Mountains in South Gippsland, Australia. He resigned from an elected public sector union position to concentrate on writing. In the past eighteen months he has been published in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, Eureka Street, BLUEPEPPER, The Wonder Book of Poetry, Australian Poetry Journal, Great Ocean Quarterly, Bukowski on Wry, Australian Love poems, Hubgarden Poetry, A Sudden Presence, Poetry d'Amour, and the Australian Poetry Collaboration. He was shortlisted for the ACU National Literature Prize 2013, and Specially Commended in The Welsh Poetry Competition 2014.
Stephen Weinstock's series, 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles, concerns a qaraq, a group of souls who discover they have shared 1001 past lives. Learn more on his site, qaraqbooks.com. Besides creating fantastical worlds, Stephen has worked as a dance musician/teacher at Juilliard and the 'Fame' School, coordinated NYU's Musical Theater Writing Program, and composed the musical Rock and Roy, with Barry Jay Kaplan, about the double life of Rock Hudson.
The views and opinions expressed in this fiction do not reflect the views or opinions of the United States Government, the Peace Corps, or the Indonesian Government. If You find a single, distinct view or opinion clearly and directly expressed here, the writer would certainly be interested. You can contact Him through his Twitter account @MrE_Indonesia. Edward Wells II is currently serving in Indonesia with the Peace Corps. He eats rice in some form daily. "i Am not Sam: scribblings from American Samoa," a manuscript COMPLETELY while living in American Samoa is scheduled for release at AWP2016 through MadHat Press.
A recent graduate of Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Abby White is recovering from four years of overworking herself -- particularly through classes and her wonderful school newspaper, The Shakerite. She adores her parents, whom she thanks for any success she achieves. Those accomplishments include awards for Abby's journalism and essays, but no published work yet. Currently, she is a rising freshman at Columbia University who hopes to study creative writing and psychology, although she is interested in literature, religion and history as well.
Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem 'A Rose For Gaza' was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition in October 2014 and has since been published in the 'Poetry For Change Anthology by Vending Machine Press. Poems have also recently been included, or are forthcoming, in Harbinger Asylum's 'A Moment To Live By' anthology, Stacey Savage's 'We Are Poetry an Anthology of Love poems', In The World Of Womyn's 'She Did It Anyway' anthology, the launch issue of Anomalie and Callope and Phizzog among others.
Dan Willbach has worked as a teacher and psychotherapist in the Boston area and has been studying and writing fiction for the last twenty years. This story comes from a linked collection. Two others have been published: "Rebecca's Gift" in The New Orphic Review and "Alaskan Two-Step" in The Lightkeeper.
Eric Allen Yankee is a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade of Chicago. His work is published/forthcoming in The People's Tribune, Crab Fat, CC&D, The Miscreant, Sweet Wolverine, Overthrowing Capitalism Volume 2.
Eva Zimet runs MultiMediation, promoting an interdisciplinary approach to conflict management and redesigning relationships. She is one of our best cross-trainers, integrating what the individual brings to the circle, and what it takes to meet there. She has, thus far, gladly survived her own childhood, New York City in the 70s and 80s, marriage, New Jersey, raising four children, several graduate degrees and many witching hours. She does a lot of field work and lives in Central Vermont.