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Issue 14

Cover art Posted on Thu, August 14, 2014 13:45:55

Marcel
Krijgsman

Cover
art

http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl/

Sue
Pace

Sue
Pace has over 120 short stories, personal essays, poems and non-fiction
articles published in regional and international formats. This includes not
only literary journals in the USA, but also journals in Australia, the UK and
Canada.
Her poems may be found in several Open To
Interpretation
coffee table books. Her plays have been produced in Seattle,
Portland and at the West Coast Ensemble
in Hollywood, CA. She was a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Seattle
University and recently received an Honourable Mention in NIMROD’S Katherine Anne Porter competition. Most recently, her work
may be found in CALYX, SKIVE, PROLE
and EP;PHANY, and she has work
forthcoming in NIMROD.
Sue has been a presenter at several writer’s conferences and workshops in the
United states and is excited to be making a trip to the UK this fall.

Anna
Maconochie

Anna Maconochie is a
writer, filmmaker and DJ living in London, England. Her short story, Derma, was published last summer in Erotic Review.

She is currently
writing other short stories and a short horror film.

Suvi Mahonen

Suvi Mahonen is a former journalist now turned freelance
writer. Her non-fiction has appeared in various newspapers and magazines in
both Australia and Canada including The
Weekend Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald
and Practical Parenting. Her fiction has been widely published in
literary journals and anthologies including in The Best Australian Stories 2010 and Griffith Review. A portion of a longer work-in-progress was
nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. To learn more about her work and keep up
to date you can visit her writing page at: http://www.redbubble.com/people/suvimahonen

GC Perry

GC
Perry’s fiction pieces have appeared in Fractured
West, Hobart, Quick Ficiton, Litro, Open Pen
and elsewhere. He lives
in London.

Victoria
Briggs

Victoria
is originally from the north west of England but now lives and works in London.
She previously won the Asham award for women writers and had her winning short
story published in a Bloomsbury
anthology. She has also had other short stories and journalism features
published, and is currently trying to summon the courage to attempt a
novel.

Gary
Budden

Gary Budden is the founder of
independent publisher, Influx Press,
where he is editor-in-chief. He works as fiction editor for Ambit magazine. His
fiction and essays have appeared in The Quietus, The Journal of Wild
Culture, The Cadaverine, Dead Ink Books
and more. His story Knotweed will be appearing as part of
the Galley Beggar press singles
series in 2014. He lives in London.

Emma
Deanston

Emma
Deanston is a journalist who grew up in Germany before moving to the US.
She has won several awards for her non-fiction writing. Emma Deanston is
the pseudonym she has adopted for her new adventures in the short
story genre. It’s not her real name.

Stuart
Pickford

In
the past, Stuart Pickford received a major Eric
Gregory Award
from the Society of
Authors.
His first full and only collection was The Basics that was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection prize. He has had work published in
many magazines and journals including Acumen,
Agenda, Ambit, Fire, Iota, Oasis, Orbis, Poetry Review, Rialto, The North,
Smiths Knoll, Staple, The SHOp
and New
Writing
.

Marilyn
Francis

Marilyn
Francis lives, works, and writes poems near Radstock in the wild south-west of
England. She has had one collection of poems, red silk slippers, published
by Circaidy Gregory Press. She also
has some other poems out and about in the world, though she has even more
lazing in her notebooks.

Pat
Borthwick

Pat Borthwick is a Lincolnshire Yellow Belly by birth and writes short
stories and poetry. She has twice been
awarded Hawthornden International Writing
Fellowships
. Competition successes include winning the Amnesty Human Rights Prize, the Keats-Shelley and Basil Bunting Poetry Awards and the Templar pamphlet competition. She is currently completing OPEN, her fourth full-length collection
and a pamphlet, Wavelengths, themed
on things sea. Pat is a Creative Writing tutor and Stanza representative for
Rural Yorkshire.

Gareth
Writer-Davies

Gareth
Writer-Davies is a gardener from Letchworth Garden City. Widely published over
the last couple of years, he was shortlisted for the Erbacce Prize in 2012 and Highly Commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize in 2012 and
2013. He is working towards a pamphlet, but then aren’t we all…

Kevin
Hanson

Kevin
Hanson retired to Sheffield in 2003. Since then he has self-published three
collections of poetry, with a fourth in the pipeline. His work has appeared in
several other magazines, including The
Dark Horse, Pennine Platform
and The
Interpeter’s House.

Martin
Zarrop

Martin Zarrop started writing poetry
in May 2006 and has published in various magazines: Reach, Prole, Carillon, The Journal, Poetry Monthly, Poetry Cornwall,
Never Bury Poetry, Envoi, Kaffeeklatsch
. In 2011 he completed the MA in
Creative Writing at Manchester University and is aiming to generate a
collection (sometime). Meanwhile he just wants to continue the love affair and
to keep on writing.

Jennifer A. McGowan

Jennifer A. McGowan obtained her PhD from the
University of Wales. Despite being certified as disabled at age 16, she
has published poetry and prose in many magazines and anthologies on both sides
of the Atlantic, including The Rialto and The Connecticut Review.
Her chapbooks are available from Finishing
Line Press
. Her website can be found at http://www.jenniferamcgowan.com and handwritten
versions of her poems can be purchased at http://www.handwrittenpoems.co.uk .

Stephanie Arsoska

Stephanie Arsoska’s work has appeared
in An Anthology of Motherhood
published by The Emma Press and is
due to be published by Iron Press and
Mother’s Milk Books later this
year. She is the poetry blogger for Word
Bohemia, Co Poetry & Prose
Editor for BritMums and Paperswans
and runs a Virtual Open Mic Night through her blog www.beautifulmisbehaviour.com. Find her on twitter
@StephArsoska

Tobi Cogswell

Tobi Cogswell is a multiple Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Credits
include or are forthcoming in various journals in the US, UK, Sweden and
Australia. In 2012 and 2013 she was short-listed for the Fermoy International Poetry Festival. In
2013 she received Honorable Mention for the Rachel
Sherwood Poetry Prize
. Her sixth and latest chapbook is Lapses &
Absences
, Blue Horse Press.
She is the co-editor of San Pedro River
Review
(www.sprreview.com).

Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca
Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon. She is a gardener and runs writing workshops
in Devon, having been a teacher in various situations all of her working life,
including a prison. Cinnamon Press
published her second poetry collection, A Handful of Water, in 2013 (Oversteps Books having published her
first, River is the Plural of Rain). Her first novel, Liar Dice, won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in
2010 and her second novel, What the horses heard, was published this
year. Brett himself recommended the book, saying it is ‘unsentimental yet
moving, an easy read (that is a compliment to its style) yet full of powerful
scenes and imagery.’

Wendy Pratt

Wendy Pratt was
born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1978. She now lives just outside Filey.
She studied Biomedical Science at Hull University and worked as a
Microbiologist at the local NHS hospital for some years. She is recently
completed a BA in English Literature with the Open University and is hoping to
study towards her MA in creative writing this year.

She
started trying to fashion a career out of her writing in 2008 and has since
enjoyed publication of her poetry in many journals and magazines including: Interpreter’s
House, Pennine Platform, Prole, Envoi, Other Poetry, Acumen, The Frogmore
Papers and The English Chicago Review
amongst others.

Wendy’s
first poetry pamphlet, Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare was published by Prolebooks
in 2011 and was well received, being reviewed favourably in the TLS. The collection centred on the
loss of Wendy and her husband’s baby daughter, who died during an emergency
C-section in April 2010.

Her first
full size collection, Museum Pieces is also published by Prolebooks.
It was launched in Leeds, in January 2014. The concept of the
collection is that of a museum where memories, events, objects, thoughts are
touchstones for something deeper; the poems artefacts to be observed.

Flarestack
Poets
will be publishing another pamphlet by Wendy in 2015. Entitled Lapstrake,
it is a collection of poems that revolve around the movement of the sea, and
the movement of love.

Wendy is
the poetry correspondent for Northern
Soul
, where she writes a regular column called ‘Northern Accents’. She is
also part of the womentoring project.
Wendy was recently invited to read at the Bridlington
Poetry Festival
in 2014.

Fiona Sinclair

Fiona Sinclair is an
ex-English teacher. Her first full collection will be published by Lapwing Press in November. She is the
editor of the on-line e-zine Message in a
Bottle.

Maria Isakova Bennett

Maria Isakova Bennett lives in
Liverpool, graduated with an MA in creative writing in December 2012, and since
then has had work published online and in print in the UK, US, and Ireland
including previous work in Prole, Crannog, Boyne Berries, Envoi, Orbis, Ink Sweat & Tears and
Abridged.
During 2014 Maria was highly commended in the Gregory O’ Donoghue Poetry Competition, shortlisted in The Munster Literature Chapbook Competition,
and in July she was awarded first prize in the
Ver Poet’s Open Competition
http://verpoets.org.uk/competitions Maria is currently working on a
collection of short stories, poems, and associated art work.

David Olsen

David Olsen’s Unfolding
Origami
, winner of
the 2013 Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award, will appear in 2015.
Between 2012-14 he has placed poems with Acumen, Envoi, The Journal, Interpreter’s House, Orbis, Prole,
SAW Poetry, and
anthologies from Cinnamon Press, Templar,
Belgrave Press
, and University of London’s Human Rights Consortium (UK); Vermont Literary Review, Bloodroot, Aurorean, Pinyon, Deronda Review,
Scintilla, Strong Voices,
and Touch: The Journal of Healing (US); ROPES (Ireland); and French Literary Review (France). A holder of an MA in creative
writing from San Francisco State University, he has lived in Oxford since 2002.

Neil
Elder

Neil
Elder has had work published in Prole,
Acumen, Envoi
and The Journal
among others. He lives and works in NW London and belongs to Herga Poets in Harrow. He hopes to be
hit by the perfect opening line somewhere along the A40.

Kathryn
Daszkiewicz

Kathryn Daszkiewicz was brought up in
the north east of England but now lives in Lincolnshire. Kathryn did not start
writing until her early thirties and since then has been widely published in
good poetry magazines. She was awarded a writer’s bursary by East Midlands Arts in 2001 and was
selected for their 24-8 project. A
selection of her work appeared in the 2001 Shoestring
Press
anthology of New Writing that same year. In the Dangerous
Cloakroom
, her first full length collection, was published by Shoestring Press in October 2006 and her
second, Taking Flight, followed in 2012.

Robin Muers

Robin Muers has been interested in
poetry for as long as he can remember, but it was only after his retirement
from the civil service some years ago that he’s been making serious attempts to
write his own. He enters a number of competitions, partly because that is
an incentive to add that little extra attention or polish. In the rest of
his life, he gardens and rides bicycles

J. J. Steinfeld

J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction
writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is
patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While
waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be
Capitalized?
(Stories, Gaspereau
Press
), Would You Hide Me? (Stories,
Gaspereau Press
), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A
Glass Shard and Memory
(Stories,
Recliner Books
). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous
anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act
plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in North America.

Stephen Payne

Stephen
Payne lives in Penarth, South Glamorgan and teaches at the University of Bath.
His pamphlet, The Probabilities of
Balance
, was published by Smiths
Knoll
in 2010. His first full collection is forthcoming from HappenStance.

Sue Millard

Sue Millard lives in Cumbria. Her website, http://www.jackdawebooks.co.uk/ showcases her
published output of novels and non-fiction which tend to feature horses,
carriage-driving, romance, rural life, history and artistic but inept dragons.
Her poems have been published by, e.g., The
Interpreter´s House, Pennine Platform, Pirene´s Fountain, Butcher´s Dog,
Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin
, and Prole.
Her recent collection, ASH TREE, is
published by Prolebooks,
http://www.prolebooks.co.uk

Mark Connors

Mark
Connors is a 44-year-old writer from Leeds, UK. His poetry and short stories
have appeared in a variety of magazines, ezines and anthologies, both in the UK
and overseas, and he regularly performs at open mics and literature festivals,
particularly in the north of England.

D A Prince

D A Prince lives in Leicestershire
and London. Her second collection, Common Ground, will be published by HappenStance Press in September 2014.

Keith
Hutson

Keith
Hutson farms a windy
hillside in Halifax. Having read and written
poetry for many years, he has just started performing and submitting
his own work, and has been published in several journals. He coaches
boxing too, and is a member of The Flying
Poets
running team.

R. M. Francis

R. M. Francis is a poet from the
Black Country. He is currently living in Leeds and studying for his MA Creative
Writing at Teesside University. He has placed work in many online and print
publications and is an active contributor to the spoken word scene in the North
of England. He regularly collaborates on music and spoken word projects.

Rachael de Moravia

Rachael de Moravia has written
features for national newspapers, edited business and lifestyle magazines, and
has worked as a broadcast journalist and presenter. She now writes fiction and
poetry and in 2013 was long-listed for the Lightship
International Poetry Prize
. She has a Masters with distinction in
Creative Writing.

Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles was born in east
Yorkshire and now lives in the east Midlands. He has been shortlisted for
several poetry awards including the Virginia
Warbey
and the Plough, and been
runner-up for the Troubadour and Ware Festival prizes.

Elaine Taylor

Elaine Taylor lives in Devon and has
worked for many years in the helping professions. She writes both poetry and
prose and in 2011 completed the MA in Creative ebsite. She is a member of the
online poetry group 52. Writing at Bath Spa University. She has had poems
accepted for publication in The Broadsheet, The Journal and Obsessed with
Pipework and on The Stare’s Nest w

Tim Youngs

Tim Youngs is Professor of English at
Nottingham Trent University and the author or editor of several books on travel
writing. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Staple, Quartz, Moving Worlds, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s
House
and Hinterland.

Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley is a poet and
playwright and was for six years writer in residence at HM YOI Lancaster Farms.
His first pamphlet of poetry Close to Home, published by Prolebooks in May of 2012, is in the
words of Sarah Hymas, “an invitation to experience life elsewhere, in another
skin.” As a playwright, he has written for stage and radio, and is
currently commissioned to by Burnley
Youth Theatre
to write a play to mark the centenary of World War One.

Howard Wright

Howard Wright lectures at the Belfast
College of Art. Recent poems have appeared in Arete, Magma and Poetry
Review
. His first collection, King of
Country
, was published by Blackstaff
Press
in 2010; Blue Murder (Templar Press) appeared in 2011.

Kate Wise

Kate Wise fits poetry in around
being a solicitor and mum to two under-threes, composing on her commute. She has recently been
published in New Trad Journal, and
edition 12 of Stepaway
magazine. She was commended in the 2013 Cafe Writers competition, and placed third in the 2014 Ware Poets open competition.

Stella Wulf

Stella Wulf was born in Blackpool,
brought up in North Wales and now lives in South West France with her husband
and a menagerie of animals. A retired interior designer, she now spends her
time painting and writing. Her poems have appeared in The Sentinel Literary Magazine (after gaining third place in their
competition) and The Screech Owl. She
recently had a poetry article published by a Nottinghamshire newspaper.

Dominic Stevenson

Dominic Stevenson is an English-born
writer with his roots in the post-industrial north of England. His aim is to
take part in the global discussions surrounding societal, gender, sexual and
educational equality.

Marilyn Hammick

Marilyn Hammick writes at home in England and
France, and is also found stitching, and on her yoga mat. Her poems have been
published in Prole, The Glasgow Review, The Camroc Press
Review, The Eunioa Review
and Writers
Abroad
. Follow her on Twitter @trywords and at http://glowwormcreative.blogspot.co.uk

Robert Harper

Robert Harper is the founding
editor of Bare Fiction Magazine. Robert runs the Shrewsbury
Poetry Stanza and is currently collaborating with composer Zakiya Leeming
on a new piece for four voices which is based on his poem Hush. Robert
is studying part time for an MA in Creative Writing and has had poems featured
in The Interpreter’s House and Wenlock Poetry Festival Trail.

Paul Surman

Paul Surman is a member of Back Room Poets in Oxford. He has been widely published in
magazines such as Acumen, Magma, Envoi,
Orbis
and Smiths knoll. His
website is at http://paulsurman.weebly.com/

David Mark
Williams

David Mark Williams has won prizes for his poetry both in the UK and New
Zealand. His debut collection, The Odd Sock Exchange, will be published
by Cinnamon Press in 2015.

Michael
Swan

Zelda Chappel

Zelda Chappel writes because she has
to and often on the backs of things. Her work has been published in
several magazines and anthologies, both online and in print. Most
recently her work can be found in The
Interpreter’s House, Belleville Park Pages, Popshot
and HARK.

Seth Crook

Seth
Crook taught philosophy at various universities before deciding to move to the
Hebrides. He dislikes cod philosophy in poetry, but likes cod, philosophy and
poetry. His poems have recently appeared in such places as the Rialto, Magma, Envoi, Gutter, New Writing Scotland,
Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, Southlight, The Journal, Prole;
and on-line
in Snakeskin, Ink Sweat and Tears,
Antiphon, Message in a Bottle, Streetcake
and Far Off Places.

George Korolog

George Korolog is a San Francisco Bay
Area poet whose work has been widely published in over fifty print and online
journals such as Word Riot, Forge, The
Monarch Review, Naugatuck River Review, Blue Fifth Review, Poets and Artists
Magazine, The Journal of Modern Poetry, Red River Review, Connotation Press,
The Chaffey Review, Thin Air Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal
and many
others. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of
the Net
. His first book of poetry, Collapsing Outside the Box, was published by Aldrich Press in November 2012 and is available on Amazon.
His second book of poems, Raw String
was published in October, 2013 by Finishing
Line Press
.

Susan Evans

Susan Evans is a Brighton-based Arts Therapist
(Drama) Lecturer and Performance Poet, born and raised in North
East London, of Anglo Indian and Anglo Irish parentage. Susan is currently
developing her solo `scratch’ show, A bit of Oral. Click here for irregular news on Susan’s poetry
progressions: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susan-Evans-Performance-poet/485340264922817

Roger Elkin

Roger Elkin has won 45 first prizes and
several awards internationally, including the Sylvia Plath Award for Poems
about Women
, and the Howard Sergeant Memorial Award for Services to
Poetry
(1987). His 11 collections include Fixing Things (2012); Marking Time (2012); Bird in the Hand (2012); Chance Meetings (2014). Editor of Envoi, (1991-2006),
he is available for readings, workshops and poetry competition adjudication.

M. Krockmalnik
Grabois

M. Krockmalnik Grabois’ poems have appeared in hundreds of literary
magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular contributor to The
Prague Revue,
and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story, Purple Heart, published in The Examined Life in 2012, and
for his poem, Birds, published in The
Blue Hour
, 2013. His novel, Two-Headed
Dog
, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state
hospital, is available for 99 cents from Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition.

Mark
Hughes

Mark
Hughes is a cartoonist/artist living in Abergele, North Wales. Self-taught, his
drawings are a combination of twisted observations of the world around him and
the outpouring of his wild imagination. His influences include Ralph Steadman,
Goya, Bosch, Robert Crumb, Picasso, Van Gogh, Dali, Scarfe, Giles..

He works
quickly in ink on paper and complains that most of his work takes longer to dry
than it did to draw.



Prole 13

Poetry Posted on Sat, April 12, 2014 20:28:02

Here we have the bios of the contributors for issue 13 of Prole. If you’d like to share your thoughts with us or the writers, please post here.

Cover art, Cyril Hobbins.

Sue Pace has over 120 short stories, personal essays, poems and non-fiction articles published in regional and international formats. This includes not only literary journals in the USA, but also journals in Australia, the UK and Canada.
Her poems may be found in several Open To Interpretation coffee table books. Her plays have been produced in Seattle, Portland and at the West Coast Ensemble in Hollywood, CA. She was a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Seattle University and recently received an Honourable Mention in NIMROD’S Katherine Anne Porter competition. Most recently, her work may be found in CALYX, SKIVE, PROLE and EP;PHANY, and she has work forthcoming in NIMROD.
Sue has been a presenter at several writer’s conferences and workshops in the United states and is excited to be making a trip to the UK this coming fall.

Rachael Smart is a social worker from Nottingham with a thing about words. Her work has appeared in LITRO and is upcoming in Cease, Cows. She is hopelessly addicted to the writer’s website ABCTales.com.

Helen Gundry Fletcher is now at home full time with three young children, a new puppy and plenty coursework for her latest incarnation as a student (again). She seems to consume more quantities of tea and biscuits whilst mulling over the computer screen than she ever did in the staffroom where she worked as a primary school teacher.

Dave Barrett opened the very first issue of Prole with his great short, Shoes. He has two literary agents considering the INLAND EMPIRES collection at this time and is teaching full-time at the University of Montana.

J Adamthwaite is an English Language graduate and lives in East London where she works as a teaching assistant. She has had short fiction published by Cinnamon Press, Dead Ink Books and Stand Magazine, amongst others. She is currently working on a novel.

Sleiman El Hajj studied Biology and English literature at the American University of Beirut. He worked as a freelance writer in Beirut, Lebanon, for four years and moved to the UK in 2013. He currently lives in Cheltenham where he is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing.

Sadie Miller has had work previously published by Aurum Press, Gothic
City Press and Oddville Press, with forthcoming work appearing in the
Static Movement Shape Shifters Anthology, as well as two Snowbooks
Anthologies, for whom she is also writing a Sci Fi novel. She has had
poetry published by the Red Booth Review, Clockwise Cat and The
Commonline Journal, with an audio play in development with Audio
Scribble for a Christmas 2014 release. Her most recent novella will be
available to download through Excessica books at the end of April. For
more Sadie Miller news, please visit sadiemiller.co.uk

Charles Wilkinson’s publications include The Pain Tree and Other Stories (London Magazine Editions, 2000). His stories have appeared in Best Short Stories 1990 (Heinemann), Best English Short Stories 2 (Norton), Midwinter Mysteries (Little, Brown), Unthology (Unthank Books), London Magazine and in genre magazines/ anthologies such as Supernatural Tales, Horror Without Victims (Megazanthus Press), The Sea in Birmingham (TSFG) Sacrum Regnum, Rustblind and Silverbright ( Eibonvale Press) and Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction.

Angela Readman’s poetry has won the Mslexia Poetry Competition and The Essex Poetry Prize. She is a twice short listed winner of the Costa Short Story Award, her short story collection Don’t Try This at Home will be published by & Other Stories.

Kevin Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and grew up in the south of England. After living and working in London for thirty years he moved to Sheffield in 2003. He has had poems published in various other magazines, including The Dark Horse, The Interpreter’s House and Pennine Platform.

Maria Isakova Bennett mostly
lives and writes in Liverpool. She has an MA in creative writing from
Lancaster University and has had fiction published by D.C Thompson;
reviews published in Orbis, and FAD; and poems published in Abridged,
Antiphon, Envoi, Ink Sweat & Tears, Orbis, Poetry Bus, ProleIssue
12, Shot Glass, The Fib Review, The Linnet’s Wings, The New Writer, The
Pickled Body, and forthcoming in Obsessed with Pipework. Maria teaches
art part-time, and is currently working on a collection of poetry and
linked short-stories

Kate Garrett was born in southern Ohio, but moved to the UK in 1999. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Ariadne’s Thread, Cactus Heart, Word Bohemia, and the YA fiction anthology Heathers (Pankhearst), and is forthcoming in The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood (February 2014). She lives in Sheffield with her three sons, some cats, and a meditation cushion.

Roy Marshall wrote poems and stories as a child. He stopped for a while (thirty years) and then remembered how much he had enjoyed writing so he wrote some more. His pamphlet Gopagilla was published in 2012 and was followed by a full collection of poems The Sun Bathers in 2013.
Roy Blogs at roymarshall.wordpress.com.

Martin Bennett lives in Rome where he teaches and proofreads at the
University of tor Vergata while contributing occasional articles to
‘Wanted in Rome’. He was 2013 winner of the John Clare Prize.

Denni Turp has been reading and writing poetry for more years than she’d care to admit to, mostly in English, and last year was winner of the first Gwanwyn Festival New Writing Competition for writers in Wales. She is a member of Lapidus and of the Second Light Network of Women Poets as well as of two local writing groups where she lives in north Wales. Denni currently works as North Wales Field Officer for Disability Arts Cymru.

Sue Millard lives in Cumbria. Her website, http://www.jackdawebooks.co.uk/ showcases her published output of novels and non-fiction which tend to feature horses, carriage-driving, romance, rural life, history and artistic but inept dragons. Her poems have been published by, e.g., The Interpreter´s House, Pennine Platform, Pirene´s Fountain, Butcher´s Dog, Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, and Prole. Her recent collection, Ash Tree, is published by Prolebooks, http://www.prolebooks.co.uk

Howard Wright lectures at the University of Ulster in Belfast. Recent poems have appeared in Vallum, The Malahat Review and Poetry Review. His (small) collection, Blue Murder was published by Templar Press in 2011 (Iota Shots series), while Blackstaff Press (Belfast) published a full collection, King of Country in 2010.

Michael Farry is a native of Co. Sligo living in Trim, Co Meath. He was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2011. In 2009 he was awarded third prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition, was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Competition (UK) and longlisted for the Plough Poetry Prize (UK). His first poetry collection, Asking for Directions, was published by Doghouse Books in 2012. He won the Síarscéal Poetry Competition (Roscommon) and the Fermoy Poetry Competition in 2013. He is also a historian and Four Courts Press published his book Sligo, The Irish Revolution 1912-1923 also in 2012.

Claire Booker’s poetry has appeared in a number of journals, most recently in Magma, New Welsh Review and The Rialto. She is currently working on her first collection. Claire is also an award-winning playwright whose stage plays have been produced in Australia, Europe, America and the UK. She blogs at www.bookerplays.wordpress.com

Jennifer A. McGowan obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Wales. Despite being certified as disabled at age 16 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she has persevered and published poetry and prose in many magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. She will be performing at the Ledbury Festival in 2014; she has been Highly Commended in the prestigious Torbay Poetry Competition. Life in Captivity, her chapbook, is available from Finishing Line Press, and a second one, Sounding, will be out later this year. Her website, with more poetry and examples of her mediaeval calligraphy, can be found at http://www.jenniferamcgowan.com

Robert Nisbet was for several years an associate lecturer in creative writing at Trinity College, Carmarthen, where he also worked for a while as an adjunct professor for the Central College of Iowa. His short stories appear in Downtrain (Parthian, 2004) and his poems in Merlin’s Lane (Prolebooks, 2011).

Catherine Higgins-Moore is a Northern Irish writer. She has an English Literature and Drama degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. Her poetry was published in 2012 in Embers of Words An Irish Anthology of Migrant Poetry and her latest work appears alongside writers Maya Angelou, Seamus Heaney, John Betjeman and Bob Dylan in Heart Shoots, Indigo Publishing an anthology where all proceeds go towards Cancer research.

J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in North America.

Lisa Kelly is a half English and half Danish writer, who recently had her poetry pamphlet, Bloodhound, published by Hearing Eye. She is a regular host of poetry evenings at the Torriano Meeting House in London, where she has set up a peer-run poetry group.
Her poems have appeared in South, South Bank Poetry, The Morning Star, Orbis, Brittle Star and forthcoming in Ambit. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and was published in Poetic Republic’s eBook of winners, 2012. In a past life for her sins she was a Consumer Champion.

Sarah J Bryson writes small poems and short stories which reflect on life and death. She takes photos nearly every day and works as a hospice nurse, part-time. She took the Diploma in Creative Writing, in Oxford, graduating in 2007 and hopes one day to save up enough for the degree course. Her poems have won a couple of prizes and she has been published in various small press publications. She has read at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Woodstock Poetry Festival and at the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Bethany W Pope’s first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press last June. Her second collection, Crown of Thorns, was published by Oneiros Books this August. Her first American chapbook The Gospel of Flies has been accepted by Writing Knights Press and will be released in February 2014. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, The Galway Review, The Prague Review, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, The Blue Max Review(Anthology), The Pop Up Poetry Anthology, New Welsh Review, Envoi, Poetry Review Salzburg, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Every Day Poems, The Brooklyn Voice, Miracle E-zine, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, The Prague Review, Words & Music, The Coffin Factory, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Tribe, Kumquat, The Open Mouse, Bone Orchard, Poetry Pacific, Big River Poetry Review, Planet, Turbulence, Sentinel Literary Quarterly.

Born in 1963 in West Hartlepool, Martin Malone now lives in Warwickshire. A winner of the 2011 Straid Poetry Award and the 2012 Mirehouse Prize, his first full collection – The Waiting Hillside – is published by Templar Poetry. Currently studying for a Ph.D in poetry at Sheffield University, he edits The Interpreter’s House poetry journal.

D A Prince lives in Leicestershire and London. HappenStance Press will publish her second full-length collection, Common Ground, this summer.

Sara Clark is a Yorkshire-born poet living in The Scottish Borders. She runs poetry slams in Hawick and has most recently been published in New Welsh Review, The New Writer, the New Voices Press Anthology and various other poetry journals.

Neil Elder lives and works in N.W London. His work has appeared in Acumen, Envoi, Cake and Prole magazines. He is a member of Herga Poets in Harrow.

David J. Costello lives in Wallasey, Merseyside. He hosts local poetry venue The Bards (of New Brighton) and is a member of both Chester Poets and North West Poets. David has been widely published, most recently in The Penny Dreadful (Rep. of Ireland), Envoi, Magma and Ariadne’s Thread. His first collection, Human Engineering was published by Thynks Publishing Ltd in October 2013. David won the 2011 Welsh Poetry Competition.

Sharon Black is originally from Glasgow but now lives in the Cévennes mountains of southern France. In her past life she was a journalist and taught English in France and Japan. In her current one she runs a holiday venue and organizes writing retreats. Her poetry has been published widely. She won Ilkley Literature Festival Poetry Competition 2013. Her collection, To Know Bedrock, is published by Pindrop Press. www.sharonblack.co.uk

Claire Dyer’s first full collection, Eleven Rooms, is published by Two Rivers Press. Her novels, The Moment and The Perfect Affair, together with her short story, Falling for Gatsby, are published by Quercus. Claire is undertaking an MA in Poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London. She lives just outside Reading and her website is: www.clairedyer.com

Paul Surman is a member of Back Room Poets in Oxford. His work has appeared in numerous magazines including Acumen, Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, and Smiths Knoll.

Kate Noakes is a member of the Welsh Academi. Her second collection is The Wall Menders (Two Rivers Press). Her work has been widely published in the UK and she has been invited to perform at venues as diverse as The Poetry Society, The Troubadour, Henley Literary Festival and Glastonbury Festival. She lives in Caversham, Berkshire and has taught poetry for Oxford University. She blogs at www.boomslangpoetry.blogspot.com

Lesley Quayle is a poet and folk/blues singer, currently living in rural Dorset, after 30 years being a vet’s wife, mother to four children and sheep farmer in Yorkshire. She has one pamphlet, Songs For Lesser Gods – erbacce press, featuring her award winning title sequence of sonnets about the foot and mouth outbreak, and a collection published last year, Sessions – Indigo Dreams. She is currently finishing her first novel. She plays the bodhran and spoons with enthusiasm, the guitar badly and is driving everyone round the bend trying to learn to play the bones.

Wendy Pratt was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1978. She now lives just outside Filey. She studied Biomedical Science at Hull University and worked as a Microbiologist at the local NHS hospital for some years. She is also about to complete a BA in English Literature with the Open University and is hoping to study towards her MA in creative writing next year.
She started trying to fashion a career out of her writing in 2008 and has since enjoyed publication of her poetry in many journals and magazines including: Interpreter’s House, Pennine Platform, Prole, Envoi, Other Poetry, Acumen, The Frogmore Papers and The English Chicago Review.
Wendy’s first poetry pamphlet, Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare was published by Prolebooks in 2011 and was well received, being reviewed favourably in the TLS. The collection centred on the loss of Wendy and her husband’s baby daughter, who died during an emergency C-section in April 2010.
Her first full size collection, Museum Pieces is also published by Prolebooks. It went to print in December 2013 and was officially launched in January 2014. The collection is being well received and already has several positive reviews. The concept of the collection is that of a museum where memories, events, objects, thoughts are touchstones for something deeper; the poems artefacts to be observed.

Sarah Doyle’s poetry has appeared in such publications as The Poetry Society’s Poetry News; Orbis; and The Dawntreader, as well as various anthologies, most recently Midnight Skies: Exmoor in Verse (Charmed Hole Publications). Recent
competitions include The Poetry Kit 2013 (highly commended), Poetry on
the Lake (highly commended 2013; runner-up, Formal category, 2012);
Perform Poetry’s Revisited Poetry Competition 2013 (joint runner-up); and Save As Writers’ Shakespeare-themed competition 2013 (runner-up, Prose). Sarah
reads regularly at poetry events in and around London, and co-hosts
Rhyme and Rhyme Jazz-Poetry Club at Enfield’s Dugdale Theatre. Sarah is Poet-in-Residence to the Pre-Raphaelite Society. For further information please see www. sarahdoyle.co.uk

L.G. Price served in the Merchant Navy during World War II where he achieved the rank of chief navigator. He died in 2000 and his ashes, along with his wife’s, will soon be returning to the Atlantic Ocean.

Michael Crowley is a playwright and poet. Publications include The Man They Couldn’t Hang (Drama 2010 Waterside) Behind The Lines (Non Fiction 2012 Waterside Press) Close To Home (Poetry 2012 Prolebooks) “This pamphlet is an invitation to experience life elsewhere, in another skin,” Sarah Hymas. His most recent play The Cell (2012) was produced at Manchester’s 24/7 Theatre Festival and then Bolton Octagon Studio, Unity Theatre Liverpool and at You Are Here Festival in Canberra, Australia. He is currently commissioned to adapt John Schad’s documentary novel The Late Walter Benjamin for stage beginning with a script in hand at Watford Palace Theatre in July 2012. He has also written drama for BBC Radio and written widely for youth theatre. Between 2007 and 2013 he was writer in residence at HM YOI Lancaster Farms and was shortlisted for the Butler Award for contributions to criminal justice. He is an associate tutor in poetry at Edge Hill University and writing a series of ‘male portraits’, of which Liam is one.

Sarah Grace Logan commands an armada of literary pirates that has ridden the third wave of feminism and is becalmed on a reef of prose poetry and intersectionality. She will heave off soon in search of rougher waters, because she is a wordshark, and to stop moving forwards would be death.
https://sarahgracelogan.wordpress.com/



Cover art, issue 11, by Christopher Hutchinson

Cover art Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:43:50

Reflection on and reaction to cover art for issue 11, by Christopher Hutchinson.



Jillian and Jonathan, by Jennifer Tennant

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:40:56

Reflection on and reaction to Jillian and Jonathan, by Jennifer Tennant.

Jenny Tennant was born in 1985 and grew up in Manchester. After studying
Modern Languages at university, she spent time in China and the USA
before moving to France, where she currently works as a teacher and
translator.



Safi, by Toby Vaughan

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:39:37

Reflection on and reaction to Safi, by Toby Vaughan.

Toby Vaughan
is a thirty-nine year old business analyst.
He has lived in Beijing, Seoul, and London. He is the co-editor and founder of an online
short story competition site http://www.overtheredline.com/
has a Masters in Dystopian fiction, and wrote Safi after
listening to an interview with a woman whose husband had been a subject of extraordinary
rendition by Mossad.



Crumble, by Jayne Morgan

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:36:58

Reflection on and reaction to Crumble, by Jayne Morgan.

Jayne Morgan is a freelance writer and radio producer who lives in
Grahamstown, South Africa. Originally from the UK, she left a good job
with BBC Radio 4 for a year’s adventure at the SABC in Johannesburg and
never managed to get back to England. She now has a husband and two
children, earns a living doing more or less anything someone is prepared
to pay her for and has just completed an MA in Creative Writing at
Rhodes University in the hope she will now stop fretting about writing a
novel and actually do it.



Island Woman, S J Mannion

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:34:26

Reflection on and reaction to Island Woman, S J Mannion.



Target Man, by Mike Scott Thomson

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:32:51

Reflection on and reaction to Target Man, by Mike Scott Thomson.

Mike Scott Thomson has
been a writer since his teenage years. Now in his thirties, and after
dabbling in music journalism, blogging and travel writing, he only
seriously turned to fiction in 2011. So far his stories have been
published by The Fiction Desk, Litro Magazine, Writers’ Forum Magazine
and various places online. A short story of his (‘Me, Robot’) was
adapted for performance by the theatre group Berko Speakeasy. He was
also awarded runner up prize in the 2012 Ink Tears Short Story
Competition. Based in Mitcham, he works in broadcasting.



Talking Pictures, by Tracey Iceton

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:31:09

Reflection on and reaction to Talking Pictures, by Tracey Iceton.

Tracey Iceton is an English teacher and creative writing
tutor. She has an MA in creative writing
from Newcastle University, was winner of the Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow short story competition
and a shortlisted finalist for the 2012 Bristol short story competition with
her piece ‘Apple Shot’. Her two, as yet
unpublished, novels have been long and short listed in the Cinnamon Press debut
novel competition and the Bridge House Publishing prize. Her publication credits include; Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, Ride Magazine,
The Yellow Room and the Brisbane Courier Mail.
She is currently developing her third novel, part two of her trilogy on
the Troubles in Ireland while working on publishing part one, Green Dawn at St Enda’s, in time for Easter
2016. She can be contacted through the
Society of Authors.



Missing Pieces, by Michael McGlade

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:29:43

Reflection on and reaction to Missing Pieces, by Michael McGlade.

Michael McGlade holds a master’s degree in English from Queen’s
University in N Ireland. He’s the recipient of an Arts Council award.
His competition-winning fiction appears in the book Powers Irish Short
Story Collection (2012) and in publications such as Green Door,
Calliope, OMDB Mystery Magazine, FictionWeek Literary Review. He is
editor-in-chief of music publication GigApe.com.



Hawa, by Samantha Langsdale

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:28:26

Reflection on and reaction to Hawa, by Samantha Langsdale.

Samantha is in the writing-up stages of her PhD at SOAS, University of
London. In her spare time she acts as the Managing Editor and PR for
GEEKED Magazine. She is a fierce feminist, loves profanity, dreams of
someday being a ‘real writer’, and is forever trying to convince her
partner to stay for just one more pint. To read some of her ‘ranty’
op-eds, log on to www.wegeekedthis.com or find her on Twitter @s_langsdale.



The Grace Circle, by J.K. Fox

Fiction Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:27:02

Reflection on and reaction to The Grace Circle, by J.K. Fox.



Heard Yesterday, by Dave Lewis

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:20:28

Reflection on and reaction to Heard Yesterday, by Dave Lewis.

Dave Lewis is from Pontypridd, South Wales. He has been widely published
all over the world, has written sports stories for the BBC and is organizer of
the international Welsh Poetry Competition – www.welshpoetry.co.uk.

He has published seven books to date – Layer Cake,
(poetry), Urban Birdsong – (short stories, prose, poetry and one song), Sawing
Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses,
(poetry with photographs online), Welsh
Poetry Competition Anthology

(editor), Ctrl-Alt-Delete, (crime thriller), Haiku (collection)
and Raising Skinny Elephants (novel sequel).



Mr Zeus Goes Home, by Kevin Hanson

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:18:39

Reflection on and reaction to Mr Zeus Goes Home, by Kevin Hanson.

Kevin
Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He has had poems
published in various magazines.



Chatila, by Kevin Hanson

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:17:57

Reflection on and reaction to Chatila, by Kevin Hanson.

Kevin
Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He has had poems
published in various magazines.



Working at the British Museum, by Karina Vidler

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:17:11

Reflection on and reaction to Working at the British Museum, by Karina Vidler.

Karina
Vidler is based in London. Her poems have appeared in the magazines Between
the Lines
, Equinox, 14, Orbis, The North, South
and South Bank Poetry. For the sake of balance, Karina would like to
discover magazines identifying themselves with the East, the West, and (perhaps
improbably) the North Bank of the Thames. Karina collaborated with a group of
fellow writers to produce the anthology Ordinary Magic (Poets
Unlimited). Her poems have also been anthologised in Genius Floored
(Soaring Penguin Press), Seeking Refuge (Cinnamon Press) and, most recently, Journey
to Crone
(Chuffed Buff Books).



The Life of Baba O’Reilly, by Eric Paul Shaffer

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:15:52

Reflection on and reaction to The Life of Baba O’Reilly, by Eric Paul Shaffer.

Eric
Paul Shaffer is author of five books and one chapbook of poems. LAHAINA NOON
(Leaping Dog Press,2005) contains poems of local life in the Hawai‘ian islands
and received a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award of Excellence from the
Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association. LIVING AT THE MONASTERY, WORKING IN THE
KITCHEN (Leaping Dog Press,2001) and PORTABLE PLANET (Leaping Dog Press,2000)
contain poems written on Okinawa during the eight years he lived in Japan.
INSTANT MYTHOLOGY (Backer Editions,1999) is a chapbook of selected favorite
poems. RATTLESNAKE RIDER (Longhand Press,1990) contains poems of living,
traveling, and exploring in New Mexico and California. KINDLING: POEMS FROM TWO
POETS (Longhand Press,1988) contains early poems by Shaffer and his long-time
friend James Taylor III. He also edited and wrote a critical introduction for
Lew Welch’s HOW I READ GERTRUDE STEIN (Grey Fox Press,1996) . THE FELONY STICK,
a chapbook of his short fiction was published in 2006, and BURN & LEARN,
his first novel, will appear in late 2007 or early 2008. Shaffer is the
recipent of the 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, an endowed literary award
presented each year to an established writer in Hawai‘i.



The Armchair Historian (re)Habilitated, by Jennifer McGowan

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:14:59

Reflection on and reaction to The Armchair Historian (re)Habilitated, by Jennifer McGowan.

Poetry
from Jennifer has been accepted by Agenda, The Connecticut Review, Gargoyle,
Acumen, Orbis, American Journal of Nursing and other magazines on both
sides of the Atlantic (She is a regular contributor to Acumen); her
poems have been used as teaching texts at university level in the US. She has a
chapbook just published with Finishing Line Press in the US and has been
anthologised alongside the likes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Lyn Lifshin. She took
second place in Orbis’ readers’ choice for issue 156.



Pedestal Polka, by Maeve Henry

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:13:55

Reflection on and reaction to Pedestal Polka, by Maeve Henry.

Maeve
Henry has been writing since childhood and is the author of six published
children’s novels. She has had poems published in a variety of hard copy
and on-line publications, including Mslexia, The Cannon’s Mouth and
Sentinel. Maeve lives in Oxford with her husband and three children and
works for a charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees.



Tom in the Ashmolean, by Maeve Henry

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:12:57

Reflection on and reaction to Tom in the Ashmolean, by Maeve Henry.

Maeve
Henry has been writing since childhood and is the author of six published
children’s novels. She has had poems published in a variety of hard copy
and on-line publications, including Mslexia, The Cannon’s Mouth and
Sentinel. Maeve lives in Oxford with her husband and three children and
works for a charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees.



The Comfy Chairs, by Michael Conley

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:11:41

Reflection on and reaction to The Comfy Chairs, by Michael Conley.

Michael
Conley is a 28 year old teacher from Manchester with a Masters in Creative
Writing from MMU. He has been published in a variety of magazines
including Magma, Rialto and Cadaverine.



Handed Down, by Marilyn Hammick

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:10:44

Reflection on and reaction to Handed Down, by Marilyn Hammick.

Marilyn
Hammick writes (and reads) poetry while travelling and during still moments at
home in England and France. Her poems evolve as records of geographical and
emotional journeys across bumpy and blessed borders.



Office Workers, by Kathleen M Quinlan

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:09:52

Refection on and reaction to Office Workers, by Kathleen M Quinlan.

In the past year, Kathleen M. Quinlan’s poetry has been placed in
journals in the UK (Acumen, Saw) and the US, including
the Aurorean, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Gargoyle
, Journal of
Family Social Work, Qualitative Inquiry
, Journal of Poetry Therapy
and Touch: The Journal of Healing. She has been long-listed or
mid-listed in two successive Cinnamon Press Poetry Awards in 2012 and a
pamphlet manuscript is long-listed in the Venture Award at Flipped Eye Press.
An American, she teaches and conducts educational research at the University of
Oxford and is a member of the Back Room Poets and Second Light Network.



Sign, by Trudie Homan

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:08:27

Reflection on and reaction to Sign, by Trudie Homan.

Trudie
Homan is retired, but not retiring. She holds a BA in theatre and an MA in
something else that also left her unprepared for her accounting career. How it
all happened is unclear but was actually not as dull as it sounds. Her poetry
is virtually unread and she is rarely published, but she performs it at every
opportunity, being a hopeless exhibitionist. Due to the left brain/right brain
issue, her interests are over the map. She is enabled by Fred. They divide
their time between Kansas City and Chicago.



Cedings, by Patricia Emison

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:07:13

Reflection on and reaction to Cedings, by Patricia Emison.

Professor
at the University of New Hampshire, Patricia Emison is the author of several
books on the Italian Renaissance, most recently, The Italian Renaissance and Cultural Memory, (Cambridge University
Press, 2012) and Leonardo (Phaidon Colour Library, 2011).
She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. in art history and
philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. She has published essays on aesthetics,
Virginia Woolf, and “Novelty,” this last as the winner of the Johnson Society
of London essay competition. She has organized or contributed to several print
exhibitions and has a long-standing interest in parallels between poetry and
pictures.



The Bucket List, by Ian Colville

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:03:37

Reflection on and reaction to The Bucket List, by Ian Colville.



Oxford, by Sally Long

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:01:40

Reflection on and reaction to Oxford, by Sally Long.

Sally Long writes a range of poetry including found poetry, metrical
forms and free verse with subjects ranging from childhood memories to Celtic
mythology. She is currently a student at the University of East London on the
MA Writing: Imaginative Practice. When not writing poetry she works as a
teacher.



Washing, by David Cooke

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 21:00:40

Reflection on and reaction to Washing, by David Cooke.

David
Cooke’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many magazines including
Agenda, Ambit, Bête Noire, The Bow Wow Shop, The Coffee House, The Critical
Quarterly, Cyphers, Envoi, The French Literary Review, The Frogmore Papers, The
Irish Press, The Interpreter’s House, The London Magazine, New Walk, Orbis,
Other Poetry, Pennine Platform, Poetry and Audience, Poetry Ireland Review,
Poetry Salzburg Review, The Reader, The SHOp, Stand and Staple. His
retrospective collection, In the Distance,
was published in 2011 by Night Publishing.
Workhorses, a collection of
more recent work is due out from Ward Wood Publishing in 2012.



Gathered Here Today, by Rosie Garland

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:58:21

Reflection on and reaction to Gathered Here Today, by Rosie Garland.

Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has
always been a cuckoo in the nest. An eclectic writer and performer, ranging
from singing in cult gothic band The March Violets, to twisted alter-ego Rosie
Lugosi the Vampire Queen. She has five solo collections of poetry and is winner
of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from
the People’s Café, New York.

She also won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her
debut novel ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ was published in March 2013 by
HarperCollins.

http://www.rosiegarland.com/



Fast, by Rosie Garland

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:57:32

Reflection on and reaction to Fast, by Rosie Garland.

Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has
always been a cuckoo in the nest. An eclectic writer and performer, ranging
from singing in cult gothic band The March Violets, to twisted alter-ego Rosie
Lugosi the Vampire Queen. She has five solo collections of poetry and is winner
of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from
the People’s Café, New York.

She also won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her
debut novel ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ was published in March 2013 by
HarperCollins.

http://www.rosiegarland.com/



Journal Entry to Nikola, by Jane Loechler

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:56:53

Reflection on and reaction to Journal Entry to Nikola, by Jane Loechler.

Jane
Loechler is a poet, a sculptor and a civil servant living in St. Paul,
Minnesota with
poems recently published or forthcoming in PANK, Bat City Review,
Elimae, Burntdistrict, Camroc Press Review, Sugar House
Review and Bodega.



The Wesley Hall, Paulton by Marilyn Francis

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:54:01

Reflection on and reaction to The Wesley Hall, Paulton by Marilyn Francis.

Marilyn
Francis lives and works somewhere near Midsomer Norton – where there are hardly
ever any murders.



Co-operative Terrace, by Marilyn Francis

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:53:09

Reflection on and reaction to Co-operative Terrace, by Marilyn Francis.

Marilyn
Francis lives and works somewhere near Midsomer Norton – where there are hardly
ever any murders.



More Than a Metaphor, by Karin L Frank

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:51:49

Reflection on and reaction to More Than a Metaphor, by Karin L Frank.

Karin L
Frank’s poems have been published in various journals and anthologies in the
United States and abroad.

In April, 2012, her first book of poems entitled
A Meeting of Minds was released.



Dancing, by Sarah A Chavez

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:50:43

Reflection on and reaction to Dancing, by Sarah A Chavez.

Sarah
A. Chavez is a mestíza born and raised in the California Central Valley. She is
currently a PhD student with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies at the
University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in
The Fourth River, North American Review, and WomenArts Quarterly, among others.
A selection from her manuscript, This,
Like So Much
, won the Vreeland Prize in 2011 and was chosen as a finalist
for the 2012 Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize for Poetry. A selection from her
chapbook manuscript, All Day, Talking, won the 2013 Susan
Atefat Peckham Fellowship.



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