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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.



Bloom, by Miranda Stone

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:49:10

Reflection on and reaction to Bloom, by Miranda Stone.

Miranda Stone began writing fiction as a child. She figured she was onto
something when a relative asked why all her stories were so sad. Employing a
minimalist writing style, her work is strongly influenced by the setting and
culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Her short story, No One Is Invisible, was featured in the fourth issue of the
literary journal Parable Press. She lives in Virginia.



The Psychiatrist’s Final Patient of a Long and Trying Week, by JJ Steinfeld

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:47:55

Reflection on and reaction to The
Psychiatrist’s Final Patient of a Long and Trying Week,

by JJ 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.



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