Authors & Artists

James Broschart has retired from college teaching, public television production, technical writing, and bookstore management. He taught English composition to sailors aboard the U.S.S. Independence and wrote emergency management manuals for U.S. Department of Energy nuclear sites. His poems have appeared in Ars Medica, Blueline, Artemis, The Enigmatist, and Sociological Origins, and his poetry collection Old News was published by Finishing Line Press (2018). He resides in southwest Virginia.

Peter Neil Carroll’s sixth collection, Something’s Bound to Break (Main Street Rag) will be published in 2019. Earlier books include An Elegy for Lovers (Main Street Rag); The Truth Lies on Earth (Turning Point); Fracking Dakota: Poems for a Wounded Land; A Child Turns to Wave: Poetry of the Lost Places, which won the Prize Americana; and Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem. He lives in Northern California and serves as Poetry Moderator for

Margaret DeRitter lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she was a winner of the 2018 Celery City Chapbook Contest and is the copy editor and poetry editor of Encore magazine. Her poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, including The 3288 Review, which nominated one of her poems for a Pushcart Prize in 2017. She has a full-length collection due out in 2020 from Unsolicited Press (Portland, Oregon).

Diane Giardi, MFA, is an artist, poet, educator and director of education for East End Arts. Her work has been published in various journals including The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, The Endicott Review, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Kind of a Hurricane Press, The Muddy River Poetry Review, The Path, Alimentum, The Nassau Review, Minerva Rising, Ann Arbor Review, Dovetail Publishing and The Dallas Review. She lives and writes on Long Island’s East End.

Ladislav R. Hanka is an artist working largely with themes of natural history – the birds and trees, fish and insects — as elegant co-habitants rather than resource. He’s published two books: In Pursuit of Birds; a Foray with Field Glasses and Sketchbook and The Crooked Tree Prints, which examines the Eastern Woodlands Indian practice of deforming trees to mark trail ways and council sites – published in English and the native Aneshnaabemowin. His website is (Photo credit: Dellas Henke).

Martin John lives on the south coast of England, is a member of the local poetry collective and leads the library poetry group. His poems have appeared in print and on line in publications including The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Space, LUPO, Here Comes Everyone, Not a Silent Poet and in the anthology In Search of Sea Grass.

Jury S. Judge is an internationally published artist, writer, poet, photographer, and cartoonist. Her Astronomy Comedy cartoons are published in The Lowell Observer. Her artwork has been widely featured in publications such as Permafrost, New Plains Review, Oddball Magazine, and Glassworks. She has been interviewed on the television news programme, NAZ Today for her work as a political cartoonist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014.

Nancy Ludmerer has published over 50 stories in such places as Best Small Fictions 2016 (‘First Night’, originally published in River Styx), Kenyon Review, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Cimarron Review, Grain, Masters Review’s ‘New Voices’ Series, and Sou’wester. Her stories have been read on public radio and translated into Spanish and her essay ‘Kritios Boy’ (Literal Latte) was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2014. She lives in New York City.

Neil McCarthy is an Irish poet who lives in Vienna. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2001 and has been writing ever since. His debut collection, Stopgap Grace, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2018 and subsequently shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best debut collection. His website is

Bryan R. Monte’s poetry has appeared in Bay Windows, Friends Journal, (interview/reading at, Irreantum, Poetry Pacific, the South Florida Poetry Journal, Sunstone, and in the anthologies Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Press, 2013), Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Press, 2017) and is forthcoming in Voices from the Fierce, Intangible World (SoFloPoJo, 2019). His poetry collection: On the Level: Forty-eight Poems about Living with Multiple Sclerosis, is in search of a publisher.

Ian C. Smith’s work has appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, Australian Poetry Journal, Critical Survey, Live Encounters, Poetry New Zealand, Southerly, and Two-Thirds North. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Meryl Stratford lives with her husband, Richard Magesis, in Hallandale Beach, Florida. She is an associate editor for the South Florida Poetry Journal. Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A video of her poem, ‘Ruffian,’ first published in AQ19, can be viewed at

David Subacchi lives in Wales where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has published five collections of his English language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016), A Terrible Beauty (2016) and Where is Wales? (2019). More information about David Subacchi and his work can be found at . (Photo: Paul Subacchi).

John Talbird is the author of the chapbook, A Modicum of Mankind. His fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Grain, Upstairs at Duroc, Juked, The Literary Review, Ambit, Potomac Review and many others. He is on the Editorial Board of Green Hills Literary Lantern and a frequent contributor to Film International. An English professor at Queensborough Community College, he lives in New York City with his wife and their cat.

Bob Ward studied science and then the history and philosophy of science. After a period spent in research, he worked in education eventually becoming responsible for training teachers. Following retirement, he served as a Quaker Prison Minister for several years. An active poet and photographer, he relishes the interplay between texts and visual images. His publications include Trusting at the Last, (Hawthorn Press, 2011) and Lines of Inquiry (Meniscus, 2017).