AKaiser (AQ13) has published in ROAR, Eat this Poem Anthology, Coldnoon: Travel Poetics and Tenemos Journal. She was a 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize finalist and has been invited to residencies at Brushcreek Foundation for the Arts (US) and JIWAR (Spain). She has her MFA in creative writing, poetry, with Carlow University (Pittsburgh/Dublin), is a supporter of International PEN and BrooklynPoets.org, and, in May 2015, organized a reading at Station Independent Projects art gallery in Manhattan.
Iclal Akcay (AQ2-AQ4) is a writer and journalist who lives in Amsterdam. She studied journalism and international relations at Ankara University and science and technology at the University of Amsterdam. She has covered political and social issues for Turkish television and American radio. Her work has appeared in Bianet and Pandora.
Art Allen (AQ16) is a poet and screenwriter currently living and studying for an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. His work has previously appeared online and in print in various national and literary magazines including; IS&T, The Cadaverine, Wilderness Literary Review, Cake, Elbow Room, Dink and Cactus Heart. He is currently working on a poetry pamphlet based around the ancient practice of augury.
Jenny Amery (AQ10) came to poetry, or perhaps the other way round, after decades working in the UK and internationally as a public health doctor, mostly in very poor communities. A committed Quaker, she supports movements for non-violent change towards a sustainable future. She recently visited one of her sons in Chile, where she lived in the turbulent 1980s.
Jacob M. Appel (AQ18) is the author of the novels, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, which won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His story collection, Scouting for the Reaper (2014), won the Hudson Prize. Other collections include Phoning Home: Essays (2014) and The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street (2016). He practices psychiatry in New York City. His website is at www.jacobmappel.com.
Nonnie Augustine (AQ9, AQ12 & AQ16) was a professional dancer with a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School, co-founder of The Albuquerque Dance Theatre, and an instructor at the University of New Mexico. She was the poetry editor of The Linnet’s Wings from 2007 until 2014. Her poetry collection, One Day Tells its Tale to Another, was named by Kirkus Review to “Best Books of 2013.” In 2014, she won the 16th Glass Woman Prize. Her website and blog are at www.nonnieaugustine.com and www.augustinesconfessions.blogspot.com respectively.
Goran Baba Ali (AQ3) is a writer, freelance journalist, video reporter, media trainer and artist originally from Iraqi Kurdistan who has lived in Amsterdam since 1998. He studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Baba Ali writes columns and reports for Dutch and Kurdish media and spent five years as the editor-in-chief of the online Dutch/English magazine, ex Ponto. He is currently translating his first novella,The man who was a tree, (Afsana Press, 2011) from Kurdish into English.
Daniel Bachhuber (AQ2) is a poet, a fiction writer, and a Montessori elementary school teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota He studied at Marquette University and at the University of Iowa. His poetry collection, Mozart’s Carriage, was published in 2003 by New Rivers Press. His work has also appeared in The Iowa Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and Poetry East.
Gary Beck (AQ12) has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 11 published chapbooks. His poetry collections: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways (Winter Goose Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections has been accepted by Black Rose Writing. His short story collection is A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications).
Ariel D. Beller (AQ14) was born in Portland, Oregon in 1976. He is a recipient of the Michael Donaghy Memorial Prize. His work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, H_NGM_N, the Bicycle Review, Luna Luna, Gobbet, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Roadside Fiction, and a few other places.
Abra Bertman (AQ13) lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent poems have appeared in Women Arts Quarterly Journal, Stone Highway Review, Off the Coast, Rust + Moth and The Citron Review. Her poem “When the World Comes Home,” a collaboration with Jazz Pianist Franz Von Chossy, appears in the liner notes of the CD of the same name.
Jerome Betts (AQ6, AQ8 & AQ10) comes from Herefordshire but now lives in Devon, England. He has contributed articles to a variety of publications, including Verbatim, English Today and Notes & Queries. Besides Amsterdam Quarterly, his verse has appeared in The Guardian, Pennine Platform, Staple and The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse, as well as on web venues such as Angle, Light, Lighten Up OnLine, which he has guest-edited, The New Verse News, Per Contra, Snakeskin and Tilt-A-Whirl.
Jane Blanchard (AQ18) lives and writes in Georgia. Her poetry has recently appeared in Blue Unicorn, The Dark Horse, The French Literary Review, The Rotary Dial, and Snakeskin. Her first collection, Unloosed, is available from Kelsay Books; her second, Tides & Currents, is forthcoming from the same.
Bryan Borland (AQ6) is the author of two collections of poetry, My Life as Adam, which was honoured by the American Library Association through inclusion on its first-ever “Over the Rainbow” list of recommended LGBT reading, and Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems from the First Year Without My Father. He is founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, where he edits Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, named by Library Journal as a “Best New Magazine.”
Don Brennan (AQ8) was a retired high school teacher who began to devote his time to writing and submitting poetry in 1990. He lived in San Francisco, California. He self-published several chapbooks, and his work appeared in Tracks, Minotaur, Manzanita, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Open Window III and in the Sacred Grounds anthology and The Other Side of the Postcard, City Lights anthology. He was also a Poets 11, Friends of SFPL and Benicia Historical Museum contest winner.
Simon Brod (AQ16 & AQ21) lives and works in Amsterdam and writes poetry. He is a member of local and international writers’ groups and has had work published by Arachne Press.
Alison Leigh Brown (AQ1 & AQ4) is Associate Vice President, Extended Campuses, Personal Learning Division, at Northern Arizona University where she is a professor of philosophy. Some of her publications include Fear, Truth, Writing: From Paper Village to Electronic Community (1995), Subjects of Deceit, A Phenomenology of Lying (1998), and On Foucault (1999) and On Hegel (2000) both from the Wadsworth Philosophers Series.
Jerilyn Friedmann Burgess (AQ20) has always loved words and blogs at www.wordiscovery.com. She’s written for U.S. newspapers and magazines and national and international educational publishers. Ms. Burgess is also writing a book about caring for her husband, a young stroke survivor. When not writing, she can be found teaching ESL to adults, something she’s done for 17 years, and has taught students from nearly every developed country in the world. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carrie Callaghan’s (AQ21) debut novel, A Light of Her Own, about 17th century painter Judith Leyster, is forthcoming from Amberjack in November 2018. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Silk Road, MacGuffin, and elsewhere. She’s a senior editor with the Washington Independent Review of Books and lives in the Washington, DC area with her family.
Valentina Cano (AQ13) is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014 and was called a “strong and satisfying effort” by Publishers Weekly.
Michael Cantor’s (AQ8) full-length collection, Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012), was a finalist for the 2013 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. A chapbook, The Performer, was published in 2007; and his work has appeared in The Dark Horse, Measure, Raintown Review, SCR, Chimaera, The Flea, and numerous other journals and anthologies. A native New Yorker, he has lived and worked in Japan, Latin America and Europe, and has now gone to ground on Plum island, MA.
Susan Carey (AQ7) is originally from Herefordshire and currently lives in Amsterdam where she teaches business English for a living. She writes short stories, flash fiction, poetry and the occasional novel. Some of her short stories and poems have been published online and in print. You can find links to her writing and blog posts about life in Amsterdam here, http://amsterdamoriole.wordpress.com. Susan likes ‘poffertjes,’ and cycling along flat roads but misses fish & chips and hills.
Fern G. Z. Carr (AQ14) is a lawyer, teacher and past President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A member of the League of Canadian Poets and 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee, she composes poetry in six languages. Carr has been published extensively from Finland to Mauritius, has had her work recognised by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate and currently has one of her poems orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. www.ferngzcarr.com
Peter Neil Carroll’s (AQ20-AQ21) newest collection of poetry is An Elegy for Lovers (Main Street Rag, 2017). Recent titles include The Truth Lies on Earth (Turning Point Press, 2017); Fracking Dakota: Poems for a Wounded Land; and A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places which won the Prize Americana from the Institute for American Popular Culture; and Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem. He serves as Poetry Moderator of Portside.org and lives in northern California.
Srinjay Chakravarti (AQ17-AQ18) is a writer, journalist, researcher and translator based in Salt Lake City, Calcutta, India. His creative writing, including poetry, short fiction and translations, has appeared in over 100 publications in around 30 countries. His first book of poems Occam’s Razor (Writers Workshop, Calcutta: 1994) received the Salt Literary Award from John Kinsella in 1995. He has won first prize ($7,500) in the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Poetry Competition 2007–08.
Jennifer Clark (AQ14, AQ17 & AQ20) is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Necessary Clearings (Shabda Press). Her second poetry collection, Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman, is forthcoming from Shabda Press. She recently co-edited the anthology, Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books). Her work, in addition to being published in Amsterdam Quarterly, has appeared in Columbia Journal, Raven Chronicles, Flyway, Nimrod, and Ecotone, among other places. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
J.L. Conrad (AQ19) is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Cartography of Birds (Louisiana State University Press) and the chapbook NOT IF BUT WHEN, which won Salt Hill’s third annual Dead Lake Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Jellyfish, Salamander, The Beloit Poetry Journal, H_NGM_N, The Laurel Review and Forklift, Ohio, among others. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin and on the web at www.jlconrad.com.
Maryah Converse (AQ19) was a Peace Corps educator in Jordan, 2004–2006, and was studying in Cairo during the 2011 Arab Spring. She has written for From Sac, New Madrid Journal, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, BLYNKT, Silk Road Review, Newfound, and Stoneboat Literary Journal. She pays her bills as a grant writer in Manhattan, teaches Arabic, and blogs intermittently about Arabs, refugees and other concerns at bymaryah.wordpress.com.
Will Cordeiro (AQ12) received his MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. His work appears or is forthcoming in Cortland Review, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Fourteen Hills, Harpur Palate, Hawai‘i Review, Phoebe, and elsewhere. He is grateful for residencies from ART 342, Blue Mountain Center, Ora Lerman Trust, Petrified Forest National Park, and Risley AIR at Cornell. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he is a faculty member in the Honors Program at Northern Arizona University.
Adam F. Cornford (AQ5 & AQ9) immigrated to the United States in 1979. Since then he has lived mostly in Oakland, California. Adam led the Poetics Program at New College of California, San Francisco from 1987 until the college closed in 2008. Today he works as a freelance writer. His poetry has appeared widely in print and on the web, and he has published three full-length poetry collections—Shooting Scripts, Animations, and Decision Forest—as well as several chapbooks.
Juliet Cutler (AQ6 & AQ8) is an American writer who currently lives in Amsterdam. As an exhibit developer, her writing appears in museums, national parks, and nature centres throughout the world. Some of her recent, more prominent projects include an award-winning exhibit on African cranes for the International Crane Foundation, exhibits for the Blue Ridge Parkway and a forthcoming exhibit for a new museum in Doha, Qatar. She is currently completing her first book, Sacred Tears, about her experience living among the Maasai in the late 1990s.
Recipient of the Dana Award in Poetry, Tom Daley’s (AQ20) poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Witness, and elsewhere. FutureCycle Press published his first-full length collection of poetry, House You Cannot Reach—Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems, in 2015.
Jim Dalglish (AQ8) is a graduate of Brown University’s playwriting programme. He is the author of Double D, published in The Best Short Ten-Minute Plays 2006 (Smith & Kraus), Unsafe, a full-length play selected as a semifinalist for the 2008 National Playwrights Conference, and The Black Eye, which has won several awards and has been produced in New England, New York and London. A Talented Woman, his collaboration with playwright Lynda Sturner, is currently being developed at The Actors Studio of New York. It was a semi-finalist at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Center and won the Eventide Arts Kaplan Prize for Best Play.
Darya Danesh (AQ18) is a 20-something Canadian writer who has adopted Amsterdam as her forever home. She runs a personal blog and is a contributor to various publications on Medium. She is currently working on a memoir to chronicle her experiences through a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and life-after-the-fact while navigating as an expat and as a bride-to-be.
Jim Daniels’ (AQ15) next book of poems, Rowing Inland , will be published by Wayne State University Press in 2017. Other recent collections include Apology to the Moon (BatCat Press), Birth Marks, BOA Editions, and Eight Mile High , stories, Michigan State University Press. He is also the writer/producer of a number of short films, including The End of Blessings (2015). Born in Detroit, Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mark Danowsky’s (AQ12 & AQ21) is a writer from Philadelphia. His poems have appeared in About Place, Gargoyle, The Healing Muse, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Subprimal, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. He is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
Arthur Davis (AQ11) is a management consultant who has been quoted in The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, interviewed on New York TV News Channel 1, taught at the New School University, given testimony before Senator John McCain’s committee on boxing reform and appeared as an expert witness before the New York State Commission on Corruption in Boxing. He has written 11 novels and over 130 short stories, 45 of which have been published.
Jim Davis, Jr. (AQ10) is a graduate of Knox College and an MFA candidate at Northwestern University. Jim lives, writes, and paints in Chicago, where he reads for TriQuarterly and edits North Chicago Review. His work has received Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, and has appeared in Seneca Review, Adirondack Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and Columbia College Literary Review, among hundreds of others. In addition to the arts, Jim is a teacher, coach, and international semi-professional football player.
Zed Dean (AQ6) lives, reads and writes in Amsterdam.
Ciz Dino (AQ4) writes very late at night in a city that becomes as quiet as a small village often long before midnight. Only the wind beats the windows on the top floor. A single reading lamp is turned on, and sometimes the glow of the clouds (now there are two small ones passing, with silver linings) or the moon, an airplane or two, a satellite.
Timothy Dodd (AQ13) is from Mink Shoals, West Virginia. His poetry has appeared in The Roanoke Review, Big River Poetry Review, Crannog, Floodwall, Two Thirds North and elsewhere. His interview with The Roanoke Review is forthcoming in August. He is currently in the MFA program at the University of Texas, El Paso.
Thea Droog (AQ15) is Dutch and lives in Amsterdam. She was born in Singapore, but grew up in Indonesia. She studied sociology and orthopedagogy in Leiden and Zwolle and was a representative to the Drenthe Provincial Assembly for six years. She is the author of Een Makassaarse dochter (A Makassaars Daughter), 1997, has written stories, and has conducted interviews, some of which were collected and published as Quakers, wat bezielt ze? (Quakers, what inspires them?), 2011.
Moira Egan (AQ2) teaches English, creative writing and translation at John Cabot University in Rome. She shares the 2009 Premio Napoli Special Prize for the translation of a selection of John Ashbery’s poems with Damiano Abeni and Joseph Harrison. Her books include Cleave (2004), La Seta della Cravatta/ The Silk of the Tie (2009) and Spin (2010) and Hot Sonnets (2011) which she co-edited with Clarinda Harriss.
Sharon Feigal (AQ9) lives in Amsterdam. She taught EFL for 14 years and has since moved on to other things. She currently runs her own business. In her free time, she rides her motorcycle and travels or writes about both. Until now, she has written for her own, her friends’ or her family’s amusement. As her 20-year anniversary of motorcycle licensure approaches, she is attempting to bring structure to the road stories; a greater challenge than expected.
Michael A. Ferro’s (AQ20) debut novel, TITLE 13, will be published by Harvard Square Editions in February 2018. He’s received an honourable mention from Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award and his writing has appeared in numerous journals in both print and online, including Crack the Spine, Yale University’s The Perch, Potluck Magazine, Splitsider, and elsewhere. Born and bred in Detroit, Michael has lived, worked, and written throughout the American Midwest. Additional information at: www.michaelaferro.com.
Pattie Flint (AQ21) is a poet and bookbinder who spends her time between Brighton, England, and San Francisco, California. She has her MFA in poetry from Cedar Crest College and her Masters in book history from the University of Edinburgh, and has been published in Maynard, Five [Quarterly], and the Wisconsin Review, among others. In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing and music. Find her at @pattieflint on twitter or at pattieflint.com
Madalina Florea (AQ3) is a Romanian poet who lives in Amsterdam. She studied philology at the University of Bucharest and general linguistics and the teaching of English at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of Poeme cu supravietuitor/Poems with Survivor, (Rawexcoms, 2010), a bilingual, Romanian/English poetry collection. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming.
Originally from Denver, Brian Robert Flynn (AQ18) is currently breathing the fiction and poetry of Washington, DC. His writing can be found in (or is forthcoming from) Clarion, (b)OINK, Glasgow Review of Books, Jelly Bucket, The Moth, and Southword.
Kate Foley’s (AQ3, AQ4, AQ6, AQ8 & AQ16) latest collection, The Don’t Touch Garden was published by Arachne Press in 2015. Shoestring Press will bring out her New and Selected Poems: Electric Psalms, her ninth book, in 2016. She lives between Amsterdam and Suffolk and wherever she can, leads workshops and reads.
George Franklin (AQ21) practices law in Miami and teaches poetry workshops in Florida prisons. His poems have been most recently published in Salamander, B O D Y, Matter, Scalawag, Sheila-Na-Gig, Gulf Stream, The Ghazal Page, Rumble Fish Quarterly, Vending Machine Press, Rascal, and The Wild Word, and translated into Spanish and presented in a dual-language format in Revista Alastor, Nagari, and Revista Conexos, and new poems are forthcoming in The Threepenny Review and Twyckenham Notes.
Jennifer L. Freed’s (AQ19-AQ21) Jennifer L Freed’s recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Zone 3, Connecticut River Review, The Worcester Review, and previous issues of Amsterdam Quarterly, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, These Hands Still Holding, was a finalist for the 2013 New Woman’s Voices prize. Years ago (before husband, before children), she taught English in China and in then-Czechoslovakia. She now lives in Massachusetts. Her website is jfreed.weebly.com.
Jack Freeman’s (AQ19) work has recently appeared in Hinchas de Poesía, lit.cat, inter/rupture, and elsewhere. He’s from Kansas, USA.
Yolanda V. Fundora (AQ10, AQ11, AQ14, AQ15 & AQ16) is a Cuban-American artist born in Havana and raised in NYC. Her artwork is part of many private and corporate collections including the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico in San Juan where she had her second, one-woman show entitled: “Toward a Digital Aesthetic: the Art of Yolanda Fundora.” In addition to her fine art, Fundora also designs textiles and illustrates children’s books. Her website is www.TowardADigitalAesthetic.com.
Gabriel Furmuzachi (AQ18) is a philosophy graduate, who works with old paintings, invents memories and tries to overcome his limitations through writing.
Lou Gaglia’s (AQ8) short stories have appeared in Eclectica Magazine, Cobalt Review, The Brooklyner, The Cortland Review, Hawai‘i Review, Waccamaw, Prick of the Spindle, Blue Lake Review, and many other publications. His first story collection, Poor Advice, will be published by Aqueous Books in early 2014. Lou grew up on Long Island and taught in New York City for many years. He now teaches in upstate New York, and very much enjoys the country and the changing seasons.
Cynthia Gallaher, (AQ19) a Chicago-based poet and playwright, is author of three poetry collections and two chapbooks. Most recently, she made a 10-city book tour with her nonfiction guide & memoir Frugal Poets’ Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren’t a Poet. The Chicago Public Library lists her among its “Top Ten Requested Chicago Poets.” Follow her on Twitter at @swimmerpoet and on her Facebook page at @frugalpoets.
Megan M. Garr (AQ2-AQ3) is an American poet and the founder and editor of Versal, a literary and art journal. Her recent publications include SpringGun, Sidebrow, Corduroy Mtn., A Megaphone and Lungfull!. Her recent chapbook, The Preservationist Documents, is from Pilot Books.
Claudia Gary, (AQ7, AQ11, & AQ15) author of Humor Me (David Robert Books, 2006), became a third-time Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award finalist in 2015. Claudia’s recent chapbooks Bikini Buyer’s Remorse (humorous) and Let’s Get Out of Here (war poems) are available via the email address in pw.org/content/claudia_gary. Her reading of love poems is at the 28-minute mark here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/newmercurymedia/2016/02/15/pnn–salute-to-love-2016.
Marjorie Lotfi Gill’s (AQ14-AQ15) poems have been published in a wide variety of anthologies and journals in the US and UK including Ambit, CURA, Gutter, Magma, Mslexia, Rattle, The North and The Reader and have been performed on BBC Radio 4. She is the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland (https://www.jupiterartland.org/news/poetinresidence) and the Writer in Residence for both Spring Fling (http://www.spring-fling.co.uk/event/sf-x-wbf-writer-in-residence/) and the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival (http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/programme/2896/4035).
Wendy Gist (AQ10) was born in Southern California, raised in Northern Arizona. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Canyon Voices, Burningword Literary Journal, Glint Literary Journal, Lines & Stars, New Plains Review, Oyez Review, Pif Magazine, Poetry Pacific, Red River Review, Rio Grande Review, Sundog Lit, The Chaffey Review, The Fourth River, The Lake (UK), The Voices Project, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. She resides in New Mexico.
Irving Greenfield’s (AQ9 & AQ13) work has been published in Amarillo Bay, Runaway Parade, Writing Tomorrow, eFictionMag, Stone Hobo, Prime Mincer, The Note and Cooweescoowee. He has work forthcoming in The Stone Canoe (electronic edition). He and his wife live in Manhattan. He has been a sailor, soldier, college professor, playwright and novelist.
André Gouyneau (AQ19) was born in 1948 in Orleans. He lives in New Caledonia, an island in the South Pacific. An avid reader and lifetime dreamer, he eventually turned to writing. His work has a touch of the surreal and the ethereal about it. Often whimsical, always insightful and thought provoking, his work stems from his understanding of life and his love of the fictional characters and situations he creates.
Philip Gross (AQ10 & AQ17) is a poet, and a keen collaborator across artforms. The Water Table won the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009, and Love Songs of Carbon the Roland Mathias Award (Wales Book of The Year) 2016. His latest collaboration, with artist Valerie Coffin Price, is A Fold In The River (Seren, 2015). A new collection, A Bright Acoustic, is due from Bloodaxe in 2017. Philip is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. www.philipgross.co.uk
Dan Gustafson (AQ2) is a landscape architect and winery owner who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Healdsburg, California. He attended university in Texas and Minnesota. His memoir is the first in a series that he is writing for his family.
Connie Gutowsky (AQ18) was born in The Dalles, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon and from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. She is a retired criminal defense attorney. Her poems and essays have appeared in literary journals and travel books. A collection of her poetry, Play, was published in 2013. She lives in Sacramento, California, with Al, her husband of sixty-four years. They are parents of three sons.
Claire Hermann (AQ19) is a poet and activist who makes her home in central North Carolina. Her work has been selected as a finalist for the North Carolina Poet Laureate’s Award and as a Split This Rock Poem of the Week, and has been published in such journals as Prime Number, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and Tidal Basin Review. She has a weakness for cats, farmers markets, foggy mornings, and justice. Find her at www.ironclaywriters.com.
Marvin Hiemstra (AQ5, AQ8-AQ9, AQ11 & AQ13) is a poet, humorist, and word charmer, hatched in an Iowa town of 4,000, famous for 4,000, nonstop monologues 24/7 in San Francisco. He is founding Editor-In-Chief of the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review and advises writers and musicians in performance technique. Hiemstra has presented his vision around the world including a three-week triumph at the Edinburgh Festival. The Tower Journal called Hiemstra’s Poet Wrangler: droll poems, “a collection offering sheer joy.”
Daniel Hudon, (AQ17) originally from Canada, teaches astronomy and math at the college level. He is the author of a nonfiction book, The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos (Oval Books, London), a chapbook of prose and poetry, Evidence for Rainfall (Pen and Anvil, Boston), and the upcoming book about the biodiversity crisis, Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals (Pen and Anvil, Boston). He can be found at danielhudon.com and @daniel_hudon. He lives in Boston, USA.
Neil Hughes (AQ5, AQ9 & AQ15) lives in Cumbria, UK. He is a local authority councillor and works part-time for an international charity retailing books. He is a playwright, who has written over 30 plays, a memoirist and a poet. AQ15 marks his poetry debut in this magazine. In August 2013, Neil was happily married to Nora at a ceremony that this publication’s editor and his partner were pleased to attend.
Amina Imzine (AQ15 & AQ17) is French. She has travelled extensively in Africa and Asia and has a PhD in geology. She has taught French in Asia at university. Recently, she has begun to write fiction and poetry. She’s inspired by the stories of the local people. She is the most frequent attender of the AQ Writers’ Group and is known for her insightful feedback.
Irena Ioannou (AQ19) writes from Crete, Greece and her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Mortar, MOON, The Wild Word, S/tick, Literary Mama, and Eyedrum Periodically. She writes a monthly column on women’s issues for The Wild Word. You can find her at irenaioannou.com.
Rob Jacques, (AQ7 & AQ20) one of the few poets today still working in rhyme and meter, was raised in northern New England, USA. He resides on a rural island in Washington State’s Puget Sound, and his poetry appears in literary journals, including Atlanta Review, Prairie Schooner, Amsterdam Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Healing Muse, and Assaracus. A collection of his poems, War Poet, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in March 2017.
Charles Jensen (AQ3) is the author of The First Risk, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and of a recent chapbook, The Nanopedia Quick Reference Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture. He lives in Los Angeles, where he manages communication for Arts for LA. He is also active in the national arts community by serving on the Emerging Leader Council of Americans for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Field, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs and elsewhere.
Megan Johnstone (AQ13) was a graduate of Ohio State University and Kent State University (M.A., Cultural Anthropology). Johnstone was published in various magazines including Earth Spirit, (People’s Voice Press); The Dickenson Society, Samisdat and Live Poets Society. Her distinctions included a 1990 National Endowment for the Arts/Massachusetts Arts Council award. She taught in the Cleveland Public schools and was a professor at the State University of New York in Canton. She died in 2007 in Ellsworth, Maine.
Tobey Kaplan (AQ8-AQ9) has given creative process writing workshops in a variety of venues and teaches in SF-East Bay Community Colleges. As a long time educator and poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools, she remains dedicated to the primacy of imaginative language. She lives in Oakland with her partner, dancer Nan Busse, and wonderdog, Vida. An award-winning poet, her work has appeared in many publications.
Siham Karami (AQ7) lives with her family in Northwest Florida, USA, where she co-owns a technology recycling company. Her poetry have been published in Mezzo Cammin, The Raintown Review, Angle Poetry, The Lavender Review, String Poet, Tilt-a-Whirl, Shot Glass Journal, Snakeskin, 14 by 14, The Road Not Taken, Sisters Magazine, and New Verse News, among other venues. Her work will also be included in an upcoming anthology, Irresistible Sonnets.
Dianne Kellogg (AQ12, AQ13, AQ16, AQ19-AQ20) is an Ohio native who married a “country boy.” She has spent the last forty-eight years in Ohio’s rural northeast snowbelt. She has two daughters and seven grandchildren. Family, surroundings and a Welsh heritage have strongly influenced her work. Kellogg has a BA from Hiram College. She studied watercolour under Florian Lawton and has worked as a muralist and interior decorator. Having retired from governmental fund accounting, she now has time to pursue photography, poetry and watercolours.
Timothy Kenny, (AQ15) a former newspaper foreign editor, Fulbright scholar, non-profit foundation executive and college journalism professor, has worked in forty-five countries. His nonfiction has appeared in The Louisville Review, The Gettysburg Review, Irish Pages, The Kenyon Review Online, the Green Mountains Review, the Galway Review and elsewhere. His collection of creative nonfiction entitled, Far Country, Stories From Abroad and Other Places, was published in May 2015.
Sarah Kinebanian (AQ9, AQ13, AQ15 & AQ17) lives near Utrecht, the Netherlands. She was born and educated in England and worked in the USA, Nigeria and the Netherlands, initially as teacher of Latin or EFL, but chiefly as a translator from Dutch to English. She was a jury member for the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize. Her poems, in English or less often in Dutch, date mainly from after her retirement. She is a member of Taalpodium, the poetry club in her locality.
Lucien Knoedler (AQ8) lives in Leiden, studied at Leiden University and graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He was a music critic, produced and hosted radio programs and published biographies , such as of Debussy. Thereafter he worked in the international music industry in Hamburg and London. As a producer he was awarded a Golden Disc and an Edison. Currently, he is Benelux manager of Weltklassik am Klavier, a multi-branched network of high-profiled piano recitals.
Alice Kocourek (AQ4) writes prose and poetry and has just started to write screenplays. She was born in the Netherlands and has a Hungarian mother and a Czech father. Alice studied art history at Leiden University, but has worked as an IT professional for over a decade. She hopes to have a collection of short stories published and is interested in writing a screenplay about her time living in Paris.
Grove Koger (AQ19) is the author of When the Going Was Good: A Guide to the 99 Best Narratives of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure (Scarecrow Press, 2002). He contributes regularly to Laguna Beach Art Patron and Palm Springs Art Patron magazines and is Assistant Editor of Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal.
Margaret Koger (AQ21) is an Idaho native with a writing habit. Formerly an English instructor, she and her husband Grove now enjoy lounging on a beach bordering the Mediterranean each fall. Her works appear in print journals such as Avocet, Animal: Writers in the Attic, Anthology Askew, With Lyre and Bow, and online at Mediterranean Poetry, Poetry Breakfast, BLYNKT, and Juke Joint. Her poetry collection,The Flower Clock, is in search of a publisher.
Laurie Kolp’s (AQ20) poems have appeared in Stirring, Whale Road Review, concis, Up the Staircase, and more. Her poetry books include the full-length Upon the Blue Couch and chapbook Hello, It’s Your Mother. When Laurie returned to teaching after a 14-year hiatus, during which she mothered her three children and focused on her writing, she discovered a lot had changed, but one thing had not: how much she loves working with kids. Learn more at http://lauriekolp.com.
Jean L. Kreiling (AQ9) was the winner of the 2013 String Poet Prize and the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry; she has been a finalist for the Dogwood Prize, the Frost Farm Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in American Arts Quarterly, The Evansville Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, and numerous other print and online journals and anthologies.
Hiram Larew’s (AQ16) poetry has appeared in several journals and books, and has been nominated for three Pushcart Poetry Prizes. His third collection, Utmost, was published in 2016 by I. Giraffe Press. He lives in Maryland, USA.
Ralph La Rosa’s (AQ11-AQ12) poetry has appeared in print and online journals including Aethlon, The Chimaera, Dappled Things, First Things, The Flea, Folly, 14 by 14, Italian Americana, Light, New Verse News, Los Angeles Times, Pivot, Raintown Review, The Raven Chronicles, SCR, Snakeskin, Soundzine, TryWatts.com, Umbrella, Voices in Italian Americana, Yale Anglers’ Journal, and a chapbook, Sonnet Stanzas (White Violet). He is now writing about his experiences in Soviet Georgia.
Donna J. Gelagotis Lee (AQ20) is the author of On the Altar of Greece, winner of the Seventh Annual Gival Press Poetry Award and recipient of a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award: Notable for Art Category. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies internationally, including Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses (Yarroway Mountain Press, 2008), Forage, Magma Poetry, and The Massachusetts Review. Her website is www.donnajgelagotislee.com.
Frank Light (AQ11) has been published in a number of literary journals and is busy on a draft memoir titled Adjust to Dust: On the Backroads of Southern Afghanistan. He and his wife first met on the head of the Buddha the Taliban later destroyed. Before joining the US State Department, he’d been in the Army, the Peace Corps, an auditor, river guide, forest firefighter, and teacher of English as a foreign language.
Laurinda Lind (AQ21) teaches composition classes in the U.S. in New York State’s North Country. Some poetry acceptances/ publications have been in Anima, Antiphon, Antithesis Journal, Bindweed, Coldnoon, Communion, Compose, Comstock Review, The Cortland Review, Crannóg, Deep Water Literary Journal, Earthen Lamp Journal, Here Comes Everyone, JONAHmagazine, Metaphor, moongarlic, The Muse, Shooter, Soliloquies, Sonic Boom, Two Thirds North, and Uneven Floor.
A native of Louisville, KY, Richard Linker (AQ19) now lives in San Francisco, CA. Many of his poems are inspired by his work at The California Academy of Sciences. His poems have appeared in The James White Review, Raven Chronicles, Co(m)fusion, Kentucky Story, Chelsea Station, and Holy Titclamps, among others.
Susan E. Lloy (AQ14, AQ16, AQ18 & AQ21) has published extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and the United Kindom. Susan is a writer of short fiction. Her short story collection, But When We Look Closer, was recently published by Now Or Never Publishing. Her forthcoming collection, Vita, will be released spring 2019. Susan lives in Montreal.
Ronald Linder (AQ1, AQ4 & AQ7) was a poet and a doctor who lived in San Francisco for over 35 years. His poetry collections include Animals on the Roof (1992) and Dancer Stay Out (1995). His poems appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Poetry Flash and Stars and Stripes.
Nancy Ludmerer’s (AQ18) fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, North American Review, New Orleans Review, Sou’wester, and other US journals, as well as Fish Anthology (Ireland), Grain (Canada), and A3 Review (UK). Her essay “Kritios Boy” (Literal Latte) was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2014. Her flash fiction “First Night” (River Styx) was reprinted in Best Small Fictions 2016. She lives and practices law in New York City.
Sean J. Mahoney (AQ11) works in geophysics and lives in Santa Ana, California with his wife, her parents, three dogs, two Uglydolls, and a thriving garden. He has co-edited two volumes of the NMSS benefit anthology Something On Our Minds. His work has been published in several print and online editions including Muddy River Poetry Review, MiPOesias, Identity Theory, Denver Quarterly, Wordgathering, Pentimento Magazine, The Recusant UK, Literary Orphans, and Occupoetry.
Jayne Marek’s (AQ19) poems and art photos appear in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, 3Elements, Silk Road, Sin Fronteras, Spillway, Camas, Central American Literary Review, About Place Journal, and New Mexico Review, among other publications. She has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for literary scholarship and two Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry. Her newest collection is In and Out of Rough Water (Aldrich Press, 2017).
Robert Marswood (AQ4-AQ5) studied anthropology and English at Brigham Young University. He has taught English as a Second Language, creative writing and technical writing. His novel, Out of Zion, is in search of a publisher.
Jason Mashak (AQ5) is a Michigan native who also lived in Georgia, Tennessee, and Oregon, before returning in 2006 to his paternal roots in Central Europe. His first book, Salty as a Lip, (Haggard and Halloo, 2010), was named “Most Poetic Book for Haters of Poetry” by Black Heart Magazine. He lives in a village near Prague, where he plays with his daughters, writes for his day gig, and occasionally makes and records music at www.reverbnation.com/jasonmashak.
Iain Matheson (AQ4, AQ6, AQ12 & AQ16) is Scottish. He lives in Edinburgh where he is a long-time composer and recent poet. Some of his music has been written for Dutch players and performed in the Netherlands. See his website at www.iainmatheson.co.uk. His poetry has also appeared in UK magazines and newspapers and on-line.
Irish poet and writer, Derryman Perry McDaid (AQ12, AQ15-AQ16) spans the literary disciplines His writing has deep roots in Irish myth and contemporary history. He lives on the rim of the city beneath the volatile brows of the Donegal hills. Recent publications in Bunbury, Anak Sastra, Primordial Poetry; Aurora Wolf and many others. His most recent novel is Pixels: The Cause and the Cloud Cuckoo – a fresh perspective on living in Derry through the Northern Ireland conflict.
Bruce McDougall (AQ20) has written in Canada for Maclean’s, Report on Business Magazine and other magazines. His most recent books include Every Minute is a Suicide (Porcupine’s Quill, 2014), a collection of short stories, and The Last Hockey Game (Goose Lane Editions, 2014), a non-fiction novel about the culture of professional hockey, which was a finalist for the 2015 Toronto Book Award.
Mary Meriam’s (AQ5) poems are published in Literary Imagination, The New York Times, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Poetry Northeast, American Life in Poetry, Measure, Sentence, Light, many other journals, and several anthologies. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Countess of Flatbroke and The Poet’s Zodiac, the editor of Lavender Review, and a blogger at Ms. Magazine.
Bryan R. Monte is AQ’s publisher/editor. His poetry has appeared in print journals such as Assaracus, Bay Windows, Friends Journal, Irreantum and Sunstone, online in Poetry Pacific and the South Florida Poetry Journal and in the anthologies Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Press, 2013), and Immigration and Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books, 2017). He was interviewed by Friends Journal at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPMOKG_nI2E. His book, On the Level: Forty Poems about Multiple Sclerosis, is in search of a publisher.
Raouf Mousaad Basta (AQ8) lives in Amsterdam. Born of Egyptian parents in the Sudan in 1937, he attended school in Egypt and lived and/or studied in Poland, Iraq and Lebanon. He has written many plays, novels and articles including: Ostrich Egg (1994), The Temptation of Being Together, (1997), The Rainmaker, (1999), Waiting for the Saviour: A Journey to the Holy Land, (2000) and Sudan: Sixty Years of Longing, (2002). His work has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish and Dutch.
Edward Mycue (AQ1, AQ4, AQ6-AQ7 & AQ10) lives in San Francisco. He studied at North Texas State College and Boston University (Lowell Fellow). He has also been a MacDowell Colony Fellow. In 2011, his papers were acquired by the Yale Beinecke Library. Some of his books include: Damage Within the Community (1973), The Singing Man My Father Gave Me (1980), Nightboat (2000), Mindwalking, New and Selected Poems 1937-2007 (2008), Song of San Francisco (2012), and online I Am A Fact Not A Fiction (2009) at www.echapbook.com/poems/mycue/index.html.
M. F. Nagel (AQ9) was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Her Athabaskan and Eyak heritage gave her a love of poetry. M.F. now lives and writes near the banks of the Matanuska river in the Palmer Butte, Alaska, where the moose, wild dog-roses and salmonberries provide unending joy and inspiration. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Boston Literary, S/tick, Moon Magazine, Istanbul Review, Bellevelle Park Pages, Alaska Women Speak, Word Riot, Poetry Quarterly and Camel Saloon.
Naomi Shihab Nye (AQ20) is a Palestinian-American author or editor of more than thirty books. She won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for her books, Sitti’s Secrets and Habibi. Her poetry book about the Middle East, 19 Varieties of Gazelle, was a National Book Award finalist. She has won four Pushcart Prizes, received Lannan, Guggenheim and Witter Bryner Fellowships and the American Academy of Poets’ (AAP) Lavan Award. She was elected AAP Chancellor in 2009.
Stephen O’Connor (AQ20) is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, where much of his writing is set. He is the author of Smokestack Lightning, a collection of short stories, and two novels. The Spy in the City of Books is historical fiction set between modern day Massachusetts, and WWII France. The Witch at Rivermouth, has been described as “a cerebral mystery.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lucinda Franks called it, “rich, eerie and intriguing.”
Joyce Parkes (AQ16 & AQ17) is a Western Australian poet published in The Best Australian Poetry 2005 (UQP), Axon, foam:e, Plumwood Mountain Journal, Poetry and Place, Azuria, Pen International, Overland, Westerly, Cordite, the Broadkill Review, the New England Review, the Fremantle Arts Review, the Journal of the Australian Irish Heritage Association, Abridged, Kind of a Hurricane Press, Vine Leaves, Shot Glass Journal and in similar publications in Australia and in nine other countries.
Richard King Perkins II (AQ18) is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications including The Louisiana Review, Plainsongs, Texas Review, Hawai‘i Review, Roanoke Review, Sugar House Review and The William and Mary Review.
Tabitha du Plessis (AQ8) grew up in the coastal town of Hermanus in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa—the setting that inspired the majority of Winckel-Mellish’s oeuvre. Afrikaans-born, Tabitha studied French literature at Stellenbosch University under the tutelage of Dr. Catherine du Toit whose particular interest lies in translating foreign literary texts into Afrikaans. Tabitha is furthering her Master’s degree in Translation at Strasbourg University’s Institute of Translation, Interpreting and International Relations.
Kenneth Pobo (AQ15) has a new book out from Blue Light Press called Bend of Quiet. His work has appeared in: Hawai‘i Review, The Fiddlehead, Orbis, Mudfish, Windsor Review, Colorado Review , and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and English at Widener University in Pennsylvania.
Evelyn Posamentier’s (AQ9 & AQ11) most recent books are Poland At The Door (Knives, Forks And Spoons Press, 2011), brainiography, and Royal Blue Car (The Argotist Online 2010, 2011). Poland At The Door was selected as one of the best books of 2012 by Sabotage Reviews. Her poems have appeared in journals such as the Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, New York Quarterly, Mississippi Review Online, American Poetry Review, Synchronized Chaos, Blue Lyra and Levure Litteraire among others.
Anneke Regout (AQ8) is an Afrikaner freelance copy-editor and proofreader. She taught English to senior school students for 30+ years. Passionate about Shakespeare and poetry, she felt it was important that her students learn to enjoy and critically appreciate ‘the rhythmical creation of beauty and truth in words,’ and experiment with their own verse. Robin Winckel-Mellish’s poem, Home, was a firm favourite with her students. She enjoys the work of Etienne van Heerden, Marlene van Niekerk, Antjie Krog, Seamus Heaney and Peter Carey.
Boudewijn Richel (AQ3) founded Uitgeverij Ulysses (Berlin 1991 – Amsterdam 2006) which published the work of Camille Paglia, Jeffrey Eugenides and Henk Schulte Nordholt, among others. He is the director of Ulysses Reizen which organises specialty tours to counties such as China, Mongolia, Nepal, Burma and Bhutan. In January 2012, Richel was one of the major organisers of an alternative, international travel fair at Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage.
Critiqued as a gay activist masquerading as a journalist, Rink Foto (AQ2, AQ8, AQ14, AQ16-AQ17, and AQ21) has photographed San Francisco’s LGBT Community since 1969. His photographs have been published in more than 40 books and have appeared in Academy Award winning films Milk, The Times of Harvey Milk, and Common Threads. He has been honoured by state and city officials and non-profit organisations for his support and media coverage of over 600 events annually and for his half-million image archive.
Liz Robbins’ (AQ14) third collection, Freaked, won the 2014 Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award, judged by Bruce Bond. Her second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged by Patricia Smith. Poems are in recent issues of Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Fugue, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Daily, and River Styx. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
Robert Rorke (AQ19) received his MFA from the Warren Wilson School for Writers. His fiction has appeared in Shadowgraph and he was a finalist in the 2017 Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Contest and the 2016 Boulevard Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. He graduated with a BA from New York University and has an MA from Stanford University. He lives in Brooklyn and is a TV critic and columnist for the New York Post.
Alex Ross (AQ19) worked in neurosurgical intensive care bedside nursing before joining the U.S. Public Health Service Corps. His first assignment placed him in the Ebola Unit at the National Institutes of Health. He now conducts research on the effects of physical activity in ameliorating the effects prostate cancer treatment. He and his wife live in Maryland in the United States and look forward to the imminent arrival of their first child.
Jim Ross, (AQ19 & AQ20) after retiring from public health research in early 2015, dove back into creative pursuits. Since retiring, he’s published 50 pieces of nonfiction and 160 photos in over 60 journals in North America, Europe, and Asia. He and his wife—grandparents of four toddlers—split their time between West Virginia and Maryland in the United States.
Andrea Rubin (AQ4 & AQ10-AQ11) is a writer and information scientist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied Russian at Middlebury College, library and information science at San Jose State University, and English literature at San Francisco State University. In 2009 she completed her master’s thesis: Jorge Luis Borges’s Labyrinths and Susan Howe’s The Midnight: Bookends of Postmodernism? Her writing has appeared in several places including ZYZZYVA and the Noe Valley Voice.
William Ruleman (AQ17) is Professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan University. His most recent publications include a collection of poems, From Rage and Hope (White Violet Books, 2016), as well as the following volumes of translation (all from Cedar Springs Books): Verse for the Journey: Poems on the Wandering Life by the German Romantics, A Girl and the Weather (poems and prose of Stefan Zweig), and Selected Poems of Maria Luise Weissmann.
Ken Saffran (AQ10&AQ13) has poems in publications as diverse as Ambush, Haight Ashbury Literary Review and the on-line poetry and art journal SF Peace & Hope. This was his first international publication. He is frequently lost in the Osseus Labyrinths. He lives in San Francisco because he can’t afford it.
Philibert Schogt (AQ1, AQ12 & AQ16) is a writer who lives and teaches in Amsterdam. He studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2010, he has taught workshops in Amsterdam with wordsinhere. He is the author of De wilde getallen/The Wild Numbers (1998/2000 ), Daalder/Daalder’s Chocolates (2002/2005), De vrouw van de filosoof, (The Philosopher’s Wife), (2005) and Beste reiziger, (Dear Traveller), (2009) and End of Story/Einde verhaal, (2015).
Eleonore Schönmaier (AQ2) is an award-winning Canadian poet and writer. Her poem, “Weightless,” was in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 and her story, “Sidereal Time,” was a Sheldon Currie Fiction Award winner. Her writing has been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Canadian Literature and De Tweede Ronde (Amsterdam) and has been translated into Dutch.
Carla Schwartz (AQ21) is a poet, filmmaker, photographer, and blogger. Her poems have appeared in Aurorean, Fulcrum, Common Ground, Mom Egg, Solstice, SHARKPACK, Triggerfish, Ibbetson Street, and others. Her second collection is Intimacy with the Wind, (Finishing Line Press, 2017) Amazon.com. Find her debut collection, Mother, One More Thing (Turning Point, 2014) on Amazon.com. Her CB99videos youtube channel has 1,700,000+ views. Learn more at carlapoet.com, wakewiththesun.blogspot.com or find her @cb99videos.
David Sedaris (AQ9) is an author, humourist and NPR and BBC radio and television personality who performs one-man shows around the world. He has written more than 10 books, his three most recent being When You are Engulfed in Flames, (2008), Chipmunk Seeks Squirrel, (2010) and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, (2013). Sedaris has also written plays with his sister, actress Amy Sedaris. He lives in the South Downs, UK.
Pat Seman (AQ9-10, AQ13, AQ16, AQ17 & AQ20-AQ21) is an English writer, poet and teacher who now lives between Amsterdam and Crete. Her poetry and travel writing have been published in various anthologies. She is currently writing a book about her recent search for her roots in Ukraine.
Lynda Sexson’s (AQ19) work has appeared in Epoch, The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, Image, Kenyon Review, and many others. Her books are Ordinarily Sacred (which is translated into Dutch, or is that like saying there are tulips in her yard?), the award-winning Margaret of the Imperfections, and Hamlet’s Planets, featuring the now classic story, “Turning,” often translated including by Haruki Murakami, and made into the Bafta-nominated short film by Karni and Saul.
Eric Paul Shaffer (AQ16) is author of many books, including Lāhaina Noon, Portable Planet, and Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen. A Million-Dollar Bill, his sixth book of poetry, will be published by Grayson Books in 2016. His work is published in the USA, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. Shaffer received Hawai‘i’s 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature. Shaffer teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.
Martin Shaw (AQ21) works as a decorator in the UK. His fiction writing has appeared in Antithesis (Australia), Truth serum press, (True, an anthology), Pure Slush, (Five, an anthology), Pure Slush, (Tallish, an anthology), Phenomenal Literature, a global journal, Truth Serum Press, (Wiser, an anthology), and many magazines and ezines.
Sara Shea (AQ9-AQ10) received her BA in English from Kenyon College, where she served as a Student Associate Editor for The Kenyon Review. Shea has studied with poets Robert Hass, Andrew Motion, Seamus Heaney, Evan Boland, Czeslaw Milosz, Galway Kinnell, Mark Doty, Rennie McQuilkin and Cathy Smith Bowers. She’s studied fiction and non-fiction with David Foster Wallace, James Thomas, Christopher Merrill, Ron Rash and Tommy Hays. Her bio, published work and upcoming events/workshops are available at: www.SaraShea.org.
Joan Z. Shore (AQ2, AQ4, AQ5, AQ6, AQ11 & AQ14) was born in New York City. A graduate of Vassar College, she has lived most of her life in Europe. She was Paris correspondent for CBS News for nearly a decade and has contributed to Voice of America, CNN, the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post, among others. Her books include Saging – How to Grow Older and Wiser and Red Burgundy, a novel. Both are available from Amazon.com.
Nina Siegal (AQ3) is a novelist, editor and freelance contributor to the International Herald Tribune. She was the founding editor and editor-in-chief of Time Out Amsterdam and has worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bloomberg News, and The New York Times. Siegal’s freelance journalistic work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, W. Magazine and other magazines. Her first novel,A Little Trouble with the Facts (HarperCollins, 2008), has been translated into French and Dutch.
Dennis Sinar (AQ18) is a left-brain person struggling to be a right-brain person. A retired physician, he has enjoyed bringing the fictional, small southern town of Marsden to life through his short stories. He is a budding watercolourist and produces finger labyrinths for use in a variety of medical conditions. His work has been published in Flash Fiction Magazine.
Marcus Slease (AQ5) was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland in 1974. He is the author of two collections of poetry and numerous chapbooks. He has lived all over the world as a university lecturer in Ankara, Turkey; Katowice, Poland, Greensboro, North Carolina; London, U.K; and Seoul, South Korea. His poetry has been translated into Turkish and Polish. He is currently working on a collection of short stories based on his travels called Hot Chocolate on Bad Coffee. Marcus lives in London and teaches English as a foreign language and creative writing at Richmond American University.
Irene Hoge Smith (AQ9 & AQ12) is a psychotherapist who practises and writes near Washington DC. She has published and taught in her clinical speciality areas of trauma and loss, is a graduate of the New Directions writing program of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, and has studied with poet/memoirists Rebecca McLanahan and Mark Doty. Her presentation “Your Essay Will Not Be Chosen” was published in the New Directions Journal, and she is working on a memoir.
Susan de Sola’s (AQ5-AQ6) poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Hopkins Review, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, River Styx, Raintown Review, Tilt-a-Whirl, Light Quarterly, Per Contra, Fringe Magazine, The New Verse Magazine, and Ambit, among other venues. She holds a PhD in English and American literature from The Johns Hopkins University, and has published scholarly essays as Susan de Sola Rodstein. She is a David Reid Poetry Translation Prize winner. She lives near Amsterdam with her husband and five children.
J. R. Solonche (AQ19) has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. He is the author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), The Black Birch, (forthcoming from Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books), and co-author of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).
Charles Southerland (AQ13, AQ15-AQ16) lives in North-Central Arkansas on his farm where he writes, hunts, fishes and grows cattle and grass. He has been published in The Rotary Dial, Trinacria, The Road Not Taken, First Things, The Raven Chronicles and Kansas City Voices. He has been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart prize. He is also a 2015 Nemerov Sonnet finalist.
Scott T. Starbuck’s (AQ8, AQ10 & AQ17) Industrial Oz: Ecopoems (Fomite, 2015) at https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Oz-Ecopoems-Scott-Starbuck/dp/1942515162 was praised by Bill McKibben as “rousing, needling, haunting.” Thomas Rain Crowe, author of Zoro’s Field, added it “just may be the most cogent and sustained collection of quality eco-activist poetry ever written in this culture, this country.” Starbuck was a 2016 PLAYA resident in a climate change session where he finished his next book about climate change, Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems (Fomite, 2017).
Canadian writer J. J. Steinfeld (AQ11 & AQ14) lives on Prince Edward Island. He has published fifteen 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), A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books), and Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions). A new short story collection, Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell, is forthcoming from Ekstasis Editions.
Meryl Stratford (AQ12, 13, 15, AQ16-19 & AQ20) is an associate editor for SoFloPoJo, southfloridapoetryjournal.com. Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets. Her poems have appeared recently in Amsterdam Quarterly, Rattle, and Portside, and have been anthologized in MALALA: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press) and Slay Your Darlings (Parson’s Porch Books) among others. A video of her poem, “Ruffian,” first published in AQ19, can be viewed at https://youtu.be/AU-LzZ13MJU.
David Subacchi (AQ15, AQ18 & AQ20-AQ21) lives in Wales where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has published four collections of his English language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016). His Welsh language poetry collection, Eglwys Yng Nghremona (A Church in Cremona), was published in March 2017. You can find out more about David and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/profiles/davidsubacchi.
Sarah Sutro,(AQ5) poet and author of COLORS Passages through Art, Asia and Nature, is published in numerous magazines and books, including Bangkok Blondes, The International Journal-Humanitites & Social Sciences, Bangkok Big Chili, and Art NE. She was a finalist for the Robert Frost Award, Massachusetts Artists Foundation Grants, and won fellowships at MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Ossabaw Island, Blue Mountain Center, and the American Academy in Rome. She lives in Western Massachusetts, USA.
Mistale Taylor (AQ6) is an Australian who has been living in the Netherlands for five years, the last of two of which she has spent in Amsterdam. She studied law and linguistics at a bachelor’s level and is now finishing a master’s degree in international law at Utrecht University. She is currently editing legal articles at a human rights research institute. Despite enjoying writing from a young age, this is the first time any of her work has been published.
Peter Taylor (AQ15) has published Trainer, The Masons, Aphorisms, and his experimental verse play, Antietam, won honourable mention in the international War Poetry Contest. His poems have appeared in Anansesem, Aperçus Quarterly, Call & Response, Contemporary Verse 2, Construction, The Copperfield Review, Descant, Eunoia, Fade, Forage, Frostwriting, The Glass Coin, Grain, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Linnet’s Wings, Nether, Petrichor Review, Phantom Kangaroo, Pirene’s Fountain, Poetry Australia, Pyrta, and StepAway Magazine. He lives in Aurora, Canada.
Caitlin Thomson (AQ11) resides in the Chuckanut Mountains. Her work has appeared in numerous places, including: The Literary Review of Canada, The Alarmist, and the anthology Killer Verse. Her second chapbook, Incident Reports, was published 2014 by Hyacinth Girl Press. You can learn more about her writing at www.caitlinthomson.com.
David Trinidad’s (AQ14) books include Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011) and Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013), both published by Turtle Point Press. He is also the editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011). Trinidad’s next book, Notes on a Past Life, is forthcoming from BlazeVOX [books] in 2016. He lives in Chicago, where he is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College.
Meg Tuite’s (AQ13) writing has appeared in numerous literary journals. She is author of two short story collections, Bound By Blue (2013) and Domestic Apparition (2011), and three chapbooks. She won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry award from Artistically Declined Press for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging (2014). She teaches at the Santa Fe Community College, is an editor for Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press and has a column up at JMWW. http://megtuite.com.
Vidya Vasudevan (AQ19) has taken up creative writing as a hobby. She draws inspiration from the mundane things in life and everyday occurrences in her surroundings. Issues of topical interest, which are of concern to the common man, impel her to pick up her pen. Much like pulling up weeds, she seeks writing as an outlet from the stress of modern living. She has written for Perspectives and Eve’s Touch magazines and The Hindu.
Elle Cate Wallace (AQ20) works as a child advocate/appellate attorney and lives in the Northwest region of the United States. Her first and most impressionable experience remains teaching and being taught in a small Native American community against vast skies. Her poem, Deep Blue, has appeared in Cold Mountain Review.
Bob Ward (AQ10, AQ11, AQ16, AQ18 and AQ21)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).
Janelle Ward (AQ13) is a Minnesota native and has spent the last 13 years in the Netherlands, evolving from carnivorous student to vegetarian mama. Her day job is in media and communication. She’s published a bunch of academic stuff but is most passionate about fiction writing. For a complete list of her published work please see janelleward.com.
Gail Wawrzyniak (AQ10) writes poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Halfway Down the Stairs, Yellow Medicine Review, Haunted Water Press, and the anthology, Stories Migrating Home. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is online at www.gailwawrzyniak.com.
Robin Winckel-Mellish (AQ8) is a South African poet and freelance journalist who lives close to The Hague. Her first poetry collection, A Lioness at my Heels, was published by Modjaji Books in 2011. She runs a poetry critique group in Amsterdam and is working on a second collection of poetry.
Alida Woods (AQ16) lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A “refugee” from the harsh New England winters, she spent her working life among school children in Asheville, North Carolina. Working now “from the outside in” the lives of children and the precariousness of life deeply inform her writing. Her work has appeared in The Great Smokies Review, The Avocet, Front Porch, and Westward Quarterly.
Changming Yuan, (AQ13) eight-time Pushcart nominee and author of four chapbooks, grew up in rural China, started to learn English at 19 and published several monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently co-edits Poetry Pacific (http://poetrypacific.blogspot.ca/) with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Since mid-2005, Changming has had poetry appear in 1,019 literary publications across 32 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine and Threepenny Review.
Antonije Nino Zalica (AQ3-AQ4) writes poetry, prose, plays and screenplays and makes films. He studied comparative literature and philosophy at Sarajevo University. His novel Trag zmajeve sape (The Print of a Dragon’s Paw or Yellow Snow in some translations) originally published in Bosnian, has been translated into Polish, Greek, Dutch and German. His novel, Bandiera Rossa, was published in Bosnia in April 2007. In 1994 his short film, Angels in Sarajevo, one of SAGA’s productions, was awarded the European Film Academy’s Felix Documentary Award.
Seree Cohen Zohar’s (AQ6) art, poetry and flash fiction are influenced by the landscapes of Australia, her country of birth, and by two decades of farming in Israel. Seree, a mother of four, currently lives in Jerusalem. She has lectured in The Netherlands on Biblical texts, with a focus on the intersection of the literal and esoteric in Genesis. She has also collaborated with Alan Sullivan on “Psalms of King David”, a new versified translation https://www.fortmandan.com/store/product.asp?productID=229. In her spare time, she might be found foisting new flash-recipes on her unsuspecting family.