Authors and Artists

Jj D’Onofrio has always organized his life such that art has held a piece of ground in his world. He studied graphic design at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. Afterward, he was an assistant at Grace Chosy Gallery in Madison. Since then, D’Onofrio’s artwork has been featured in numerous publications, including cover art, public art projects, and in exhibitions in the US and Europe. Currently, his work is included at Paoli Mercantile Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin.

Helen Ferris is a poet and teacher living in London. Her work has appeared in online publications including Dear Damsels, Streetcake and TYPE!. She is currently working on a collection about chronic illness. (Photo: Michael Shelford).

Jennifer L. Freed’s collection, When Light Shifts (2022 finalist, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize), explores the aftermath of her mother’s stroke and the altered relationships that emerge in a family health crisis. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net, The Pushcart Prize, and the Orison Anthology. Awards include the 2022 Frank O’Hara Prize, the 2020 Samuel Washington Allen Prize, and Honorable Mention for the 2022 Connecticut Poetry Award. Please visit

Tom Gannon Hamilton is the author of three poetry collections: Panoptic (2018), The Mezzo Soprano Dines Alone (2021), To Grace Bridges (2023), all from Aeolus House. Tom’s poems have appeared in Dalhousie Review and Vallum (Canada), Lummox (USA), Voices (Israel), Verse&Voice (Hong Kong), and inScribe (Australia). El Marrillo won First Prize in the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Competition. The poem “Non-Consultant” was awarded First Prize in the 2021 Love Lies Bleeding Poetry Contest. (Photo: Charles Muir Hamilton).

Deborah Harvey (she/her) lives in Bristol, UK. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is co-director of The Leaping Word, a poetry consultancy providing creative and editorial advice for writers, as well as qualified counselling support for artists exploring the personal in their work. Her sixth poetry collection, Love the Albatross, which centres on the theme of estrangement, will be published by Indigo Dreams in autumn 2024.

Lily Jarman-Reisch’s poems appear in CALYX, Collateral, Mobius, One, Pangyrus, Plainsongs, San Pedro River Review, Slant Poetry, Snapdragon, Third Wednesday, Mediterranean Poetry, and elsewhere. A 2024 Pushcart Prize recipient and a poetry reviewer for The Los Angeles Review, she was a journalist in Washington, D.C., and Athens, Greece, where she lived aboard a boat she sailed throughout the Aegean and Ionian. She has held administrative and teaching positions at the Universities of Michigan and Maryland.

Bryan R. Monte was a 2021 finalist in the Hippocrates Open Poetry Contest and the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, and a 2022 commended poet in the Hippocrates’ Contest. Recently, his poetry has been published in The Arlington Literary Journal, Irreantum, Italian Americana, and SoFloPoJo. His book, On the Level: Poems on Living with Multiple Sclerosis, (Circling Rivers, 2022), has been praised by poet Philip Gross and writer Jacob M. Appel for its humour and candour.

Amanda Moore’s debut collection of poetry, Requeening (ECCO 2021), was selected for the National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong, featured in Oprah Magazine’s Favorite Things issue, and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets, ZZYZVA, Catapult, Ploughshares, and LitHub. She lives near the beach in San Francisco, California with her husband and daughter. More at (Photo: Clementine Nelson).

Elizabeth Rosell lives in Northern Ontario, Canada, with her cat Belle. She has spent her life working in the non-profit field, inspired by her own mental health issues with borderline personality disorder. Elizabeth has been published in Lived magazine and spends her spare time crafting, baking, and writing. (Photo: Elsa Nielsen).

Jim Ross jumped into creative pursuits in 2015 after rewarding research career. With graduate degree from Howard University, in eight years he’s published nonfiction, fiction, poetry, photography, plays, interviews, and hybrid in nearly 200 journals on five continents. Writing publications include Hippocampus, Lunch Ticket, Manchester Review, Newfound, Ocotillo Review, The Atlantic, and Typehouse. Text-based photoessays include Amsterdam Quarterly, Barren, Ilanot Review, Kestrel, Litro, and Sweet. Jim and family split time between city and mountains. (Photo: Emily Ross Koch).

Pat Seman lives between Amsterdam and Crete. Alongside her poetry she explores Greece and Ukraine in short stories, features and photographs for Amsterdam Quarterly, as well as other magazines and anthologies. She published her poetry pamphlet Ariadne’s Thread in 2022. A review in AQ35 can be found at

Marcus Slingsby was born in Yorkshire in 1973. Throughout his twenties and early thirties, he travelled the world. He now lives in Friesland with his family.

Scott T. Starbuck’s Trees, Fish, and Dreams Climateblog,, has readers in 110 countries, and is praised in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate. For five years, he taught eco-poetry workshops at Scripps in the Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Climate Science and Policy. His book, Bridge at the End of the World, won a 2023 Blue Light Book Award, and his Hawk on Wire was a 2018 Eric Hoffer Awards Montaigne Medal Finalist.

Eileen Stelter is a non-binary writer and visual artist who made their creative debut with a heartfelt apology to spiders. Their work centres around the individual existing and healing in a (post-) capitalist society and has been awarded by Listowel Writer’s Week, the Irish Writer’s Centre, Antelope Island Spider Fest and others. Eileen is currently working on their first novel while wandering the Thin Place between Dublin and Berlin. For more, visit: (Photo: Grace Lili’uokalani Wilbur).

Meryl Stratford’s chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies including Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology, Glass Bottom Sky, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, Rattle: Poets Respond, and Slay Your Darlings. Her poem ‘What Would Jesus Teach?’ from AQ20 is forthcoming in the NYQ anthology, Without a Doubt: Poems Illuminating Faith. She is a senior poetry editor for South Florida Poetry Journal. (Photo: Blaise Allen).

Jerl Surratt’s poems have been published in The Hopkins Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, The New Criterion, other journals and two anthologies. Born in rural Texas, he moved after high school to NYC, where his work as a writer for dozens of progressive non-profits served as his higher education. He now lives in upstate New York where he’s completed work on one collection of poems and is nearing completion of a second.

Bob Ward is a poet, photographer, and Quaker, born 1931. Following a career in chemical research and various branches of education, he retired to North Norfolk, UK, where he continues to explore the borderlands between science and the Arts. In particular he relishes the interplay of texts and visual images. His publications include: Trusting at the Last (Hawthorn Press, 2011) and Lines of Inquiry (Meniscus, 2017). He has contributed to several previous issues of AQ. He is also an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Glen Wilson is a multi-award-winning poet from Portadown. He won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing (2017), the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award (2018), the Trim Poetry competition (2019), and Slipstream Open Poetry competition (2021). His collection, An Experience on the Tongue, is available now. Twitter @glenhswilson (Photo: Joanne Symmington).