Authors & Artists

Carolyn Adams’ poetry and art have appeared in Steam Ticket, Aji Magazine, Topology, Change Seven Magazine, and Beatnik Cowboy, among others. She is the author of four chapbooks, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, as well as for Best of the Net. She is currently a staff editor for Mojave River Review and is a poetry editor for VoiceCatcher.

Despy Boutris’ writing is published or forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Southern Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, Prairie Schooner, Palette Poetry, Raleigh Review, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches at the University of Houston, serves as Editor-in-Chief for The West Review, and works as Assistant Poetry Editor at Gulf Coast.

Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collections Navigation and 40 Weeks. Her newest collection, Daughters, a series of persona poems in the voices of daughters of various characters from folklore, mythology, and popular culture, is forthcoming from Airlie Press in 2021. Brittney was raised in Colorado, but lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is both an alumna and employee of Reed College. For more information, visit Brittney’s website:

Lia Di Stefano is drawn to the endless phenomena that surrounds us but sometimes is taken for granted—the WOW of amazing clouds, a moth, birdsong—whatever might inspire introspection, curiosity, an exhale, or a smile. She lives in New Jersey, dividing her time between two rivers—the Hudson in Weehawken just opposite the breathtaking Manhattan skyline and the rural South Branch of the Raritan in Califon. (Photo: Kathy Lu)

Linda McCauley Freeman recently won Grand Prize in Storiarts Poetry Contest honouring Maya Angelou. Her work was selected by Arts Mid Hudson for their Artists Respond to Poetry 2018 and 2020 shows. Freeman was a three-time winner of the Talespinners Short Story contest, has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, and is the former Putnam Arts Council poet-in-residence. She and her husband are professional, swing dance instructors in the Hudson Valley, NY.

Bill Glose undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking 1,500 miles to explore his home state of Virginia and participating in a world-record-setting skinny dip—to write about for magazines. The author of four poetry collections, Glose was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate in 2011. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Missouri Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, Narrative Magazine, and The Sun. (Photo: Linda Walsh).

Amlanjyoti Goswami’s recent collection of poems, River Wedding (Poetrywala, 2019) has been widely reviewed. His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies around the world. His poems have also appeared on street walls in Christchurch, in exhibitions in Johannesburg, in an e-gallery in Brighton, and on buses in Philadelphia. He has read in various places including in New York, Delhi, and Boston. He grew up in Guwahati, Assam and lives in Delhi.

Ben von Jagow is a writer and poet from Ottawa, Canada who currently lives in Stockholm. His work has appeared in literary journals such as Marathon Literary Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, F(r)iction, The Antigonish Review, Jersey Devil Press, and The Literary Review of Canada, among others. For more of Ben’s work, visit

A Chicago native, Greg S. Johnson now lives in Las Vegas. More than anything, travel and experiences overseas inform his writing. He taught English for several years in Southeast Asia, and he is currently at work on a novel set in Laos during the 1960s. You can find some of his other published fiction on his website:

Fiona M Jones is a creative writer living in Scotland. She has been a regular contributor to Folded Word and Elsewhere Journal, and her published work is visible through @FiiJ20 on Facebook, Twitter, and Thinkerbeat.

Mary B. Kurtz and her husband, Pete, raise cattle, hay, and quarter horses on their ranch in the Elk River Valley of northwestern Colorado. They have two adult children. Kurtz’s first collection of essays, At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place and the West, was recognized as a 2012 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist in Regional Non-Fiction. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Regis University.

Sigrun Susan Lane is a Seattle poet. Her poems have appeared in a number of regional and national publications including Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Sing Heavenly Muse, Malahat Review, and others. She has received awards for poetry from the Seattle and the King County Arts Commissions. Lane has published two chapbooks, Little Bones and Salt, both from Goldfish Press.

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 in Voices from the Fierce Intangible World (SoFloPoJo Press, 2019). His poetry collection, On the Level: Fifty-eight Poems about Living with Multiple Sclerosis, is in search of a publisher.

Christopher Moore is a Northern Irish writer. He is a graduate of English from Queen’s University Belfast and has an MA in TV Fiction Writing from Glasgow Caledonian University. Alongside a number of playwriting achievements, including being longlisted for the 2019 Bruntwood Prize, he has had several short fiction pieces published in the UK, Ireland, and the US over the last few years.

Thea Nikolova is a Bulgarian poet and academic based in the North East of England. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Lancaster University and an MA in English Literature from Durham University. Her work has appeared in Cake Journal and the Lancaster Flash. Nikolova is also a former Can Serrat resident. Currently, she works in media monitoring and she is due to start a PhD in English literature at Durham this October. (Photo: Ustinov College).

bart plantenga has authored the novels Beer Mystic and Radio Activity Kills, story collection Wiggling Wishbone, novella Spermatagonia: The Isle of Man and memoirs Paris Scratch and NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor. His YODEL-AY-EE-OOOO: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World, Yodel in HiFi and CD Rough Guide to Yodel have created the misunderstanding that he’s the world’s foremost yodel expert. He’s been a radio DJ forever and lives in Amsterdam.

Xe M. Sánchez was born in 1970 in Grau (Asturies, Spain). He received his PhD in History from the University of Oviedo in 2016. He is anthropologist, who has also studied Tourism, and he has three masters’ degrees. He has seven books published in Asturian and several publications in journals and reviews in Asturies, the USA, Portugal, France, Sweden, Scotland, Australia, South Africa, India, Italy, England, Canada, Reunion Island, China, Belgium, and Ireland.

Ian C Smith’s work has appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, Antipodes, cordite, Poetry New Zealand, Poetry Salzburg Review, 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. (Photo: Debra Smith).

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 (Photo: Blaise Allen)

Bob Ward is a poet, photographer, and Quaker. 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). Currently he is engaged in keeping a verse diary relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sean Winn came to writing late in life after a career in finance. His short stories and essays have appeared in several literary journals, while poetry is an even more recent medium for him. Some of Sean’s poetry speaks to the rural countryside that was his upbringing, while other works are urban-centric or socio-political in nature. After living in Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, he makes his home in Austin, Texas, USA.