Authors and Artists

Matthew Brennan taught at Indiana State University for thirty-two years. In 2021, he published Snow in New York: New and Selected Poems (Lamar U. Literary Press). He has published five other books of poetry, including The House with the Mansard Roof, which was named a finalist for the 2010 Best Books of Indiana. His poems and criticism have appeared in The Sewanee Review, Poetry Ireland Review, New York Times Book Review, and Poetry Salzburg Review.

Educated as an engineer, Simon Brod is a business and sustainability consultant, poet, Argentine tango dancer, and trainee Feldenkrais Method practitioner. Born in Oxford, he has made Amsterdam his home. His poems have been published in anthologies by Arachne Press, in Amsterdam Quarterly, and in his blog

Catharine Clark-Sayles is a physician who recently retired after forty years in practice. She completed her MFA in poetry and narrative medicine at Dominican University of California in 2019. Her first two books of poetry, One Breath and Lifeboat were published by Tebot Bach Press. A chapbook, Brats, was published by Finishing Line Press. She has had work published in many journals and anthologies and has been nominated for a Pushcart.

Joe Cottonwood has repaired hundreds of houses to support his writing habit in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. His books of poetry are Son of a Poet, Foggy Dog, and the recent Random Saints.

Matthew James Friday is a British born writer and teacher. He has been published in numerous international journals, including, recently: Acta Victoriana (CA), The Oregon English Journal, and Shot Glass Journal. The micro-chapbooks All the Ways to Love, The Residents, Waters of Oregon and The Words Unsaid were published by the Origami Poems Project (USA). Matthew is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet.

Fin Keegan lives in the West of Ireland. He has written several performed plays, short and long, along with critical articles in the Irish Times, the Irish Arts Review, and the Dublin Review of Books, among others. In 2021, he was awarded a two-week residency in the Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island. His short story “Remembering Albert” was broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1998.

H. K. G. Lowery is a writer and musician from Gateshead. He gained a Distinction in his Masters in Creative Writing from Graduate College, Lancaster University. The department of English Literature and Creative Writing awarded him with the 2021/2022 Portfolio Prize for his work which received the highest mark in the faculty. Lowery has recently been published in Poetry Salzburg, Errant, and The Ofi Press.

Monique van Maare writes short stories and poetry to clear her mind and hear her heart speak. Her work was previously published in The Drabble and Science Fiction Monologues. She lives in The Netherlands, just above sea level. Currently.

Mandira Pattnaik is the author of Anatomy Of a Storm-Weathered Quaint Townspeople (2022), Girls Who Don’t Cry (2023) and Where We Set Our Easel (forthcoming). Mandira’s work has appeared in The McNeese Review, Penn Review, Quarterly West, Citron Review, Passages North, DASH, Miracle Monocle, Timber Journal, Contrary, Watershed Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, and Prime Number Magazine, among others. She edits for trampset and Vestal Review. Visit her at

Samarra Prahlad is an emerging artist of Indian origin who was raised in Singapore and Australia. She has won prizes for her art, and has exhibited her paintings at the Epping Arts Show in Sydney. Her recent works have been published in Libretto Magazine, Sonic Boom Magazine, and Otoliths. She also plays classical flute and pop/ rock piano, and performs in a wind ensemble. She lives in Sydney on traditional Gammergal land.

kerry rawlinson is a mental nomad who left Zambia decades ago to explore and landed in Canada. Fast forward: she’s still barefoot, tiptoeing through dislocation & belonging. kerry’s photo-art awards include: Makarelle; Rattle; CAGO Online Gallery. Newer publications: Touchstone, Artists Responding…;, Sunspot Journal, QueenMob’s Teahouse, Synchronized Chaos, WildRoof Journal, amongst others. kerry’s also an award-winning poet & writer and volunteer Coordinator of Kelowna Airport Gallery. Photographs are currently exhibiting at Peachland Gallery. @kerryrawli

Jim Ross has a graduate degree from Howard University. In 2015, he jumped into creative pursuits after a rewarding research career. He’s published nonfiction, fiction, poetry, photography, plays, and hybrid work in over 175 journals and anthologies on five continents including Amsterdam Quarterly, Columbia Journal, Hippocampus, Kestrel, Lunch Ticket, Newfound, The Atlantic, and Typehouse. He’s published postcard-based photoessays in Barren, Ilanot Review, Litro, and Palaver. Jim and his family split time between city and mountains.

Ali Rowland is a working-class poet, originally from Sheffield and now living in Northumberland. Ali writes from the perspective of mental health disability and has been published in Up! Magazine, The Linen Press Anthology, The Frogmore Papers, and Obsessed with Pipework.

Adrienne Stevenson lives in Ottawa, Canada. A retired forensic scientist, she writes poetry and prose. Her poetry has appeared in over forty print and online journals and anthologies in Canada, the USA, the UK, and Australia. When not writing, Adrienne tends a large garden, reads voraciously, and procrastinates playing several musical instruments.

Heather Swan’s poems have appeared in such journals as About Place, Cold Mountain Review, The Hopper, Minding Nature, Phoebe, Poet Lore, and Terrain. Her collection, A Kinship with Ash, (Terrapin Books) was a finalist for the ASLE Book Award. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Aeon, Belt, Catapult, ISLE, Edge Effects, and Emergence. Her book, Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field, won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award in 2018.

Gail Tirone is originally from New York and now lives in Houston. She’s a Best of the Net nominee and a finalist for the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. She has a BA from Princeton University and an MA in English from the University of Houston. Her poetry has appeared in NDQ, The Hong Kong Review, Mediterranean Poetry, Hawaii Pacific Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Weight of Addition Anthology, and elsewhere. See

Imogen Wade is based in the South West of England. Her work has been nominated for the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, the Plough Poetry Prize, the Winchester Poetry Prize, the Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition, the Ware Poets Competition, the AUB International Poetry Prize, the E.H.P. Barnard Prize, as well as competitions run by Folklore Publishing and Frosted Fire Press. Her work has appeared in Macrina Magazine and The Poetry Review.