Authors and Artists AQ1-AQ35
Carolyn Adams’ (AQ28) 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.
Kim Addonizio (AQ30) is the author of several books of poetry and prose. Her most recent poetry collection is Now We’re Getting Somewhere, (W.W. Norton, 2021). Her memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress, was published by Penguin. She has received NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay, and her work has been widely translated and anthologized. Tell Me (BOA Editions, 2000), was a National Book Award Finalist in poetry. She lives in Oakland, CA. https://www.kimaddonizio.com.
Ed Ahern (AQ32) resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had over three hundred stories and poems published so far, and six books. Ed works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of six review editors. https://www.twitter.com/bottomstripper
AKaiser (AQ13, AQ22 & AQ33) PhD, a 2022 la Cité Internationale des Arts Resident, and NEA Fellow for her translations of Catalan poet Anna Gual, is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author of glint. Poems from her manuscript, trace, won the US Women’s National Book Association Poetry Prize and placed as finalist in Poetry International’s Poetry Prize. AK’s poems and photos have also appeared in Broken Plate, New Square, Sonora Review’s Extinction, and Pen + Brush’s In Print No.5. https://akexperiments.org
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.
Algo (AQ30) is from Ireland. In self-imposed self-isolation, Algo only wears black and he enjoys studying the School of Austrian Economics, reading comic books, and meditating. He believes organized religion is a club, but is not nihilistic.
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.
Demi Anter (AQ25) is a multidisciplinary artist, originally from California’s Coachella Valley and now living in Berlin. She graduated with a B.A. in art from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. Her photographs have been featured in literary magazines including Spectrum and Into the Teeth of the Wind. As a writer, she has been published in the US, the UK and Europe, and will perform at Glastonbury in 2019. Please visit www.demianter.com for more information.
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.
Based in Amsterdam for more than two decades, Nina Ascoly (AQ25) loves this beautiful city and the challenge of trying to convey ideas visually or through text.
Lisa Ashley (AQ30), MDiv, is a descendant from survivors of the Armenian Genocide. She has spent eight years listening to incarcerated youth, and navigates life and her garden with physical limitations. Her poems have appeared in The Tishman Review, The Journal of Undiscovered Poets, and Dwelling Literary. She writes in her log home among the firs on Bainbridge Island, WA, having found her way there from rural New York by way of Montana and Seattle, WA.
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.
Shawn Aveningo-Sanders (AQ 23 & AQ27) is the author of What She Was Wearing, an inspirational book of poetry/prose that moves from tragedy to empowerment. Shawn’s poetry has appeared globally in over 150 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box press, as well as managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
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.
Colin Bancroft (AQ27) is currently living in the North Pennines where he is finishing off a PhD on the Ecopoetics of Robert Frost. His first pamphlet Impermanence is out in October with Maytree Press.
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).
Nathan Beck (AQ25) lives in Amsterdam, though originally from Manchester, UK. He is a designer by day, but writes poetry and fiction in his spare time, when his cat will allow him to. He graduated with a first in English Language & Literature, and will soon start a Master’s degree in Comparative Cultural Analysis.
Gaby Bedetti (AQ35) is a photographer, writer, teacher, and translator working in Lexington, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Puerto del Sol, and World Literature Today. She is circulating a co-translation from the French of the poems of Henri Meschonnic, a writer who eschewed traditional forms and believed in language’s ability to dissolve borders. Visit her at gabriellabedetti.wordpress.com/.
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.
A native Virginian, Jane Blanchard (AQ18, AQ31 & AQ34) lives and writes in Georgia. Her work has recently appeared in Tar River Poetry, Third Wednesday, and Two Thirds North. Her collections with Kelsay Books include After Before (2019), In or Out of Season (2020), Never Enough Already (2021), and Sooner or Later (2022).lives and writes in Georgia (USA). Her poetry has been published around the world as well as posted online. Her fourth collection is In or Out of Season (2020).
Róisín Leggett Bohan (AQ27) lives in County Cork, Ireland. She writes short stories and poetry. Her work often explores the theme of historical connections, the pull of ancestors and the indelible marks they leave behind. Her short stories have been published by Eyelands Press and Cork County Library. She finds a curious beauty within the collisions of circumstance and she explores the bravery that lies beneath vulnerability.
Martha Bordwell (AQ34) is a retired psychologist who writes about current events, family life, and travel. She is a regular contributor to the Community Voices column in MinnPost. Her essays and poems have been published in local and national journals. In 2019, she published the memoir Missing Mothers, which interweaves her experience of losing her mother who died when she was a child with her experience of raising adopted children. She lives in Minneapolis.
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.”
Robert Boucheron (AQ31) is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories and essays are in Bellingham Review, Fiction International, Louisville Review, and Saturday Evening Post. His flash fiction is in online magazines.
Despy Boutris’ (AQ28) 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.
Stephen Boyce (AQ29) is a prize-winning poet and co-founder of Winchester Poetry Festival. He is the author of three poetry collections, The Blue Tree (Indigo Dreams 2019), The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014), and Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010). He has also published three pamphlet collections. Stephen lives in north Dorset, England. His website is www.stephenboycepoetry.com.
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.
Matthew Brennan (AQ33) 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.
Keith Brighouse (AQ27 & AQ29) grew up in South Yorkshire, England. After an apprenticeship at the local coal mine, he travelled round Europe for several years, working in menial jobs he files under experience. He studied art at Rotterdam Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten and sculpture at Sheffield City Polytechnic. He has worked in a variety of teaching and other jobs over the years to fund both his writing and his art. He now resides in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
Simon Brod (AQ16, AQ21-22, AQ31 & AQ33) studied engineering and is an expert on energy and sustainability matters. An active poet, he is a member of local and international writers’ groups. His poetry has been published by Arachne Press. Simon lives in his adopted home town of Amsterdam.
James Broschart (AQ24) has retired from college teaching, public television production, technical writing, and bookstore management. He taught English composition to sailors aboard the U.S.S. Independence and wrote emergency management manuals for U.S. Department of Energy nuclear sites. His poems have appeared in Ars Medica, Blueline, Artemis, The Enigmatist, and Sociological Origins, and his poetry collection Old News was published by Finishing Line Press (2018). He resides in southwest Virginia.
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.
Polly Brown, (AQ35) author of Pebble Leaf Feather Knife, has recently resettled a family place uphill from the Sandy River in western Maine. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won awards from the Worcester County Poetry Society and Massachusetts Arts Foundation. Other recent poems have appeared at quartetjournal.com and canarylitmag.org, and in the Atlanta Review and Naugatuck River Review.
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.
Geoffrey B. Cain (AQ32) is an artist and educator who lives in University Place, Washington, where he writes novels, short stories, and poetry. His previous work has appeared in Border Crossing, Sonoma Mandala, Tom Cat, Deluge 6, and other fine publications.
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.
Roger Camp (AQ27) lives in Seal Beach, CA where he gardens, walks the pier, plays blues piano, and spends afternoons with his pal, Harry, over drinks at Nick’s on 2nd. When he’s not at home, he’s travelling in the Old World. His work has appeared in the Poetry East, Gulf Coast, Southern Poetry Review, and Nimrod.
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 & AQ23-AQ24 & AQ29) is currently Poetry Moderator of Portside.org. His sixth collection of poetry, Something is Bound to Break, has recently been published. Earlier titles include Fracking Dakota; Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem; An Elegy for Lovers; and A Child Turns Back to Wave, which won the Prize Americana. He has also published a memoir, Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia & the Art of History (Georgia).
William Cass (AQ32) has had over 200 short stories appear in a variety of literary magazines and has won writing contests at Terrain.org and The Examined Life Journal. He has received one Best Small Fictions nomination, three Pushcart nominations, and his short story collection, Something Like Hope & Other Stories, was recently released by Wising Up Press. He lives in San Diego, 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 & AQ23) 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.
Andrei Codrescu (AQ33) is a Romanian-born, award-winning, American writer and regular NPR commentator. He was MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University from 1984-2009. His first poetry book, License to Carry a Gun, (1970), won the Big Table Younger Poets Award. He has won an ACLU Freedom of Speech Award, a National Endowment for Arts fellowship, and a Peabody Award for Road Scholar (as its screenwriter and star). His upcoming book is Too late for Nightmares (2022).
Nan Cohen (AQ31) is the author of two poetry collections, Rope Bridge and Unfinished City. Recent prose and poems appear in The Cortland Review, The Inflectionist Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Poetry Northwest. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she is also the poetry program director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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.
Brittney Corrigan (AQ28) 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: http://brittneycorrigan.com/.
Joe Cottonwood (AQ27) has built or repaired hundreds of houses to support his writing habit. His latest book is Foggy Dog: Poems of the Pacific Coast. He’s a pretty good carpenter and a crackerjack grandfather in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
Mark Crimmins’s (AQ32) first book, travel memoir Sydneyside Reflections, was published by Adelaide’s Everytime Press in 2020. His short stories have been published in Columbia Journal, Confrontation, Queen’s Quarterly, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Maryland Literary Review, Eclectica, and Chicago Quarterly Review. His flash fiction has been published in Apalachee Review, Tampa Review, Kyoto Journal, Flash Frontier, Pure Slush, Expanded Field, and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. He lives and writes in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
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.
Daun Daemon (AQ30) has published fiction and poetry in Literally Stories, Delmarva Review, Third Wednesday, Typehouse Literary Review, Remington Review, Deep South Magazine, Into the Void, among others. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry, Daemon is at work on a memoir in poems as well as a story collection inspired by her mother’s beauty shop. She teaches scientific communication at NC State University and lives in Raleigh with her husband and three cats.
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.
Gregory Dally (AQ30) has had poetry, fiction, and other material published in various journals, including Catalyst, Meanjin, and Popshot Quarterly.
Sarette Danae (AQ32) graduated from Iowa State University before joining Teach for America in Dallas, Texas. She now holds a Master of Liberal Studies from Southern Methodist University and teaches at an all-girls high school. Her poems have been included in an array of national and international publications, and in 2018, she was selected by Writing Texas as their ‘Best in Poetry’ recipient. Currently, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs.
Darya Danesh (AQ18, AQ27 and AQ30) is an Iranian-Canadian memoir writer. In 2014, she laid her roots in Amsterdam to pursue a graduate degree and now holds an MSc in Persuasive Communication. Her Joan Didionesque prose brings readers into her experience, on her level. To date, her writing has focused on her life as a cancer-patient-turned-survivor, and the complications that led to severe, chronic lung disease.
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.
Joan Dark writes about the horrors of modern life and the quiet courage of ordinary people leading everyday lives. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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.
Lawdenmarc Decamora (AQ30) is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize-nominated Filipino writer with work published in 22 countries. His two, book-length poetry collections are TUNNELS (Ukiyoto) and Love, Air (Atmosphere Press—forthcoming). His work has appeared in The Seattle Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, among other places. He is the Assistant Editor of UNITAS, a century-old, multidisciplinary journal of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.
Ivan De Luce (AQ25) is a graduate of the City College of New York, where he studied creative writing. He has been published in The Promethean, Adelaide, Avatar Review, Z Publishing House, and (mac)ro(mic), among others. He has won the Esther Unger Prize for poetry. He works as a journalist in New York.
Steve Denehan (AQ32) lives in Kildare, Ireland with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. He is the author of two chapbooks and three poetry collections. Winner of the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award and twice winner of Irish Times’ New Irish Writing, his numerous publication credits include Poetry Ireland Review, Acumen, Prairie Fire, Westerly and Into the Void.
Margaret DeRitter (AQ24) lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she was a winner of the 2018 Celery City Chapbook Contest and is the copy editor and poetry editor of Encore magazine. Her poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, including The 3288 Review, which nominated one of her poems for a Pushcart Prize in 2017. She has a full-length collection due out in 2020 from Unsolicited Press (Portland, Oregon).
Olga Dermott-Bond has published two poetry pamphlets: apple, fallen (Against the Grain Press, 2020) and A sky full of strange specimens (Nine Pens Press, 2021). She has won a number of poetry competitions including the BBC Proms poetry competition. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lives in Warwickshire. She is a teacher and has two children.
Wanderlust and love of travel have taken Katacha Díaz (AQ35) all over the world to gather material for her stories. Among the children’s books she has authored is Badger at Sandy Ridge Road for the Smithsonian Institution’s Backyard series; and, Carolina’s Gift: A Story of Peru for the Make Friends Around the World series for Soundprints’. Her prose and poetry has been internationally published in literary journals and anthologies. Katacha lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
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.
As a graphic designer, painter, photographer, poet (not always in alphabetical order), Lia Di Stefano (AQ28) 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.
Timothy Dodd (AQ13 & AQ 34) is from Mink Shoals, West Virginia, and is the author of Modern Ancient (The High Window Press) and Fissures and Other Stories (Bottom Dog Press). His second short story collection, Men in Midnight Bloom (Cowboy Jamboree Press), and a joint collection, Mortality Birds (Southernmost Books), are forthcoming in 2022. Find him at timothybdodd.wordpress.com.
William Doreski (AQ27) has published three critical studies and several collections of poetry. His work has appeared in many print and online journals. His most recent books are Water Music and Train to Providence, a collaboration with photographer Rodger Kingston.
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.
Nate Ealy (AQ29) is a huge sports fan in western Pennsylvania, namely the Steelers and the Pirates. He loves to travel and his future plans include taking his beautiful wife to Italy. He also loves to write. He has appeared in The Siren’s Call, The Echo, Romance Magazine, and Fairlight Books. He is currently working on a novel.
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.
Jami Fairleigh (AQ30) is a writer, urban planner, and hobby collector from Washington. She is currently working on her first novel and shares her life with a husband, a trio of well-mannered horses, a pair of dubiously behaved parrots, and one neurotic dog. You can find and follow her at https://jamifairleigh.com/ or https://twitter.com/jamifairleigh.
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.
Laurel Feigenbaum (AQ30), a native Californian, credits her father and Wordsworth for her love of poetry. After careers in education and business, she gathered late-life courage and began writing. Author of The Daily Absurd, (Ficus, 2015), and Matrimony, (The Poetry Box, 2020), her recent poems have appeared in Anthologies of The Marin Poetry Center and Women Who Write. She lives in Marin County within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.
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.
Mark Fiddes (AQ25) has published two, award-winning collections with Templar Poetry — The Rainbow Factory and The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre. He recently won the Ruskin Prize, was placed third in the 2018 National Poetry Competition and runner-up in the Bridport Prize. Other work has been published in Poetry Review, Magma, London Magazine, The Irish Times, and The New European. He lives in temporary Brexile in the Middle East.
Agnieszka Filipek (AQ33) is a Polish-born poet living in Ireland. Her work has appeared in over 60 publications internationally including countries such as Poland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Italy, Germany, China, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iran, Canada and the US. Her poems have appeared in Capsule Stories, Local Wonders Anthology, Lucent Dreaming, Black Bough Poetry, Crannóg, The Blue Nib, Chrysanthemum, Blood & Bourbon Magazine, The Stony Thursday Book, Marble Poetry Magazine, Headway Quarterly, and elsewhere.
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.
Siobhán Flynn lives in Dublin, Ireland, where she is a member of Airfield Writers. She has been placed and shortlisted in a number of poetry competitions including the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies and literary journals, including Wild Atlantic Words, Visual Verse, The Pickled Body and The Irish Times. In March 2019 she was selected to read at the Poetry Introductions at the Cork International Poetry Festival.
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-AQ22, AQ29, AQ31, AQ33 & AQ34) is the author When Light Shifts, (2022), reviewed in AQ33. Her work appears in Atlanta Review, Rust + Moth, The Worcester Review, and others, and has received nominations for the Pushcart prize and for the Orison Anthology. Her poem sequence ‘Cerebral Hemorrhage’ was awarded the 2020 Samuel Washington Allen Prize (New England Poetry Club). Please visit 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.
Linda McCauley Freeman (AQ28) 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. www.got2lindy.com
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 & AQ22) is an author based in Vienna, Austria. He contributes regularly with short stories and translations to international cultural journals and is the winner of the 2017 Austrian Literature Prize – Exil. Some of his work can be found on his blog: http://cento.red/ and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fugabi/
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’s, (AQ7, AQ11, AQ15, AQ27, AQ32, and AQ35) lives near Washington DC and teaches workshops on Villanelle, Sonnet, Natural Meter, Poetry vs. Trauma, etc., at The Writer’s Center (writer.org), currently via Zoom teleconference. Author of Humor Me (2006) and several chapbooks, most recently Genetic Revisionism (2019), she is also a health science writer, visual artist, and composer of tonal chamber music and art songs. See pw.org/content/claudia_gary; follow her on Twitter at @claudiagary.
Diane Giardi,(AQ24), MFA, is an artist, poet, educator and director of education for East End Arts. Her work has been published in various journals including The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, The Endicott Review, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Kind of a Hurricane Press, The Muddy River Poetry Review, The Path, Alimentum, The Nassau Review, Minerva Rising, Ann Arbor Review, Dovetail Publishing and The Dallas Review. She lives and writes on Long Island’s East End.
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.
Jasper Glen (AQ35) is from Vancouver, Canada. He holds a BA in Philosophy and a JD. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Posit, Streetlight Magazine, Tofu Ink, fauxmoir, NiftyLit, and other journals.
Bill Glose (AQ28) 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.
Rosalind Goldsmith (AQ33) lives in Toronto. She has written radio plays for CBC Radio Drama and a play for the Blyth Theatre Festival and has also translated and adapted short stories by the Uruguayan writer, Felisberto Hernandez, for CBC Radio. Her short stories have appeared in journals in the USA, the UK, and Canada, including Litro, Filling Station, the Blue Nib, Fairlight Books, Chiron Review, Great Weather for Media Anthology, Stand and Fiction International.
Amlanjyoti Goswami’s (AQ28-AQ29 & AQ33) forthcoming collection of poetry, Vital Signs, will be published by Poetrywala. His earlier collection, River Wedding, (Poetrywala) was widely reviewed. His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies around the world. A Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee, his poems have also appeared on street walls in Christchurch, exhibitions in Johannesburg, an e-gallery in Brighton, and buses in Philadelphia. He grew up in Guwahati, Assam and lives in Delhi.
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.
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.
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
SK Grout (she/they) (AQ31) grew up in Aotearoa/New Zealand, lived in Germany and now splits her time between London and Auckland. She is the author of to be female is to be interrogated (2018, the poetry annals). She holds a post-graduate degree from City, University of London and is a Feedback Editor for Tinderbox Poetry. Her work also appears in Ambit, Cordite Poetry Review, dialogist, Glass, Parentheses Journal, Barren Magazine, and elsewhere. More information: https://skgroutpoetry.wixsite.com/poetry
Gene Groves (AQ27, AQ31 & AQ33) has 35 poems in Flambard New Poets 2. Her poetry has been published by Pre-Raphaelite Society Review, The Interpreter’s House, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, Popshot, The Poetry Village, New Welsh Review, Prole, Obsessed With Pipework, Dreamcatcher, Diamond Twig, The Dawntreader and The Writer’s Café. She is originally from Rhyl, Wales but now lives in Northumberland, UK. Before marriage her surname was Tierney; she was named after an American film star.
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.
Katherine Gustafson, (AQ35) a professional freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon, has published fiction in the Iowa Review, where she was a runner-up for the 2006 Iowa Review Award for Fiction, Passages North, Litro, Solander: The Magazine of the Historical Novel Society, and The Argonaut. Her essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Utne Reader, and Best Women’s Travel Writing, among others. She is the author of the nonfiction book, Change Comes to Dinner.
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 defence 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.
After sojourns in Canada, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand, V.J. Hamilton (AQ34) calls Toronto home. Her work has been published in STORGY, The MacGuffin, and The Penmen Review, among others. She won the EVENT Speculative Fiction contest. Most recently, her fiction appears in Litro magazine online.
Ladislav R. Hanka (AQ24) is an artist working largely with themes of natural history – the birds and trees, fish and insects — as elegant co-habitants rather than resource. He’s published two books: In Pursuit of Birds; a Foray with Field Glasses and Sketchbook and The Crooked Tree Prints, which examines the Eastern Woodlands Indian practice of deforming trees to mark trail ways and council sites – published in English and the native Aneshnaabemowin. His website is Ladislavhanka.com
Doryn Herbst, (AQ33) a former scientist in the water industry in Wales, now lives in Germany and is a deputy local councillor. Her writing is concerned with the natural world, but also with the darker themes of domestic violence and bullying. Herbst has poetry in Fahmidan Journal, The Dirigible Balloon, CERASUS Magazine, Sledgehammer Literary Journal, and other publications. She is a reviewer for the Consilience science poetry journal.
Robin Helweg-Larsen (AQ27) is British-born but Bahamian-raised. His chapbook Calling The Poem is available as a free download from Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, issue 236. He edits Sampson Low’s Potcake Chapbooks – Form in Formless Times series from his home in Governor’s Harbour on Eleuthera, and blogs at www.formalverse.com.
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.”
Jim Hodge (AQ35) lives in Denver, Colorado and has spent the last 45 years in the field of philanthropy. He is a blogger, published author, teacher, and consultant in his profession. He has found lifelong refuge in nature and the arts, especially poetry and photography. Jim is an unpublished poet who finds beauty beyond words in the poetry of others and in service to a world pleading for and needing more beauty.
Laura Reece Hogan (AQ31) is the author of Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press, 2020), winner of the Paraclete Poetry Prize, the chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press), and the nonfiction book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock). She is one of ten poets featured in the anthology In a Strange Land (Cascade Books). Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in RHINO, Lily Poetry Review, Spiritus, Whale Road Review, and other publications. www.laurareecehogan.com
Camilla Holland (AQ29) is a mediaeval re-enactor, microbiologist, and tarot reader. She lives in Scotland and writes fiction and poetry. She won the first Crediton Festival short story competition and the 2020 Scottish Association of Writers non-fiction book award. Published in the UK, the USA, and Australia in Dear Damsels, The Eildon Tree, Dreich, InfectiveInk, Insights, Didcot Writers, and Henshaw Anthology, she participated in a panel discussion chaired by Tracy Chevalier about short fiction and disability.
Jennifer Horgan (AQ32) is a teacher and writer living in Cork, Ireland. Her work appears in Crossways, Idler, Abridged, Ink Sweat and Tears, Blue Nib, and Honest Ulsterman. Her non-fiction book, O Captain, My Captain, a critique of the Irish education system, was published in July 2021 by Orpen Press.
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.
Barbara E. Hunt (AQ23) applies her poet’s heart to many genres (along with a decade of overseeing a writers’ conference in Ontario, Canada ending 2016). She has literary journals, anthologies and magazines across North America, Europe, and Australia to her credit, current writings (free) on WATTPAD, and enjoys kudos for the second release of your poetry/colouring book called Devotions (December 2017)
Amina Imzine (AQ15, AQ17 & AQ22) 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 local people’s stories. She is the most frequent attender of the AQ Writers’ Group and she 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.
Ben von Jagow (AQ28) 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 benvj.com.
Samuel W. James (AQ22) is a new poet from Yorkshire and his poems can also be found in Allegro, The Eyewear Review, The Literary Hatchet, London Grip, Clockwise Cat, Peeking Cat, Scarlet Leaf Review, Sentinel and Ink, Sweat and Tears.
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.
Martin John (AQ24) lives on the south coast of England, is a member of the local poetry collective and leads the library poetry group. His poems have appeared in print and on line in publications including The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Space, LUPO, Here Comes Everyone, Not a Silent Poet and in the anthology In Search of Sea Grass.
A Chicago native, Greg S. Johnson (AQ28) 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: www.gregsjohnson.net.
Juliana Johnson (AQ29) is a 19-year-old student at Stockton University. She has been writing since she was 14 and has recently had a poem published in an upcoming edition of the Writer’s Shed literary magazine. She draws inspiration from Anne Carson, Ernest Hemingway, and e.e. cummings in her writing.
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.
Fiona M Jones (AQ28) 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.
Jury S. Judge (AQ22 & AQ24) is an internationally published artist, writer, poet, photographer, and cartoonist. Her Astronomy Comedy cartoons are published in The Lowell Observer. Her artwork has been widely featured in publications such as Permafrost, New Plains Review, Oddball Magazine, and Glassworks. She has been interviewed on the television news programme, NAZ Today for her work as a political cartoonist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014.
Anju Kanwar (AQ25) is the author of The Sound of Silence (nominated for the MLA Independent Scholar’s Award) and the Introduction to D.H. Lawrence’s novel, The Lost Girl. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Indian Literature, Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, etc. She received the Arnold B. Fox Writing Award (special reference) and the 2018 Loquat Literary Prize in poetry (third place). Website: www.riseglobalinitiative.org .
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, AQ23, and AQ27) 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.
Wendy Kennar (AQ29) is a mother, former teacher, and writer in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in a number of publications and anthologies both in print and online including the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, TheMighty.com, and Motherwellmag.com. You can read more from Kennar at www.wendykennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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.
Claire-Lise Kieffer (AQ32) is an emerging poet and short story writer from France. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Poethead, Abridged, 14 magazine, 192, Beir Bua, and was shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize; her short stories have appeared in literary journals Banshee, Crossways, and Bending Genres. She lives in Galway, where she is completing an MA in Creative Writing and working on her first poetry chapbook. Follow her on Twitter: @clairelise_poet.
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.
Peter J. King (AQ31) was born and brought up in Boston, Lincolnshire. He was active on the London poetry scene in the 1970s, returning to poetry in 2013. His work, (including short fiction, paintings, and translations from modern Greek [with Andrea Christofidou] and German poetry), has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. His currently available collections are Adding Colours to the Chameleon (Wisdom’s Bottom Press) and All What Larkin (Albion Beatnik Press). His website is https://wisdomsbottompress.wordpress.com/
Jackie Kingon (AQ34) graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has an MA from Columbia University, and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. The New York Times featured her piece ‘A Year in the Trenches’ about a difficult Bronx school. She is the author of the sci/fi comedies, Sherlock Mars and P is for Pluto (Guardbridge Books, St Andrews, Scotland) and Chocolate Chocolate Moons (self-published). She lives in New York City.
Lynn M Knapp (AQ23) is a poet, memoirist, musician, and teacher. She is the author of Giving Ground (2017), a book of poetry celebrating her Spanish-speaking neighbourhood. The grit, grime and unexpected beauty of the central city inspire her life and her writing. Her poem, ‘Crossing’ has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses Awards, for poetry published in 2017.
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, AQ31 & AQ34) is the author of When the Going Was Good: A Guide to the 99 Best Narratives of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure (Scarecrow P, 2002); Assistant Editor of Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal; and former Assistant Editor of Art Patron magazine. A retired reference librarian, he blogs about travel and related subjects at worldenoughblog.wordpress.com/author/gkoger.
Margaret Koger (AQ21 & AQ29) is a school media specialist with a writing habit. She lives and works in Boise, Idaho, and writes poetry to add small strands of connective tissue to the web of life. She has published in numerous journals, including Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Friends of Acadia Journal, Writers in the Attic, Amsterdam Quarterly, The Heartland Review, Red Rock Review, Thimble Literary Magazine, Headway, Tiny Seeds Literary Journal, and Ponder Savant.
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.
Gracjan Kraszewski (AQ29) wrote the novel, The Holdout (Adelaide Books, 2018). He is working on a 1,000 page plus absurdist-maximalist philosophical comedy novel set one hundred years in the future treating apocalyptic thermonuclear geopolitics. His fiction has appeared in Riddle Fence, Wilderness House Literary Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, New English Review, The Southern Distinctive, PILGRIM, The Coil, Bull: Men’s Fiction, Adelaide Literary Magazine, RumbleFish Press, Five on the Fifth, and at http://www.short-humour.org.uk/.
Carol Parris Krauss (AQ22) is a mother, teacher, and poet who resides in the Tidewater Region of Virginia. She is a Clemson University graduate who enjoys American college football, her cats, and gardening. Her work can be found in online and print magazines such as Storysouth, The South Carolina Review, and New Verse News.
Sandhya Krishnakumar (AQ25 and AQ35) teaches French as a foreign language, relishes words in any form, and enjoys reading and writing poetry. An English literature graduate, her poems have appeared in The Peacock Journal, The 3 Elements Literary Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, and other literary magazines. Born and brought up in Kerala in southern India, she currently lives in the Netherlands.
teaches French, relishes words in any form, reads poetry with her morning coffee and writes poetry when the stars align. An English Literature graduate, her poems have appeared in The Peacock Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, The 3 Elements Literary Review and Poetry Breakfast. Born and brought up in Kerala in southern India, she currently lives in Amsterdam.
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.
Mary B. Kurtz (AQ28) 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.
Carlo Rey Lacsamana (AQ33) is a Filipino, who was born and raised in Manila. He is currently living and working in Lucca, Italy. He contributes regularly to journals in the Philippines, writing about politics, culture, and art. He also writes for a local, biannual, academic magazine in Tuscany. His articles have been published in magazines in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, India, and Mexico. Visit his website at carloreylacsamana.wixsite.com/carloreylacsamana or follow him on Instagram @carlo_rey_lacsamana.
Sigrun Susan Lane (AQ27-AQ28) 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.
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.
Lance Larsen (AQ33) has published five poetry collections, most recently What the Body Knows (Tampa 2018). His poetry and prose appear widely in New York Review of Books, The Sun, Boulevard, Paris Review, Southern Review, APR, Brevity, and elsewhere. He teaches at BYU and often fools around with aphorisms: ‘A woman needs a man the way a manatee needs a glockenspiel.’ In 2017, he completed a term as poet laureate of Utah. Sometimes he juggles.
Donna J. Gelagotis Lee (AQ20, AQ29, AQ34-AQ35) is the author of two award-winning collections, Intersection on Neptune (The Poetry Press of Press Americana, 2019), winner of the Prize Americana for Poetry 2018, and On the Altar of Greece (Gival Press, 2006), winner of the Seventh Annual Gival Press Poetry Award. Her poetry has appeared in journals internationally, including Amsterdam Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Feminist Studies, Magma Poetry, and The Massachusetts Review. Her website is www.donnajgelagotislee.com.
Edward Lee (AQ35) is an artist and writer from Ireland. His paintings and photography have been exhibited widely, while his poetry, short stories, non-fiction have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen, and Smiths Knoll. He also makes musical noise under the names Ayahuasca Collective, Orson Carroll, Lego Figures Fighting, and Pale Blond Boy. His blog/website can be found at edwardmlee.wordpress.com
Emma Lee’s (AQ30) publications include The Significance of a Dress (Arachne, 2020) and Ghosts in the Desert (IDP, 2015). She co-edited Over Land, Over Sea, (Five Leaves, 2015), was Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib, reviews for magazines and blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com. FB: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaLee1. Twitter @Emma_Lee1.
Karen Lethlean (AQ33 and AQ35) is a retired English teacher. Her story, ‘Ever Present Predator’, is being published in Pareidolia Volume 2. ‘In Isolation’ was published in the San Antonio Review . She also writes about her military service in her memoir entitled Army Girl. In addition, she is a triathlete who has competed twice in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. Two of her triathlon pieces have been published in The Creatives Journal and in World Wide Writers.
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.
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.
Timothy Liu’s (AQ35) latest opus, Down Low and Lowdown: Bedside Bottom-Feeder Blues, will be out from Barrow Street Books in Spring 2023. His previous books include Vox Angelica, Say Goodnight, Of Thee I Sing and Luminous Debris: New & Selected Legerdemain (1992-2017). His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages, and his journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. More can be perused at www.timothyliu.net.
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, AQ25, AQ27, AQ32-AQ33 and AQ35) is the author of two short story collections, But When We Look Closer (2017) and Vita (2019) and a children’s book, Coo and the Loo (2021). Her third collection, Nothing Comes Back, will be released spring 2023. For fiction she continues to write about unconventional characters who exist on the edges of ordinary life. She is currently finishing up her fourth collection of short stories. Lloy lives in Montreal.
Nathan Alling Long’s (AQ27) work has won international competitions and appears in over a hundred publications, including Tin House, Story Quarterly, and The Sun. The Origin of Doubt, a collection of fifty stories, was a 2019 Lambda finalist; his second manuscript was an Iowa Fiction Award semi-finalist. A recipient of a Mellon Foundation grant, a Truman Capote fellowship, and scholarships to Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, Nathan lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Stockton University.
Native New Yorker LindaAnn LoSchiavo (AQ27 & AQ31), recently Poetry SuperHighway’s Poet of the Week, is a member of SFPA and The Dramatists Guild. Elgin Award nominee A Route Obscure and Lonely and Concupiscent Consumption are her latest poetry titles. Forthcoming is a paranormal collection of ghost poems based on her real-life encounters with the afterlife. Twitter: @Mae_Westside
Nancy Ludmerer’s (AQ18 & AQ24) has published over 50 stories in such places as Best Small Fictions 2016 (‘First Night’, originally published in River Styx), Kenyon Review, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Cimarron Review, Grain, Masters Review’s ‘New Voices’ Series, and Sou’wester. Her stories have been read on public radio and translated into Spanish and her essay ‘Kritios Boy’ (Literal Latte) was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2014. She lives in New York City.
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 & AQ22) Jayne Marek’s poetry and art photos appear, most recently, in The Cortland Review, The Lake, Shantih, Gulf Stream, Raven Chronicles, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Chroma, River Poets Journal, New Verse News, and as a pamphlet from Red Bird Chapbooks. She has provided colour cover art for several journals and for her two full-length poetry books — In and Out of Rough Water (Kelsay Books, 2017) and The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling (Finishing Line, 2018).
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.
Joan Mazza (AQ32) has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, and taught workshops nationally on dreams and nightmares. She is the author of six self-help psychology books, including Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam), and her work has appeared in The MacGuffin, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, and The Nation. She lives in rural central Virginia. www.JoanMazza.com
Neil McCarthy (AQ24) is an Irish poet who lives in Vienna. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2001 and has been writing ever since. His debut collection, Stopgap Grace, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2018 and subsequently shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best debut collection. His website is www.neilmccarthypoetry.com.
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.
A Best New Poets nominee, Jeff McRae’s (AQ34) poems have appeared in Massachusetts Review, Antioch Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Salamander, and recently appear or are forthcoming in Poetry South, The Common, Permafrost, Mudfish, Rattle, and elsewhere. He lives and works in Vermont.
David Melville (AQ31) is a poet who lives in Portland, Oregon. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Water~Stone Review, RHINO, Buddhist Poetry Review, The Road Not Taken, The Lyric, and Anti-Heroin Chic. His work has also been anthologized in the college textbook Listening to Poetry: An Introduction for Readers and Writers (2019).
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.
Jennifer Davis Michael (AQ23) is professor and chair of English at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, USA, specializing in British Romanticism. Her poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Cumberland River Review, Literary Mama, The New Verse News and Mezzo Cammin, among others. She has published a book of criticism: Blake and the City (Bucknell, 2006). Her website is jenniferdavismichael.wordpress.com.
Michael Mingo (AQ22) received his MFA in poetry from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, Harpur Palate, Tar River Poetry, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others.
Debasish Mishra (he/him), (AQ32) a native of Bhawanipatna, Odisha, India, is the recipient of The Bharat Award for Literature in 2019 and The Reuel International Best Upcoming Poet Prize in 2017. His recent poems have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Penumbra, trampset, Star*Line, Enchanted Conversation, and elsewhere. A former banker with United Bank of India, he is presently engaged as a Senior Research Fellow at NISER, HBNI, Bhubaneswar, India.
Felicia Mitchell, (AQ23) a native of South Carolina, USA, has made her home in the mountains of Virginia since 1987. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies, including the recent collection, Surprised by Joy (Universal Table, GA). Waltzing with Horses, a collection of poems, is available from Press 53 (Winston-Salem, NC). Her poem in AQ23 is from a quest to explore and write about roots. Mitchell teaches at Emory & Henry College. Her website is www.feliciamitchell.net.
In 2021, Bryan R. Monte was a finalist in the Hippocrates Open Poetry Contest (placed second) and in the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, and in 2022, a commended poet in Hippocrates’ Contest. Recently, his poetry has been published in the Arlington Literary Journal, Irreantum, Italian Americana, and the South Florida Poetry Journal. In November 2022, his book, On the Level: Poems on Living with Multiple Sclerosis, was published by Circling Rivers (Richmond, Virginia).
Christopher Moore (AQ28) 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.
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.
Sharon Lask Munson (AQ27) is a retired teacher, poet, old movie enthusiast, lover of road trips—with many published poems, two chapbooks, and two full-length books of poetry. She says many things motivate her to write: a mood, a memory, the smell of cooking, burning leaves, a windy day, rain, fog, something observed or overheard—and of course, imagination. She lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon. Her website is at www.sharonlaskmunson.com.
Peter E. Murphy (AQ22) was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a taxi. He is the author of nine books including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and most recently, Atlantic City Lives and Looking for Thelma, which won the 2018 Wilt Nonfiction Chapbook Prize. He is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University.
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.
Franz Jørgen Neumann’s (AQ30) stories have appeared in the Colorado Review, The Southern Review, Passages North, Fugue, Confrontation, Water-Stone Review, and elsewhere, and can be read at storiesandnovels.com.
Thea Nikolova (AQ28) 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.
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.’
Lianne O’Hara (AQ25) is a poet and writer from Amsterdam. She lives in Dublin, where she studies on the MA Creative Writing at UCD. Her poetry has been published in Writer’s Block and Black Bough Poetry. She is currently working on a novel about experiences in prison.
Uchechukwu Onyedikam (mystic poet) (AQ35) is a creative artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. He’s been published in several print and online journals and magazines. With regards to the intense passion he nurtures for poetry, he’s open to work with other creatives from around the world. He looks forward to exploring all of humanity with words in a world where everyone else is hurting from bombs and guns. His poem, ‘Ten Years’, is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/rXxmuJseh8w. (Photo: OEO Kr8ative)
Antoni Ooto (AQ27) is a poet and flash fiction writer who came to writing late. Known for his abstract expressionist art, Antoni now finds his voice in poetry. His love of reading and studying many poets has opened and offered him a new form of self-expression. His works have been published in Amethyst Review, Clover & White, The BeZine, and many others. Antoni lives and works in upstate New York with his wife poet/storyteller, Judy DeCroce.
By July 2018, Joyce Parkes (AQ16-AQ17 & AQ23) had been published in Meniscus (the University of Canberra), Landscapes, (Edith Cowen University), Cuttlefish (Sunline Press), The Journal of the Australian Irish Heritage Association, Creatrix, Not Very Quiet, and Heroines — the anthology. Her poems have been published in Australia, the UK, Finland, Canada, Germany, the US, New Zealand, Greece, and the Netherlands. She writes of dense and drifting days.
Mandira Pattnaik (AQ29) lives in India. She graduated in economics, but lets her writing take precedence, happy it has found homes in Citron Review, New World Writing, Lunate, Eclectica, Spelk, Star 82, Splonk, Watershed Review, Ilanot Review, and Toasted Cheese. She was shortlisted at NFFD NZ 2020 and RetreatWest June Microfiction Contest.
Cheryl Pearson (AQ29) is the author of two poetry collections: Oysterlight (Pindrop Press, 2017), and Menagerie (The Emma Press, 2020). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The Guardian, Mslexia, Frontier, The Moth, and The Interpreter’s House, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction has been published in TSS, Longleaf Review, and Confingo among others, and she was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award in 2017.
A native New Yorker, James Penha (AQ27) has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, he edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry.
Michelle Penn (AQ32) lives in London. Her debut pamphlet, Self-portrait as a diviner, failing (2018), won the Paper Swans Prize (UK). Recent poetry has appeared in The Rialto, Perverse, MIR Online, B O D Y, and Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. New work is forthcoming in The London Magazine, PN Review, The Interpreter’s House, and Stand. Penn plans innovative poetry/art/music events in London as part of Corrupted Poetry. She also writes fiction. michellepennwriter.com
Keith Perkins (AQ22) is a high school English teacher in New Jersey. His work has appeared in The Irish Post, NY Post, hackwriters.com, travelmag.co.uk, and myveronanj.com, among others. A father of twin toddlers, Keith enjoys travelling with his wife Emily, writing, reading, hiking, skiing, and naps.
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.
bart plantenga (AQ23, AQ25, AQ28, and AQ35) is the author of Beer Mystic, Wiggling Wishbone, Spermatagonia, Paris Scratch, NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor, and LIST FULL, a book of list poems. 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 in NYC, Paris, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam since forever. He lives in Amsterdam.
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 and AQ35) is the author of Poland at the Door (Knives, Forks And Spoons Press, 2011), brainiography (The Argotist Online, 2010), and The Royal Blue Car (The Argotist Online, 2011), RAW Art PRESS First Print Edition, 2017). Poland at the Door was selected as one of 2012’s best books by Sabotage Reviews. Her poetry has appeared in New York Quarterly, Drunken Boat, 3 a.m. Magazine, Free Verse, Oxford Poetry, The Quarterly Journal of Ideology, and The American Poetry Review.
Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad (AQ29 & AQ32) is an Indian-Australian artist, poet, and pianist. Her recent artworks have been showcased in Pareidolia Literary, Otoliths, 3 AM Magazine, and Amsterdam Quarterly, and on the covers of Ang(st) the Body Zine, Pithead Chapel, Chasing Shadows Magazine, Periwinkle Literary, and elsewhere. Her artworks received two Best of the Net nominations for 2021. She is a chief editor for Authora Australis. Find her @oormilaprahlad and www.instagram.com/oormila_paintings
Samuel Prince (AQ25) lives in London. His poems have been published in various magazines, including Atticus Review, Cordite Poetry Review and The Fenland Reed. He has appeared in anthologies including Lives Beyond Us (Sidekick Books) and The Emma Press Anthology of Love (Emma Press). He won the 2018 Café Writers Poetry Competition.
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.
A teacher of English language, Kevin Reid (AQ27) travels and works between Scotland and Greece. His artwork and poetry can be viewed and read in various online and printed journals including, Prole, The Interpreter’s House, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Under the Radar. A mini pamphlet, Burdlife (Tapsalteerie), was published in 2017, and his latest pamphlet, Androgyny (4word), was published in May 2018. A new pamphlet will be published by 4word in 2020.
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.
Rink Foto (AQ2, AQ8, AQ14, AQ16-AQ17, AQ21, and AQ32) has been photographing the LGBT community and San Francisco since 1969, with an emphasis on diversity. Since 1970, he has covered every Pride parade and every Castro and Folsom Street Fair, in addition to 22 film festivals. His images have been used to enhance more than 50 books and 40 films; some of latter Academy Award winners. His photographs can be seen in the San Francisco Bay Times at sfbaytimes.com
Liz Robbins’ (AQ14 & AQ22) third collection Freaked, won the 2014 Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award; her second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Adroit Journal, BOAAT, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, and Rattle, as well as on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.
Eoin Rogers (AQ35) is a graduate of the NUI Galway MA in Writing. His work appears in Poetry Ireland Review, Cois Coirbe, 2 Meter Review, and on the RTÉ Culture site. In 2020, he was highly commended for the Cúirt New Writing Prize and he was selected to participate in the Stinging Fly Summer School. In 2021, Rogers received a Words Ireland Mentorship. He lives in Dublin.
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.
Jo-Anne Rosen’s fiction, long and short, has appeared in Other Voices, The Florida Review, FlashQuake, The Summerset Review, Pithead Chapel, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and several other literary journals. She is also a book and web designer who lives in Petaluma, California. She also publishes Wordrunner eChapbooks, an online journal of fiction and memoir (at http://www.echapbook.com) and co-edits the Sonoma County Library Update (http://www.socolitupdate.com). What They Don’t Know (2015) is her first fiction collection.
Lisa Rosenberg (AQ33) is the author of A Different Physics (Red Mountain Press). Formally trained in physics and poetry, she worked as an engineer in the space program, and speaks frequently on the confluence of arts and sciences. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Djerassi Residency, she served as a regional Poet Laureate in California. Her publications include POETRY, The Threepenny Review, Ruminate, and California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology. www.Lisarosenberg.com
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 & AQ34) 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.
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.
Xe M. Sánchez (AQ28 & AQ33) 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, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Turkey, Singapore, and Germany.
Anna Saunders (AQ33) is the author of Communion, (Wild Conversations Press), Struck, (Pindrop Press) Kissing the She Bear, (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and the Fox, Ghosting for Beginners and Feverfew. (Indigo Dreams). The collection has been described as ‘rich with obsession, sensuousness and potency’ by Ben Ray, ‘a beautiful and necessary collection’ by Penny Shuttle. The Prohibition of Touch is due out summer 2022 . She is the Director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
James H. Schneider (AQ25) has published poems in various online and print journals, including Verse Wisconsin, Abraxas #49, Third Wednesday, and several tanka publications. A recent poem of his was read (and archived) on Maine Public Radio’s Poems from Here series. He and his wife live in Brunswick, Maine, U.S., where they relocated, after over forty years in Wisconsin, to be near their grandsons. Schneider is a retired lawyer.
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-AQ22, AQ29 & AQ34) 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. Her poetry pamphlet, Ariadne’s Thread, is reviewed in AQ35.
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.
Katherine Shehadeh (AQ34) is a writer, attorney, and mom of two, who resides with her family in Miami, Florida. Her writing has appeared in Consequence Forum, Prometheus Dreaming, Blue River Review, and others. Find her at katherinesarts.com.
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.
Originally from Ukraine, Askold Skalsky (AQ31) has published poems in over 300 online and print periodicals in the US and abroad. He is the recipient of two Individual Artist Awards in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council and he won first prize in the New Millennium 20th Century Writing contest. He was the founding editor of the Hedge Apple literary magazine. His first book of poems is The Ponies of Chuang Tzu, (Horizon Tracts, NYC, 2011).
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.
Ian C. Smith’s (AQ23-AQ24 & AQ28) 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.
Irene Hoge Smith (AQ9 & AQ12 & AQ29) a graduate of the New Directions Writing Program at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, has been published in journals including Prick of the Spindle, Amsterdam Quarterly, Vineleaves Literary Journal, Wisconsin Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Stonecoast Review. She is completing a memoir about her mother, the late Los Angeles poet FrancEyE, who, after fleeing a bad marriage and losing custody of four daughters, lived with Charles Bukowski in the early 1960s.
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 & AQ31) is the author of 24 books of poetry and coauthor of another. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and twice-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in the Hudson Valley.
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 & AQ29) is the author of 20 books, including Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2014), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2015), An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2016), Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be (Poetry, Guernica Editions, 2017), A Visit to the Kafka Café (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2018), and Gregor Samsa Was Never in The Beatles (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2019).
Thomas Stewart (AQ27) is a Welsh writer based in Edinburgh. His pamphlet, empire of dirt, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2019. His work has also featured at The Glasgow Review of Books, Oh Comely, And Other Poems, among others He can be found on Twitter at @ThomasStewart08.
Meryl Stratford (AQ12, AQ13, AQ15, AQ16, AQ19-AQ20 & AQ22-AQ32 & AQ34) is an associate editor for South Florida Poetry Journal. Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A video of her poem, ‘Ruffian’, first published in AQ19, can be viewed at https://youtu.be/AU-LzZ13MJU. ‘What Would Jesus Teach?’ first published in AQ20, will be reprinted in NYQ’s forthcoming anthology, Without a Doubt: poems illuminating faith.
David Subacchi (AQ15, AQ18 & AQ20-AQ21 & AQ23-AQ25) lives in Wales where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has published five collections of his English language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016), A Terrible Beauty (2016) and Where is Wales? (2019). More information about David Subacchi and his work can be found at http://www.writeoutloud.net/profiles/davidsubacchi .
Edward Michael Supranowicz (AQ33-AQ34) is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and The Harvard Advocate. Supranowicz is also a published poet.
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.
John Talbird (AQ24) is the author of the chapbook, A Modicum of Mankind. His fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Grain, Upstairs at Duroc, Juked, The Literary Review, Ambit, Potomac Review and many others. He is on the Editorial Board of Green Hills Literary Lantern and a frequent contributor to Film International. An English professor at Queensborough Community College, he lives in New York City with his wife and their cat.
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.
Christina Thatcher (AQ29) is a Creative Writing Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her poetry and short stories have featured in over 50 publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, And Other Poems, Acumen, The Interpreter’s House, and more. She has published two poetry collections with Parthian Books: More than you were (2017) and How to Carry Fire (2020). To learn more about Thatcher’s work, please visit her website christinathatcher.com or follow her on Twitter @writetoempower.
Cammy Thomas’ first book, Cathedral of Wish, received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete her second, Inscriptions. Her third collection, Tremors, is forthcoming in autumn, 2021. Her poems have recently appeared in New Orleans Review, Popshot Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, What Rough Beast, and On the Seawall. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
Rosanne Trost (AQ23) is a retired registered nurse. She lives in Houston, Texas. Since retirement, she has realized her passion for creative writing. Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Chicken Soup For The Soul, Commuter Lit, Seeing Beyond The Surface, and Passion Pages.
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.
Judy Upton (AQ29) is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with plays produced by the Royal Court, National Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Hampstead Theatre among others. She has had seven plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 including 2019’s Drama Of The Week, The Bulbul Was Singing. Judy’s first novella ‘Maisie And Mrs Webster’ was published by W&N in 2018 in the volume Hometown Tales: South Coast.
Constanza Baeza Valdenegro (AQ29) was born in 1985. She lives in the Chilean countryside. She has always written poetry and short stories for herself. Her writing finds inspiration in tennis, general knowledge, and the exploration of solitude. She loves languages, singing, and learning something new every day.
Jasmine Nihmey Vasdi (AQ22) is a Canadian poet and artist who is completing her Master of Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Her work has previously appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Graphite Publications, Otoliths, and The Literary Yard, among others. Her next exhibition of artwork can be viewed at the upcoming IAF ANIMA MUNDI International Contemporary Women Artists’ Biennale “NO standART” in Lithuania. She splits her time between Galicia and Holland.
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.
Kevin Vivers (AQ35) has been a photojournalist and fine art photographer for over 40 years. His work has appeared frequently in literary journals including The Parliament and Flora Fiction and his photographs have also been selected for several juried exhibits across the United States. Currently, the agricultural/industrial complex is a long-term project he is developing.
Paige Elizabeth Wajda is from California and a member of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She spent four years teaching English in Poland before earning a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. Her work has recently appeared in Pulp Lit, Eye to the Telescope, and Hit Points: An Anthology of Video Game Poetry.
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, AQ21-AQ24, AQ26, AQ28, AQ31, AQ33-AQ35) 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.
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.
Laura Grace Weldon (AQ30) is the author of poetry collections Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019) and Tending (Aldrich Press, 2013), with her third due out this year. She was named 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. Her background includes teaching nonviolence workshops, writing collaborative poetry with nursing home residents, and facilitating support groups for abuse survivors. She works as a book editor and teaches community writing classes. Connect with her at lauragraceweldon.com.
Kim Whysall-Hammond (AQ30) is a Londoner living somewhere in Southern England. Her poetry has been published by Palewell Press, Wild Pressed Books, Marble Poetry, Total Eclipse, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Amaryllis, London Grip, Crannóg, and others. She has two poems in the recent Dead of Winter anthology from Milk and Cake Press. An expert in obsolete telecommunications arcana, she believes, against all evidence, that she is a good dancer. You can find her at https://thecheesesellerswife.wordpress.com/
Melody Wilson (AQ31) teaches writing and literature in Portland, Oregon. She received an Academy of American Poets Award before beginning her teaching career. She returned to poetry in 2019 and received a 2020 Kay Snow Poetry Award and a 2021 Oregon Poetry Association Award. Recent work appears in One Art Poetry Review, Quartet, and Briar Cliff Review. Upcoming work will be in Cirque, Tar River Poetry, Whale Road Review, Timberline Review, SWWIM, and The Shore
Mike Wilson’s (AQ32) work has appeared in magazines including Cagibi Literary Journal, The London Reader, The Aurorean, The Ocotillo Review, and in his book, Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic, (Rabbit House Press, 2020), political poetry for a post-truth world. Wilson lives in Central Kentucky.
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.
Sean Winn (AQ28) 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.
Matthew Wood (AQ30) was born in Wales. He has worked in various UK government departments, most recently with a focus on children’s social care. Photography, art exhibitions, and long walks help him unwind from a busy working life and from watching Arsenal lose. He currently works and lives in London.
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.
Mantz Yorke (AQ27, AQ29, AQ31 & AQ34) lives in Manchester, England. His poems have appeared in print magazines, anthologies and e-magazines, both in the UK and internationally. His collections Voyager and Dark Matters are published by Dempsey & Windle.
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.
Ray Zhang (AQ35) currently resides in Michigan and he has an unquenchable love for art and writing. His work can be found in the Blue Marble Review, Pulse, and The Albion Review, amongst others. In his free time, Ray loves exploring the endless Michigan wilderness and fishing the Great Lakes.
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.