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Sheikha A. – FullSizeRender(3667)

Sheikha A. is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in over 80 literary venues both online and print, along with several anthologies by different presses, the history of which can be accessed on her blog sheikha82.wordpress.com. She has edited and co-edited two separate anthologies released by Poets, Artists Unplugged , and has had her poetry recited at two separate reading events in Greece. She edits poetry for eFiction India.

Purple Shadows/Wrought Streets

Mirage/Watermarked

Mariela Acosta – me

Mariela Josefina Acosta Cozar de Coronado lives in London. She has been writing for four years. Her story The Smuggler was published by Atlas and Alice. This is her second publication.

I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter

Amy Acre- FlingPic

Amy Acre is a writer and performer from London. Her pamphlet, Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads, was published by flipped eye and selected as a PBS 2015 Pamphlet Choice. Her work has appeared in Poetry Review, Magma and 3am Magazine, on Sky News and the London Underground. She’s performed at Latitude, Secret Garden Party and the Edinburgh Fringe, and held poetry workshops in forests and schools. She co-hosted the monthly open mic night Sage & Time, which ran from 2010 to 2013. Amy likes lists, noodle soup, existentialism, hugs and swearing.
Visit her web site at: amyacre.org
Amy tweets at: @copyslut

Vending Machine

Matt Alexander – matt

Matt Alexander is a scientist and writer in Philadelphia. When struck by insight, he shouts “Bazinga!”, not “Eureka!”, although he has nothing against Archimedes and is in fact himself an avid bath-taker. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in theEEEL, Maudlin House, and After the Pause. Follow him on Twitter at @thenamesmatta

Hyperplasia

Bruce Alford- SLU Profile

Bruce Alford is a columnist, reviewer and creative writer. He has published fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry in journals such as the African American Review, Comstock Review, Imagination & Place Press and Louisiana Literature. His first collection,Terminal Switching was published in 2007 (Elk River Review Press). He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama and was an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama from 2007-2011. He currently lives in Hammond, Louisiana. Before working in academia, he was an inner-city missionary and journalist. He currently lives in Hammond, Louisiana.

Poems

Josie Alford- 10928988_10152998493337311_716684108620989256_n

Josie lives in Bristol after graduating in English from UWE. After writing a collection of sonnets for her dissertation, Josie has been rebelling against the restrictive form and writing about life after university. Working as a receptionist, it seems that it is not the career filled utopia she first thought. Follow her on Twitter at: @AlfordJmo

Three Hours to Go

Crying Alone in a Bed Meant for Two

Jamie Andrews– Jamie 6

Jamie is a renegade halfwit, writer, poet and ish-artist. Who when allowed out of his cage to be exercised, hangs around the beautiful English town of Croydon. The rest of the time he’s sat in a cave, fiddling about with himself and sporadically spewing out creative nonsense which can be found on his facebook page and on Twitter.

Pen Pals

A Howl on Eden Karrek

How to Fight Hate With Humor

Elizabeth Archer – ElizabethArcher (2)

Elizabeth Archer writes flash fiction, poetry and short stories. She lives in the Texas Hill Country.

Her Life in Cups

Sarah Askins

Sarah Askins is a high school English teacher who loves to play with her words. A poet and fiction writer by trade, she can be caught reading Tolkien. Austen, and Chaucer when she isn’t writing. She blogs at sarahaskins.com and can be found on Twitter @sarahbostaskins.

Ghost Garden

Stephen Baily- Baily

STEPHEN BAILY is the author of three novels, ten plays, and short stories that have appeared in some twenty-five journals. His novel “Markus Klyner, MD, FBI” is available as a Kindle e-book at https://www.amazon.com/Markus-Klyner-FBI-Stephen-Baily-ebook/dp/B006QAM7Q8

Vanishing Act

Prerna Bakshi- picture

Prerna Bakshi is a Sociolinguist, writer, translator and activist of Indian origin, presently based in Macao. Her work has previously been published in over three dozen literary journals and magazines, most recently in Red Wedge Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Kabul Press, Misfit Magazine, Peril magazine: Asian-Australian Arts & Culture and Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. Her full-length poetry collection, Burnt Rotis, With Love, recently long-listed for the Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in the UKis forthcoming from Les Éditions du Zaporogue (Denmark) later this year. She tweets at @bprerna

Love Your Enemy/The Cooking Gene/Poets are ultimately

Poetry

Poetry 2

Sexism Doesn’t Exist/Unburying/”That’s so like a girl!

Minor Changes/ You Never Asked

Dulla Bhatti

Poetry 3

Charles Bane, Jr. – charles bane jr - bust

Charles Bane, Jr. is the author of three collections of poetry including the recent ” The Ends Of The Earth: Collected Poems ( Transcendent Zero Press, 2015 ) as well as “I Meet Geronimo And Other Stories”  ( Avignon Press, 2015) and ” Three Seasons: Writing Donald Hall ( Collection of the Houghton Library, Harvard University). He created and contributes to The Meaning Of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project. His most recent publication is “The Ascent Of Feminist Poetry” ( Transcendent Zero Press, 2015 )

The Ascent of Feminist Poetry

Suvojit Banerjee – IMG_20160408_234833

Suvojit Banerjee is from India and the United States. He started writing early, but found his niche in his early twenties. His works have been published in many Indian and International journals and magazines and featured in several anthologies. He currently works in a software company, and has worked as a lead writer/reviewer for a technology website. He observes, sometimes giving up consciousness in return. It is a dangerous thing, this silent stalking of nostalgia, but he has a maddening urge. He follows the trail, from decaying jetties to swanky corporate buildings, picking up little breadcrumbs of memories and then giving them their due place in white and yellowed out papers.

Find him online at:

Der Auslander (wedreaminneon.tumblr.com) and Hiraeth (wedreaminneon.wordpress.com) that represent the chronological order of my literary evolution (or decay). My works have been published in several magazines such as Scarlet Leaf Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Visual Verse, Whispers, The Stray Branch, Tuck Magazine, UUT Poetry, Danse Macabre, Silver Birch Press, Voices de la Luna, eFiction India, Bactrian Room, The Camel Saloon, Red Fez and Hackwriters.
Mary Ellen Banfield- me the wizard3
A self-proclaimed “Jill of All Trades and Master of Some” (and she has plenty of experience in just about everything–including teaching English on the college level), Mary Ellen has been writing stories for as long as she can remember.  She attributes her love of writing to her grandmother, who was her first pen pal.

Annabel Banks – profile

Annabel Banks is an English writer of both poetry and prose. She is also an academic, a lecturer, and the originator of The Poiesis ProjectHer latest short story, ‘Limitations’, was published by Litro (one of London’s foremost literary magazines) and her most recent poetry is forthcoming in 3:AM Magazine and Evoi. Annabel is just finishing her practice-based PhD, ‘Poetry and the Archive’ and has also completed her first novel, The Lockpicker’s Guide, for which she is seeking representation. Read about her work at annabelbanks.com or Tweet her @annabelwrites. She would love to hear from you. 

Harmless

Brian Michael Barbeito- V__496520150328111846

Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer, poet, landscape photographer, and editor (currently living in Ontario).Current work appears at Fiction International and The Tishman Review. Brian is the author of Chalk Lines from Fowlpox Press (2013) and edits BRLM Bougainvillea Road Lit Mag. Find him on Twitter @BrianMBarbeito

Creativity on the Go

Trees

Angel

Penny Barratt – unnamed (10)

This is the third piece of writing that Penny Barratt has had published that isn’t a feature or a news story, making her a regular contributor to Sick Lit Magazine. Penny Barratt spent 20 years as a business journalist and publisher.  Earlier this year she vowed to attend fewer writing classes, write more, get a lot of rejections and finish at a least one of her three novels. Three out of four achieved so far with particular success at number three. Her work has appeared online at Visual Verse and Writing Magazine

The First Sip

Being Caught and Letting Go

Woman or Mouse

Grace Black – Grace 2

Grace Black is just another writer wearing down lead and running out of ink, one line at a time. Coffee refuels her when sleep has not been kind. She writes poetry and flash fiction and prefers them both like her coffee—dark. She is an editor at Flash Fiction Magazine, and has been published in various journals and anthologies online and in print. Find her on Twitter @blackinkpinkdsk

Dinner With a Side of Everlasting Happiness

Nick Black – headshot

Nick Black’s stories been shortlisted for various competitions, including the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, the Land Rover/GQ/Salon House Short Story Competition and the 2013 Spread the Word Prize, and published in the e-book anthologies “Edgeways” and “Inside These Tangles, Beauty Lies”. He has also been published online at Ad Hoc Fiction (2x winner), Litro Magazine, Cafe Aphra and Short StorySunday. In 2014, Nick was invited to read at the first London Short Story Festival. He Tweets at:https://twitter.com/fuzzynick

Ray of Hope

The Lilac Time Herbaceous Borders Tour

Paul Beckman-DSC09462

Paul was one of the winners in the Queen’s Ferry 2016 Best of the Small Fictions. His 200+ stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Matter Press, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, Thrice Fiction and Literary Orphans. His latest collection, “Peek”, weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages. His website  www.paulbeckmanstories.com

Why I Don’t go to Class Reunions

I have This Condition

Russ Bickerstaff –  Bickerstaff headshot

Russ Bickerstaff is a professional theatre critic and aspiring author living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and two daughters. His short fictions have appeared in over 30 different publications includingHypertext Magazine, Pulp Metal Magazine, Sein und Werden, and Beyond Imagination. His Internarrational Where Port can be found at:http://ru3935.wix.com/russ-bickerstaff.

Let’s Not Go Outside

R.L. Black- picpic

R.L. Black is EIC of Unbroken Journal and Unlost Journal, and her own writing has been published across the web and in print. Find her at rlblackauthor.tubmlr.com where she blogs and reblogs about writing and LOST.

Enlightenment

Tom Bland –  unnamed

Tom Bland is a writer and performer who lives in Hackney. He studied psychotherapy and dream analysis at SOPH/Middlesex University and edits the online magazine, Blue of Noon, at:  http://blueofnoonpoetry.tumblr.com/  You can follow him on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/TomBland_Story

Our Death/To Be Catholic

William C. Blome- William C. Blome

William C. Blome writes short fiction and poetry. He lives wedged between Baltimore and Washington, DC, and he is a master’s degree graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His work has previously seen the light of day in such fine little mags as The Alembic, Amarillo Bay, PRISM International, Fiction Southeast, Roanoke Review, Salted Feathers and The California Quarterly.

FRUITLESS

Mickie Bolling-Burke– mk

Growing up on the east coast, Mickie kept her wrist watch at California time. When she finally made it to the palm trees and Pacific Ocean of the west coast, she knew she’d come home. Working as an actor fed her creative soul, until her beloved Los Angeles grew too big for her. She and her family now live in a small corner of the southwest, where she finds the sky as majestic and blue as she did the ocean. Mickie spends her time writing, reading, hiking and watching ‘The Three Stooges’ with her much adored rescue cat, Pal.

To Be Sure

Lucky 13

Robert Boucheron – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories and essays appear in Fiction International, New Haven Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Origami Journal, Poydras Review, Short Fiction

Mother Knows Best

Jack C. Buck – pictureofme

Jack C. Buck, originally from Michigan, now lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is a teacher. His most recent flash fiction has been published and forthcoming in Connotation Press, Flash Fiction Magazine, Birdy Magazine, 81 Words, Five 2 One Magazine, 101Words, Zero Flash, Platform for Prose, Ginosko Literary Journal, and L’ Allure des Mots. He is the fiction editor for The Harpoon Review. He thanks you for reading his work.
Twitter: Jack_C_Buck
Buffy the Writer – selfie
Buffy the Writer is an art history major and part-time writer extraordinaire. Well, she’s actually new to the writing scene but learning. When she’s not tackling medieval manuscripts or writing, Buffy enjoys painting, knitting, and sleeping in. It was her dream since the age of six to rule the world, but when confronted by the loneliness of absolute power she settled for creating her own. Her blog, buffythewriter.wordpress.com, is a collection of these colorful worlds. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @buffythewriter
April Bradley- AprilBradley
April Bradley is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives with her family on the Connecticut shoreline near New Haven. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Smokelong Quarterly’s “Why Flash Fiction” Series, Boston Literary MagazineFlash Frontier, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary MagazineThe Journal of Compressed Creative ArtsNarratively, and Thrice Fiction, among others. She is the Associate Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press where she established the Women Who Flash Their Lit Series & Forum. Find her at aprilbradley.net
Jesse Bradley – unnamed (3)
J. Bradley is the author of the flash fiction chapbook, No More Stories About The Moon (Lucky Bastard Press, 2016), the forthcoming linked short story collection The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective (Pelekinesis, 2016), and the forthcoming Yelp review prose poem collection Pick How You Will Revise a Memory (Robocup Press, 2016). He lives at iheartfailure.net.
Carl Boon- Boon photo
Carl Boon lives and works in Izmir, Turkey. His poems appear in dozens of magazines, most recently Two Thirds North, Jet Fuel Review,Blast Furnace, and Sunset Liminal.
Dylan Callens – smallerprofilepicdylancallens

Dylan grew up in Delhi, Ontario.  From a young age, he was always interested in writing; however, in high school, his interests were focused more towards music. Afterwards, Dylan moved to Sudbury, Ontario to attend Laurentian University.  While attending, he wrote for the university paper, Lambda, as a columnist, then news editor.  He watched as the paper fell to shit due to the brilliant decisions of an idiot edit-in-chief (not Norm, the other guy!).  Because of that, he left to become the Program Director at CKLU radio.  Somewhere in there, Dylan was able to graduate with a degree in English and philosophy. He found a job teaching in Sudbury, where he continues to live with his family. Dylan can be reached at: Email:  dylan@cosmicteapot.net Web:  www.cosmicteapot.net  Twitter:  @TheNitzsch  His first novel, Operation Cosmic Teapot is available on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018YXFOUK

Cathryn Campbell- 11113942_10153270672761797_3353374421535352048_n

After two years on the road traveling and jumping from job to job, Cathryn has finally settled in one place (for the duration of her Degree at least). Now in the seaside town of Falmouth, Cathryn is studying English with Creative Writing alongside working on short-stories and poems of her own. She tweets at: @cathryncampbel

Mortality

Lighting the Pathway

 Steve Carr-  Steve Carr photo
Steve Carr began his writing career as a military journalist and has had his short stories published in Literally Stories, The James White Review, The Northland Review: An International Journal, among others. His plays have been produced/staged in several American states including Arizona, Missouri and Ohio.
Domingo Carrion- 20160625_235852

 Domingo J. Carrion born in Fajardo Puerto Rico and raised in the NJ & NY area. Portrays himself as an old soul with the imagination of a child, believing thay we can have everything in this world and still have nothing. He gets inspiration from friends, family, and acquaintances, both good and bad. His goal is to travel and become a journalist, with the intent to learn and understand that which makes us who we are. He writes short stories & poems. Follow him on Instagram @d_carrion Facebook & Twitter @Lazy_SundayContact him @ d.carrion1994@gmail.com

The Value of Change

Virginia Castiglione- vir
Virginia Castiglione is a 22-year-old Argentinian fiction writer and occasional poet who writes in her second language (English). She is also finishing her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature at the National University of Córdoba. Her work has appeared in Necessary Fiction and Wildness Journal, and one of her short stories has been selected as Longform’s Fiction Pick of the Week for the last week of February 2016.
Yuan Changming- IMG_1799
Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks (including Wordscaping [2016]), published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian PoetryBestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1209 others across 38 countries.

Michael Chin- Chin, Michael 2

Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York and is an alum of the Oregon State University MFA program in creative writing. He won the 2014 Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for fiction from the University of New Orleans and has previously published or has work forthcoming in journals including The Normal School, the Prairie Schooner blog, Word Riot, and Gravel. He is a contributing editor for Moss. Find him online at miketchin.com and follow him on Twitter @miketchin.

CRACKERS, GUIDE US ALL

Matthew Corkin- 0427161642_HDR-2

Matthew lives in New York City, where he works as a copy editor for The New York Observer. He studied English literature at Michigan State University, and besides writing, he is a musician and avid runner.

SHADOW STAINS

Stephen Cooper- image1 (4)

Stephen Cooper worked as a D.C. public defender between 2003 and 2012 and as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama between 2012 and 2015.  He has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas.  He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California.  The Submariner is his second work of fiction to be published.  His first short story, Rifkin Rising, was published in June by the Flash Fiction Press  (http://www.theflashfictionpress.org/2016/06/04/rifkin-rising/).

The Submariner

Sara Driftwood – Sara01

For more information on Sara’s artwork, podcasts or SPFX work, e-mail her at mortui.vivos.doc3nt@gmail.com, follow her on twitter @saraz0mb13 and Instagram, saraz0mb13 or visit her web site attalksick.tangentboundnetwork.com

An Afternoon With Artist Sara Driftwood

Let’s Get Sketchy

Srishti Dutta Chowdhury – Screenshot_2016-05-13-09-13-34-01

This year’s recipient of the CWIT Scholarship for Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh  and a student of Comparative Literature for most part of the day, Srishti Dutta Chowdhury reads, listens to whatever catches her fancy and writes a tad bit whenever she cannot do without putting some words to paper. She has been published at TFQM, Visual Verse, Coldnoon Travel Poetics, Bangalore Review, Muse India, Quail Bell, the Norwich Radical, Kindle, etc

Rhyming Rues

Owen Clayborn

Owen Clayborn is a British-American writer of poetry, full length fiction, and short stories. His work usually features rougish characters in unusual situations. Owen is currently working on a picaresque novel. Follow him on twitter @owenwrites

Brain Damaged Bastard of the Night & Pariah’s Cauldron- A Trypitch

Duty of Care

Four Winter Poems

Wesley Cooke- IMG_0803

Wesley Cooke is a Mother’s first son. Wesley Cooke was born to test & experiment. Wesley Cooke lives in London. He tweets at: https://twitter.com/art_brute

Blueberry Muffin

Sara Codair- DSC_0875

Sara Codair writes because her brain is overcrowded with stories. If she doesn’t get them out, she fears her head will explode. When she isn’t making things up, she is either teaching college students how to write essays, digging in her garden or just enjoying the beauty of nature. Her short stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from Foliate Oak, Centum Press, Sick Lit Magazine, Fantasy Crossing and Mash Stories. You can find her online at saracodair.com or @shatteredsmooth.

Beach Glass Blues

Faith in Eternal Stars

Sarah Cottingham – sarah

Sarah Cottingham retired from teaching English at 27 and lives in London. She writes, tutors and bins all the red pens she can find. She has a 1st in law and a post-grad qualification in teaching Shakespeare, but no cause to use either. A bunch of her short stories, flash fiction and blog posts cohabit contently at www.shortstorynation.com and she tweets @ShortStoryNatn.

The Fear

Holly Daffurn- hollyd

Holly Daffurn is an author and a poet. Her work includes political pieces such as ‘For Russia with Love’ a performance poem that addresses sexuality and the situation in Russia. This piece was commissioned to be made into a film poem by CAGED Arts as part of The React Poetry Project (An O2 Think Big Project). As well as attracting international attention (including support from a number of Russian LGBT groups) this film poem was also shown at ‘We’re Here’ a queer film screening and art exhibition as part of Brighton Pride 2015. Most recently Holly was commissioned by the UK’s leading spoken word organisation Apples & Snakes to write and record a podcast on the theme of ‘Heritage’. The resulting broadcast features a collection of poems especially written for the commission as well as Holly’s insight and candid no-holds barred discussion on inherited mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. This piece has been very well-received including commendation from Ruby Wax’s mental health organisation SANE.

Consensual/Daily Mail Order Bride/So Your Wife

Lauren Dallas-  LAURENDALLAS

Lauren Dallas is an English and creative writing student in Falmouth University. She mainly writes short stories of the fantasy genre but will occasionally write the odd bit of poetry. Lauren is from Northern Ireland so it isn’t a rare occurrence to see her in a good pub. However, if you want to contact her she’s on Facebook,https://m.facebook.com/lauren.dallas.1?ref=bookmarks and Twitter,https://twitter.com/Lulu_Dallass

Pullin Me Back

DC Diamondopolous-Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 1.46.57 PM

DC Diamondopolous is an award-winning short story and flash fiction writer published worldwide. DC’s short stories have appeared in online literary magazines: Antioch University’s Lunch Ticket, Fiction on the Web, Eskimo Pie, Five on the Fifth, Five 2 One and many more. DC’s stories are also in print anthologies: Crab Fat Lit, Blue Crow and Scarborough Fair. DC won second place in the University of Toronto’s Literary Contest for 2016 for the short story, Taps, and won two Soul Making-Keats honorary mentions in 2014 for the short stories, The Bell Tower and Taps.

1968

Dan Diehn – Dan Diehn Bio Photo

Dan Diehn lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife and two cats. He likes taking long walks on the beach, drinking mojitos, and having fun. Select short stories and his serial novella, Hashtag Barry: The Ugliest Kid Who Ever Lived, can be read at Culture Currency (http://www.cultcurrency.com/). Follow him @diedan (https://twitter.com/diedan).

Before the Dust Can Settle

Ken Allan Dronsfield- Ken Allan Dronsfield, Bio Picture

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a published poet and author originally from New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma. He loves thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night, and spending time with his cats Merlin and Willa. He is the co-editor of the new poetry anthology titled,Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze available at Amazon.com. His published work can be found in journals, magazines and blogs throughout the web including: Indiana Voice Journal, The Literary Hatchet Magazine, Belle Reve Journal, Peeking Cat Magazine, Dead Snakes, Bewildering Stories and many others.

Poems

Azia DuPont –  me1

Azia DuPont, a Minnesota native, currently resides in Southern California. She lives online at http://www.aziadupont..com and on Twitter @aziadupont

Links: Personal Website: www.aziadupont.com

Rebecca Dutsar – rebecca has a face

Rebecca Dutsar is a wistful 20-year-old from Newtown, CT, and is currently a junior at Ithaca College where she studies writing.  She enjoys snacks and iPhone games that involve stray cats. Her favorite color is red. Rebecca wants nothing more than to share her passion for poetry with the world. Her work has appeared in Harpoon ReviewSouvenir LitAfter the PauseUnbroken Journal, 30 North, and several other publications. Find her on twitter @beccsdutsar.

Blue

Amanda Eifert- image4

Amanda Eifert is a writer, blogger, and student from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She enjoys yoga, walking, drawing, the Edmonton sports scene, and spending time with her wonderful friends and family. Her blog is www.mandibelle16.wordpress.com and includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing. She has her BA in English Literature from Concordia University of Edmonton.

When I Fall Apart Tonight

Screened in Darkness

Jen Ellerson- jen_ellerson2015

Jen Ellerson is a Berlin-based Creative Director, Designer, Promoter, DJ and Writer – and not necessarily in that order. Her 2012 publication, “Modern Movement”, is a document of Berlin subculture. She is currently working on a compendium of short stories. To this date, she maintains a perfect sense of trouble. www.jenellerson.com

Surgeons

Pinx

Labrador

Debris

Synchronicity

Gene Farmer- edf_shark

Gene Farmer lives in East Anglia, in the UK, and works as an IT Consultant. While he has been writing a first novel for the last 7 years, Probability is his first short story. He is thrilled at the prospect of having his work read, and thanks you greatly for taking the time. Gene Farmer Tweets at: @genedfarmer

Probability

The Music of Our Youth

Jon Fern

Jon Fern is a British-American poet living in upstate New York. His chapbook, Distal Snow, will be available this summer

God’s Boy

Monica Flegg

Monica Flegg lives on Nantucket Island where she walks dogs of various breeds and reads poetry of all creeds.  Her work has been published in numerous journals including; Rat’s Ass Review, Ruminate and Unbroken.

Dear Sephora/It Must be Difficult to be a Poetry Editor/Vacancy

Caroline Fleischauer- 10177293_10152145492794016_5337144837240977404_n

Caroline Fleischauer, originally from Ithaca, New York, is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in English Literature. She will be spending the next year teaching English at a school in Greece, and then hopes to return to the U.S. to pursue an MFA in Fiction.

Betwixt

Dan Flore – 10431468_10203095082962417_2037879161713356613_n

Dan Flore’s poems have appeared in various online and print publications such as Many Mountains Moving, Eunoia Review, Short, Fast, and Deadly and Quantum poetry magazine. He has read his poetry throughout Pennsylvania. Dan teaches the writing of poetry as a tool for coping with mental illness. He was awarded the Florence Kerrigen memorial scholarship to the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. Dan has published three collections of poems-lapping water, humbled wise men-Christmas haikus and home and other places I’ve yet to see. All have been favorably reviewed

When in Roam (A Poetry Collection)

Sera Flynn – pic2-300x225

Sera Flynn lives at the edge of the world with her husband and two beasties. She tames high school students for a living and in her spare time likes to collect folklore and swim with sea monsters.

Anatomy of Womanhood

Jim Gibson- IMG_0732

Jim Gibson grew up in the feral plains of England in an ex-coal mining village, Newstead, where the lack of employment was overshadowed by the grand home of the poet Lord Byron. This juxtaposition could have been the trigger that started him on his literary path. He is currently the fiction editor for Hand Job Magazine, where he tries to encourage the lesser voiced truths of our society.

Kane’s Dad

Ron Gibson, Jr.- RonGibson&Brother

Ron Gibson, Jr. has previously appeared in Pidgeonholes, Cease,
Cows, Maudlin House, Word Riot, Exquisite Corpse, Spelk Fiction,
Soundzine, etc…, forthcoming at Story and Picture & Ginosko Literary
Journal, been included in various anthologies, and been nominated for
a Pushcart. Ron tweets at: https://twitter.com/SirAbsurd  or simply, @sirabsurd

Return of the Wild Duck

After the Storm

Gary Glauber- GG Headshot - June  2016

Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist.  His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is available through Amazon, as is a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press).

Poems

Georgene Smith Goodin – OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Georgene Smith Goodin lives in Los Angeles with the cartoonist Robert Goodin; her dogs, Toaster and Idget; and a turtle named Tubby. When not writing, she is obsessively restoring a 1909 Craftsman bungalow. Visit her blog, (http://georgenesmithgoodin.blogspot.com/) or follow her on Twitter, @gsmithgoodin

There She Blows

Paul Alex Gray – Paul Alex Gray Photo

Paul Alex Gray enjoys writing speculative fiction that cuts a jagged line to a magical real world. His work has been published in Ad Hoc Fiction,365 Tomorrows and 101 Words. His novella The Aliveagainers is a featured story on Wattpad. Growing up in Australia, Paul traveled the world and now lives in Canada with his wife and two children. Paul spends his days working in the software industry and his nights dreaming up stories. Follow him on Twitter @paulalexgray or visitwww.paulalexgray.com

Bloom

Richard Green- image1

Richard Green is a northern wordsmith, living in self induced exile in Plymouth. Richard cites Seamus Heaney and Sean O’Brien has his literary heroes and is fortunate to have been taught by the latter. Richard’s work shameless carries echoes of his northern roots, fused with an eye for the obscure and a love of people watching. You can follow Richard Green’s blog here: https://yorkshirepoetblog.wordpress.com/#
And follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/yorkshirepoet1

Dust

The Belly Flop of Regret

Who Stole the Moon

Jeanie Greensfeld- DSCF3408

Jeanie Greensfelder is the author of Biting the Apple (Penciled In, 2012), and Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith (Penciled In, 2015). Her poems have been published at Writer’s Almanac and  American Life in Poetry; in anthologies: Paris,Etc., Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems, and 30 Years of Corner of the Mouth; and in journals: Askew, Miramar, Orbis, Kaleidoscope, Riptide, Solo Novo, Falling Star, If&When and others. Poetry Awards: Lillian Dean and Spirit First. Her poems can be read at jeaniegreensfelder.com

Poems

John Grey- File0004

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Gargoyle and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Poems

Camille Griep –  Griep_Current

Camille Griep lives and writes near Seattle. She is the author ofLetters to Zell (2015) and New Charity Blues (forthcoming April 2016). When not practicing short form, she can be found at the helm of Easy Street, a magazine of words and culture, and editing over at The Lascaux Review.

Insta: @camillethegriep

Collection of Poetry

Christopher Grosso- Grosso Pic 1

Christopher Grosso is the author of two novels, a chapbook of poetry, and the now-defunct broadsheet zine Off Grosso. His poetry has most recently appeared in Caesura, Apiary Magazine and HOOT and is forthcoming in 3 Elements Review.  He has an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College, but resides outside of Philadelphia where he is the Director of Leadership Communications at Cabrini College. He tweets @GrossoNation.

Fears of Men/Penmanship/In Hollow Bones

Tom Gumbert- author photo

Tom Gumbert lives near Cincinnati, OH with his wife Andrea (Andy) in a log home overlooking the Ohio River, in an area that was an active part of the Underground Railroad.  An Operations Manager by day, he has been writing for over a decade with an eclectic taste in what he reads and writes. His work has appeared in over a dozen publications in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. He co-authored the anthology, “Nine Lives,” which was published by All Things That Matter Press in March 2014, and he is currently editing his novel. He tweets at: https://twitter.com/TomGumbert

God Bless America

What’s a Body To Do

Corinne Hackworth –  IMG_1233

Corinne is a Texas transplant raised in the rolling Virginia mountains. Boy-mom, extraordinaire running between corporate chains and seasonal sports. She is on the extended 20 year plan for her degree living semester to semester with one fearless man, and their cats. Find her on Twitter at: @acorn103

Absent Moments and a Few Haikus

Bibi Hamblin – Head shot sepia small

Bibi Hamblin is a certified workshop leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. A Londoner, she can be found adding and subtracting words to create short stories, flash fiction and her first novel for children. Her work appears in the Blue Harvest Circle anthology, A Winter’s Romance and with Zeroflash and Visual Verse

Honeycomb

The Date

Lee Hamblin – Photo on 15-07-2014 at 09.11

Lee is a short fiction writer. He has also had stories published with: F(r)iction online, Flash Fiction Magazine, Platform For Prose, STORGY, The Red Line, The Londonist, and was shortlisted for the BBC’s 2015 Opening Lines competition. Originally from London, he now lives in Greece.

He can be found here:  https://hamblin1.wordpress.com / @kali_thea

Wing

Of Darker Things

Defining Moment

Terence Hannum – headshot (1)

Author Terence Hannum is a Baltimore based writer, visual artist and musician who performs solo, with the avant-metal band Locrian (Relapse Records) and the dark synthpop duo The Holy Circle. Hannum is an Assistant Professor of Art at Stevenson University. He has had exhibitions at Guest Spot (Baltimore), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, TSA (Brooklyn, NY), Allegra La Viola (NYC). His writing has appeared at BmoreArt.com, the Baltimore City Paper, Noisey (Vice) and his first novella Beneath the Remains will be published by Anathemata Editions.

Ligeia / Cancriformis

Rebecca Harrison – mehum

 Rebecca Harrison sneezes like Donald Duck and can be summoned by a cake signal in the sky. Her best friend is a dog who can count. Through the WoMentoring Project, she was chosen by Kirsty Logan as her mentee. Rebecca’s been nominated for Best of the Net, and was a finalist in the first Wyvern Lit flash fiction contest. Her stories can also be read at Rose Red Review, Maudlin House, Luna Station Quarterly, and elsewhere

The Raindrops

The Fog City

G.J. Hart – facebook_1453268681319

G. J. Hart currently lives in Brixton, London and is published or cued in The Harpoon Review, The Legendary, Yellow Mama, Spelk Fiction, Schlock Magazine (UK), Horror Within Magazine, Three Minute Plastic, Literally Stories, Fiction on the Web, Shirley lit mag, The HFC journal, Under the Fable, The Unbroken Journal, The Pygmy Giant, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Drabble, The Squawk Back, 521 Magazine, Visual Verse, Fewer Than 500 Magazine among others. Find him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/gj_hart

One High, One Low

Conner Hayes- profile picture

Conner is a twenty-one year old English major pursuing a career in writing and academia. He is currently a senior at Birmingham-Southern College planning to obtain an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English Literature. He has been published in 221 Magazine andThe Copperfield Review in prose and Transcendent Zero Press’s Harbinger Asylum in poetry. Additionally, his novel was considered in the First Annual Young National Writers Contest at age sixteen.

Too Late

A Reason to Move

T.R. Healy 

T.R. Healy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and his stories have appeared in such journals as Gravel, the Houston Review, Limestone, and the Steel Toe Review

Crosstown

Gavin Hedaux- 20151009_173533

Gavin Hedaux spends his time in Cornwall, England where he repeatedly tries to convince the locals that he is actually one of them despite his vague cockney twang. He likes poetry and prose of all kinds and has an irrational fear of the word yokel and the colour yellow.

Mass Market Fiction and the Death of the Author

The Quiet Rebellion

Home

Justin Hunter- me

Justin Hunter is currently working on his MFA at Arcadia University. He lives in Dallas with his wife and kids, and when he’s not writing, Justin is probably buried under a doggie pile of children and, well, dogs. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Corvus Review, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and Near to the Knuckle Magazine, among others.

Counting Seasons

Michael Victor Jackson- IMG_0496

After Michael Victor Jackson graduated with an MFA from the Slade School Of Fine Art,  he moved to Germany where he has taught English for the last 15 years. Michael has exhibited his art throughout the world as well as curating numerous international exhibitions. Michael turned to writing in 2010. After self-publishing a collection of his poetry in “HUMSANITY”, he was included in “CRITICAL DECOR: A Short Organum For Exhibition” Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock. 2014 and “CRITICAL DECOR. WHAT WORKS?” Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock. 2014. Recently, he has published “THE LANGUAGE TRAP: The Truth Behind What You Say”. An uncommon look at our common understanding of everyday words that reveals how grotesquely we have, in fact, misunderstood language, and the trail of devastation we have left behind us as a consequence. Michael also gives regular talks and reading on subjects as diverse as consciousness, chaos and order and understanding yourself through language. Michael lives with his wife, son and two cats in a small town in Bavaria, Germany, A place which he considers Nick Cave’s “God Is In The House” to sum up particularly well. https://www.amazon.com/LANGUAGE-TRAP-Truth-Behind-What-ebook/dp/B01HVMPFLS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1468415351&sr=8-2&keywords=language+trap

Time To Die

Jason Jackson – 20151027_135859

Jason Jackson writes short fiction and poetry. You can find links to his work at www.tryingtofindthewords.blogspot.co.uk. Jason tweets @jj_fiction.

Almost Invisible

Colin James – badasscolin

Colin James has a chapbook of poems, DREAMS OF THE REALLY ANNOYING,
out from Writing Knights Press………..

The Accessory of Responsibility

Kate Jones- KATEJONES

Kate is a freelance writer based in the UK who writes articles, including regular contributions to online women’s magazine Skirt Collective, as well as publishing life writing and poetry both in print and online.  She has a passion for flash fiction and short stories, and is usually found lurking around coffee shops, writing and listening to other people’s conversations. She blogs at www.writerinresidenceblog.wordpress.com. Find Kate on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/katejonespp

Taking up Space

Life

Invisability

My Name is

Fathers Guitar

My Name is Kate Jones

Impersonator

The Sea

The Bus

Brut

Yellow Dinghy

Mansplaining

Matthew Johnson- 20151213_112747

“Your Stories” and “Upon the World’s Stage” were previously published in The Coraddi, the student-run literary magazine for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Matthew Johnson’s poetry has appeared in The Coraddi, The Carolinian, Obsidian Magazine, The News Verse News, and The Yellow Chair Review. He also has writing set to appear and Ink in Thirds. He is pictured above in the blue hat.

Poems

Peter Jordan – IMG_1113

Peter Jordan has received various awards, including a literary bursary from The Lisa Richards Agency, while taking an MA in Creative Writing. Two consecutive NI Arts Council grants followed soon after. His work has appeared in Thresholds, Flash500, The Pygmy Giant, Flash: The International Short Story Magazine, The Incubator, The HU, Brilliant Flash Fiction and CrabFat. In addition, three of his stories are in anthologies. He has taken time out from a PhD to write a crime novel set in Amsterdam. You will find him mostly in Belfast and Donegal and on twitter @pm_jordan.

Eclipse / F is for Fish

Avrina Joslin –  K9A2943

Avrina Joslin writes fiction, poetry and travel essays, usually, about her childhood memories, sexuality and the body – all in fragments or new versions. She’s currently working on a novel which her best friend called ‘grossly erotic’. Her work has been published in Elsewhere Lit, EQView, Cadaverine, Four Quarter’s Magazine,  Miso Magazine, Coldnoon Travel Poetics, etc., She writes at www.avrinajos.com and tweets @AvrinaJoslin

Poetry Collection from Avrina Joslin

Christopher Iacono- ciacono_photo

Christopher Iacono lives with his wife and son in Massachusetts. Besides writing fiction and poetry, he has written book reviews for Three Percent and the Neglected Books Page. When he is not writing, he copy-edits and proofreads marketing materials. FOLLOW him on TWITTER AT: @ciacono1973. Check out Christopher’s blog at: http://goodcoffeebookblog.tumblr.com.

Sonnet 1/ Dandelion/ Beside Me, She Sits

Dolsen’s Dream Comes True

First Love

Susan C. Ingram- IngramPic

Formerly a film-industry camera assistant, then journalist, Susan Ingram is currently an editorial manager at a well-known wine journal. Stories from her (as-yet-unpublished) novel, “The Troubled Times,” including “Six Forty One,” and “Una: June 1941” were finalists inGlimmer Train’s March/April 2016 Fiction Open and January 2014 Very Short Fiction Award. Another of her stories, “Three Little Things,” from her memoir-in-progress, “Film/Addict,” made Top 25 in Glimmer Train’s July 2015 Very Short Fiction Award. She has been published inJersey Devil Press and Seltzerzine. Susan holds an MA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in the Baltimore suburbs with her two cats, Baine and Mack.

Whistling in the Dark

Kanika Katyal- Screenshot_2015-11-08-16-06-35-262

Kanika Katyal is an optimist and a definite feminist; she thrives on coffee, cinema and conversations (in that order). She’s also a compulsive reader who bookmarks books with other books, swears by poetry and professes that “Passion is Piety.” Currently studying for her Master of Arts in English at the University of Delhi, and a former community manager and features writer at Youth Ki Awaaz, Katyal stays busy. Katyal has also written for HT City. She tweets at: https://twitter.com/PopZilla_

My Craving/ I Wrote you a Love Song

S. Kay- SKayauthorphoto_small

S. Kay is a queer, Canadian author who writes one tweet at a time. Her book RELIANT, an apocalypse in tweets, is out now at tNY.Press/Reliant , and her novella JOY is due January 2016 from Maudlin House. Find her on Twitter at: @blueberrio

Waterfront Property

John Kauldren

The moment John Kauldren slithered out of his mom (nearly killing her), he knew he was a man of words. Through the years he honed his craft by belittling all his friends and enemies with clever and intricate noises. He has been published nowhere, because the delicate rhythms and nuanced meanings of his words make anyone reading feel stupid by comparison—and editors hate feeling stupid. He tweets at: https://twitter.com/JohnKauldren

Crucifix/The Energy of Exchange/Fall

Malkeet  Kaur- malkeet's pic.jpg

Malkeet  Kaur lives in India and teaches English language in a public school in Navi Mumbai . She is a science graduate. She also holds post graduate degrees in ‘English Literature’ and ‘Applied Linguistics’ and a Bachelor’s degree in ‘Education’. Verse is the medium through which she expresses her inner most feelings and conflicts. Some of her poems have got published in anthologies like ‘Acerbic Anthology for Women’, ‘Twist of Fate-the charitable anthology’,’The Awakening of She’ and e zines like Episteme, Yellow Chair Review, Degenerative Literature, Barking Sycamores,The Significant Anthology, to name a few. Her poems are mostly existentialist and feminist in nature.

The Caravan

Hiraa Kazmi

Hiraa did Masters in English Literature from Department of English, University of the Punjab. She also holds a Masters degree in Education and International Development from UCL Institute of Education, UK. Hiraa wrote her first poem for University of the Punjab’s English Department magazine “Words” and never stopped. Literature is her long term friend and she seeks refuge, advice, insight and delight in books. She is a lecturer in University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan where she teaches courses in literature.” Her work can be found in magazines like Eatlit.

Untitled

Ani Keaten – AniKeaten

Ani Keaten is a poet grown in the desert mountains of Idaho. She writes about daily life. www.anikeaten.weebly.com

Fawn

Romeo Kennedy- 20151006_115712-2

Romeo Kennedy is a Cornish SFF writer and book reviewer. R. A Kennedy’s stories mostly take place in his beloved Kernow. Once described as a “F**cked up Beatrix Potter” as many of his fantasy short stories feature nefarious animal characters. R. A. blogs at
http://sleeplessmusingsofawellgroomedmoustachedman.wordpress.com
and is a writer for http://www.garbage-file.com A Folklore enthusiast, specializing in Cornish Folklore and Mythology, as well as major interests in all things geek from books, comics, film, and television. A lover of most kinds of music and a bassist himself. He tweets at @RomeoRites

Punk and Circumstance

Ani King – File Jan 12, 11 06 03 AM

Ani King is a Michigan author, as well as Editor in Chief of Syntax & Salt: Stories. She can also be found at http://thebittenlip.com/?page_id=61

#feministasfuck: #15, #thisbody, #comfort

Nick Kitto – 11026025_10205715351701497_6604131366409654914_n

Nick spent most of his childhood in Cornwall, hanging out at the beach, enjoying the outdoor life, a mad- keen surfer and cyclist which he still does to this day. He is a musician and poet. Coming from a songwriting background Nick has been writing poetry with a view to performing for the past 18 months or so, although he has written simple little poems for as long as he can remember. A regular performer on the Devon poetry circuit, Nick writes on a whole variety of subjects from ecology, to food obsessions, dysfunctional upbringing, addiction, anti-Islamophobia, to an ode to a guitar. He may well not be as funny in real life as he is in his own head!

Coming Home/The Great Railway Station Robbery

One Half of a Conversation

Yessica Klein – impossible001bw

Yessica Klein is a Brazilian writer and artist based in London, whose work has been published in zines and websites in both English and Portuguese. Besides writing, she spends her time in a camera shop and in between the kitchen and the local urban farm.

Poetry is in the Eye of the Beholder

Len Kutz-

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State, an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans, and the author of I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AND NEITHER ARE YOU out now from Unknown Press.  You can also find him atlenkuntz.blogspot.com

Poems

Pete Langman- pete langman

Pete Langman would have been one of the great Dickensian ne’erdowells had he been born in Household Words rather than Hitchin. One-time professional guitar slinger, he holds a PhD on Francis Bacon (the other Francis Bacon), an ECB level two Cricket Coaching certificate and a White Fish swimming badge from prep school. Oh, and Parkinson’s disease. Author of Slender Threads, Black Box, and The Country House Cricketer, he blogs atpetelangman.com and tweets @elegantfowl. Pete lives in Brighton with a recalcitrant ginger cat.

Synaesthesia

An Alarming Idea

Don’t Disturb

Teresa Law – IMG_5052

Teresa likes her art with a bit of feminism, sarcasm, and lots of bright colours. She currently juggles motherhood, project management, office politics and a fledgling artist dream.

IG/Twitter: @msteresalaw

portfolio: teresalaw.net

Teresa Law – Art, Life and Artlife

Dee Lean- 20151015_145101

Dee Lean believes that a writer that doesn’t write is like a soul without a mate; aimlessly wondering without a purpose. Born in Belfast, Ireland, Lean currently lives in Melbourne, Australia and is a single mother to two gorgeous kids that get her up and inspire her to see and seek the good in all. When people ask her what she does, she simply says, “I write.” She tweets at: https://twitter.com/Dede18

Fire

Darkness

Dirty

The Other Woman

Alone, She Walks By

The Bitter End

Katie Lewington – unnamed (7)

Katie Lewington loves her boyfriend, bacon sandwiches, poetry and reality TV. She is a published poet. She also writes book reviews and the odd (very odd) story, which she shares on her bloghttps://katiecreativewriterblog.wordpress.comDon’t be shy and get in touch, she likes to hear what people think about her work. Or if you have a book you think she would be interested in. https://katiecreativewriterblog.wordpress.com

A Collection of Poems

Mask

Mum, I’m Sorry

Julia Rose Lewis

Julia Rose Lewis is earning her PhD at the University of Wales Trinity St David.   When not in school, she lives on Nantucket Island and is a member of the Moors Poetry Collective.  Her poems have appeared in their anthologies, Rasputin: A Poetry Thread, GTK, and3am Magazine.  Find her on Twitter @Lilysbarnmate

Poetry

Frank Light

 Frank Light adapted his essay from an unpublished memoir titled Adjust to Dust: On the Backroads of Southern Afghanistan. Fifteen journals and anthologies have published excerpts from it. A few other essays and poems have also recently been published. In addition to service with the Army in Vietnam and the Peace Corps in Afghanistan, he taught English as a foreign language in Iran and worked in the U.S. as an auditor, river guide, and forest firefighter before joining the State Department, which led to his presence in the Pentagon on 9/11. Now retired, he lives in Virginia with his wife Sally, whom he met in Afghanistan on the cliffside Buddha the Taliban later blew up.

E.N. Loizis – E.N. Loizis

E.N. Loizis is a Greek writer, married to a Spaniard, living in Germany, writing in English. She writes flash fliction, short stories and poems, while pretending to work on her first novel. She enjoys breathing, sleeping and eating. You can find her at www.enloizis.com andhttps://www.facebook.com/enloizis/

Wild Thing

Motherhood – Part I

H.D. Loughrey –  WIN_20141227_175935

H. D. Loughrey is a writer of literary fiction and magical realism. She has had stories published in The Sqwauk Back and Down in the Dirtmagazine. Her collection of short stories, Ink That Bleeds, can be found on Amazon. She lives by the sea, with a cat and a lot of books. Facebook: www.facebook.com/hdloughrey
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hdloughrey
Website: http://amwriting.wix.com/hdloughrey  Short story collection: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ink-That-Bleeds-H-Loughrey-ebook/dp/B00TOUUMOG/ref=sr_

A Most Unexpected Exhibition

Karl MacDermott- Photo on 2014-03-13 at 13.50

A purveyor of purposeful purposelessness, Karl MacDermott, spends his days at home curating his memories and re-checking best before dates on items of food. He has one hobby – collecting thimbles. Being of a rather lugubrious nature this makes him a miserablist digitablist. Despite his busy schedule he does find time to write and over the years has had the odd thing produced (radio sit-coms on Irish radio and BBC Radio 4 and a comedy-drama series on Irish television, RTE) and published (satirical articles in The Irish Times and a comic novel ‘The Creative Lower Being’ in 2007). Over the last few years he has also had various articles appearing in such online magazines as Literary Orphans, The Big Jewel, Every Day Fiction and Pure Slush. A second novel ‘Ireland’s Favourite Failure’ was released as an e-book in 2014.

82% Dead

Emily Marchant- emilymarchant

Emily Marchant lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. She’s had nonfiction, fiction, and poetry published.

Millennial Horoscopes

Michael Marrotti – IMAG0009_1

Michael Marrotti is an author from Pittsburgh using words instead of violence to mitigate the suffering of life in a callous world of redundancy. His primary goal is to help other people. He considers poetry to be a form of philanthropy. When he’s not writing, he’s volunteering at the Light Of Life homeless shelter on a weekly basis. If you appreciate the man’s work, please check out his blog:www.thoughtsofapoeticmind.blogspot.com for his latest poetry and short stories.

Good Friday

I’d Rather Capitulate to Satan

Jayne Martin – Jayne Martin

Jayne Martin’s work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Blink Ink, a Literary Orphans , Flash Frontier, F(r)iction,and Hippocampus, among others. She is the author of “Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry.”  Find her at injaynesworld.blogspot.com and on Twitter @Jayne_Martin.

Together

Randel McCraw Helms

Randel McCraw Helms retired from the English Department at Arizona State University in 2007, having taught classes in the Romantic poets, the Bible as Literature and contemporary literature there for thirty years.  He is the author of five books of literary criticism, including “Tolkien’s World,” “Who Wrote the Gospels?” and “Gospel Fictions.” Making poems is his lifelong avocation, and now he has time to write them as much as he wants. He is preparing a book of poems to be entitled “Matters of Life and Death.”

A Journey to Tepeyac

The Bridegroom Rejoices in the Fragrance of His Beloved

The Maiden’s Lament

Joan McNerney- Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 2.28.50 PM.png

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications has accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four e-books.

Poems

Dean Macpherson- deanandbruce

Dean MacPherson lives in Port Moody, British Columbia, where he writes, helps raise brilliant daughters and shows old ladies how to set up webmail addresses. This is his first piece for Sick Lit Magazine. He can be found online at dangerdean.wordpress.com , or on Twitter at @dangerd3an

One Fair Summer Evening

Teige Maddison  

Teigerr has been writing poetry for the past three years, so is relatively new to the game. Originally from South West London (posh boy yeah I know right?-WELL NOT REALLY!) he spent 7 years at boarding school in Hampshire,  escaping the taxing toils of a dysfunctional household. He has always loved to read, and turned to writing after an English A-level project allowed him to write his own poem-based on Simon Armitage’s ‘Out of The Blue’-and critique his own work in essay form. The power of poetry never left and has since grown into a love of all things bookish. He turned to spoken word after writing an angry poem about his mother, realising the poem shouted to be performed. Since then he has become a big part of the poetry and spoken word scene in Falmouth, where he studies Creative Writing. Teigerr has had work published in their magazine ‘With’, whilst his short story ‘Here Lies Fuscia’ will be published in ‘Talent Implied’-Griffith University’s annual anthology where he has just spent a semester abroad, on Australia’s sun laden Gold Coast. Teigerr is expanding his repertoire of literary forms and hopes to write and publish novels, short stories, plays and poetry (spoken word too) in the future. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on @TeigerrThePoet.

Raw and Mouldy

James McAdams 

James McAdams has published fiction in decomP, Literary Orphans, One Throne Magazine, TINGE Magazine, Superstition Review, per contra, and B.O.A.A.T. Press, among others.  Before attending college, he worked as a social worker in the mental health industry in Philadelphia.  Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Lehigh University, where he also teaches and edits the university’s literary journal, Amaranth. His creative and academic work can be viewed atjamesmcadams.net

He tweets at: @jamestmcadams

Die For Others

Judah Mahay- new2

Judah Mahay crafts stories that take science to plausible extremes or reality to the magical. Born and raised in the rustic backwoods of Alaska has provided him with a diverse perspective on life, culture, and society. He received his MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. You can find more of his works at judahmahay.com or by downloading his smartphone app.

In The Beginning Was Logos

Stephen Mead- self with soldier on to the future closer smaller

A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer, maker of short-collage
films and sound-collage downloads. His latest P.O.D. amazon release is an art-text
hybrid, “According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made)”, a work which
takes to task the words which have been used against LGBT folks from time
immemorial.  In 2014 he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being
published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, etc., in
one place:  Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead

Gee Charlie Middleton- Headshot

Gee Charlie Middleton is a twenty year old poet currently studying for her BA in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University. She is interested in satsumas, good people, beaches, comic books and things that go bump in the night. Born into a busy academic family, she has always found writing to be her way of processing the world around her, and will try forever to capture within her words how deeply she loves the universe. Her ambition is to become a successful poet and to make everyone she meets smile. In lieu of this, she’ll probably just open a book shopYou can find her writing here:https://seekingeveryadventure.wordpress.com/
And stay up to date with her twitter (https://twitter.com/geewrites) and her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Gee-Middleton-PoetWriter-752738578078944/)

London Lovin’ & more

Chris Milam- 2015-11-28 14.52.40

Chris Milam lives in the bucolic wasteland that is Hamilton, Ohio. He’s a voracious reader and a brooding introvert. His stories have appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Molotov Cocktail, Maudlin House, Spelk, and elsewhere. He also has a story forthcoming in WhiskeyPaper. You can be wowed by his retweets @Blukris. Please find him on Twitter and delve into the world that is Chris Milam @Blukris

There is Wreckage

Eli T. Mond- IMG_4301

Eli T. Mond is the pen name of David Davis, a Detroit native and an English major at the University of Michigan Dearborn. He has been an avid creative writer ever since junior high, dabbling in fiction and songwriting, however, poetry became his main mode of expression after studying, and falling in love with, the works of Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare in high school. Some of his influences include the aforementioned writers, as well as others such as William Blake, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. Twitter: @elitmond

Apprentice, Now Free

Tom Montag – Tom Montag head shot

Tom Montag is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013. He is a contributing writer at Verse-Virtual. In 2015 he was the featured poet at Atticus Review (April) and Contemporary American Voices (August) and at year’s end received Pushcart Prize nominations from Provo Canyon Review andBlue Heron Review. Other poems will be found at Hamilton Stone Review, The Homestead Review, Little Patuxent Review, Mud Season Review, Poetry Quarterly, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere.

Poetry Collection

Leara Morris-Clark – me_300x400

In her younger days, she happened upon Emily Dickinson and Amy Lowell. At the time, she felt she could not share her private self with most and so Emily and Amy coaxed her to open up. They showed her how to express her feelings and observations in a way that freed her and, she hoped, moved others. That is why she writes.

Depraved / Truth / Gently Carefully / And Love Remains

Kate Murdoch- unnamed (5)

is a Melbourne writer and artist. She exhibited widely as a painter before turning her hand to writing. In between writing historical fiction, she enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction.
Kate studied Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne University (Melbourne Australia), and has completed short courses in creative writing at RMIT. She is currently writing The Orange Grove, a novel about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in eighteenth-century France.
Her stories have been published in Ink in Thirds Magazine, Flash Fiction MagazineEunoia ReviewThe Flash Fiction Press and Spelk Fiction. She also writes at her blog: https://kabiba.wordpress.com/

Caitríona Murphy – IMG_0784

Caitríona Murphy is a writer living in Dublin.  She has had fiction published in RTE’s “100 Words, 100 Books” anthology, the”Second Chance” anthology,The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Rocky Mountain Review, Platform for Prose and The Manifest-Station. Her creative non-fiction has been published in British journals as well as The Eunoia Review. She contributed articles on Yeats for the 2015 International Literary Festival. She has also written for NAILED magazine and has a forthcoming piece of fiction in The Narrative Journal this winter. Caitríona is a previous Mash short story runner up and winner of Rollick Magazine’s “Frantic” issue.
Find her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FarmyBoyFetchMe
Claudine Nash- Headshot-BW--722x1024
Claudine Nash‘s previous collections include her full-length poetry book Parts per Trillion (Aldrich Press, 2016) and her chapbook The Problem with Loving Ghosts  (Finishing Line Press, 2014).  Her poems have won prizes from Avalon Literary Review, Eye on Life Magazine, Lady Chaos Press, and The Song Is… and have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Cloudbank, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and Yellow Chair Review amongst others. She also has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Website:www.claudinenashpoetry.com
Poems

Jennifer Obi- 20140912_140835

Jennifer Obi is 2nd year MFA student in creative writing at Northern Arizona University. Her primary focus is fiction, but she does enjoy dabbling in creative non-fiction as well. She currently heads as Co-Editor in Fiction at her university’s literary magazine Thin Air. When she’s not writing or tearing into a good book, she enjoys good friends, a good workout, and great food.

Oreos and Areolas

Molly Mary O’Brien – molly o'brien

***Molly Mary O’Brien is a writer from Vermont, living in Brooklyn / on the internet. She’s had work published in PANK, Paper Darts and more, and writes customized stories for people at Dedication Magazine (http://dedicationmag.tumblr.com).
Find her on Twitter at @missmollymary ***
Mark O’Donoghue –  20151201_150223
Mark O’Donoghue is from Ireland. He teaches English as a foreign language and sometimes writes things at https://wordsmarkscribbles.wordpress.com/

C.C. O’Hanlon- bqNl1u2g (1)

C.C. O’Hanlon is a traveller, diarist and lebenskünstler (‘life artist’), who was best described by Wild Culture Journal as a ‘wild polymath’. Over the past 30 years, he has published numerous essays, short stories and poems. His meditative essay, Northing, first published in the Australian Griffith Review, was included in Best Australian Essays 2005, edited by Robert Dessaix. His very first short story was also included in Best Australian Stories 2004, edited by Frank Moorhouse. The poem [submitted to Sick Lit] is the first piece he has published in over a decade. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Find him on Twitter @ccohanlon

Four L.A. Fragments

Invisable Man

Poetry

In Transit: Excerpts from a Daybook

My Favourite Things

Not a Homecoming

Asisento

Michael O’Shaughnessy – IMG_0950

Michael O’Shaughnessy co-edited a literary zine in the ’90s called Report to Hell. From 2007-2010, he and his wife wrote a gonzo cooking column called “In the Sellwood Kitchen” for a neighborhood newspaper in Portland, Oregon. He runs a semi-fictional net label called Sleeping Brothers Records, releasing lo- to mid-fi albums recorded over the last 30 years by a small circle of friends. He lives with his wife in Southern California. You can find him on Twitter at @mroshaugh.

Poetry Collection

Scott Thomas Outlar- Chaos Songs Cover

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, and essays can be found. His chapbook “Songs of a Dissident” was released in 2015 through Transcendent Zero Press and is available on Amazon. His poetry collections “Happy Hour Hallelujah” (CTU Publishing) and “Chaos Songs” (Longsword Press) are both forthcoming in 2016.

Empty Electronic/But/Still Haunted/The Second Coming/Don’t Choke/Easy Does It

Ronnie Peace- image1-2

Ronnie Peace was born through a vagina, which was the style of the time. He is a dabbling and occassional Australian writer/humo(u)rist who uses English words (some traditional, others original, few Aboriginal) with little regard and a terrible accent. Ronnie also does cartoons via his alter-ego Ron Acme. In his spare time Ronnie enjoys drinking cheap red wine and googling monkey videos. An eclectic sample of Ronnie’s ramblings can be found at www.uwannapeaceome.blogspot.com.au and he tweets some weird shit at @Ronnie_Peace . Please don’t tell his mother.

A Timely Piece

Ryan Panek-Kravitz- Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 9.04.48 PM

Ryan Panek-Kravitz, 23, is a senior in the creative writing major at Arizona State University.  Ryan has always been a timid writer who wasn’t too sure if his work would be able to hold up to other great literary writers.  He writes frequently and focuses on stories of love, friendship, passion, and loss.  This is his first piece being published in SickLitMagazine and is eternally grateful for the opportunity.

She Used to be Mine

Toby Penney –  WP_20151008_8433

Toby Penney is a southern artist working in paint, photography, printmaking & multiple sculpture media. She creates work accepting, even glorifying simple objects & fleeting moments.

Penney holds a sculpture degree from Middle Tennessee State University. From 2005 until 2010 she held a Vitreography internship with Master Printmaker Judith O’Rourke at Harvey K. Littleton Studio.

Find Penney’s paintings in private & corporate collections and museums. Her images have been or are slated to be featured in Professional Artist Magazine, Numinous Magazine, Feroce Magazine, Hellbent Magazine as well as Polonium II, a book by David Downs. Usually you can find her sharing her studio with her enchanting 5 year old daughter. Find out more about Toby on social media via @TobyPenney or by contacting one of her representatives at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa or Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Find her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/TobyPenney

Art with Toby Penney

Portfolio of Toby Penney’s Art

Richard King Perkins II- RKPII Image

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

Poems

Simon Pinkerton – Tumblravatar

Simon Pinkerton’s first love was a late 80s Cindy Crawford Calendar. He writes humor and fiction at coolio places such as Word Riot, Razed and McSweeney’s, and if you’ve got a few minutes you can find links to his published stuff on his blog, www.simonpinkerton.tumblr.com . Please tweet at him @simonpinkerton

Drug Store Girl

Santino Prinzi- 13495002_1747680092183940_8172683114143129349_n

Santino Prinzi is the Flash Fiction Editor of Firefly Magazine, and helps with National Flash Fiction Day in the UK. He was a recipient of the TSS Young Writers Award for January 2016, and was awarded the 2014/15 Bath Spa University Flash Fiction Prize. His debut fiction collection,Dots, and other flashes of perception, will be published by The Nottingham Review Press in September 2016. His flash fiction and prose poetry has been published, or are forthcoming, in various places, as well as being longlisted, shortlisted, or placed in competitions. You can find out more on his website: https://tinoprinzi.wordpress.com

My Fate Lies in the Weather Forecast

Ana Prundaru- anaparc

Ana Prundaru is the author of two poetry chapbooks, 1L4S3T (Etched Press, 2015) and Unstable Constellations (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Her work appears in SOFTBLOW, Kyoto Journal, CALYX, and 3:AM. She lives in a forest-side home near a zoo in Switzerland and will probably never get used to being awakened by lions’ roars.

Erasure Poems: Fortune’s Ashes/Don’t ask where the days go/Through the Air

The Value of Edges

Colt Pryor

Colt Pryor is an American fiction writer currently seeking representation. She considers herself to be an old soul and shies away from social media.

Broken Glass

Letter Opener

Carrie Redway- Redway photo

Carrie Redway is a writer and mixed media artist in Seattle. Myth, folklore and ritual inspires her work as does the moody Pacific Northwest landscape. Recently, her poetry appeared in Really System. Find her here:https://twitter.com/carrie_redway.

Devours

Seb Reilly- seb_reilly

Seb Reilly is an author, fiction writer and occasional musician. He lives by the
sea in Kent with his family and two cats, and when he is not writing he enjoys
music and film. sebreilly.com Facebook: /sebreilly Twitter: @seb_reilly

Practical Jokers

John Repp- September, 2013

A native of the Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey,  John Repp has lived for many years in northwestern Pennsylvania. His most recent collection is Fat Jersey Blues, winner of the 2013 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press.

Poems

Amy Rossi – Amy Rossi photo

Amy Rossi’s work appears online in places such as Hobart, Ninth Letter, WhiskeyPaper, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. You can find her blogging about 80s metal music videos at amyrossi.com, tweeting at @mossyair, and in a room by quoting Road House. 

If You Need Me, I Will Be Over Here Wishing I Had Better Aim

Irsa Ruçi – My photo 2

Irsa Ruçi is an Albanian Writer, Speechwriter and Lecturer. She was born in Tirana (Albania). Her books of poetry include Trokas mbi ajër(poems and essays), 2008 and Pështjellim (poetry), 2010.She has been published in anthologies: Antologji, 2007; I kërkoj agimit vesën, 2008; Antologji poetike “Kushtuar dashurisë”, 2014; Antologji poetike “Udha”, 2014; Antologji poetike, 2014; “Malli dhe brenga nga distancat”, 2014; Antologji poetike “Qyteti”, 2014; Poeteca, 2015; and her works has appeared in a number of print and online national and international magazines, including Sling Magazine, Issue 5; Ann Arbor Review, Issue 15; Poeteca Magazine, Issue 35; Aquillrelle Anthology, 2015; Aquillrelle Anthology, 2016; Metaphor Magazine Issue 5; The Commonline Journal, Issue 4/22; A New Ulster poetry Anthology, April 2016; Best Poems Encyclopedia; Issuu April 2016; In Between Hangovers, May 2016; BLUEPEPPER, May 2016; Duane’s PoeTree, May 2016; CREATIVE TALENTS UNLEASHED, 8 May 2016, Tuck Magazine, 12 May 2016;  Whispers… 2016; Dead Snakes Magazine; – RANDOM POEM TREE, 13 May 2016; RANDOM POEM TREE, 16 May 2016; In Between Hangovers, 14 May 2016;  In Between Hangovers, 24 May 2016; SCARLET LEAF REVIEW, May Issue;  Ashvamegh Magazine (Ashvamegh Indian Journal of English Literature), The Beatnik Cowboy, 19 May;  Dissident Voice, 22 May etc. Among many awards, she has received the first prize in poetry, in competition “Anthology 2007”, as the best poet in Albania.

Poetry Collection

Daniel Rumanos –  dr

DANIEL RUMANOS is a professional stage Magician/Illusionist and author of the Weird Adventures series of Occult Detective Mysteries. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland, but it is probably safer (to your physical well-being, though not your sanity) to visit him online at:http://rumanosmagic.blogspot.com

Ladies of Salem

The Challenge of Devlin Price

Son of the Daemon – Star

C.C. Russell – IMG_7729 (2)

C.C. Russell lives in Wyoming with his wife and daughter.  His writing has appeared in such places as the New York Quarterly, Pearl, and the Cimarron Review.  His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net.  He has held jobs in a wide range of vocations – everything from graveyard shift convenience store clerk to retail management with stops along the way as dive bar dj and swimming pool maintenance.  He has also lived in New York and Ohio.  He can be found on Twitter @ c_c_russell

The Pitch

Soodabeh Saeidnia- Untitled

Soodabeh Saeidnia was born in Iran (1973) and received her Pharm.D. (1997) from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, and also Ph.D. of Pharmacognosy (2002) from Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Iran. She has worked as Visiting Researcher and awarded a Foreign Researcher Fellowship to work as a Research Associate both in Kyoto University, Japan (2002-2003 and 2005-2006), as well as Assistant and Associate Professor at TUMS (2007-2015) and Visiting Professor at Saskatchewan University, Canada (2013-2014). She has written roughly 150 scientific papers for various academic journals, as well as academic books and book chapters in both English and Farsi. She is also interested in English literature and poetry, and has published a collection of her poems, Harfhaee- Baraye- Khodam (Words for myself), in the Farsi language. Now, Soodabeh is living in New York and her poems have been published (or a head of publishing) in the American magazines and literary journals including Squawk Back, Sisyphus Quarterly, Paradox, TimBookTu, Bobbling of the Irrational, SPINE, American Writers Journal, Tuck Magazine, La Libertad, Tiny Poetry, Indiana Voice Journal, The Pen, 352 degrees and the Great Weather for Media. A number of her poems have been printed in the books Where the Mind Dwells and American Poet by Eber & Wein Publishing as well as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze by Johnson Publications and Artistic. Her newest books, Street of the Ginkgo Trees and Voice of Monarch Butterflies are now available online on Amazon.

Poems

S.E. Sanders – 1915445_10153465176369102_2521593046859383529_n - Copy  (2)

Sebnem Sanders is a native of Istanbul, Turkey. Currently she lives on the Eastern shores of the Southern Aegean Sea where she dreams and writes Flash Fiction and Flash Poesy, as well as longer works of fiction. Her flash stories have been published on the Authonomy Blog, and recently, on The Drabble. She has a completed manuscript, The Child of Heaven and two works in progress, The Child of Passion and The Lost Child.  Her collection of short and flash fiction stories, Ripples on the Pond, will be published this year. More information can be found at her website: https://sebnemsanders.wordpress.com/ where she publishes some of her work. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebnemsanders

My Paper Memories/The Train

Angel’s Cove

King of Hearts

Gerard Sarnat- SARNAT.STANFORD.JAN2015

Gerard Sarnat is the author of four critically-acclaimed collections: HOMELESS   CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016).Work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle, and featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords and Floor Plan. For Huffington Post and other reviews, reading dates, publications, interviews and more, visit GerardSarnat.com.  Go to Amazon to find Gerry’s books plus Editorial and Customer Reviews. Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s worked in jails as a physician, built and staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor. Married since 1969, he and his wife have three children and three grandkids with a fourth on the way.

Fueling The Future

Prewitt Scott-Jackson –PSJ Bio Pic

Prewitt Scott-Jackson’s work is a mutation of sorts, a tripartition of poetry, prose and flash fiction. The University of California Santa Barbara alum grew up on Southern storytelling prior to achieving degrees in Native American Studies and Religious Studies.

Rebecca

Local Band Frontman

Kelli Simpson- IMG_6223

Kelli Simpson is the co-author of two poetry collections:Gemini / Scorpio / Capricornand Three Note Howl: The Wild Hunt.  Her poems have most recently appeared in Sugar Mule. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma, where she mothers, gardens, and treats herself to chocolate as often as possible. You can find her at http://www.mamaneedsshoes.blogspot.com.

Rain/Night Owl/Eagle,Eagle/If We Had

Crystal Snoddon

Crystal Snoddon is a fledgling writer from the frozen North (Northern Canada), who loves all things word related, wakes far too early in the morning to be a party animal and has a serious lust for poetry.

Onion Man

Nikki Rae Spano 

Nikki Rae Spano is a recent college graduate trying to find her niche in the literary world. She was born and raised in New York and is inspired by the fleeting expressions on the faces of strangers.Find her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/mightybra

Nevermore

Joanne Spencer – picture for sick lit

Joanne Spencer, who once had her life saved by a naked man, has had work published in Fresh! Magazine, Woman’s World  and will soon have a poem published in Mother’s Always Write. She is a published author of one novel, The Letter Keeper, and is currently working as a contributing journalist for her local publication, The Creekline,  as well as writing reviews for The Review Review. She resides in Northwest Florida where she pretends to cook, clean and do laundry all while secretly writing on a notepad she keeps in her back pocket or her bra, depending on her outfit that day.

They Wait

One Night at Dinner

Anthony Sprouse- Me recent

Anthony Sprouse is a short story author, novelist, and poet. He has several pieces of work appearing or forthcoming in several publications. Currently he is studying a Bachelor’s Degree in creative writing, and when he’s not writing avidly, he’s most likely getting stuck into a new book with a big mug of hot chocolate.

Innocence

Unmasked

Don Tassone – IMG_2169

Don Tassone lives in Loveland, Ohio and teaches public relations at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  His stories have appeared in a range of literary magazines.  They’re posted at http://dontassone.com.

The Discord in Our Soul

The Pin Insulator

The Box

Paul Taylor – IMG_0186

Paul Taylor lives somewhere in the Midwest where he spends his days writing, napping, and drinking too much coffee. He writes short stories now, but is seriously considering finishing that novel.

This

Hannah Teasdale – 11030642_772226079561629_190755708411138412_n

Hannah Teasdale was born and raised in Birmingham where she first began writing ‘her brutal truth’. She now lives in Bath where she raises her 6 children – but still always with a pen in her hand. Hannah has had plays produced for theatre and numerous short stories published in literary magazines. She performs her poetry the length and breadth of the UK and can be found in the spoken word tents at major festivals. She facilitates poetry workshops for adults and is currently working on a spoken word production showcasing at fringe events. She has two poetry collections published, ‘Fingerprints’ Poetry Space 2013 and ‘Laid Bare’ Burning Eye Books, 2016

Mr. Wayne Bobbit/Lorena Bobbit

Jeffrey H. Toney, PhD – unnamed (2)

Dr. Toney has published scientific peer-reviewedarticles, news media opinion pieces as well as short fiction stories in O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of The Veterans Writing Project, The East Coast Literary Review and in Crack The Spine.  Recently, he was nominated for a PushcartPrize for his 100 word story, “The Quiet Raspberry Wormhole” published by Crack The Spine.  He serves as Provost and Vice Presidentfor Academic Affairs at Kean University. He volunteers and fundraises for charities such as Music For Relief,founded by Linkin Park, and the RFK Center for Human Rights.  He serves on the Steering Committee of theScience and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for theAdvancement of Science (AAAS).  You canfollow him on Twitter @jefftoney, read his blog on The Huffington Post(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jeffrey-h-toney/) and listen to his podcast about how anyone can contribute to human rights issues on Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria (http://carasantamaria.com/podcast/jeffrey-toney).

[Jeffrey Toney (r) with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda (l) at Relief Live, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Music For Relief at LA River Studios (November 14, 2015).  Music for Relief has raised over $7 million for survivors of multiple disasters across four continents including Hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan in 2010, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; see: http://musicforrelief.org/disaster-relief-programs/]

Silversword / Counting / The Chase

Atavistic Lipstick

Paul Tristram-  paul smoking

Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1943170096
‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ athttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326241036 And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope
at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326415204 You can also read his poems and stories here!http://paultristram.blogspot.co.uk/

Poetry

Poetry Collection

Rob True- Nimbus

Rob True was born in London 1971. He left school with no qualifications, dyslexic and mad, in a world he didn’t fit into. He got lost in an abyss, was sectioned twice and spent the best part of a decade on another planet. He returned to earth just in time for the new millennium, found a way to get on in life, married a beautiful girl and lived happily ever after. She taught him how to use paragraphs and punctuation and his writing has been a bit better ever since.

Magic, Madness & Wine

Don’t Moan/Time Slot/Windows to the Soul

Demon Inside

Creative Writing

A Wave Goodbye

I First Saw Her at School

Morgan Townes-604116_10203945068741597_284084314040806238_n

Morgan Townes writes poetry and fiction in the beautiful Portland, Oregon. She is originally from the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, where a piece of her heart still dwells. When not writing, she can be found in a coffee shop with a good book or hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

You See Everything Starts With Dust

Hillary Umland- IMG_4344

Hillary Umland is a flash fiction/short story writer and freelance editor living and working in Nebraska. She has been published in the July/August 2015 of Unbroken Journal. You can find out more about her endo-woes on howtodoonething.wordpress.com and find her on Twitter @hillaryumlaut.

All In Her Head

How We Leave

Either Or

Bart Van Goethem- unnamed (9)

 Writer of micro and flash fiction. Drummer of funk and rock music. The most subtle extrovert you’ll ever meet. Follow him @bartvangoethem.

Free

Georgia Van Gunten- full (2)

Georgia Van Gunten is a writer and visual artist living in Santa Fe, NM. She graduated with a BA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her publications include Bombay Gin Literary Journal, Gesture Literary Magazine, and the Jack Kerouac Soundcast, as well as numerous self publications. Her work is also found online at poeticinvestigation.blogspot.com

Rose Inside Timothy

Saira Viola – 12734055_926361867442101_8356622679085788348_saira

Saira Viola is a critically acclaimed best selling fiction writer, poet , satirist and creator of literary technique sonic scatterscript . Most of her work is infused with undercurrents of social commentary  , and philosophical arcs . Her trademark style blends: prose, fiction  pop culture , and a smart , spiky wit that permeates a never ending range of controversial topics . She has produced two  collections of poetry “Fast Food and Gin On The Lawn,”

“Mini Rebel Book of Poems”, the crime satire Jukebox
which hit top spot in the US and UK Amazon satire chart  twice and her poetry  has been published widely on both sides of The Atlantic including  IT International Times magazine, The Kitchen Poet, Dissident Voice, Poetry Times, The Canon Mouth, Artvilla, Crabfat, Dead Snakes, Longwood Press  Push magazine ,  her anti war poem “Flowers of War,” was published  by the Stop The War Coalition UK. Viola  continues to pen the literary walls with pyretic  prose and can sometimes be found under the flutter of a butterfly
Jukebox: A thrilling crime satire eBook: Saira Viola: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Love’s Thunder Or Crying on my Piano / Ketchup Kid

Tess Walsh- tesswalshpicture

Tess Walsh is a student at Lesley University in Massachusetts. Currently, she works at an independent bookstore and spends too much time researching Louisa May Alcott and drinking iced coffee.

The Blind Policeman

Carolyn Ward- 1A7B67027C4C4059B6689A23E2E30756

Carolyn Ward is a mum of three and writes short stories, flash fiction and is working on her first YA novel.  She lives in Wolverhampton, UK, and eats far too much yoghurt.  She’s a Finchfield library supporter and reads anything and everything.  Follow her @Viking_Ma for pics of exceptional yoghurt and writing updates

Dora’s Butterfly

Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber – Weisgerber headshot

Look for Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber’s stories in New South, Tahoma Literary Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Vignette Review,Revolution John, and Jellyfish Review. She is a freelance fiction editor, and her chapbook reviews appear in Change Seven Magazine; she reads fiction for Pithead Chapel.  When not teaching, she’s working on a novel that spans five generations, or looking out the kitchen window at her fascinating goats, Snapdragon and Socrates. Follow her@AEWeisgerber, or visit anneweisgerber.com

Alistair’s Tears

Arise

Daryll Williams –  IMG_1941

Daryll Williams is a 21-year-old born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He hopes his writing does not persist in distracting him as he enters the last leg of completing his communications degree.
You can find his tweets @Finitelyblogged (https://twitter.com/Finitelyblogged)

Patrick Williams – patrick_williams_

Patrick Williams is a poet and academic librarian living in Central New York. His recent work appears in publications including Reality Beach, Third Point Press, Jungftak, and Heavy Feather Review. His chapbook manuscript Hygiene in Reading was awarded the 2015 Chris Toll Memorial Writing Prize and is forthcoming from Publishing Genius. He is the editor of Really System, a journal of poetry and extensible poetics. Find him at patrickwilliamsintext.com and on Twitter @activitystory.

Poetry Collection

Z.M. Wise – IMG_20130321_195824

Z.M. Wise is a proud Chicago native, poet, co-editor and poetry activist, writing since his first steps as a child. He was selected to be a performer in the Word Around Town Tour in 2013, a Houston citywide tour. He is co-owner and co-editor of Transcendent Zero Press, an independent publishing house for poetry that produces an international quarterly journal known as Harbinger Asylum, with founder Dustin Pickering. He is also an Assistant Editor at Weasel Press. He has published four full length books of poetry, including: ‘Take Me Back, Kingswood Clock!’ (MavLit Press), ‘The Wandering Poet’ (Transcendent Zero Press), ‘Wolf: An Epic & Other Poems’ (Weasel Press), and ‘Cuentos de Amor’ (Red Ferret Press). The motto that keeps him going: POETRY LIVES! Mr. Wise will make sure to spread that message and the love of poetry, making sure it remains vibrant for the rest of his days and beyond. Besides poetry and other forms of writing, his other passions/interests include professional voice acting, singing/lyricism/songwriting, playing a few instruments, fitness, and reading. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Z.M.-Wise/e/B00JHXKWK4  Twitter: https://twitter.com/zmwisepoet  Tumblr: http://zmwisethepoet.tumblr.com/  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ZMthePoet  Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/z-m-wise-74aa4775  Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/z-m-wise

Laugh/Inhaling Suburbia/Raucous II

Jeffrey Zable- Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 1.08.38 PM

Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music
for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction, and
non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies beginning
in the mid 70’s. Recent writing in Revolution John, Serving House Journal, Kairos, Tigershark, Unscooped Bagel, Dead King, Ink In Thirds, DogPlotz, Beachwood Review, and many others.
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