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Alison Green

Alison Green is an award winning writer who lives in Dorset, UK. She has published two novels set in Provence and writes a popular blog, centred predominately on her innumerable walks in the English countryside. Alison uses photography to act as an aide memoire.

 

Anna Moritz

Anna Moritz is a writer and environmentalist based in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her B.A. in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago and has previously had work published in Hair Trigger and The Lab Review. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the online literary journal Mental Papercuts.

 

C. R. Resetarits

C. R. Resetarits is a writer and collagist. Her collages have appeared recently in Midway, New Southern Fugitive, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and will soon be featured in Gasher, Sonder Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, and The Nashville Review. She lives in Faulkner-riddled Oxford, Mississippi.

 

Claire Cowell

Claire Cowell grew up in Manchester, UK, as the middle child of seven and has lived and worked there her whole life. Claire’s mother is an artist and she grew up surrounded by art work. After leaving school she was introduced to politics and feminism and in the 80’s spent most weekends travelling round the country to marches, for women’s rights, miner’s rights, and more besides. She studied a Recreational Arts for the Community course and a BAHons in Modern Studies and was surprised to learn she could actually get paid to work as an artist in the community! She later trained as a teacher of Art and Design and taught at a school in Wythenshawe, whilst at the same time qualifying in Youth and Community work, before moving into a post as Youth Arts Manager at Manchester City Council, where she stayed for 9 years. Claire is driven and motivated by a sense of social justice and a determination to enable people without the means to access the arts to take ownership and believe that a gallery is for them.

Denise Parsons

Denise Parsons is author of the novel After the Sour Lemon Moon (2014). Her work has appeared in the journals Taproot, Kindred, Fish & Game Quarterly, and West Marin Review. She lives and works in San Francisco, California.

 

Eric Butler

Eric Butler recently completed his Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. When not practicing urban ecology, he writes in a variety of forms and genres. He can usually be found somewhere outdoors.

 

Gregory Wolos

Gregory Wolos has had nearly eighty short stories published in journals such as Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, descant, The Florida Review, The Pinch, Post Road, Nashville Review, A-Minor Magazine, Yemassee, The Baltimore Review, The Madison Review, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Los Angeles Review, PANK, Superstition Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Zymbol. Gregory’s stories have earned six Pushcart Prize nominations and have won awards sponsored by descant, Solstice, the Rubery Book Awards, Gulf Stream, New South, and Emrys Journal. Gregory’s full length collection Women of Consequence will be released in 2019 by Regal House Publishing; also scheduled for publication in 2019 is a short collection, Turnpike, winner of the Gambling the Aisle Chapbook Prize. For full lists of publications and commendations, visit www.gregorywolos.com.

H. E. Casson

H. E. Casson lives in Canada’s most populous city, Toronto. For the first time, in middle age, they have a backyard. They are not sure how they feel about all that green. Their work has been published in Apparition Lit, Room, Cricket, Fireweed and Today’s Parent, among others.

 

Hetty Mosforth

Hetty is a keen swimmer and reader, as well as a novice writer. Her work was previously shortlisted in the Writer’sHQ ‘With Love: Fight Back Flash Competition’.

 

 

Jeff Bakkensen

Jeff Bakkensen lives in Boston. Recent work has appeared in A-Minor Magazine, Oblong Magazine, Smokelong Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review.

 

 

Jessi Eoin

Jessi Eoin is an illustrator making fat- and disabled-positive art in the occupied Lenape lands known as Brooklyn, New York. They like to create detailed pieces with traditional mediums that emphasize the naturalness and positivity of both fatness and disability. You can find more of their work at jbeoin.com.

 

Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

Juan Páez was born in Palmira, Colombia, in 1973 and focuses on scientific and children’s illustration. With an M.A. in semiotics from the Tadeo University, Bogotá, he teaches drawing and visual appreciation at the district university in Bogotá, where he lives and bases much of his work. His work is faithful to the traditional notion of graphic drawing, but with a flexible style that is often inspired by the natural world and organic forms.

Kate Finegan

Kate Finegan lives in Toronto/Raccoon Nation and has a lot of feelings—most of them wildly enthusiastic—about raccoons. Her chapbook, The Size of Texas, is available from Penrose Press. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Longleaf Review. You can find her at katefinegan.ink and twitter.com/@kehfinegan.

 

Kate Herbert

Kate Herbert was born in 1928 and grew up in Lower Broughton, Salford. Kate was awarded a scholarship at the age of 12 to Salford School of Art (see the photo above of Kate, aged 14, during her time at art school). Kate flourished and won several awards. Notably she met and received positive encouragement from none other than L. S. Lowry, who admired her line drawings and offered her the use of his studio. She also exhibited alongside him at Manchester City Art Gallery. At 21, Kate was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her career continued with a spell as a sketch artist for the Manchester Evening News. Since retiring as a school teacher in 1995, Kate has continued to exhibit and between 2000 and 2002 toured churches and cathedrals across the UK with her exhibitions. Kate is 91 and continues to paint and sketch.

Kristin Fouquet

Kristin Fouquet photographs and writes from lovely New Orleans. Her photography has been published in online journals and in print. She is the author of Twenty Stories, Rampart & Toulouse, The Olive Stain, Surreptitiously Yours, and Surrendered Stories. You are invited to her humble, virtual abode at the address kristin.fouquet.cc

 

Lani V. Cox

Lani V. Cox is an American expat currently living in her mother’s birth country, Thailand. She has also lived in Ecuador and Cambodia. When she’s not reading and writing, she’s tending her plants, looking for snapshots, and glimpses of nature. You can find her at lanivcox.com.

 

M. C. Aster

M. C. Aster’s poetry reflects her varied biography: born in Yugoslavia, life in Ethiopia during formative years, work in Europe. In 2018, Aster’s poems appeared in Slipstream, and Meat for Tea/The Valley Review. Aster sometimes reads new poems to her two endangered Mojave Desert tortoises; their silent critique is usually dead right.

 

Mackenzie Weinger

Mackenzie Weinger is a journalist and editor currently based in Washington, D.C. She’s written on foreign affairs, politics and art for publications such as the Financial Times, World Politics Review, and The Washington Diplomat, among others. Mackenzie, a Los Angeles native, has a master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College London and a B.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Magda Kaminska

Born and raised in Poland, Magda has spent a few years in a small French town. She is always on the lookout for exceptional nature and ways to combat pollen allergies. Magda loves creating stories by writing, video-making, and drawing. She has a special affinity towards collages.

 

Maggi Montgomery

Maggi McGettigan is a writer and mother of two living in Pennsylvania. Her work has previously appeared in Halfway Down the Stairs, and she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University. She loves to garden but lacks a green thumb, so she’ll stick to writing about it.

 

Mariell Fotland

Mariell is a Norwegian watercolour artist/illustrator. From her base in the west of Norway, she takes her inspiration from the mountains and the fjords and the rich bird life there.

 

 

Matt McGee

Matt McGee writes short fiction in the Los Angeles area. In 2019 his stories have appeared in Poetic Diversity, Gnashing Teeth, Octillo, Biograph. ‘The Rebirthing Shed’ currently appears in Zimbell House’s “1929” anthology and his first novel ‘Wildwood Mountain’ was released in June 2018. When not typing he drives around in a vintage Mazda and plays goalie in local hockey leagues

 

Maya Sokolovski

Maya Sokolovski is a communications specialist based in Toronto, Canada. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The First Line, RIDE 3, the Journal of the Society of Classical Poets, Agnes and True, and the Eastern Iowa Review. Her interests include reading, writing, weightlifting, volleyball, and fine cuisine.

 

Melinda Giordano

Melinda Giordano is from Los Angeles, California. Her pieces have appeared in Lake Effect Magazine, Scheherazade’s Bequest, Vine Leaves Literary Journal and The Rabbit Hole among others. She also contributed poetry to CalamitiesPress.com with her own column, ‘I Wandered and Listened’ and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

 

M. R. Neis

M. R. is not as fond of travelling as he used to be. But he still likes singing, writing, teaching (especially English as a second language) and finding other ways to make himself useful. He lives in Southern California with his family.

 

Muhammed Awal Ahmed

Muhammed Awal Ahmed lives in Northern Nigeria with his parents. He enjoys traveling and peering at green lands. He has a fictional dog called Chui. He enjoys taking a walk and writing.

 

Priscilla Long

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, history, and fiction, and a long-time independent teacher of writing. She is author of five books including a collection of memoirist creative nonfictions titled Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press); and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press).

Rebecca Ruth Gould

Rebecca Ruth Gould is the author of the poetry collection Cityscapes (Alien Buddha Press, 2019) and the award-winning monograph Writers & Rebels (Yale University Press). She has translated many books from Persian and Georgian, including After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Death of Bagrat Zakharych and other Stories by Vazha-Pshavela (Paper & Ink, 2019). A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was a finalist for the Luminaire Award for Best Poetry (2017) and for Lunch Ticket’s Gabo Prize (2017).

Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, New York. He worked as an architect in New York and Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has lived since 1987. His short stories and essays appear in Bellingham Review, Fiction International, London Journal of Fiction, Porridge Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, and other magazines.

 

Roger Leege

Starting out as a painter, printmaker and analog photographer, Roger Leege earned BA and MA degrees in Visual Arts from Goddard College. Following post-graduate study in computer science he became an early adopter and evangelist for digital art and digital artists’ tools. He lives and works in Venice, Florida.

 

Samare Gozal

Samare is an Iranian-born Swedish film maker. Although she is interested in all aspects of film making, she has primarily worked as a director and producer in Ramz since 2005. Samaré holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Lund in Sweden. After receiving her MA,she started her film studies at the European Film College in Denmark. Since leaving film school she has been working on a variety of film projects internationally and she is currently living in Prague, Czech Republic, where she is primarily focusing on script and writing. Samaré recently also finished a short hand-drawn animation, inspired by the ongoing migration waves in Europe.

Sarah Simon

Sarah is a New Yorker at soul, living and teaching English between Ecuador and Uruguay. In 2019, she will be publishing her first poetry book, “core collection: poems about eating disorders”, with Adelaide Books.

 

Serge Lecomte

Serge Lecomte was born in Belgium. He and his parents came to the States where he spend his teens in South Philly and then Brooklyn. After graduating from Tilden H. S. he worked for New York Life Insurance Company. He joined the Medical Corps in the Air Force and was sent to Selma, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. There he was a crew member on helicopter rescue. He received a B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of Alabama. Earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Russian Literature with a minor in French Literature. He worked as a Green Beret language instructor at Fort Bragg, NC from 1975-78. In 1988 he received a B.A. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Spanish Literature. He worked as a language teacher at the University of Alaska (1978-1997). He is a published poet, novelist, playwright, and some of his paintings have appeared in several magazines.

Simone Martel

Simone Martel is the author of a novel, A Cat Came Back, a memoir, The Expectant Gardener, and a collection, Exile’s Garden. She’s a 4th generation Berkeleyan. According to her family, Simone was teargassed on her way to nursery school. She’s working on a new novel set in the ‘60s.

 

Susan Fuchtman

Susan Fuchtman writes poetry, memoir, short stories, and has drafts of two novels awaiting a sufficient accumulation of courage to revise them. In the event of fire, after her family is safe, she will rescue the 450 books remaining after her Marie Kondo purge.

 

Suzanne Segady

Suzanne Segady is a poet and essayist whose works have appeared in A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, Pilgrimage Magazine, and Zoomorphic. She is fascinated at the boldness of squirrels and how trees just seem to invite themselves into her yard. She lives with her two dogs in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

Veronika Opatřilová

Born in a small town in the Czech Republic influenced by too much reading of Scandinavia literature, pretty soon decided to become a writer and live on an island. After working as a Stockholm guide for years, now works as a freelance writer and translator. majawriter.tumblr.com/

 

Vibha Rohilla

Vibha Rohilla is a college student who lived in Bangalore for a majority of her childhood. She loves observing the way nature clashes with rapid urbanization in her hometown, resulting sometimes in harmony, but most other times, in chaos.

 

Yvonne

First poetry editor of two pioneer feminist magazines, Aphra and Ms., Yvonne has received several awards including NEAs for poetry (1974, 1984) and a Leeway (2003) for fiction (as Yvonne Chism-Peace). Print publications featuring her poems include: Bryant Literary Review, Pinyon, Nassau Review 2019, Bosque Press #8, Foreign Literary Journal #1, Quiet Diamonds 2018 (Orchard Street), 161 One-Minute Monologues from Literature (Smith and Kraus), This Sporting Life (Milkweed), Bless Me, Father: Stories of Catholic Childhood (Plume), Catholic Girls (Plume/Penguin), Tangled Vines (HBJ), Celebrations: A New Anthology of Black American Poetry (Follett), Pushcart Prize Anthology, and We Become New (Bantam). Excerpts from her verse memoir can be found online at AMP, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Poets Reading the News, Rigorous, Headway Quarterly, Collateral, the WAIF Project, Brain Mill Press’s Voices, Cahoodaloodaling and Edify Fiction. More excerpts are forthcoming in American Journal of Poetry, Ragweed, Colere and Home: An Anthology (Flexible Press). She was an Atrocious Poets-One City, One Poet Contest finalist.