10th Anniversary Issue: Contributors

Tina Barry is the author of Mall Flower, poems and short fiction (Big Table Publishing, 2016) and Beautiful Raft, (Big Table, 2019). Her poems and flash fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including The Best Short Fictions 2020 (spotlighted story) and 2016; The American Poetry JournalDrunken BoatYesPoetryA Constellation of Kisses anthology; and Nasty Women Poets. Barry is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has several Best of the Net nods. She teaches poetry and fiction at The Poetry Barn, Gemini Ink and Writers.com.

Bob Beagrie has published numerous collections of poetry and several pamphlets, most recently Civil Insolencies (Smokestack 2019),  Remnants written with Jane Burn (Knives, Forks & Spoons Press (2019) Leasungspell (Smokestack 2016) and This Game of Strangers – written with Jane Burn (Wyrd Harvest Press 2017) He lives in Middlesbrough and is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University.

Lorraine Caputo is a wandering troubadour whose poetry appears in over 200 journals on six continents, and 14 chapbooks – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017) and On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. In 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada honoured her verse. Caputo has given literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America with her faithful knapsack Rocinante, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her adventures on her webpage or on Facebook.

A C Clarke’s fifth collection is A Troubling Woman. She was a winner in the Cinnamon Press 2017 pamphlet competition with War Baby. Drochaid, with Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton was published last year. Wedding Grief is due out as a Tapsalteerie pamphlet later this year.

Maria Castro Dominguez is the author of A Face in The Crowd, her 2016 Erbacce-press prize winning collection. Winner of the third prize in Brittle Star’s Poetry Competition 2018, finalist in the 2019 Stephen A DiBiase Poetry contest and highly commended in the Borderlines Poetry Competition 2020. Her poems have appeared in Obsessed With Pipework, Apogee, Popshot, PANK, Empty Mirror, The Chattahoochee Review and The Cortland Review.

Kitty Donnelly’s first collection, The Impact of Limited Time, was published in 2020 by Indigo Dreams. Her work has been published in The New Welsh Review, Quadrant and other magazines and journals. She has poems coming out in the next editions of The Rialto, Acumen, Dreich and Mslexia.  In 2019, she won several poetry awards, including a Creative Future Award and commendations in the McLellan Poetry Prize. She has just completed an MA at Manchester Writing School.  She works as a Specialist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and lives in West Yorkshire.

Berni Dwan broadcasts about literature and history on Near FM 90.3. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Cránnog, Irish Times New Irish Writing, The Blue Nib, The Galway Review, Southword, Crossways and StepAway among others. Her Smock Alley Theatre shows Unrhymed Dublin (2016) and The Seven Ages; Like It or Not (2020) are observational. Her first poetry collection, Frankly Baby, was published by Lapwing Press in 2018. Berni came second in the Johnathan Swift Awards and was shortlisted for the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award. She is the recipient of two grants from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland – one for a collaborative radio drama and one for an eight-part series on the coming-of-age novel.

Janet Hatherley is from London.  She has had poems published in several magazines including The Interpreter’s House, Under the Radar, Stand, Coast to Coast to Coast, The Poetry Village, Brittle Star and Dust.  Commended in Indigo Dreams Collection Competition, 2019, she was shortlisted in Coast to Coast to Coast’s portfolio competition, 2020.

Julie Hogg is a poet from the North Yorkshire coast. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals including Abridged, Butcher’s Dog, Honest Ulsterman, New Boots and Pantisocracies, Poetry Birmingham and Popshot. Featured in anthologies by Dunlin, Listen Softly, Litmus, Zoomorphic and Seren, her debut pamphlets are Majuba Road and Eleutheromania.

Jayant Kashyap is the author of the pamphlets Survival (Clare Songbirds, 2019) and Unaccomplished Cities (Ghost City Press, 2020). StepAway nominated his poem, Ignorance, for the Pushcart Prize in 2018.

Tom Kelly is a Tyneside poet, playwright, short story writer and lyricist who has had a great deal of his stage work produced by the Customs House, South Shields, including the musicals, The Dolly Mixtures, Geordie, Tom & Catherine, Dan Dare, The Machine Gunners (all but Geordie written with musician/songwriter John Miles). His plays include I Left My Heart in Roker Park, (produced four times) and Bobby Robson Saved My Life which toured in July 2019.  Tom Kelly’s ninth poetry collection This Small Patch has recently been published and re-printed as has his short story collection Behind The Wall both published by Red Squirrel Press. Find out more on his website.

Actress, singer and writer, Hanja Kochansky has lived in sumptuous villas and also in a cave on the island of Sardinia. In Rome, during the Dolce Vita era, she played a handmaiden to Elizabeth Taylor in the film Cleopatra. During the sex-drugs-&-rock-&-roll times in swinging London, she was fully immersed in the sex-drugs-and sexual liberation scene.  In 1972, she wrote Female Sexual Fantasies, which was published in America (where it sold 250,000 copies), England and Australia. Now, at the age of eighty-three, she is enjoying a quieter life as she writes her memoir.

Marilyn Longstaff lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane Women. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines, anthologies and on the web. She has written five books of poetry: Puritan Games (2001,Vane Women Press); Sitting Among The Hoppers (2004, Arrowhead Press); Raiment (2010, Smokestack Books) Articles of War (2017, Smokestack Books) and The Museum of Spare Parts (2018, Mudfog).

Ilona Martonfi lives in Montreal, Canada. She is an editor, poet, curator and activist. Author of four poetry books, the most recent Salt Bride (Inanna, 2019). Forthcoming, The Tempest (Inanna, 2022). Her work has appeared in journals, anthologies, and seven chapbooks. Her poem “Dachau on a Rainy Day” was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. She is the curator of the Visual Arts Centre Reading Series and Argo Bookshop Reading Series. QWF 2010 Community Award.

Lisa McAree, originally from Dublin, is a member of the Carlow Writers’ Co-operative. Since September 2018, she has been attending the Writing Room run by the Carlow College St. Patrick’s Writers in Residence. Her poem, “Parted Clouds” was ‘highly commended’ in the Doolin Poetry Video Competition in 2019.

Eva Michely lives in the German border region of the Saarland, where she completed her PhD in (Northern) Irish Literature in 2020. Her poems have appeared in Nothing SubstantialStepAway, Tint Journal and Aurora: The Allegory Ridge Poetry Anthology. Eva works in PR and blogs here.

Ilse Pedler has had poems published in Magma, Stand, Strix, as well as several anthologies. Her pamphlet, The Dogs That Chase Bicycle Wheels, won the 2015 Mslexia Pamphlet competition. She was shortlisted in the National Poetry Competition in 2018. Her first collection is due out with Seren later this year.

Anne Peterson is a poet and writer whose poems and short stories have been published on the internet and in magazines. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing, written two novels and published a short collection of humorous verse and a children’s book. She has been a Profiled Poet in SOUTH poetry magazine and is a member of their editorial team, responsible for typesetting and design.

Lesley Quayle is a widely published, prize-winning poet, editor and a folk/blues singer, currently living in remote and rural Dorset. Her work has appeared in The Rialto, The North, The Interpreter’s House, Tears in the Fence, Angle, The Lake, The High Window among many others, as well as BBC Radio 4 and a performance at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has one full collection Sessions (Indigo Dreams) and two pamphlets (Songs for Lesser Gods (erbacce) and Black Bicycle (4Word) and her next collection is due out at the end of the year published by Yaffle Press.

Rouchswalwe hails from the wonder-filled city of Frankfurt am Main. Having repaired two vintage manual typewriters (an Olivetti Lettera 22 and a 32) whilst the pandemic raged, she is now once again able to type her thoughts and impressions upon returning home from her walks. Cincinnati, to which her ancestors from Lower Saxony immigrated in the mid-19th century, speaks to her at times. And she does her best to listen. Find her blog here.

Margarita Serafimova is the winner of the 2020 biennial Tony Quagliano, 2020 and 2021 Pushcart nominee and a finalist in nine other international poetry contests. She is the author of chapbooks, A Surgery of A Star; and ‘Еn-tîm‘ (‘Forest‘), launched at the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. Her work appears widely, including at Nashville Review, LIT, Agenda Poetry, Poetry South, Steam Ticket, Waxwing, Reunion Dallas, Trafika Europe, Obra/ Artifact. Visit.

Ross Walsh is a Wexford-born journalist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. He has written for The Irish Times and Al Jazeera, and his creative work has previously been published in The Children of the Nation: An Anthology of Working People’s Poetry from Contemporary Ireland, From the Plough to the Stars: An Anthology of Working People’s Prose from Contemporary Ireland, The Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo Anthology: 2020 Edition, and Poems of Adventure: A Selection of Poems.

Angela Wray has an M.A. in Creative writing from Birkbeck College, London. She lived in Lambeth for six years, and is now based in Cambridge. Her self-explanatory book, House Hunting in the Midi, is published on Kindle under her nom de plume, A.M. Wellington.  She has had a short story published in The Mechanics Institute Review, and has been longlisted for the Mogford Prize.