Issue Twenty-Three: Contributors

Miki Byrne has written three poetry collections, had work included in over 170 poetry magazines and anthologies and won a few poetry competitions. She has read on both radio and TV, judged poetry competitions and was a finalist for Poet Laureate of Gloucestershire. She is active on the spoken word scene in Cheltenham and is a member of a number of poetry groups. She began performing her poems in a biker’s club in Birmingham. Miki is disabled and lives near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK.

Quinn Byrne was born in Dublin and is a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States. “I Can Go Out” was written in Korea, during a residency at Seoul Art Space_Yeonhui in 2016.

Michael G. Casey has published three books and numerous poems, essays and short stories -many of them award-winning. Six of his plays have been performed on stage, including the Henrik Ibsen Museum, Oslo. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University.

Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon’s work is mainly short fiction and free verse poetry. She has had stories published on the Fiction on the Web and Literally Stories curated websites, and in Alliterati, Newcastle University’s literature and art magazine. Her poems have been published in Poems to Survive In (Fat Damsel), Writers Against Prejudice and I am not a Silent Poet. She is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She plans to facilitate creating writing projects with hard to reach groups.

Monique Kluczykowski is a first-generation immigrant who grew up in Germany, was educated in Texas and Kentucky, and now makes her home in Iowa City, Iowa. Her most recent poems have appeared in On the Veranda Journal, The Magnolia Review, Two Cities Review, and The Medical Literary Messenger. Her short stories have been published in Number One and The Examined Life Journal.

Ilona Martonfi lives in Montreal, Canada. Author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy (Coracle Press, 2009), Black Grass (Broken Rules Press, 2012) and The Snow Kimono (Inanna Publications, 2015). Founder / Artistic director of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings. QWF 2010 Community Award.

John Richmond has “wandered” parts of North America for a good portion of his life. These “wanderings” have taken him from a city on the Great Lakes to a small fishing village (population 200) and then on to a bigger city on the Great Lakes- Chicago- then, eventually, New York City. Since then, John Richmond has made his way to a small upstate New York town and has sequestered himself in his office where he divides his time between writing and discussing the state of the world with his coonhound buddy- Roma. Recently, he has appeared in Embodied Effigies, Streetcake Magazine, Former People Journal, The Other Story, Nazar-Look, Stone Path Review, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Rogue Particles Magazine, amongst many others.

Nevin Schreiner lives in Los Angeles, where’s he written for the movies and taught writing at the University of Southern California for many years.

Jo Teasdale is Fine Art trained and worked as an Art and Design Technology teacher in the Outer London Boroughs. For the past four years photography has become her passion and main medium. This year she was awarded her Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society for her contemporary and conceptual portfolio entitled ‘The Factory’. In 2014, she won the Living the View category of Landscape Photographer of the Year for ‘Fred n Sue’ and has since been published in the British Life Portfolio. She exhibits at the Brighton Photo-Biennual Fringe Festival and has had images accepted by the London Salon of Photography, recently winning a Salon medal for ‘Face in the window’. She has undertaken a variety of commissioned work ranging from a Vatican Cricket match, charity events to parties and hotel interiors.

Having spent the majority of her years in and around the South East of England, Rachel J Turpin has studied Cultures, Histories and Literatures and has an MA in Applied Ethics. She works with a local charity, but is first and foremost a painter and writer, confronting various philosophical and political ideas.