Issue Twenty-Eight: Contributors

Amy Bacon fell in love with language, literature and creative writing at an early age. In 2011, she gained a First-class honours degree in Literature, and is currently working on a Creative Writing MA with The Open University. Amy’s other passions include traveling, the natural world, and music – she often uses these as spring-boards to writing. Amy moved to vibrant Bristol in 2017 to teach English to students (with additional learning needs) at City of Bristol College.

Joe Bishop’s work has appeared in Poetry Is Dead, Former People Journal, Riddle Fence, Plenitude Magazine, In/Words Magazine & Press and The New Quarterly. He lives in Newfoundland.

Rhea Cassidy is an MA student completing her studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture. She is a 22 year old artist living in Dublin, exploring themes of urbanity, nature, and the mysteries of life in her written and visual art.

Simon Costello is an Irish poet from Co. Offaly.  Poems are published in Rattle, The Stinging FlyThe Galway Review, andotherpoems and elsewhere. In 2017 he was the winner of the Ekphrastic Poetry Challenge (October) & editor’s choice for US poetry magazine Rattle.  In September he will begin an MFA in writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Steven Fraccaro is the author of the novels Dark Angels and Gainsborough’s Revenge, as well as of The Recalcitrant Scrivener, a book of essays on publishing in the age of the web. His short work of fiction “Night Language” appeared in Otoliths #19. His independent imprint, The Recalcitrant Press, may be found at

David Francis has produced six music albums, one of poems, and ALWAYS/FAR, a chapbook of lyrics and drawings.  In 2013 his film VILLAGE FOLKSINGER premiered in New York and has been screened in Connecticut, Texas, and England. David’s poems and stories have appeared in a number of journals.  His website can be found here:

E A M Harris has been writing both prose and poetry for some time. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, online and in print.

John Short was born in Liverpool and studied comparative religion at Leeds university. Later, he spent some years in Europe doing a variety of jobs before settling for a long period in Greece. He returned to England and began submitting work in 2010. He has had stories and poems published in several magazines in the UK, Spain, France and the USA, most recently in: Frogmore Papers, Prole, Dream Catcher, Black Market Review, Rats Ass Review, Algebra of Owls and Ink Sweat & Tears. He’s a member of The Liver Bards and reads at venues around Liverpool.

Marc Swan has poems forthcoming in Windsor Review, Gargoyle, Nerve Cowboy, Queen’s Quarterly, among others. today can take your breath away, his fourth collection, was published in 2018 by Sheila-na-gig Editions. He lives with his wife Dd in Portland Maine

Kimberly White’s poetry has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, cream city review, Big Muddy, Dark Matter, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of four chapbooks, Penelope, A Reachable Tibet, The Daily Diaries of Death, and Letters To A Dead Man; two novels: Bandy’s Restola, and Hotel Tarantula. Find poetry and collage art on her website,, as well as on Facebook, and various refrigerator doors.