Paul David Adkins
Paul David Adkins lives in NY. In 2018, Lit Riot published his collection Dispatches from the FOB. Journal publications include Pleiades, River Styx, Rattle, Diode, Baltimore Review, Crab Creek, and Whiskey Island. He has received five Pushcart nominations and two finalist nominations from the Central NY Book Awards.
Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry readers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. His second poetry collection, Milkshakes and Chilidogs, a chapbook of food inspired poetry was published in 2017. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit. www.bartbarkerpoet.com
Jim lives in a small town twenty miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. For many years he worked as a course developer and sales and technical trainer for a large manufacturing company. In recent years he has been writing haiku, poetry, short and long fiction. His stories have appeared in CafeLit, The Writers´ Cafe Magazine, A Million Ways, Paragraph Planet and Cabinet of Heed. You can also check out his blog to see more: www.theviewfromlonglake.wordpress.com
Mark was born to itinerant Irish parents which set the scene for a restless life. Like the Gypsy, he couldn´t accept the moribund values of a soulless society, what passed for important or posed as spiritual. The resulting roller-coaster of experience and inner conflict eventually gave way to a love of the simple sense of nature that he now lives - the best he can - as a form of meditation. He expresses his ongoing exploration of nature´s spiritual value through his writing and pictures at www.beingmark.com
Patricia Black-Gould has a diverse background ranging from a theater director, producer and a playwright to a clinical/forensic psychologist. Recently, she began writing short stories and poetry. In the past year, she has been published in Panoply, a literary zine, and the Pen Women Literary Journal. She is writing a novel about the coming of age of a group of Catholic School children. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and well as writers groups based in West Florida.
Susan P. Blevins
Susan P. Blevins, an ex-pat Brit, has traveled the world extensively, lived in Italy for 26 years, and has now settled in Houston, Texas, where she is enjoying writing stories and poems based on her travels and adventures. She had a weekly column on food in a European newspaper and has published various articles on gardens in US and European magazines. She is currently publishing essays and poetry. She is passionate about classical music, gardening, cats, reading and of course, writing.
Misky Braendeholm lives in the UK surrounded by flowers, grapevines, and the rolling hills of Sussex. She never buys clothing without pockets.
Marianne Brems is a long time writer of textbooks, but also loves to write whimsical poems. She has an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals including Soft Cartel, The Pangolin Review, Right Hand Pointing, Armarolla, Foliate Oak, and Voice of Eve. She lives in Northern California.
Jeff Burt has work in Atticus Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Amarillo Bay, and Across the Margins. He enjoys the delicious imbecility of conscious life.
Ruth Z. Deming
Ruth Z. Deming, winner of a Leeway Grant for Creative Nonfiction, has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Haggard and Halloo, Ray’s Road Review and other venues. A mental health advocate, she runs New Directions Support Group for people and families affected by depression and bipolar disorder. She lives in Willow Grove, PA, suburban Philadelphia.
Ken Allan Dronsfield
Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran and prize winning poet from New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma. His third poetry collection, "Zephyr´s Whisper" is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He loves music, thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night and spending time with his cats Willa and Yumpy. He won First Prize in Realistic Poetry Internationals 2018 Nature Poetry Contest. He has been nominated for three Pushcart Awards and six Best of the Net nominations, 2016/2018.
Thalia Dunn currently resides in central New Jersey with her family and assortment of lively pets. She is an aspiring poet and writer of short stories dealing with themes of the natural world, animals and cycles of life. When not busy writing, dreaming or getting lost in the woods, she teaches high school Spanish.
Stacey writes to touch people. Her favorite subject is the human condition. Her love affair with words is life long and she collects them on rocks, jewelry and through music and memorable quotes. She lives in Georgia with her husband Dennis and her critters Izzy and Elly. Credits include Touch: The Journal of Healing, Moonbathing and previous issues of Mused.
A late-comer to art photography, Bob spent his early career working in engineering. He finds that creating something from nothing gives a tremendous rush. Bob strongly believes in taking the subject ‘as-is’ - no posing, no moving of the subject matter. It is capturing the essential essence of the subject matter that is vital to him. As well as photography, Bob is also a keen sculptor and abstract painter. Visit ArckArts.com or follow on FaceBook.
Meagan is a Massachusetts based self-taught photographer who enjoys finding beauty in the everyday. Photography has really opened her eyes to the world around her, and she loves to focus on the details that often go unnoticed. When she’s not behind the lens or at her day job, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children. For more of Meagan’s work, visit her on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/meaganfediganphotography/
Amanda is currently a high school English teacher in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Her two passions are writing and teaching. Fortunately, she had the opportunity to combine the two in the classroom. She has an M.A. in Written Communication and has published her writing in journals such as HalfwayDowntheStairs, Connotation Press, Commonline Journa, and Glassfire Magazine.
Rosalind lives in Toronto, Canada. She has written radio plays for CBC Radio Drama and a play for the Blyth Theatre Festival. She began writing short fiction four years ago. Since then, her stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, Thrice Fiction, Litro UK, Popshot Uk, Filling Station, Understorey and antilang, among others.
Madlynn Haber is a writer living in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her work has been published in the anthologies Letters to Fathers from Daughters and Word of Mouth Volume Two, in Anchor Magazine, Exit 13 Magazine and on websites including: A Gathering of the Tribes, The Voices Project, The Jewish Writing Project, BoomSpeak and Quail Bell Magazine.
Cassandra Hamilton is an artist, writer and Active Dreaming teacher. Her Masters is a special field study in Shamanism and the Arts from Wesleyan University and her BFA is in Drama: Production/Directing from Carnegie Mellon. www.cassandradreams.com
Julie Kaye Henderson
Julie was raised on a grain farm in eastern North Dakota. Her enthusiasm for the written word began in childhood. An avid reader, she has the questionable habit of checking out too many books from the library at once. In addition, she daydreams about future backpacking trips. Hiking the Colorado Trail in 2010 and Appalachian Trail in 2012 solidified her affinity for wildness and remoteness, as well as exposed her to another segment of society.
Roberta Beach Jacobson
Roberta Beach Jacobson (http://www.RobertaJacobson.com) is an American humorist who spent most of her life in Europe (Germany and Greece). In 2012, she returned to the U.S. She makes her home in Iowa. While in Europe, she was a freelance travel writer - always on the go. More than ready to put away her suitcases, Roberta now writes haiku, greetings cards, flash fiction, and board game clues.
Dawid Juraszek is a bilingual author and educator based in China. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Remembered Arts Journal, Amethyst Review, The Esthetic Apostle, Amaryllis, The Font, and elsewhere. https://amazon.com/author/dawidjuraszek
Sangita is a fantasy writer with a soft corner for literary fiction. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, kid, and the several characters she writes about. She loves writing short stories though she is now finishing final touches to her first novel.
Mary Anna Kruch
Mary Anna Kruch is a career educator and writer. Her Italian family near Rome, the family farm in Northern Michigan, and nature inspire poetry and photography.She leads a monthly writing workshop and has been published in The Remembered Arts Journal, River Poets Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, The Mark Literary Review, Red Wolf Journal, Credo Espoir, and an upcoming anthology, What Comes Next. Her first poetry collection will be published by Finishing Line Press in July 2019.
South African born Martha Landman now lives and writes in South Australia. She likes to write about both her home of birth and home of the heart. Her work has appeared in various online journals and in anthologies.
Sarah Law lives in London, UK and is a tutor for the Open University and elsewhere. She has published five books of poetry and is the editor of Amethyst Review (Amethystmagazine.org). Recent poems have appeared in Ink,Sweat and Tears, Psaltery & Lyre, Poetry Breakfast, and Allegro Poetry. Her favourite things include coffee, reading, writing and cats.
Bruce Levine, a native Manhattanite, has spent his life as a writer of fiction and poetry and as a music and theatre professional. His catalogue includes four novels, short stories, humorous sketches, flash fiction, poetry, essays, magazine articles and a screenplay His works are published in over 25 on-line and print journals, over 20 books and his shows have been produced in NY and around the country. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his wife, dancer/actress, Lydia Franklin.
Now retired, Bernadine gardens, dabbles in watercolor, and concentrates on writing but lately feels emotionally drawn to politics. Her degrees in Art and Education led to careers in Interior Design; elementary, special and adult education; and licensure in Real Estate. Since submitting in June, 2016, creative nonfiction, fiction, flash fiction and poetry have been published in an assortment of journals both on-line and in print. She lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband near their daughter.
Susan Mahlburg is a Creative Writing teacher at her local high school, where her days are filled with inspiration from emerging teen voices. She dreams of spending a summer in Iceland, to write about the natural beauty and landscape.
Gwenda Major lives in the UK. Her passions are for genealogy, gardening and graveyards.
Gwenda’s stories have featured in numerous print and digital publications, most recently in Dodging the Rain, Toasted Cheese, Retreat West, Brilliant Flash Fiction and U.S.Transmundane Press.
Gwenda´s novella ‘Offcomers’ won the NAWG Open Novella competition in 2016. Two novels have been listed in national competitions.
Gwenda has a website and blog at www.gwendamajor.wordpress.com
Marylou Mansfield is a full time resident of Cape Cod. She currently shares in two writing groups located in Orleans, Ma, Dune Hollow Writers, and COA Writers. Marylou contributed to the e-book anthology, SHADOW & LIGHT, published by Provincetown Public Press in 2013, compiled by the Women of Dune Hollow Writers. She has read pieces from the anthology in Provincetown and Chatham. Marylou has enjoyed reading her poetry on Senior View, a program highlighted on HCAM-TV in Hopkinton Ma.
Monika R. Martyn
Monika R. Martyn learned English as an Austrian immigrant. She married the love of her life and enjoys well written books.Inspired by Austen, Munro, Zusak Shields, and Shreve, she hopes that someday soon--people will know her name too.
Published in several Canadian print compilations, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and online: The Moon Magazine, The Scene & Heard, Soft Cartel and proudly on Mused, BellaOnline, again.
Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Missing of the Birds, and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated four times for Best of the Net.
Linda I. Nelson
Linda Nelson loves Photography and has worked as a Graphic Designer. Photography is to paint with light. Linda believes the challenge is not to just paint a picture with her photos but to suggest a story, using the magic of the world around us.
James is a 52-year-old physician and father of five who writes for the joy it brings as well as the healing effects it has after a tough day of work or life. He truly believes writing has added quality years to his life and kept his mind as sharp as it was forty years ago. He thanks you for reading his works and he hope you enjoy them.
Dharani Persaud is a Minnesotan at heart currently living in Boston, where she works in arts administration. She has had publications appear in BrownGirl Magazine and Kajal Magazine, and dabbles in everything from poetry to personal essays. When Dharani is not writing you can find her sitting in secluded corners of bookstores, petting other people´s dogs, or experimentally baking.
Darrell Petska´s writing has appeared in Halcyon Days, Perspectives Magazine, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Star 82 Review, Bird´s Thumb, Verse-Virtual, and widely elsewhere (see conservancies.wordpress.com). Darrell has tallied a third of a century as an editor (University of Wisconsin-Madison), almost 40 years as a father (six years as a grandfather), and nearly a half century as a husband. He lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Cynthia Pitman began writing again this past spring after a 30-year hiatus. She has since had poetry published in Right Hand Pointing, Vita Brevis, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Ekphrastic Review, Literary Yard, Amethyst Review, Postcard Poems and Prose, and Leaves of Ink, with poetry forthcoming in Third Wednesday and Mused: BellaOnline. She has also had fiction published in Red Fez and has fiction forthcoming in Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art.
Lawrence is a retired Silicon Valley tech writer who has been pursuing both freelance photography and creative writing as artistic outlets for over 20 years. More free time has allowed him to refine his avocational efforts and develop a website (www.miroerarts.com) dedicated to his efforts. Please visit and enjoy. Questions or comments can be posted to his miroerarts gmail account.
Lisa Reily is a former literacy consultant, dance director and teacher from Australia. Her poetry and stories have been published in several journals, such as Panoply, Amaryllis, Riggwelter, River Teeth Journal (Beautiful Things), and Magma. Lisa is currently a full-time budget traveler. You can find her at lisareily.wordpress.com
William Ruleman recently retired from college teaching to devote himself to writing, painting, and (when possible) travel. His poems have appeared most recently in The Galway Review, NatureWriting, Nine Muses Poetry, and The Prachya Review. Verse for the Journey: Poems on the Wandering Life and Salzkammergut Poems (both from Cedar Springs Books) are books of his that center on his experiences in the natural realm. His website is www.williamruleman.com.
Linda Leedy Schneider
Linda Leedy Schneider, winner of the Contemporary American Poetry Prize awarded by Chicago Poetry, is a political activist, poetry and writing mentor, and psychotherapist in private practice. Linda facilitates poetry workshops for The International Women´s Writing Guild´s Annual Summer Conference at Muhlenberg College and The Manhattan Writing Workshop which she founded and has led since 2008. Linda has written six poetry collections.
Donna has always been adventurous and loved to travel. She spent two years in Jamaica (as a teacher trainer in Kingston) and five years in the Solomon Islands on Guadalcanal (as a Community Developer in a rain forest living in a leaf house) with the Peace Corps. Donna is now a retired elementary school teacher who is enjoying her “free” time traveling and photographing North America.
Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of wildlife and landscapes. Bob´s online photography gallery can be found here - http://bvaa.org/galleries/gallery-bob-see/ - he is also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Born in Maryland, Lisa Shea has been contentedly nestled in the rolling hills and mossy forests of Massachusetts since 1995. She is drawn to the ocean and cherishes quiet evenings as the orange glow of sunset glistens across wooden docks. Lisa relishes the challenge of conveying meaning and memorable characters in a measured bounding of time and space. Her stories, poems, and images celebrate natural beauty and serenity. Enjoy thousands of her photos at http://www.lisashea.com
J. Scott Shields
Years ago, Scott left the Midwest for the deserts of Arizona. Music, literature, and writing are his passions, and he strives to share his love of the written word with his high school English students each day. Scott’s writing has appeared in the English Journal, Mused, 101 Words, Serials and Short Stories, Canyon Echo, and Treoir magazine (an international publication that promotes traditional Irish music and culture). He was also a winner in the 2018 Arizona Matsuri Haiku Contest.
Beate Sigriddaughter grew up in post-WWII Germany and moved to the United States in her teens. She is current Poet Laureate of Silver City, New Mexico. Five times a Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of four poetry prizes, she has published prose and poetry in many literary magazines and ezines. FutureCyclePress will publish her poetry collection "Xanthippe and Her Friends" in 2018. Please visit her website at www.sigriddaughter.net.
I create images to fulfill my need to experience, share, and preserve what I find beautiful.
After a corporate career, I re-embraced photography in 2009. I took up watercolors in 2014 since when photographing beautiful places, only rarely is the light perfect, the weather beautiful, and the season peaked. While painting, I can perfect, re-interpret, or abstract the scenes which inspire me.
John Clark Smith
John Clark Smith grew up in Rochester, New York and earned degrees at Syracuse University, Duke University and the University of Toronto (Ph.D.). Since 2016, John´s short stories, poetry, chapbook, and plays have appeared in over thirty online and print magazines. He has forthcoming a short story in The Woven Tale Press (Summer, 2019), a long poem (22 pages) in BlazeVox Journal (Spring, 2019), and another short story in c c & d Review (Sept./October 2019).
Patty Somlo’s most recent book, Hairway to Heaven Stories (Cherry Castle Publishing), was a Finalist in the American Fiction and Best Book Awards. Her previous books, The First to Disappear and Even When Trapped Behind Clouds: A Memoir of Quiet Grace have been Finalists in the International Book, Best Book, National Indie Excellence and Reader Views Literary Awards. Her next book, From Here to There, is forthcoming from Adelaide Books. www.pattysomlo.com.
Craig W. Steele
Craig W. Steele is a professor of biology and health sciences at Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania. In his continuing quest to become a widely-read unknown poet, his poems most recently appear or are forthcoming in The Lyric, Oracle Fine Arts Review, Mused: the BellaOnline Literary Review, The Literary Nest, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, The Fib Review and Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. He continues to write poetry as “The Writer’s Poet” for Extra Innings online.
Ann Christine Tabaka
Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and three cats. Her most recent credits are: North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Synchronized Chaos, Pangolin Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!
Don Tassone is the author of two short story collections, Get Back and Small Bites, and a novel, Drive. His third story collection, Sampler, will be published in 2019. He lives in Loveland, Ohio and teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Visit him at dontassone.com.
Raymond Tatten is a long-time New Englander whose work includes several published personal essays and articles.
Two current projects include an historical ficton account designed primarily for the YA reader, as well as a second novel for the middle-school reader.
Raymond participates in workshops and critique groups with the Seven Bridge Writers´ Collaborative in Lancaster, MA. and Grubbstreet in Boston, MA.
Julie L. Vandekreke
Julie L. Vandekreke is a lover and writer of creative nonfiction, and has published over several short stories, essays, and poems. She is the author of short CNF pieces titled The Train of Bobby´s Life, Remnants, and Signals.
Phibby Venable´s poetry has been published in 2River, Poetrybay, Southern Ocean Review, Sow´s Ear, Voices, the Appalachian Journal, and various other national & international magazines. She lives in Abingdon, Virginia. Her books, including the latest, Uncertain Ships, a collection of poetry, are available at Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble. She works in social work, women´s rights, and photography.
Nancy Wick has been writing since childhood and spent her career as a writer and editor, first at a daily newspaper and later at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since her retirement, she has begun turning her life experiences into personal essays and has had her work published in Minerva Rising, Persimmon Tree, Longridge Review and Oasis Journal, among others. In addition to writing, she travels, volunteers and takes care of her beloved granddaughter.
Even though I keep my eye out for a pretty scene or a subject that inspires a clean composition, and even though I have taken shots of rainbows and lighthouses and have an active portrait business, what drives much of my photography is an interest in how the things we make reflect who we are. http://zeisphotos.com/
Maria DePaul is a Washington, DC-based writer who draws inspiration from the beauty of the world around us. Her work has been featured in: Akashic´s Terrible Twosdays; Aphelion; Better than Starbucks; The Future Fire; Dual Coast Magazine; Haiku Journal; Haikuniverse; The Horror Zine; Illumen; Inwood Indiana; Luna Station Quarterly; Nature Writing; Violet Windows; Plum Tree Tavern; Poetry Quarterly; Scifaiquest; Speculative 66; Three Line Poetry; The Review Review; and Wax Poetry and Art.
David Edwards is a graduate of Ball State University and life-long
resident of Muncie, Indiana. His work has also appeared in Loch Raven
Review, Astropoetica, Haiku Journal, several Atlantean Publishing
journals and anthology, as well as others.
Ellen R. Erlanger
Ellen R. Erlanger contributed the works "American Snouts", "Contemplation", "Costa's Hummingbird" and "Piano Key Lunching".
Elisa L. Everts
Elisa L. Everts holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and writes out of her passion for language and people. She is an emerging poet with poems and creative nonfiction forthcoming in Lavender Review, misfit magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, and HerStry, as well as academic articles published by Mouton and Georgetown University Press. She has also just finished a children´s chapter book tentatively titled This Little Pig is Family. Elisa writes and teaches near Washington, DC.
Carol has painted for a long while, learning with every painting. One would think she would know what to do by now. But anyone who paints knows it is not an easy pastime. She has used many mediums but her current favorites are oil and pastel. http://bvaa.org/galleries/gallery-carol-frieswick/
Residing in British Columbia´s Cariboo region, Michael creates poetry in between rounds of shoveling snow and splitting firewood.
Stacy Link has been visiting the Kaweah River and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park since the late 1960s. She currently lives in the high desert area of Southern California. She´s been writing poetry since about the turn of the 21st century. Some of her favorite poets are John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Frank Bidart and Li-Young Lee. Please visit her blog: https://thenightalone.wordpress.com/
Wendell Logan is a retired counselor who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of the novel "Hard Rain Falling" and has published essays and articles in several magazines. He has worked as a counselor in Oklahoma and Colorado, a laborer and a rodeo rider.
Heather Andrews Miller
Heather Andrews Miller is a retired journalist living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She enjoys reading and submitting her stories to various magazines and also writing her incidents from her life for her family in the form of memoirs. Heather is active in her community and participates in musical activities, from singing in retirement homes to performing at local events.
Adam Nagy contributed the work "Revelation 17:6".
Karen Pendleton contributed the works "Are You Talking To Me?", "Birch Leaves", "Blue Jay", "Butterfly" and "Sophistication".
Judith Steele is Australian. Her work has appeared in journals in Darwin and Adelaide, and on several websites including The Animist, The Merida Review, and Strange Poetry. Most recently her poetry has been published in Gobshite Quarterly (Portland, OR.) Issues 26,27, 28 (2017); and in MusedBellaonline