Contributors, Issue 11

E. H. Brogan is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.A. in English. Her poetry has appeared in Scissors & Spackle, Corvus, Burningword, Downer Magazine, and others. She blog-runs and provides social media support for Kenning Journal ( In addition, she hosts a “Poetry Out Loud” series, which features recordings of well-known poems as well as original content, on Soundcloud ( She also works as a manuscript proofer in her spare time.

Jennifer Burd has had poetry published in a variety of print and online journals. She is the author of a book of poems, Body and Echo (2010), and a book of creative nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan (2009), and she has work in the 2013 anthology The Way North. She is an editor and writer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Lisa Cheby has an MFA from Antioch University and a forthcoming chapbook, Love Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Dancing Girl Press. Lisa is a high school librarian and is the poetry editor for Annotation Nation. Her poems and reviews have appeared in various journals including The Rumpus, Eclipse, The Mom Egg, The Citron Review, The Provo Orem Word, Askew, The Splinter Generation, and Tidal Basin Review. For more information visit her website:

Matt Clegg presents at the Midsummer Poetry Festival a one-off event focusing on new arrangements of poems from his sequence ‘Chinese Lanterns’, in which the classical Chinese poet Li Po finds himself resurrected and at large in 21st Century Hillsborough. Clegg will be joined by special guests for a memorable evening of ritual, performance and multimedia. Jis latest book is West North East published by Longbarrow

Edwin Evans-Thirlwell is an editor and journalist at Future Publishing in London, where he writes about videogames and digital culture. Aged 28, he has been published in Brittle Star, Said and Done, The Guardian and The Mirror. His present projects include a short fiction series about the dilemmas of eating, and a collection of poems about the Voyager 1 space probe.

Falconhead  When not slaying Dragons, Falconhead uses Dragon’s blood to write poetry, short stories and plays. His work has appeared in Whistling Fire, Two Hawks Quarterly, Adanna, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Wilde Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Thick Jam, Poetica Magazine, Camas: The Nature of The West, and in Thin Air Magazine among others, and is forthcoming in Rock & Sling: a journal of witness, and in Still Point Arts Quarterly, among others.

Sally Goldsmith is a song and script writer as well as a poet. Her pamphlet Singer was chosen by Michael Longley as a winner in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. Last year she was a runner up in the National Poetry Competition and smith/doorstop published her first collection, Are We There Yet?

Sarah James is a journalist, fiction writer and poet.  Her first collection Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011. A second, experimental, collection, Be[yond], was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in 2013. She has recently finished a creative writing Masters with Michael Symmons Roberts and Jean Sprackland at Manchester Writing School. Her website is at .

Helen Kay is a Cheshire based poet with aspirations to be a chicken poet laureate. Her poems have been published in diverse places. She is a dyslexia tutor and this has been the source of some of her literary scribblings.

Steve Klepetar’s work has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Recent collections include Speaking to the Field Mice (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013); My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto (Flutter Press, 2013), and Return of the Bride of Frankenstein (forthcoming from Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014).

Michael Lavers' poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Arts & Letters, West Branch, 32 Poems, Queen's Quarterly and elsewhere. He completed an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah.

Allison McVety’s poems have appeared in The Guardian, Poetry London, Poetry Review, The Spectator and The Times, and have been broadcast on BBC radio. In 2012 she won the National Poetry Competition. Her first collection was shortlisted for a Forward Prize and her third, Lighthouses is published by smith|doorstop.

Roy Marshall has had numerous jobs including delivery driver, gardener and coronary care nurse. In 2009 he began sending poems to magazines. A pamphlet, Gopagilla was published in 2012. His collection The Sun Bathers is published by Shoestring Press. Roy lives in Leicestershire with his wife and son.

Carolyn Martin is blissfully retired in Clackamas, OR, where she gardens, writes and plays with creative colleagues. Currently, she is president of the board of VoiceCatcher, a nonprofit that connects women writers and artists in greater Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA. ( Her work has appeared in publications such as Stirring, 5/Quarterly, Becoming: What Makes a Woman, Persimmon Tree, and the Naugatuck River Review.

Julie Mellor lives near Sheffield and holds a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. Her poems have appeared in magazines including Ambit, Mslexia, The North and The Rialto. Her pamphlet, Breathing Through Our Bones, was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2012. More about her work can be found at

Helen Mort is the current Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Her first collection ‘Division Street’ (Chatto & Windus) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize. She lives in Hathersage.

Bianca Oana was born in Romania in 1986 and lives in Bucharest, with one foot in Athens. She writes for the screen and on paper. She composes her poems in English.

Conor O’Callaghan grew up in Dundalk. After holding visiting posts at Villanova University and Wake Forest University in the US, he now teaches at both Sheffield Hallam University and on the distance learning MA at Lancaster University. His fourth collection,The Sun King, was published last year by The Gallery Press.

Denise Setterington is a care worker and writer.

Natalie Shaw can mainly be found taking part in Jo Bell’s project, 52. She has just come back from a disastrous camping experience, and was recently longlisted by Helen Mort in The New Writer’s poetry competition.

Harriet Tarlo is a poet and academic living in the Holme Valley. Poetry publications include Poems 1990-2003 (Shearsman 2004); Nab (etruscan 2005) and Field (forthcoming). She is editor of the “Women and Eco-Poetics” feature, How2 Vol 3: No 2 and The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (Shearsman, 2011). She teaches at Sheffield Hallam University where she is Course Leader for M.A. Writing.

Katharine Towers’ first poetry collection ‘The Floating Man’ was published by Picador in 2010 and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Her second collection is forthcoming from Picador.

Robert Wrigley has published ten books of poems, including most recently Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems (Penguin, 2013), and in the United Kingdom, The Church of Omnivorous Light: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2013). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and a host of other magazines and journals. He teaches at the University of Idaho and lives in the woods, near Moscow, with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes.