Issue Twelve Contributors

Marilyn Annucci is the author of two chapbooks: 'Waiting Room', which won the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize (Hill-Stead Museum, 2012), and 'Luck' (Parallel Press, 2000). Her poems have appeared in various journals online and in print as well as in community projects involving visual art. She is an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.

Emma Aprile holds an MFA from George Mason University.

Rebecca Bird is a 22 year old poet from Devon. She has been published in journals including the Rialto, The Interpreter's House, The New Writer and Envoi. She is currently living and working in Guildford, Surrey.

Joe Caldwell is a teacher from Sheffield. He has read his work at the Off The Shelf Festival, the Sheffield Poetry Festival and the Buxton Festival. His poems have appeared in various places, including The North, The Rialto and South Bank Poetry.

David Callin lives, if not quite at the back of beyond, certainly within hailing distance of it, on one of Britain's offshore islands. Dabbles in poetry when he can. Seems to spend most of his spare time in the garden, whether he likes it not, where he is trusted with a few menial tasks, but occasionally slips away to the pub. He has had poems in erbacce, The Journal, Iota, Other Poetry and Orbis, and also online in Snakeskin and Lucid Rhythms.

Tess Farnham teaches English and Creative Writing at Southwestern Illinois College. She earned her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and was a recipient of a Bucknell Younger Poets Fellowship. Her works have appeared in various publications including Natural Bridge and Midwest Quarterly.

Claudia Gary was a 2014 finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. She writes, edits, sings, and composes tonal chamber music and art songs. She is author of 'Humor Me' (David Robert Books 2006) and several chapbooks. Her poems appear in anthologies such as 'Forgetting Home' (Barefoot Muse Press 2013) and 'Villanelles' (Everyman Press 2012), as well as in journals internationally. Her articles on health appear in The VVA Veteran and other magazines. For more information, see

Trina Gaynon was born into a military family and spent many years on the move. She began her college education in San Diego, then headed north. She later returned to southern California when her husband took a job in Los Angeles. She volunteers for an Orange County family literary program. After all her travels, she is surprised to have become a poet of suburban life in southern California. She has poems in the anthologies 'Saint Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints', 'Obsession: Sestinas for the 21st Century', 'A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford', 'Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Anthology of Sonnets of the Early Third Millennium', 'Bombshells' and 'Knocking at the Door', as well as numerous journals including Natural Bridge, Reed and the final issue of Runes. Her chapbook, 'An Alphabet of Romance', is available from Finishing Line Press.

Jenny Hockey won a 2013 New Poets Bursary from New Writing North, is a member of Sheffield’s Tuesday Poets and Broomspring Writers, and publishes her work in magazines such as Magma, The North, Iota, Dreamcatcher and Orbis. She recently retired from academic life to make more time for writing and lives with her partner in Sheffield.

Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared most recently in New World Writing, Gargoyle, Fifth Wednesday, Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, and Pif. 'Turning Inside Out' won the Black River Prize at Black Lawrence Press. Finishing Line Press will soon be publishing 'The Way You Will Go'.

Jean L. Kreiling is the author of the recently published collection, 'The Truth in Dissonance'. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the String Poet Prize and the Able Muse Write Prize, and she has been a finalist for the Frost Farm Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award.

Bertram Mullin Inspirations include Manga, Shakespeare, Dickinson, and Vonnegut. Publications: a newspaper from 2004-05, a blog called TTTYSK (2005-06), had 50-thousand readers, Chill Magazine, LLC published columns of TTTYSK. A poem: Life at 25, published at HCC. He has a BA in English with concentration in creative writing from U of H and is a founder of Writers’ ReVision, which helped young writers find publication.

Ray Nayler has published poetry in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Weave, Juked, Able Muse, Phantom Limb, Sentence, and many other magazines. His novel 'American Graveyards' was published in the UK by Third Alternative Press. His cross-genre short stories have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the Berkeley Fiction Review, among others, and have twice been mentioned in Best American Mystery Stories annual collections. He is a Cultural Affairs Officer with the Department of State, currently posted to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. You can follow him and find links to his work at

Jessica Penrose is learning to love the big skies of Cambridgeshire having moved south from the Yorkshire hills. Her poems appear in the 'Images of Women' anthology (Arrowhead Press) as well as online and in journals such as The Rialto, Staple, Orbis and Mslexia.

Jane Røken is Norwegian, lives in Denmark, and writes poetry mainly in English. She likes to think of herself as an internationalist. Her writings have been published in many different places, mostly online.

Jacqueline Saphra is a screenwriter, playwright and poet. Her poems have been frequently anthologised and she has won several awards including first prize in The Ledbury Poetry Competition. She teaches poetry at Morley College and The Poetry School. Her pamphlet, 'Rock’n’Roll Mamma' was published by Flarestack and her collection 'The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions' (flipped eye) was developed with funding from ACE and nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. An illustrated book of prose poems, 'If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Women' is forthcoming from The Emma Press in 2014.

Natalie Shaw has an unhealthy interest in sonnets, despite warnings from well-intentioned friends. Two of her sonnets were recently commended in the Ware poetry prize and her work can currently be found at Fake Poems, Ink Sweat & Tears, Domestic Cherry and Lunar Poetry. She blogs at

Jayne Stanton lives, works and writes in Leicestershire, UK. Her poems appear/are forthcoming in Under the Radar, Southword, Popshot, Antiphon, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework and others. Her debut pamphlet is forthcoming from Soundswrite Press in September 2014.

Rebecca Starks is editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review, a literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers Workshop. She has a PhD in English from Stanford University and teaches literature and writing classes part-time for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. Her poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Slice Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, Mezzo Cammin, The Raintown Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She lives with her husband and sons in Richmond, Vermont.

Pramila Venkateswaran is the author of 'Thirtha' (Yuganta Press, 2002), 'Behind Dark Waters' (Plain View Press, 2008), 'Draw Me Inmost' (Stockport Flats, 2009) and 'Trace' (Finishing Line Press, 2011). A finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and a first prize winner of the Two Review National Poetry Competition, and String Poets, she has published in Paterson Literary Review, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, Atlanta Review, Prairie Schooner, Kavya Bharati, Long Island Quarterly, Calyx: Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Nassau Review, and other print and electronic journals. Recent anthologies include 'Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry' (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2010), 'A Chorus for Peace' (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2002), 'en(compass)' (Yuganta Press,2005), 'Long Island Sounds' (The North Scene Poetry Scene Press, 2009), and 'Letters to the World' (Red Hen Press, 2005). She is the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 2011 Long Island Poet of the Year and the current poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island.

Sarah White was born in 1986. She read English at the University of Leeds. She grew up in Manchester and still lives there. She has previously published haiku in Simply Haiku but is currently concentrating mainly on the sonnet form. She enjoys putting a modern twist on traditional forms.

Roddy Williams is originally from North Wales, but lives and works in London. His poetry has recently appeared in The Rialto, Fourteen, South Poetry, Obsessed with Pipework, Smiths Knoll and other magazines. He is a keen surrealist photographer and painter.

Anthony Wilson is a poet, blogger and lecturer. His most recent books are 'Riddance' (Worple, 2012) and 'Love for Now' (Impress Books, 2012), a memoir of cancer. He lives and works in Exeter. He can be found online at