Contributors: Issue 4


C. J. Allen’s poetry has appeared in magazines & anthologies in the UK, USA, Ireland and elsewhere and has regularly been awarded prizes in numerous competitions. His most recent collections are: 'A Strange Arrangement: New and Selected Poems' (Leafe Press, 2007) and 'Lemonade' (a red ceilings press e-book, 2010, 'Violets'—winner of the Templar Press Short Collection Competitioncame out in November 2011, and 'Oblivion Revisited’ (a revised re-issue of ‘At the Oblivion Tea-Rooms’) is forthcoming from Leafe Press.

Janet Butler relocated to the Bay Area in 2005 after many years in central Italy. She teaches ESL in San Francisco and lives in Alameda with Fulmi, a lovely Spaniel mix she rescued in Italy and brought back with her. Some current or forthcoming publications are The Blue Bear Review, The Chaffey Review, Miller's Pond, Town Creek Poetry, and Red Ochre Lit. Her most recent chapbook is "Searching for Eden" from Finishing Line Press. 

Gerard Beirne is an Irish writer now living in Canada where he teaches at the University of New Brunswick and is a Fiction Editor with The Fiddlehead. His most recent collection of poetry Games of Chance: A Gambler’s Manual was published by Oberon Press, Fall 2011. His collection Digging My Own Grave (Dedalus Press) won second prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Award. He has published two novels including The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars) shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2004. His short story Sightings of Bono was adapted into a short film featuring Bono (U2)

Sheila Black is the author of House of Bone and Love/Iraq. A third collection Wen Kroy is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press where it won the Orphic Prize for 2011. She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry selected by Philip Levine. She lives in San Antonio, Texas where she directs literary nonprofit Gemini Ink.

Stephen Boyce lives in Winchester, UK. His poetry has been published widely in magazines including Staple, The Interpreter’s House, Frogmore Papers, Smiths Knoll, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Acumen, 14 magazine and in various anthologies. He has been a prizewinner in the Kent & Sussex, Leicester, Ledbury, Ware Poets and the Plough Prize competitions. His full length collection Desire Lines (Arrowhead Press 2010) was described by Katherine Gallagher as “intelligent, sophisticated, formally assured… a truly exciting new voice”.

Janet Butler relocated to the Bay Area in 2005 after many years in central Italy. She teaches ESL in San Francisco and lives in Alameda with Fulmi, a lovely Spaniel mix she rescued in Italy and brought back with her. Some current or forthcoming publications are The Blue Bear Review, The Chaffey Review, Miller's Pond, Town Creek Poetry and Red Ochre Lit. Her most recent chapbook is "Searching for Eden" from Finishing Line Press.

Catherine Chandler is the author of Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press), a full-length collection of poetry in a number for forms, and This Sweet Order (White Violet Press) a collection of twenty-seven sonnets. Winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize, Catherine's poetry, translations, podcasts, interviews and essays have been published in numerous journals in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. She currently lives in Saint Lazare, Quebec.

Adam Crothers was born in Belfast in 1984 and received his PhD in English from Girton College, Cambridge in 2010. A winner of the Quiller-Couch Prize and the Brewer Hall Prize, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ducts, Five Poetry Journal, Icarus, The Literateur, The Mays and Poetry Proper, among others.

Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Carolina Review, Meridian, Grain, Cottonwood, The Tribeca Poetry Review and Whiskey Island. Recently, Freshwater Poetry Journal and Blue Stem have each nominated him for a Pushcart Prize.

Paul Hostovsky is the author of three books of poems, Bending the Notes (2008), Dear Truth (2009), and A Little in Love a Lot (2011). His poems have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and Best of the Net. Visit him at

Joey De Jesus Formally trained in poetry and wildlife ecology, he received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing from Oberlin College and his M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in LUMINA vols. X & XI, The Cortland Review and The Nervous Breakdown. Joey was the winner of the LUMINA vol. XI poetry contest, judged by Carolyn Forche. He is a recipient of the 2012 Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His poems and videos have been installed at Harvestworks in New York City (2011). He currently lives in Ardsley, NY.

Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. In 2011 he received a nomination for The Best of the Web and two nominations for both the Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. The Spring 2011 Bitter Oleander contains a feature including an interview and 18 of his hybrid works.

Jean L. Kreiling’s poetry has appeared widely in print and on-line journals and in anthologies.  She was the winner of the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry, and has been a finalist for the Dogwood  Poetry Prize, the Frost Farm Prize, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.

Matt Merritt is a poet and wildlife journalist from Leicester, whose published collections include Troy Town (Arrowhead, 2008) and hydrodaktulopsychicharmonica (Nine Arches, 2010). He blogs at

Rick Mullin’s poetry has appeared in journals including Measure, American Arts Quarterly, Ep;phany, Envoi, and The Flea. His epic poem, Soutine, was published earlier this year by Dos Madres Press, Loveland, Ohio. His book-length poem, Huncke, was published in 2010 by Seven Towers, Dublin. His chapbook, Aquinas Flinched, was published in 2008 by the Modern Metrics imprint of Exot Books, New York City.

James B. Nicola has had over two hundred poems appear in publications including Tar River, the Texas Review, The Lyric, and Nimrod. A stage director by profession, his book Playing the Audience won a CHOICE Award. He also won the Dana Literary Award for poetry, was nominated for a Rhysling Award, and was a featured poet at the New Formalist in 2010.

L.M. Price lives and works in Montana and Wyoming, U.S.A. She has had poems published in Raintown Review, The Centrifugal Eye and

D.A. Prince is a poet and reviewer. HappenStance Press published her full-length collection, Nearly the Happy Hour, in 2008. A second collection is due in 2014.

Philip Quinlan has a chapbook, Head Lands (published by White Violet Press). He has received nominations, in 2011, for both The Best of the Net and Pushcart. His work has appeared in: The Flea, The Chimaera, Lucid Rhythms, Lilt, Soundzine, Numinous, The Avatar Review, The Centrifugal Eye, Sea Stories, Shit Creek Review, Shot Glass Journal, Victorian Violet Press, Whale Sound, Studio 360, In Stereo Press, The Hypertexts, Lighten Up Online, Antiphon and Raintown Review. He is also co-editor of Angle Journal of Poetry in English,

Mandy Sutter is a poet, fiction writer and hypochondriac who lives with her partner and a large black dog called Fable near the famous Ilkley moor. She went to school in Nigeria and has co-written and published several non-fiction books about the lives of Somali women. Two pamphlets were published by Slow Dancer Press and The Poetry Business. Her first novel, Keeping Mum, comes out in 2013.

Carol A. Taylor is a translator and language teacher living near Houston, Texas. She has published both light and serious poems in print and online journals including Light Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Rattle, Iambs & Trochees, Susquehanna Quarterly, Umbrella Journal, Trinacria, The Barefoot Muse, and 14 by 14.  Carol has played an active role in the promotion of metrical poets and poetry on and off line.  She served as Administrator of the workshop Eratosphere and as Light Verse Editor of Umbrella Journal's Bumbershoot division, and currently directs the online metrical workshop Poet and Critic and the bilingual open mic group in Houston, Alianza Poética Intercultural.   

Ben Wilkinson was shortlisted for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize. The Sparks was published by tall-lighthouse in 2008; he is working towards a new pamphlet, Last Hope: Poems after Paul Verlaine.



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