Wendy Babiak is author of Conspiracy of Leaves (Plain View Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in journals in America (Barrelhouse, Tampa Review, Free Inquiry), a newspaper in Tehran, and online at such diverse places as Big Bridge, No Tell Motel, -esque magazine, and Poets for Living Waters. She lives in Ithaca, NY, with her family.

Ned Balbo's latest book, The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press), was awarded the 2010 Donald Justice Prize by judge A. E. Stallings, and the 2012 Poets’ Prize. His second book, Lives of the Sleepers (U. of Notre Dame Press), received the Ernest Sandeen Prize and a ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal; his first, Galileo's Banquet, was awarded the Towson University Prize. A chapbook, Something Must Happen, appeared from Finishing Line Press. He was featured poet in the Fall 2011/Winter 2012 Valparaiso Poetry Review, and his reviews of contemporary poetry may be found in most issues of Antioch Review from 1999-2009. 

John Barron lives in Deepcar, Sheffield, and works as a teacher of the deaf in Barnsley. He is interested in the natural world, spirituality and consciousness. In 2010 he received a commendation in the Elmet poetry competition. He has been a runner up in a couple of competitions in Barnsley, including one to describe a pudding from paradise! He is older than he looks.

Jenn Blair is from Yakima, WA. She has published in Copper Nickel, New South, Tulane Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Superstition Review among others. Her chapbook All Things are Ordered is out from Finishing Line Press.

Emma Bolden is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: How to Recognize a Lady (part of Edge by Edge, the third in Toadlily Press’ Quartet Series); The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press); and The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as the Indiana Review, The Journal, The Greensboro Review, Feminist Studies, Prairie Schooner, Redivider, and Verse. Her manuscripts have been semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Review Poetry Series’ First Book Prize, the Perugia Press Book Prize, the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, and the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry, as well as a finalist for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Prize. She has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes. She is an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University and blogs at A Century of Nerve (

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.

Cindy Carlson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She currently lives in Madison, WI where she teaches writing and sings in her band Linda.

James Caruth was born in Belfast but has lived in Sheffield for the last 25 years. His first collection A Stones Throw was published in 2007 by Staple. A long sequence Dark Peak was published by Longbarrow in 2008 and his latest pamphlet Marking the Lambs has just been published by Smith Doorstop. His poem The Deposition won the Sheffield Poetry Prize in 2011.

Clare Crossman In 1996 her collection Landscapes won the Redbeck Prize. Since then she has published Going Back (Firewater Press Cambridge), The Shape of Us (Shoestring Press 2010). A new collection is forthcoming from Shoestring in 2013. Poems have been included in many anthologies, including A Room to Live in: Poems for Kettles Yard (Salt Publishing).

Carol Dorf's poems have appeared in Antiphon, Qarrtsiluni, Sin Fronteras, Spillway, OVS, Unlikely 2.0, Theodate, The Mom Egg, In Posse Review, Moira, Feminist Studies, Heresies, Fringe, The Midway, Poemeleon, Runes, and 13th Moon. They have been anthologized in Not a Muse, Boomer Girls, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing, and teaches mathematics at Berkeley High School.

David Harmer is best known as a children’s writer with poems and stories appearing in many books mainly published by Macmillan Children’s Books.  He also has a number of collections for adults. David was a founder member of the poetry performance group Circus of Poets and when he isn’t working solo in schools all over the country, is part of the highly rated poetry duo Spill The Beans. He also works at Sheffield Hallam University where he teaches both MA and BA Creative Writing and is part of a pilot project involving the Poetry Society and BGT College, University of Lincoln, working with PGCE students.

Juleigh Howard-Hobson has simultaneously written literary fiction, formalist poetry and genre work, along with non-fiction essays and articles, purposely blunting the modern ‘brandable’ concept of artistic obligation to any single form or movement. Her work has appeared in such venues as The Lyric, Mobius, Trinacria, qarrtsiluni, The Raintown Review , The Best of the Barefoot Muse (Barefoot Pub), and Caduceus (Yale University).

Suzanne Jean Johanson is an American living in Finland. She recently began writing poetry and found it suits her. She hopes to publish more poems and record them in this bio. Suzanne is an enthusiastic storyteller and a lover of words. She enjoys being in the forest, entertaining friends, and a good glass of wine.

John Lindley is a freelance poet and creative writing tutor. An experienced performer, he has read at Ledbury Poetry Festival and at the Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He runs poetry workshops for writers’ groups, festivals and in prisons, schools, universities, youth clubs and day care centres, as well as for those with learning difficulties. Widely published and a prizewinner in a number of national competitions, his poetry has also been broadcast on radio. His eighth and latest collection, Screen Fever, is published by Pinewood Press.

Katie Manning lives with her husband and son in California, where she teaches writing and literature at Azusa Pacific University. Her creative work has been published in New Letters, PANK, Poet Lore, and REAL, among other journals and anthologies. She's a rotating editor for Fickle Muses: an online journal of myth and legend.

Julie Mellor lives in Penistone, near Sheffield, and teaches English at a local secondary school . After doing various jobs, including working in a shoe shop on London’s Oxford Street, and as an au pair in Sicily, she gained a degree in English at the University of Huddersfield. She went on to do an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam, followed by a PhD, which she completed in 2003. Her pamphlet, Breathing Through Our Bones, was published earlier this year by Smith Doorstop and her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Brittle Star, Mslexia, The Rialto and Smiths Knoll.

Caroline Misner was born in a country that at the time was known as Czechoslovakia. She immigrated to Canada in the summer of 1969. Her work has appeared in numerous consumer and literary journals in Canada, the USA and the UK. Her short story “Strange Fruit” was nominated for the Writers’ Trust/McClelland-Steward Journey Anthology Prize in 2008. In the autumn of 2010, her poem “Piano Lesson” was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and her short story “A Necessary Sadness” was nominated for a Pushcart in 2011. Her new website is finally on-line:

Fay Musselwhite is working toward her final submission for the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University.  She collaborates locally with artists in film, sound and other media, also regularly attends workshops in the city.  Her poetry, which maps humans’ negotiation with the elements, is published in magazines and frequently performed.

Helen Overell belongs to the Mole Valley Poets and has work published in magazines including Scintilla, Staple, Acumen, The Interpreter's House, The Frogmore Papers and Other Poetry as well as in Poetry News and online in Qarrtsiluni and The Glasgow Review. Her work appears in anthologies including The Languages of Colour. Her collection Inscapes & Horizons was published by St Albert's Press.

Susan Rich is the author of three collections of poetry, The Alchemist’s Kitchen (2010) named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel (2006), and The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World (2000) winner of the PEN Award for Poetry. She has received awards from The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Recent poems appear in New England Review, Poetry Ireland, and The Southern Review.

Jane Røken lives in Denmark, on the interface between hedgerows and barley fields. She is fond of old tractors, garden sheds, scarecrows and other stuff that, in the due course of time, will ripen into something else. Her writings have appeared in Snakeskin, Mobius, Word Gumbo, Shit Creek Review, Astropoetica, and several other online magazines.

Megan Watkins grew up in Wales and lives in London. She has collaborated with the writer and artist Audrey Reynolds on a pamphlet to be produced by Ancient and Modern Gallery,London in 2013. They are currently working on a project about Charlotte Brontë in Brussels. Her poetry is in Magma, Tears in the Fence, Smiths Knoll, Ink Sweat and Tears.



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