Contributors to Issue Six

Bruce Barnes is a part time MA student on the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University, living in Bradford, and has the usual form of poems published in anthologies, magazines, and the occasional poetry competition win or place. He is an active member of the Bradford based poetry reading and workshop group, Beehive Poets.

Val Binney is a South African who has lived in the UK for a long time. She has always written poetry but her output increased after she started the OU 205 Course in Creative Writing in 2006 and then the Sheffield Hallam University MA in Writing in 2007. She is a member of the Broomspring Writers Group and the Tuesday Poets in Sheffield. She has published poetry in Matter, The Interpreter's House, Decanto and Red Shoes and Wedding Trouble, an anthology of the Broomspring Writers and prose fiction in various magazines. She is currently editing a completed novel submitted for her MA in Writing.

David Clarke is a teacher and researcher living in Gloucestershire. He has had poems published in various magazines, including Under the Radar, Iota and Anon. His pamphlet, Gaud, was published by Flarestack Poets in 2012. He blogs at

Seth Crook taught philosophy at various universities before moving to the Hebrides. He does not like cod philosophy in poetry, though he does like cod, poetry and philosophy. His poems have appeared during the past year in Snakeskin, Other Poetry, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Journal, Gutter, Northwords Now, The Interpreter’s House, Message in a Bottle, The Passionate Transitory, The Centrifugal Eye and Antiphon.

Jean L. Kreiling’s poetry has appeared widely in print and online journals and anthologies, most recently American Arts Quarterly, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin. 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.

David W. Landrum teaches Literature at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, USA. His poetry has appeared in The Dark Horse, Orbis, Straw Dogs, Umbrella, First Things, Raintown Review, and many other journals in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Europe. His chapbook, The Impossibility of Epithalamia, is available through Amazon.

Julia Lisella is the author of a chapbook, Love Song Hiroshima, and a full length collection,Terrain. She is working on her next collection, entitled Always. She is an Assoc. Prof. of American lit and poetry at Regis College in Massachusetts and has had poems published in Salamander, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal and many other journals.

Gill McEvoy is a Hawthornden Fellow. Full collection “The Plucking Shed”, (Cinnamon Press 2010). Second collection “Rise” due from Cinnamon Press in May 2013. She runs regular poetry events in Chester, which include a workshop group, a poetry reading group, and Zest! open floor poetry nights. Website:

LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota. Her poems have appeared in Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick, North Coast Review, Alba, Red River Review, Eclectica, qarrtsiluni, and CALYX, among other journals and anthologies, and she was a finalist for the Creekwalker Poetry Prize and the Late Blooms Postcard Series. Muhm is a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Poetry in 2006 and 2012, and has been featured twice in the “What Light” poetry sponsored by the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Museum. Her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass (Loonfeather Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in Poetry.

Beverley Nadin lives in Sheffield and is working towards a PhD in creative writing at Newcastle University.

John C. Nash finally settled down as a self-employed bookbinder and writer in Northampton, England. His poetry has been published in various magazines including Cake, Streetcake, The Delinquent, Triggerfish and Ink, Sweat & Tears. He co-edited the anthology ‘Making Contact’ for Ravenshead Press and is currently working on a collaborative project with the photographer Sam Webster.

Tracey S. Rosenberg's debut poetry collection, Lipstick is Always a Plus, was published in 2012 by Stewed Rhubarb Press. She has individual poems in journals including The Frogmore Papers, Poetry Scotland, Gutter, and The Journal of the American Medical Association. She won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and is currently working on a full-length collection thanks to a Creative Scotland Professional Development Grant. She lives in Edinburgh and is a literary festival junkie.

Jacob Silkstone lives in Bergen and has previously worked as a primary school teacher in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a poetry editor for The Missing Slate and an assistant editor for Asymptote, and his work appears in Sculpted: Poetry of the North West.

Katherine Smith has had work recently published or forthcoming in Southern Review, Ploughshares, Louisiana Literature, Poetry, Louisville Review, Appalachian Heritage (where her poem "Shipment" won the Denny Plattner Award for Outstanding poem in 2008) Poems and Plays, Measure, and Appalachian Journal. She has previously published one book of poetry, Argument by Design (2003) with Washington Writers’ Publishing House.

Bob Towey is a philosophy graduate and musician who works in a busy office in Cambridgeshire, England. If you wanted to read more from Bob, you can find other poems at Bad Robot Poetry, Vector and in two inch high letters on a wall in Addenbrooke's Hospital next to work by Quentin Blake and Fiona Sampson. The website is and he tweets from @bobtowey.

Megan Towey is an undergraduate at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where she is a double major in Written Arts and Classical Studies.

Wendy Vardaman ( is the author of Obstructed View (Fireweed Press), co-editor/webmaster of Verse Wisconsin (, and co-founder/co-editor of Cowfeather Press ( She is one of Madison, Wisconsin's two Poets Laureate (2012-2015).

Luisa Villani is a former Wallis Annenberg Fellow at The University of Southern California, a Bucknell Younger Poet, an Academy of American Poets Prize awardee, and a winner of an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Award. Her work has appeared in The New England Review, Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Kaleidoscope Magazine, The Birmingham Poetry Review, Third Coast, Hawaii Pacific Review, Hotel Amerikana and many other journals. She has taught English in Dnevpropetrovsk, Ukraine, and currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey.

Annette Volfing is an academic teaching medieval German literature. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, including Other Poetry, The Interpreter's House, Magma, Smiths Knoll, Snakeskin and the Oxford Magazine.

Christine Whittemore was born in England where she was brought up and educated; she has also lived in Italy, in New York City, in Pennsylvania, and now in Lyon, France. Her poems have appeared in various American and British journals including The American Scholar, Plains Poetry Journal, Hunger Mountain, Piedmont Literary Review, The Lyric, Orbis, Outposts, and The Christian Century, as well as in anthologies. Among other awards she has received a Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1998).  Her essays have been published in Parabola, Islands, Weekly Telegraph, Christian Science Monitor, New York Newsday, and elsewhere. Her novel, Inscription, (about the writings of two women separated by almost 2,000 years) has been taken on by an agent.  

Peter Wise was born and brought up near London, and now lives in Portugal where he works as a journalist, contributing articles to the Financial Times and the Economist. He also translates from Portuguese. He is currently completing an online MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. A keen birdwatcher, he likes to spend his free time watching waders along the River Tagus estuary.   

Jerrold Yam is a first-year law undergraduate at University College London and the author of two poetry collections, Scattered Vertebrae (2013) and Chasing Curtained Suns (2012). Recent poems have appeared in fwriction : review, Mascara Literary Review, Poetry Quarterly, Prick of the Spindle, Third Coast, Washington Square Review and elsewhere. He is the winner of the National University of Singapore’s Creative Writing Competition 2011, and has been nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. (

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