Contributors, Issue Nine

Maria Isakova Bennett studied Creative Writing with the Open University 2008-2009, and at Lancaster University 2010-2012 from where she graduated with an MA in December 2012.  
In the past year she’s had poetry shortlisted in Wirral Festival of Firsts, been commended in The New Writer poetry collection prize, and had poetry published in The New Writer, Orbis, Crannog, Envoi, The Poetry Bus, Boyne Berries, and (forthcoming) Prole. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories and linked poems.

Marcus Bales Not much is known about him except that he lives in Cleveland and his poems have not been published in New Yorker or Poetry.

Mary Buchinger’s poems have appeared in AGNI, Booth, PANK, Nimrod, Slice, The Massachusetts Review, Versal, and other journals; she was the recipient of New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan and Firman Houghton Awards. She is Associate Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston.

Jim Burrows lives in Cordell, Oklahoma. His poetry has appeared in Measure, 32 Poems, Angle, Passages North, and other journals.

Lisa J. Cihlar's poems have appeared in Blackbird, The South Dakota Review, Green Mountains Review, Crab Creek Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, 'The Insomniac’s House', is available from Dancing Girl Press and a second chapbook, 'This is How She Fails' is available from Crisis Chronicles Press. She lives in rural southern Wisconsin.

Ann Douglas has had poems published in Cake, The Colorado Review, The Meadowland Review, Nimrod, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Cutbank, and other journals. Her first book, 'After', which won the Seattle and King County Arts Commission Publishing Awared, was positively reviewed in Publishers’ Weekly and other literary magazines. She is a Squaw Valley Writers' Community member, and has benefited from residencies at Yaddow and Ragdale. She also has an MFA from Columbia University, and works in Washington State as a psychotherapist in private practice.

Claudia Gary writes, edits, sings, and composes tonal chamber music and art songs, near Washington DC. A 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize (Waywiser), she is the author of 'Humor Me' (David Robert Books 2006) and several chapbooks. Her poems appear in many journals, and in several anthologies including 'Forgetting Home' (Barefoot Muse Press 2013) and 'Villanelles' (Everyman Press 2012). She also writes articles on health for The VVA Veteran, VFW, and other magazines. Claudia founded and hosted the 1990s Leesburg Poetry and Chamber Music Series, and has given panel presentations on poetry and music at the West Chester University Poetry Conference. In 2014 she will offer classes at The Writer's Center (

Kathy Gee started writing creatively (but secretly) in 2007 and joined the Worcestershire Stanza in 2011 when she was a finalist for the Worcestershire Laureate. Since then she has had some 20 poems accepted by various magazines and anthologies and was organiser for the Avoncroft Museum poetry trail in 2012. Her blog is an experimental vehicle for occasional video poems.

James Giddings is currently doing his MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, funded by the AHRC. He has been publish online and in print by the likes of The Cadaverine, Black and Blue magazine and Myths of the Near Future. One day he’d like to get a job, but he’s not sure if they’ll exist by then.

Kirsten Hemmy’s first book of poetry, 'The Atrocity of Water', was published by Press53 in December 2010 as a Tom Lombardo selection. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Alaska Quarterly Review, Green Mountains Review, Bellingham Review, Chariton Review, Amistad Review, CaKe Magazine, RKvry Quarterly, and elsewhere. She received the Linda Flowers award for social activism in writing; for 2012-2013 she was a Fulbright Scholar. She currently lives and teaches in Dakar, Senegal.

Louisa Howerow's latest poems appeared in The Lindenwood Review, Naugatuck River Review and Arc Poetry Magazine. Her work is also included in the anthologies, 'An Unfinished War' (Black Moss Press, 2012), and 'For Rhino in a Shrinking World' (The Poets Printery, East London, S.A., 2013).

Robin Houghton won the 2013 Hamish Canham Prize and the 2012 New Writer Poetry competition, and her work has been published and/or is forthcoming in a range of magazines including The Rialto, Agenda, Poetry News and The North. She blogs at Poetgal (

Sue Kindon's poems have appeared in The Interpreter's House, The North, The Journal, The French Literary Review, and The Rialto. She was awarded The Maryport Poetry Prize 2012 and Poets and Players Open Prize, Manchester 2013. She divides her time between The Pennines and The Pyrenees.

Ray Miller has supported John Cooper-Clarke, Attila The Stockbroker and many lost causes. His poems have appeared in Ink, Sweat and Tears, The British Journal of Psychiatry and even, believe it or not, The Guardian. He's deeper than he looks.

Ellen Miller-Mack has an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Her poems and reviews have appeared in 5 AM, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Redheaded Stepchild, Bookslut, Rattle, The Rumpus, Verse Wisconsin and the Mom Egg. Her chapbook, 'Flooding Eleven' was a finalist for Slate Roof Press. She has a poem in 'The Lake Rises', an anthology just out from Stockport Flats. She is a nurse practitioner/primary care provider in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.

Michael Murray was born in the Manchester area. He graduated from the Writer’s School MA in Poetry, at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since then he has gathered together the poetry reviews, articles and arts reviews, polished and updated them, and published them as 'Parameters' with Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2010. In the lulls between dips in ongoing ME he has self-published (2013) an ebook appreciation of the poetry of John Stammers, 'The Happy Moment', on Lulu Press. Poetry published with Ol’Chanty magazine (Chanticleer), Magma, Rialto, Stand (upcoming) and Pennine Platform (ditto). Currently living in Cheshire; he runs a blog on writing, writers and arts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  He is also researching a semi-academic book on aspects of text history, the chiasmus.

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

Mark Russell’s work has been published in a variety of magazines, including Poetry Salzburg Review, Gutter and The Frogmore Papers. His debut pamphlet, 'Pursued by Well-being', has recently been published by tall-lighthouse.

Janice D. Soderling is a previous contributor to Antiphon. Her work is recent or forthcoming in print and online journals such Mezzo Cammin, Per Contra, Hobart. Metazen, Penduline Press, American Arts Quarterly, Raintown Review (USA), New Walk, Ink, Sweat and Tears; Magma Poetry, Orbis (UK); Literary Bohemian (Czech Republic)  A micro story published by Flash Magazine (University of Chester, England) is included in the UK teaching aid: Spotlight on Literacy: Creative Interventions. Janice is assistant fiction editor for US-based Able Muse, and newly appointed poetry editor at Frostwriting, a European literary journal. Her work has been selected for both American and Swedish anthologies. She hails from the US, but lives in Sweden.

Penelope Scambly Schott's most recent books are 'Lovesong For Dufur'  and 'Lillie Was A Goddess, Lillie Was A Whore'. She lives in Oregon and teaches an annual workshop in the small wheat-growing town of Dufur.

Carol A. Taylor is a translator and language teacher in Houston, Texas. She has published light and serious poems and translations in various print and online journals including Light Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Rattle, Iambs & Trochees, Susquehanna Quarterly, Umbrella Journal, Trinacria, The Barefoot Muse, First Things, and 14 by 14. Carol has played an active role in the promotion of metrical poets and poetry, serving as Administrator of the workshop Eratosphere from 2001-2007 and as Light Verse Editor of Umbrella Journal's Bumbershoot from 2006-2008. She established the online metrical workshop Poet and Critic and co-founded the bilingual open mic group in Houston, Alianza Poética Intercultural.

Marly Youmans' most recent books of poetry are the collections,'The Foliate Head' (UK: Stanza Press, 2012), and 'Thaliad', an adventure in blank verse from Phoenicia Publishing of Montreal, 2012.