Below is a list of all the contributors to issue #1 and their respective bios. They are listed in the order in which they appear in the journal, along with links to their website, blogs, and Instagram accounts, if they have them. If you particularly enjoyed the work of any of our contributors, please let them know, follow them, explore their work, and help support their creative endeavours.
Matt Manson - AAA
Matt Manson is a Bristol-based artist, and designer who draws influence from the world of decorative arts. His work integrates techniques from the Arts & Crafts movement combining them with a passion for geometric patterns and classic Mughal architecture.
Dina Paulson - The Opposite of Inertia
Dina Paulson is a poetry, flash fiction and nonfiction writer based in Detroit, Michigan. She manages the office of an early education center and freelances as a writer and editor for academic, technical and creative projects. Her work appears or is forthcoming in, among others, Flash Fiction Magazine, FlashFlood, Dying Dahlia Review, Channillo and Minola Review, and has been exhibited at Hudson Guild Gallery in New York. Dina is the assistant managing editor of Compose | A Journal of Simply Good Writing and a reader at Flash Fiction Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric from William Smith College and an M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University.
Joy Manné - The Adverb Challenge & The Other Trouser Leg
Joy Manné writes Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Memoir, children’s picture books, Personal Growth manuals and the occasional poem. She also paints and travels. She is a member of the Geneva Writers Group and SCWBI.
Cath Barton - Apples & Pears
Cath Barton is an English writer and photographer who lives in Wales. Her flash fiction appears from time to time on-line, in places including The Pygmy Giant and Zeroflash. She tweets @CathBarton1. She posts a photograph on-line every day at:
Luke Humphries - Oven
Luke is am a writer living in Moseley, Birmingham. His writing has featured in Hot Tub Astronaut, Shift Derry Lit, Hand Job Zine and most recently on Brum Radio as part of Tall Tales. For his real job, he works as a mentor in a sixth form college.
Walburga Appleseed - Hungry Goddess
Walburga's story Earthquake won this year's prize for flash fiction at the Winchester Writers' Festival, and she has been short - and long listed for both the Fish Flash Fiction prize, and the Worcester Festival Flash Fiction prize. Some of her flashes and poetry have appeared both online and in print.
Ryn Holmes - Abducted
An award-winning poet and photographer, Ryn Holmes originates from California (Southern and Northern) and now resides along the Gulf Coast of Florida. She is a partner in K & K Manuscript Editing, a co-editor of Panoply e-zine, and a published writer with works appearing in the Emerald Coast Review, Syzygy Poetry Journal, Four and Twenty e-zine, Indiana Voice Journal, as well as Longleaf Pine and others.
Martin Richmond - Author of the Sea
Martin has an e-book out now, available on Amazon entitled The Trapdoor to Murder, a collection of short stories with murder in mind and deed. Not whodunnits, but how-dunnits, so no huge list of suspects to try and recall, just decide how the deed is to be done? That's the sting in the tail.
Rachel Stevenson - A Lovely Part of the World
Rachel Stevenson grew up in Doncaster and now lives in London. She has contributed to several literary magazines and websites, and her work has been made into a short film, narrated by Christopher Eccleston, for the Tate website. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2015.
Christopher Branson - A Day in the Life
Christopher Branson was shortlisted for the 2016 Impress Prize for New Writers for his novel, The Guiltless. He is close to completing a second novel about a young man trying to recover from a profound love affair that never happened. Prior to focusing on fiction he wrote a doctoral thesis on Nietzsche. He lives in London.
Glen Armstrong - A=B & A Brief History of the Automobile
Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in The Undertow Review, Picaroon Poetry and The Lake.
Howie Good - After Orlando
Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Laurie Theurer - Odysseus Lost
Laurie’s writing adventure began in 2012. Her stories draw on childhood in California, Peace Corps Thailand, and the past 20 years in Switzerland. A freelance project manager, mother, ranch manager, and emerging author, she’s addicted to Flash Fiction and the moment where mere words flow and meld into something magical
Joan McNerney - All Fall Down
Joan was born in Brooklyn, New York and fell in love with poetry when she was nine years old. Her first publication was in Young America Sings, at the age of fourteen. It has been a long a wonderful journey. After retiring from the advertising business, she moved to upstate New York near the Albany area. The natural beauty of the area has given her a great deal of inspiration to continue her voyage through the world of literature.
Mark Blickley - D.O.A - Dawn of Agriculture
Mark is a widely published and produced writer. His most recent book is Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press) and his most recently produced play, Beauty Knows No Pain, was produced last Fall at NYC's 13th Street Repertory Theater, where his newest drama, The Milkman's Sister, will premiere Oct. 28th. He also does text based art collaborations with photographer Amy Bassin and their latest series, Dream Streams, is currently being exhibited in Brooklyn at the Ray Gallery and published in Columbia Journal of Literature and Art. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center.
Annie Dawid - Annie's Atelier
Annie Dawid teaches creative writing at the University College, University of Denver. Annie won the 2016 International Rubery Award in fiction for her first book, which has her photograph on its cover. Her photographs have appeared on the covers of several magazines, including Into the Void, Cake, The Blue Earth Review, and her photo runs with her fiction at https://fictivedream.com/2016/08/23/native-to-nothing/ Her three published volumes of fiction are:
- York Ferry: A Novel, Cane Hill Press, 1993, second printing
- Lily in the Desert: Stories, Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2001
- And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family, Litchfield Review Press, 2009
Moira Garland - A Room of My Own
Moira is a short fiction writer and poet. Her stories can be seen on www.commuterlit.com. Previously two stories were published on a website in 2004 celebrating 200 years of British railways, though the website has long been taken down. Foxy Lady was shortlisted in the Knaresborough FEVA competition, 2007. Her poetry has had some success in competitions and The North will be publishing a poem in issue 56. She also plays in the band for West Yorkshire based Persephone Women's Morris. Find her here:
Daniel de Cullá - O Honey, I Love You
Daniel de Culla (1955) is a writer, poet, and photographer. He is also a member of the Spanish Writers' Association, Earthly Writers International Caucus, Poets of the World, and others. Director of Gallo Tricolor Review, and Robspierre Review. He has participated in Festivals of Poetry, and Theater in Madrid, Burgos, Berlin, Minden, Hannover, and Genève. He has exposed in many galleries from Madrid, Burgos, London, and Amsterdam. He is living between North Hollywood, Madrid, and Burgos and has more than 70 published books. He can be contacted by email at:
Shloka Shankar - A Piece of Security
Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with Japanese short-forms of poetry, as well as found/remixed pieces alike. Her work has most recently appeared in Otoliths, Red Bird, Lines + Stars, Infinity's Kitchen, Erstwhile and so on. Shloka is the founding editor of the literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom.
Lana Bella - Dear Suki: Number Two & Gray Amherst
A Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks - Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), and Adagio (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press). She has had her poetry and fiction featured with over 230 journals, including California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Colombia Journal, Gravel, Plainsongs, Poetry Salzburg Review, Pure Slush, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere.
Charles Bliss - Aurora Borealis
A ‘90s kid, Charles Bliss has lived in Brighton, Norfolk, Spain and Philadelphia. He has a crush on neon lights and synaesthesia. These self-confessed obsessions inspire his attempt to create an iridescent prose: one that changes colour every time you look at it.
Rob Walton - Ashley, Kate, Mary and Jo
Rob is from Scunthorpe and lives on Tyneside. He has daughters and lots of ballpoint pens, which he sometimes use to write poetry, flash fictions and short stories. More about him can be found at:
Stephanie Hutton - Aftermath of a Marriage
Stephanie is a Clinical Psychologist in the UK who started writing last year. She finds both reading and writing short fiction to be therapeutic. She has found the virtual writing community incredibly invigorating and supportive. This has given her the motivation to continue despite turning forty this year and being unable to study writing formally due to work and family commitments raising children with disabilities. She will have flash fiction published in 2016 in Ink in Thirds and Sick Lit Mag. She has her first short story publication coming out in November in Bacopa Literary Review.
Mileva Anastasiadou - The House
Mileva Anastasiadou is a neurologist, living and working in Athens, Greece.Her work can be found or is forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, such as the Molotov Cocktail, Foliate Oak, Maudlin house, Menacing Hedge, Midnight Circus, AntipodeanSF, Big Echo:Critical SF, Jellyfish Review and others, as well as in many publications in Greek.
Wiebo Grobler - Athena
Born in South-Africa and raised in a small farming community, Wiebo only had his imagination to keep him occupied, until he discovered the magic of books. He fell in love with the worlds and characters within from an early age. Soon he started to make up his own worlds and stories in his head. These stories developed voices, which clamoured to be heard, so he writes. Twice shortlisted for his Flash-Fiction and Poetry for the Fish Publishing Prize he has also had various stories published online and most recently won Horror Scribes' Dante's Trials Competition. He is currently focusing on editing his novels for publication. If you would like to read more of his work or keep up to date with what he is doing please follow him on twitter:
Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou - The Heart
Konstantina lives in Athens, Greece, but writes in English. She holds a BA(Hons) in Literature and Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her stories have appeared in print and online in several literary magazines.
Noel King - Explosion
Noel was born and lives in Tralee, Co Kerry. In this his 50th year, he has reached his 1000th publication of a poem, haiku or short story in magazines and journals in thirty-eight countries. His poetry collections are published by Salmon: Prophesying the Past, (2010), The Stern Wave (2013) and Sons (2015). He has edited more than fifty books of work by others (Doghouse Books, 2003 – 2013) and was poetry editor of Revival Literary Journal (Limerick Writers’ Centre) in 2012/13. A short story collection, The Key Signature & Other Stories will be published by Liberties Press in 2017.
Emma Roper-Evans - A) To be or not to be
Emma is a London based writer and translator. She has published translations from the Hungarian novels, history and psychoanalytic texts and has written two travel guides of Budapest and Krakow. She has won a Glimmer Train Open Fiction Award and a Füst Milán Prize for literary translation from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She writes longer short stories and has a collection ‘Triangulations’ and has done a project with a photographer called Locus Criminis, which is a photo of a set up crime scene, with a short story below about the murder/suicide/death etc.
PJ Carmichael - Nahant Beach & Bedroom
PJ Carmichael is a writer and artist from Wakefield, Massachusetts. His work focuses on the nature of reality, intimacy, knowledge of the self, and the individual in the urban environment. His attempts at formalism are always forced, and he enjoys skateboarding in his spare time.
The Repeat Beat Poet - D-I-S-C-O
The Repeat Beat Poet is a spoken word artist, emcee, poet, writer, curator, event producer and student of Hip Hop. With his meticulous rhyming and direct style, The Repeat Beat Poet delivers his complex pieces with precise, passionate, and powerful delivery.
"Poetry delivered with a preacher's conviction and subtle eloquence of a master wordsmith" - Cypher League
He is also a founder of the creative arts hub, The PAD, in Dagenham.
Website - http://howlingonthebeat.tumblr.com/
Simon Lee-Price - Industrial Relations
Simon Lee-Price hails from Liverpool and has wanted to be a writer since discovering Henry Miller's Tropic of Capricorn in a secondhand bookshop at seventeen. His short stories appear in the literary journals Prole, Interpreter’s House and Sein und Werden and in an anthology of speculative fiction, Restless, by Frith Books. Keep up with him on @SimonLeePrice
Sean Z Fitzgerald - A Night Before They Were Kings & Abereiddi
Sean lectures in film and television production at Bucks New University. Originally from Liverpool, he now lives in the South West of England. He has had pieces published recently by Thursday Identity, Holdfast Magazine and the Honest Ulsterman. Currently, he is undertaking a part-time creative practice doctorate in writing gene-fiction, at the University of Winchester.
Elizabeth Phillips Scott - A Woman's a Woman Fir Awe That
A graduate from the RSAMD, Elizabeth worked as a professional actress in TV, Radio and Theatre for many years. After losing both her parents she realised her own health was failing and was diagnosed with MS. She decided the best way to cope was to write poetry as therapy and started writing short-stories, poetry, and books. One of her short-stories - A Long Journey Home will appear in a book called The War Child and she has had a number of poems published. Her A Long Weekend Stay is available on podcast with White Rabbit Productions, and her short-story Two Unlikely Thieves can be found online at JottersUtd.
Nancy Freund - Dear A
Nancy Freund is a writer, editor, speaker, prior English teacher, and mentor. Born in New York, raised in Kansas City, and educated in Los Angeles, she was married in England, and today lives in French-speaking Switzerland. She is the author of Foreword Reviews finalist for Book of the Year in General Fiction and Category Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Prize 'Rapeseed,' (Gobreau Press, 2013) 'Global Home Cooking: International Families' Favorite Recipes' which earned the Eric Hoffer Prize Honorable Mention (2014), and 'Mailbox: A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares and Danger, Occasional Nakedness, and Faith' (2015), an INDIEFAB finalist for YA Book of the Year. Her novel 'Effort of Will' is forthcoming. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The Istanbul Review, Blood Lotus Journal, Offshoots, The Daily Mail, Female First, and The Sirenuse Journal. Her radio interviews have aired on BBC London, World Radio Switzerland, and Talk Radio Europe. In September 2012, Nancy was writer-in-residence for webjournal Necessary Fiction. Her short story 'Marcus' won the Geneva Writers' first fiction prize, selected by American novelist Bret Lott in June, 2013. She co-founded the Lavaux Literary Salon, serving readers, writers and artists representing 11 countries, and she is active in Community Literacy projects for teens and adults. She holds a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and an M.Ed. from UCLA.
Tamara Lakomy - Venus
Tamara Lakomy runs a foundation that operates in East Africa, she also advise foreign governments on women’s rights and education. She studied archaeology specialising in the occult practices of indigenous people and has dedicated her career to heritage protection in challenging regions. They are spread over several countries and operate on a governmental level with the tribes to ensure progress does not hinder the natural way of life of the indigenous tribes. She is an author, and a poet, but has never sought to publish her poetry before as it was deemed too dark and heavy, laden with a melancholy and metaphysical twist that most people could not relate to. She grew up in North Africa, a tribal Amazigh feminist girl in a repressive regime, witnessing many dark things that have scarred her memory. She grew up around the mystical marabouts and the witch doctors that ruled over the souls, she was exposed to a wilderness of spirit and bare human cruelty that the West seldom comprehends; radicalisation, jihad, organ trafficking and the likes.
Joe Bedford - A Letter
Joe Bedford is a writer living in Brighton, UK. His short stories have been featured or are forthcoming in Adbusters, Disclaimer, Jellyfish Review, The London Journal of Fiction, The Nottingham Review, Sonder, Spelk, Spontaneity and Storgy, and have been performed as part of the Small Wonder and Brighton Fringe festivals. His work is available at:
Hannah van Didden - My Father's Voice at the Weir
Hannah van Didden plays with words in the second most isolated capital city in the world. You will find pieces of her in places like Atticus Review, Southword Journal, and Gravel Magazine—and she hopes you'll see her first novel on a bookshelf near you very soon. Hannah tweets @hannahvandidden and occasionally blogs at:
Paul Beckman - A Great Multi-tasker
Paul Beckman lives in a small shoreline town in Connecticut with his wife Sandra. Their blended family of five children has to date produced ten grandchildren. In 1999, Paul received his MFA from Bennington College while working full time in the real estate business from which he now retired. He has also been a restaurateur, bartender, pin setter, carpenter, Teamster, Air Traffic Controller, numbers runner, builder, butcher and paper boy amongst other callings in his life. Some of his passions are traveling, photography, snorkeling, diving and of course reading. His recently had a collection of Flash and Micro Fiction published in print and online "Maybe I Ought to Sit In a Dark Room For a While" and continues to write and have his work published both in print and online. His first published collection was Come! Meet My Family and other stories. He is a member of PEN USA. Paul is pleased to have his work published in New Zealand, surprised to have it translated into two German anthologies of Humor by Jewish Writers and thrilled to have several of his short stories turned into plays. Additionally he's been published in Great Britain, Sweden, Prague, Canada, India and Australia.
Nod Ghosh - Elusive
You can take the person out of Leeds, but you can't take Leeds out of the person. Nod Ghosh moved to Christchurch, New Zealand fourteen years ago, but still prefers tepid beer and craves chip butties. Nod's work has appeared in various NZ and international publications. Further details:
Kevan Youde - A Natural Progression
Kevan Youde (pen name) was born in Derbyshire and has spent most of his professional career in Europe, working as a marine scientist and writing fiction in his spare time. One of his stories is included in Steven Kay's collection, 'Joe Stepped off the Train' and other stories' published in support of 'War Child'. He has had work selected recently for publication in Dream Catcher, Jotters United, Bunbury, Spelk and Winamop among others.
Joseph J. Wood - Alpha Omega Alpha
Joseph J. Wood studied creative writing and English literature at Edge Hill University. Based in Liverpool, he regularly reads at spoken word events in the city and beyond. His novel Matthew and the Derelict – described as ‘a profoundly disturbing read’ and ‘a unique, downbeat work of fiction’ – is available on Kindle.
Ariah Winter - Aennabella (Bitchin' Hickies Photography)
Bitchin' Hickies Photography are a (very) small, but (very) cool (ed), photographic company based in London. The published photo is from a shoot entitled Aennabella. The story is that she moves to a new town - a fresh start - innocent and unaware of what the locals think or what's in store for her. Her evil other half/alter-ego from an other-worldly plane seduces her, in disguise, and Annabella falls for the trap, and thus we see the transformation into the dark side- wicked Annabella is whole again. The credits for the photo-shoot are as follows:
- Photographer: Ariah Winter
- Assistant: Tasha Best
- Model: Katrina Blewden
- MUA: Asta Gost
- The dogs belong to Felicity Berry. The dog featured is named Roo (Honiahaka Autumn's Dream)
More details can be found at:
Andrew C. Brown - Addiction's Affair, Day 144, & Attentive Addiction
Andrew C Brown, otherwise known as The Grandad from Knowle West, is a spoken word performer from Bristol who has been published in the UK and USA. He is an ex-prisoner and recovering addict cathartically sharing voice and experience.
GC Perry - Argument for Drinking #1
GC Perry's stories have featured in Litro, Shooter, The Nottingham Review, Neon, Open Pen, Prole and elsewhere.
Brian Clough - A Home (Chapter 1)