Below is a list of all the contributors to our 2nd issue, launched 18th February 2023. Contributors appear in the order they feature in the book.
Jane Rainey – featured visual artist and Issue 2 cover artist
Jane Rainey (b.1992) is a painter based in Belfast. Solo shows include ‘Lunar Tides’ at the Molesworth Gallery (2022) and ‘The Horizon is never still’ at the Molesworth Gallery (2019). Recent group shows include ‘New Exits – 10 Years of Painting Shows’ at The MAC Belfast 2022, ‘Hennessy Craig Exhibition’, RHA (2022), and ‘Generation 2022, New Irish Painting’ at the Butler Gallery. Recent commissions include an installation for Meta Open Arts, Dublin (2022).
Follow Jane on her website at https://janeraineyart.com/
Jeffrey Yamaguchi creates projects with words, photos, and video as art explorations, as well as through professional endeavours in the publishing industry. He is the author of three books — 52 Projects, Working for the Man, and Anya Chases Down the End, and his work has been featured in publications such as Okay Donkey, Atticus Review, Nightingale & Sparrow, Failed Haiku, Daily Haiga, Black Bough Poetry, Feral, and Anti-Heroin Chic
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Sacha Hutchinson is an eye doctor living in Galway. She won this year’s Poems for Patience competition as part of Cuirt Art Festival Galway. She attends a weekly poetry workshop. Her poetry has appeared in several journals and anthologies. She was one of the three featured poets reading in last November’s Over The Edge Open Reading 2021. She has an interest in exploring the environmental message.
Regine Ebner is a teacher and writer in the American Southwest. She teaches in her own school with much joy. Her work has been published in numerous journals and magazines including Black Bough Poems, Loft Books, Cerasus Magazine, Spellbinder and many others. Most recently, Alien Buddha Press published her debut chapbook, Oxidized Pennies. Regine takes inspiration from nature, landscape and other random feelings.
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Jayne Marek has provided cover art for Typehouse, Chestnut Review, Silk Road, Amsterdam Quarterly 2018 Yearbook, Bombay Gin, and The Bend and her full-length poetry books. She has published poems and photos in Rattle, The New York Times, Spillway, Bloodroot, One, Salamander, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the Bill Holm Witness poetry prize, she has been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes.
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Sarah Wallis is based on the East Coast of Scotland, having relocated from Yorkshire, and publishes cross genre. Highlights include the staging of her works The Rain King and Laridae and work in The Yorkshire Poetry Anthology. Published chapbooks include Medusa Retold, Precious Mettle and How to Love the Hat Thrower.
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Martin Kennedy Yates
Martin Kennedy Yates was born on Merseyside and raised in the Black Country where he now works as a writer and teacher. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Birmingham City University, and is an emerging poet whose work has been selected by The Rialto, Poetry Wales, Finished Creatures, Butcher’s Dog, Alchemy Spoon, Anthropocene, Stand and Magma. He has two pamphlets ripe for publishing!
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You can contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack B Bedell
Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. Jack’s latest collection is Against the Woods’ Dark Trunks (Mercer University Press, 2022). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.
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Alex Nodopaka originated last century in Kyiv, Ukraine. He speaks, reads and writes San Franciscan, Parisian, Kievan & Muscovite. Mumbles in English & sings in tongues after Vodka. Studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco. Presently full time author, visual artist in the USA but considers his past irrelevant as he seeks new reincarnations.
Marguerite Doyle holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Dublin City University. Her publishing credits include Vallum, Skylight 47, CAROUSEL, The New Welsh Reader, and Dreich. Her work appears in the Ireland Chair of PoetryCommemorative Anthology, Hold Open the Door, and the Dedalus Anthology Local Wonders. In 2021 Marguerite was shortlisted for the Anthology Poetry Award and in 2022 she was the winner in category for the Trócaire Poetry Competition.
Contributor list will be updated daily until the launch…
Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad
Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Indian-Australian artist, poet, and improv pianist. Her recent artworks have been showcased in West Trestle Review, Oyster River Pages, and Libretto, on the covers of Glassworks, Two Thirds North, and Stonecoast Review. She has been nominated for the Best of the Net multiple times. She lives and works in Sydney on traditional Gammeragal land.
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Ross Thompson is a writer and Arts Council award recipient from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His debut poetry collection Threading The Light is published by Dedalus Press. His work has appeared on television, radio and the Poetry Jukebox alongside publications such as Dear Reader, Lunate, Neologism, One and The Trouvaille Review. He wrote and curated A Silent War, a collaborative audio response to the COVID-19 pandemic, adapted by Northern Ireland Screen into of short archival films.
Threading the light is available here https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/threading-the-light/
Emily Roys is a student of Immersive Software Engineering at the University of Limerick. She has been passionate about poetry and spoken word since she was 11. She draws on personal experiences and thoughts in her work, in the hope of making her poems relatable and interesting.
James Schwartz is a poet & author of various poetry collections including The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Kindle, 2011), Punatic (Writing Knights Press, 2019) & most recently Motor City Mix, Sunset in Rome(Alien Buddha Press, 2022). He resides in Detroit, Michigan.
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Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian poet residing in Texas. His books include Boulevard, (Un)belonging, Preparations for Departure and Distance. His poetry, published in fourteen countries, appears in journals and anthologies including Anthropocene, Bealtaine, Cordite, The Elevation Review, Mascara, New World Writing, Westerly and Wisconsin Review. He is the poetry editor for Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature.
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Lennart Lundh (b. United States, 1948), is a photographer as well as a poet, historian, and short-fictionist. His images have appeared in, or on the covers of, over eighty journals, magazines, and books across those genres over the last thirty years. Len’s photography has been included in annual exhibitions in New York since 2013.
Find more about Lennart at https://lennart-lundh.pixels.com/
Seán Kelly lives in Cork City where he is CEO of The Everyman Theatre. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, rte.ie Poem of the Day, The Moth, The High Window, Skylight 47, Crannog, The Waxed Lemon, Abridged and University College Cork’s anthology, The Same Page. He was awarded second prize in the 2018 Red Line Poetry Competition and highly commended in the 2019 Patrick Kavanagh poetry award.
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Christopher Woods is a writer and photographer who lives in Chappell Hill, Texas. His poetry chapbook, What Comes, What Goes, was published by Kelsay Books.
His photographs can be seen in his galleries at www.christopherwoods.zenfolio.com
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Joyce Bingham is a Scottish writer who enjoys writing short fiction with pieces published by Ellipsis Zine, FlashBack Fiction, VirtualZine, Funny Pearls and Free Flash Fiction. She lives in the North of England where she makes up stories and tells tall tales. When not writing she puts her green fingers to use as a plant whisperer and Venus fly trap wrangler.
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Darren Donohue is a poet and playwright living in Co. Kilkenny. His poetry is widely published in journals and newspapers including Poetry Ireland Review, Irish Times, Sunday Independent, Dedalus Press, Dedalus Press, Poetry Ireland (A Bowl of Mysteries). His work received the Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Award, 2020. Darren was writer-in-residence at Carlow College, St Patrick’s, 2019, and the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, 2020. His debut poetry collection Secret Poets is published by Turas Press.
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Pratibha Castle, an Irish born poet, lives in West Sussex. Her award-winning debut pamphlet A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers (Hedgehog Press) was published 2022. Widely anthologised, her work appears in Agenda, Drawn To The Light, HU, Blue Nib, Lime Square Poets and Alchemy Spoon amongst others. Highly commended and long-listed in various competitions including The Bridport Prize, Bray Literary Festival Competition, Welsh Poetry Competition, her second pamphlet is forthcoming in 2023.
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Kelli Lage is a poetry reader for Bracken Magazine and Best of the Net nominated poet. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Early Cuts,is forthcoming summer 2023 with Kelsay Books. Her poetry chapbook, I’m Glad We Did This, is forthcoming winter 2023 with Prolific Pulse Press. Lage’s work has appeared in Stanchion Zine, Maudlin House, The Lumiere Review, Welter Journal, and elsewhere.
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Áine Rose is an artist and poet from Donegal, Ireland. She’s a bachelor’s degree in Speech & Language Therapy from Trinity College, Dublin (2017) and a postgraduate fine-art degree from the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Clare (2021). She’s currently undergoing mentorship from Age & Opportunity under an Artist Care Exchange. Her work has appeared in Drawn to the Light Press, Roi Fainéant, A New Ulster & Irish Arts Review.
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Sharon Black is from Glasgow and lives in a remote valley of the Cévennes mountains in France. Poetry prizes include The London Magazine Poetry Prizes 2019 and 2018. She has published 4 collections, her latest being The Last Woman Born on the Island (Vagabond Voices, 2022) and The Red House (Drunk Muse, 2022). She also has a pamphlet, Rib (Wayleave, 2021).
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Carella Keil is a writer and digital artist who splits her time between the ethereal world of dreams, and Toronto, Canada, depending on the weather. Her work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Columbia Journal, Skyie Magazine, Wrongdoing Magazine, Deep Overstock, Nightingale & Sparrow, Existere, Superlative Literary Journal, Stripes Literary Magazine, Writeresque, Chestnut Review, Glassworks, Door is a Jar, Grub Street and MONO.
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S.C. Flynn was born in a small town in Australia of Irish origin and now lives in Dublin. His poetry has been published in many magazines, including The Honest Ulsterman, Cyphers, Abridged and Orbis.
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Stewart Carswell grew up in the Forest of Dean and currently lives in Cambridgeshire, where he co-hosts the Fen Speak open mic night. His poems have recently been published in Under the Radar, Dreich, Ink Sweat & Tears, and The Fenland Reed. His debut collection is “Earthworks” (Indigo Dreams, 2021).
Find out more about Stewart at https://linktr.ee/stewartcarswell
Fiona Hanley is currently based in Connemara. Recent work can be read in Howl: New Irish Writing, Fearless, and The Interpreter’s House. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Edinburgh and is interested in the relationship between somatic movement and poetry.
Elizabeth Gibson is a poet of Irish heritage, based in Manchester. Her work has appeared in Atrium, Confingo, Impossible Archetype, Lighthouse, Magma, Popshot, Queerlings, and Under the Radar, and she has performed on Eat the Storms. She has been commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Pride, Islington Mill, and Yorkshire Dance. She was awarded a DYCP grant from Arts Council England in 2021.
She is on social media as @Grizonne
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Susan Elsley writes short and long fiction and lives by the sea in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her short work has been published in Postbox, PENning, Pushing Out the Boat, Northwords Now and The Blue Nib. She was shortlisted for Moniack Mhor’s Emerging Writer Award in 2019. She is currently torn between working towards a collection of short stories and her first novel.
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Katherine Gallacher is a Scottish artist with a passion for cyanotype, the creative process where Art meets Science. She works as an art and design teacher. She loves the unpredictable nature of this process and experiments with traditional formulation, using elements such as vinegar and salt, adding them to the process to change the colour and the texture of each piece. By collecting flora from her garden and the Scottish countryside she aims to highlight the individuality of each variety.
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Marion Ashton is settled back in Lincolnshire after 15 years of travelling to and from Houston, Texas, where she worked as an English advisor to a geology firm. She gained an MA in Poetry from Royal Holloway in 2010, tutored by Jo Shapcott and Andrew Motion. Her poems have appeared in a wide range of magazines and a Cinnamon anthology. They feature travel, different lifestyles and love of the natural world, particularly coastlines.
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Marie Marchand is the Poet Laureate of Ellensburg, WA. Her poetry has been published in Crannóg Magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader, California Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Tiny Seed Journal, and Anti-Heroin Chic. Her second book Gifts to the Attentive was published in May 2022, by Winter Goose Publishing.
Find out more abotu Marie via her website https://mishiepoet.com/
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Ron Rosenstock’s photographs are in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, The International Center of Photography and numerous private collections. He’s been honored with over 100 exhibits in the United States and Europe and has been a member of the U.S. State Department Art for Embassies program since 1998. Ron has published six books of his photographs. Ron studied with Minor White from 1967 to 1970 before teaching photography at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Ron retired from Clark U. in 2000 but continues his teaching through workshops and international photo tours.
Find out more about Ron at his website https://www.ronrosenstock.com/
Gabriel Rosenstock is a poet, tankaist, haikuist, novelist, playwright, essayist, short story writer and translator. He won the inaugural Kotodama International Tanka Contest in 2022. He and Ron Rosenstock (no relation)have teamed together on a number of projects, most recently Daybreak: poem-prayers for prisoners (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York) in which Gabriel responds to Ron’s work with tanka, 31-syllable poems in Irish and English available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1135894
Check out their website at https://www.rosenstockandrosenstock.com/
R.J. Breathnach (he/him/sé/é) is a Wexford-born journalist and writer based in Meath, Ireland. His work has been published in The Madrigal, The Wexford Bohemian, and The Honest Ulsterman, among others. His debut poetry chapbook, I Grew Tired of Being a Zombie, was published by Alien Buddha Press in 2021
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Catherine Redford lives in the West Midlands. She started writing poetry after being widowed at the age of 35. She has poems published/forthcoming in Under the Radar, New Welsh Reader, Lighthouse, Black Bough Poetry, Atrium, Alchemy Spoon, Green Ink Poetry, Dear Reader, and The Banshee. She has been commended in the Sussex Poetry Competition and longlisted for the Dai Fry Award
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Bernie Crawford lives near the sea in Co Galway. Her poetry has been published widely including The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, the North magazine, Banshee, The Stony Thursday Book, Mslexia, Romance Options (Dedalus) and Chasing Shadows (Creative Ireland). In 2019 she was awarded a bursary by Galway County Council. Her debut collection Living Water was published by Chaffinch Press in 2021. She is a co-editor of Skylight 47
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Stuart Rawlinson is a poet and musician based in Brisbane, Australia. His poems have been published in several international journals including Black Bough Poetry, Wellington Street Review and Adelaide Literary Magazine.
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Robin McNamara is an Irish poet. Hisdebut chapbook Under a Mind’s Staircase was published in June 2021 (Hedgehog Poetry Press UK). His forthcoming full collection, Monochrome Heart is being published in 2023. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for ‘Apple Picking Season’ from Under a Mind’s Staircase.
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A C Clarke has published five full collections and six pamphlets, two of the latter in collaboration. Her fifth full collection, A Troubling Woman came out in 2017. She has been working on an extensive series of poems about Paul and Gala Éluard, later Gala Dalí, and the Surrealist circles in which they moved. The first set of these was published as a pamphlet by Tapsalteerie in 2021.
Find out more about AC at https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poet/ac-clarke/
Hilary Otto is an English poet based in Barcelona. Her work has featured in Ink, Sweat and Tears, Black Bough Poetry, The Alchemy Spoon and The Blue Nib, among other publications. She was longlisted for the Live Canon 2021 International Poetry Prize and won the Hastings Book Festival Poetry Competition in 2022. Her first pamphlet Zoetrope is forthcoming with Hedgehog Press.
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Maura McDonnell started writing poetry at the beginning of lockdown to prompts by Poetry Ireland’s Poet in Residence, Catherine Ann Cullen and she continues to write poetry as part of the #PromptCombo poetry writing group. Maura is also a musician and an experimental video and abstract animation artist exploring moving images with a poetic and musical expression, in what she calls visual music and she creates standalone works and collaborations.
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Sue Burge is a freelance tutor, mentor and editor. Sue’s poems have been published in a wide range of journals and featured in themed anthologies on science fiction, modern Gothic, illness, Britishness, endangered birds, WWI and the pandemic. Her four collections are: In the Kingdom of Shadows and Confetti Dancers (Live Canon), Lumière and The Saltwater Diaries (Hedgehog Poetry Press). Her collection of eco-poetry, watch it slowly fade, is forthcoming.
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Lesley Curwen is a broadcaster, poet and sailor living near Plymouth Sound in Devon. She often writes about the sea, loss and rescue. Her poems have been published by Broken Sleep, Black Bough, Arachne Press, Green Ink and Snakeskin. In 2023 she will have a pamphlet published by Nine Pens, in a collaboration with two other poets.
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Linda McKenna’s debut poetry collection, In the Museum of Misremembered Things, was published by Doire Press in 2020. The title poem won the An Post/Irish Book Awards, Irish Poem of the Year. In 2018 she won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the Red Line Festival Award. She has had poems published in a variety of publications including, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The North, The Honest Ulsterman, Crannóg, Atrium, The Poetry Bus, One, Abridged.
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Clodagh Healy is a 24-year-old graduate of Creative Writing from UCD. Born and raised in Kerry, her poetry is heavily influenced by the mythical and mundane happenings of Irish life. Her poetry has appeared in Dedalus Press’s A New Anthology of Love Poems ,The Liminal Review and The Martello Journal.
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Maeve Keane is a writer and teacher based in Cork. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. Her work has featured in The Ogham Stone, on ShorterStories.ie, and on The Jealous Wall Podcast for Dublin Digital Radio. Maeve writes for both children and adults, as well as herself.
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Eileen Carney Hulme
Eileen Carney Hulme is a multi-prize-winning poet with three collections published
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Victoria Kennefick’s debut poetry collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet, 2021), won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022 and the Dalkey Book Festival Emerging Writer of the Year Award 2022. It was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Poetry Book Award, Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry and the Butler Literary Prize and book of the year in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Independent and The White Review. Victoria is the current poet in residence at the Yeats Society Sligo.
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Rebecca D’Arcy was awarded a PhD in English in 2016. She has published essays in Postcolonial Text and The Literary London Journal. Her poetry has previously appeared in The Blue Nib, and her short stories have been published in literary magazines and journals, including Tir na Nog and The Martello. She lives in Dublin.
Matt Gilbert is a freelance copywriter, who also blogs about place, books and other distractions at richlyevocative.net. Originally from Bristol, he currently gets his fill of urban hills in South East London. Matt was ‘Silver Branch’ writer of the month on Black Bough poetry in September 2022. He has also had poems published by Anthropocene, Atrium and Ink Sweat & Tears amongst others.
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Simon Rees is from Cardiff in Wales. He emigrated to Ireland in 1996. A lifelong lover of reading poetry, Simon recently returned to the craft of writing poetry after a long absence. Current topics include domestic love and Simon’s experience of disability. Alongside his work as a poet, Simon keeps bees and is studying psychotherapy. Simon lives in Dublin with his wife Eimear and their dog Juno.
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Martina Dalton lives in Tramore, County Waterford. Publications include Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Stinging Fly, Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book, Washing Windows Too (Arlen House), Local Wonders and Romance Options (both Dedalus Press). In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Julian Lennon Prize for Poetry. Her poem ‘Wedding Dress’ won the Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2022.
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Fiona O’Rourke writes Troubles fiction and the odd piece of time travel. Stories with The Waxed Lemon, Sonder Magazine, The Lonely Crowd, and more. Selected by portfolio for the M.Phil. in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Facilitates writing communities with Irish Writers Centre, libraries, and festivals. Look out for Northern Soul Roadshow 2023 with Irish Writers Centre Online and Arts Council for Northern Ireland.
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Rona Fitzgerald was born in Dublin; she now lives in Glasgow. Her poetry and short stories are published in print and online. Highlights include Stinging Fly, July 2011, Oxford Poetry XVI.iii Winter 2016-17. Poems for Grenfell Tower, Onslaught Press 2018, #Me Too, Blue Nib Magazine, Issue 39. Recent publications inlcude The Arbroath Anthology, New Voices Press 2021, Reign, Amazon 2022, Mind the Links, Tippermuir Books, 2022. Dreich Magazine, December 2022.
Gifford Savage is from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His poetry has appeared in a number of journals including Poetry NI, Lagan Online, The Bangor Literary Journal, The New Verse News, Agape Review and the 2022 CAP anthology ‘Across the Threshold’. He has performed his poetry on local television station, ‘NVTV,’ and was placed 1st in the Aspects Festival Poetry Slam 2022.
Former recipient of the David St. John Thomas Award, and nominee for the Dai Fry Award, Helen Laycock’s collection Frame was recently featured by the East Ridge Review. Publications include Reflex Fiction, Ekphrastic Review, Cabinet of Heed, Visual Verse, Paragraph Planet, Serious Flash Fiction, Flash Flood, Popshot, Lucent Dreaming, Full Moon and Foxglove, The Caterpillar, and Black Bough. She is currently compiling several poetry collections, plus a second volume of microfiction.
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UK based neurodivergent writer Jane Ayres completed a part-time Creative Writing MA at the University of Kent in 2019 at the age of 57. In 2021, she was nominated for Best of the Net, shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and a winner of the Laurence Sterne Prize. Her first collection edible was published by Beir Bua Press in July 2022.
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Galia Admoni is Head of English at a school in London. She has poems in Bad Lilies, Anthropocene, Streetcake, The North and is forthcoming in Broken Sleep #SexTapeDigest. She placed third in Briefly Write’s Poetry Prize. She is on the London Association for the Teaching of English committee and lectured at BFI, Shakespeare Institute and British Library. Her debut pamphlet will be published in 2024.
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Jesse Miksic is a graphic designer and writer living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He spends his life writing poetry, ruminating over philosophy and pop culture, and having adventures with his endlessly patient wife, two awesome children, and hyperactive dog. Recent placements include Pink Plastic House, Moist Poetry, Selcouth Station Press, and Hearth & Coffin. His work and musings can be found at @miksimum on Twitter and Instagram.
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Rachel Handley is a poet, fiction writer, and an academic based in Dublin, Ireland. Their poetry has recently published by Poetry Ireland and Arlen House, among others.
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Cole Beauchamp (she/her) is a copywriter by day and fiction writer by night. She was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and has stories in/ soon to appear in Janus Literary, Ellipsis Zine, Sundial, Free Flash Fiction, Lost Balloon and Damnation Lit. She lives in London with her girlfriend, has two children and an exuberant Maltipoo. Cole is on Mastodon at @email@example.com
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Barbara Dunne is an artist and writer, living in Co. Galway. She has been published in Crannóg, Vox Galvia, Skylight 47, as well as other journals. In 2022, she was shortlisted for the Open Window Mentoring Programme in conjunction with Cúirt Literary Festival, Over the Edge Literary Events and Skylight 47. In 2021, she received writing bursaries from Poetry Ireland and The Irish Writers Centre.
Sheila Ryder is a poet and dramatist from Dublin. She has written for stage and screen but over the last 4 years has become known for her poetry and spoken word. She was a winner at the Cuirt International festival in 2018 and an All-Ireland Poetry Slam finalist in 2019. She is a regular on The Word stage at Electric Picnic and has been a featured poet at the Fingal Poetry Festival for the past three years. Her writing has been published in print and online and she is currently working on her first poetry pamphlet ‘Escape’.
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Bex Hainsworth is a poet and teacher who is currently based in Leicester, UK. Her work has appeared in The Coachella Review, Atrium, Okay Donkey, bath magg, and trampset. Her debut pamphlet of ecopoetry will be published by Black Cat Poetry Press in 2023.
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Katie Holloway has never been able to help being a writer, but has become obsessed with flash fiction recently. She lives in the south of England and is fueled by strong tea and snatches of alone time. Her stories have been published in a number of journals. In 2022 she was awarded a DYCP grant from the Arts Council England.
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D’or Seifer lives in Limerick. She runs the online series Lime Square Poets. Her work has appeared in Skylight 47, The Banyan Review, Abridged, Ink Sweat & Tears and Romance Options anthology, among others. Recently she read at the Over the Edge New Writers Showcase at Cúirt International Festival of Literature and on the Eat the Storms podcast.
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JP Seabright (she/they) is a queer disabled writer living in London. They have three pamphlets published: Fragments from Before the Fall: An Anthology in Post-Anthropocene Poetry (Beir Bua Press, 2021), No Holds Barred (Lupercalia Press, 2022), and GenderFux (Nine Pens Press, 2022), and the collaborative experimental book MACHINATIONS (Trickhouse Press, 2022). Find out more about JP at https://jpseabright.com/
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Theresa Donnelly is an Irish/Canadian poet. She enjoyed a career in Hospitality/Culinary Management. A student of the Richemont Cookery School in Lucerne, Switzerland: a world traveller: author of two poetry books: widely published on both sides of the Atlantic: a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and a founding member of the Brooklin Poetry Society. Her poetry, as described by Canadian poet Vanessa Shields, “a delectable arrangement of observations that both haunt and honour.”
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Featured prose writer
Rhona Greene is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer from Dublin and thrilled to be in The Storms Journal. She is published in several Black Bough Poetry editions, was shortlisted for the Dai Fry Mystical Award and her poem in Afterfeather gave the edition its name making her one of the anthology’s featured writers. She has also featured in Sarah Connor’s Advent poems 2021 and has read for Annick Yerem’s annual Advent project and Eat The Storms Poetry Podcast.
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Zania R. Ghani
Zaina R. Ghani is a poet from London. Her poems have appeared in anthologies published by Arachne Press, Magma Poetry, The Willowherb Review, Black Bough Poetry, Square Wheel Press, and The Adriatic. She recently published ‘Nightjars’ – a conversational pamphlet with Scottish poet Andy MacGregor.
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Maeve McKenna lives in Sligo, Ireland. Her poetry has been placed in international poetry competitions and published widely in print and online. Maeve was a finalist in the Eavan Boland Mentorship Award 2020, third in Canterbury Poet of The Year, 2021 and a Pushcart nominee, 2022. Her debut pamphlet, A Dedication to Drowning, was published in February, 2022.
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Charles K. Carter
Charles K. Carter (he/him) is a queer poet from Iowa. He holds an MFA from Lindenwood University. His poems have appeared in several literary journals. He is the author of Read My Lips (David Robert Books) and several chapbooks.
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Lee Potts, author of the chapbook And Drought Will Follow (Frosted Fire, 2021), is poetry editor at Barren Magazine and a 2022 Best of the Net nominee. His work has appeared in The Night Heron Barks, Rust + Moth, Whale Road Review, UCity Review, Firmament, Moist Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. He lives just outside of Philadelphia.
He is EIC of the poetry journal https://stonecirclereview.com/
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Daragh Fleming is an author from Cork. He is a passionate mental health advocacy and runs the award-winning mental health blog, Thoughts Too Big and works as Head of Content for A Lust For Life. He has two collections of short stories published by Riversong Books as well as work appearing in several literary magazines including The Ogham Stone, Beir Bua, Trasna, The Madrigal, Wexford Bohemian. Fleming won the Cork Arts ‘From The Well’ Short Story Competition in 2021. His debut in nonfiction, a collection of essays on mental health called Lonely Boy, is published by BookHub Publishing. Daragh is also the Faberlull writer-in-residence for October 2022 in Olot, Spain.
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Robert Frede Kenter
Robert Frede Kenter is a Pushcart nominated poet, editor, visual artist, multiple grant recipient & EIC/Publisher of Ice Floe Press www.icefloepress.net. Recent publications incl. EDEN (2021), work in The Book of Penteract (Penteract Press, 2022), work in Seeing in Tongues (Steel Incisors, forthcoming 2023) and the journals Acropolis, CutbowQ, Feral, Erato, WatchYrHead, Anthropocene. Robert lives in Toronto with CFS/ME, sometimes sidelined, never out of the game.
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Julie Runacres grew up in Leicester and currently teaches English language, literature and creative writing at St Paul’s Girls’ School in west London. An introverted activist, she writes for well-being until she can live somewhere with a dog.
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Eilín de Paor
Eilín de Paor lives in Dublin. She works in services for people with disabilities and is studying towards a PhD in that field. Her poems have appeared in The Stony Thursday Book, Banshee, The Waxed Lemon, Abridged, 14, Raleigh Review, Belfield Literary Review and Dedalus Local Wonders Anthology. Her pamphlet, ‘In the Jitterfritz of Neon’, a collaboration with Damien B. Donnelly, was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
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Damien B Donnelly
Damien B. Donnelly is the host and producer of the poetry podcast Eat the Storms and the editor-in-chief of The Storms, a journal of poetry, prose and visual art. His debut pamphlet, Eat the Storms, published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21, followed by a Stickleback micro collection and In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a conversational pamphlet co-written with Eilín de Paor. His first full collection Enough! was published by Hedgehog in August 2022. His poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals, both online and in print.
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The Storms, Issue 2 is available at https://eatthestorms.com/2023/02/01/the-storms-issue-2/