‘Toxoplasme’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Stefanie is a graduate student at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, pursuing a degree in integrated visual arts.  Her ultimate goal is to become a professional video game character artist.  In her free time, she also enjoys writing sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Her website is Digital Artist http://sky-dao.daportfolio.com.

‘Brighton’ in Cities

Teresa has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. Born and brought up in Brighton she now lives in Swindon where she is a founder member of BlueGate Poets. Teresa’s poems and short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, Ireland and Iceland. She has read her work on BBC Radio Ulster and at various literary events. Her three unpublished novels each have at their heart a traumatic and perceived, shameful event, that shapes the life of its central character. Through story she explores how lies told to maintain secrecy cause great damage.

‘The Change’ and ‘Surrogate’ in Journey to Crone

Tracy lives in Warwickshire, England, and enjoys writing poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including MslexiaSimply Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Modern Haiku, The Right-Eyed Deer, Notes from the Gean, Atlas Poetica, Haiku Presence and Ribbons. She won the 2011 Stanley Pelter Trophy for Haiku at the Winchester Writers Conference, was a runner-up in the 2012 Salopian Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted in other competitions such as The Plough Prize and Flash 500. Apart from writing, Tracy enjoys reading crime novels, music, photography and travelling.

‘Cane Toad’ in Journey to Crone

Poetry completes Rachel Davies as salt and vinegar completes fish and chips. She finds her inspiration in observing people and eavesdropping on their conversations. She is published in several anthologies and magazines including The New Writer, Best of Manchester Poets, Envoi and Obsessed with Pipework. She has an MA in Creative Writing from MMU, where she was tutored by some of the best poets in the UK, including Carol Ann Duffy. She is co-ordinator of the East Manchester and Tameside Poetry Society Stanza, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Workshop in Autumn 2012, in which her poem ‘I   Gap’ was work-shopped. She is on the Advisory Committee of the prestigious Manchester-based Poets and Players. A retired Primary School Headteacher, she lives in Saddleworth with her partner Bill and her cat, Manjo. She is mother, grandmother, great-grandmother; and all this before she has even come of age!

‘Rain Water’, ‘Blue’, ‘Romance’, ‘Circled Silence’, ‘Maltese Tomb’, ‘Venetian Bridge’ and ‘From the Fourth Floor’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Sandra is an artist and print maker and recently-emerged writer of fiction, with a long-established interest in family history. Born on the Essex coast, she now lives in Teesside in the north east of England, both places having the flat landscapes and sea-edged horizons considered essential for a sense of well-being. More writing can be found on her blog, Lines of Communication.  Her prints can be found online at Print Universe.

‘Cockle Shells’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Simone’s work has appeared in What the Dickens Magazine and her story, ‘The Sequined Shawl’ will be published in the January edition of r.kv.r.y. Since completing a Creative Writing course with the Open University she has enjoyed the freedom of writing about whatever she likes; ice cream vans, foxes, rain goddesses and willow trees. She is currently working on a novel set in 1930s Epsom, England, where she lives with her family. As well as writing, she also enjoys her work as a Social Science tutor with the Open University. You can read her blog at http://simonedavy.wordpress.com/.

‘Housework’ in Journey to Crone

Born in 1982 in the state of Maryland, Amber Decker is the author of the poetry collections Sweet Relish (2002) and Lost Girls (2010). She has been many things besides a poet–a sales girl, a rodeo princess, a security guard, and a warehouse worker. These days, Amber lives in West Virginia and spends her free time reading fantasy novels, playing video games, traveling and attending college. She does the “poet thing” semi-regularly on her blog: http://roughverse.wordpress.com.

‘Mumbai Skies’ in Cities

Ashini balances creative writing with family, community and technology management career. Her poems have been published in anthologies such as Overplay, Underdone, Word Masala, Yellow as Tumeric, Fragrant as Cloves, Sulekha Select as well as in journals such as Philadelphia Poets and Thema’s A Perfect Cup of Coffee. Her essay was included in the anthology Labor Pains & Birth Stories. She has published book reviews, articles on writing and parenting, and poetry for a number of South Asian websites. Her poetry blog site is ashinipoetry.blogspot.com.

‘He was Lorenzo all through October’ in Journey to Crone

Katherine has had a career in pediatric healthcare for 30 years.   She received degrees in nursing from Yale and Columbia University.  Her healthcare experiences provide the framework for much of her writing.  She is also frequently influenced by her Italian heritage and the cultural diversity of her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Her co-authored book, Braided Voices, was selected for the 2011 New Mexico Women Authors’ Festival.  Her poem, Of Calamine and Honey won first place in the 2011 Southwest Writers Poetry Competition.  She is intrigued by translating health and illness experiences into poetry and memoir and is currently working on a project dedicated to her schizophrenic brother.  Katherine can be reached at kdseluja@comcast.com.

‘Parliament Hill’ in Cities

 Diana is a performance poet, who has read at many festivals in Cornwall and the West Country. She has work in several anthologies—her favourite being ‘pasted’ on the fourth wall of Live Canon’s theatre show early this year. Her poems reflect the ‘warp and weft’ of living. Sometimes they are sad and painful, often they are humorous. Always they seek our vulnerability, our mortality—hopefully with a gentle eye.

‘Biting the Hand’ in Cities

Liz’s manuscript, A Secret of Long Life, nominated for the Robert McGovern Prize, will be published by Cave Moon Press in 2014. Her first poetry collection, They Abide, was published by March Street. A six-time Pushcart nominee and winner of The Best of the Web, she has also won an established artist fellowship in poetry and two honorable mentions in prose from the Delaware Division of the Arts. She recently won The Nassau Prize for prose. She has received fellowships from The Atlantic Center for the Arts and Martha’s Vineyard. Liz serves on the poetry board of Philadelphia Stories.

‘Red Light, July, Firenze’ in Cities

Daniel is the author of two poetry collections: Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence and was Runner-Up for the James Laughlin Award and a Finalist for the Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and the Connecticut Book Award, and Streetfighting (BkMk Press, 2005), which was a Finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize.

‘Reflections’ in Tales of Mystery, Suspense & Terror

Denise is the author of short story, ‘10 Items or Less’, published in 10: Carlow’s MFA Anniversary Anthology. She is pursuing an MFA in creative writing from Carlow University and holds a BA in Christian life and ministry from Lancaster Bible College. She is the author of an online blog, The Land of What Ifs, where she discusses books and writing (www.DeniseDrespling.com). She is a member of Pennwriters and AWP, and co-founder of writers’ group Literary Fusion.

‘Nothing Matters’ in Journey to Crone

Rani is a poet and fiction-writer. She has published poetry and short stories in North American, Australian, UK and Indian magazines. Some short stories have been published in translation, in French, Romanian and Hungarian journals.  In 2005, Skrev Press, UK published Around the World in Twelve Stories, a collection of short stories. In 2010, Whyte Tracks published her first novel, The Dog’s Tale, set in Hungary. She is also a playwright. She has written many stage and radio plays, and produced them in the U.K, China, Hungary, Romania, Macedonia, Spain and India.

‘You Weren’t Heavy’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Laura has wanted to be a writer since the age of seven when she won a competition at school.  However that was the extent of her success until moving to London five years ago. There, she completed a certificate in creative writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and eventually had her first story accepted for publication—in this very anthology!  Laura currently lives in Stoke Newington with her husband and cat, however she will very shortly be embarking on a new life in New Zealand where she hopes the fresh air and beautiful scenery will inspire and lead her to many more writing successes.

‘Candles’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Miriam lives and writes on the pristine shores of Cape Breton Island, part of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Miriam has been writing essays and poetry since her earliest days as a child, inspired by the woodlands and shorelines that surround her. After starting a career in radio broadcasting, she returned to school to earn her Bachelor of Arts and more recently a bachelor of Education. She is currently a teacher as well as a freelance writer and dabbles in art and music. She is working on her first novel and hopes to soon publish a book of her poetry, titled Soft Bits.  Miriam can be found on twitter as @miridunn and some of her poetry can be read at http://miridunn.blogspot.com.