Happy World Poetry Day to Allie, Zoë, Katharine & Tracey!

Allie Marini Batts came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and she’s ALL out of bubblegum. She is an MFA student at Antioch University Los Angeles, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. She likes boots, opossums and Sri Racha, but not all together, because that’d be weird. Her work has recently been nominated for the Best of the Net Award and the Pushcart Prize. More of Allie’s work can be found on her blog Kiddeternity.

Zoë Torsney, a 36-year old ESOL tutor, lives in Walsall in the West Midlands with her husband Edward. Dark Romanticism, cheesecake, art galleries and a pugalier puppy, Max, are her indulgences.

Katharine Wheeler is an Irish writer who grew up in the wilds of Scotland and Ireland before going to Belgium to learn French and look after horses. She has always wanted to write but work tended to get in the way. Rather than find a rich lover, she decided to try chronic illness as her ticket out of work. Finally free to write, she has recently discovered a passion for poetry. She has had work published in various print anthologies as well as online. She is passionate about a lot of things, including writing, photography and aikido but most of the time is simply covered in dog hair from keeping her two border collies busy.

Tracey Clark, born in Leicester, is 48 years old and now lives in Cornwall with her family. She has spent the majority of her working life as a teacher and lecturer of English until ill health forced her to give up full-time work in 2010. She now teaches creative writing and works as a private tutor. Tracey also acts as carer for her learning disabled daughter, and her mother who is blind. She has been writing seriously—mainly poetry and plays—for about twenty years. Her poems deal with a range of personal experience as a woman, lover and mother, and also her life long struggle with depression. She hopes readers will enjoy reading her poetry.