Happy World Poetry Day to Katie, Alyssa, Anna & Victoria!

Katie Manning lives with her husband and son in California, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. Her creative work has been published in Fiction Southeast, New Letters, PANK, Poet Lore, and So to Speak, among other journals and anthologies, and she is a recipient of The Nassau Review Author Award for Poetry.

Alyssa Cooper was born in Belleville Ontario, and has lived in Canada for her entire life. After spending two years studying Fine Arts at York University, she left Toronto to pursue an education in Graphic Design. While there, she developed a deep appreciation for book design and binding, and received formal proofreading training. Writing and art have been her greatest passions since she was a child, and she has dedicated her life to perfecting her skills and pushing the limits of her craft. Her work has been featured in poetry anthologies and literary magazines, and her first novel is anticipated for release in fall 2012. She is currently attending college in Oshawa, where she lives with her typewriter and her personal library.

Anna Kiss (a little like Anarchist but sweeter) created herself on an M.A. in Creative Writing & Personal Development at Sussex University—the alter ego/brain child/soul sister of candidate 47464, who went on to win 1st prize in The Cannon Open Poetry Competition, 2007. Both/either became Ms, Merized—broadcasting a weekly show of music, poetry, fiction, writing-on-a-theme for community radio. Lately she was dubbed ‘Mrs. Uri Geller’ after performing a monologue: Bent Spoons. Most of the time, however, she is Janina Aza Karpinska—running creative writing workshops in unusual settings, and making kitsch religious collaged icons.

Victoria Cole is fifty one, married and lives in a little village in Devon called Mortehoe, right on the edge of a cliff, over-looking the Bristol Channel. She has been interested in writing since school, but working full time within the N.H.S., and previously as a counsellor, has somewhat absorbed her creativity and time. She loves writing poetry and was commended in the Hippocrates Prize NHS category in 2011.