‘Hollywood Dreams for Sale’ in Cities

A die-hard New Yorker and prize-winning poet, Penelope Karageorge takes her inspiration from cities. Her work  has appeared in journals ranging from Literal Latte to A Room of Her Own and Mondo Greco and is collected in ten anthologies. She is the author of a poetry collection, Red Lipstick and the Wine-Dark Sea (Pella Publishing), and is working on a new collection, The Neon Suitcase. Her novel Stolen Moments (Pinnacle) was published in England as Winners, and in Germany as New York, New York.  She is also the author of a crime novel, Murder at Tomorrow (Walker Publishing).

‘The Apprentice’s Mother’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Maria lives in Florida. When she’s not writing weird speculative fiction, Maria attends college so that she can teach literature and writing one day. You can learn more about Maria and her writing at http://mariakellyauthor.com

‘The Family Ruins’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Shannon is a mom of two, a freelance writer and aspiring novelist.  She lives in Colorado Springs and is inspired by the beauty of Pikes Peak and the Rockies.  After years of letting her writing fall by the wayside, she has recently thrown herself back into it.  Her main focus is fantasy and horror and she has just finished a Young Adult Fantasy novel.  She has also recently discovered a love of photography and enjoys photographing the breath-taking Colorado scenery and wildlife, as well as her children.  She is currently a member of Pikes Peak Writers and the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.  She blogs about writing at The Warrior Muse and can be found on Twitter @thewarriormuse.

‘Free to a Loving Home’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Michelle lives in Essex with her husband, a stuffed penguin and enough books to last out the apocalypse. Her stories have appeared in text and audio in various anthologies and online journals, including Daily Science Fiction, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind and Wily Writers Speculative Fiction. Links can be found at http://michelle-ann-king.blogspot.co.uk/p/stories.html.

‘Genitive (singular) in Journey to Crone

Anna (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 (www.bhcr.org.uk). 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.

‘A World of Difference’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Deborah has been writing national publications on health and social care for several years and is editor of an International Journal Working with Older People. It is only recently that she has ventured into writing fiction and has found her passion. She has written several short stories and a novel.

‘Pony Harris’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Tanya is a writer and psychologist living in Santa Monica, California.Her fiction has appeared or is scheduled to appear in Pearl, RedWheelbarrow, Raleigh Review, Red Ochre, Primal Urge Magazine, 5X5, andTemenos. She is currently working on a novel and can be found online at www.drtanyajacob.com.

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka
‘Tepotzotlan: Three Acts’ and ‘Fabled Roosters of Kazimierz’ in Cities

Danuta is a scientist, bilingual poet, writer, poetry translator, photographer, and co-editor of the literary journal Loch Raven Review. Her poems have appeared in the U.S.A and throughout Europe in literary journals and anthologies, most recently in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, International Poetry Review, and Spillway. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, WYPR’s “The Signal” and has won literary prizes in both the U.S.A. and Poland.She is the translator for two bilingual books of poems by Lidia Kosk, niedosyt/reshapings and Słodka woda, słona woda/Sweet Water, Salt Water.

‘Bottom of the Bag’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Mari grew up in Buffalo, NY, and has also lived briefly in Hamilton, Ontario, and not briefly enough in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at SUNY at Buffalo and Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She writes poems, songs, fiction, and non-fiction articles.  Currently editing her first novel, she also ignores her blog, hangs out with toddlers, practices the ukulele and occasionally writes CD liner notes for special friends.  She produced the independent film Death of a Barefoot Tour Guide, writing and recording most of the songs for the soundtrack.  Among other jobs, she has worked as a makeup artist, a barmaid and performed stand-up comedy. Her hobbies are knitting, baking, and witchcraft.  She also spends time in the shade.  Mari’s publishing credits include poems in Buffalo’s Artvoice, as well as several now-defunct literary journals.  She was an intern with Arts Indiana Magazine and ran writing workshops as a student mentor for several years at the Butler Summer Writing Camp, has produced two blogs and edited the lit-zine Rough Drafts.  Her online credits are a secret. Recent collaborations include songs with Australian composer Tim Fatchen and writing/editing the Star Wars RPG podcast Threat Detected with Garrett Crowe.  You can find her online at http://www.vegetarianatlargeinbuffland.blogspot.com.

‘Gender Olympics’ in Journey to Crone

April is a poet and essayist living in the New York area. She teaches writing at New York University to adult students who are seeking their undergraduate degrees. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College quite a long time ago. Her work has appeared in Iconoclast, Poet Lore and Zing and more recently in Poetry Breakfast and the online journal Anderbo. She may be contacted at: aik1@nyu.edu.