‘Postcard from Prague’ in Cities

Katharyn, Professor of Writing at Ithaca College, holds degrees from the College of Saint Rose, the University of Iowa, and Northwestern University. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines; in anthologies/textbooks such as The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013, Poetry: An Introduction, Early Ripening: American Women’s Poetry Now, Sound and Sense, Writing Poems, Literature: Reading and Writing the Human Experience, etc.); and in 30 collections, most recently When She’s Asked to Think of Colors (Palettes & Quills Press, 2009). In 2012 she edited Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology for Split Oak Press.

‘The Myth of my Mother’ in Journey to Crone

Sue writes poems, short stories and short plays which have been published in Welsh and English anthologies and magazines, online, on posters, and broadcast on radio. Her work has appeared, or will appear, in Riptide, The Coffee House, Roundyhouse, Poems in the Waiting Room, Beginnings, Speaking Words, Raw Edge, and as a poetry collection, Rhythms.  She teaches Creative Writing at Loughborough University and is a director of Crystal Clear Creators, a not for profit organisation committed to promoting new writing. She lives near Leicester and with her husband David she runs creative writing workshops in schools, colleges, hospitals, museums, and arts venues. For more information, see www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk.

‘Wind Chime Maker’ in Journey to Crone

Eileen’s poetry has been published in over 500 literary journals and anthologies, a significant amount of which have earned prizes and citations. Her award winning collection Letters with Taloned Claws was published by Poet’s Corner Press (Sacramento, CA) and her book I Should Have Given Them Water was published by Ragged Sky Press (Princeton, NJ). She lives in the coastal fog at the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area where she administers the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.

‘Blurred Vision’ in Journey to Crone

Arlene, a retired English professor, was formerly on the staff of Good Housekeeping magazine. She has published more than 500 poems, essays and short stories in newspapers and literary journals, including The New York Times, Tiny Lights and Wild Violet. Her work has also appeared in 24 anthologies, including Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing. A recent venture is an echapbook, Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street: A Brooklyn Memoir, set in the 1940s and 50s, available free at www.echapbook.com/memoir/mandell.

‘Trimester’, ‘I Already Love Your Baby’ and ‘Belly of the Whale’ in Journey to Crone

Katie 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.

‘The Bridge Snap’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

A Northwest native, Tyrean is a poet, writer, and story teller whose writing is shaped by faith, love, and family. She has been published in Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, Moon Drenched Fables, Mindflights, New Voices IV, Haruah, and online at her blog, Tyrean’s Writing Spot. With a B.A. in Education, Tyrean has discovered that she loves home-schooling her daughters, and teaching classes at Harbor Christian home-school Cooperative. She currently serves as a worship leader at her church, and loves to give children’s messages in worship.  She also enjoys skiing, walking, reading, writing, most water sports, and biking.

‘Caring for a Wound’ and ‘Oysterville Notebook’ in Journey to Crone

Gretchen writes about family, mothering, aging, and domesticity. Subjects include slicing melons, crow love, overgrown potato vines, and the first time her daughter used her lipstick. She has published fiction in Swivel: The Nexus of Women and Wit and art criticism in Art in America, Art Papers, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is a Waldorf teacher in Seattle, Washington where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

‘The Crone at the Casino’ and ‘Retirements in Late Spring’ in Journey to Crone

Journals publishing Janet’s poetry include Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou’wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia, etc. A 1989 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship winner, she has taught at Texas A & M University since 1969. She has co-edited two anthologies, Odd Angles of Heaven (1994) and Place of Passage (2000), and has co-authored two textbooks and written a book on Wallace Stevens: The Celestial Possible: Wallace Stevens Revisited (1996). Janet has also published essays on Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, and Emily Dickinson. Her most recent poetry collection is Emily’s Dress (2004).

‘The Illuminated Back’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Nina began by publishing short stories in small press magazines, going on to win competitions including The Crossroads Competition and the Wells Literary Short Story Competition. Her short stories have appeared in several recent British anthologies. Her books for children include Sweet & Sour, (HarperCollins) and Tough Luck, (Thornberry Publishing). She also writes crime fiction. The first of her Shaman Mysteries is in production now. In the Moors (Midnight Ink) will be out at the end of 2013, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. In 2004 she gained an MA in Creative Writing with Bath Spa University and since then has tutored and run creative writing workshops. She writes course materials for the Open College of the Arts. Join her on her vibrant blogsite, http://www.kitchentablewriters.blogspot.com

‘City-time’ and ‘Timbral City’ in Cities

Pearse has had several poems and short stories published in a variety of on-line and print media (anthologies, journals.). He recently was placed second in the SALT International Short Story Prize. He is a native of Dublin and lives in upstate New York. He is working on a poetry collection.