‘The Old Man and the Window’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Tony Schumacher was thirteen when he wrote his first real short story, his English teacher gave him a mark of 18/20 (she took two marks off for poor handwriting). It took him until he was forty to write his second one, this time he was careful to use a computer to negate the handwriting issue and is fairly certain that had Miss Elwell read the story she wouldn’t have had to use a red pen (too much).  In the intervening twenty seven years Tony had travelled the world selling underpants, been a barman, a bouncer, a roofer, sold trucks, dug ditches, been a policeman, and once stood next to Ringo Starr at a pop concert. He now earns his living as a stand up, actor and writer who does a bit of TV presenting—when he isn’t walking his dog. He can be found on twitter as @tonyshoey and on his blog, Rear View Mirror.

‘After She’s Gone’ in Journey to Crone

Mary is a poet/writer, living in New York City. She has had two books published: Hobo Code Poems and Mott Street Stories, and Las Vegas Stories. She publishes online, at: Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, StepAway Magazine, Anak Sastra Asian Journal, Hobo Camp Review, and Blue Lake Journal. She began publishing in the 80’s in Long Shot Magazine, which was started by a donation from Allen Ginsberg.  There is a film currently in production, featuring Mary’s poem, Times Square Shuttle.

‘Our Something Said’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Zena is a British-Australian fiction writer and published author. She’s won six national writing competitions (all blind judging), has written some novels, is published in various anthologies and magazines, and is currently represented by literary agent Alex Adsett. For news on when her novels will be published – just head on over to her website at www.zenashapter.com. Zena also runs the widely attended Northern Beaches Writers’ Group (based in Sydney, Australia), teaches creative writing, and gives regular talks/tutorials on social media (because, after all, she is part-cyber!). To get in touch, feel free to find her on your preferred form of social media – she’s on all of it!

‘To a Gray Turtleneck’ and ‘To a Male Model’  in Journey to Crone

Hilary has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have recently appeared in Arts & Letters, Bayou, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Dash, Grey Sparrow, Pearl, Poet Lore, PMS, Quiddity, Southern Poetry Review, Swink, Tar River Poetry, and Zocolo Public Square.  Her first and third chapbooks, The Orange Juice is Over and Gold & Other Fish, were published by Finishing Line Press,and her second chapbook, Baby, was published by Pudding House Press. Shelives in Brooklyn and works for The City University of New York, where shedevelops and coordinates programs for English language learners andfirst-generation college students. Her website is www.hilarysideris.com.

‘The Sickroom’ in Tales of Mystery, Suspense & Terror

W Silverwood is a writer from North London, England. For more information, please see her website at www.wednesdaysilverwood.co.uk.

Sheryl Slocum
‘Subway Saint’ in Cities

Sheryl lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she teaches English as a Second Language at Alverno College. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including ByLine Magazine, Blueline, The Anglican Theological Review, The Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, and The Wisconsin Academy Review. Her poetry appears in Masquerades & Misdemeanors (2013), created by the Hartford Avenue Poets and published by Pebblebrook Press, an imprint of Stoneboat. Besides being a Hartford Avenue Poet, Sheryl is a member and former president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. When not teaching English, she enjoys teaching the craft of poetry to young and old.

‘New Bedford’ in Cities

Rick Smith plays harmonica, writes and records with The Mescal Sheiks and with Music Formula & plays on the academy award nominated Days of Heaven soundtrack. Recent books include The Wren Notebook (2000), Hard Landing (2010) and Whispering in A Mad Dog’s Ear (2013), all from Lummox Press.

Joseph A Soldati
‘Death of a High Steel Worker’ and ‘Evening—The Belvedere, Firenze’ in Cities

Joseph has been writing poetry and essays since the early ‘60s, many of which have been published in a variety of regional and national literary and scholarly journals, magazines, and anthologies. His latest chapbook, On Account of Darkness(Finishing Line Press), was published in 2011. Other poetry volumes include the chapbook, Apocalypse Clam (2006); a bilingual volume of poems, co-edited, with Eduardo González-Viaña, O Poetry! ¡Oh Poesía! Poems of Oregon and Peru (1997); Making my Name: Poems (1990); and a scholarly book, Configurations of Faust (1980). He lives in downtown Portland, Oregon.

‘The Crone’ and  ‘Stealing Skeleton Bread’ in Journey to Crone

Kelly is an aspiring writer. Her poetry has been published in SNM Magazine and will appear in the upcoming book, Outlaw Poetry. Her short fiction has been published in the In Situ anthology, at With Painted Words, and at Fantasy Magazine. She is a reader for Dagan Books and works in Shenandoah National Park. You can visit her blog at http://ladykuro.wordpress.com/.

‘Medusa’s Face’ and ‘Queen to Black Knight Four’ in Journey to Crone

Janet grew up on a farm in Marshall County, Kansas, but drifted like a cottonseed throughout the USA, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, before moving to Kansas City with her husband, Cliff Kroski. She holds a BFA from Kansas State University, an MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and an M.Div and D. Div from Sophia Divinity School. Her work has appeared in a variety of venues including The Rockhurst Review, Lalitamba, Imago Dei, Ancient Voices, Touch: The Journal of Healing, and two recent anthologies, When Last on the Mountain and Love Over 60. Her chapbook, At the Boundary, is scheduled for publication by Finishing Line Press in 2013. She’s a member of The Kansas City Writers Group and sits on the executive board of Whispering Prairie Press. She’s also a professional actress, a member of SAG, and an adjunct professor at MCCKC. http://janetsunderland.wordpress.com.

‘All’ in Journey to Crone

As a youngster Rachel had a great imagination and loved story and poetry writing. For a while writing took a back seat as she discovered the joys of foreign travel and language learning. However, recent personal circumstances led her back to creative writing.  Rachel is an active member of a writing group, has set up her own blog, http://projectwords11.wordpress.com, and has seen many of her pieces published in various anthologies and journals, both in print and online. These include; thefirstcut and Every Day Poets, plus the haiku journals Shamrock, Lynx, Sketchbook, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, A Hundred Gourds and Notes From The Gean.

‘Looking Back’ in Journey to Crone

Anne went to school in Bangor, North Wales, emigrated to Canada at eleven, lives on Vancouver Island, BC.  Her work has been published in Anglo-Welsh Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry and Audience (Leeds) and in many Canadian and American literary journals. She has three books of poetry, Drawing Circles on the Water, Mall (Rowan Books, Edmonton, 1991) and Shifting (Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, 2008). Anne is a visual artist as well: her paintings and mosaics can be seen at www.anneswannellart.ca.