GLEN ARMSTRONG holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.

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LISA ASHLEY, MDiv, Spiritual Director, Chaplain with incarcerated teens at the King County Detention Center, story-catcher and emerging poet, lives on Bainbridge Island, WA, where she meets with clients, writes and blogs at www.lisaashleyspiritualdirector.com  

She is a member of Common House Poetry, a small group of poets who write, meet and share their work bi-weekly. She is a board member of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, a Seattle nonprofit serving incarcerated youth. Lisa has survived a near-death illness and has had multiple surgeries for deteriorating joints, experiences that have informed her writing and her understanding of life. An avid plant and bird watcher, Lisa cherishes her home sanctuary, a small log and metal-sided home, where she embraces life, writes, cooks and gardens with her beloved husband, Mark.

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ROGER ALLEN BAUT (Chasing Tao) is an art, music, written and spoken word aficionado. His undergrad is in social studies; his majors were in Psychology and History; his minor was in Political Science. He graduated Cum Laude in 1989 with Departmental honors and was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. Later, in 1993, Roger earned a Master of Science degree.

Roger is also an avid photographer and developer of ‘Contemplative Photographic Art,’ as well as the ‘triplet’ form of poetic expression, which consists of a photograph, poem or prose, and a video; he aspires to bring a three-dimensional aspect to the written word.

Roger is also a co-founder of “The Creative Nexus,” which encourages artists to promote other artists’ creative works for their mutual benefit. He is also the founder, producer and a host of the Blue Sky Highway, which presents ‘Contemplative Radio’ — bringing music, contemplative thoughts, and sound to facilitate relaxation for a listener, and hopefully guide them to enhanced states of awareness.

Roger has also been a life-long student of metaphysics and philosophy and specializes in the art of numerology, psychometry, KI, and other esoteric studies.

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JUDITH BLACK (Storytelling: A Window on to the World A Mirror into the Heart) is a professional storyteller, story maker, and teacher/coach with an international following. Originally trained at Wheelock College as an early childhood educator, Judith leapt from the classroom to the stage after training at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ultimately she bound these two passions with storytelling and for thirty-five years has been using story to motivate, humanize, entertain, and teach. She is the winner of many awards in her field

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BIO: From the ancient Sumerian Debate Between Fish and Bird to the modern-day hacktivist group, anonymous authorship has had a long history in societies throughout the world.
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MENDES BIONDO was born in Mantua (Italy) in 1992. He published two books: the novel Trappola di cotone (Nomadepsichico, 2008) and the collection of short stories and poems Amanti bendati (ExCogita, 2010). He has become a recognized journalist by the Italian Order from 2013. In 2015 he obtained the degree in Aesthetic Philosophy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. He is already working as blogger, editor and journalist. You can find more about him at RAMINGO! La Cultura Come Non Te L’Aspettavi. His English works were published by Visual Verse and The Plum Tree Tavern.

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ANN BRACKEN (Ann Bracken, Poet, Author, Creator of Possibilities). Anne’smemoir in verse, The Altar of Innocence, was released in 2015 by New Academia Publishing. Her poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in anthologies and journals, including Little Patuxent Review, New Verse News, Scribble, Reckless Writing Anthology: Emerging Poets of the 21st Century, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Ann serves as a contributing editor for Little Patuxent Review, lectures at the University of Maryland College Park, and leads workshops for creativity conferences, book clubs, schools, and adult education programs.

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LAURA J. BRAVERMAN studied fine art and apparel design at Rhode Island School of Design, and worked internationally in apparel for many years. In addition to painting, she now focuses on writing, having completed a writer’s certificate in creative nonfiction with Stanford University. She worked with nonfiction writer Sven Birkerts at the Bennington College graduate writing seminars, has taken numerous courses in poetry and essay with the New School, and worked with poet James Arthur. Her essays and poetry have appeared in Mountain Stories and Live Encounters, respectively.

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PAUL BROOKES was shop assistant, security guard, postman, admin. assistant, lecturer, poetry performer, with “Rats for Love” and his work included in “Rats for Love: The Book”, Bristol Broadsides, 1990. His first chapbook was “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live. Recently published in Clear Poetry, Nixes Mate, Live Nude Poems and others.

Forthcoming in the spring 2017 an illustrated chapbook “The Spermbot Blues”, published by OpPRESS.

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MIKI BYRNE has written three poetry collections and had work included in over 100 poetry magazines and anthologies. She has read on both Radio and TV, and was a finalist for Poet Laureate of Gloucestershire. She is active on the spoken word scene in Cheltenham and is a member of a number of poetry groups. She began performing her poems in a bikers club in Birmingham. Miki is disabled and lives near Tewkesbury. Gloucestershire.UK.

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HELENE CARDONA (hélènecardona.com)is a poet, literary translator, actor, and dream analyst, the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Hemingway Grant and the USA Best Book Award. Her books include three poetry collections, most recently Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry), and Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry); and three translations: Beyond Elsewhere (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac, White Pine Press), Ce que nous portons (Dorianne Laux, Éditions du Cygne), and Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings for WhitmanWeb.

Hélène co-edits Plume and Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, and contributes essays to The London Magazine. She holds a Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, and taught at Hamilton College and Loyola Marymount University.

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MICHAEL CASTRO, called “a legend in St. Louis poetry” by Charles Guenther in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is a widely published poet and translator. How Things Stack Up is his eighteenth book. Castro is a founder of the literary organization and magazine River Styx, in continuous operation since 1975. For twenty years he hosted the legendary River Styx at Duff’s Poetry Series. He has spread the word of poetry off the page for decades, organizing readings and hosting three literary radio programs. He has read his poems on three continents, including many collaborative performances with musicians.

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SAKSHI CHANANA is one of the founder members of’ ‘Literary Aisle,’ in Delhi, which promotes a culture of reading and writing. Her poetry anthology is Webs of Light. Her poems have appeared in online journals like Muse India, Kritya, Tajmahal Review and A Few Lines Magazine. She works as an Assistant Professor of English in Delhi. Look for her in the May issue of The BeZine.

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RACHELE CHAPELL  was born in the early seventies and graced with southern charm.  She became a lover of poetry at a very early age.  Her influences started with Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.  They laid the ground for her flair for poetic rhyming.

With age came a love for more refined poets of the literary greats.  Her first poem ever published called “Mothers Love” was written at age nine.  Most of her poems are written about love.  She is a true romantic at heart.

Of course life has brought many pains along the way for Rachele.  She used her poetry for an outlet and found it extremely therapeutic.  This led her into writing about dark subjects, such as molestation, abuse, addiction, and dysfunction.   So many seem to relate and were touched by her brutal but honest truth.

She noticed poetry could offer a voice for not only emotional but social issues too.  It was with that realization she decided to embark on humanitarian efforts with poems like “Send the Dove” and “War over Hunger”.  Hoping to make a change with her idealism’s she joined projects of poetry for peace.

Rachele has received many certificates honoring her as a poet.  Her work has been included in many anthologies.  Even though this is her first book she remains optimistic, hoping to make it in the literary world.

 Go to http://www.facebook.com/inkedheartpoetry/ to check out more of her poetry.

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ROB CULLEN  studied at Bristol and Cardiff art colleges 1969/73, lived in New York and Brighton returning to South Wales in 1982. For 37 years he worked with severely damaged and damaging individuals. In 2012 Rob returned to writing and photography. His short story The Choice was published in an anthology in 2015. His poetry collection Uncertain Times was published in 2016. Rob has a blog/website Celfypridd – Arts of the Earth. Rob and his wife come from a family of growers and environmentalists and their four children are a third generation of “permacultarilsts”.

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BILL CUSING – I earned an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and currently teach English classes at both Mount San Antonio and East Los Angeles colleges while living in Glendale with my wife and our son.
 
This year was honored of one of the “Top L. A. Poets for 2017.” I have had poems published by Avocet, Brownstone Review, Glomag, Mayo Review, Penumbra, Spectrum, and West Trade Review. I have also been in numerous of anthologies, including both volumes of the award-winning Stories of Music. I am slated to be featured in an upcoming Moontide Press anthology of Southern California poets titled Lullaby of Teeth, a title taken from one my poems to be featured in the volume.
 
My latest creative project has been a collaboration with a local musician that we have named “Notes and Letters,” which has both a Facebook and youtube page.
 
Of the pieces contributed to the October 2017 issue of “The BeZine,” “Music isn’t about standing still and being safe” first appeared in Stories of Music, vol 1 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Song Is, a poetry blog focused on writings about music. In addition, “Ode to Nina Simone” and “On Modest Mussourgsky’s Bydlo” both previously appeared on The Song Is.
 

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DONATELLA D’ANGELO (Milan, Italy 1966) has been working in the visual arts since the 1980’s. Curator (organizer?) of cultural events, she teaches photography in high school and university courses. She is one of the artists selected for the anthology about self-portrait in photography by Giorgio Bonomi Il corpo solitario, Rubbettino Editore (2017). Her photos have been exhibited in Europe and in the US and have appeared in various online and print publications. She received the first place prize at the national contest LABirintiFOTOgrafia 2015. As a writer, some of her short stories and poems have been published in anthologies, magazines and variuos blogs. In 2016 she published her first poetry and photography book, Memento vivere, edizioni del Foglio Clandestino.

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GRETCHEN DEL RIO (Gretchen Del Rio’s Art Blog) first discovered the magic of water based colors when many years ago I began to paint with procion dyes on silk. I loved the unexpected quality of the process. It was so exciting to never be sure what the colors and water would combine to produce. It seemed as though the medium had its own passion. Painting with watercolors and paper is much the same. I love the color combinations and separations that occur spontaneously as the color floats on the water. You can never totally predict what effect will result. If you try to control the medium too much, your painting will be very tight losing its aliveness. The artist must be bold and decisive or the work will not be clear and fresh. It is really like a dance. It becomes a controlled folly in knowing when to let go and when to take charge of the direction that the painting is taking.

The images that I paint reflect my emotions and are expression of my life experience. The are not extensively planned, but rather evolve as the painting progresses. I am always surprised by the end result since it comes into being because of what the medium and emotion has suggested.

The paintings are from my heart and I always fall in love with the subject. I believe that we are all connected and, if an image touches you, it is because we all have the same heart even though our paths may be different.

Most of all, painting what I paint makes me happy. The paintings are my own path unfolding. They are an opening door for me and contain my own passion for life.

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RESHMI DUTT-BALLERSTADT was born in Kolkata, India and left India when she was 19. For the last 27 years she has lived in the United States but continues to search for a place called “home.” Some days she is comfortable with a permanent place called displacement as her new home as it has been for billions of migrants in this world. Dutt-Ballerstadt is also a professor in the Department of English at Linfield College in Oregon. She has published poetry and other creative works in literary journals like Jouvert, Asian American Renaissance, Saranac Review and others. In 2010 she published a mixed genre book that dances between creative non-fiction, literary theory, poetry and politics titled, The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner Ralph and nine-year old son Ronan.

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RENEE ESPIRU: I am a daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and seeker of Spiritual Peace and Soul Filled Freedom. I have been to graduate school at Pacific Lutheran University and have a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. I have also been to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary from which I acquired a Certificate in Theology. I have eclectic beliefs that encompass many faiths and believe Nature to be the basis of everything that is and that everything that is is also a part of Nature.

Due to emergent open heart surgery in 2015 I am now retired and devoting more of my time to writing, which includes the writing of a fiction book and one that is solely poetry. I have a Blog site at reneejustturtleflight where I have been posting my writing since 2011. I have had poems posted on other Blog sites which includes “Into The Bardo” prior to it becoming the Bezine. I also have a passion for art and draw and paint.

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KINDGA FABÓ is a Hungarian poet (linguist, essayist). Her latest book, a bilingual Indonesian-English poetry collection RACUN/POISON was published in 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Fabó’ poetry has been published in various international lit mags including Osiris, Taos Journal of International Poetry (Mexico), Basho International Haiku Forum (India), Sastra Digital (Indonesia), MeArteka (Albania), ATUNIS (Albania), Eastern World (Uzbekistan), Knot Magazine, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Screech Owl, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear, Numéro Cinq as well as in anthologies like Beletra Almanako, The Significant Anthology, Resonance, Women in War, The Colours of Refuge, Poetry in Action, Poetry Against Racism, World Poetry Yearbook 2015, etc.

Some of her poems are often anthologized (Isadora Duncan Dancing). Others have been picked up at random from here and there and happened to be translated into just Persian, Albanian, Tamil or Galego. One of her poems The Ears has among others six different Indonesian translations by six different authors.

She has also written an essay on Sylvia Plath. In everything she’s done, Fabó has always been between the verges, on the verge, and in the extreme.

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DENISE FLETCHER  is a freelance writer and artist. She received a B.S. in Recreational Therapy from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her creative work has appeared in Remixt, The BeZine, the OCH Literary Society, Drabble Quarterly, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Open Minds Quarterly and other various publications in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  She is the author of the chapbook, A Thread of Hope. More of her work is forthcoming in 2018. She currently resides in the Tampa area.

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KIMBERLY WILHELMINA FLORIA  is mother and grandmother living in Queens, NY. She worked in home care administration for over twenty years. She became disabled in 2008 battling Lupus S.L.E. and other debilitating health issues. Kimberly now spends her time meditating, reading and writing short stories, essays and poetry. She often writes about her struggles she faced in her life. Her words are sometimes raw and hard. Other times they are filled with love and compassion. Kimberly has two books of poetry available on Amazon Pages of Pain and Whispers I Silently Heard.” Kimberly often writes poetry about the pain in her life. She also shares her views on current events, and hope in the pursuit of world peace and happiness. Kimberly invites you to follow her on her blog, Silently Heard Once.

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SHARON FRYE is a poet living in Northern Oklahoma. Her poems appear in many literary magazines and are translated into Portuguese for O Equador das Coisas. Sharon’s poem Risen Heroes will be inscribed on a sculpture for first responders, commissioned by Dean Thompson of Dallas, Texas. She has one published collection, Last Chance for Rain (White Knights Press, 2014) and another, Red Dashboard (Elizabeth Dillon, 2016), to be published later this year. She is on the 2016 shortlist for the 2016 Blackwater International Poetry Festival and was nominated in 2015 for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry.

 

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MIKE GALLAGHER, an Irish writer, poet and editor, worked in London for forty years. His prose, poetry, haiku and songs have been published throughout Europe, America, Australia, Nepal, India, Thailand, Mexico, The Philippines, Japan and Canada. His writing has been translated into Irish, Croatian, Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian and Chinese. He won the Michael Hartnett Viva Voce competition in 2010 and 2016, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2011 and won the Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Contest in 2012.His poetry collection Stick on Stone was published by Revival Press in 2013.

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VIRGINIA GALFO (A Light Beyond the Hedge: Poetry and Somewhat Social Commentary) is singer-songwriter under the name Virginia Wagner. (cdbaby.com/artist/virginiawagner) and I work as a writer for a small marketing company as Virginia Galfo. I grew up in the NYC area but now live in Williamsburg, VA, where I have effectively rendered my name redundant.

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IULIA GHERGHEI, Romanian poet, writing in English, published her début book, Prisoners of Cinema Paradiso, at blurb.com in 2012. In 2014 she received the” Poet of the Year” title on Destiny Poets site,  run by Louis Kasatkin. In 2015 she won the Blackwater Poetry
group contest with her poem Lost in blue curtains. Her poetry is included in many anthologies including The Significant Anthology, edited by Ampat Koshy and published in 2015.

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JENEAN GILSTRAP ~ Since childhood, Ms. Gilstrap has had a love of words-of writing and other arts. An individualist, she chooses not to follow any pre-conceived pattern for the outlay of these words – rather, she allows them the freedom to forge their own path as they make their way from her heart to pen to paper. Her art work involves both photography and mixed media on large canvasses. She is a weekly featured poet in Yareah Magazine where her works have appeared for more than a year. Her piece The Granite God was the winning poem in Painted Bride Quarterly Sidebar #12 [2012]. Her work has been featured in performance poetry theatrical productions in Louisiana and her short story, Retribution, published in the Helicon Literary Magazine there. She and her gypsywomanworld blog are included as character/story elements in Ghost Key, the fictional work of award-winning author Trish MacGregor. Her first volume of poetry [2013], words unspoken, is available in both paperback and on kindle at amazon. She currently divides her time between her home in Louisiana and the east coast as she completes her second volume of poetry to be published in 2013.

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RUSS GREEN is a Graduate of Hofstra University. Over the years he has been co-editor at Great Weather for Media and has put on poetry and arts events around Long Island and NYC in addition to hosting and curating poetry stages at various festivals. Russ has read his work from New York to New Orleans to Santa Fe and cities in between. He is currently focusing on humanitarian based events. His first book, Gimme Back My Radio, is out with Night Ballet Press. In addition, Russ has been published in a number of anthologies. He can usually be found communing with the mountains in Vermont with interesting artist friends or roaming the docks of Port Jefferson Harbor at night looking for signs of life in the starry night sky.

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TRACE LARA HENTZ is a writer, blogger and mosaic artist, currently single-tasking a fiction novella The Two Ethels of Tillamook. Her blog: www.laratracehentz.wordpress.com.

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ZENA HAGARTY (Hamilton Seen). Producer Zena Hagerty has a long history of community engagement and involvement in the arts scenes of Hamilton and San Francisco and seeks to further strengthen the human spirit with her work. Zena has broad experience in media, including recording albums, performing her own music, radio broadcasting, graphic design, and many others. As director of Sublimatus as a band, an art gallery, and an entity that inspires the creative spirit within all, Zena honed a skillset that includes the ability to drive and complete large projects with expansive intentions.

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MARK HEATHCOTE: Well, I was born in Withington, Manchester, 1 of 3 children I was the eldest and the only boy. We lived in a 3-bed terrace house with no bathroom or indoor toilet. I lived there until the age of 9 and was a quiet and unhappy child, but that changed when the family moved to the countryside where I then had the freedom to explore nature at first hand. I spent much of my free time climbing trees and swimming in lakes and rivers, making rope swings, stuff like that. I was, looked on as a kind of Tarzan figure that’s how all other kids saw me. I was never academic and was years behind all the other children at school, I struggled badly in high school and didn’t learn a great deal.  

I left school age, 16 taking dead-end jobs on local farms and then in factories, leaving home at age, 17 by then there had been a messy divorce and relationships weren’t good all round and haven’t improved, all that much since. So I moved back to Manchester where I’m still residing now and have done ever since. I’m a father of 5 and for the past 14yrs I’ve be employed as a learning disability support worker. I write a lot of poetry in my free time and enjoy music and gardening. Connect with me on Facebook

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RUTH HILL was born and educated in upstate New York, and traveled North America extensively. She is a Certified Design Engineer, lifelong tutor, and enjoys spoken word. She has won 1st prizes in Gulf Coast Ethnic & Jazz Poetry, Heart Poetry, Lucidity, Poets for Human Rights, and Writers Rising Up. Over 250 of her poems have won awards or publication in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Israel.

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MELISSA HOUGHTON  received her MFA in poetry in 2008 from Oregon State University and spent the last 13 years in some form of educMELator role, including a teaching position in Korea through a Fulbright Grant. Made in Korea. Raised in South Dakota. Living in Portugal. Traveling the world. Her website.

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RACHEL HEIMOWITZ is the author of the chapbook, What the Light Reveals (Tebot Bach Press, 2014.). Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Spillway and Prairie Schooner. She was recently a finalist for the COR Richard Peterson Prize and she has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Rachel received her MFA from Pacific University in Spring 2015. www.rachelheimowitz.com.
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DONNA KUHN is an author, poet, dancer, exhibiting visual and video artist who was born in New York and currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Her experimental videos incorporate dance, poetry, digital and glitch art, animation,  datamoshing, sound, speech synthesis, visual and sound text poetry.

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gary lundy is Professor Emeritus of English at The University of Montana Western. His writing has appeared widely in magazines and journals. Most recently his poetry can be found in Yellow Chair Review; Guide to Kulchur; The Maynard; The Main Street Rag; After Happy Hour Review; and Anti-Heroin Chic. heartbreak elopes into a kind of forgiving, will be published this spring by is a rose press. Each July he is an instructor of the mandolin building class at Rocky Grass Academy. gary lives in Missoula, Montana.

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MAGGIE MACKAY is a brave-hearted Scot and a final year MA Poetry student at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has work in various print and online publications, including Ink, Sweat and Tears, Prole, The Interpreter’s House, Three Drops Press and Indigo Dreams Publishing.

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CHRISTI MOON (Letters to the Moon) grew up in a small coastal town in California and currently resides in rural southeastern, Pennsylvania. Her poetry has been published in the journal Brush Strokes and Ink Spots, an Anthology of Poetry and Art ~ The River Journal, Nomos Review edition 3 ~ Women on War and Conflict, Meat For Tea ~ The Valley Review Vol 8, Need Change, Poets Against War, and Twisted Tungz art & literature magazine, and online on Combustus, VerseWrights, The Creative Nexus, Solstice Initiative ~ Aqueous, and The River Journal. When not writing poetry, her personal interests also include; photography, yoga, and exploring local nature trails. She also facilitates poetry workshops for local cancer patients. More of her poetry can be found on her blog.

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INGER MORGAN is 74 year old retired nurse from Sweden. She says she has always written small pieces during her lifetime but never shared anything before. Her first published poem is in the November 2016 issue. It is about grief on a personal level but also about what is happening around the world.

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DR. BOB MOUNCER: My (I suppose relevant) bio is that I taught English in Paris from 1990-95 and when I returned to the UK I studied for a degree in European Studies and Third World Studies at the University of East London. I went on to get an MA in Refugee Studies (also at UEL). I became involved in a local asylum support group in North London. In 2003 I moved to Hull and in 2004 decided to study for a PhD on the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK and France, which I got in 2010 (yes, it took that long!). I am currently trying to research, with a colleague, the Corbyn and Sanders movements.
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TERRI MUUSS (terrimuuss.com) is a writer, performer, director, educator and social worker. Her poetry/prose one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll, received grants from new York Foundation for the Arts and Poets and Writers and was named, “Best Theater Critics Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News. Terri’s poetry has appeared in Bolts of Silk, Apercus Quarterly, Atticus Review, Long Island Quarterly, Brevity Poetry Review, Red River Review, Poetrybay Magazine, JB Stillwater and three anthologies. Terri’s poetic memoir, Overexposed, was published by JB Stillwater in 2013 . She is co-editor of Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of New York Women Poets to be published in April 2016 by JB Stillwater Publishing .

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EMILY GRACE NEEDLE was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in July 2016 from Newcastle University. Her main interest lies in American social and cultural history, in particular how themes of music and race intersected in the Southern States of nineteenth-century USA. During the summer of 2015, Emily travelled down the East coast of America, researching the Jenkins Orphanage Band, the core of which formed her undergraduate dissertation. Also a member of and volunteer with the human rights organisation, Journey to Justice, Emily sings in the chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices, and in a mixed voice barbershop quartet, Needle & Fred. She has a love of music and theatre and is now undertaking an MA in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield.

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ERIC NICHOLSON is now retired. He worked as an art teacher and also worked in other fields of education. One book about Renaissance Art and Self-inquiry is looking for a publisher. Now working on a book about Blake and Buddhism. He enjoys countryside conservation, writing, singing in a choir and walking. On facebook. Published in www.neutronsprotons.comwww.literaryorphans.orgwww.emptysink.com and www.heartjournalonline.com – Blogs on http://www.erikleo.wordpress.com

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CAROLYN O’CONNELL lives in Ham, Richmond, Surrey in South London and started to write poetry after working in the Civil Service and the RNIB. She is a member of the Ormond Poetry Group and also a member of her local W.I. She works with Richmond Libraries to promote poetry and has lead workshops, hosted at The Tea Box in Richmond and been a Guest Read at Rhythm & Muse. Having worked on the poetry pRO project her poems have been translated into Romanian and broadcast on Romania radio via the Translation Café of the University of Bucharest.Her work has been published in America. Publications: Envoi, Interpreter’s House. Poetry Space, Snare’s Nest, I am Not a Silent Poet. Her collection “Timelines,” is published by Indigo Dreams (2014, ISBN 978-1-9093575-3-2) Carolyn lives in Richmond, Surrey, on the outskirts of London. Collection Timelines was published by Indigo Dreams www.indigodreams/co.UK/bookshop in 2014. ISBN 978-1-9093575-3-2)   She works with local groups and libraries. Further information and website http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/carolynoconnellpage.shtml

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JB MULLIGAN has had more than 1000 poems and stories in various magazines  over the past 40 years, and has had two chapbooks published: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, as well as 2 e-books, The City Of Now And Then, and A Book of Psalms. He has appeared in several anthologies, including Inside/Out: A Gathering Of Poets; The Irreal Reader (Cafe Irreal); and multiple volumes of Reflections on a Blue Planet.

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DOROTHY LONG PARMA, M.D., M.P.H. is a public health researcher for a state university; doting mother; and lifelong reader and writer of poetry and short stories. Her work has been published in Skipping Stones and Voices de la Luna. She lives in San Antonio.

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MATT PESCA (MATTPASCA) is fixture on the New York poetry scene, Matt Pasca’s work has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in over 25 journals and 10 anthologies. His two full-length poetry collections, A THOUSAND DOORS (2011, JB Stillwater) and RAVEN WIRE (2016, Shanti Arts), have been lauded in both academic and non-academic circles. Matt has been a featured poet/performer at SOMOS in Taos, NM, Shakespeare & Co. in Missoula, MT, off-site at AWP in Minneapolis, MN, The Orchard House School in Richmond, VA, the Parkside Lounge, Cornelia Street Cafe and Makor in NYC, and Hofstra University, CW Post, Stony Brook University, Molloy College, Nassau Community College and The Walt Whitman Birthplace on Long Island.

Pasca has been using the written word to defamiliarize, deconstruct, and reconstruct the world around him since he was eleven. After giving up on his dreams of becoming a professional disc jockey and playing major league baseball, Matt earned a B.A. in English at Cornell University, where he minored in Africana Studies, learned Russian, worked the projection booth at Cornell Cinema and sang in Pamoja-Ni, the campus gospel choir. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Stony Brook University and began teaching at Bay Shore High School in 1997.

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LUKE PRATER is a writer of many styles and genres, while covering many topics, including candid social/geopolitical statement, sexual politics, the dynamics inherent in human relationships and personal/spiritual growth, amongst others. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from British universities after a schooling in the Steiner Waldorf syllabus in New Zealand. Luke lives in rural England with a Mac, a guitar or two, a silent fridge, and a brain that won’t switch off. His poetry has been published in several places online and in hardcopy.

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REENA PRESAD is a poet from India, currently living in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). She is the co-editor of The Significant Anthology. She writes poems looking in awe at the world from the 17th floor of a high rise in the Arabian desert. Her poems have been published in several anthologies and journals e.g. The Copperfield Review, First Literary Review-East, Angle Journal, Poetry Quarterly, York Literary Review, Lakeview International Journal, Duane’s PoeTree, Mad Swirl etc. She is also the Destiny Poets UK’s, Poet of the year for 2014 and one of the editors of The Significant Anthology released in July 2015. More recently, her poem was adjudged second in the World Union Of Poet’s poetry competition, 2016.

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DAVID RATCLIFFE  hails from the north of England though now living in the south. he write’s poetry, short stories, song lyrics (Two of my songs have been recorded by Leeds band Backyard Burners) & Stage plays (one of which is with a theatre company in London). He is also a keen painter in both watercolour and oils. In 2016 poem ‘Home Straight’ was shortlisted in the Fermoy International Poetry Festival Completion. This poem was featured at the festival, displayed in the widow of the local butchers shop… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=808552105913300&set=p.808552105913300&type=3&theater

His poetry has been published on-line in the following publicationS: Poetry Pacific Magazine, TRR Poetry, Sixteen Magazine, Mad Swirl , Tulip Tree Review (Print Version), Poem Hunter David Poetry Website https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=808552105913300&set=p.808552105913300&type=3&theater David’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhEUr-Fik3Qhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHFHWam_tsghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6J3YKR3ElAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNbbnCDKgXo

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SANDRA RENEW‘s poetry expresses her opinions on the state of the world. She wonders who sleeps at night? Who is lucky enough to live in safety and peace? Her poetry comments on contemporary issues and questions: war, language, environment, climate and the planet’s health, translation, dislocation, migration, terrorism, border crossings, dissent, gender, protest, human rights, freedoms.

Her poetry is informed by her many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of heterosexuality.

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MICHAEL ROTHENBERG was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1951, Michael Rothenberg has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 30 years. He is co-founder of Shelldance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica which is dedicated to the cultivation of orchids and bromeliads. He is a poet, painter, songwriter, and editor of Big Bridge Press and Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else. He is also co-editor and co-founder of JACK Magazine, a literary publication that relates to, but expands beyond, the beat generation. Along with Terri Carrion, Michael founded 100,000 Poets for Change, a global initiative for peace, sustainability and social justice.

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GREG RUUD is long time activist from the Nixon and the Killing Fields. He writes short stories, prose, poetry, and screenplays. Currently Greg also volunteers as a tutor to Somali youth in Minneapolis.

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MYRA SCHNEIDER‘s (Myra Schneider’s Poetry Website) ~ poems have been featured in Long Poem Magazine and Domestic Cherry. She co-edited with Dilys WoodParents, an anthology of poems by 114 women about their own parents. Myra started out writing fiction for children and teens. We first discovered Myra through her much-loved poem about an experience with cancer, The Red Dresswhich she generously shared with readers here in our Perspectives on Cancer series in 2011.

Currently Myra lives in North London, but she grew up in Scotland and in other parts of England. She lives with her husband and they have one son. Myra tutors through Poetry School, London. Her schedule of poetry readings is HERE.
Myra’s eleventh poetry collection, The Door to Color, launched in September 2014 by Enitharmon Press.

ANDREW SCOTT is a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick. During his time as an active poet, Andrew Scott has taken the time to speak in front of a classrooms, judge poetry competitions as well as be published worldwide in such publications as The Art of Being Human, Battered Shadows and The Broken Ones. His books, Snake With A Flower, The Phoenix Has Risen, The Path, The Storm Is Coming and Through My Eyes are available now To contact Andrew, email …andrewscott.scott@gmail.com

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PHILLIP T. STEPHENS spent most of the eighties and nineties as a community and arts activist. To pay his bills he taught writing and visual design to community college students  and at-risk youth for the Texas Youth Commission. He published four novels, two volumes of poetry and academic papers (including a series of articles on the role of metaphoric thinking in the development of scientific theory and religious belief for the International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society). He lives with his wife Carol in Oak Hill, Texas, where they rescue abandoned cats for http:/www.austinsiameserescue.org. He tweets @stephens_pt.

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JOHN SULLIVAN received the ‘Jack Kerouac Literary Prize,’ ‘Writers Voice: New Voices of the West’ award, AZ Arts Fellowships (Poetry & Playwriting), Artists Studio Center Fellowship, WESTAF Fellowship, was a featured playwright at Denver’s Changing Scene Summer Play (Changing Scene Theatre), and an Eco-Arts Performance Fellow from Earth Matters On Stage / University of Oregon. He was Artistic/Producing Director of Theater Degree Zero, and directed the Augusto Boal / Theatre of the Oppressed focused applied theatre wing at Seattle Public Theater. For the past decade, he has used Theatre of the Oppressed with Gulf communities to promote dialogue on cumulative risk / environmental justice issues with NIEHS environmental health scientists.

His work has been published in a variety of print and online venues including: Hayden’s Ferry Review, Black Bear Review, Prose Kitchen, California Quarterly, The Lucid Stone, Oddball, OVS, Steel Toe Review, Razor: a Literary Magazine, Tumblewords: Writers Reading the West, and the Houston Poetry Festival Anthology. He was selected as a juried reader for the 2016 iteration of the Houston Poetry Festival and his manuscript, Dragontooth Children Blues & Other Mystery Plays, was a finalist in Eggtooth Editions 2017 competition. He recently performed “Three Views of a Secret” at Mercyhurst University’s DylanFest (Erie PA; March, 2017). His plays and performance pieces have been performed in many venues, primarily in the South and American Southwest.

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ILLYA SUMANTO , a winner of the KL Poetry Slam 2009, is an established spoken word poet/performer and poetry educator in Malaysia. She also writes poetry. On top of that, she organizes poetry events to encourage poetry and performing arts amongst youths. She teaches speech and drama as well and has been both scriptwriter and director for children’s theatre. She writes of her activism: “As a teacher, I encourage my students to question and challenge my views, so they can be trained to question and challenge the System.”

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M. J. TENERELLI is a poet and a legal writer. She has worked as an editor of trade magazines and text books for the cosmetology, cosmetics and fragrance industries in New York City. She writes legal briefs for a Social Security Disability law firm and hosts a monthly poetry reading for the Northport Arts Coalition in Northport, NY. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Cat’s Breath and Estrellas En El Fuego, both by Rogue Scholars Press. Her poems have been published in a number of print and electronic journals, including The Feminist Wire; Poetry Bay; Alaska Quarterly Review; The Improper Hamptonian; Zuzu’s Petals; The Mom Egg; Blue Fifth Review; Poetry Kit; Poetry Super Highway; Big City Lit; American Muse and Parameter. She is a former editor of the art and literary magazine The Wormwood Press. She is the co-editor of the recently published poetry anthology Grabbing the Apple.

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TIRAMIT (dhamma footsteps) is from the North of Scotland, lived in Asia since 1982. In 1994 the karma of circumstances led me to the forest monastery, Watpah Nanachat, located in N.E. Thailand. Resident there, is a group of international monks in the lineage of Ajahn Chah, who speak English as a link language. I stayed there for three months and have visited again many times. The blog is created from a Theravadin Buddhist perspective and there are also aspects of Advaita Vedanta – how do these two points of view sit together? The reader can decide. I’ve been part of the Buddhist community and a friend of the Sangha for all these years. Everything here is created in the spirit of generosity, kindness, friendship, kalyanamitra.

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DIANE TURNER lives in Hervey Bay, Queensland in Austraiia. In between studying and woking, she writes. She works in Education and Community Sector. Recently Diane completed a Bachelor of Professional Writing and Publishing with Curtin University. Her writing is inspired by nature and humanity. Her poetry is published in the 2015 Grieve Anthology for Hunters Writer’s Centre, The D’Verse Anthology for D’verse Poets, Freak Anthology for Pure Slush Books and other stories and poems under a previous name Buckman.

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SANDRA TYLER authored Blue Glass, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and After Lydia, both published by Harcourt Brace. She is editor-in-chief of The Woven Tale Press, an online magazine featuring works by writers and artists from across the Web. With a following of over 5,000, The Woven Tale Press is gaining traction as cybersphere’s premier literary and fine arts magazine, publishing both established and emerging writers and artists. Contributors span a wide creative gamut, from poets and writers of flash fiction, memoir, and the experimental to painters, photographers, sculptors, mixed-media and installation artists.

Tyler was awarded her BA from Amherst College and MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has taught creative writing on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including at Columbia University, (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), and Manhattanville College, (NY); she was  an assistant editor at Ploughshares and The Paris Review literary magazines, and production freelancer for Glamour, Self, and Vogue magazines. For the past ten years, she has served as judge for Stony Brook University’s national annual fiction contest. She was one of the 2013 BlogHer.com Voices of the Year.

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JUDITH WESTEFIELD (Curious to the Max) Retreading my tires: After being in private practice as a psychotherapist for thirty years Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT, RET (Cainine Dog Therapist) and I stopped practicing March 2015. I prefer to think of it as retreading rather than retiring. It’s a new journey to discover new territory.

Side trips: Been blogging for several years – Curious to the Max http://judithwesterfield.com – about anything that amuses, interests or makes me smile. I also post my “creative endeavors” – haiku, sketches, drawings, stories, poems. Freddie Parker posts occasionally. He has a much larger following than I do.

A Bumpy ride: Was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1996 when it was still considered an “Hysterical Middle Aged Woman’s Syndrome” I still fit the profile even though I’m past my middle years. Despite health issues I keep rotating and retreading my tires as I roll along.

The Gas in my Tank: The one thing that has sustained me – besides humor – is my belief in the Baha’i World Faith tenants. God’s itinerary for me has taken me through some wonderful, albeit bumpy, terrain.

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LYNN WHITE  lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been published in recent anthologies including – Stacey Savage’s ‘We Are Poetry, an Anthology of Love poems’; Community Arts Ink’s ‘Reclaiming Our Voices’; Vagabond Press’s, ‘The Border Crossed Us’; ‘Degenerates – Voices For Peace’, ‘Civilised Beasts’ and ‘Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones’ from Weasel Press; ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver Birch Press, and many rather excellent  on line and print journals. Connect with Lynn  her blog HERE and on Facebook HERE.

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STEPHANIE WILLIAMS writes from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her family sings and dances together every day.

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REUBEN WOOLLEY is published in various magazines including Tears in the Fence, The Lighthouse Literary Journal, The Interpreter’s House, Domestic Cherry, The Stare’s Nest and Ink Sweat and Tears. His collection, the king is dead was published in 2014 with Oneiros Books and a chapbook, dying notes, in 2015 with Erbacce Press. Reuben was runner-up in the Overton Poetry Pamphlet competition and the Erbacce Prize in 2015. A new collection on the refugee crisis, skins, was published by Hesterglock Press, 2016:
Reubensays, he “pretends to be busy editing the online magazines: I am not a silent poet and The Curly Mind.”

I am not a silent poet is a zine dedicated to poetry and artwork of protest against abuse in all shapes and forms. Reuben’s motivation for founding the site: “I have seen such increased evidence of abuse recently that I felt it was time to do something. I am not a silent poet looks for poems about abuse in any of its forms, colour, gender, disability, the dismantlement of the care services, the privatisation of the NHS, the rape culture and, of course, war and its victims are just the examples that come to mind at the moment.”

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DR. APRILIA ZANK is a lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation in the Department of Languages and Communication at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, where she received her PhD degree in Literature and Psycholinguistics for her thesis THE WORD IN THE WORD Literary Text Reception and Linguistic Relativity. She is also a poet, a translator and the editor of two anthologies: the English–German anthology poetry tREnD Eine englisch-deutsche Anthologie zeitgenössischer Lyrik, LIT Verlag, Berlin, 2010, and the anthology POETS IN PERSON at the Glassblower (Indigo Dream Publishing, April, 2014). She writes verse in English and German, and was awarded a distinction at the “Vera Piller” Poetry Contest in Zurich. Her poetry collection, TERMINUS ARCADIA, was 2nd Place Winner at the Twowolvz Press Poetry Chapbook Contest 2013. Aprilia Zank is also a passionate photographer: many of her images are prize-winners and several have been selected for poetry book covers.