Mohsin Abbasi resides in New York studying at NYU’s Creative Writing Program. He enjoys writing short stories and poetry and is currently a Staff Reader at Spark Anthology. In his free time, he likes sampling restaurants in the city and discovering new corners of Manhattan.
Brittany Ackerman is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She recently completed a residency at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, as well as the Mont Blanc Workshop in Chamonix, France in the summer. She is currently living in Los Angeles and working on a novel of fiction.
Opal Palmer Adisa writes in all genres and lives between the lexicon and punctuation of language. She has published 16 books, enjoys teaching, is passionate about photography and considers herself a cultural activist. Her latest poetry collection, 4-Headed Woman, explores and exposes her four heads; and her forthcoming story collection is entitled Love’s Promise. Visit her: www.opalpalmeradisa.com
Brianne Agnizle spends most of her time wandering through the unconscious mind of a girl who often forgets that she’s left water boiling on the stove. Seven pots have been ruined at this point. In 2016, she started self-publishing and distributing works of romantic poetry collages under Daydream Zines. Her Pomeranian’s name is Pashmina.
Ingrid Anders is a freelance writer living, working, wife-ing, and mothering in Northern Virginia. She writes novels, short stories, poetry, and travel articles. She also gives author talks and hosts two monthly writing programs at the Washington DC Public Library. Visit her at www.ingridanders.com
Vanessa Anyanso is a Nigerian-American graduate of Columbia University where she studied psychology. She is currently studying for the GRE and has dreams of being a writer, therapist, and researcher. When she’s not studying or writing, she’s drinking tea, playing video games, or lifting heavy things in the gym.
Daniel was born in Spain. He studied French Literature as an undergrad (French Lycée of San Sebastian). He now lives and writes in Switzerland with his wife and two children. Daniel’s work is forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review, Soundings East and the 2016 anthology Best of Small Fictions by Queen’s Ferry Press. He is a 2015 Pushcart nominee.
Armed with pencils, coffee, headphones and a spring in her step, Francesca Baker likes to think and scribble her way through life. Find out more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk
Sudha Balagopal’s recent fiction appears in Spelk Fiction, Ellipsis Zine, Jellyfish Review and Vestal Review among other journals. She is the author of a novel, A New Dawn, and two short story collections, There are Seven Notes and Missing and Other Stories. More at www.sudhabalagopal.com
Richard Baldasty is a poet, collagist, and writer of short fiction. He lives in Spokane, tweets @2kurtryder, and is amazed how half a century slipped away since release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the “wear some flowers in your hair” San Francisco summer of 1967.
Alan Balkema is an American enjoying retirement in Dublin with his Irish wife. His monologue Let Me Share was recently performed at the Claremorris Fringe Festival, winning best actress and best director awards for the people involved. He has also been published in Flash Fiction World. During his career, Alan wrote and edited research reports. He thinks storytelling is much more fun.
Rebecca Bartlett is a prizewinning playwright, with contributions to both BBC and RTE Drama schedules. Her background is in professional theatre and writing. A member of the creatively energetic Sapphire Writers Group, she has just completed a full-length stage play, is currently editing a novel, and experimenting with different prose styles. rebeccabartlettwrites.com
Cath Barton is an English writer and photographer who lives in Wales. The winner of the AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella 2017 for The Plankton Collector, she is also active in the online flash fiction community and recent publication credits include The Tea-Time Visitors in Story Shack and Buttercups in Sixteen. Cath is a regular contributor to Wales Arts Review.
Paul Beckman collects memories and punchboards. Some credits: Pank, Connotation Press, Journal of Microliterature, Litro, Boston Literary Magazine, The Connecticut Review and other fine magazines online and in print. He’s published three collections and a novella. His latest flash collection is Peek from Big Table Publishing available for purchase at paulbeckmanstories.com or Amazon.
Kara Bernard is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University. She grew up in a small-ish town in northern Georgia and currently lives with her human side-kick, her cats, and her ferret. She writes about none of these.
Frank Beyer was a tour manager and a teacher, but is now doing something more labour intensive. The change has done wonders for his health. He has a degree in history from the University of Auckland.
AN Block teaches at Boston University and is Contributing Editor at the Improper Bostonian. He has an MA in History and is a Master of Wine. Recent stories have appeared in Buffalo Almanack (recipient of its Inkslinger Award), Umbrella Factory (a Pushcart Prize nominee), The Maine Review, Constellations, Contrary, Per Contra, Litbreak, Torrid Literature, The Hungry Chimera, among others.
Joshua Bohnsack is a musician, printmaker, and prose writer. Bohnsack is the founding editor of Long Day Press, a hand-bound literary publication, and co-operates an ice cream shop in rural Illinois. He resides in Iowa City, Iowa.
Amy Braun, a kindergarten teacher by day and writer by night, received her MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (January 2017). She runs a writing group at her local library in her small town in Vermont, volunteers at a local writing retreat serving fine wine and food to other writers, and she’s completed a novel.
Jennifer Brazeau is a proud French Canadian teacher and archives technician who lives in the Ottawa area in Ontario, Canada. Her work has appeared on Writers Haven at original-writer.com.
Shalom Brilliant was a trial lawyer for thirty-six years, mostly with the U.S. Justice Department. Since his retirement from public service, he has spent much of his time writing, painting, and traveling. He and his wife, both native New Yorkers, live in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Neil Brosnan’s stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and in electronic format throughout Ireland, the UK, and the USA. A former winner of the Bryan MacMahon and Ireland’s Own short story awards, he is the author of two short story collections, Fresh Water and Other Stories (Original Writing) 2010, and Neap Tide and Other Stories (New Binary Press) 2013.
Spencer K.M. Brown was born in Bedfordshire, England. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Empty Sink, Prime Number, Flash Fiction Magazine, Change Seven, and Revolution John, among others. He was awarded the 2016 Penelope Niven Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he is at work on a novel.
Glenn A. Bruce has an MFA in Writing, was associate fiction editor for The Lindenwood Review. He has published five novels and two collections of short stories. He wrote the movie Kickboxer, episodes of Walker: Texas Ranger and Baywatch, and has been published in in RedFez, Beat Poets of the Forever Generation, Alfie Dog, LLR and Carolina Mountain Life.
Holly Bruns is a writer who lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. Her short stories have been published in Reader’s Digest, the 2013 edition of the Ascent Aspirations Anthology, and in the e-zines CommuterLit and Near to the Knuckle. She is currently working on her first novel.
Samuel Buckley was born in Leicester and has lived and worked since then in Liverpool, Bedfordshire and London. He has been publishing fiction since 2012 in various magazines, while undertaking writing work for local government, charities and museums in the UK. His previous stories have appeared in Bewildering Stories, Eunoia Review, and Crack the Spine.
N.J. Campbell lives and writes in the rural Midwest. His work has appeared in venues including Drafthorse, Drunk Monkeys and Maudlin House. He was the winner of the 2015 Little Tokyo Historical Society Short Story Contest. He blogs at njcampbell.tumblr.com.
Ute Carson has been writing and publishing stories and essays her entire life, developing her unique voice while gaining experiences around the world. Find out more on her website: utecarson.com
Regina Cash-Clark is an associate professor of Journalism at Ramapo College of New Jersey. A freelance writer and editor, she has worked as an assistant editor, an online publishing director and a senior copywriter in industry. Her short story, Autumn Eyes, appeared in the 2014 women’s anthology A Kind of Mad Courage: Short Stories About Mothers, (S)mothers & Others.
Maurice Cashell has lived and worked in France, Switzerland and Belgium as well as Ireland. A regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany (RTE Radio 1) he has been involved with writing groups in the People’s College and the Irish Writers Centre (Sapphire Group) and has published short stories, travel features and books and articles on Irish labour law and industrial relations.
Shawn lives in the northern plains of the United States and currently works in a warehouse. He writes short fiction and poetry because, well, he lives in the northern plains of the United States and currently works in a warehouse.
Grayson Chong is a Canadian student who enjoys writing short stories, poetry, and flash fiction. Her works have been previously published in Young Authors of Canada and Young Voices. Dance is her passion, writing is her art.
Vanessa Christie is an artist and writer living in San Diego, California. Several of her short stories have been published through various literary publications, and she is hoping to publish her first novel in the near future. www.facebook.com/vanessatheartist, twitter.com/vtheartist
Martha Clarkson manages corporate workplace design in Seattle. Her poetry, photography, and fiction can be found in monkeybicycle, Clackamas Literary Review, Seattle Review, Alimentum, Hawaii Pacific Review. She is a recipient of a Pushcart Nomination, and is listed under “Notable Stories,” Best American Non-Required Reading for 2007 and 2009. She is recipient of best short story, Anderbo/Open City prize, for “Her Voices, Her Room.” Visit www.marthaclarkson.com
Sarah Clayville is an author and educator in Central Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared online and in print in journals including The Threepenny Review, Literary Orphans, StoryChord, and 1:1000. She is an assistant editor for the online journals Mothers Always Write and Identity Theory. Follow her work at SarahSaysWrite.com.
Erin Clements was raised on Long Island, NY and now resides in Ayer, MA. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English. When she is not changing diapers or reading bedtime stories, she writes flash fiction, short stories and novels, primarily in her native language Sarcasm.
Ray was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1936. After service in the Royal Australian Navy and the South Australia Police, he reached Senior Sergeant and became a Court Sheriff’s Officer. Published 15 times (poetry and prose), including Ginninderra Press and two eBooks with Amazon.
Barbara Clinton enjoys writing short stories, flash fiction and essays. To buy typewriter ribbon she works as a sub-editor, writer and online editor. She lives in Dublin
Susan Condon, a native Dubliner, is editing her debut novel – a crime fiction thriller set in New York City. Awards include first prize in the Jonathan Swift Award; the SCC (City of Dublin VEC) Competition and the Bealtaine Short Story Competition and twice longlisted for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition. Publications include Original Writing from Ireland’s Own, Anthology 2012.
Steve Cook is 32, an author and teacher. He’s had several short stories published in anthologies, including Avast, Ye Airships, the Writing Times 2015 Short Story Anthology, and Cogs In Time 3. In 2015, he won the Amygdala eZine Short Story competition. He’s currently working on a fantasy novel, Claws of the Chimera. For more of his work, check out stevecookfiction.com
My name is Alexis. I live in Wisconsin and I am a senior in high school. English is my favorite subject because I love to read and write. My favorite genre to write is flash fiction, and my favorite book is Looking For Alaska by John Green.
New Zealander Bruce Costello, semi-retired from his work in psychotherapy, retreated from city to seaside village, joined the Waitaki Writers’ Group and began writing fiction to stop his brain from rusting. Since then he’s had 44 short stories published in six countries. At this stage, his brain is still functioning okay-ish, although surface rust has appeared above his left ear.
Chella Courington is the author of three prose poetry/flash fiction chapbooks: Love Letter to Biology 250 (forthcoming from Porkbelly Press), Talking Did Not Come Easily to Diana and Girls and Women. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in SmokeLong, Nano Fiction, The Collagist, and The Los Angeles Review. With another writer and two cats, she lives in California.
Lori Cramer lives in America and writes prose of varying lengths, from Twitter fiction to novels. Her work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, The Drabble, Fictive Dream, New Pop Lit, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Unbroken Journal, and Whale Road Review, among others. Links to her work can be found at loricramerfiction.wordpress.com. Twitter: @LCramer29.
Priya Dabak is a cat lover and fantasy nerd. She juggles her time between daydreaming, writing and completing a Master’s in English (Linguistics) from The English and Foreign Languages University, India. Her fiction has been previously published at NewMyths.com. A bookworm at heart, Priya also writes about books at Tabula Rasa, www.peskypiksipesternomi.blogspot.com
Founder of Concho River Review, Terry Dalrymple writes fiction and teaches literature and writing at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. His latest book is Love Stories (Sort Of), published by Lamar University Literary Press.
L.B. Davis is from Aurora, Colorado. He currently resides in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife of nine years. He works for an educational technology company. This is his first published work.
Annie’s three published volumes of fiction are: York Ferry: A Novel, Cane Hill Press, 1993, second printing; Lily in the Desert: Stories, Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2001; And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family, Litchfield Review Press, 2009. She published a poetry chapbook, ANATOMIE OF THE WORLD (Finishing Line Press) in 2017.
Salvatore Difalco lives in Toronto. He is the author of four books, including The Mountie At Niagara Falls (Anvil Press), a collection of microfiction.
William Doreski recently returned to Boston after years of teaching at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent book of poetry is The Suburbs of Atlantis (2013). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals.
Professor of Russian at Hunter College, Emil Draitser has authored 12 books of artistic and scholarly prose. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Partisan Review, Kenyon Review, and other journals. A three-time recipient of the New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowships, he’s at work on his memoir, To Laugh or Not to Laugh: Writing Soviet Satire.
Matthew Duffus received an MFA from the University of Minnesota and has published work in a number of venues, including Beloit Fiction Journal, Natural Bridge, and New Ohio Review. He is an Instructor of English at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.
Doreen Duffy loves to write. Longlisted in the 2013 RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story competition; shortlisted for the 2012 Fish Publishing competition; and awarded first place in the 2012 Jonathan Swift Poetry competition. Published in Ireland’s Own Anthology, the Irish Times newspaper, and The Burning Bush 2. doreenduffy.blogspot.com
Dr. Wilson F. Engel, III, was born in Long Beach, California, and now resides and writes in Gilbert, Arizona, U.S.A. Dr. Engel has published over 250 stories and poems in print and online. Dr. Engel is interested in the post-modern ethos and in the effects of advanced artificial intelligence software, particularly when integrated with robotics, on the human condition.
Eugenio Eustace is a retired master brewer and now an amateur writer specializing in the field of fantastical fiction. He is currently working on his debut novel We Need to Talk About Watters and can be found hiking in the Peak District east of Manchester, England, in his spare time.
Natalie Evjen found her passion for writing after having her two kids, Abel and Zola. Currently, she lives in Provo, Utah, where she takes creative writing classes at Utah Valley University and works on a novel that she hopes to finish sometime before she’s 80.
Linda Ferguson is an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction and essays. Her poetry chapbook, Baila Conmigo, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2014. She also teaches creative writing for adults and children. www.bylindaferguson.blogspot.com
Hamish Filmer grew up in South Africa and now resides in The Hague, where he lives with his wife, Ksenia, and two sons. He has had short stories published in Empty Nest (KY Story), The Cardiff Review, Type/Cast, and The Quill Magazine (forthcoming). http://hamishfilmer.weebly.com/writing.html
Jan FitzGerald (b.1950) is a long established NZ poet and writer, with publication overseas in The London Magazine, Orbis (UK), Acumen (UK) and Cinnamon Press (Wales). A short story writer of various awards and placings, she has recently taken up fast fiction. She has two poetry books published and works full-time as an artist in Napier, NZ.
Geoffrey Forsyth’s chapbook, In The Land Of The Free, was published by Rose Metal Press. His story, Mud, appeared in the anthology New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond. His short stories have been published in New Orleans Review, RHINO, Other Voices, Oyez Review, and several other literary magazines.
Peter Fraser lives in Australia and is interested in travel and writing. He has published about a dozen short stories, mainly in American eMags. Last year he published a novel with Editions Dedicaces called A Pack of Lies.
Jim Freeze is 69 years old and retired. Although Jim has been writing for 20 years, he only became serious in June 2013 when he began submitting pieces for publication with limited but joyful success. Jim resides in Gastonia, North Carolina with Carolyn, his wife of 51 years. He enjoys reading, sports, and any good single malt Scotch.
Paula Fusco was born in Belfast and now lives in Surrey, where it’s warmer. Many years of staying in, watching television are to blame for the characters she creates in her short stories and she hopes that her readers will share her passion for the absurd.
Karin Britt Gall writes fiction and nonfiction from Central Ohio. She lives with her husband and attack cat Smokey. Her work has appeared in anthologies, national magazines, and newspapers both in print and online. Karin’s recent work has appeared in Siren Lit, The Flash Fiction Press (forthcoming), and the anthologies Feisty After 45 and Tomato Slices. Follow her @Karin_Gall or visit karinsgall.wordpress.com
Amanda Gaines is a recent graduate of WVU’s Creative Writing program. She has both poetry and prose published in Calliope, Mind Murals, Gravel, Straylight, The Oyez Review, Into the Void and The Meadow. When she’s not reading or writing, she can probably be found watching black and white movies and knitting. A born and bred Appalachian, Amanda’s interests include femininity, region, and lineage.
Renoir Gaither works as a library assistant at the University of Minnesota. His poems and prose have appeared in Revolver, After Hours, Fiction Brigade and African American Review. He enjoys jazz, film and visiting antique shops.
Jamey T. Gallagher’s writing has been published in over thirty journals, online and in print. Three of his stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his novella Midwinter, a fundraiser for a friend with health issues, is available as a Kindle download. He teaches at the Community College of Baltimore County.
Alex Galvez is a college student living in Los Angeles, California. Making his debut in Brilliant Flash Fiction. He enjoys writing short stories, flash fiction and poetry. His themes include culture, language, identity, and the unknown.
Miguel Gardel lives in New York. His stories have appeared in Bilingual Review, Best Fiction, Red Fez, Pemmican, Press One, and other publications.
Nod Ghosh is a graduate of the Hagley Writers’ Institute, Christchurch, New Zealand. Nod’s work has been accepted by Penduline Press, TheGayUK and the Citron Review; N.Z. publications: Flash Frontier, JAAM and Takahe. Stories featured in anthologies Love on the Road 2015 (Liberties Press), Landmarks (U.K. 2015 NFFD) and Horizons 2 (Top of the South NZSA). Further details: www.nodghosh.com.
John Givens teaches fiction writing workshops in Dublin. He got his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, studied art and language in Kyoto and worked in Tokyo as a writer and editor. Givens has published three novels in the United States and a collection of short stories in Ireland. His stories have appeared in literary journals in the US, Asia and Europe.
Melissa Goode’s work has appeared in Best Australian Short Stories, New World Writing, Cleaver Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, Pithead Chapel, Gravel and Jellyfish Review among others. She has been a featured writer in Bang! One of her short stories has been made into a film by the production company, Jungle. She lives in Australia. You can find her here: www.melissagoode.com and at twitter.com/melgoodewriter.
Lisa Gordon is a writer from the U.S. East Coast. She has an MFA from California College of the Arts and has been published in Paper Darts, Sparkle + Blink, and others. She is at work on a story collection. You can read more of her work at www.gordonlisa.com.
Mitchell Grabois has had over 1,000 poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Queen’s Ferry Press’s Best Small Fictions. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, is available from Kindle and Nook. To see more of his work, Google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.
Paul was born in 1957 in Leics, UK. Handicapped by being sent to a school for mentally disturbed teachers (Roundhill College—no lie). Writing: Film script accepted (though not produced) by Monty Python producer. Came 4th in Leics short-story contest. Even then they forgot to enclose the cheque. Drawn to humour in writing, even though there’s no such thing: humour is just another take on misery
KJ Hannah Greenberg, an evergreen inventor of printed possibilities, fashions lively texts and watches dust bunnies breed beneath her sofa. Her eclectic works are dedicated to lovers of slipstream fiction and to oboe players who never got past the second orchestral chair. Hannah’s newest collection of brief fiction is Friends and Rabid Hedgehogs (Bards & Sages Publishing, June 2016).
Michelle Greer, originally from Vancouver, Canada, lives in Mangalore, India with her husband, a musician. She started writing as a child but stopped writing for about 20 years. She has recently picked it up again and is currently working as a freelancer. She writes sonnets in her spare time and is currently trying to publish them.
Romana Guillotte is an MFA Screenwriting Candidate at UNLV, though more importantly a terribly average cellist and a ginger that loves dragons. She writes reviews for Marc Gunn’s Celtic Music Magazine and has had flash fiction shorts appear in both Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and Slink Chunk Press.
Hákon Gunnarsson is an Icelandic writer who has an MA in comparative literature who has written fiction and non-fiction. Even though he did at one point want to become a novelist, he fell for the short story, and sticks mostly to that form these days. His work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Icelandic and English.
Huang Guosheng, born in Maoming, Guangdong, China in 1969, is a member of the Guangdong Provincial Writers Association, and the Translators Association of China. His Chinese novel Shenzhen Dream won the fourth place in the China Novel Contest and was longlisted for the ninth Maodun Literary Prize. He’s an international businessman and bilingual Chinese-English writer in Shenzhen, China.
Melissa Hunter Gurney is a Brooklyn based independent writer as well as the founder of GAMBA Magazine and GAMBA Z’s Artist Residency. She is connected to the artist life as seen throughout South America and writes for La Gente Descalza (The Barefoot People). Her work can be seen in various independent magazines including The Opiate, Those That This, Across the Margin and Post (Blank).
Jason Half-Pillow’s writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from: The Iowa Review, Driftwood Press, Gadfly Online, The Intentional, Crack the Spine, Fiction Southeast, Icarus Down Review and other venues. He is a recipient of the Iowa Review‘s Tim McGinnis Award for humorous writing. He currently resides in northern Italy.
Paul Handley’s fiction has appeared in Gargoyle Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Gone Lawn, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, mojo and Ostrich Review. Cartoons are in Hobar and Forge.
Writer-Artist-Musician-Poet-The Honorable Founder of The Groovy People’s Association Richard Hansen was, from the age of three-and-a-half and throughout the most formative years of his life, raised in the wilderness by wolves. He now happily resides in northern California.
Nels Hanson grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley and has worked as a farmer, teacher and editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review and other magazines and received the 2014 Prospero Prize from Sharkpack Review.
Alan D. Harris is a sixty-something graduate student in Creative Writing. He received the 2011 Stephen H. Tudor Scholarship in Creative Writing and earned the 2014 John Clare Poetry Prize from Wayne State University. In addition, Harris is the father of seven, grandfather of six, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee in both 2013 and 2014.
Gina’s writing has been shortlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize, longlisted for various competitions and published in both fiction and non-fiction magazines and on audio platforms. She holds an MRes in Creative Writing and was a runner-up in The Casket of Fictional Delights 2017 Flash Fiction Competition. She lives in Scotland and tweets @gmdfreelance.
Phyl Herbert lives in Dublin and has a background in teaching and theatre. After completing an M. Phil (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin in 2008, she started writing short stories. A debut collection of her short stories will be published this year by Arlen House. Presently, she is developing a stage play, Lunar Ladies.
Eileen Herbert-Goodall holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts, which she earned at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia. Along with a colleague, she runs the Field of Words writing and editing website. She has had many pieces of non-fiction and fiction published, and is presently working on a collection of short stories. eileenherbertgoodall.com
Karen Heslop writes from Kingston, Jamaica. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Theme of Absence, Bards and Sages Quarterly, The Story Shack and Fantasia Divinity Magazine among others. She tweets @kheslopwrites.
Rónán Hession is a writer based in Dublin. He has been published in the Honest Ulsterman and The Bohemyth. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of storytelling songs. His third album Dictionary Crimes was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year. Twitter: @mumblindeafro
Dara Thomas Higgins is a writer and musician living in Dublin. He currently writes for television, and has been previously published in The Bohemyth among others. Twitter: @Diplah. Dara’s portrait was created by Eoin Whelehan.
Ed Higgins teaches creative writing and literature at George Fox University, south of Portland, OR. His poems and short fiction have appeared in numerous print and online journals including: Monkeybicycle, Tattoo Highway, Pen Pusher, Word Riot, qarrtsilun, and Blue Print Review, among others. He and his wife live on a small organic farm where they raise a menagerie of animals.
Gene Hines was a Marine in Vietnam, a preacher in South Carolina, a missionary in Japan, a lawyer in North Carolina, and is now a writer in Tennessee. One of his stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and he was awarded the James Patrick Prize for Fiction by the Exiles Literary Group. You may contact him at 1Rosebud2@zoho.com.
Lynne is a marine scientist by training, a writer by passion, and a curmudgeon by nature. She uses her experiences from years living in the Caribbean to infuse her stories with tropical magic, from the siren call of the islands to the terror and hysteria caused by the mysterious chupacabra. You can find out more at lynnehinkey.com
Raised in Chicago and residing in Nashville, Doug Hoekstra’s short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. He has two book-length collections to his name: The Tenth Inning (2015) and Bothering the Coffee Drinkers (2007 Independent Publisher Award finalist) and as a singer-songwriter, released eight CDs on U.S. and European labels, touring extensively in support. facebook.com/doughoekstramusic/, doughoekstra.wordpress.com/
Alva is an Irish writer from Dublin. First published by Ireland’s Own Winning Writers Annual 2015. Three times a winner of Ad Hoc Fiction’s weekly flash competition, her stories feature in The People’s Friend, Ellipsis Zine, Train Lit Mag, Firefly Magazine, Stories for Homes, Zero Flash, and Microcosms Fiction. Twitter: @Alva1206
Barbara Lorna Hudson is an ex-social worker who has ended up as an Oxford don. She took up fiction writing on retirement. Her first novel Timed Out (Driven Press 2016), is about an older woman who looks for love on the Internet in the hope of achieving a meaningful new life.
Caroline Hurley’s poems have appeared in Poetry24, The Electric Acorn, Three Monkeys Online and EuroScience Open Forum’s third Science Meets Poetry anthology. Clebran.org has featured her flash fiction and a chapter from her novel. Her essays have appeared in The Village Magazine and Futurebooks.com. Her current focus is on young adult fiction and screenwriting. She lives near an Irish bird reserve.
Joshua Isard is the author of a novel, Conquistador of the Useless (Cinco Puntos Press), and his stories have appeared in numerous journals including The Broadkill Review and Wyvern. He studied at Temple University, The University of Edinburgh, and University College London. Joshua directs Arcadia University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and lives in Philadelphia. You can find him on Twitter @JoshuaIsard.
Arya F. Jenkins’ writing has appeared in journals such as Agave Magazine, Brilliant Corners, Cleaver Magazine, The Feminist Wire and Provincetown Arts Magazine. Her poetry was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. She writes jazz fiction for Jerry Jazz Musician. Publications are forthcoming in Burrow Press Review and Cider Press Review. Her poetry chapbook, Silence Has A Name, was published by Finishing Line Press.
Greg Jenkins is Professor of English at Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. He is the author of three books, including Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation, and dozens of short stories. His fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Tampa Review, South Dakota Review, Chicago Quarterly Review and Prism International. He has also had a number of plays produced.
Camillus John was bored and braised in Dublin. Last year he was published in The Stinging Fly, longlisted in The RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition and bionically helped St. Pat’s win the FAI cup, for the first time in 53 miserable years, by shouting, “Come on you super-saints!” at an annoyingly high volume at crucial times throughout the season.
Katrina Johnston has several short fiction stories published online. Once in a while she breaks into print. She is the winner of the CBC Canada Writes True Winter Tale. The goal of her writing is to try, to share, and to dream. Katrina lives in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Andy Jones was born in Dublin. Retired from a globetrotting career, he fell among a poetry-writing group called Litlab, who meet in the Bailieborough Library. He has been highly recommended in the Francis Ledwidge poetry competition and published in Boyne Berries and Skylight Poets. He lives in Arcadia (Mullagh), County Cavan, Ireland.
Rosemary Jones is an Australian who lives and teaches in Connecticut. Her fiction has been published in Denver Quarterly and Sonora Review. She was awarded Alligator Juniper’s 2015 national prize for non-fiction, and other essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Cossack Review and are forthcoming in Cimarron Review and Sweet. She likes writing cross-genre pieces and cannot shake her love of her home-country.
Peter Jordan has received various awards, including a literary bursary from The Lisa Richards Agency, while taking an MA in Creative Writing. Two consecutive NI Arts Council grants followed soon after. His work has been published in Flash500, The Pygmy Giant, Flash: The International Short Story Magazine, The Incubator, The HU and Thresholds. You will find him on twitter @pm_jordan.
Taylor Jordan lives in New York City and works in the publishing industry. When she’s not reading manuscripts or writing around the clock, she spends her free time exploring all the city has to offer. She hopes to one day be able to make perfect scrambled eggs and also publish a book or two. She blogs at taylorjordanp.wordpress.com
Julija Juchneviciute comes from Lithuania; she is a philologist, with both her BA and MA in English Studies. During her studies she discovered her love for language and literature and often finds herself scribbling little sketches of thoughts that may be interesting to revisit.
Mary Kane’s work has been published in Beloit Poetry Journal and other journals. Her full-length collection of poems, Door (One Bird Books), is available on Amazon. She lives on Cape Cod where she can usually be found walking.
Sue Katz (MA English Literature) is a “wordsmith and rebel” who has been widely published on the three continents where she has lived. She used to be proudest of her 20-year martial arts career, her world travel, and her edgy blog Consenting Adult, but now she’s all about her collection of short stories about the love lives of older people, Lillian’s Last Affair.
Anthony Keers resides in the city of Manchester, England. Creative writing has been his hobby since an early age, but due to exams and higher education, it hadn’t been given much time prior to the start of this year. Read more on his short story/poetry blog: anthonykeers.wordpress.com.
Rebecca has published a novel In Pursuit (Amazon). She won the 2014 Kerry’s Eye Short Story Competition, and most recently her stories have been featured in The Incubator magazine and RTE’s 100 Words, 100 Books anthology. She was one of fifty writers worldwide to take part in the 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival—the only writer in Ireland to do so. rebeccakemp.com
The muse of poetry-writing visited Teddy in 2002, while he was pursuing his studies in Nkubu High School. You can find his poems in Inwood Indiana Press, Shot Glass Journal, Leaves of Ink, and many other journals. He also has fiction works in Beyond Science Fiction, Jitter Press, Brilliant Fiction Magazine, Spadina Literary Review, Paragraph Planet, and Gone Lawn. His books The Milky Way In Words (poetry) and Eve and Other Sci-fi Stories (fiction) are available on Amazon.
Adam Kluger is a NYC writer, street artist and descendant of British sculptor Jacob Epstein. Kluger attended the same high school as Jack Kerouac and draws inspiration from diverse literary sources that include Charles Bukowski, John Fante, Ernest Hemingway and Herman Melville, and artists Jean Dubuffet, Marc Chagall, Bob Ross, Eric Payson and Pablo Picasso.
Beth Konkoski has published her fiction and poetry in various literary journals including: Story, Mid-American Review, Saranac Review and The Baltimore Review. Her chapbook “Noticing the Splash” was published by BoneWorld Press in 2010. She teaches high school English in Northern Virginia where she lives with her husband and two children.
Robert T. Krantz studied Creative Writing and English Literature at both Niagara County Community College, New York, and the University of Akron, Ohio. His work has appeared in Bare Fiction, Bitterzoet, Watershed Review, Hoot and others. He lives in Detroit, Michigan, works as an industrial sales engineer, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas.
Richard Krause’s fiction collection, Studies in Insignificance, was published by Livingston Press. Eyecorner Press in Denmark published his epigram collection, Optical Biases. Propertius Press recently accepted his second epigram collection, Eye Exams. His fiction has appeared in J Journal, The Long Story, Red Savina Review, Eastlit, and is upcoming in Oddville Press. He teaches at Somerset Community College in Kentucky.
David has used various forms of art to cultivate meaning and movement in his life in the face of chronic illness from a young age. He lives quietly with his fiancée in Lawrence, Kansas, and generally strives to make each day better than the last.
Ashley Kunsa writes, runs, and listens to late-nineties music outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and young son. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review, the Roanoke Review, Hot Metal Bridge, and Blue Lyra Review. She’s completing a Ph.D. on Iraq War fiction at Duquesne University. Find her at www.ashleykunsa.com.
Kate LaDew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Arts. She resides in Graham, NC with her cats, Charlie Chaplin and Janis Joplin.
Ryan R. Latini is a freelance and fiction writer living in southern New Jersey. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in 50-Word Stories, Funny in Five Hundred, Red Savina Review, and The Schuylkill Valley Journal.
Eric Layer is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. In 2011, he was awarded the Emerging Voices Fellowship at PEN Center USA, and continued as a Mark fellow in 2012. He was also a writer-in-residence at the VCCA and Fundacion Valparaiso. His stories and essays have appeared in The Rattling Wall, Trop, Palehouse, Penny-Ante and The Medulla Review. (Photo by Clare Welsh)
Minyoung Lee is a writer living in San Francisco, CA with her well-traveled calico cat, Matisse. Minyoung enjoys writing about regular people who find themselves in special circumstances. When she is not writing, Minyoung enjoys looking for hidden oil fields and visiting small towns named after famous places. You can find her at http://myleeis.com/
Young Lee is a graphic designer and a student at Writing Pad and Writing Workshops LA. She writes flash fiction and is published in 99 Pine Street and in the August issue of Literary Orphans. She is currently working on her first novella and occasionally scribbles in her blog, youngleewrites.com.
D.S. Levy lives in the Midwest. She has had work published in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Little Fiction, Columbia, The Carolina Quarterly, and others. She has a blog at cdogco.com and tweets @122cats. You can find more of her work at her website: deblevy1.wix.com/debraslevy
Karen Levy is a storyteller and writer who lives and performs her work in New York City and Santo Domingo.
John S. Lewis is an African Guyanese writer who has deviated from the childish vampire and zombie stories associated with fiction writers of Guyana. He thinks a true writer is practically incapable of producing a story untainted by issues that weigh heavily upon the minds of his people. He has published over forty short stories via newspapers in his country and a novelette, The Nine Lives of Livingstone Crandon.
Sophia Li is a fiction writer who attends the St. John’s School in Houston, Texas. She is a part-time firefighter for the City of Southside Place and enjoys cloud-gazing on the weekends. Her favorite element of life is its unpredictability.
Marcus LiBrizzi is a professional writer who lives on the remote coast of Downeast Maine, USA. He has four books out, including Dark Woods, Chill Waters and Ghosts of Acadia. At the University of Maine at Machias, he works as a Professor of English and Managing Editor of the University Press.
As a freelance writer based in Arizona, Ann-Marie has been supporting herself with words for nearly 20 years. Her best clients have been in the health care field. She’s pretty sure she could start an IV, diagnose atrial fibrillation and give a rudimentary explanation of citrullination. In other words, she could be dangerous.
David Lohrey graduated from U.C., Berkeley. His poetry can be found in Softblow, The Blue Mountain Review, Otoliths, Cecile’s Writers and Quarterday. In addition, recent poems have been accepted as part of anthologies published by the University of Alabama (Dewpoint), Illinois State University (Obsidian) and Michigan State University (The Offbeat). David is a member of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective in Houston. Recent fiction can be read in Crack the Spine and at inshadesmag.com. He teaches in Tokyo.
Craig Loomis has been teaching at the American University of Kuwait since 2004. His fiction has been published in such literary journals as The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review and The Los Angeles Review. Loomis’ most recent short story collection, The Salmiya Collection: Stories of the Life and Times of Modern Day Kuwait, was published by Syracuse UP in 2013.
Tim Love lives in Cambridge, UK, teaching computing. He’s been published in Necessary Fiction, Cortland Review, Connotation Press, etc. His publications are Moving Parts (HappenStance, 2010) and By All Means (Nine Arches Press, 2012). He blogs at http://litrefs.blogspot.com
Christopher Lowe is a lawyer in Wisconsin where he lives with his wife and children. His flash fiction has been published online in Prime Decimals and The Molotov Cocktail. This piece began as an exercise for an online class with The Writers Studio.
Dawn Lowe has dual American/Irish citizenship and lives north of Dublin. Her work has been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Sunday Miscellany and published in Boyne Berries 2013-2014, Three Monkeys Online, Literary Juice and Clebran. She plays piano and thinks up stories while walking on the beach.
Paul Luikart is the author of the short story collection Animal Heart (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016) and Brief Instructions (Ghostbird Press, 2017). He and his family live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Anne Macdonald lives in Colorado where she heads off each day to work as a business librarian. Her novel, A Short Time in Luxembourg, appeared in 2004. Her short stories have appeared in Dublin Quarterly Review; Blue Earth Review; Matter: the Journal of Art and Literature and WOW 2014 Anthology (Writing on the Waves-Galway, Ireland), among others.
Lesley Mace writes in a garden room that’s stuffed with books and notebooks. She is an Escalator Award winner, and has received Arts Council funding for her writing. Published in Writers’ Forum (three time first-prize winner), Bewildering Stories and The Boston Literary Magazine, she is working on her second book, a crime novel set in 1860s.
Shannon Magee is a graduating senior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. A passionate writer of both poetry and prose, she plans to pursue a career in writing, editing and publishing, when she isn’t unraveling the patriarchy inch by inch.
John is a futurist with a love of the past. He writes short fiction and flash, and is at work on a novel. John’s fiction explores the past. And future-focused stories—scenarios—are a backbone of his work as consultant. John lives and works in Washington, DC. He shares his writing at johnmahaffie.com.
Gwenda Major lives in the South Lakes area of the UK. Her passions are genealogy, gardening and graveyards. Gwenda’s stories have featured in numerous publications. She has written four novels and two novellas; three have been either longlisted or shortlisted for national competitions. www.gwendamajor.wordpress.com
Louise writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, which have won prizes, placed on shortlists, and been read out on BBC radio. You can connect with Louise on Facebook and Twitter @LouiseMangos, or visit her website louisemangos.com where there are links to more of her stories. Louise lives in Switzerland with her Kiwi husband and two sons.
Jesse Mardian earned his MFA degree at San José State University. His recent works have been featured in Burrow Press, Mount Hope Magazine, Gambling the Aisle, The Rumpus, and Three: An Anthology of Flash Nonfiction. Currently, he is working his first novel and working as an educator in Los Angeles, California.
Tyrean Martinson is the author of Champion in the Darkness, Champion in Flight, and various short stories and poems. Martinson can be found online at tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com.
Ben Mason’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Calliope, The Pacific Review, The Commonline Journal, Perigee, and Recto Verso. A chapbook of his poetry, Small Pomes for Average People, was published by Naissance in 2011. He lives in Washington, DC.
Evan Massey is a short fiction writer. He will be a first-year graduate student studying fiction in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Virginia Tech. He is also former military and wants to one day own a Bloodhound. Other works of his appear in Populi Magazine and Literally Stories.
William Masters is a local San Francisco writer. Twenty of the thirty-four stories from his collection of fiction, Portraiture: A San Francisco Story Cycle, have been published since 2012. He still hasn’t found a publisher, sigh.
Jacqueline is the author of Nobody Home: A Memoir, her debut book. She grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and has enjoyed careers as actress, performing arts manager, and landscape designer. Currently Jacqueline writes short stories and personal essays and lives in Connecticut with her husband George. Her blog is on Goodreads.com.
Robert Garner McBrearty’s short stories have been published in the Pushcart Prize, North American Review, Missouri Review and elsewhere. His flash fiction has recently appeared in Eclectica, Lowestoft Chronicle, Posit, and The Café Irreal. He’s published three collections of stories and most recently a novella,The Western Lonesome Society. For more info about Robert’s writing: www.robertgarnermcbrearty.com.
Geraldine McCarthy lives in West Cork, Ireland. She has been writing short stories and flash fiction for a year and a half. Her work has appeared in The Fable Online (July 2016, June 2017), The Incubator Journal (December 2016), Seven Deadly Sins: a YA Anthology (Gluttony, November 2016), and The Scarlet Leaf Review (January 2017).
Irish writer Perry McDaid currently has over a hundred short stories of varying lengths and genres published or accepted pending publication by imprints such as Stupefying Stories; Chaos Factory; Flash Fiction Magazine; Everyday Fiction; Amsterdam Quarterly; Bunbury; and others. He lives beneath the brooding brows of the Donegal hills in his hometown of Derry.
Paul McDonald runs the creative writing programme at the University of Wolverhampton, England. He is the author of fifteen books to date, including fiction, poetry and criticism. Having a scholarly interest in ancient humour, he takes pleasure in the fact that Googling ‘the oldest joke in the world’ throws up several hundred pages with his name on.
Neil is the author of horror novels The Surgeon and Nanobite, as well as the collected short stories Don’t Drink the Water. He lives in Scotland and is a keen cyclist, taking inspiration from the landscape around him. He says writing is more fun than work and he is nothing like the characters in his novels. Honest.
Deirdre McGrath has a background in print journalism and worked as a reporter with the Limerick Leader newspaper for nine years where she covered a wide range of topics in the form of hard news and feature writing. She now runs her own advertising business and lives in County Cork, Ireland. She really enjoys reading and writing flash fiction.
Shannon McMahon has an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in American Literature. She has been director of the writing program at College of Saint Mary in Omaha since 2012. She’s lived in France, Italy, and Morocco and is currently at work on her first novel.
Carina McNally lives in Beara (Ireland) where she wave-watches, coin collects and in her spare time writes plays, book reviews, short stories and flash fiction. Her work has been both broadcast and published, more recently appearing in Cyphers and Number Eleven Magazine.
Fiona McPhillips is a journalist, author and charity director. Her creative work has been featured in the Flash Flood Journal, two Poetry Now anthologies and she has had a chapbook of poems published by The Plowman. You can find her on Twitter @fionamcp.
Ashley Memory writes fiction, essays, and poetry. She is the author of Naked and Hungry, a darkly humorous suspense novel published in November 2011 by Ingalls Publishing Group. Her work has most recently appeared in the 2015 edition of Pinesong, Carolina Woman magazine and the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Review. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Jay Merill lives in London UK and is Writer in Residence at Women in Publishing. Stories are published currently by Epiphany, Matter Press and Prairie Schooner. Jay is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the Salt short story Prize. She is the author of two short story collections (both Salt): God of the Pigeons and Astral Bodies.
Eve describes herself as a belly dancing pagan witch living in West Wales. She has a degree in Ancient History and Classical Studies and a Master’s in Ancient Philosophy and Myth. She’s part of the crowd theater group Goblin Circus and divides her time between learning circus skills and writing. In October she began a Master’s in creative writing.
Chris Milam lives in the bucolic wasteland that is Hamilton, Ohio. When not writing, he vapes and sulks with ferocity. His stories have appeared in Jellyfish Review, Bartleby Snopes, WhiskeyPaper, Molotov Cocktail, and elsewhere. You can find him on Twitter @Blukris.
Serena Molloy is a prize-winning short story writer. She also enjoys writing Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. Her work has been shortlisted by the Dublin Writers Festival. She fits her writing in around a busy family life. Chocolate is her only vice.
Gerry Moloney is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a consultant and director of a number of financial services companies. He took up creative writing some years ago and is now working on his first novel. He is married and lives in Howth, County Dublin.
Damhnait Monaghan’s flash fiction has placed in several competitions and last year she won the Brilliant Flash Fiction ‘Special Delivery’ competition. She is published in places like EllipsisZine, The Fiction Pool, Flash Frontier and Spelk Fiction and has work forthcoming in several anthologies. She’s on Twitter @Downith which is also how to pronounce her first name.
Claire Morgan-Heredia manages a video rental store (yes, they still exist) and writes stories. She received her BA from the University of Michigan and currently resides in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband and four cats. She is at work on her first novel.
I sit in my armchair in Portsmouth and travel from the deepest ocean to the outer reaches of space, without moving a muscle. My writing is described as short and often horrible but sometimes funny. I love performing my work at festivals and open mics. I am delighted to be published by Brilliant Flash Fiction.
Ray Morrison spent his childhood in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC but headed south after college to earn his degree in veterinary medicine and hasn’t looked north since. His debut collection of short stories, In a World of Small Truths (Press 53), was released in November 2012. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and several fiction anthologies.
Sean Murphy’s work has appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, The New York Post, The Good Men Project, and others. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and is Founding Director of Virginia Center for Literary Arts (www.thevcla.com). To learn more, please visit seanmurphy.net/
Linda Musita is a Kenyan writer and lawyer. Last year she was selected as one of 39 best African writers south of the Sahara under the age of 40, and was published by Bloomsbury UK in the Africa 39 anthology. She is a member of the Jalada writers collective.
Jared Nadin is a 23-year-old writer, poet and performer from County Clare, Ireland. He’s been writing for about a year and is a founding member of the popular Limerick-based literary event: Stanzas. He’s usually found in the smoking area with a notepad and pen. His work has been published in The Floor Magazine and Silver Apples Magazine.
Leland Neville lives and writes in upstate New York. He previously worked for a news magazine in Washington, D.C. and taught in both a high school and a prison. His short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, The Barcelona Review, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Blue Monday Review.
Dan Nielsen is a full-time open mic standup comic. His flash manuscript Flavored Water was a semi-finalist in the Rose Metal Press 2017 SHORT SHORT CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Flash in: Bird’s Thumb, Minor Literature[s], Cheap Pop, and The Collapsar. Dan has a website: Preponderous. You can follow him @DanNielsenFIVES. He and Georgia Bellas are the post-minimalist art-folk band Sugar Whiskey.
Kenneth is a writer/poet from Dublin, Ireland, who also performs comedy. In 2012 he won the CDVEC Cultural Council prize for poetry. He was highly commended in the 2013 Jonathon Swift Award for poetry and has been published in Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, and other magazines. Drop by his blog: kennethnolan6.wordpress.com
Anna O’Brien is a writer and veterinarian in Maryland. She is a contributing editor for the magazine Horse Illustrated and her other non-fiction work appears in various animal/pet publications. Her fiction has appeared in The Reject Pile. She likes her bicycles fast, her coffee sweet, and her dogs big and goofy. Twitter: @annaobriendvm
William O’Hara was born in 1970 and lives in the Irish midlands. He has worked as a trolley manager (manager of trolleys) Tyre Fillerman, postman, and as a general operative in numerous factories including a chocolate one (if you ever gain employment in a chocolate factory, steer clear of the mint machine). He is currently employed as a low level clerk in the civil service. He had a poem published once.
Pat O’Rourke has been a journalist in his native Dublin for almost 20 years. He writes fiction as a hobby and has been dabbling in Flash Fiction of late. He also has a keen interest in writing plays and, in 2014, had a 10-minute play staged with ‘Ri-Ra’, an amateur drama group based in Drogheda, Ireland.
Ronnie is a native Dubliner, and a mathematician by training and inclination. He has published non-fiction extensively, including a book on economics as well as contributing regularly to the Sunday Times. He is currently working on a novel set in 1917 Dublin, and writes short fiction to keep himself sane.
Jonathan Ojanpera is a published author, editor and writer of poetry and fiction. He is also an artist, photographer and musician. His introduction to writing came in the form of poetry in his early teens. His work has been featured in several political, poetic and literary websites and books.
Kirby Olson is a professor of creative writing and philosophy at SUNY-Delhi in the western Catskills. His most recent book is Christmas at Rockefeller Center (WordTech 2015), which is a book of poems. He lives in Delhi, NY with his wife and four children. (Photo by Riikka Olson)
After an idyllic childhood on the shores of Wagner’s Lake (Ontario, Canada), Noelle drifted off to try to write herself a life worthy of telling. She currently resides on Pine Lake (Yukon, Canada), where she dabbles in normalcy, translating, and wandering about lost in the snow.
George Vivian Paul is a civil engineer turned stand-up comedian who predominantly performs with comedy groups called “The Komedian” and “Comedified” . He lives in historic Barrackpore, Kolkata with two dogs, Jenny and Noah.
Mark Pearse is from Hendon, North London, England, but resides in Sayulita, Mexico. He is a songwriter and philosopher.
Robert Pope has published a novel, Jack’s Universe, and a collection of stories, Private Acts. He has also published many stories and personal essays in journals, including Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Fiction International, and in anthologies, including Pushcart Prize and Dark Lane Anthology.
Frank Possemato teaches English in the Los Angeles community colleges. He and his brother Joey host the talk show “Weymouth After Dark.” Frank’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications including 3AM, Underground Voices, and in Akashic’s “Mondays Are Murder” series.
His stories appear in Newtown Literary; Dark Corners; Akashic Books “Mondays are Murder” series; The Literarian, and The Boiler Journal, among other publications. “Do Days” was broadcast on BBC4 in 2015 and performed at Liar’s League NYC. He is a 2013 Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Story Prize finalist. He’s working on a novel set in Italy, where he lived for four years.
Stephen Rea lives in Dublin and works in the IT industry. As well as short stories and flash fiction, he has written full-length fiction and screenplays.
Charles Rafferty’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New Yorker and The Southern Review. Other poems are forthcoming in Ploughshares and Plume. He has a story forthcoming in The Southern Review, and they are collected in Saturday Night at Magellan’s. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees that don’t help with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. She’s a proud member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. She has eight novellas and several short stories published.
Charles Rammelkamp edits The Potomac, an online literary journal, and he is the prose editor for BrickHouse Books in Baltimore, where he lives. His latest book is a collection of poems called Mata Hari: Eye of the Day. A collection of short fiction, Tales of Potawatomi Rapids, is forthcoming from Texture Press.
Kari Redmond is a member of Northern Colorado Writers who teaches English as a second language at Colorado State University. She has been published in Coal Review and in a short story collection called Stops Along the Way. She is currently working on a novel. She has two blogs, wordsandothersuchthings.blogspot.com and travelblog.org/Bloggers/Kari12.
Russell Reece’s poetry and prose have appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies. His prose chapbook The Mud Lake Trilogy was published in 2014. Russ has received fellowships in literature from both the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He lives near Bethel, Delaware, along the beautiful Broad Creek.
Cinthia Ritchie is an Alaska writer and ultra-runner who spends a ridiculous amount of time in the mountains with a dog named Seriously. Find her work at New York Times Magazine, Rattle, Evening Street Review, Water-Stone Review, Mary, Deaf Poets Society, Into the Void, Theories of HER Anthology, Clementine Unbound and others. Her first novel, Dolls Behaving Badly, was published by Hachette Press.
A. Rooney is an associate professor teaching writing at Jindal Global University in Sonipat, India. He recently published a story collection, The Colorado Motet (Ghost Road Press) and a novella, Fall of the Rock Dove (Main Street Rag). His stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals around the world. The Indian Motel Stories, a story collection, is making the round of publishers.
Kathryn H. Ross is a creative and freelance writer based in the Los Angeles area. Her poetry and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Dali’s Lovechild, Across the Margin, Unbroken Journal, and Pigeonholes. When she is not writing, she is binge watching Netflix or finger-painting with pastels on canvas.
Madhumita Roy is pursuing a PhD in English at IIT Kharagpur, India, writing her thesis on Salman Rushdie. She lives in Kolkata and tries to write stories that would excite her as a reader. Her works have previously appeared in Word Riot, Out of Print (India), and others.
Shevaun Rutherford lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is currently juggling writing her first book, education and sleep. You can follow her on twitter @shevrutherford to get updates on her writing.
Chelsea Ruxer is an MFA student at the Bluegrass Writers Studio. Her work has recently appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos, 5×5, The Higgs Weldon, and others.
Stephen Ryan is a bass playing, Walking Dead loving, proud dad of 3 from Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland. Stephen has performed as a musician and songwriter for over 20 years. He has a Diploma in Music Performance from BCFE and is currently pursuing a degree in Communications at DCU.
Sage’s previous writings include Fictional Flights and Incorporating Literature in ESL Instruction. He won the 2012 Greenburgh, N.Y. poetry contest adult division first prize and translates French and Spanish works. Writers whose works he cherishes include Saroyan, Rilke, Annie Dillard, Diana Chang. He enjoyed studying Harold Frederic’s works and life in Ireland and England. He edited and published Pulp Magazine.
Mary Saliger is the pen name for an author best known for writing a book about a religious cult that was a #1 Amazon bestseller in its true crime and cults categories, as well as more than two dozen short stories in the dark fiction genre. The author is a professional member of Pen America and film rights to all stories are represented by Steve Fischer of the Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Author profile: http://goo.gl/dWEA8N
Tom Sanders is a writer in his mid-twenties, currently based in Yangon, Burma. He wrote his debut Plop: The Owl! at the age of five, and has been playing literary catch-up ever since.
Thomas Sanfilip is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in the Shore Poetry Anthology, Thalassa, Ivory Tower, Nit & Wit, Tomorrow, Ginosko Literary Journal, Maudlin House, Feile-Festa, and Per Contra. Five collections of poetry have been published, in addition to a collection of short fiction titled The Killing Sun, which appeared in 2006.
Vivek Santhosh lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His fiction has appeared in India Currents and Black Heart Magazine. His travel essay was featured in the India issue of Litro Magazine. You can read his work at www.viveksanthosh.com
Korana Serdarević (Croatia), born in 1982 in Zadar, graduated in Croatian and comparative literature. She worked as a journalist for culture sections. Since 2013, she works as a high school teacher. In 2013, she won two national short story first awards, and her work has appeared in many literary journals. Nema se što učiniti (Fraktura, 2015) is her first short story collection.
Artemis Savory is a writer who always has to get lost before she can create order from things. She has worked roughly 28 different jobs in her 29 years on this planet—from reporting, to pet-sitting, to serving and teaching. Find her online at ArtemisSavory.com where she runs Working: A blog about what other people do for work, told in their own words.
Karen Schauber’s Flash Fiction can be read at Rebel Shorts, Spillwords, AdHoc Fiction, Down in the Dirt, Blood Puddles, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, and forthcoming at Yellow Mama. The upcoming ‘Group of Seven Flash Fiction’ Anthology is her first editorial/curatorial flash venture http://GroupofSevenFlashFiction.weebly.com. Karen lives and writes in Vancouver, British Columbia, and can be reached directly at http://karenschauber.weebly.com
Pamela lives in Glasgow, UK. Her poems and stories have been published in various magazines including Peeking Cat Poetry, The Cannon’s Mouth, Sarasvati, The Dawntreader and Toasted Cheese Literary Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies including several published by Collections of Poetry and Prose. She has completed two novels and is working on a third.
As a freelance writer/journalist living in upstate NY, Cari Scribner has written about everything from school budgets to ice cream trucks to racing pigs. Cari credits NYS Writers Institute fiction workshops at SUNY Albany, for the encouragement to write truthfully and the backbone to handle rejection. Her work has appeared in the new renaissance, Gravel, Bartleby Snopes and The Tishman Review.
David has previously been read in publications like Slice Magazine and Bluffs Literary Magazine. He is married to a woman, five dogs, and three exotic birds. David’s day job is as a peer recovery specialist for the mentally ill. He is an English major and recently interviewed for Poet’s Voice Podcast. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Rose Servitova is a job coach who likes to write—mother of two, wife of one. She has been published in Mslexia Magazine, The Ogham Stone Literary Journal and The Irish Times. She also writes humour articles for the international yoga and wellness website YogaSync.
Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Boise State University, with a BA in political science. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Fat City Review, Postcard Shorts, The Bookends Review, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Microfiction Monday, The Turk’s Head Review, Monkeybicycle, Blue Lake Review, and The Molotov Cocktail. Mir-Yashar lives in Boise, Idaho, and is a local piano player.
Brian Sheehan writes short fiction and poetry. He lives on a farm in Borris, County Carlow, Ireland in the shadow of Mount Leinster. He enjoys reading and playing sport.
Paul Sherman is a published author of horror short stories, but has also had plays produced in England and Scotland. An avid fan of the theatre, he fills his time away from writing by watching as much theatre as he can, and directing plays and shows for both youth and adult theatre.
Author of five collections of poetry, Shoshauna Shy recently became a flash fiction author, and her stories can be found in 100WordStory, Fiction Southeast, Sou’wester, Thrice Fiction and elsewhere. She conducts the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf and Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Awards out of Madison, Wisconsin, and enjoys transforming some of her narrative poems into flash fiction.
Originally from New York City, Miryam Sivan lives in the Galilee and teaches at the University of Haifa. Her book, SNAFU and Other Stories, was published by Cuidono Press in September 2014. Sivan is currently working on a documentary film, Captain’s Table. And her novel, Love Match, is looking for its home in a NY publishing house.
Pat is a retired policeman residing in rural County Dublin, Ireland. He’s been scribbling short stories for twenty years, and his work has been published in County Tipperary, where he was born. His favourite short story writer is the late Frank O’Connor, but he also likes many American writers and Anton Chekov. He is a member of the Sapphire Writers’ Group of the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.
Sam Smith is a former Creative Writing and Scriptwriting student. His preferred genres are sci-fi, horror and comedy. His stories will make you laugh and think, and he enjoys experimenting with convention to create offbeat scenarios and characters. His work has been featured in Maudlin House, Lit Cat, Two Words For and Visitant Lit.
Patty Somlo has received four Pushcart Prize nominations and one for storySouth’s Million Writers Award. She had an essay selected as Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2014. Author of From Here to There and Other Stories, Somlo’s second book, Hairway to Heaven Stories, is forthcoming in January 2017 from Cherry Castle Publishing. www.pattysomlo.com.
Dan was a university lecturer, but the sentences proved too long. Born in Byron’s hometown, Dan now lives in Northern Ireland, from where he writes across genres. His stories have featured in the Incubator, Storgy, Number 11, Dime Show Review, theGhostStory.com, Phantaxis, Shoreline of Infinity, Devolution Z and Disturbed Digest. Dan is also Editor in Chief of Storgy Kids.
T.M. Spooner is the author of two novels, The Salvation of La Purísima and Notes from Exile. His short fiction has appeared in Tales from a Small Planet and The Dead Mule. Spooner is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and he also served in the U.S. Army. He lives near Chicago and is currently finishing a novel.
Shawne Steiger is a Vermont College of Fine Arts Fiction graduate. Previous stories have appeared in Trillium Literary Journal, Berkshire Review, Upstreet, Portland Review, Women and Judaism and Bellevue Literary Review. She supports her writing habit working as a clinical social worker. She frequently fantasizes about retirement and writing full time.
Hannah is a short story and flash fiction writer based in Leicester in the UK. Her influences include Daphne Du Maurier and Joyce Carol Oates. Hannah’s work has been published in a number of print anthologies and literary journals. She has a PhD from the University of Leicester, works part-time in the voluntary sector and lives with her house-rabbit Agatha.
Kristi Stokes is an English major at Penn State Harrisburg. She lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and their four children where she enjoys reading, coffee, and raising chickens. Her most recent work has been published in From the Fallout Shelter and The Burg.
Betty Story lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When not struggling with writing at home, she works in a small camper somewhere in the American southwest or on a hillside in the Caribbean. She has worked as a librarian in the Virgin Islands, Indonesia, Japan, Madagascar and Switzerland.
Jane Swan lives in rural North Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. She spends her days daydreaming, writing and occasionally making forays into her messy garden. Her stories have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand National; published in Essentially Food magazine, Flash Frontier, Female First, Alfiedog; and shortlisted in NZ’s Sunday Star Times Short Story contest.
Tracy Sweeney graduated with a degree in Management and Finance but prefers writing ridiculous things to crunching ridiculous numbers. She lives north of Boston with her two young sons. Her short stories have appeared in Literary Juice, Solecisms and Slice of Life Magazines. Her debut novel, LIVING BACKWARDS, was published in 2013.
Charles D. Tarlton retired from university teaching and has been writing poetry and flash fiction since 2006. He has, as he explains to his wife, published just enough of both to keep him in the game. He and his wife, Ann Knickerbocker, who is a painter of abstracts, live in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Zohar Teshartok (1977), from Ramat-Gan, Israel, is a graduate from Bar-Ilan University in Israel literature, Jewish art and Information Science. His stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and in electronic format throughout Israel, Canada, the UK, and the USA. He has taken part in writing project exercises to encourage teen writing in Israel.
LB Thomas is a writer and musician from a small town in Montana you’ve never heard of. His fiction has appeared in Crimespree Magazine, Theory Magazine and Opsis Literary Arts Magazine.
George Thompson is an artist/font designer, who has taught typography and design history at Columbia College Chicago. He has published one short story in Oyez Review, poems in Goodly Co. (defunct) as well as articles in the Journal of Communications, the Caxtonian, a publication of the Caxton Club and the Chicago Artist’s Coalition Newsletter. BA Fine art, MA design Purdue University.
Sharon Thompson started writing to articulate the loss of her daughter Victoria. Loving until there are no more Fridays is her first short story published in Stop Waiting For Friday, an anthology by Imagine, Write, Inspire. Presently, she is working on online creative writing courses and has completed a copywriting diploma. Sharon’s blog remembervictoria9.wordpress.com is about Victoria’s life and beyond.
James Valvis has placed work in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Barrow Street, Daily Science Fiction, Ploughshares, River Styx, The Sun, and others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily. His fiction was chosen for the 2013 Sundress Best of the Net. In 2014 he was awarded a King County 4Culture Grant. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.
Gareth Vieira lives in Port Hope, Ontario. He’s working on a collection of short interrelated stories about a small town, not unlike his own, where things aren’t always as they seem, but are they ever? His previous adventures include working as a journalist for Niagara This Week and running his own bookstore, Speak Volumes, in Peterborough, Ontario.
Fred Vogel’s words have seen the light of day in Literally Stories, Crack the Spine, Subtle Fiction, Literary Orphans, and elsewhere. He resides in Oregon.
Ty Spencer Vossler (MFA) shot his TV over 23 years ago. He attributes his original writing style to this event. Schooled early in the Mexican labor camp community of Woodville, California, he learned to appreciate other cultures at a young age. His writing reflects the rich diversity of our planet. He lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter.
Margaret Wachtler splits her time between Dublin, Ireland, and Ennis, Montana. She came to writing after teaching young children and raising three girls. Currently she is working on a children’s novel set in Montana and “Fifty Stories”, a project she set herself to finish before the end of 2015. She is currently on number fifteen.
A native of Mississippi, Ran Walker is a lawyer-turned-writer. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Hampton University in Virginia.
Jade Wallace is a legal clinic worker in Toronto, Ontario, whose short stories and poetry have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, Draft, Feathertale, Poetry Sz, Breakfast in a Day, Pac’n Heat: A Noir Homage To Ms. Pac-Man, and six chapbooks from Grey Borders Books.
Robert Walton is a retired teacher and a lifelong mountaineer. He is an experienced writer. Most recently, his Civil War novel Dawn Drums was honored by two awards: first place in the 2014 Arizona Author Association’s literary contest and the New Mexico Book Awards Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction.
Colin Watts is 74, married, with grown-up children. He lives in Liverpool. Publications include two poetry collections, assorted short stories and some flash fiction. He cycles everywhere, shares an allotment, co-runs a monthly Story Night and is a long-standing member of the Dead Good Poets Society. Website: www.colinwatts.net, Facebook: Colin Watts, Twitter: Colin Watts @FentimanW
Lenore Weiss is an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University where she is also a teaching assistant. Winner of the Clark-Gross Award (Paul La Farge) and the Robert Browning Dramatic Monologue contest, her poetry has been published in many journals. Books include Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island (West End Press, 2012), Two Places (Kelsay Books, 2014), and The Golem (Hadassa Word Press, 2017). Her blog resides at www.lenoreweiss.com.
Pavelle Wesser’s fiction has appeared in various online e-zines and anthologies. Originally a New Yorker, she currently resides in New England where she plays at working, living and travels the cosmos in her dreams (which is where her writing material comes from, of course). Though people have criticized her for using run-on sentences, she has emphatically chosen to ignore them.
From cities by the sea to remote desert aboriginal communities, from childhood to seniority, from singledom to marriage, from professional work to unemployment, Penny Westhorp has assiduously accrued life experience to inform her writing. She has acquired enough now to hope others might be interested in what she writes.
C.D. White resides in the Atlanta area with her family. An educator, C.D. is pursuing a Masters in Reading Education. As a writer she is most interested in probing the delicate and often unspeakable human condition. Tumblr blog: msw2you, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A professor emeritus of English from Santa Clara University, Fred White enjoys writing across the spectrum of genres, speculative poetry and fiction being among his favorites. Fred’s recent publications include poetry in Analog, Event Horizon, The Cape Rock, and Euphony; fiction in Aphelion, Praxis, Every Day Fiction, and Five 2 One; and non-fiction in Gemini, Southwest Review, and Writer’s Digest. His books include The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus and Where Do You Get Your Ideas? He lives near Sacramento, CA.
Eric Widen currently resides in his humble home in Gloucester City, New Jersey, where he dedicates his free time to reading, exercising, and working on his first full-length fantasy novel, Destorum: The Dawn of Darkness.
Christie Wilson lives with her husband and daughter in Knoxville, TN. She teaches literature and writing. On the weekends, she pretends that she is still young enough to play soccer without limping the rest of the week.
Ian Randall Wilson has published two novellas, Great Things Are Coming (Hollyridge Press 2009) and The Complex (Colony Collapse Press 2015). His fiction has appeared in many journals including The Gettysburg Review and North American Review. He has an MFA in Fiction and in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. By day, he is an executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Jemel Wilson is currently a student at Full Sail University majoring in the Creative Writing for Entertainment degree program. He is interested in writing short fiction and comedic sketches. He also enjoys writing opinion articles and reviewing popular music. Jemel’s future ambitions are to write for magazines and collaborate with other comedic writers for television or films.
David J. Wing is a graduate of the Napier University Film and Photography degree course. He is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, is married, has two dogs, a baby on the way and recently won his first writing competition.
Adam Wolstenholme is a former newspaper journalist and now teaches English at a secondary school in the north of England. His stories have been published in the anthology Eating My Words and on the website 1000 Words. He is working on a novel. Read more of his work at adamjwolstenholme.blogspot.co.uk.
Ron Woods prefers to write short stories and flash fiction. One story was selected for The Lonely Voice and another was shortlisted for the UCD Anthology 2011. His flash fiction was published in The Irish Times. ‘Paddy’s Will’ was published in the New Irish Writing section of The Irish Independent and he was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award. ronwoodswriting.blogspot.com
Patricia Worth has a Master of Translation Studies from the Australian National University. Her translation of George Sand’s Spiridion was published by SUNY Press in 2015, and short pieces have appeared in Australian, New Caledonian and US journals, including The AALITRA Review, Sillages d’Océanie 2014 and The Brooklyn Rail in Translation.
Kirby Wright’s plays are making the rounds in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. He is checking his blood sugar to see if he is normal.
Chellis Ying has been published in the Rumpus, LA Times, True Tales of Love and Lust, Best Travel Writing, and Mental Floss. She received her MFA at the University of San Francisco and currently lives on the Central Coast in California, where she is a yoga and writing instructor. www.ChellisYing.com
Ifediba Zube writes from the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Nigeria. When she is not neck deep in clinical postings she is in hiding with a good book. She has been published in Kalahari Review.