About the Authors

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Cathy Bryant

Cathy Bryant worked as a life model, civil servant and childminder before becoming a professional writer. She has won 22 literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize and the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, and her work has appeared in over 200 publications. Cathy's books are Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature and Look at All the Women (poetry), How to Win Writing Competitions (nonfiction) and Pride & Regicide — a Mary Bennet Mystery (a novel). See her listings for cash-strapped writers at, updated on the first of every month. Cathy lives in Cheshire, UK.

Catherine Edmunds

Catherine Edmunds was educated at Dartington College of Arts and Goldsmith’s College, London. Her first poetry collection and three novels were published by Circaidy Gregory Press, for whom she also works as an editor. Her most recent full length work is the biography of her holocaust-survivor mother. Catherine is a full member of the UK Society of Authors and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and three times shortlisted in the Bridport prize. Her poetry has appeared in the Frogmore Papers, Butcher’s Dog, and many other literary journals.

Casey FitzSimons

Casey FitzSimons has poems in print and online in Red Wheelbarrow, Mezzo Cammin, and numerous other journals. She has had first place awards from Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, (San Francisco) Bay Area Poets Coalition, and Ina Coolbrith Circle. She has published 12 chapbooks, including Against the Familiar Wall (2014) and Standing in the Open House (2013). Casey taught art for many years. Her reviews of SF Bay Area exhibitions frequently appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San José State University.

Lewis Gray

Lewis Gray is a West Coast writer. His short stories in English have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Berkeley Review, and the Redwood Coast Review; in Spanish, in Azahares and Acentos. Anthologies that have included his writings are Stories From Where We Live, Milkweed Editions, The Breast, Global City Press, Creatures of Habitat, Mint Hill Books. His spoken word recordings in English and Spanish have aired on public and college radio stations in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Miami. He is also the winner of the Laine Cunningham Novel Award, the winner of the 2015 Trajectory Journal WildBilly Short Story Contest, the 2nd place winner of the SF Bay Guardian Fiction prize, and a group winner of the Gondwana Press Lost On Route 66 competition.

Marie Kilroy

Marie Kilroy has recently been published in the Silver Birch Press, Loveliest Magazine and the Lummox Press. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in English and lives in New York City.

Larry Lefkowitz

The stories, poetry and humor of Larry Lefkowitz have been widely published. His literary novel, The Novel, Kunzman, the Novel! is available as an ebook and in print from and other distributors. His humorus fantasy and science fiction collection, Laughing into the Fourth Dimension, is available from Amazon books.

Fran Markover

Fran Markover lives in Ithaca, NY where she works as psychotherapist. Her poems have been published in journals including: Calyx, Runes, Rattle, Karamu, Earth's Daughters, Redactions, Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Recent awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination, a poetry residency at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. She has a chapbook History's Trail published by Finishing Line Press.

Katrina Marks

Katrina Marks is currently a senior at Villanova University studying Communication and Humanities. She has previously published pieces on, a women’s travel website, as well as The Main Line Times, based in Wayne, PA and The Cedar Springs Post, based in Cedar Springs, MI.

Nate Maxson

Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Anne McCrady

Anne McCrady is a poet, storyteller, motivational speaker and peace advocate. She has published two full-length collections and one chapbook of her poetry. Her poems have won numerous prizes and awards, and her writing appears in literary journals, anthologies and arts magazines. She also has editorial and review publication credits, is a frequent poetry contest judge and workshop presenter. Her poetry has been performed as art song and used in worship settings. She is co-founder of Texas Poets Podcast, and posts news-related poems on her blog, Poet with a Press Pass. Her website is

Lee Nash

Lee Nash lives in France and freelances as an editorial designer for a UK publisher. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in print and online journals in the UK, the US and France including The French Literary Review, The Dawntreader, The Lake, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Orbis, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The Interpreter's House, The Journal (UK), Brittle Star, The World Haiku Review, Black Poppy Review and Poetry Salzburg Review. You can find a selection of Lee’s poems on her website:

Ken Poyner

Ken Poyner often serves as unlikely eye-candy at his wife’s powerlifting meets. His latest collection of brief fictions, Constant Animals, can be located through links on his website,, and at He has had recent work out in Analog, Asimov’s, Poet Lore, Sein Und Werden, and a several dozen other places, both in print and on the web.

Jacalyn Shelley

Before she became a member of the South Jersey Poets' Collective, Jacalyn Shelley was an insurance executive and business systems consultant. She earned a master's degree in History at Monmouth University and taught there for two years. She now leads an extension literature class affiliated with The Richard Stockton University.

Carole Stivers

Carole Stivers is a biochemist by day, writer by night who lives in Northern California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. She is currently at work on her first novel, a science fiction. She was particularly intrigued by the idea of an anthology dealing with the impact of technology on contemporary life.  Modes of life and methods of communication that were once thought impossible are now commonplace, and the lines between the devices and the people we love have become blurred. This was her inspiration for “Faith,” her first ever published story.

John Stupp

John Stupp is the author of the 2007 Main Street Rag chapbook The Blue Pacific and the 2015 full-length collection Advice from the Bed of a Friend (also by Main Street Rag).  Some recent poetry has appeared or will be appearing in Cactus Heart, Vending Machine Press, Icarus Down and Weirderary. He has lived and worked in various states as a jazz musician, university instructor, taxi driver, radio news writer, waiter and paralegal. He currently lives outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Laura Sweeney

Laura Sweeney facilitates Writers for Life which offers grant-funded creative writing workshops throughout central Iowa. She represented the Iowa Arts Council at the First International Teaching Artist's Conference in Oslo, Norway. Her recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Appalachia, Evening Street Review, Negative Capability Press, Folia, East Jasmine Review, Balloons Lit Journal, Yellow Chair Review, Main Street Rag, and Nuclear Impact Anthology. She is a reader for Eastern Iowa Review.


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