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August 08, 2022

Sand is currently Managing Editor for the Piker Press and has been producing artwork, fiction, nonfiction and novel-length writings for the Press since the very first issue.

Lydia writes poetry, travelogues, essays and the popular vampire fiction series, Dark Whispers and Night Time.

Editor Emeritus Alexandra Queen is the original editor of the Piker Press. She is also a freelance writer/cartoonist with numerous print credits and her own weekly humor column in print. But no novels. Yet. Dammit.

Wendy and Caribou do canine search and rescue in California. Wendy works with a therapeutic horseback riding center for the disabled and is a licensed Physical Therapist. She also writes poignant fiction and compelling nonfiction.

Ndaba Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born writer. He hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city. He is one of the most prolific poets to emerge from that Southern African country.

At some point in his life, Dan Mulhollen realized that writing was the one thing he did with any degree of perfectionism. An incurable dabbler, Dan's hobbies include songwriting, computer and board gaming, photography, tarot reading, and collections of various sorts.

Mel Trent lives and works in North Carolina. Occasionally, she writes something that's not half bad. She has written poetry, fiction and anime reviews for the Press.

Josh lives in Missouri where he chainsmokes cigarettes, micro-analyzes Joss Whedon, and suffers frequent heartburn. His accomplishments include co-parenting the brainchild known as the Piker Press, participating in NaNoWriMo, and coaching writers.

In addition to reviews, Bernie has written humorous sci-fi shorts about a priest assigned to a backwater planet, and the serialized novel Stained Glass, a sensitive tale of a woman who must reconcile her love for another woman with her faith.

Cheryl is the Assistant Editor in charge of poetry at the Piker Press. She also contributes reviews, humor, poetry, and photography to the Piker Press.

Bruce Memblatt is a native New Yorker and has studied Business Administration at Pace University. In addition to writing he runs a website devoted to theater composer Stephen Sondheim, which he's lovingly maintained since 1996. Bruce writes short stories mainly in the horror genre in a mad search to one day create the definitive short story. He hates clowns and soy milk.

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, poet, author and translator.

Frederick Foote is a retired State of California worker and community college instructor. He lives in Sacramento, California and writes plays and short stories.

Terry Petersen writes with positive thinking in mind. Her motto: Dive through the muck of real life, but surface with a gem. She can be found at her web page http://terrypetersen.wordpress.com and has had poems published in a local anthology, "For A Better World 2011, 2012, and 2013." She will have a short story published in "Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel," an Appalachian literary anthology, in March of 2014.

Charles Cicirella currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio and does a radio show he posts online called Radio Ether.

Katrina Stonoff is a former journalist gone to the dark side to write fiction. A five-time Nanowrimo winner, she is finishing her third novel and outlining a fourth.

I've made my day-job career in computer servicing and technician work, but I still rise early every work day to spend and hour or so at the artboard before getting on the road.

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Jerry writes short stories, nonfiction, software, and novels. Not necessarily in that order.

Chalmers "Chas" Wallace lives in the NYC area pretending to be a Product Manager for a small internet startup while spending his free time writing and trying to get published.

Sanjeev Sethi is published in over thirty countries. He has more than 1400 poems printed or posted in literary venues around the world.

Ed is a born storyteller who hails from Texas. NASCAR, motorcycles, and body piercings are some of the more memorable topics of his fiction and non-fiction, but he is also known to discuss fatherhood, romance, and the love of a good dog.

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.

Tedi Trindle has written humor, "Teditorials", investigative reports, and an assortment of other things.

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada, Vietnam era. Today he is a poet in the greater Chicagoland area, Illinois.

Born in a city minutes from the Quebec border, Carrie grew up in the Adirondack mountains just outside the famous Lake Placid, and now lives in eastern North Carolina. She's a mother and a wife who enjoys writing all forms of fiction and nonfiction. She especially enjoys writing stories that has supernatural themes.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Soundings East, Dalhousie Review and Connecticut River Review. Latest book, "Leaves On Pages" is available through Amazon.

Kellie is a reference librarian and writer. She has published numerous articles in professional journals, a book that has gone into its second printing, and has landed another book deal, on which she is working currently.

Tyler Willson has been a lot of places, and done a lot of things. Raised on a dirt farm in a town called Elmo, Utah (population: 312 - including dogs and cattle...)

JH Mae is a feature journalist and short fiction writer based in rural northern New York.

Cartoonist and columnist, John's work is predominantly political humor of an unabashedly inflammatory nature.

John has written articles on British car maintenance and repair, flight simulator technology, and ham radio operation. For the Piker Press he has written articles on science, fantastic fables, and serialized his 2002 NaNoWriMo novel, "Victory Highway".

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at a small private Liberal Arts University. Living in Northern Georgia, he often travels to Europe.

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran and prize winning poet from New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma.

Wayne F. Burke's poetry has appeared in a wide variety of publications (including Piker Press). He has published six full-length poetry collections, most recently DIFLUCAN (BareBack Press, 2019). He lives in the central Vermont area, USA.

Ahmad Al-Khatat was born in Baghdad, Iraq. His work has appeared in print and online journals globally and has poems translated into several languages.

Basil D. writes the Meanderings column, a series of essays that are frequently funny and often insightful.

Harvey Silverman is a retired physician living in Manchester, NH. He writes primarily for his own enjoyment.

Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Hongri Yuan, born in China in 1962, is a poet and philosopher interested particularly in creation.

Luis has published poems online and in print at Blue Collar Review, Guerrilla Poetics Project, Mad Swirl, Unlikely Stories, and Yellow Mama Magazine.

John Patrick Robbins is a barroom poet whose work has appeared in Red Fez, Spill The Words, Horror Sleaze Trash, Inbetween Hangovers, Ramingos Porch,Your One Phone Call, The Outlaw Poetry Network.

Ron Singer (b. 1941) lives in New York City with his wife, the painter, Elizabeth Yamin, After having taught for 44 years, in 2008 Singer became a full-time writer. He has written librettos for two operas and published fifteen books and numerous poems, stories, and articles, many of them about Africa. For instance, in 2010-11, he made three trips to various corners of the continent to interview pro-democracy activists for "Uhuru Revisited" (Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, 2015).In 2023, Unsolicited Press will publish "Norman's Cousin and Other Stories," the concluding book in a trilogy.

Carl Wade Thompson is a poet, memoirist, and the graduate writing tutor at Texas Wesleyan University.

Robert Earle has published dozens of short stories in literary magazines across the U.S. and Canada, two novels (The Way Home and The Man Clothed in Linen), and two books of nonfiction (Nights in the Pink Motel and Identities in North America.)

Jerry Guarino is an author and screenwriter. His nearly 100 short stories have been published by magazines in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. He has published one novel, "The Da Vinci Diamond," a detective story. He is an editor for Flash Fiction Magazine.

KK writes nonsense short stories, and is attempting to find someone foolish enough to publish his serious novel.

Despite loving orchids, dry white wine, and Broadway show tunes, Pete McArdle is married and has three kids in college. When not drilling teeth, he enjoys torturing words, especially adverbs.

Ralph Bland is a Manager/ Bookkeeper for one of the last remaining small independent grocery stores in Nashville. A graduate of Belmont University, he is married with a daughter and three very spoiled dogs, and on some occasions he likes to disguise himself as a normal person. He is the author of three novels (Once In Love With Amy, Where Or When, Past Perfect), all of the comic Southern Fiction genre.

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.

Richard Voza has been teaching writing for over 20 years, which is why he hasn't had a novel published. When unemployed a few years ago, he made great progress on his third unpublished novel, "The Curse".

Robin Wyatt Dunn was born in Wyoming in 1979. You can read more of his work at www.robindunn.com

Gopal Lahiri is a bilingual poet, critic, editor, writer and translator with 24 books published, including five jointly edited books. His poetry is also published across various anthologies as well as in eminent journals of India and abroad.

Michael Price received his BA in Theater from the University of Minnesota in 1980 and has been writing fiction, primarily as a source of self entertainment, ever since. He performed his own one-man one-act play at the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival to considerable critical acclaim, has had a number of his short stories published in 2012, and recently finished his first novel, "Serpentine."

Rp Verlaine lives in New York City. and has an MFA in creative writing from City College.

Eric's poetry, short stories and photography have been featured by publications throughout the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and India.

Eric Suhem lives in California and enjoys the qualities of his vegetable juicer. He can be found in the orange hallway. (www.orangehallway.com)

Ann Christine Tabaka lives in Delaware. She is a published poet and artist, and loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and two cats.

Patrick "Teech" Devine writes poetry laden with sensuality, drama and fantasy.

Jon Renaut, a.k.a. The Tejon, contributes photos and articles to the Press, but his true fame is the instigation of the Urinal Cake Thread, now an annual tradition on the NaNoWriMo boards every November, and here at the Press the rest of the year.

Dan's hobbies include woodworking and running marathons. At one time, Dan was also a Certified Beer Judge from the American Homebrewers Association. (It's good work if you can find it.)

Hawkelson Rainier is a tradesman in Northeast Ohio. He dabbles in prose and poetry from time to time.

Pete Armetta is a writer of Flash Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories and Essays. With a style that's been called accessible and broad, unpredictable and matter-of-fact, Pete is a genuine, self-taught outsider. His stories and poetry fend off conventionality and he's never easy to pigeonhole... He doesn't wanna be.

Mike Zone is the author of A Farewell to Big Ideas, Void Beneath the Skin, Better than the Movie: 4 Screenplays and Fellow Passengers: Public Transit Poetry, Meditations and Musings. A contributing poet to Mad Swirl and contributing writer to the graphic novel series American Anti-hero by Alien Buddha Press.

Hailing from the quiet, itchy back woods of Pennsylvania, Paula Patruzzi has this to say about herself:"I've been a paper carrier, punch-press operator, 'sales associate', and pipefitters'/welders' helper. Now I'm a writer, which is a lot more fun than the other ones."

Christine is a Canadian First Nations journalist and writer who hails from Peguis First Nation, one of Manitoba's largest reserves. "I write about issues that are close to my heart -- issues that will hopefully bring about awareness of what is happening with Canadian First Nations, because knowing your story, your truth and following it is something that can make us all better."

Sci-fi, fantasy and romance fill Missouri-born Anna Parrish's tales.

Ronald lives in Charleston, South Carolina where he spends his days running, reading, writing, and trying not to get on the nerves of his wife of 39 1/2 years. Gleefully retired from an unremarkable career in financial and social services, Ronald spends his hard won free time writing short stories with a southern theme and setting. His wife, mother, and daughter are his biggest fans because, well, they have to be.

Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop.

Anna Sykora writes for the joy from Hanover, Germany, where she resides with her patient husband and three enormous Norwegian Forest Cats. Editors seem to prefer her humor, horror and animal tales.

Barbara Rendall is a Canadian writer living in Beijing. She has published short fiction in Redbook and Chatelaine, and her poetry has appeared in various Canadian and U.S. publications.

Beate Sigriddaughter lives and writes in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, USA. Her work has received four Pushcart Prize nominations and won four poetry awards.

Beverly Pauley lives in Alderson, West Virginia, with her husband, Curtis, and dacshund, Quentin -- named for Quentin Collins, werewolf in the television show "Dark Shadows." Pauley is a long-time fan of Edgar Allen Poe and all things Gothic.

Charlie Brice is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (2016), Mnemosyne's Hand (2018), and An Accident of Blood (forthcoming), all from WordTech Editions. His poetry has been nominated for the Best of Net anthology and twice for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in over eighty publications.

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. DeHart has two collections, The Truth About Snails, published by Red Dashboard and A Five Year Journey, published by Dreaming Big Publications.

Jonathan D. Scott is the owner of a small advertising and graphic design firm in the Southeast. Two of his novels are available from amazon and middletonbooks. com. He is married with two daughters and is a very ordinary person, or at least appears so to the casual observer.

Barry has been a ghostwriter, a speechwriter and a copywriter. His work has appeared in newspapers, trade magazines and on the Internet. He has an excessive reliance on spell check.

Brian Rihlmann was born in NJ, and currently lives in Reno, NV. He writes mostly semi autobiographical, confessional free verse. Folk poetry...for folks.

Jeffrey Carl Jefferis is a thirty-year-old freedom fighter. He has been pushing the envelope of word power for so long that his fingers are permanently stuck to the sealing glue

Richard LeDue currently lives and teaches in Norway House, Manitoba. His poems have appeared in various publications throughout 2020 and 2021, including a chapbook, "The Loneliest Age," released from Kelsay Books.

Amy Probst hails from Michigan. She's a published newspaper columnist and tech writer, and a talented photographer. For more Amy, go to www.amyprobst.com.

Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn't occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.

Barry Kirwan works in air traffic and nuclear power safety, and found non-fiction a lot easier to get published than fiction, but finally has his science fiction novel (The Eden Paradox) coming out as an ebook in Feb 2011 with publisher Ampichellis. The short story "Writerholics Anonymous" summarises what he wishes he'd known when starting out in fiction...

Gypsy writes how-to and nonfiction articles for magazines. Her other projects include travelogue, history pieces, and a stint as a regular columnist for the Press in 2004.

Julian O. Long's poems and essays have appeared under imprints such as "The Sewanee Review," "Pembroke Magazine," "New Texas, New Mexico Magazine," "Horizon," "Green River Press," and "St. Andrews Press," among others.

Kevin writes ultra-short science fiction pieces. His style is influenced by his work in television news, where brevity and impact are emphasized.

Peter A. Witt is a retired university professor who is spending his retirement years writing poetry, researching and writing family history, and documenting his international travel experiences. He lives in Texas with his wife and Keeshond, Quigley.

John Tustin's poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals in the las dozen years. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.

Mark is the father of twins and a jack-of-all trades, master of some, but has yet to figure out what he has mastered! He lives in SE Michigan and writes whenever he can for whatever he can as often as he can.

Sailor Jim writes as he has lived: weird, wild, funny, with unexpected twists and not infrequent incidences of explosions and sex.

Dabbling in poetry, fiction and nonfiction, Terri Edwards (Terrifried) holds down a job as an English teacher in Japan, where she has lived since 1988.

Joan McNerney's poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.

Sunil Sharma is a writer based in Mumbai, India. A college principal, he has published four books of poetry, a book of shorts and a novel in English,apart from co-editing six literary anthologies.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. His chapbook 'Remembrance' was published by Origami Condom Press and 'The Conquest of Somalia' was published by Cervena Barva Press.

I have returned to my homeland of mountains with woods thick as hair and rivers choked pink with spawning salmon. Every waking minute in this fertile land is an inspiration to capture its essence.

Judith Alexander Brice is a retired Pittsburgh psychiatrist whose love of nature and acquaintance with illness inform much of her work.

John Paulits is a former New York City teacher. You are invited to visit his website www.johnpaulits.com for more information on his twelve children's novels and five adult novels.

Michael H. Brownstein's latest volumes of poetry, "A Slipknot to Somewhere Else" (2018) and "How Do We Create Love" (2019) were both published by Cholla Needles Press.

Mitchell Waldman's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in numerous publications. He is also the author of the novel, A FACE IN THE MOON, was co-editor with Diana May-Waldman of WOUNDS OF WAR: POETS FOR PEACE, and is Fiction Editor for Blue Lake Review.

Sam Gridley's fiction and satire have appeared in numerous magazines in print and online. His novel "The Big Happiness" is available for download at his website, Gridleyville. A new novel, "The Shame of What We Are," is forthcoming from New Door Books.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Hobart, and elsewhere. Her photographs are published worldwide. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.

Amrita Valan is a writer from India with a published book of 50 poems on love and loss titled "Arrivederci" and a collection of 17 short stories titled "In Between Pauses."

Aneek Chatterjee is a poet and academic from Kolkata, India. He has been published in reputed literary magazines and poetry anthologies across the globe.

April has been writing for almost five years, getting inspiration from various experiences seen by the eyes of a thinker. The purpose of her creativity is urging people to see beyond the bounds, to be themselves, to speak their minds loud, not to be afraid to differ from the crowd. She creates to destroy. To destroy the naive beliefs. To destroy the stereotypes.

Bradford Middleton is a writer of poems and stories who lives in Brighton on the UK's south-coast. He's published all over the web and in some zines and journals too as well as four chapbooks of his poetry from three different publishers.

Cody L. Stanford lives in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City and is fascinated by the arts, history, politics, mythology, and other elements that shape the forces and foibles of human nature. His stories have appeared in "The New Orphic Review", "The Circle", and "Eyes". When not writing, he often spends time working with tigers and other exotic cats at a nearby feline conservation park.

Ferris E Jones is an internationally published poet and screenwriter who lives in Puyallup, Washington.

Jack Henry lives in seclusion in the high desert of SE California amongst the tumbleweeds and creosote plants. During short breaks from drinking, camping, hiking, working, dreaming, sweating, chasing, and sleeping he writes the occasion poem.

John Dorroh taught writing based science for several decades. He required his students to use their imagination...a lot. Many of them thanked him later (with beers) for helping them think out of the box.

Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where the garbage can smell like roses if you wish on it hard enough.

Linda M. Crate's works have been published widely in magazines and anthologies both online and in print.

Milton P. Ehrlich Ph.D. is a 90-year-old psychologist and a veteran of the Korean War. He has published many poems in periodicals such as the London Grip, Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Literary Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times.

Tanner earns minimum wage and writes about it. Help. Help him, for ffs.

Strider Marcus Jones is a poet, law graduate and ex-civil servant from Salford, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry reveal a maverick, moving between cities, playing his saxophone in smoky rooms.

Van Lee studied history at the University of Southern MS and has spent the last seven years doing independent research on military history. He's currently working on his second book.

Dharm is a Toronto based Author. He mostly writes in Hindi and has five published books -- three collections of satirical essays and two collections of Poetry.

Nolcha Fox has written all her life, starting with poop and crayons on the walls.

Chris Miller is editor of the Cold Lake Sun, a print newspaper. He has a degree in journalism and writes short fiction for a number of publications.

Dessy Tsvetkova (born 1970 in Sofia, Bulgaria), has worked as a reporter for Darik Radio, newspapers Woman, News, Women kingdom and has published poetry in Mother tongue speech, Literary Academy and Flame and Sea magazines.

Ian C. Smith's work has appeared in, Amsterdam Quarterly, Antipodes, cordite, Poetry New Zealand, Poetry Salzburg Review, Southerly, & Two-Thirds North. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Jay Passer's poetry and prose has appeared in print and online magazines, periodicals and anthologies since 1988. He is the author of 12 collections, most recently "The Cineaste," from Alien Buddha Press, 2021.

Joseph Carrabis is the author of over a dozen novels and hundreds of short stories, including the Nebula-nominated Cymodoce and the Pushcart nominated The Weight.

Nolo Segundo is the pen name of a retired teacher, 74, who in 4 years has been published in 35 lit mags online/in print in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Romania, and India. Until he was 24, he believed only matter was real; then he almost drowned in a Vermont river and had an NDE.

Phillip Donnelly grew up in Dublin and currently lives in Vietnam. He has also lived in Barcelona, China, Moscow, Bangkok, Paris and elsewhere. He hopes to move to another planet at the earliest opportunity.

Steve Carr lives in Richmond, Va., and began his writing career as a military journalist. He has had over 220 short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies since June, 2016. His website is https://www.stevecarr960.com/. He is on Twitter @carrsteven960.

Thomas Elson lives in Northern California. He writes of lives that fall with neither safe person nor safe net to catch them.

Ursula is an Oregon poet. Published poems can be seen hard copy in The Avocet, online at Academy of the Heart, Piker Press, Ron Horton's Nature Writing.com and the Oregon Poetry Association.

Connie S. Tettenborn, PhD, began a career as a scientist in biotechnology and then transitioned to scientific editing and art/poetry. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Effie Collins is a writer of horror and speculative short fiction and novels.

I live in Victoria, Canada with my editor and wife Sera. I worked 29 years as a teacher at a Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, and have temporarily lived as a homeless person, commuting to work from my hammock on Burnaby Mountain near Vancouver, Canada, back when it was much safer and less common.

After spending a serious career in engineering and banking Ken retired early to do some fun stuff: a bit of acting and voiceovers, landscape painting, writing and global volunteering to help kids and the planet.

Born and raised in East Tennessee, I grew up close to nature and related to nearly everyone in the valley...I now try to recapture the flavor of the mountains in everything I write.

Xi Nan (Nancy), contemporary poet, writer, and translator, was born in western Hunan, China. She used to be the lifestyle columnist of the (British) BBC UKChina website, and was nominated for the Zijin Star by People's Literature, China for her debut novel.

A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published her work in literary journals, in the U.K. as well as America.

Award-winning California author and poet, Barbara Link, has had three stories aired on KVPR, a National Public Radio Affiliate. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines and small presses.

Carol Anne Byrnes is a community college English instructor who has been writing creatively since about third grade. There seems to be something of a family tradition here -- yes, her grandmother's family really DID come from Blarney.

Ethan Goffman is co-founder of It Takes a Community, a Montgomery College initiative bringing poetry to students and local residents. He is also founder and producer of the "Poetry & Planet" podcast on EarthTalk.org.

Jim lives in a small town twenty miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His stories and poems have appeared in nearly three hundred online and print publications.

Kelly Jackson is a native Texan who has opinions on every little thing, and although she might not know a lot, she knows a little about a lot, so essays seem perfect for her to let'er rip, then RUN!

Michael McLaughlin lives on the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico. He has been published in the Ojo Del Lago, The Barfing Frog, The Harrow, and New Graffiti, and currently is with an improvisational comedy troupe called "Spanglish Imposition."

Patti Santucci holds an AA degree and has been published in RePlay Magazine, American River Review and Literally Stories. She recently won first place in Community College Humanities Association (Pacific Northwest Division) for her creative non-fiction work. She lives in California with one cat, one dog and one husband.

Pete Barbour has been writing stories for over 30 years. He is a retired physician and now full-time author and illustrator.

Wayne Faust has been a full-time music and comedy performer for over 30 years, performing in 38 states, England, Holland, Scotland, and Mexico. ( www.waynefaust.com). He wrote a full-length non-fiction book about the entertainment business called "Thirty Years Without A Real Job." (Picklehead Music Press - www.picklehead.com).

Aleathia Drehmer is a lover of life who looks to find the small things in the world that people often pass by unnoticed. She is always writing poetry and is currently working on two novels.

Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 600 poems published in more than 300 international journals.

Arthur Dick is a software developer and poet from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Charlie Robert is a writer and poet living in Silicon Valley. His work is Punchy. Stark. Filled with creatures close to the earth.

Connie Woodring is a retired psychotherapist who writes poetry and short stories. A completed novel and a non-fiction book will hopefully be published soon.

Dan Provost's work deals with the darkness of depression, the certainty of death and the internal loneliness he feels daily.

Daniel Ajayi is a Lagos born poet who writes anything not everything from the reading of nature. He enjoys researching, and has been learning about what makes life better.

David Painter is a Northeast Ohio poet and photographer. His aim is to capture his point of view on the world through nature, culture, architecture and history.

Donna Dallas studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at NYU's Gallatin School and was lucky enough to study under William Packard, founder and editor of the New York Quarterly. She has just published her novel, "Death Sisters," with Alien Buddha Press, and currently serves on the editorial team for Red Fez.

Elaine grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she developed a love for reading and writing in elementary school. At age eighteen she met Allen Ginsberg at a party. He read several of her poems then told her she had a talent for writing, but was rather immature in her views. She has since matured -- to a degree.

Frankie Laufer is an oil painter and writer living in Walla Walla, WA.

Beer enthusiast and bourbon lover, George Gad Economou is a barstool poet, expressing his drunken thoughts on unfortunate cocktail napkins.

Giovanni Mangiante is a poet from Lima, Peru. He has work published in Newington Blue Press, Rusty Truck, The Daily Drunk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Heroin Love Songs, Rat's Ass Review, Three Rooms Press, Fearsome Critters, and more. In writing, he found a way to cope with BPD.

Guna Moran is an international poet and book reviewer. His poems are published in more than 150 international magazines, journals, webzines, newspapers, anthologies and have been translated into thirty languages around the world. He has three poetry books to his credit. He lives in Assam, India.

Hugh Blanton combs poems out of his hair during those moments he can steal away from his employer's loading dock. He has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, The Rye Whiskey Review, and other places. He lives in San Diego, California.

Jason Ryberg is the author of fourteen books of poetry and is currently an artist-in-residence at both The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and the Osage Arts Community.

Jeannie E. Roberts has authored six books, including "The Wingspan of Things" (Dancing Girl Press), "Romp and Ceremony" (Finishing Line Press), "Beyond Bulrush" (Lit Fest Press), and "Nature of it All" (Finishing Line Press). She is poetry editor of the online literary magazine Halfway Down the Stairs.

Jeff Dosser is an ex-police officer and current software developer living in the wilds of central Oklahoma. Besides winning Oklahoma Writer's Federation best new horror of 2018 and 2019 with his novels, "Neverland," and "Shattered," he also received an honorable mention in L.R Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest.

Joe Baldwin is a History graduate who writes fiction, poetry and essays on a wide variety of topics. He lives in Southampton in the United Kingdom. He has been published in a number of journals and is currently writing a novel and a poetry collection.

Joseph McKinley is an English teacher in southern China, where he has lived for the past three years.

Kathy (Moorehead) Sherban resides in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, she is a poet and author featured in several global anthologies and international literary magazines.

I have loved writing and reading ever since I was a child. Aside from 'Paradoxica,' I am the author of the recently released novel, Climbing Through Windows. When I'm not writing, I can be found at work or spending time with my friends and family

Linnet Phoenix is a poet born in Scotland, raised in Sussex and currently resides in a village in North Somerset, UK. Her work has been published in ImpSpired Magazine, New Verse News, Newington Blue Press. Her chapbook 'Rusty Stars' is published by Between Shadows Press. Her first full collection 'Urban Mustang' published by ImpSpired is coming soon.

Mark Anthony Pearce lives and works as a Receptionist in Bristol, South West England.

Mikel K is a poet and memoirist living in Mableton, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, with his photographer-artist partner Just Joan, and their three dogs, two cats, two turtles, and bird.

Phillip Larrea is the author of We the People (Cold River Press) and Our Patch (Writing Knights Press). Since 2012, his poems have appeared in over 60 journals, anthologies and magazines in the U.S., Ireland, Canada and Asia. He is the winner of the 2013 New Frontier Prize for poetry, and has been nominated twice for the 2014 Pushcart Prize.

Robert Paul Allen is the father of four and has a home in the woods in Orland, Maine. He works in the medical field and has seen the gamut of human trials and tribulations which inspires much of his poetry.

Two-time NaNo winner Schizophrenic Chick writes short stories and poems for the Press.

Shailja Sharma (Ph.D.), USA, is a mental health provider and a multilingual author.

Stephen Kingsnorth (Cambridge M.A., English & Religious Studies), retired to Wales, UK, from ministry in the Methodist Church due to Parkinson's Disease, has had pieces published by on-line poetry sites, printed journals and anthologies.

Sushant Thapa is an M.A. in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a Nepalese poet who has appeared in print and online platforms in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and the USA. He lives in Biratnagar,Nepal.

Tali Cohen Shabtai, is a poet, she was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She began writing poetry at the age of six, she has been an excellent student of literature.

Tim Heerdink's poems appear in various journals and anthologies. He is the President of Midwest Writers Guild of Evansville, Indiana.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger has been writing and publishing since 2007. She graduated from Long Ridge Writers Group in 2009 with 6 months of nonfiction and 3 months of flash fiction instruction. Mid-way through 2011, the year her debut book published, she ventured into poetry and tossed the rearview mirror out the window.

Abhishek Ghosh was born in Delhi and raised in Kolkata, India. He lives in Montreal, Canada. Abhishek is a teacher, writer, poet and a scientist.

Ann Privateer grew up in the Midwest and now lives in California. She is a poet, artist, and photographer.

A fictional,wandering shaman who writes a fantasy advice column for the Press.

Bekah Steimel is a poet aspiring to be a better poet. She lives in St. Louis and can be found online at bekahsteimel.com and followed on Twitter and Instagram @BekahSteimel.

Betsy Mars is a prize-winning poet, educator, photographer, and recent publisher whose first release, "Unsheathed: 24 Contemporary Poets Take Up the Knife," came out in October 2019.

Bruce Hodder has been widely published in print and online, most recently in 'Hotel Corona' (Black Rune Press) and 'Helen's House' (Outlaw Chapbooks Press). He lives in Northampton, England with his wife Michelle.

Catherine Arra is the author of "Deer Love," "Her Landscape, Poems Based on the Life of Mileva Maric Einstein," "(Women in Parentheses)," "Writing in the Ether," and three chapbooks. Arra is a native of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where she teaches part-time and facilitates local writing groups.

Cord Moreski is a poet from New Jersey.

Daniel Naman is a writer living in New York City. His work appears in and is forthcoming from Eunoia Review and The Piker Press. You can see what he's up to via Instagram @danbo88

David H. Donaghe lives and works in the high desert of southern California. He has three passions in life: reading, writing, and riding his motorcycle. When not delving into a good book or putting his face in the wind on his motorcycle, David writes short stories and novels. In 1995, David took the First Place prize in the California Writer's Club short story contest with his Western short story, "Blind Justice."

Fred Russell is the pen name of an American-born writer living in Israel. His novels "Rafi's World" and "The Links in the Chain" both appeared in 2014.

Fred Skolnik is the author of 4 novels: The Other Shore(Aqueous Books, 2011) and Death (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015) under his own name and Rafi's World and The Links in the Chain (both in 2014) under his Fred Russell pen name.

Irish D. Torres is a 23-year old licensed educator, an internationally-published author, and a Christian hedonist. She is currently working as a content editor at a US-affiliate company in the Philippines.

Isabel Galvan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. With a desire to spread love and inspiration, she uses her passion for writing poetry and short stories as a way to express emotions. She finds great pleasure in being authentically transparent with her life's journey.

J. C. Miller is an author and corporate lawyer for a Fortune 100 company. He lives in Michigan with several children and menagerie of pets.

Jacob Greb is a pragmatic introvert, living a quiet life with his wife and a twelve-year-old feline named Pretzel. He writes mostly to amuse himself.

John Maurer is a 27-year-old writer from Pittsburgh that writes fiction, poetry, and everything in-between, but their work always strives to portray that what is true is beautiful.

Mark Lyons has published stories in several literary magazines, including Whetstone (JP McGrath Memorial Award), Bucks County Writer, Sensations, and the Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts.

Mather Schneider was a taxi driver for many years in Tucson and finally escaped. He now lives in Mexico, barely scraping by and writing poems and stories. He has 4 books of poetry available and his first book of prose, "6 to 6," which was recently published.

Paul has lived all over the country before settling in Appalachia over fifteen years ago with his wife Leslie and their son. He also has two adult children living in his native Pennsylvania. He is the author of two horror comedy novels, with a third one on the way from Madness Heart Press.

Peter is currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing, having journeyed across the country to do so. He has work forthcoming in Writers' Bloc.

Ramzi Albert Rihani is a Lebanese American writer. He is a published music critic, wrote and published a travel book "The Other Color - a Trip Around the World in Six Months" (FMA Press, 1984). He lives in Washington, DC.

Rocio Iglesias is a queer Cuban-American poet. Her work has appeared in various print and electronic publications and can most recently be found in Firmament Magazine and Brave Voices Magazine. She lives, breathes, and works in Minneapolis, MN.

It wasn't until 2003 that Sandra Widner Burch picked up a pen to write poetry. For her, writing poetry was a means to release a whirlwind of emotions, immeasurable heartache, and to shed light on the often misunderstood Battered Spouse Syndrome.

Dr. Santosh Bakaya is a poet, novelist, essayist, biographer ,TEDx speaker, internationally acclaimed for her poetic biography of Mahtama Gandhi, "Ballad of Bapu," and runs a weekly column, Morning Meanderings in Learning and Creativity. Com.

Sheikha A. is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Her poems have appeared in over 80 literary venues so far, both print and online including several anthologies by various presses.

Shelly Norris ripened in the wild west on a farm in Wyoming. She hails from a long line of post-Civil War migrants, pioneers, scofflaws, and illegitimates; wherever there is a "bastard" break in the lineage, that's her line of people.

Steve Hood is an attorney and political activist. His work won an award from the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association and has been published in many places including Crack the Spine, Maudlin House, and the anthology Noisy Water. His chapbook From Here To Astronomy was published by Pudding House.

Terence Kuch is a consultant, avid hiker, and world traveler. His publications and acceptances include Ante Review, Clockwise Cat, Colored Chalk, Foliate Oak, Foundling Review, Marginalia, North American Review, and many others. He has studied at the Writers Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and the Mid-American Review Summer Fiction Workshop.

Tim Frank is an upcoming writer specialising in the comic and the surreal. He has written a semi-autobiographical novel, 'Devil in my Veins,' and is currently writing a sci-fi thriller novel.

A. L. F. Fagan was born and raised in Washington DC and is currently living in suburban Maryland. He has a BA in speech communication. Most of his adult career had been in theater tech. He enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, and history. His leisure time is spent running, baking, and playing guitar.

Alex Z. Salinas is the author of two full-length poetry collections: WARBLES and DREAMT, or The Lingering Phantoms of Equinox. He is also the author of a book of stories: City Lights From the Upside Down. He holds an M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary's University. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the U.S. When not working two jobs, she listens to music and scrawls lines on the back of gas station receipts.

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,400 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review.

Two lifetimes ago, Catherine performed her poetry in Madrid. Now her main jobs are to write and hang out with her family.

A product of the Appalachian Mountains, Charles Hayes is an American who lives part time in the Philippines and part time in Seattle with his wife.

Christian McCulloch is a prolific British writer with a colourful background.

Christopher Allen, a native Tennessean, lives in Germany and writes creative non-fiction, humor and Southern literature. His work has appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People" and "Gathering: Writers of Williamson County," as well as in the ezines "Metazen," "Ruthless Peoples Magazine" and "The Short Humour Site."

Cora Taylor is a native Ohioan and an aspiring "plant person." Her writing is inspired by the old family tales that are only shared after just the right amount of whiskey has been spilled.

Daginne Aignend likes hard rock music and fantasy books. She is a vegetarian and spends a lot of time with her animals.

Daniel J. Flore III's writings have appeared in many publications. He is the author of 4 books of poetry, all available on Amazon from GenZ Publishing.

Dave Lignell lives in Lawrence, Kansas. He enjoys writing flash fiction as a way to escape the stress of day-to-day obligations.

Gail Taylor is a new Canadian writer who earned the Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto in 2009 with Honors and completed the writers' program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her fiction was a winner in the Random House Canada student contest in 2007, short listed for the Random House prize in 2008, and short listed for the Marina Nemat award in 2009.

Gary Campanella loves an adventure. He has backpacked across the United States and traveled throughout the world. He has published a handful of poems and stories. He lives in La Crescenta, CA with his wife and two children, his greatest adventure.

Jocelyn Mosman was a member of the first ever Northampton Poetry Slam Team and is the recipient of the Gertrude Claytor Award from the Academy of American Poets.

John Mara is a multi-genre writer who tends to converse in the genre he's thinking about and makes better company when it's humor, not horror.

Jon currently resides in Philadelphia where he works as a copy editor in the pharmaceutical industry. He spends his days squinting at drug labels, while searching for a missing period or hyphen, and drinking as much free office coffee as he can.

Kathryn Long is an author of mystery and suspense novels and short stories.

Madhu Gangopadhyay hails from India. Her passion for writing began when she was in school. She loves to pen down her musings at random moments. She is fiercely passionate about poetry and short stories, and her penchant for mythology can be seen in her works.

Marshall J. Pierce is an author, producer and songwriter living in San Francisco. His writing has appeared in newspapers, online magazines, literary mags, tv commercials, corporate videos, LitQuake, box packaging, his Mom's Facebook page, radio theatre and countless emails.

Matthew Borczon is a poet and Navy sailor from Erie, Pa his latest book "Ghost Highway Blues" just came out through Alien Buddha Press. He publishes extensively in the small press.

Mehreen Ahmed is internationally published, and critically acclaimed.

Micki makes friends wherever she goes; she loves to talk. She writes so she can share her personal experiences through fiction, non-fiction and essays with unsuspecting victims.

Mihaela Melnic lives and writes in Rome, Italy where her prose and poetry evolve and take different shapes with every new life experience

Moinak Dutta is presently engaged as a teacher of English in a government sponsored institution. Many of his poems and stories are published in national and international anthologies and magazines.

Peter is a speculative fiction writer, most notably the author of the award winning supernatural thriller, "The Grandmaster." He is also the Founder and Managing Editor of Ex Machina Press, a publishing company based in Los Angeles, which was named 2007 PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR by the DIY Book Festival in Los Angeles.

Peter lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he's worked in the magical realms of libraries, human resources, and word processing departments.

Born and brought up in Kolkata, Raja Chakraborty is a bilingual poet. He has published four books of Bengali rhymes and two books of English poems. His forte is humor and punning. He also sketches and doodles.

"As a teenager in the 80's, I listened to a lot of rock music and was inspired to write song lyrics in case I was ever invited to join a band; I wasn't, but that didn't stop me from continuing to write."

Richard D. Houff was the former editor of Heeltap Magazine and Pariah Press Books, from 1986 until 2010.

Ambivert. One of the ten percent world southpaws. Writing evolves from thought, and so, Ridwanullah is a thinker. He is a virtuous indigene of Osun state, Nigeria.

In 1984, Robert L. Penick ran a half-marathon in ninety minutes flat; it's all been downhill from there. His website is http://www.theartofmercy.net

S. A. Gerber is a native and resident again of Los Angeles, CA. after having spent twenty-four years in a neighboring "city of sin" in the Silver State of Nevada.

SAHELI MITRA is a journalist, author and poet based in India. Her debut romantic novel Lost Words was internationally launched by Penguin Partridge USA.

Sayani Mukherjee is a poet hailing from Chandannagar, a former French colony in West Bengal. She received her post graduation degree in English literature from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. She likes to engage her leisure in photography, cinema and arts.

Sonnet Mondal is the founder of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. He has authored eight books of poetry.

Steve Klepetar's work has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His latest collection is My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto (Flutter Press).

Tim Miller would like to be considered an emerging writer, but alas, he is afraid of swamps. He lives in San Marcos, CA with his wife and three daughters, all of whom own Chicago Bears clothing.

Tlalane Manciya writes poetry, short stories and romance novels. Her writing vision is to write inspiring poems and stories that not only feed the soul but the mind as well, reaching audiences on the global stage.

Todd Sullivan currently lives in Taipei, Taiwan, where he teaches English as a Second Language. He hosts a YouTube Channel that interviews writers across the publishing spectrum.

Tom Hamilton's work has appeared in over seventy publications including 'Bathtub Gin' 'The Rockford Review' and the 'Old Crow Review' among many others.

Umar Yogiza Jr. is a Writer, Poet and Builder based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the author of "Instrument of Immortality" and "Singing In A Bonfire."

Vicki Iorio is the author of "Poems from the Dirty Couch," Local Gems Press and the chapbooks "Send Me a Letter," dancinggirlpress and "Something Fishy," Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals including The Painted Bride Quarterly, Rattle, poets respond on line, and The Fem Lit Magazine., The American Journal of Poetry.

Wayne Russell is or has been many things in his time upon this planet; he has been a creative writer, world traveler, graphic designer, former soldier, and former sailor.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in San Francisco. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a volume of fiction. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including Rattle, The New York Quarterly, and The Chiron Review.

Yasmin Hemmat is an English literature student and part-time teacher with a passion for reading poetry. She has been published in Literary Hatchet Journal.

A. Frank Bower took early retirement from mental health work in 2006 to write, study writing and spend time with his wife Carol. He workshopped with Dan Pope and Sari Rosenblatt at CT Wesleyan, but credits his local writers group Poplar Writers -- Geof Fowler, Carol Parker and Lynn Wilcox -- with helping him most. He has published 16 short stories, 4 memoirs and 4 poems to date.

Alberto Quero, poet and narrator, holds a BA in Literature and Linguistics, a Masters in Venezuelan literature and a Doctorate in Humanities by the University of Zulia, Venezuela.

Twenty three year old English writer currently studying film in Cornwall, the South of England. Mainly interested in short stories and poetry. Influences (lots of Americans) : Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Raymond Carver, Jack Kerouac

Amanda is a married mother of three girls and resides near Charleston, WV. She enjoys writing horror, thriller and satire and loves all work by Daphne du Maurier.

Author/Attorney B Shawn Clark now devotes most of his time to creative authorship, and his spare time, such that it is, to practicing law, rather than the other way around.

Ben wrote his first poems in Texas where he grew up. He then moved to Berkeley, Boston, Philadelphia and finally Northeast Ohio.

Caitlin Sinead Jennings has a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and tweets about writing, reading, and whatnot at @CaitlinSineadJ.

Chaitali is a published writer, translator, language teacher, and volunteer journalist from the Netherlands. Her first prose poem collection "Cross- Stitched words" (Setu publication, Pittsburgh, USA) was published in 2021.

I grew up in central Iowa, where the writing bug infested my impressionable brain in my teens. Insecure Pisces that I am, many of my stories and characters remained imprisoned in a shoe box until I moved to Mississippi in 2001...

Christine Seery works as a caregiver to the elderly and collects masquerade ball masks. Her poetry has been published in Down in the Dirt magazine, Wolff Poetry Literary Journal, and Piker Press. She lives in Ohio with her husband, young daughter, and dog.

Cynthia Sharp has been published and broadcast internationally. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and literary journals.

Daniel Davis was born and raised in Central Illinois. His work has appeared in various online and print journals. You can find him at Dumpster Chicken Music.

I have been writing for several years now. My grown up job is being a funeral director in Ventura County, CA. I have also written an unpublished novel, "Funeral On The Beach" and am currently working on another novel as well as another short story. Funeral directing is a third career; I had toiled in Television Animation for 16 years, working for studios such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Sony and Knowledge Adventure.

Dianne Post is an attorney who worked for twenty years representing battered women and children in family courts. Since 1998 she has been doing international human rights work focused primarily on gender-based violence. Her writings include articles, columns, law review articles, and short stories for which she has won several prizes.

Gayle Jansen Beede has published a collection of poetry, "You Can Practically See Cattle Dancing." Some of her work has appeared in magazines such as Negative Capability, Zone 3, Louisiana Literature, Cumberland Poetry Review, Poet & Critic, Northeast Journal, Eclipse, Karamu. She lives a stone's throw from San Francisco.

Geosi Gyasi is a librarian, book blogger, reader, writer, and interviewer.

J.J. Green is a British freelance science writer currently living in Taipei, Taiwan, where she writes on the natural environment and imaginary worlds.

Jay Sizemore has found a day job to be the enemy of imagination, but poverty is the cruelest of muses. He writes poems and stories while his wife sleeps and the cats try to figure out how to open doors.

Kavan P. Stafford is a 26-year-old author and poet based in Glasgow, Scotland. He works as an Information Officer Glasgow's Mitchell Library and writes in his spare time. You can read more of his work, most of which is set in his native Scotland, in Writer's Forum, The Common Breath, The Sock Drawer, Beir Bua, Unpublishable and Cobra Milk.

Lamont A. Turner is a New Orleans area author whose work has appeared in numerous print and online venues.

Larry Borger, internationally unknown and unacclaimed writer, resides in the high-desert country of Southern Arizona along the Mexico border.

Linda Lerner's latest poetry collection, "A Dance Around the Cauldron" is a prose work consisting of nine characters during the Salem witch trials brought into our own times.

Michael Adubato is a New Jersey writer and poet currently living in Belgium.

Ngwako C. Maifala is a writer and a high school teacher from South Africa. He teaches English literature, grammar and transactional writing.

Niles Reddick's novel "Lead Me Home" was a national finalist for a ForeWord Award, a finalist in the Georgia Author of the Year award in the fiction category, and a nominee for an IPPY award. He works for the University of Memphis at Lambuth in Jackson, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Michelle, two children, Audrey and Nicholas.

Robert A. Vella is a former computer programmer/analyst who is now pursuing his lifelong passion for writing and storytelling. Science fiction is his primary focus, but he also writes non-fiction essays on political, cultural, historical, and environmental issues. As a product of the idealistic and tumultuous Sixties, his work generally expresses themes of progressivism and secular morality.

Salim Yakubu Akko, World Voices Magazine's Nigerian correspondent, is a poet and short story writer and lives in the great city of Gombe state.

Indian writer and poet, born in Suburban Kolkata, Sonali completed her Post Graduation from Burdwan University in English Literature and Language, with her Special Paper on Figure Of Speech.

Stephen Jarrell Williams writes at night, enthused, and waiting for the Coming Good Dawn. He can be found on Twitter at papapoet.

Steven is based out of the Ozarks and has a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Missouri State University. His fiction can be found in Bewildering Stories , Midwest Literary Magazine, Aurora Wolf, Yellow Mamma and is available for purchase in Winter Canons and A href="http://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Rising-Literary-Journal-Science/dp/1456479083">Aurora Rising.

Sudeep Adhikari, from Kathmandu, Nepal, is professionally a PhD in Structural-Engineering. His poetry has found place in many online/print literary journals/magazines.

Dr. Sutanuka Ghosh Roy is Assistant Professor and Head Department of English in Tarakeswar Degree College, The University of Burdwan, WB, India.

"Living for over 30 years in the Ozarks I have seen the Gods many times in the sky above the mountains, the result of my passion for Mythology both Greek and Roman."

Tim Henderson is a freelance writer who currently resides in Asheville, NC. He holds an M.A. in Communication Studies, spent several years teaching English in Japan and traveling around Asia, and is finishing up a collection of short stories based on his adventures in the Far East.

Tom Larsen lives in Lambertville, New Jersey with Andree and her pets. His work has appeared in Newsday, New Millennium Writings, Antietam Review and Puerto del Sol.

Vandana Kumar is a Middle School French teacher in New Delhi, India. An educator with over 20 years of experience, she is also a French translator and recruitment consultant. Her poems have been published in various national and international journals and websites.

Bill Schwarz is a writer, designer, and engineer from Austin, Texas.

A.J. is a horror and thriller writer whose research for stories tends to leave her Google search history looking rather concerning.

Ajanta Paul is a widely-published poet, short story writer and critic from Kolkata, India who has been in academia for ages and has returned to her first love -- writing. She did her PhD in English from Jadavpur University in the 1990s and is currently working at Women's Christian College, Kolkata.

Alex Villepique is an astrophysicist from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who loves to ponder of "what if" sci-fi scenarios and turn them into stories. Currently living in mountains of South California and stares either at the night sky or computer screen.

Alexei Russell is an emerging writer living in Winnipeg, Canada. He had a great many jobs before realizing his University English teacher may have had something, when she suggested he'd be happiest as a writer. A believer in the maxim that a writer should try his hand at all genres, he has conquered all themes and genres, apart from Westerns--which he will get around to eventually.

Amit Chakraborty is an author from India whose daytime job is in IT. He writes humorous short stories which show the human side of the problems faced by people.

Amita Ray is former associate professor in English and Vice Principal of a college residing in Kolkata, India, An academic of varied interests she is a Translator, Short Story writer and Poet.

Anna Murray is a nationally recognized technology consultant, speaker and blogger. One of an extraordinarily rare species -- a woman who owns a successful software-development company -- she loves to combine her two passions, technology and writing.

Antonio Hopson has published short stories in The Harrow Magazine, The Subterranean Quarterly, Poor Mojo's Almanac and also NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse Magazine.

Billy Forshaw lives and works in London. He was a police officer for several years before deciding he had exacerbated his fair share of emergencies, and now teaches English (excitedly) to Secondary School students.

C.J. Arellano is a writer and filmmaker. During the day, he works as a video editor at the Second City comedy theatre in Chicago. Sift through his video and writing stuff at CJArellano.com.

Callan Preece is a writer and trainee teacher from Birmingham, England interested in telling small stories about people.

Carl "Papa" Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life as "Papa" to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer.

Carly Kapusinsky is a recent SUNY New Paltz graduate of the English program whose works can be found in the Sublunary Review, CBR and offMetro.

Caroline Taylor writes short stories, novels, and nonfiction. She's clueless about the purpose of social media, but she can imagine where it might be heading.

Cathy Adams' first novel, "This Is What It Smells Like," was published by New Libri Press, Washington.

Charles Kruger is a writer because he doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut. He paints too.

Chitra Gopalakrishnan uses her ardor for writing, wing to wing, to break firewalls between nonfiction and fiction, narratology and psychoanalysis, marginalia and manuscript and tree-ism and capitalism.

Chuck Weikert is a retired park ranger who spent most of his career at Virgin Islands National Park. Seduced by coral reef ecosystems, he continues to visit and write about fishy friends in far flung destinations around the world.

Colin James and his wife, Jane currently reside in Western Massachusetts. He is a great admirer of the Scottish landscape painter, John Mackenzie.

Heavy metal lover and cricket tragic, D.A. Cairns lives on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia where he works as a freelance writer.

Dale Ashauer writes poems and stories that sometimes almost make sense. He enjoys a good edit.

Darrell T.Smith grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and relocated to Oklahoma City in 1982 where he is a real estate broker and investor and a wannabe artist.

Darren Sapp is a U.S. Navy veteran, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, and holds a Masters of History from Southwestern A/G University. He writes thriller/action fiction and engages various aspects of history for non-fiction.

David Simmons was born in Washington, D.C. during the crack epidemic. David is a multi-instrumentalist who has made several contributions to many major hip hop albums.

David Wright is a writer and teacher living on Canada's majestic west coast. He has a lovely wife, two sparkling daughters and more than 50 published short stories. His work has appeared in Neo-opsis, Aiofe's Kiss, Forgotten Worlds and many other cool magazines.

Dominy Clements studied composition and flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1983 to 1987. After graduating he came to The Netherlands in 1987 to study composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatoire, also studying with Gilius van Bergeijk and Frederic Rzewski.

Ed Nobody is an up and coming writer from Ireland who wants to break the barriers of fiction and write engaging stories not constricted by genre convention. He has written two full novels, one of which may see light next year, pending the grace of Xenu.

Returning to writing after having spent most of a lifetime doing other things. Original wife, two children, five grandchildren. Have matriculated through almost all of my earlier vices and sins (if it's other than hard drugs, I've probably attempted it). A pleasantly haphazard life.

Emma Louise Gill (she/her) is a British-Australian speculative fiction writer and consumer of vast amounts of coffee. Scientist, educator, and cat mum. Brought up on a diet of English lit, she rebelled and now spends her time writing explosive space opera and other fantastical things in beach cafes.

Eva Schultz lives in Aurora, Illinois, where she is a business writer by day and a fiction writer by night. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Theme of Absence, and Writer's Digest. She lives with a big orange cat named Gus and enjoys drawing, painting, and collecting typewriters.

Evan Guilford-Blake's prose and poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, as well as in several anthologies, winning 19 awards. His plays have been produced internationally and won 42 competitions. Thirty are published. He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna, a healthcare writer and jewelry designer, live in the southeastern US.

FRED HILARY, a writer of mythic fiction and fairy tale, lives in Greece. His website can be found at Fred Hilary's Fiction Pages.

Gail Chumbley is a retired history-educator following 33 years in the classroom. A nationally recognized instructor of American History, Gail was ready make the transition from telling the tales of the past, to trying her hand at writing those stories for a broader audience.

Gary Durbin is a retired serial entrepreneur having founded four software companies. He now writes, hikes, and advises startup companies.

Glenn Dungan is currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. He exists within a Venn-diagram of urban design, sociology, and good stories. When not obsessing about one of those three, he can be found at a park drinking black coffee and listening to podcasts about murder.

Hamish McGee has a background in health care and has witnessed the healing power of the written word.

"Metalhead, Misfit, walking this earth for two decades now. Dedicating my life to turn my mess into a masterpiece, and one way I see fit for it, is writing my heart out. I believe art is not just about reflecting the society, but also about carrying the viewer, reader, or to places unknown, at times an abyss and at times, a mirror. "

Graduated as a mathematician but a full-time professional entertainer most of his adult life, Harlan's repeated attempts to escape the entertainment industry have brought work as a librarian, physics teacher, syndicated newspaper columnist, and city planner. Harlan divides his time between Australia and Bhutan.

Heather Sager lives in Illinois. Her most recent work appears in Borderless Journal, Setu, Otoliths, morphrog, Poetry Pacific, Bluepepper, Magma, The Fabulist, and more.

Hridi is an Indian artist and writer currently based in Belgium, working as a research intern in art conservation at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium.

J. David Thayer is an educator living in Texas. His works have appeared in 24-Hour Short Story Contest (2nd Place), The First Line, The Last Line, Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film Festival, Flash Fiction Magazine, and many others.

Jake Zawlacki is currently pursuing an obscure master's degree at Stanford University. He has been published in The Citron Review, Riggwelter, Eunoia Review, Gravel, Litro and many others.

James Brownold enjoyed a career writing and acting in commercials by day, and performing with various comedy/improv groups at night. Currently he teaches improvisation in Westchester, NY; where he also sings at retirement homes as "Senior Moments."

James Noguera has published short stories and poems online, such as in The WiFiles, The World of Myth, and The Piker Press. He has an MFA from City College of New York. He lives in the Bronx and isn't scared.

James Rogers lives in New York and is a teacher at the United Nations International School. Originally from Ireland, his short fiction has appeared in The First Line, The Galway Review and Close to the Bone.

Jay Cole is a science and speculative fiction writer from from Phoenix, Arizona.

Jeffrey Wade Gibbs is originally from the swamps of Central Florida, but has lived all over the world, including Japan and Turkey.

Jegadeesh Kumar is a student of eastern philosophy, mathematics teacher, writer, and translator, raised in Southern India, now living in South Carolina, USA.

Jeremy Merillat is a writer based in Budapest, Hungary.

Jim Wisneski is an author and poet living in the Lehigh Valley, PA with his wife, his almost one year old son, two cats, a fish, and a hermit crab.

When Jonas Knutsson left junior high in 8th grade to pursue a career as a gentleman of leisure, said institution made a note of a great general improvement in morale and academic performance and has yet to request his return.

Joseph Lewis is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who has spent the past three years living and teaching Western Literature and Film Studies to university students in Dazhou, China. He is also a graduate of the NEOMFA creative writing program at Cleveland State University.

Judy Dercksen is a family physician and pain and PTSD consultant in Quesnel, a rural BC town.

Julianne Couch is a writer and author who tells complicated stories in simple ways, and simple stories in complicated ways. Narrative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry are her primary languages.

Kaci Skiles Laws is a closet cat-lady and creative writer who reads and writes voraciously in the quiet moments between motherhood and managing Crohn's Disease. She grew up on a small farm in a Texas town alongside many furry friends, two sisters, and a brother.

Karla Lammers works as a corporate lawyer and has written several academic articles. Since turning her pen toward literary fiction, some of her short stories have appeared in online publications.

Kate Alexander-Kirk drinks copious amounts of tea as she dreams up weird and wonderful stories that she one day hopes to realize. And she does it all donning her Top-Hat at a jaunty angle. Most recently her work has appeared in Spry Literary Journal, Visceral Uterus and Boy Slut.

Alaskan-born Kathleen Bryson received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology from University College London,. She studies prejudice/empathy in humans and other great apes and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University.

Kaz Morran is the author of "550AU Buried in Stone," a science fiction thriller. He's a Canadian based in Japan.

Ken Goldman, former Philadelphia teacher of English and Film Studies, is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. His stories have appeared in over 700 independent press publications in the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia with over thirty due for publication in 2014.

Kera Morris is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for Westword. She's the editor-in-chief for the Arapahoe Pinnacle and is edging into storytelling.

Kerry D. Stewart has been traveling around the United States for fifty years, and believes that every encounter with another human being is a brush with a potential story. "Writing is as much a way of life as any other deep profession. It just wears out more laptops than most."

Kevin Keating currently teaches English at Baldwin-Wallace College near Cleveland, Ohio. His novel, "The Natural Order of Things," is scheduled for publication in November 2012 by Aqueous Books.

Kimberly Lee happily left the practice of law some years ago to focus on motherhood, community work, and creative pursuits. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children, and is currently at work on her first novel.

Kristan Ginther is a professional copywriter and published nonfiction author. Her recent short fiction work has appeared in apt Literary Journal, M Review, and Planet Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Dan, two cats, and Boxer dog. She h

Laureen Vonnegut is an American writer living between Romania and Mexico. Her novel, "OASIS", was launched in New York by literary press Counterpoint/Perseus Books. Last year her newest novel, "TWIN LIES," was published by Skorpion Press and is read in book clubs from Alaska to Romania.

Lily Murphy is a freelance writer from Cork city, Ireland. Some may describe her as a drinker with a writing problem!

Madeline McEwen [she/her] has enjoyed publication in a variety of different outlets both online and in traditional print. Her fiction and non-fiction focuses primarily on disabilities [ableism] and humor.

Mark R. Vickers is a Florida writer and researcher who has published short fiction, poetry, essays, and the literary fantasy novel "The Tollkeeper." At thetollkeeper.com, he blogs about how ancient myths continue to shape our modern lives.

Marlin Bressi is a horror fiction writer and the author of four nonfiction books, including "Hairy Men in Caves: True Stories of America's Most Colorful Hermits" (Sunbury Press, 2015) and "Pennsylvania Oddities" (Sunbury Press, 2018).

Martin Foroz was born in Iran in 1964 and earned BA and MA in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. He left Iran for Oman in 2014 and has been living there as an expatriate professor of English Language and Literature since then.

Martin Grise is an American professor who lives a secret life as an adventure story author.

For the first 29 years of my life, I grew up with the smells of Eucalyptus trees, and the old Mission churches with their euphoric music.

Matthew Dexter is an American freelance writer living in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Matthew Chabin is an emerging writer from Portland Oregon. He now lives in Nagano Prefecture of Japan, and is the author of a memoir, 'Equaling Heaven.'

Maui Holcomb grew up in the Northwest and currently lives and writes in Burbank, California, toiling in the lower echelons of the film industry attempting to make movies sound good. Previously published in a variety of magazines and journals, he spends his free time cleaning up after his wife and two daughters.

Michael Fiorito is currently a contributing short story editor for Mad Swirl magazine. In 2018, his short story collection "Freud's Haberdashery Habits & Other Stories" was published by Alien Buddha Press.

Michael is a high school English teacher in Ozark, Alabama. He has been published in fictionontheweb.com and is currently at work on a novel to be published in the near future hopefully. More of his work can be found at scribophile.com.

Michael W. Clark has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from U.C.L.A. He has been a research scientist as well as an entrepreneur. Along with these professional endeavors, he has been writing fiction and poetry since he was a teenager.

An ex-pat by happenstance, Michael has spent most of the last three years in and around Germany. Some of his non-fiction has also been featured in "mental_floss" and "Americas." On the web: www.michael-ward.com

Michele Host is a lawyer and writer living in New York.

Mika Nadolsky resides with his wife in Dallas, Texas by way of Denver Colorado.

Mini Babu is working as Associate Professor of English with the Dept. of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Kerala and now working at BJM Govt. College, Chavara, Kollam, Kerala, India. Her poems have featured in anthologies, journals and magazines.

Monobina Nath is a poetess living in Kolkata, India.

Sun Valley is the record holding largest trailer park in the world. We've got a meth problem, too. Jealous?

Nils Wolfcale earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University and an Associates Degree from Hocking Technological College in Nelsonville, Ohio. His short story, "Summer Music" was recently accepted by the Roanoke Review. He lives on a small farm in Northern Michigan.

Olga is a freelance writer and journalist. Her articles and book reviews appear regularly in local newspapers. She also writes short stories in the fantasy genre and is working on a novel.

Orion Andersen loves stories that capture the strange magic hidden of the mundane, prose meant to be read slowly and savored, images that arrange themselves into uncanny mosaics, and also dogs.

Pat O'Malley is a walking skin machine from New York who loves to write the kind of weird, quirky fiction that he and his friends would love to read.

Pathik Mitra is a young passionate storyteller who wants to impact people and their lives through his art.

Patrick Sweeney lives in lower Manhattan where he has produced an international employee benefits law digest for a couple of decades. The fiction has been incubating for a while and is now ready to be let out into the wild. His work has been published in Animal Review and Datura Literary Journal.

"Despite spending 9 years in institutes of higher education, Phil only ended up taking two classes in English. (We think it shows.")

Dr. Piku Chowdhury teaches in a post graduate government-aided college and serves as a research guide, editor, author, painter, translator, singer, poet, photographer, and mental health facilitator.

Prithvijeet Sinha is from Lucknow, India. He is a post graduate in MPhil from the University of Lucknow

Writer who lives in NYC.

R.F. Gonzalez was born in a small town in the impoverished country of Nicaragua. When he was young, he lived in Europe. When he grew up, he moved to the USA where he now does work as an investor and writing professor. One day he will write about these adventures.

Ralph Benton lives under the blue skies of Florida's Gulf coast, where the weirdness oozes from the ground like a tar spring. So many stories, so many worlds.

Randall Cooper works in education in Michigan, he is excited to showcase "The Clock" at Piker Press.

Ranjit Kulkarni is a writer of short stories, articles, and novels.

Rebecca Morean is a mother of four, raises a small heard of goats and makes cheese, teaches writing and composition at Sinclair Community College, and wants to right wrongs by writing about wrongs. She has published over two dozen short stories, and her articles and fiction have appeared in Salon, Crone, Kalliope, and Mississippi Mud among others. Her novel, In the Dead of Winter (St. Martin's Press) was picked up as a series by Breese Books in England and is about the daughter of Sherlock Holmes. She is currently the president of the Antioch Writers' Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Ricardo Visinho is a writer and the author of "The Star of the Revolution," which was published by The Piker Press in 2017. You can follow Ricardo on Twitter at @RicardoVisinho.

Rituparna Khan, an Assistant Professor in Bidhannagar College, Salt Lake, Kolkata, is a Geographer by profession dealing with anything and everything from natural to human phenomena based on a spatial dimension.

A life-long rock-climber and mountaineer, Robert Walton has made numerous ascents in the Sierra Nevada and in Yosemite. Much of his writing reflects his time in the mountains. His novel "Dawn Drums" was published in April 2013 by Moonlight Mesa Associates.

Roger Ley was born and educated in London and spent some of his formative years in Saudi Arabia. He worked as an engineer in the oilfields of North Africa and the North Sea, before pursuing a career in higher education.

Saiprakash Kuntamukkala is an advocate by profession and a poet with passion, hailing from Andhrapradesh, India.

Samantha Swain is a young writer living in the Sacramento area with her family and significant other. She received a graduate degree in Immunology but has since decided to leave science behind in the pursuit of creative writing and studio art.

Samantha Terrell is a published poet who lives near Springfield, Missouri with her husband and two sons. She has been honored to find homes for her work in such reputable publications as: Dissident Voice, Knot Magazine, LaBloga Floricanto, DoveTales by Writing for Peace, the Ebola chapbook by West Chester University, and others.

Saoirse Ni Chiaragain is an Irish writer living in Berlin, Germany. You can find her other work at saoirsenichiaragain.com

Scott Archer Jones is currently living and working on novels in northern New Mexico, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland and Norway plus less exotic locations. He's worked for a power company, grocers, a lumberyard, an energy company (for a very long time), and a winery. He is the Treasurer of Shuter Library of Angel Fire, a private 501.C3, and desperately needs your money to keep the doors open.

Skylar Ruprecht has a B.A. in philosophy from the College of Wooster and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is currently an attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sorin Martin works as an EMT in Indiana, and writes in his free time.

Over a dozen magazines have published Stanley's short stories and he is a member of the Riverside Writers, the Virginia Writers' Club, and the North Carolina Writers' Network that have been great sources of information and support.

I am an elementary school teacher living in Connecticut who wants to get published and who wants recognition as a skilled writer of thought-provoking stories.

Subodhana Wijeyeratne is a graduate student and writer living in Tokyo, Japan. He has been writing fiction for nearly twenty years -- primarily speculative -- and has had over a dozen short stories appear in print over the past two years.

Susan C. Waters has an advanced degree from the writing program at George Mason University and is currently Professor Emeritus at New Mexico Junior College. Ms. Waters started out as a journalist covering hard news in upstate New York.

Susan Okaty lives in Virginia Beach and is a member of Hampton Roads Writers (hamptonroadswriters.org). Her work has appeared in Highlights for Children and Vox Poetica.

Sushant Kumar B.K. is a Nepalese poet who resides in Gulariya, Bardiya, Nepal. He has MA degrees in English Literature and Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tiffany Williams lives in Oxford, England. She writes short stories; her shortest ever was 10 words. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading other writers' work, volunteering with a local special needs charity, learning foreign languages, and daydreaming.

After a forty-year career working on poverty in cities around the world, Tim Campbell is finding his voice in memoir and creative non-fiction.

Time Barrow is a writer, educator, poet, humorist, doctor, and dreamer living in Bellevue, WA and working as a UX writer for an Internet juggernaut. You can follow his publication progress and prowess at timewrites.com.

Timothy B. Barner grew up in upstate NY and now lives in Southwest Ohio with his two sons. He publishes novels when he can, but more often writes short stories, plays, and musings from an interesting life. He hopes, of course, that others find his life interesting as well.

Todd Wells lives in Chicago. He has three children and one wife. He dabbles in time-travel, in that he plays bass in a 1980s cover band.

Tyler Garant is from Philadelphia, with plans to leave ASAP.

When not working on her essays, short stories, and novel-in-progress, Victoria and her husband are riding their Vespas, exploring the wine regions of California, befriending dogs, and raising insect assassins -- also known as praying mantises.

Virginia Bond was born in Oregon and received a Masters in Ministry in 2001. She is the author of The Reign, an adult historical fiction novel, and Specter in the Woods, a juvenile mystery which should be out within the next few months.

Ward Webb is the author of numerous short stories and novellas. Originally from NC, he currently lives in NYC. When he is not reading, he is writing -- and when he is not writing, he will most likely be dead. Please do not send flowers.