Dominique Hecq grew up in the French-speaking part of Belgium. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia. With a BA in Germanic Philology, an MA in literary translation, and a PhD in English, Hecq writes across genres and disciplines—and sometimes across tongues. Her creative works include a novel, three collections of stories, and nine volumes of poetry. Her latest book in English is Kaosmos (Melbourne Poets Union, 2020). Tracks (New Work Press) and Pistes de Rêve (Editions du Petit Véhicule) are slated for later this year. Among other honours such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival Award for Outstanding Writing and Spoken Word Performance, the Woorilla Prize for Fiction, the Martha Richardson Medal for Poetry, the New England Poetry Prize, and the inaugural AALITRA Prize for Literary Translation (Spanish to English), Dominique Hecq is a recipient of the 2018 International Best Poets Prize administered by the International Poetry Translation and Research Centre in conjunction with the International Academy of Arts and Letters.A short bio with personal history, key achievements, or an interesting fact.
Sven Kretzschmar is a prize-winning poet from Southwest Germany. His work has been shortlisted for various awards and competitions in recent years and has appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies in Europe and overseas, among them Writing Home. The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press, 2019) and Turangalîla-Palestine (Dairbhre, 2019).
Mirfet Piccolo graduated from Birkbeck, University of London. She earned a commendation at the Premio Italo Calvino XXIV edition and her short stories have been published on Nazione Indiana and on The Massachusetts Review. In 2017 she published her first novel. She now lives in a small village in Lombardy. Her work is represented by the Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency.
Eleni Simeou Askim
Eleni Simeou Askim is British born, Cypriot raised, now living and adapting to the Scandinavian ways in Norway with her family. She is a multi-cultural, trilingual lover of words and language. She lives to learn and is always on the prowl for a new challenge – currently: motherhood. She blogs occasionally about her life as a forever foreigner at aworldlywannabe.com
“Micheál Fahey is an Irish writer of 6 years, and largely, his written works take inspiration from both classic literature and his own adventures abroad. His style was developed through participation in several projects and courses, as well as the writing of multiple works, soon to be released.”
Twitter: @MichealFahey_ LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/micheál-fahey-b4584912a
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Madiha Imran is an Economics postgraduate from Pakistan. She has developed a propensity towards description of assorted illustrations and that transformed her passion of penning down thoughts into stories. She loves to travel and experiment with taste and ingredients. She blogs at https://mastertrender.com/ and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Brian Kirk is a poet and writer from Dublin. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. His poem “Birthday” won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018. His short fiction chapbook It’s Not Me, It’s You won the Southword Fiction Chapbook competition and was published in 2019. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.
Shampa Sinha took the scenic route to medicine via careers in diplomacy and international development. She currently works as a palliative care doctor in Tasmania, Australia. As a writer she has had poetry published in anthologies published by the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s International Writing Program, the Poetry Society (India) and Princeton University articles published by The Australian newspaper, the Calcutta Statesman and medical narrative essays and fiction published by Australian Doctor, the Australian Cancer Council and Hektoen International. As a palliative care doctor working in the community team in the early days of the COVID pandemic, part of her role included setting patients up to die at home in order to enable them to stay out of hospital to the extent possible.
Tracy Gaughan is an Irish based author. Her poetry and short fiction have been commended and featured in Live Encounters, The Blue Nib, Boyne Berries and others. She presents the arts radio show WestWords andin 2018 was awarded an MA in International Contemporary Literature. Tracy is IRL/UK poetry editor at The Blue Nib Magazine.
Katie Piper is British and now lives in Wodonga, Australia with her Aussie hubby and toddler. Katie is a nurse-academic and uses creative story work as a teaching tool. Her work has appeared in: Reflex Fiction, The Cabinet of Heed, Virtual Zine Mag, X-ray Literary Mag and Rejection Letters.
Toby Wallis lives in Suffolk, UK. His writing has appeared in a number of journals, both online and in print.
Justene Dion-Glowa is a bi Métis poet from BC Canada. Her work can be found in a variety of online journals. She tweets at @gee_justy and links to her work can be found at https://neutralspaces.co/justenedg/
Moinak is a published poet and fiction writer and a teacher. He has two literary and romantic fictions to his credit, namely ‘ Online@offline’ and ‘ In search of la radice’. He loves to travel and to do nature photography. Interested in creating video poetry or poetry films. His debut video poetry / poetry film ‘ I think I love twilight’ was accepted in Lift Off film festivals across the globe. He lives in Kolkata, India with his wife, son and a pet dog.
Oz Hardwick lives in York, where he writes poetry and feeds the cat. Under normal circumstances, he teaches Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University, but is currently banging his head against his laptop screen instead.
Carolyn Harnanan is an English teacher who works to nurture literacy in children. Carolyn believes that when children read and listen to stories, they gain the confidence and skills they need to express themselves orally and in writing. A retired Head of English at St. Augustine Girls’ High School, Trinidad, Carolyn has also lived in Nova Scotia, Canada where she worked in ESL. She has built Story Circles, a platform for literacy in her native country, Trinidad and Tobago. Carolyn holds a BA in Language and Literature, a PG Diploma in Education, a PG Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language, and an MFA (Creative Writing) from the University of the West Indies.
Paras Abbasi is an emerging writer with an interest in feminist discourse, international relations and politics. She has been published in Confluence Magazine UK, Queen Mobs Teahouse, East Lit Journal, The Bombay Review and Mad Swirl among others. She can be reached at instagram for her writings: at @ofcoffeeconversations
Manuela Palacios teaches English literature and lives in rural Galicia ‒North-western Spain. She is currently doing research on eco-poetry and the animal trope. Manuela is an avid reader of international literature and a translator of Irish, Galician and Arabic poetry.
Subhendu Beura is an engineer turned energy sector consultant and has seen fifty summers. He lives in Bhubaneswar, a small city in Eastern India.
Sarah Jones is a retired accountant currently living in these strange times on the small Caribbean island of Montserrat, with a population of around 4500, in complete lockdown and with closed borders. They have had 11 cases of Covid 19, but currently have no active cases.
Daniel Andrade Amaral
Daniel Andrade Amaral is an MFA candidate at Oklahoma State University and holds English and education degrees from UMass Lowell. His writing, with characters reacting against absurdity, expresses the nature of people imposing belief and loneliness onto themselves and each other. He is writing a novel and translating Brazilian literature.
Elif Firuzi is a poet and poem translator. Her poems and translations have been published widely in Turkish literary magazines. Translated poems by E. Södergran, K. Lugn, A.Swir, N. Nye, P. Agbabi, G. Szirtes. Holding an MA in psychology, she also works with young people and gender issues. She can found at;
Aisha Hamid is a feminist writer and poet based in Lahore, Pakistan. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a MA in Gender and International Development and is a Commonwealth Scholar. Her academic and creative writing both revolve around Pakistani women’s agency and the multiple meanings it comes to hold for them. As a woman living and writing in a deeply patriarchal space, she regards her writing as activism. She was among six writers shortlisted for the Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women, 2019. She was also among eight writers selected for the residential LUMS Young Writers Workshop, 2019. She has been published by Buchleser Books and Vallum Magazine. Her poetry is forthcoming in The Aleph Review (2021).
Instagram handle: _aisha.hamid_
My shortlisted short story, How (Not) to Leave, published by The ZHR Writing Prize can be read here:
My poem, Unhappiness, published by Vallum Magazine and selected as Poem of the Week, can be read here:
Marvin Lee is a science fiction and fantasy writer who grew up in the jungles of Venezuela. He still lives there among the Yanomami Indians, with his wife and four kids
Blessing Temi Jegede
Blessing Temi Jegede is a recent graduate of law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Having twice won gold medals in the common wealth essay competition, she thinks written word a life form, hopes for a world where everyone is valued equally, and is an avowed ‘dog person’.
Costantia Manoli is a British-born Cypriot author/illustrator of children’s literature. She lives amid almond and olive trees in Cyprus with her daughters, hubby, lioness-dog and hyperactive-pup in a miasma of story ideas, new characters and constant interruptions. Her debut picture book will be available in Spring 2022 (Roaring Brook/Macmillan USA).
Megha Nayar is a communications trainer based in India. She teaches English and French. She reads voraciously, and is grateful for the existence of literary journals. She wants to put out her own collection of short stories soon. She also performs stand-up poetry, loves long walks, and spends a lot of time contemplating the purpose of human existence.
Isla McKetta is the author of Polska, 1994 (Éditions Checkpointed) and co-author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art (Write Bloody). She writes in Seattle where she serves on the board of Seattle City of Literature. Find her online at islamcketta.com.
Joanne Sutton-Smith, is a writer of the book for the musical, “Stand By The River”, which won an ASCAP award for best new musical. A January 2020 graduate of NYU’s Master’s Program in Irish and Irish American Studies, the title of her thesis was, “Why Keening Matters: Grief Rituals in the Cultural Zeitgeist.”
Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws, and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been featured in a number of anthologies and publications, such as Mad Scientist Journal, Asymmetry Fiction, Hinnom Magazine, Ahoy Comics’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror, Metaphorosis and The Gallery of Curiosities, and he’s currently in the midst of completing his first children’s book. Website: www.joachimheijndermans.com Twitter: @jheijndermans
Colette Willis lives in a small village by the sea in Ireland. When she is not reading or dealing with her chaos demon of a rescue dog, Ozzy, she is labouring to write across a variety of genres and formats.
Erini Loucaides is a published, Australian-Cypriot writer. Her work has been shortlisted in the Fresher Prize, longlisted in the Fish Prize, top 15% in the First Pages Prize and awarded a Distinction by the Sydney Morning Herald. She teaches in Cyprus and is inspired by Greek myths and wild nature.
Zoë Sparque has lived in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, but left her heart in San Francisco. She writes song lyrics, poetry, screenplays and prose. Her recent work has been accepted by Flash Fiction Magazine, Trembling with Fear, With Painted Words and The Drabble. Get in touch on Twitter: @ZoeSparque