The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2




Contributors’ List


Alyssa Cooper is a born word weaver, swallowing stanzas like sustenance and leaving thumbnails of poetry everywhere she goes. She was born in Belleville Ontario, where she lives with her vintage typewriters and her personal library. Her first novel, Salvation, was released in 2012, and she is eagerly anticipating the release of her first poetry collection, Cold Breath of Life.

Ava Bird is a pranic bionic poetic writer and artist living on the radical edge!    she has a diverse collection of writings, poems, articles, reviews, healthy recipes and is widely published in a variety of journals, publications, newspapers, activist sites and historical anthologies.     she has two books of poetry and prose published and is working on her next releases.     


Poetry is an integral part of Bobbi’s life mission to foster greater peace. Bobbi founded Pathways to Peace offering holistic health education that guides people to their unique recipe of daily practices for a more peaceful life. She also provides behavioral support and instructional assistance to special needs children. Bobbi’s poetic writings are published in a chaos of angels poetry anthology and Kali’s Kites Essays from the Mythological Imagination. She published her first book of poems, Testament: A Poetic Journey Thru the Cycles of Life, in June of 2013 that is now available on her website and at Amazon.


C.S. Fuqua is the author of White Trash & Southern—Collected Poems, Vol. I, Rise Up, Hush, Puppy! A Southern Fried Tale, The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft, Trust Walk, The Swing: Poems of Fatherhood, and Notes to My Becca, among others. His work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Christian Science Monitor, Naval History, Main Street Rag, and Year's Best Horror Stories. For more information, free offers, music, and more, please visit

Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching on the list of Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers Magazine; Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (Key Publishing House, 2012); Lily’s Odyssey (All Things That Matter Press, 2010). Her library experience includes school, public, academic, special, as well as administration and being a consultant. Carol has founded, supports humane societies. Bringing the Arts into the Library (2014) is her sixth book for the American Library Association. Divining the Prime Meridian is forthcoming from WordTech Editions.

Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., moved to Chicago, educated at red-bricked universities  and on city streets, Charles has enjoyed working as a truck driver, city bus driver and enthused  bookstore clerk. Married on a Kauai beach in 2011, a loving Grandfather for five free spirits,  his work as Poet and shareholder in an independent Bookstore’s collective continues! Here’s a you-tube video of my reading at Tsunami Books =   Charles’ chapbook, “Into the Owl-Dreamed Night” is available through Uttered Chaos Press at    


I, Cherilyn Fry,  have been creating poetry and art for what seems forever. Published in Taj Mahal Review a number of times, Greensilk Journal, and Quills Poetry among others.
Nature has been an inspiration for me both for my artistic as well as poetic endeavours...I hope you enjoy reading my work - I have enjoyed writing it.


Christopher Barnes’ first collection LOVEBITES is published by Chanticleer.  Each year he reads at Poetry Scotland’s Callender Poetry Weekend.  He also writes art criticism which has been published in Peel and Combustus magazines.

Clinton Van Inman was born in Walton-on-Thames, England in 1945, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977 BA and has been an educator most of his life.  Currently is still teaching high school in Tampa Bay where he lives with his wife, Elba.

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.


Connolly Ryan was born in Greenwich Village, New York in 1967. He received both a BA in English and an MFA in Poetry from UMass, Amherst . Between degrees he traveled in Ireland and Oregon. A quote by G.K. Chesterton which applies to Connolly’s own life and philosophy: “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” He is currently a professor of literature at University of Massachusetts where he was thrice a finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award. His visceral and witty poetry has been published in various journals including Scythe, Silkworm, Harvard Review, Slope, Meat For Tea, Pannax Index, and Old Crow. He is also a multiple Pushcart nominee. He has two finished Manuscripts: Fort Polio, and The Uncle Becky Chronicles. He is excited and inspired to be teaching writing to such a diverse gaggle of spirited perspectives.


Daniel James Sundahl is Professor in English and American Studies at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, where he has taught for thirty-one years.  He's married to Ellen;  they have one well-behaved German Shepherd and three less well-behaved Mackerel cats.


Davide Trame is an Italian teacher of  English living in Venice-Italy. He started writing exclusively in his  second language, English, in 1992. His poems started beingpublished in magazines in 1999. His poetry collection "Make It Last" was published in January 2013 by Lapwing Publications, Belfast.


Denise Mostacci Sklar is a personal trainer in the GYROTONIC method of bodywork and lives in Hamilton MA, USA with her husband and two sons. She has had a career as a dancer and now has had the good fortune to discover writing as another way to move through life. She
particularly enjoys the stillness ...waiting for words to make an entrance. She also has the good fortune to study with poet/ teacher Marc Olmsted.  Her most current work can be found in Wilderness House Literary Review, Untitled with Passengers, Vagabond City Literary Journal,  Sassafras Literary Magazine, Dark Matter and Split Infinitive


Dianalee Velie lives and writes in Newbury, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College, where she has served as faculty advisor of Inkwell: A Literary Magazine. She has taught poetry, memoir, and short story at universities and colleges in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire and in private workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have been published in hundreds of literary journals and many have been translated into Italian. She enjoys traveling to rural school systems in Vermont and New Hampshire teaching poetry for the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Her play, Mama Says, was directed by Daniel Quinn in a staged reading in New York City. She is the author of three books of poetry, Glass House, First Edition, and The Many Roads to Paradise published by Rock Village Publishing in Middleborough, Massachusetts and a collection of short stories, Soul Proprietorship: Women in Search of Their Souls, published by Plain View Press in Austin Texas. They have also be published her fourth poetry collection, The Alchemy of Desire. She is a long time member of the National League of American Pen Women.



DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has had poetry published in numerous British, American and online journals, as well as releasing several booklets, one of which, Our Story, has been very warmly received.


Doris Teresa Wight’s Hey Guys, It’s English!, light-hearted essays on grammar, is currently being published by Rock Publishing Co.  Dr. Wight has seen print in a variety of literary styles, from scholarly works (Seeking Promethean Woman in the New Poetry, Americ Hey Guys, It’s English!, an University Studies, and over two dozen papers), poetry (chapbook Bird Wings and 400 poems in some 140 publications), short stories (literary and women’s magazines), and essays. Her memoir on the early 1930s, Little Girl, Big Depression, and her illustrated book of lyrics, Wild Bird, My Bird, are available on ebook.


Doug Bolling's poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including Georgetown Review, Lalitamba, Blue Unicorn, Wallace Stevens Journal, English Journal,
Water-Stone Review, Basalt and The Inflectionist Review among others. Most recently online in The Missing Slate with Poet of the Month and interview.
He has received five Pushcart nominations in recent  years After teaching in several colleges and universities in the USA he now lives in Flossmoor, Illinois, part of the greater Chicago area.


Douglas Penick wrote the Canadian NFB’s series on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Leonard Cohen, narrator) and libretti for two operas: King Gesar (Sony CD w/ Ma, Serkin, Ax, etc.) and Ashoka’s Dream  (Santa Fe Opera) with Peter Lieberson. He's received grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and from the Graham Foundation. In addition to three book-length episodes from the Gesar Epic, many short pieces have been published world wide. Least year, his novel about the 3rd Ming Emperor, A Journey of the North Star was brought out by Publerati. His newest novel, Dreamers and Their Shadows about spiritual seekers and their labyrinthine yearning, is now available

Edward Palumbo is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (BA-1982). His fiction, poems, shorts, and non-fiction have appeared in numerous journals, e-journals, periodicals, and anthologies including: Rough Places Plain, Tertulia Magazine, Flush Fiction, and Dark Matter. He writes for he loves to create new universes, however small, however doomed, and then again.


Francine Witte is a poet and fiction writer.  Her poetry chapbooks are “First Rain” and “Only, Not Only.”  Her flash fiction chapbooks are “The Wind Twirls Everything”  and “Cold June.”  She lives in Manhattan and is an English teacher.


Gerard Sarnat is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s "HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man" and 2012’s "Disputes." His pieces have appeared or are forthcoming in over seventy journals and anthologies.  Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, a CEO of health care organizations, and a Stanford professor. For "The Huffington Post" review of his work and more; visit  “Silicon Valley Oven” will appear in my third collection, "17s," in which each poem, stanza or line has seventeen syllables.

Gideon Sampson Cecil was born on the 9th of May 1968, in Rose Hall Town,Corentyne Berbice,Guyana. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Divinity from Life Christian University Tampa Florida. He is also a College lecturer and freelance journalist. He holds a degree in free-lance journalism. He is the winner of several literary awards for work of literature. His awards includes: Offerings Poetry Award in Guyana 1997, The Editor’s Choice Poetry Award from 1993-2008 from the International Library of Poetry in the USA and the Inter-American Press Association finalist Award for his essay on Press Freedom in 1998.


Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in Borderlands, Slant, and The Mom Egg, and she is the 2011 recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are "Walking Twin Cities" and "Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch."


J. Blake Gordon lives with his cat, near a large lake. He works as a proofreader, collects vinyl records, and organizes his closets obsessively. He tries to live mindfully. He is also learning to practice Tai Chi. His poems have recently been featured in Similar:Peaks::, Third Wednesday, and Crack The Spine

J.B.Pravda, born Brooklyn, NY, US Government Attorney during Watergate, when he 'Felt' uneasy about governments, and laws; later, public company CEO, lobbyist, now, multimedia artist, published produced playwright (paid royalties), columnist for leading magazines; his paintings have been published & exhibited as well as  included in a national touring exhibition as well as several multimedia exhibitions in NY and other venues. Published diversity author via major university, winning Finalist in Stymie Magazine's 1st annual collector cards edition.  Invitee, 2nd & 3rd Annual 'Slice' magazine Literary Writers Conference; Lifetime Guest Artist @ Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts via 2006 Playwriting Intensives (invitation only).

James Naiden was born in Texas in 1943. He was educated at four different universities in the United States, and has lived in Minnneapolis, Minnesota, since 1970. His book, Summer Poems, was published in 2002. His most recent novel, The Chafings of Mortals, was published in 2011.

Jane Beal, PhD is poet, professor, and midwife. She is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections, including Sanctuary (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and The Roots of Apples (Lulu Press, 2012), as well as a CD of her poetry read aloud, Songs from the Secret Life (Shiloh Studio of Sound, 2009). She also writes fiction, literary criticism, and creative non-fiction. In her free time, she enjoys bird-watching, music-making and nature-walking with her beloved miniature dachshund, Joyful. To learn more, visit


Jennifer MacBain-Stephens attended New York University and currently calls the Midwest home. She has poems published in Superstition Review #10, Emerge Literary Journal, Red Savina Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Burningwood Literary Journal, The Apeiron Review, Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag, Star 82 Review, Thirteen Myna Birds, Rufous City Review, Squalor Review, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Untitled with Passengers, Gravel Magazine, Sein und Werden, The New Poet, Scapegoat Review, Menacing Hedge, Sassafras Literary Magazine, Brickplight, Eunoia Review, River and South Review, and Iowa City’s 2013 Poetry in Public Project.  She was recently nominated for Best of the Net.


Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Camel Saloon Books on Blog, Blueline, Vine Leaves, Spectrum, three Bright Spring Press Anthologies and several Kind of A Hurricane Publications.  She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net. Four of her books have been published by fine literary presses.

She has recited her work at the National Arts Club, New York City, State University of New York, Oneonta, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio and other distinguished venues.  A recent reading was sponsored by the American Academy of Poetry.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky, A.P.D. Press, Albany, New York.



Joseph Dorazio is a prize-winning poet and author of three volumes of poetry.  His latest collection, "AS IS" earned an Editor's Choice Award at iUniverse.  Mr. Dorazio lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania.


Katharyn Howd Machan, Professor of Writing at Ithaca College, holds degrees from the College of Saint Rose, the University of Iowa, and Northwestern University. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines; in anthologies/textbooks such as The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013, Poetry: An Introduction, Early Ripening: American Women’s Poetry Now, Sound and Sense, Writing Poems, Literature: Reading and Writing the Human Experience, etc.); and in 30 collections, most recently When She’s Asked to Think of Colors (Palettes & Quills Press, 2009). In 2012 she edited Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology for Split Oak Press.


Kevin Patrick McCarthy   is a dramatist, geologist, and fourth-generation Coloradan. His work has appeared in The Bloomsbury Review, The Chicago Tribune, Written River, and dozens of other publications.


  I, Kori Moore, began writing at an early age after relocating from my native state of Iowa to Georgia in the third grade.  I found writing to be a good way of venting during those awkward teenage years with a particular love for poetry and find even at the age of 36 I am still venting.  I feel we all have something important to say and expression through the written word is the best way I know to make a difference in the world.  There is a lot that needs to be said so I speak.  I am just one voice but together we can change the world as it exists and so I write I not only for the love of the craft but to encourage, teach and inspire as well.

Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming is a Trinidadian Bahamian living in Nassau, The Bahamas where she is a practicing Mechanical/Building Services Engineer, a poet and fiction writer. She won the David Hough Literary Prize (2001) and the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize (2009) from The Caribbean Writer Literary Journal; and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association 2001 Short Story Competition. She is the author of two poetry collections: Curry Flavour, published by Peepal Tree Press (2000) and Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems, published by Proverse Hong Kong (2011). Lelawattee was shortlisted for the inaugural Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize for Fiction, in April, 2013.


Leonore Wilson is on the MFA advisory panel at St. Mary's College. Her latest book is Western Solstice by Hiraeth Press. She has taught English and Creative Writing at various colleges and universities in the Bay Area. Her work has been seen in such magazines as Quarterly West, Third Coast, Madison Review, Pif, etc. She has been nominated for 4 Pushcart Awards.


I am Leslie. I am a traveler of days and an aspiring poet currently studying to Major in Business with a Minor in French at the University of California, Riverside. My poetry dwells upon the realization of purity in nature and its connection to human emotion. My dream is to inspire others to stray from the norm, be weird, and enhance themselves. Music is one thing that has a huge impact on my poetry and well-being. I enjoy drinking tea, watching horror films, rollerblading, and  playing Pac-man in my free time.

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh, but she was raised in the rural town of Conneautville. She attended and graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English-Literature in 2009. Her poetry, articles, reviews, and short stories have appeared in several journals online and in print. Her chapbook A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn was published by Fowlpox Press recently, and her novel Amethyst Epiphany is forthcoming from Assent Publishing under their imprint Phantasm Books.

M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with her husband, poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals, including Bluestem, The Cortland Review, Earth's Daughters, Main Street Rag, Theodate, and 3:AM Magazine, and anthologies, including American Society: What Poets See, edited by David Chorlton and Robert S. King (FutureCycle Press), Journey to Crone, edited by S. Philipp (Chuffed Buff Books).


Maria McInnis is a writer out of rural Nova Scotia who has been published in multiple literary journals and magazines worldwide. She is 27 years old and lives in the Annapolis Valley where she follows her passion of writing and learning.


M. A. Schaffner has work recently published or forthcoming in The Hollins Critic, Dagda, Pennsylvania Review, Gargoyle, and Boston Poetry.  Other writings include the poetry collection The Good Opinion of Squirrels, and the novel War Boys.  Schaffner spends most days in Arlington, Virginia or the 19th century.


Marianne Szlyk is an associate professor of English at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD as well as an associate editor of The Potomac Review.  Most recently, her poems have appeared in Of Sun and Sand, [Insert Coin Here], and In Gilded Frame, anthologies from Kind of a Hurricane Press as well as in The Linden Avenue Literary Journal and The Blue Hour.  Other poems are scheduled to appear in Poetry Pacific.


Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the nonfiction bioethics paperback and ebook volume
 "The Intruder Bulletins: The Dark Side of Technology" and the short fiction collection "No Town of Mine" currently published for the Kindle Reader at Amazon. His plays "Cross" and "Thief in the Night" have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, criticism and fiction have been published by The Antigonish Review, Bareback Magazine,  Black Heart Review, Collages & Bricolages, Cerebrus, Death Throes, Ethical Specacle, Deep South Journal, Flash Fiction,The Magill Review, Japanophile, Purple Patch, Slugfish,The Journal of Poetry Therapy. He currently writes a weekly science humor column for The Magill Review. 


Mark Hierholzer was born in San Antonio, Tx in 1960.  He began studying piano at 7 and took a distinct interest in classical music.  He received a Bachelors Degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters in Piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.


His interest in poetry lies in part in the understanding that it is intimately related to music. Setting words to music is what poetry is.  In the last fifteen years he has written hundreds of poems and three novels.  Many of his poems have been published, several by Voices de la Luna poetry journal.  He lives in Fredericksburg, Texas with his wife, Rebekah and their three year old daughter, Genevieve. He has four older children who reside in Austin. 


He conducts four community choirs, teaches piano and composes music.  Over twenty of his works are published by major publishers in the United States and abroad.


Mark Nenadov is a poet from Essex, Ontario, Canada. He lives with his lovely wife and their baby daughter. Mark's poems have appeared in publications in the United States, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, England, and Ireland. He also has a poem in the Whisky Sour City anthology recently published by Black Moss Press. See for more details.

Marsha Mathews is an American poet and educator.  Her most recent book, Hallelujah Voices, presents the voices of an Appalachian church congregation as they experience  pivotal moments on their life journeys. Marsha’s love poems, Sunglow & A Tuft of Nottingham Lace, won the Red Berry Editions 2011 Chapbook Award, and was published. Her first chapbook, Northbound Single-Lane, was released in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. This book follows the journey of a woman who finds herself suddenly single, with young children to care for. Marsha was recently award the Orlando Prize (sponsored by AROHO) for Flash Fiction.

Meri Goehring is a physical therapist with over 35 years of experience. She teaches in the Physical Therapy Department at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She received her PhD from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist. The courage and dignity of her patients often prompt her writings.

Neil Ellman has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  More than 850 of his poems, many of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, appear in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world.  His first full-length collection is Parallels: Selected Ekphrastic Poetry, 2009-2012.


Patricia was born in Kansas and has the wind flowing through her dreams.  She was happily transplanted to California where she continued her education from the 7th grade through college. She has taught public school, been a private tutor, worked as a graphic artist and is currently working as a piano accompanist for the high school choirs in the little California valley town where she lives. Her goal is to make a poem of her life and to communicate that life to others. You can find some of her poetry at

Phyllis Berentsen  grew up in greater Milwaukee, WI, earned a BA, MS and MSW at the Univeristy of Wisconsin, married, had 4 children, then worked as a psychotherapist for ten years. Since retirement, she was instrumental in starting the Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, which offers opportunities for grade school childen to learn peaceful ways to resolve conflicts. She does free lance writing, enjoy riding a recumbent  tandem trike with her husband and playing with her grandchildren.  Her writings have appeared in Thema, Mature Years, Friends Journal, and Westward Quarterly. Stories are upcoming in Alfie Dog and Epiphany.


R. W. Haynes (Ph. D., University of Georgia) has taught literature at Texas A&M International University since 1992.  His recent research has focused on the American playwright Horton Foote and on the early British sonnet.  As a poet, Haynes seeks to capture moments in which music collaborates with familiar theatricality.  He also seeks in fiction to do whatever justice is possible to his own generation of wandering artists.

Longtime SoCal resident Rex Butters has had journalism published by sites and magazines including BAM, Rapport, All About Jazz, Folk Works, LA Free Press, and the Free Venice Beachhead. His poetry has appeared for over 25 years in such diverse journals as the Cost of Freedom, Caffeine, Brain Vomit, interbang, sic Vice and Verse, The Journal of Interdimensional Poetry, and Bad Haircut Quarterly. He performs with the improvised music/funk/spoken word ensemble, Black Shoe Polish, and sings with various projects. 

Richard Fein was a finalist in The 2004 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Competition. A Chapbook of his poems was published by Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been published in many web and print journals such as  Cordite, Cortland Review, Reed, Southern Review, Roanoke Review,  Birmingham  Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, Paris/atlantic,  Canadian Dimension, Black Swan Review, Exquisite Corpse, Foliate Oak,  Morpo Review, Ken*Again Oregon East, Southern Humanities Review, Morpo, Skyline, Touchstone, Windsor Review, Maverick,  Parnassus Literary Review, Small Pond, Kansas Quarterly, Blue Unicorn, Exquisite Corpse, Terrain Aroostook Review, Compass Rose, Whiskey Island Review, Oregon East, Bad Penny Review, Constellations, and many, many others.


Sarah Brown Weitzman, a Pushcart nominee,  has had hundreds of poems published in numerous journals such as AMERICA, THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW,  RATTLE, THE MID-AMERICAN REVIEW, THE WINDLESS ORCHARD, SLANT, POET LORE, POTOMAC REVIEW, etc.  She received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her latest book, a children’s novel titled HERMAN AND THE ICE WITCH, was published by Main Street Rag in 2011


Sara-Mae Tuson has had short fiction, poetry and articles published in the Salt anthology Overheard, the Emma Press Mildly Erotic Poetry Anthology, The Journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Inky Needles, Dark River Press, Elbow Room, Pen Work Media’s Mayday StoriesScouting magazine, The Loose Muse Anthology 2012 (Vol. I & II), RisingErotic Review, UK Theatre Network, Obsessed with PipeworkTrespass, The London Magazine and more. Recently she was a finalist in the erbacce press chapbook prize. Sara-Mae was the first female editor of The London Magazine, which is over 296 years old. Apart from her work as a freelance copywriter and editor for companies as diverse as The Scouting Association, Stairway Communications, Magma poetry magazine and online media company Gamaroff Digital, she is also a consultant for InkTears, a short fiction promotion project. She is on the board of Loose Muse, an organisation promoting the work of women writers, which has a regular night of performance poetry and writing at the Poetry café, and has been a featured performer at the event. She has devised workshops and performed as a guest at Paragram, Angel Poetry, The Hot House and Book Club Boutique. Two of her stories have been performed live by White Rabbit. She works with film, creating interviews.


Sheikha A. is a Pakistani-born writer who has lived half her impressionable years in the United Arab Emirates. Writing out of her own experience as well as that of others, she believes in empathy and its dominant influence on writing as a whole. Published in several online and print magazines such as Open Road Review, Red Fez, Danse Macabre du Jour, American Diversity Report, a regular contributor to eFiction India Magazine, she intends to see her poetry put into books and be read and discussed widely. Her book titled ‘SPACED’ is available on Kindle (published by Hammer and Anvil Books, Lazarus Media LLC).


Stanley H. Barkan is the editor/publisher of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature and Art, that has, to date, produced some 400 titles in 50 different languages, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011.  Poetry Teacher of the Year (awarded by the NYC Board of Education and Poets House, 1971) and winner of  the Poor Richard’s Award “The Best of the Small Presses” (from the Small Press Center in New York, 1998), and the 2011 recipient of the PLR Lifetime Service to Literature Award. his own work has been published in 15 collections, several of them bilingual (Bulgarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Sicilian). His latest are Strange Seasons, a  collaboration with photoartist Mark Polyakov and ABC of Fruits and Vegetables,  illustrated by his daughter, Mia Barkan Clarke both published by AngoBoy in Sofia, Bulgaria, 2007 & 2012, respectively. In 2006, he was invited by poet-editor, Peter Thabit Jones, to be the first solo poet to be featured at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Wales.  Subsequently, in the spring of 2008, he organized the historic—the first such since the death of Dylan Thomas in 1953—Dylan Thomas Tribute Tour of America, featuring Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan Thomas, and Peter Thabit Jones, and, with Peter, in 2009, produced a Walking Tour of Dylan Thomas’s Greenwich Village (released as a DVD in 2012), as well as, in 2011, the first International Poetry Festival in Swansea.


Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His theater and restaurant reviews have been published in various newspapers, with poetry and interviews appearing in numerous national journals, among them Portland Review, Main Street Rag, Kestrel, Scarlet Literary Magazine, Cream City Review, Nimrod, Penny Ante Feud, New Plains Review, Poetry Quarterly, The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry, and Clockhouse Review. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems. He lives in Marina, California.


Vanessa Raney is an American living in Croatia, and working on a book. Her creative works (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) have previously appeared in mostly online publications, more recently in *Foliate Oak Literary Magazine*, *Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag*, and *Every Day, A Century*. A complete list can be found at Her biggest ambition is to write a novel in the Croatian language which she hopes to accomplish within the next year. Additionally, she has been learning how to cook Croatian foods such as manistra soup, goulash, risotto, and gnoki (with potatoes, eggs and flour).


Zvonko Taneski (1980) – Macedonian poet, literary scientist, critic, translator and editor. He graduated in General and Comparative Literature at the Blaže Koneski Faculty of Philology in Skopje. In 2007 he defended his doctoral thesis at the Department of Slovak Literature and Literary Theory of the Comenius University in Bratislava, and then another doctorate at the Department of Translatology and Interpretation at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. He has worked at the Institute of World Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. Now he works as a university professor on Faculty of Foreign Languages at FON University in Skopje. He is an regular member of the Independent Writers Club in Slovakia and Macedonia and also the honorary member of Slovak PEN Centre. He has authored five books of poetry (Open doors – 1995, The choir of Decayed Leaves – 2000, The ridge – 2003, Chocolate in portfolio – 2010, affections without  warranty - 2012). He is actively translating works of Slovak literature in Macedonian and vice versa. Author of scientific monographies: Metaphorical models of figurativeness in the poetry of Jan Ondruš (2008), SLOVAK-MACEDONIAN LITERARY AND CULTURAL TIES (2009), MACEDONIAN-SLOVAK COMPARATIVE VIEWS (STUDIES AND INTERPRETATIONS - 2012. He is the editor of several international academic and art publications. His works have been translated in English, Italian, Slovenian, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Esperanto, Russian, Polish, Czech and Slovak.