Authors & Artists

Pia Bhatia is a writer from New Delhi, India. Her work has appeared in Southworld, The Mithila Review, International Human Rights Art Festival Anthology, Sonder Midwest, The Rubbertop Review, and elsewhere.


Stephen Boyce is a prize-winning poet and co-founder of Winchester Poetry Festival. He is the author of three poetry collections, The Blue Tree (Indigo Dreams 2019), The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014), and Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010). He has also published three pamphlet collections. Stephen lives in north Dorset, England. His website is www.stephenboycepoetry.com.


Keith Brighouse grew up in South Yorkshire, England. After an apprenticeship at the local coal mine, he travelled round Europe for several years, working in menial jobs he files under experience. He studied art at Rotterdam Academie voor Beeldenden Kunsten and sculpture at Sheffield City Polytechnic. He has worked in a variety of teaching and other jobs over the years to fund both his writing and his art. He now resides in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.


Peter Neil Carroll is currently Poetry Moderator of Portside.org. His sixth collection of poetry, Something is Bound to Break, has recently been published. Earlier titles include Fracking Dakota; Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem; An Elegy for Lovers; and A Child Turns Back to Wave, which won the Prize Americana. He has also published a memoir, Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia & the Art of History (Georgia). (Photo: Jeannette Ferrary).


Nate Ealy is a huge sports fan in western Pennsylvania, namely the Steelers and the Pirates. He loves to travel and his future plans include taking his beautiful wife to Italy. He also loves to write. He has appeared in The Siren’s Call, The Echo, Romance Magazine, and Fairlight Books. He is currently working on a novel.


Jennifer L. Freed’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including Atlanta Review, Comstock Review, Rust + Moth, The Worcester Review, Zone 3, and others. A chapbook, These Hands Still Holding, was a finalist in the 2013 New Women’s Voices competition. Her poem sequence ‘Cerebral Hemorrhage’ was awarded the 2020 Samuel Washington Allen Prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her website is jfreed.weebly.com.


Amlanjyoti Goswami’s recent collection of poems, River Wedding (Poetrywala, 2019) has been widely reviewed. His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies around the world. His poems have also appeared on street walls in Christchurch, in exhibitions in Johannesburg, in an e-gallery in Brighton, and on buses in Philadelphia. He has read in various places including in New York, Delhi, and Boston. He grew up in Guwahati, Assam and lives in Delhi. (Photo: Aparna Sanyal)


Camilla Holland is a mediaeval re-enactor, microbiologist, and tarot reader. She lives in Scotland and writes fiction and poetry. She won the first Crediton Festival short story competition and the 2020 Scottish Association of Writers non-fiction book award. Published in the UK, the USA, and Australia in Dear Damsels, The Eildon Tree, Dreich, InfectiveInk, Insights, Didcot Writers, and Henshaw Anthology, she participated in a panel discussion chaired by Tracy Chevalier about short fiction and disability.


Juliana Johnson is a 19-year-old student at Stockton University. She has been writing since she was 14 and has recently had a poem published in an upcoming edition of the Writer’s Shed literary magazine. She draws inspiration from Anne Carson, Ernest Hemingway, and e.e. cummings in her writing.


Wendy Kennar is a mother, former teacher, and writer in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in a number of publications and anthologies both in print and online including the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, TheMighty.com, and Motherwellmag.com. You can read more from Kennar at www.wendykennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).


Margaret Koger is a school media specialist with a writing habit. She lives and works in Boise, Idaho, and writes poetry to add small strands of connective tissue to the web of life. She has published in numerous journals, including Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Friends of Acadia Journal, Writers in the Attic, Amsterdam Quarterly, The Heartland Review, Red Rock Review, Thimble Literary Magazine, Headway, Tiny Seeds Literary Journal, and Ponder Savant.


Gracjan Kraszewski wrote the novel, The Holdout (Adelaide Books, 2018). He is working on a 1,000 page plus absurdist-maximalist philosophical comedy novel set one hundred years in the future treating apocalyptic thermonuclear geopolitics. His fiction has appeared in Riddle Fence, Wilderness House Literary Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, New English Review, The Southern Distinctive, PILGRIM, The Coil, Bull: Men’s Fiction, Adelaide Literary Magazine, RumbleFish Press, Five on the Fifth, and at http://www.short-humour.org.uk/.


Donna J. Gelagotis Lee is the author of two award-winning collections, Intersection on Neptune (The Poetry Press of Press Americana, 2019), winner of the Prize Americana for Poetry 2018, and On the Altar of Greece (Gival Press, 2006), winner of the Seventh Annual Gival Press Poetry Award. Her poetry has appeared in journals internationally, including Amsterdam Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Feminist Studies, Magma Poetry, and The Massachusetts Review. Her website is www.donnajgelagotislee.com.


Bryan R. Monte’s poetry has appeared in Friends Journal, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Poetry Pacific, the South Florida Poetry Journal, and in the anthologies Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Press, 2013), Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Press, 2017), and in Voices from the Fierce Intangible World (SoFloPoJo Press, 2019). His poetry collection, On the Level: Fifty-eight Poems about Living with Multiple Sclerosis, is in search of a publisher. He leads AQ’s monthly writers’ group.


Mandira Pattnaik lives in India. She graduated in economics, but lets her writing take precedence, happy it has found homes in Citron Review, New World Writing, Lunate, Eclectica, Spelk, Star 82, and Splonk among others. She was shortlisted at NFFD NZ 2020 and RetreatWest June Microfiction Contest. Pattnaik has work forthcoming in Watershed Review, Ilanot Review, and Toasted Cheese.


Cheryl Pearson is the author of two poetry collections: Oysterlight (Pindrop Press, 2017), and Menagerie (The Emma Press, 2020). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The Guardian, Mslexia, Frontier, The Moth, and The Interpreter’s House, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction has been published in TSS, Longleaf Review, and Confingo among others, and she was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award in 2017.


Pat Seman is an English writer, poet and teacher who now lives between Amsterdam and Crete. Her poetry and travel writing have been published in various anthologies. She is currently writing a book about her recent search for her roots in Ukraine.


Irene Hoge Smith, a graduate of the New Directions writing program at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, has been published in journals including Prick of the Spindle, Amsterdam Quarterly, Vineleaves Literary Journal, Wisconsin Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Stonecoast Review. She is completing a memoir about her mother, the late Los Angeles poet francEyE, who, after fleeing a bad marriage and losing custody of four daughters, lived with Charles Bukowski in the early 1960s.


Canadian poet/fiction writer/playwright J. J. Steinfeld is the author of 20 books, including Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2014), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2015), An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2016), Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be (Poetry, Guernica Editions, 2017), A Visit to the Kafka Café (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2018), and Gregor Samsa Was Never in The Beatles (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2019). (Photo: Brenda Whiteway)


Meryl Stratford lives with her husband, Richard Magesis, in Hallandale Beach, Florida. She is an associate editor for the South Florida Poetry Journal. Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A video of her poem, ‘Ruffian,’ first published in AQ19, can be viewed at https://youtu.be/AU-LzZ13MJU (Photo: Blaise Allen)


Christina Thatcher is a Creative Writing Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her poetry and short stories have featured in over 50 publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, And Other Poems, Acumen, The Interpreter’s House, and more. She has published two poetry collections with Parthian Books: More than you were (2017) and How to Carry Fire (2020). To learn more about Thatcher’s work, please visit her website christinathatcher.com or follow her on Twitter @writetoempower.


Judy Upton is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with plays produced by the Royal Court, National Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Hampstead Theatre among others. She has had seven plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 including 2019’s Drama Of The Week, The Bulbul Was Singing. Judy’s first novella ‘Maisie And Mrs Webster’ was published by W&N in 2018 in the volume Hometown Tales: South Coast.

Constanza Baeza Valdenegro was born in 1985. She lives in the Chilean countryside. She has always written poetry and short stories for herself. Her writing finds inspiration in tennis, general knowledge, and the exploration of solitude. She loves languages, singing, and learning something new every day.


Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is a Sydney artist, poet, and pianist of Indian heritage. She holds a Masters in English. She has been exhibiting for the past twenty years and her paintings can be found in many private collections. She has published her poetry in several print and online journals and anthologies. Her recent works have been showcased in Dwell Time, Otoliths, 3 AM Magazine, and are forthcoming in Parentheses Journal, Otoliths, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere.


Mantz Yorke is a former science teacher and researcher living in Manchester, England. His poems have appeared in print magazines, anthologies, and e-magazines in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Israel, Canada, the US, Australia, and Hong Kong. His collection Voyager is published by Dempsey & Windle.