Authors & Artists

Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had over three hundred stories and poems published so far, and six books. Ed works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of six review editors.

Geoffrey B. Cain is an artist and educator who lives in University Place, Washington, where he writes novels, short stories, and poetry. His previous work has appeared in Border Crossing, Sonoma Mandala, Tom Cat, Deluge 6, and other fine publications.

William Cass has had over 200 short stories appear in a variety of literary magazines and has won writing contests at and The Examined Life Journal. He has received one Best Small Fictions nomination, three Pushcart nominations, and his short story collection, Something Like Hope & Other Stories, was recently released by Wising Up Press. He lives in San Diego, California.

Mark Crimmins’s first book, travel memoir Sydneyside Reflections, was published by Adelaide’s Everytime Press in 2020. His short stories have been published in Columbia Journal, Confrontation, Queen’s Quarterly, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Maryland Literary Review, Eclectica, and Chicago Quarterly Review. His flash fiction has been published in Apalachee Review, Tampa Review, Kyoto Journal, Flash Frontier, Pure Slush, Expanded Field, and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. He lives and writes in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. (Photo: Jennifer Gresham).

Sarette Danae graduated from Iowa State University before joining Teach for America in Dallas, Texas. She now holds a Master of Liberal Studies from Southern Methodist University and teaches at an all-girls high school. Her poems have been included in an array of national and international publications, and in 2018, she was selected by Writing Texas as their ‘Best in Poetry’ recipient. Currently, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs.

Steve Denehan lives in Kildare, Ireland with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. He is the author of two chapbooks and three poetry collections. Winner of the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award and twice winner of Irish Times’ New Irish Writing, his numerous publication credits include Poetry Ireland Review, Acumen, Prairie Fire, Westerly and Into the Void.

Olga Dermott-Bond has published two poetry pamphlets: apple, fallen (Against the Grain Press, 2020) and A sky full of strange specimens (Nine Pens Press, 2021). She has won a number of poetry competitions including the BBC Proms poetry competition. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lives in Warwickshire. She is a teacher and has two children.

Claudia Gary lives near Washington DC and teaches workshops on Villanelle, Sonnet, Natural Meter, Poetry vs. Trauma, and the science of poetry through, currently via teleconference. Author of Humor Me (2006) and of chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019) and Bikini Buyer’s Remorse (2015), she is also a health science writer, visual artist, and composer of tonal chamber music and art songs. See; follow @claudiagary.

Jennifer Horgan is a teacher and writer living in Cork, Ireland. Her work appears in Crossways, Idler, Abridged, Ink Sweat and Tears, Blue Nib, and Honest Ulsterman. Her non-fiction book, O Captain, My Captain, a critique of the Irish education system, was published in July 2021 by Orpen Press.

Claire-Lise Kieffer is an emerging poet and short story writer from France. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Poethead, Abridged, 14 magazine, 192, Beir Bua, and was shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize; her short stories have appeared in literary journals Banshee, Crossways, and Bending Genres. She lives in Galway, where she is completing an MA in Creative Writing and working on her first poetry chapbook. Follow her on Twitter: @clairelise_poet. (Photo: Daniel Harty).

Susan E. Lloy is the author of two short story collections, But When We Look Closer (2017) and Vita (2019), and a children’s book, Coo and the Loo (2021). With forty-two international publication credits to date, Susan continues to write about unconventional characters who exist on the edges of ordinary life. She has just completed her third collection, Nothing Comes Back. Lloy lives in Montreal.

Joan Mazza has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, and taught workshops nationally on dreams and nightmares. She is the author of six self-help psychology books, including Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam), and her work has appeared in The MacGuffin, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, and The Nation. She lives in rural central Virginia.

Debasish Mishra (he/him), a native of Bhawanipatna, Odisha, India, is the recipient of The Bharat Award for Literature in 2019 and The Reuel International Best Upcoming Poet Prize in 2017. His recent poems have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Penumbra, trampset, Star*Line, Enchanted Conversation, and elsewhere. A former banker with United Bank of India, he is presently engaged as a Senior Research Fellow at NISER, HBNI, Bhubaneswar, India.

In 2021, Bryan R. Monte placed second in the Hippocrates Open Poetry and Medicine Competition and was a finalist for the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award. His poetry has appeared recently in Arlington Literary Journal, Irreantum, Kaleidoscope Magazine, and the South Florida Poetry Journal, and in the anthologies Voices from the Fierce Intangible World (SoFloPoJo Press, 2019), the 2021 Hippocrates Prize Anthology (The Hippocrates Press, 2021), and is forthcoming in Without a Doubt (NYQ, 2022).

Michelle Penn lives in London. Her debut pamphlet, Self-portrait as a diviner, failing (2018), won the Paper Swans Prize (UK). Recent poetry has appeared in The Rialto, Perverse, MIR Online, B O D Y, and Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. New work is forthcoming in The London Magazine, PN Review, The Interpreter’s House, and Stand. Penn plans innovative poetry/art/music events in London as part of Corrupted Poetry. She also writes fiction. (Photo: Andy Tobin).

Rink Foto has been photographing the LGBT community and San Francisco since 1969, with an emphasis on diversity. Since 1970, he has covered every Pride parade and every Castro and Folsom Street Fair, in addition to 22 film festivals. His images have been used to enhance more than 50 books and 40 films; some of latter Academy Award winners. His photographs can be seen in the San Francisco Bay Times at (Photo © 2015 by Dennis Brumm).

Meryl Stratford is an associate editor for South Florida Poetry Journal. Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A video of her poem, ‘Ruffian’, first published in AQ19, can be viewed at ‘What Would Jesus Teach?’ first published in AQ20, will be reprinted in NYQ’s forthcoming anthology, Without a Doubt: poems illuminating faith. (Photo: Blaise Allen).

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Indian-Australian artist, poet, and pianist. Her recent artworks have been showcased in Pareidolia Literary, Otoliths, 3 AM Magazine, and Amsterdam Quarterly, and on the covers of Ang(st) the Body Zine, Pithead Chapel, Chasing Shadows Magazine, Periwinkle Literary, and elsewhere. Her artworks received two Best of the Net nominations for 2021. She is a chief editor for Authora Australis. Find her @oormilaprahlad and

Paige Elizabeth Wajda is from California and a member of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She spent four years teaching English in Poland before earning a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. Her work has recently appeared in Pulp Lit, Eye to the Telescope, and Hit Points: An Anthology of Video Game Poetry.

Mike Wilson’s work has appeared in magazines including Cagibi Literary Journal, The London Reader, The Aurorean, The Ocotillo Review, and in his book, Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic, (Rabbit House Press, 2020), political poetry for a post-truth world. Wilson lives in Central Kentucky.