John Thomas Allen is a 35-year-old poet from Albany, NY. Allen has hundreds of publications to his name. Recent work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations, and has two chapbooks to his name. This year he published an anthology entitled Nouveau’s Midnight Sun: Transcriptions From Golgonooza and Beyond which features the work of Christina Zawadiwsky, John Yau, and other poets. He has been published in Veil: A Journal of Darker Musings (in which Simon Perchik is published almost every month), Arsenic Lobster Magazine, SuRvision, Tipton Poetry Journal, XPeri, Surreal Poetics, Peculiar Mormyrid, Arcs: A Poetry Journal, Spectral Realms, Thunder Sandwich, and Sein Und Werden.
Carl Boon lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at 9 Eylül University. A native of Ohio, he received his doctorate in Twentieth-Century American Literature from Ohio University in 2007 with a dissertation on the work of Ron Silliman. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Posit, The Maine Review, and Diagram. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Boon recently edited a volume on the sublime in American cultural studies. He is currently editing a volume on food in American literature. Boon’s writing tends to come from the space he inhabits as an ex-pat living in Turkey. He has no home anymore; he really doesn’t feel like an American, and less like a Turk. He feels most at home when writing.
Paul Cordeiro is from New Bedford, MA and lives in the next town over. He received a grant from the Massachusetts and Dartmouth Cultural Councils in 2016 for a six week poetry circle. A digitized version of his first haiku/tanka chapbook, Bare Earth (2013), will probably be put in the queue for 2019 book of the week by Red Moon Press. Sample his short form verse at The Haiku Foundation registry.
John Delaney retired after 35 years in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton University Library, where he was head of manuscripts processing and then, for the last 15 years, curator of historic maps. Delaney has been writing poems for most of his life, and, in the 1970s, attended the Writing Program of Syracuse University, where his mentors were poets W. D. Snodgrass and Philip Booth. In subtle ways, Delaney explained, they have bookended his approach to poems. He’s traveled widely, preferring remote, natural settings, and claims he’s addicted to kayaking and hiking. In the summer of 2017, Delaney published Waypoints (Pleasure Boat Studio, Seattle), a collection of place poems.
Linda Eve Diamond’s poems, flash fiction, and photographs have been published by a variety of literary journals and websites, including Grey Sparrow Journal, Snow Jewel, Sleet Magazine, Thema, Gravel, and Your Daily Poem. She’s been honored with several awards for her poetry, as well as two awards from The International Listening Association. Diamond has been a featured reader at art galleries, bookstores, coffee shops, wine bars, wellness salons, and classrooms. Her poetry collections are The Beauty of Listening and The Human Experience. Visit her website at: http://www.LindaEveDiamond.com
Professor Sam Doctors received his Doctorate from the Harvard Business School (1969), he also holds a JD from the Harvard Law School (1967) and became a member of the Bar in 1967. He taught business and government for more than thirty-five years before his retirement in December 2004. He is presently working on a book-length set of memoir essays and has written hundreds of poems since his retirement; more than fifty-five have received publication including several previously in Grey Sparrow and one chapbook, Moods and Moments of a Restless Mind in 2011.
Maureen Eppstein has three poetry collections: Earthward (Finishing Line Press), Rogue Wave at Glass Beach (March Street Press) and Quickening (March Street Press). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Aesthetica, Basalt, Calyx, Ginosko, Poecology, Sand Hill Review, and Written River, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand, she now lives on the Mendocino Coast of California. Her website is www.maureen-eppstein.com
Jay Frankston was raised in Paris, France. Narrowly escaping the Holocaust he came to the U.S. in 1942, became a lawyer and practiced on his own in New York for nearly twenty years, reaching the top of his profession, sculpting and writing at the same time. In 1972 he gave up law and New York and moved himself and his family to Northern California where he became a teacher and continued to sculpt and write. He is the author of several books and of a true tale entitled “A Christmas Story” which was published in New York, condensed in Reader’s Digest, translated into 15 languages, and called a Christmas Classic by many reviewers. Frankston’s URL: https://www.pw.org/literary_magazines?page=2
Susie Gharib is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) with a Ph.D. in English. Her doctoral thesis is on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Since 1996, she has been lecturing in Syria. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Adelaide Literary Magazine and other poems are forthcoming in Straylight Magazine and The Pennsylvania Literary Magazine. Susie self-published four collections of poems (My Love in Red, The Alpine Glow, Resonate, Kareem) and a collection of short stories, Bare Blades. She is a lover of nature and enjoys swimming.
Ann Graham attended the Community of Writers workshop in Squaw Valley and has an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She was a Visual Resources Curator for over twenty-five years. She’s recently published stories in Digging Through the Fat, The Oddville Press, and Panther City Review. She comments on short stories at www.ann-graham.com
Thomas Gresham’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Day One, Third Wednesday, the Apple Valley Review, Aethlon, Seven Days, and the Timber Creek Review.
Bill Griffin is a family physician in rural North Carolina. His poems have appeared in many regional and national publications. Bill’s chapbook Snake Den Ridge, A Bestiary (March Street Press 2008), set in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and illustrated by his wife, Linda French Griffin, can be sampled at: https://griffinpoetry.com/chapbooks-2/ where Bill also features work by Carolina poets. His latest collection is Crossing the River (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2017,) spanning some 40 years of experiences and reflections.
Matthew Bruce Harrison’s writing can be found in West Branch, Sixth Finch, At Length, Bayou, Cincinnati Review, Carolina Quarterly, Connotation Press, Texas Review, and others. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Net Anthology, and his stories have been finalists for the storySouth Million Writers Award and for the Mid-American Review Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize. He has worked for several publishers and literary magazines, including Small Beer Press, Fiction Collective 2, New England Review, and the University of Massachusetts Press. Originally from Georgia, he lived in Washington and California while pursuing his Ph.D., then moved to Massachusetts to do his M.F.A. He now lives and teaches in Minnesota.
Andrew Hubbard was born and raised in a coastal Maine fishing village. He earned degrees in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and Columbia University, respectively. For most of his career he has worked as Director of Training for major financial institutions, creating and delivering Sales, Management, and Technical training for user groups of up to 4,000. He has had four prose books published, and his most recent books, collections of poetry, were published in 2014, 2016, and 2018. He is a casual student of cooking and wine, a former martial arts instructor and competitive weight lifter, a collector of edged weapons, and a licensed handgun instructor. He lives in rural Indiana with his son, his wife, a giant, black German Shepard, and a gaggle of semi-tame deer.
Phil Huffy writes all manner of short poetry at his kitchen table in Rochester, New York. He often speaks of things he has seen or thinks he has seen. Recent placements include The Lyric, Magnolia Review, Orchards Poetry and Better Than Starbucks.
M.J. Iuppa ‘s fourth poetry collection is This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017).For the past 29 years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog: mjiuppa.blogspot.com for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew.
Paul Kindlon has published ten short stories and six poems. After graduation with a PhD. in Russian literature and Philosophy, Kindlon taught Humanities for 23 years in Moscow, Russia. He now resides in Buffalo, N.Y. The author is 66 years old and counting.
Leslie King was born and raised in Suffolk, England. His poetry is focused on the ebb and flow of nature, the seasons, and the human interactions that take place within it. It is the smaller details and the overlooked moments which sometimes trigger the deepest responses as he faces the changes in his surroundings and life. King also provides structure with a casual essence. He talks to the reader on a gentle stroll through the scene and the language. Love, death, joy, and regret sit side by side with the flora and fauna that provide the framework for many of his pieces. This is King’s first publication.
Anthony Lawrence has published fifteen books of poetry and a novel. His most recent book of poems Headwaters, (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016) won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. His books and individual poems have won many awards, including the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Blake Poetry Prize, the New South Wales Premier’s Award and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. An astute observer of nature, he often links language with enchantment, although the poems always have tenancy in the extrinsic world. Lawrence is concerned with how one’s inward and poetic energies can be transmuted by and into poetic utterance. His poetry has been translated into German, Italian, Slovenian, and Czech. He is a Senior lecturer at Griffith university, Queensland, where he teaches Writing Poetry and Creative Writing. He lives in Wynnum, on Moreton Bay, Queensland, with his partner the painter Julie Manning.
Stephen Mead is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer. Since the 1990s he’s been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online. He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the Health Insurance.
Sean Moore is honored as Grey Sparrow’s first national treasure in the visual arts. Moore’s award-winning paintings have shown nationally and regionally for over forty years and hang in dozens of private and corporate collections. He’s from Newton, Massachusetts and studied at Boston University School of the Arts and The University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. Moore stated, “Teaching at several New England colleges and universities including Tufts University, The Art Institute of Boston, and The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University has helped keep me attentive to the basics of drawing, painting, and design.” Harvard University has hosted two one-man shows of Moore’s works. The Newton Free Library hosted a one-man show. The Sherborn Inn was host to two solo shows. Along with many group shows, other one-man shows include the Cambridge Public Libraries, Barnes & Noble, and The Natick Center for the Arts. Moore is the author of How to Make Money as an Artist, Chicago Review Press, 2000. And The Raphael Conspiracy, Amazon-Kindle, 2013.
James B. Nicola’s poems have appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal; the Antioch, Southwest and Atlanta Reviews; Rattle; Tar River; and Poetry East. His full-length collections are Manhattan Plaza (2014), Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater (2016), Wind in the Cave (2017) and Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists (2018). His nonfiction book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. His poetry has received a Dana Literary Award, two Willow Review awards, a People’s Choice award from Storyteller, and four Pushcart Prize nominations—from Shot Glass Journal, Parody, and twice from Trinacria—for which he feels both stunned and grateful.
Nils T. Peterson is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University where he taught in the English and Humanities Departments. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varying as golf and Shakespeare, has had several chapbooks and two collections of poetry, the latest being A Walk to the Center of Things, 2011, and a memoir called Talk in the Reading Room in 2014. In 2009, he was chosen to be the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County.
Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly and Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry and interviews have appeared in literary journals internationally, including Nimrod, Florida English Journal, Cream City Review, Mandala Journal, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Quarterly, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and Boston Poetry Magazine. He has published a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems.
David Schwartz is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. He’s the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue (1994) and Midrash and Working Out Of The Book (2004.) Schwartz is also a volunteer at The Cincinnati J, Meals On Wheels. His newest book, Shards And Verse (2011) is now in stores or can be ordered online.
Roger Singer, M.C., has over 900 poems published on the internet, magazines and in books and is a Pushcart Award Nominee. Some of the magazines that have accepted his poems for publication are: Westward Quarterly, Jerry Jazz, SP Quill, Avocet, Underground Voices, Outlaw Poetry, Literary Fever, Dance of my Hands, Language & Culture, The Stray Branch, Tipton Poetry Journal and Indigo Rising, Down in the Dirt, Fullosia Press, Orbis, Penwood Review, and Subtle Tea.
Michael T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University, where he received his PhD in English. He teaches cross-disciplinary courses that blend humanities with other areas. He has published over 30 poems in the last year in over 10 different journals (including Bitterzoet, Visitant, Tau Poetry Journal, Eunoia Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Bitchin Kitsch, and Taj Mahal Poetry Journal among others). He also has critical work recently published in Symbolism and Cinematic. He loves to travel.
K.S. Subramanian, from India, has published two volumes of poetry titled Ragpickers and Treading on Gnarled Sand through the Writers Workshop, in Kolkata, India. His poem “Dreams” won the cash award in Asian Age, a daily published from New Delhi and other branches. His poems were featured in museindia.com, run by the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Hyderabad, India. Also in magazines, anthologies and the following websites: thebrowncritiqueblogspot.com, www.yorickmagazine.com, poetrymagazine.com, poetry-pacific, Kingston writers creative Blog, museindia.com, vigilpub, Café dissensus, unesco.it, verbalart.in, Phenomenal Literature Vol.2 (Authors Press) among others. His short stories have appeared in indianruminations.com, setumag.com, Tuck magazine, indianreview.in and museindia.com. He is a retired senior assistant editor from The Hindu, one of the leading and well known dailies in India.
Ann Christine Tabaka is a nominee for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She placed third in the Vita Brevis Best Poem Contest in January and February 2018. Her Interview on Spillwords was voted Publication of the Month for March 2018. She was selected as Poet of the Month for January 2018 and interviewed by Kingdoms in the Wild. Tabaka lives in Delaware where she gardens, cooks, and lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, Oddball Magazine, The Paragon Journal, The Literary Hatchet, The Stray Branch, Trigger Fish Critical Review, Foliate Oak Review, Bindweed Magazine, The Metaworker, Raven, RavensPerch, Anapest Journal, Mused, Apricity Magazine, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, Scryptic Magazine, Ann Arbor Review, and The McKinley Review. *(A complete list of publications is available upon request.)
Sara Teasdale, “in full, Sara Trevor Teasdale, born August 8, 1884, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.—died January 29, 1933, in New York City. She was an American poet whose short, personal lyrics were noted for their classical simplicity and quiet intensity… She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1918,” as recorded from Wikipedia with minor edits.
Diane Webster grew up in Eastern Oregon before she moved to Colorado. She enjoys drives in the mountains to view all the wildlife and scenery and takes amateur photographs. Writing poetry provides a creative outlet exciting in images and phrases Diane thrives in. Diane’s goal is to remain open to poetry ideas in everyday life or nature or an overheard phrase. Many nights she falls asleep juggling images to fit into a poem. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia Poets, Illya’s Honey, River Poets Journal and other literary magazines.