GREY SPARROW’S NATIONAL TREASURE FOR THE WINTER OF 2023 IS INGEBORG BACHMANN
“Ingeborg Bachmann [1926-1973] was born in Carinthia and studied philosophy, psychology, and German at the Universities of Innsbruck, Linz, and Vienna from 1945-50, when she earned a doctorate in philosophy. In 1951, she started working as an editor at an Austrian radio station, where she wrote her first radio play.” ©Biography and poem provided at no charge for educational purposes, courtesy of “All Poetry.“
Alan Altany is a partially retired, septuagenarian college professor of religious studies and theology. He has been a factory worker, swineherd on a farm, hotel clerk, lawn maintenance worker, high school teacher, small magazine of poetry editor, director of religious education for churches, truck driver, novelist, among other things. In 2022 he published a book of poetry entitled A Beautiful Absurdity (https://www.alanaltany.com/).
Marie-Andrée Auclair’s poems have found homes in many print and online publications in Canada, Ireland, UK, USA, and Australia; to name a few: Bywords, Canada; Red River Review, US; Poetry Pacific, and Canada; Structo, UK. She lives in Canada.
Robert P. Bishop, an army veteran and former teacher, holds a Master’s in Biology and lives in Tucson, Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in Active Muse, Ariel Chart, Better Than Starbucks, Bindweed Magazine, Blotter Magazine, Bright Flash Literary Review, Clover and White, CommuterLit, Corner Bar Magazine, Creativity Webzine, Down in the Dirt, Flash Fiction Magazine, Fleas on the Dog, Friday Flash Fiction, Ink Pantry, Literally Stories, The Literary Hatchet, Lunate Fiction, Mysterical-E, Scarlet Leaf Review, Spelk, Umbrella Factory Magazine, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for a Pushcart five times and hopes to win…some day.
Michael Bloor lives in Dunblane, Scotland, where he has discovered the exhilaration of short fiction, with more than fifty pieces published in several journals including, Grey Sparrow Journal, Everyday Fiction, The Copperfield Review, Litro Online, Firewords, The Drabble, The Cabinet of Heed, Moonpark Review, and Literally Stories. (see https://michaelbloor.com).
B.W. Carter is a social worker living in the southern U.S. He’s seen some stuff. His fiction has been published at Rock and a Hard Place Magazine, Mystery Tribune, Flash Fiction Magazine, and The Yard: Crime Blog, among others.
Colin Dekeersgieter’s poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, North American Review, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from NYU and an MA from the CUNY, Graduate Center. He is currently Poetry Editor for The Carolina Quarterly and a Ph.D. candidate at UNC, Chapel Hill. Colin lives in Carrboro, NC, with his wife, writer Alisa Koyrakh.
Kathleen Denizard is a former teacher of English and for many years worked in social services addressing the needs of residents in affordable housing. She said, “There is pure joy for me in sharing my poetry and other writing, in relating the many wonders of life and human experience as a mature observer of people and nature. Living on the seacoast of Massachusetts has significant influence in my writing endeavors. It is the feel and beauty of language, too, that inspires me to set my thoughts into words sincerely and universally. My work has been published domestically and internationally.”
Susie Gharib, Ph.D. is the author of To Dance on the Ugly (a collection of poetry) and Classical Adaptations, three film scripts adapted from D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, and Virginia Woolf’s The Waves. Her poetry, fiction, and literary essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines.
Clive Aaron Gill was born in Zimbabwe. Clive has lived and worked in Southern Africa, North America, and Europe. He received a degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and lives in San Diego.
Lee Hammerschmidt is a Visual Artist/Writer/Troubadour. He is the author of the short story collections, A Hole Of My Own, It’s Noir O’clock Somewhere, For Richer or Noirer, and Flash Wounds. Check out his hit parade on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrLeehammer
Erren Geraud Kelly is a twice nominated Pushcart poet from Lynn, Massachusetts . She has been writing for 32 years with over 300 publications in print and online in such publications as Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine(online), Ceremony, Cacti Fur, Bitterzoet, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, and Poetry Salzburg. Recent publications are in Pyrokinection Literary Journal along with anthologies such as Fertile Ground, and Beyond the Frontier. Her work can also been seen on Youtube under the “Gallery Cabaret,” links. Kelley is also the author of the book, Disturbing The Peace, [Night Ballet Press]. Kelly received her B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Paul Kindlon is a Professor of Humanities at D’Youville University, Buffalo, N.Y. He is a board member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and has over 50 literary publications.
Isabelle B.L (name requested by author]) is a teacher based in France. Her work can be found in the Best Microfiction 2022 anthology, Alternate Route, Typo, Visual Verse, Flash Fiction Magazine, Overheard, and elsewhere.
Sarah B. Ledbetter (they/she) is a writing dancer and a dancing writer whose work has been featured in floromancy, Fourth River, R&R Literary Press, International Poetry Review, Right Hand Pointing, and Poetry Superhighway, among others. Their works for stage and screen have been presented and awarded nationally and internationally. She’s at work on her first novel as well as her first poetry collection. Sarah lives with her dog, Herbert, in a granny cottage in East Nashville when she’s not scrambling between rocks in the high desert of Arizona. She has a day job as a body-oriented psychotherapist.
Peter Leight lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has previously published poems in Paris Review, AGNI, Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, New World, Tupelo Quarterly, and other magazines.
Gisèle Lewis, a decade-long resident of Tampa, writes about memory, art, and volunteering as a sewing teacher with the local refugee community. She also loves synchronized swimming, wine consumption, and teaching her daughters to curse in French. Her work has been published in the Baltimore Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Saw Palm, Tiny Seed Journal, and more. Her interviews with women readers appear at giselelewis.com.
Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Poetry Quarterly, Literature Today, The Journal, Poetry Salzburg, Modern Literature, The Museum of Americana, South African Literary Journal, and Home Planet News. His books of poetry are Ballad of Billy the Kid, Monterey Bay Adventures, Mercurial World, and Aurora California.
Marjorie Power’s newest full length poetry collection is Sufficient Emptiness, [Deerbrook Editions, 2021.] A chapbook, Refuses to Suffocate, appeared from Blue Lyra Press in 2019. The Atlanta Review, Caesura, Commonweal, Dash, Evening Street Review, Barrow Street, Southern Poetry Review and Main Street Rag have taken her work recently. Power lives in Rochester, New York, after many years in various western states and can be found at www.marjoriepowerpoet.com.
Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based writer, has published poetry worldwide in Shi Chao Poetry, Li Poetry, The Pedestal, Poetry Salzburg, Agenda, Gradiva, and other journals. She has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Poetry on the Lake, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and other organizations. Her seventh and most recent book of poetry is Edges.
Daniel A. Rabuzzi has two novels, five short stories, 25 poems, and nearly 50 essays/articles published (www.danielarabuzzi.com). He lived in Norway, Germany, and France for eight years. He has degrees in the study of folklore and mythology along with European history. He lives in New York City with his artistic partner and spouse, the woodcarver, Deborah A. Mills (www.deborahmillswoodcarving.com), and the requisite cat.
Nan Ring is the recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Fellowship Award, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/NEA Fellowship Award, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship Award. She has been an artist-in-residence at Hambidge Center, I-Park, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ucross Foundation, Djerrassi, Montalvo Center for the Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. Her national art exhibitions include The Painting Center, NYC, Susan Eley Gallery, Hudon, NY, and 14C Art Fair, NJ. Ring is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Walking On Walnuts, Bantam, 1996. She contributed freelance food articles and a food history column for the New Jersey Star Ledger, and personal essays for Newsday and The New York Times Magazine’s former “Hers” column, among others. Ring earned her MFA from The University of the Arts, PA, and her BFA from Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Kelly R. Samuels is the author of the full-length poetry collection All the Time in the World [Kelsay Books] and two chapbooks: Words Some of Us Rarely Use and Zeena/Zenobia Speaks. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee with work appearing in The Massachusetts Review, Court Green and RHINO. She lives in the Upper Midwest.
Geoff Sawers, born in 1966, was only diagnosed as autistic in his fifties. He is a single dad with a disabled child; in his abundant spare time he enjoys dreaming up alternative uses for British politicians. Recent non-fiction publications include Silver In My Mines: Peter Hay’s work for Two Rivers Press [University at Buffalo, New York, 2022] and Before and After Oscar Wilde: Life in the Berkshire Prisons 1850-1920 (with Amy Hitchings and George Stokes, in The Wildean: Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, 2021.
Daniel Smith is the author of Ancestral [Water’s Edge Press, 2021], Father’s Day [Longhouse Publishers and Booksellers, 2008], and Home Land [Bottom Dog Press, 1997.] A new collection, Poems from The Winter House, will be published by Water’s Edge Press later this year. His writing has appeared in literary journals nationwide. A former dairy farmer, Smith lives with his wife, Cheryl, on a small farm in the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin where he writes, serves as an agribusiness executive, and counsels farm families in crisis.
Bradley Stephenson lives and writes in Wolcott, Vermont. He is an attorney and in past years advocated for increased funding for neuromuscular disease research and disability rights. He is a native Texan and that shapes his writing. His poetry has previously appeared in Willawaw Journal and The Onion River Review.
Larry D. Thomas, a previous contributor to Grey Sparrow and numerous other national journals, served as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate. He has published twenty-three print collections of poetry, including As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems [Texas A&M University Press, 2015.]He lives with his wife and Long-haired Chihuahua in the Chihuahuan Desert of southwestern New Mexico.
Terry Trowbridge’s poems have appeared in The New Quarterly, Carousel, subTerrain, paperplates, The Dalhousie Review, untethered, The Nashwaak Review, Orbis, Snakeskin Poetry, M58, CV2, Brittle Star, Lady Lazarus Experimental Poetry, The American Mathematical Monthly, Canadian Woman Studies, The Mathematical Intelligencer, The Canadian Journal of Family and Youth, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, (parenthetical), Borderless Magazine, Fine Lines, and many, many more. His lit crit has appeared in Ariel, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Episteme, Studies in Social Justice, Rampike, and The /t3mz/ Review.
Nikki Williams is a copywriter and music critic. Her work appears in The Citron Review, Ellipsiszine, Sublunary Review, LEON Literary Review, Sky Island Journal, Literary Yard, PreeLit, Nymphs and New Pop Lit. She munches trail mix and takes stunning photos when not busy writing. She tweets: @ohsashalee / See more: linktr.ee/writenowrong