Darren was born in London, UK and now lives in Birmingham. He has had performances of his work as part of the Hoard Festival, celebrating the Staffordhisre Hoard, and at Omnibus arts centre,
Clapham. Always writing, he is currently working on a novel. Darren has contributed to LOVE.
David Hollywood lives in Ireland and is married with four children. His particular interest is in developing a public enthusiasm for poetry among those who aspire too appreciate the genre, but haven’t yet made the leap into writing or proclaiming their verse. As a result, he founded and for four years directed‘The Colours of Life poetry festival’s in Bahrain, and subsequently worked upon the same in Antigua, The West Indies, before bringing it to Waterford upon his return to Ireland. He is the author of an eclectic collection of poems titled Waiting Spaces plus contributed to My Beautiful Bahrain, Poetic Bahrain, More of My Beautiful Bahrain and was the in-house poet for Bahrain Confidential magazine and, as a result, he is one of the most widely read Western poets in The Middle East. He is also a regular literary critic for Taj Mahal Review, plus an essayist on the subject of poetry appreciation. He has been accredited with membership of The Society of Classical Poets. There are plans for a new collection of poetry and essays to be released shortly. David has an additional responsibility for the teaching of Wine Appreciation Programmes and Themes which he has developed for the hospitality industry. David has also contributed to TRAVEL, LONELY, LOVE, WAR, HAPPY, BETRAYAL
and THE SEASONS.
David graduated from U.C., Berkeley. His plays have appeared in the UK, Switzerland, India and, most recently, in Croatia. In a Newark Minute and Sperm Counts were translated and produced in Estonia (2016). His poetry can be found in Softblow, The Blue Mountain Review, Otoliths, Cecile’s Writers and Quarterday. In addition, recent poems have been accepted as part of anthologies published by the University of Alabama (Dewpoint), Illinois State University (Obsidian) and Michigan State University (The Offbeat). David is a member of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective in Houston. Recent fiction can be read in Crack the Spine and at inshadesmag.com. He teaches in Tokyo. David has contributed to BETRAYAL.
David lives in Wales where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and he has four published collections of his English Language poetry First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016). His work has also appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. David has contributed to WAR.
David is a Canberra, Australia based writer who enjoys creating thought-provoking poems. His poetry may be found on The Society of Classical Poets website and also appears in The Ekphrastic Review, The Pennsylvania Review, and on the Wall of Life as part of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust commemorations. David has contributed to THE SEASONS, TRAVEL, LOVE, WAR, HAPPY, BETRAYAL, and is contributing to EMPOWERMENT.
David was born in the UK, lived in Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand, and is currently attempting to cut his way through Indian paperwork so he can add it to the list. He can’t remember where he left half of his belongings, but as long as he has a pen in his hand or a keyboard at his fingertips he knows he’ll be alright. He has a BA in Journalism, but figured that as he’d still rather make things up it should be viewed more as a resource than an occupation. David has contributed to HAPPY.
“I was born in the Blue Mountains, Australia in 1996. My family moved around New South Wales while I was growing up but I now live near Canberra where I am studying creative writing. I spent my teenage years writing poetry and fiction and have published two collections of poetry including Forever and Always (2013) and From a Café Window (2015). Molly’s Dreams is my first novel and I am currently working on two others while trying to get it published. I have a strong sense of social justice and hope that infiltrates my writing, particularly human rights and feminist issues which I feel very strongly about.” Dayle has contributed to TRAVEL and LOVE.
DENNIS BRAD KUNGURU
Dennis Brad is a Makerere University graduate and currently teaching at Kitengela International School in Kenya, where he teaches English Language and Literature, Drama and Film Studies. His poetic interests basically focus on love and life and he has been able to write quite extensively on this. Dennis Brad is driven by a force so strongly binding that every time he sits to write, he gets engulfed in what he is writing simply because he yearns to share with the world that which he feels is worth sharing and reading about. Some of his poems depict his personal experiences, while others are triggered by his surroundings and societal issues. He has also featured as an actor in a number of films and currently working on his first short film, Piggy. He is also working on his poetry book which he believes will be worthy when it eventually comes to light. Dennis has contributed to BETRAYAL.
DOMINIQUE MEGANE CLINCKEMAILLE
“I have written poetry from an early age as a way of elaborating my world through words. However, my work has had little to no viewers but now, at the age of sixteen, I hope to give my world an audience. I am South African, currently situated the little town of Howick in Kwazulu-Natal. Although born and raised in South Africa, I am of Belgian blood, on my mother's side. On my father's side I am of Brazilian blood.” Dominique has contributed to LOVE.
Don was in the education field for forty years until an accident prompted his retirement, when he then turned to writing. He has participated in various poetry and short story competitions with some success, and featured a few times in the Award Winning Australian Writers annual publication. Don has contributed to LOVE, TRAVEL, WAR, BETRAYAL and THE SEASONS.
Eliza is graduate with a Master's Degree in Philosophy, completed postgraduate studies in Cultural Knowledge, Philosophy, Arts and Literature at Jagiellonian University, as well as Film and Television Production in Lodz. Torn between poetry and drama, she likes to look into the clouds, but keeps both feet on the ground. Her heart is close to the thought of Schopenhauer: “Ordinary people merely think how they shall 'spend' their time; a man of talent tries to 'use' it." Her publications include: poetry collections: Love Affair with Oneself [pol. Romans z soba] (Sowello 2013), Mental Mirages [pol. Myslne miraze] (Miniatura 2014, II Edition: Sowello 2017), Cloudiness [pol. Chmurnosc] (Signo 2016), Monodrama: Clearances [pol. Przeswity] (Signo 2015), Farce: Tandem (Signo 2017). Her work can be found in anthologies and literary magazines in Poland and in Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Scotland, Sweden and the USA. Eliza will be contributing to EMPOWERMENT.
FARHA A. JALEEL
“I was born and brought up in Bahrain. I currently live in Sri Lanka. I started out writing short stories at the age of eight and have been passionate about it ever since. I started writing poems a few years ago. I have had one of my short stories published in a local newspaper in Sri Lanka, and I hope to get more of my work published in the future.” Farha has contributed to LONELY, BETRAYAL and THE SEASONS.
Francesca is a word lover, book geek, literary enthusiast… Researcher by day, she’s also a keen wordsmith, dabbling in journalism, and runs writing workshops and arts events to encourage and inspire others. Armed with pencils, coffee, headphones and a spring in her step, she likes to explore and scribble her way through life. Francesca has contributed to HAPPY.
Frank is based in Johannesburg and works in non-governmental organisations, His poetry has been featured in various journals and he frequently participates in public readings. He also appeared in the book Twelve + One: Some Jo'burg Poets, Their Artistic Lives and Poetry. Frank has contributed to LOVE.
Born in Italy some decades ago, Gabriella fell in love with the English language at six when she started writing poems (in Italian), and is the author of Lo sguardo di Orfeo, L’inverno di vetro, Di altre stelle polari and Blue branches. Gabriella has contributed to THE SEASONS.
GRANT M KINGI
“I hail from New Zealand. I'm a twenty-three year old graduate of psychology from the University of Otago. For the past four years, I have been writing essays, science-fiction short stories, poetry and political commentaries. I am currently getting into the blogging community as way to vent thoughts, and develop my craft as a writer. My poems have been in the blackmail press journal NZ, and in the Ora Nui publication, and the critic magazine. With my poetry, I try to push the boundaries of human expression by not adhering to the rules of a 'good poem.' My writing is designed to provoke questions within the readers mind. Although I am only in the initial stages of my artistic journey, I look forward to trying new ways of writing. I am just thankful for any magazines or publications that provide a platform for upcoming writers.” Grant has contributed to HAPPY and BETRAYAL.
Greg is a writer who lives in Buttaba, Australia. He has had five books of fiction and more than three hundred and fifty stories published. He is married to Jill and once had a cat called Whisper. Greg will have a new book of short stories, each one based on a Van Gogh painting, published in the new year by Shanti Arts Publishing. Greg has also contributed to THE SEASONS, TRAVEL, LOVE, WAR and BETRAYAL, and is contributing to EMPOWERMENT.
Ian has contributed to poetry anthologies celebrating Luddism and ephemera. He has poetry published in Glasgow's Raum Magazine, and his hatred of modern life included in the March 2016 Lies, Dreaming monthly podcast. He refuses to mention this poem by its title so a certain giant Scandinavian furniture chain doesn't get free advertising. Ian has contributed to LONELY.
Jacky is an American writer, blogger, and traveller. She grew up as an avid reader, writing several short stories in fiction and fantasy in her spare time. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in English, she taught high school English for over seven years in the state of Texas and internationally in South Korea. While she was a teacher, she published several book reviews and research-based articles for a website that is no longer in business (Suite101). While completing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing, she discovered her passion for writing creative non-fiction. Currently living in California, she is working towards completing and publishing a memoir about her experiences as an expatriate in South Korea. Jacky has contributed to LOVE.
Jasmine is an American writer currently based in California. Although she mostly writes inspirational prose and poetry, she also expresses herself through art and photography. Her work has been published and recognized internationally. Besides art and writing, she also enjoys nature and listening to music. Jasmine has contributed to THE SEASONS.
J. D. TREJO MAYA
Born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, where he spent his childhood in the small neighboring rural pueblo of Tarimoro and wherefrom he immigrated in 1988 with his family to the United States where he
would go on to earn three degrees. In writing in particular his inspirations include the ancient poet Netzahualcoyotl, contemporary Humberto Ak’abal and the Gros Ventre/Blackfeet novelist James
Welch. He has been published in the Nimrod International Poetry Journal, Belleville Park Pages, Star 82 Review, Visions International Review, Lost Coast Review, Redactions: Poetry &
Poetics, Altadena Poetry Review (2015 & 2016), Acentos Review, Mandala Journal, Five Quarterly, Qua Quarterly, The Voices Project, Turtle Island Quarterly, Taj Mahal Review,
Constellations, Dukool, Solstice Literary Magazine, In Stereo Press, and Stone Bird Anthology of the Eagle Rock Library, and in Sentir Latino transformado en mujer 2016, by
Identidad Latina based in Barcelona, Spain among others. Also, a nomination for the Pushcart Prize 2015 by Redactions: Poetry & Poetics and is a featured Artist and an advocate of The Art
Of Monteque Organization. While in ceremony with Chololo medicine men in the Tule River Reservation he dreamt the above written prophecy. JD has contributed to LONELY.
Jeannie currently lives in Port Macquarie, on the east coast of NSW, Australia. An accident at work has ended her long career as a Physiotherapist. She has diverted her writing from medical reports to fiction and non-fiction prose. Jeannie is passionate about the Australian bush, flora and fauna, and how we, as humans, can preserve the natural beauty. Jeannie’s writing reflects her active lifestyle and insatiable curiosity, exploring hidden joys on the beaches and in the bush. Her writing is based on local characters, human, insects and animals, interwoven with local history. She has a children’s picture book in progress. Together with her partner, Colin, a renowned landscape photographer, she ventures into historic areas of western NSW for further subject matter. Jeannie uses Colin’s photos to inspire her prose on occasion. Jeannie has contributed to TRAVEL.
Jenna is a freelance writer, who has a varied backlist of literary credits; in the form of poetry, short-story, interviews and non-fiction; both online and in-print. Having just completed her undergraduate degree in creative writing and publishing, she is currently enjoying writing of her own accord again. Jenna has been engaged in publishing workshops for children, encouraging them to Make A Book at festivals i.e, Forest of Imagination, and is looking forward to assisting with the Bath Children’s Literature Festival for the second year in a row this coming autumn. She is hoping to pursue her masters’ degree in creative writing whilst pursuing her ambitions to work in the literary industry. Jenna has contributed to TRAVEL, LOVE and HAPPY.
Jennifer has been a student of shamanism since 2005. She is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is also a certified shamanic coach, reiki master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner. Jen has self-published three books: The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within, Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life, and Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing. Jennifer will be contributing to EMPOWERMENT.
JESSICA L JACKSON
Jessica has published four novellas, eight novels of over 100,000 words each, and a collection of short stories as Jessica Lund. She enjoys writing in a variety of romance sub-genres. “There are no genres out there that cannot be turned into a romance. That is what I like best about writing them. The world, as they say, is our oyster. And the pearl is the romantic core.” Jessica, mother of three, lives in Southern Alberta with her English husband and two cats. Jessica has contributed to LOVE.
“My name is Joe Gallagher and I am a new writer based in Edinburgh. Last year I spent time living on the streets and wrote several articles for the Big Issue about my experiences, under the pseudonym James Campbell, which they published. Subsequently I was nominated for Scottish Features writer of the year Award. I didn't win, but needless to say it was an honour to be considered after a first time effort. I since have spent my time writing short stories and working.” Joe has contributed to LOVE.
JOHN KARL STOKES
John is internationally known as one of Australia’s most courageous and innovative of authors, poets, essayists and librettists writing in English. He has won and been short or long-listed for many prizes, including the UC Vice-Chancellor’s International, and Montreal International. He has been published in many journals; tutored in literature; and read his work worldwide. His books include: A River in the Dark (2003) and the prize-winning Fire in the Afternoon, (Halstead, 2015). John has also contributed to WAR, TRAVEL, LOVE, HAPPY, BETRAYAL and THE SEASONS.
JOHN R. SABINE
John is into his third career: first a scientist and academic, then a consultant/entrepreneur and now a “Scholar-at-Large” (thinker, writer, speaker, actor). His recent publications include a major travel memoir and two collections of poetry, as well as several short stories and essays. A collection of short stories is in press. His acting activities include stage, film and television work – and especially in his stage persona Old Jack: the Aussie Gleeman (purveyor of tall tales, short stories and pithy poetry). John has contributed to TRAVEL, LOVE, BETRAYAL and THE SEASONS.
John worked as a drummer in bands for most of his life, and now writes short fiction, as it is a relatively quiet pursuit. He has received an honourable mention in the Yarra Bend Press Short Story Prize, and has been shortlisted in the Fish Flash Fiction award. He has been a regular feature writer for local arts magazines, and holds a Degree in Visual Art from The Australian National University. He lives in Canberra, Australia. John has contributed to LOVE.
Jo is a poet based in Queanbeyan, Australia. She has been published in five bells, fourW, Feast of Poetry, and on a postcard with the Ekphrasis Poetry Competition. After eleven years of living in the Riverina, Jo has spent the last year stalking politicians and slamming poetry in our country’s Bush Capital. Jo has been a State Finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2011, 2012, 2013 and in 2015 but is still picking up the best poetry lines from cheering on her sons at Junior AFL. Jo has contributed to TRAVEL and LOVE.
Justin is a writer and photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. He’s a former editor of Getaway International travel magazine. Justin was a Rhodes Scholar and received a doctorate in English from Oxford University after which he became a research fellow at the University of Cape Town, where he now teaches part-time. His articles and photographs have appeared internationally in a number of publications and on a wide range of topics, while his short stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies. His recent books include The Marginal Safari (Umuzi, 2010), Whoever Fears the Sea (Umuzi, 2014) and The Impossible Five (Tafelberg, 2015). Justin has contributed to TRAVEL, LOVE, WAR and THE SEASONS.