Contributors

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A. Marie Kaluza hails from the USA, resides in Seattle, WA. She is an emerging poet, with works in webzines and journals such as The Blue Nib, Ampersand Lit, Slink Chunk Press, Streetcake Mag, and the most recent volume of the LTA Written Word Series, When Time and Space Conspire. She also has an upcoming publication in the Fall/Winter issue of The Stray Branch, and blogs at Larkspurhorne.net, where she showcases her writing and poetry on a regular basis.

Abayomi Ogunniyi was born in the city of Lagos, where he resides. His love for poetry is very strong that he considers it a page of his life. Abayomi works have been featured on various journals both locally and internationally. He is a lover of art and mostly inspired by works that bring him to life.

Akor Emmanuel Oche is a member of Caprecon development foundation www.caprecon.net, Greatminds organization, African Haiku network….His work has appeared or forthcoming in Ann Arbor Review, Provocanyon Review, Prachya Review, Savehage Review, Expound Magazine, Praxis magazine, Synchronized Chaos Magazine, Tuck Magazine among others.

Anthonia Nneji hails from Imo State, Nigeria. Her forbears were traditional carvers; they carved totems, figurines and masquerade masks used for traditional carvers worship. In the same spirit of artistry, Nneji is a painter, photographer, art blogger and graffiti artist. Nneji is an impressionist moving towards expressionism, her art expresses freedom and boldness with bold strokes.

C .C. Benji was born into an average family and with a strong indignation for average and for patterns. He writes and enjoys photography, sarcasm and rap music because they are ways by which he finds expression of all the anger and hate and all the weight that this material world burdens him with. His poetry is mostly influenced by works of dead poets like King Solomon, King David Hughes, Baldwin, Achebe, Cassius Clay and a number of others. He enjoys a healthy helping of beans with a flattering splatter of plantains, a plate of which he just finished consuming before composing this umpteenth ‘about me’.

C. J. Anderson-Wu has translated several significant literary works such as Darkness Visible by British writer William Golding, Fanny, Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones by American writer Erica Jong, and Decayed Lust by Taiwanese writer Chung Wenyin, among others.Since 2006 her priority is to build up an international readership for Taiwanese literature. She founded Serenity International Publishing House which publishes the English version of Taiwanese literary works. Titles of Serenity International include Sorceress Diguwan by Badai, Decayed Land by Chung Wenyin, and Undelivered- Anthology of Tainan Literature by 13 Tainan writers.

Francis Dobbs

Leah Holbrook Sackett. is an adjunct lecturer in the English department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, his alma mater where he earned his M.F.A. Additionally, He had two short stories published. His story “A Point of Departure” was published with Connotation Press, and “Somebody Else in Kentucky” was published in Blacktop Passages this past summer. Both publications can be found online. Finally, in his free time he likes to take on paying work in the form of freelance copy and proposal writing.

Pijush Kanti Deb is a Professor in Economics and a new Indian poet with around 3oo published or accepted poems and haiku in around 100 numbers of national and international magazines and journals, print and online. His best achievement so far is the publication of his first poetry collection, Beneath The Shadow Of A White Pigeon, which is available on Amazon. Now he is working on his 2nd poetry collection The Divine Face of Smile.

Robert Ebinabo Fortune, num de plume, Ebi Robert, was hails from Egweama (paternal) and Obiata in Nembe (maternal), in Bayelsa state of Nigeria. He is a playwright, poet, essayist and advocate. He writes both legal and literal articles. He has written many poems too, some of which have been published both in national and international anthologies and magazines. Ebi Robert is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA. He was a Finalist in Bayelsa State Poetry and Essay Competition, 2007, Winner, E.K Okorodas poetry competition, 2015 and First runner up in the Chrysolite Bi Monthly Poetry contest, 2016.

Ross Stager is a student of philosophy and English at the University of Minnesota and have published a few poems online at such places like Otoliths, Alimentum,
and Inner Sins, as well as a short-story for The Bacon Review. He is also a night manager and produce clerk at a small grocery store in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis. He likes to use Twitter as a micro-poetry workshop at times with the handle @RossStager

TchilaahHaitan Painter hails from Haiti, loves painting and has been painting for five years. He attended Haiti State University to study Pharmaceutical Medicine for two years.

Oluwatoyin Ajagunna is a dreamer who spends half the time in her own world. When she’s not recreating this inner world in writing; she delves into other people’s worlds through movies and books. She also loves music, as it is both pathway to her world or the seal that keeps her there.

Wafula p’Khisa is a poet, writer and teacher from Kenya. His work has been published in The Legendary, Aubade Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Journal, Africanwriter.com, Best New African Poets 2015 and is forthcoming in the Best New African Poets 2016.


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Anindya Mohan Tagore has done his Masters in Business Management and an ex-marketing marketing professional turned businessman who breathes in poetry. His poems have been published in six international anthologies and had won many poetry contests. He has attended the 9th International Poetry Festival, Guntur, India after getting an invitation from the English Dept. of JKC College. He plans to publish his own anthology shortly.

Bikram Kumar Mohapatra from odisha. India, is a senior lecturer in English. He is a poet and critic, widely published poems and articles in the journals of India. He has recently published a book on poetry criticism from Adhyayan publisher New Delhi in the title Metaphysics of confession the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Kamala Das. A research oriented creative man that believes in art of life.

Dhee Sylvester is a self-professed madman whose passion for writing borderlines obsession. When he is not writing poetry, music, short6 stories, essays, or football, he is working on his novels.

Hongri Yuan, born in China  in 1962, is a poet and philosopher interested particularly in creation. Representative works include  Platinum City, Gold City, Golden Paradise , Gold Sun and Golden Giant. Manu Mangattu is an Assistant Professor, Dept of English, St George’s College Aruvithura.

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher.  He has two poetry projects available at
Origami Poetry.

Joseph Victor Milford is a Professor of English and a Georgia writer. His first collection of poems, Cracked Altimeter, was published by BlazeVox Press in 2010. He is the host of The Joe Milford Poetry Show, a co-founder of BACKLASH PRESS, and the editor of RASPUTIN: A Poetry Thread (a literary journal of poetry).

Jude Conlee does not exist but has somehow still managed to create fiction and poetry, some of which is good and some of which gets published. Venues that have published its work include Five 2 One, and/or, Scrutiny, and Otoliths. His non-writing relating pursuits include amateur film criticism, collect6ing inter6est6ing knives, and the care and keeping of Syrian hamsters.

Kristopher “Catfish” David Cooley is an aspiring author living in rural North Carolina with his beloved pet chinchilla. He is a shy-yet-agreeable Bigfoot hunter; no luck yet. Nature is his first love.

M. Leland Oroquieta has been a library page, draftsman, cashier, stray cat, and other things he can’t remember, while reading for a humanities course at university. He lives on the edge of a valley, near an ocean.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cricket Online Review, Eunoia Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, Local Nomad: An Online Journal of Writing & Art, Origins Journal and Queen Mob’s Tea House (Misfit Docs).

Oyedokun Micheal Adedotun Ace is a poet and writer who hails from the State of Osun, Nigeria. He is a poet and a fiction/Nonfiction writer. Micheal Ace as widely known and is currently the Vice President, World Union Of Poets – Nigeria Chapter. He is the author of Sermon From A Stammerer, a collection of poems, he has also published many anthologies including Chronicles of Silence and Themanthology of night from his ACEworld. He believes in a self-muse which has always inspired him and made him consistent: “The world is too complex for a pen to remain idle”.

P. Dhanunjay Prasad is a 3d mural artist. He studied Fine Arts at Jntu College, Hyderaba in India.

Samuel Nwokpoku Chukwudi hails from Ikwo in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He is a poet, short story writer and song writer. He has performed some of his poems in some institutions in Nigeria and in literary gatherings. He has a Nigerian Certificate in Education in English and Igbo Languages from the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo. He is a teacher of English.

Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri, where she writes articles, poetry and prose. She consults, teaches creative writing to men in a maximum security jail, and works for civil rights attorneys. Shari attained a B.A. in English and Spanish and an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain and St. Louis, Missouri. She has a novel in verse, Poem to Follow, and a book of poetry, Fall Tenderly. Many of her poems have appeared worldwide in multiple poetry anthologies, literary magazines, and most recently in Spoken Word on CD. Shari considers herself a modern formalist, addressing contemporary issues in poetic verse with a stylized language.

Stella Allou is a young lady from the Upper East Region of Ghana. Her poems are mostly based on love, life and personal experiences. Some of her poems and writings have been published in popular local newspapers such as The Mirror. In 2014, she co-authored a poetry book titled Colourful Poetry with Wilson Ayinbagya Amooro, also from Ghana. Stella is a Registered General Nurse by profession.

Steven Allan Porter was born in Coral Springs, FL to a Jewish mother and a German father. His influences include: Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Bob Kaufman, Steven Jesse Bernstein, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Simic, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine. His work has appeared in Red Fez, Degenerate Literature, Wildflower Muse, Dead Snakes, UFO Gigolo, Dali’s LoveChild, Blue Mountain Review, Beatnik Cowboy, Rasputin: A Poetry Thread, Peeking Cat Poetry, The Basil O’ Flaherty, Saudade Magazine, and Syzygy Poetry Journal. He currently resides in Chino, CA.

Susannah Chovnick is a Brooklyn native who has always enjoyed reading and writing true stories. Following her passion. In 2011 she graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in journalism. After graduation, she spent several months writing about the Israeli music scene in Tel-Aviv. She now resides in San Francisco, where she has experimented with multiple writing
styles, from stand-up comedy to personal essay. She has recently had work
featured in Sweatpants & Coffee and Germ Magazine.

Thomas Elson lives in Northern California. He writes of lives that fall with neither safe person nor safe net to catch them. His short stories have appeared, inter alia, in the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Red City Literary Review, Clackamas Literary Review, The 3288 Review, Perceptions Magazine, and Literary Commune.

TS Hidalgo holds a BBA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), a MBA (IE Business School), a MA in Creative Writing (Hotel Kafka) and a Certificate in Management and the Arts (New York University). His works have been published in magazines in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, South Africa, India and Australia, and he has been the winner of prizes like Criaturas feroces (Editorial Destino) in short fiction and a finalist at Festival Eñe in novel. He has developed his career in finance and stock-market.

Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks (including Wordscaping [2016]), published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, New Coin, Threepenny Review and 1199 others across 38 countries.


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Darrell Urban Black born in Brooklyn, New York, He grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. In high school, He was nominated by the German government as a “candidate of the year’s prize for promising young artists” for my artwork titled “The Invasion” in the exhibition “The Zeppelin in Art, Design, and Advertisement”, shown between May and July 30, 2000, in the Frankfurt International Airport.  Another piece referenced in the nomination letter, was titled “The Cosmic Linen”, executed with a unique glue and acrylic on linen technique. He has artworks permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums and other institutions in America and Germany. My artwork has been displayed in Veteran Art Shows including one at Intel® Corporation in 2014. Link http://darrell-black.pixels.com/

Louis Heath, Ph.D., Berkeley, 1969, is Emeritus Professor, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa. He enjoys reading his poems at open mics. He often hikes along the Mississippi River, stopping to work on a poem he pulls from his back pocket, weather permitting. His books include Leaves Of Maple: An Illinois State University Professor’s Memoir of Seven Summers’ Teaching in Canadian Universities, 1972-1978, Long Dark River Casino, and Redbird Prof: Poems Of A Normal U, 1969-1981. He has published poems in a wide array of journals. ‎

Gordon‘s seventh poetry/fiction collection, FROM FALLING, will be published Spring, 2016 (Spirit-of-the-Ram P). Work appears in extensive juried journals. He has been awarded NEA and NEH Fellowships and been nominated for four Pushcart awards and NEA’s Western States’ Book Awards. ‎He divides personal and professional lives between Asia and the Desert/Mountain Southwest.

Isaac Birchmier was born in Mountain Home, Idaho and raised in Helena, Montana. He is an undergraduate at the University of Montana pursuing a degree in Creative Writing. He has been published in or has stories forthcoming to Sidereal Journal, The Oval, theEEEL, The Commonline Journal, 101 Words, cattails, Theme of Absence, Eternal Remedy, Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog, Funny in Five Hundred, and Short-Story.me. He is currently studying abroad in Cork, Ireland.

J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright. He is the author of sixteen books, including Disturbing Identities (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions) and An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions).

Mbe Mbhele is the author of an anthology of short stories, Crazy Father and Other Very Short Lies. He runs an art blog and is a student at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.‎

Michael Fontana has published two novels: SLEEPING WITH GODS and THE SACRED MACHINE.  He lives and writes in beautiful Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA.‎ ‎‎

Mufutau Apooyin lives and works as a full-time professional studio artist in Lagos where he was born. He obtained an HND with distinction in Painting from the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos in 2002, and has won several awards to his credit. He won Kolade Oshinowo award for Landscape Artist of the year organized by the Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos Chapter. Apooyin has a strong passion for water, which is why most of his paintings feature sea, rivers and lakes. Prominent among his works is a series of paintings on Oko-Baba, Makoko and other riverine areas in Lagos and Nigeria at large. His interest lies largely in the rendition of ripples and reflection of objects in the water and on wet grounds during and after the rain. Mufutau incredibly paints the ripples so real to the point of creating an illusion of moving water on his canvas.

Nicole Fougère is a mountain-climbing, truth-dancing, language-lover who believes creativity can transform lives.‎

Ricky Garni grew up in Miami and Maine. He works as a graphic designer by day and writes music by night. COO, a tiny collection of short prose printed on college lined paper with found materials such as coins, stamps, was recently released by Bitterzoet Press.‎

Stanley Princewill McDaniels is a Nigerian poet & solitaire. His works have appeared/forthcoming on various online and print literary outfits. He is a 2016 Ebedi Writers Residency Fellow.

Theophilus ‘Femi Alawonde is a young up and coming poet who draws inspiration from happenings around him. He currently writes Haiku and Senryu, Afriku to be precise, and apart from writing, he loves reading‎.

Tom W. Miller holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin and now lives in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. ‎When not writing or having to earn a living, he enjoys tennis, biking and family adventures.  His stories have appeared in various literary magazines including The Writing Disorder, Red Fez and more‎.

Victoria Griffin: After graduating from Campbell University’s English and softball programs, Victoria returned to East Tennessee, where she works as a freelance editor. If she’s not at her laptop or lost in a book, you can find her on a lakeside run or napping in a hammock. Her short fiction is forthcoming in A Journey of Words from Scout Media, Incandescent Mind from Sadie Girl Press, and Death & Pestilence from Sands Press, among others. Find her at VictoriaGriffin.net‎‎

Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks (including Wordscaping [2016], published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, Best New Poems Online, New Coin, Threepenny Review and 1199 others across 38 countries.


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A. Azariah-Kribbs lives in Virginia with her Griffon, Fuffle, and her spotted frog Hardy.  Her work has been featured in several venues, including Cicada and Fēlan. Her fiction is pending publication in Boston Accent Lit, Ghostlight, The Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and The Donut Factory.  Her blog, “Wallie’s Wentletrap” features original speculative art and fiction.

Adjei Agyei-Baah is the co-founder of Poetry Foundation Ghana and Africa Haiku Network. He is currently a language part-time lecturer at the Institute of Continuing and Distant Education, University of Ghana, Kumasi Branch and Grace Baptist College, Kumasi, Ghana.

Angelica Fuse is an unquiet voice. Her words can be read at Outlaw Poetry, Dead Snakes, and many other sites

Adreyo Sen is pursuing his MFA at Stony Brook, Southampton.

Brian Coughlan has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from NUIG. He has published work with The Bohemyth, The Galway Review, Storgy, Write Out Publishing, Toasted Cheese, Thrice Publishing, Litbreak and LitroNY. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the Industry Insider TV Pilot Contest as a co-creator of the drama series Panacea. He is an active member of the Galway Scriptwriters Group since 2013.

Eniola Cole is a rarefied writer with a spinning mind a craving fo creative finesse. She writes at eniola.com, her forte for the book of her mind. She is the Managing Editor of Lunaris Review.

Francis Oshorenoya David (FOD ART) was born in Abuja, Nigeria. He obtained his national diploma in art at the Federal Polytechnic of Auchi, Edo State and currently running his Higher National Diploma in painting and general art as a student in the same school. Art: An expression of one’s innermost idea feelings and creativity in a visual form is what he finds interest in doing. His art style and techniques is a colouristic; as a colourist, he explores his environment, ideas with the use of different colours. He is also an impressionist painter. His specialization in art is in painting and ballpoint pen drawing.

Justin R. Guiles is a writer/filmmaker from Virginia Beach who believes the merit of his words necessitates his existence. He writes anything and for any reason as long as he can approach some truth. Truth may be accessed anywhere. The fact that his note strikes from Virginia Beach is accidental but, somehow, operative.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Camel Saloon, Blueline, Poppy Road Review, Spectrum, three Bright Hills Press Anthologies and several Kind of A Hurricane Publications. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.

N. F Nagel was born in anchorage Alaska, her Athabaskan and Eyak heritage gave her a love of poetry. She now lives and writes near the banks of the Matanuska river in the Palmer Butte, Alaska, where the moose, wild dog~ roses and salmonberries provide unending joy and inspiration.

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and other awards for work published in 2011 through 2015. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition.

Ojo Taiye is a twenty- three-year-old microbiology graduate from Nigeria. Loves books and Anime in that order. Taiye has some of his muddled thoughts published in a few e-magazine.

Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in The Machinery, Culture Cult, and Folk Horror Revival: Corpse Roads among others.

Sanjeev Sethi has published three books of poetry. This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015) is his latest work. His poems have found a home in The London MagazineThe Fortnightly Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Allegro Poetry MagazineThe Galway ReviewThe Open Mouse, I am not a Silent Poet, Otoliths, Tuck Magazine, Anti-Heroin ChicThe Helios Mss, Right Hand PointingDown in the Dirt magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, and elsewhere. Poems are forthcoming in  Futures Trading, Drunk Monkeys, Yellow Chair ReviewThe Bitchin’ KitschOf/with: and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. He lives in Mumbai, India.

Sean McDonell is from Ottawa, Canada. His works have appeared in The Parenthetical Review, Joypuke, 7Mondays, Bywords, and the anthology, The Pleasure, the Pain, and the Profit: Young Writers on Writing. He currently lives in Japan.

Seth Jani currently resides in Seattle, Washington, USA and is the founder of Seven Circle Press (www.sevencirclepress.com). His own work has been published widely in such places as The Coe Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, Hawai`i Pacific Review, Gingerbread House and Gravel. More about him and his work can be found at www.sethjani.com.

Sofia Korioglou was one of the winners in the 4th Ceasar Dapontes Poetry Competition in Greece and her poems have appeared in a dozen international literary journals such as Silverbirchpress, Verse-Virtual, Poet’s Corner, Writink Page, Ashvamegh and Bonsaistories among others. Her work features in many anthologies like the Poetry against Terror Anthology, the Spiritual Horizons Anthology and the Universal Values Anthology. To learn more about her, drop an email at sophiek.74teacher@gmail.com

Solomon Omogboye was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He had his early education in Lagos before proceeding to Lagos State Polytechnic with HND in Art and Industrial Design (Painting) in 2007. He was awarded AADS best Artist of the year (2007). His paintings are a reflection of his thoughts, inspiration and ideas. Solomon works has attracted local and international attentions over the years. He ranks among the young leading artists in Nigeria. He is one of the mentees of Superstroke Art Movement, Living Artist Emporium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Stephenson Muret lives and writes in southern California. His plays, stories, essays and poems have appeared in scores of publications, touching virtually all genres.


 

 

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Abdulrahman M. Abu-yaman ‘Rajab’ (b. 1991) is a Nigerian poet that enjoys writing ghazal poems using the pen name ‘Rajab’. An Economist by profession and an export of IBB University Lapai, to the society. In addition, a monochrome pencil artist. He follows sporting actions (Team Chelsea, Team Roger Federer and Team Usain Bolt). His poems are forthcoming in Kalahari Reviews and Sentinel Literary Quarterly.

Anukriti Singh is a creative writing student from Toronto.

Amina Aboje discovered the joy of reading at a tender age. A budding writer with a love for poetry, she also tries her hand at short stories. She has written a number of poems and short stories that won awards in the Abuja Writers’ Forum Writing Challenge. Aboje is currently putting final changes to her forthcoming collection of poems. Amina Aboje runs her own business and lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

Boletilemang Gabokgatlhe comes from Xhumo a small village that lies along the mighty but unpredictable Boteti River in central Botswana. He is a human resources practitioner based in Gaborone. He predominantly writes short stories and poetry some of which have been published in various Magazines and Newspapers in Botswana, South Africa, UK and USA. His poem “Let me woo peace” was published in late 2015 in anthology entitled Inspired by Ghandi published by Sampad.  He is married to Julia and blessed with a beautiful daughter, Rita.

Bruce Colbert is an actor, filmmaker and author in New York City.

Carter Vance is a student and an aspiring poet from Cobourg, Ontario, currently studying in the Social Work program at Algoma University in Sault Ste Marie. His work has appeared in such publications as A Swift Exit, (parenthetical) and the Scarlet Leaf Review. He received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2’s Young Buck Poetry Awards in 2014. His work also appears on his personal blog Comment is Welcome (commentiswelcome.blogspot.com).

Craig Kurtz has vexed the intelligentsia since the 1981 release of The Philosophic Collage. Recent work appears in Dalhousie Review, Red Earth Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Sheepshead Review and The Society of Classical Poets anthology 2016; many others would just as soon string him up. He resides at Twin Oaks Intentional Community.

D.Vaisius lives in Southern Manitoba and has been writing short creative non-fiction and fiction for a number of years. All of D’s work has a tie to real events and people, mainly dealing with personal experiences of religious intolerance, sexual orientation, gender identity, fear and self-harm. His publishing credits include two local papers as well as The Winnipeg Free Press and The Citron Review. D hopes to continue to have the opportunity to connect to readers and learn from other authors.

David Olufemi is a twenty-five-year-old Nigerian born artist, with a profound passion for painting. David travels for missionary work.

Ezifeh Chinua was born in the mid 90’s. He is currently pursuing a degree in engineering at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Nigeria, Awka. He currently resides in Awka

Francis Annagu is a final year student of the Kaduna State University, Kaduna. His poetry has appeared in Black Pride Magazine, Black Satin Radio, Tuck Magazine, and his poem was selected for 10 Best Poems in PIN January edition Poetry Challenge.

Inalegwu Omapada Alifa reigns from Akwanga, he is a budding Nigerian poet and writer. After gaining a degree from Nigeria’s premier university, he’s keen on making his passion, writing, his profession.

Isaac alesh Melchizedek (b. 1995) is an aspiring Nigerian poet and short story writer. Some of his works are online on Brittle Paper, Black Boy Review, Tuck Magazine, Sevhage Reviews, The Kalahari Review.

J. Andrew Goss is a writer and an artist living in the Missouri River hills. He is currently an MFA student at Lindenwood University.

Jill Okpalugo-Nwajiaku is a Nigerian-born author who lives in the United States. She has been published in more than a dozen literary magazines like Eclectica, Identity Theory, and Pif. She identifies as a feminist writer as is obvious in her published works online and in her unpublished book. Jill Okpalugo-Nwajiaku, is currently working on her second book. She works fulltime and lives in Richmond, Virginia with her family

James Maxwell resides in Mount Vernon, NY of Westchester County. He makes a living as an English tutor during the day and writes in the evenings. He graduated with an MA in English from Iona College. James has been writing for a little over ten years but has only recently started submitting his stories and poetry for publication. His work has been featured Walking Is Still Honest, in Ijagun Poetry Journal, Cease, Cows, and Indiana Voice Journal.

Jonathan Lepp has been published in Poetry New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand), Lantern Magazine (Montreal, Canada), two issues of Foreplay Magazine (Toronto, Canada) and through Brock University (St. Catharines, Canada) in both the school’s press and in an anthology as part of the Creative Writer’s Club.

Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is a poet, essayist, blogger, short story writer and an in-practice screenwriter. He has been published on the Kalahari Review, WRR, The Nigerian Tribune, Kreative Diadem and an international compilation.

Keith Moul’s poems and photos are published widely.  Finishing Line Press released a chap called The Future as a Picnic Lunch in 2015.

Okah Ewah Edede is a poet, novelist, columnist and creative artist. He is the author of the novel ‘Fallen: the demons of love.’ He is also the author of the novella ‘The 13th Realm: the chosen bride of Satan,’ among others, though all unpublished in the traditional sense of literary publication. Okah is a member of the Abuja Literary Society (ALS); he also participated in the Lancaster University/British Council Crossing-Borders African Writing Programme which makes him a member of the Commonwealth Writers Forum.

Ojo Taiye is a twenty-three-year-old microbiology graduate from Nigeria. Loves books and Anime in that order. Taiye has some of his muddled thoughts published in a few e-magazine.

Richard DiPietra is an actor and playwright from Tampa, Florida

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews can be found. His chapbook “Songs of a Dissident” was released in 2015 through Transcendent Zero Press and is available on Amazon <http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Dissident-Scott-Thomas-Outlar/dp/0692526463>. His full length collection “Happy Hour Hallelujah” is forthcoming in 2016through CTU Publishing.

Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she writes poetry, prose and articles, and specialises in literary criticism and non-profit matters. She has a B.A. in English, Spanish, and an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University in Madrid and St. Louis. Since brain surgery, she teaches creative writing in a maximum security jail and to people with special needs. Her novel, Poem to Follow, is written in verse, and her book of poetry, Fall Tenderly, is currently at press. Shari is featured in several poetry anthologies, including the Missouri VSA 2013 Anthology, Turning the Clocks Forward Again; Poetica Victorian; Think Pink; The Iconoclast; Bordertown Press Poetry of People on the Move; and Literature Today International Journals of Contemporary Literature Vols. I & II. Shari’s poetry has appeared in several literary magazines in the U.S., Canada, England, India, Ireland, Spain and Wales.

Vineesh Mudrika (b. 1975) is an artist, graphic designer and art instructor in several places including Kerala Lalithakala Akademy Art gallery. Vineesh lives in Kerala, India and happily married.


 

 

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Adebayo, Adebusola Felix is a native of Ilesha, Osun state, Nigeria. Adebayo graduated from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He is an Agricultural Economist and a passionate photographer, with the brand name FELIX CROWN FOTOGRAFI (FCF).  He is inspired by works of professional photographers like Emmanuel Oyeleke, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Gavin O’Neil amongst others, as well as his surroundings both within and without. His genres of photography include modelling photography, conceptual photography and portraiture.

Adedokun Oluwakemi, fondly called Kemexy Adedoks, is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is captivated by the imaginative power of the mind and admires the expressive abilities inherent in language. She is a psychological observer and a public commentator. She is currently working on her debut novel.

Adegoke Adeola is a Nigerian writer, poet, spoken word poet, songwriter, and word activist.

Ajise Vincent is a Nigerian Poet. His poem “Song of a Progeny” was shortlisted at the Korea- Nigeria Poetry feast, 2015. His works have been published in London Grip Magazine, Kalahari Review, Sakonfa Literary Magazine, African Writer, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Afrikana ng, Poetry Pacific, Commonline Journal, Novel Afrique, Lunaris Review, Black Boy Review, Tuck Magazine and various anthologies. He is currently finishing a major in Economics at the University.

Alexander Opicho (Alexander Ernesto Khamala Namugugu Opicho) was born in Bokoli Village, of Bungoma County, in the former Western province of Kenya. He is currently a Phd student of Governance and leadership. He has passion for literature and poetry in particular. His poems have been published in Ghana and Uganda. He has published more than two hundred poems in the East African Standard on Saturday in Nairobi. He has written more than a hundred essays, published both in print and online at African writers.com. He has more than four hundred poems on his name at poemhunter.com, allpoetry.com, hellopoetry.com, ghanapoetryfoundation.org, poetrynation.com, bigcatpoetry.com and poetryfoundation.com. He also contributed to the Uganda  poetry anthology published under the name bodaboda anthem . He has two wives, literature is the first one and poems are his children.

Andy N. is a 43 year old writer, performer and sometimes experimental musician from the North West of England but seen most around Manchester, Trafford, Tameside and Bolton. His several publication includes ‘Return to Kemptown’ (2010), ‘A Means to an End’ (with Jeff Dawson) (2011), ‘Europa’ with Nick Armbister (2014), ‘Mystery Story’ (2014), ‘The End of Summer’ (2015).

Antonio Emeka is a lawyer and an upcoming writer. Emeka is a native of Illah, Delta state in the southern part of Nigeria.

Ayinbire Alebna Blessmond is a young Ghanaian who uses poetry as a handy tool to transplant his emotions into other people. He is currently a student nurse in the Nurses’ and Midwives’ Training College-Tamale.

Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto is an ardent lover of literature and studied English language and Literature at Nnamdi Azikwe University. Some of his works have been honoured by reputable bodies: Association of Nigerian Authors (Literary award for Mazariyaa Teen Author Poetry Prize, 2009), National Association of Students of English language and Literary Studies (certificate of honour as the best student poet, 2012, Delsu chapter). He was shortlisted in Etisalat prize for Literature, the Flash fiction category, 2013 for ‘The Dead Nurse who came for her Baby’, runner up in Etisalat prize for literature, flash fiction category, 2014 ‘I saved my Marriage’. In addition, his works have appeared in literary journals and magazines like Awka Journal of English Language and Literature, Of Minstrelsy and Mask Matatu Germany.

Coby Daniels Yeboah is a young, upcoming Ghanaian poet, novelist and spoken word artiste, currently schooling at the University of Cape Coast where he is also the president of the Creative Writers Club. He is a social volunteer and aspires to positively impact the society with his writings.

D.D Bard is a poet, when she is not writing, D. D Bard loves; Archery, Hiking, Fencing, Martial Arts, Shooting, Knitting, Sewing, Cooking, Baking, an avid lover of the Performing Arts, being a Sci-Fi geek, volunteering in local charity events, spending time with her children and photography.

David Burga is a Peruvian born Canadian geologist and writer. His work has appeared in Big Truths, Lockjaw Magazine and [Word] A Journal of Canadian Poetry. An excerpt of his novel, Sonora Desert Blues, was published in Issue 4 of Burner Magazine. He can be found on Twitter @davideburga and  blogs at https://davidburga.wordpress.com and Fanbros.com.

Goodness Lanre Ayoola (b. 1989) hails from Osun State, Nigeria. He lives in Abeokuta where he is a teacher of English Language. He has a B.A(ed) in English from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. His poems have been published and reviewed on poetry sites and online magazines. He loves to work with great minds.

John Michael Flynn lives in Virginia and have just returned home after one year of teaching in the far east of Russia, specifically Khabarovsk, through an English Language Fellowship from the US State Dept and Georgetown University. His most recent book of poems, *Keepers Meet Questing Eyes*, was published in 2014 by Leaf Garden Press (www.leafgardenpress.com). He has earned writing awards from the New England Poetry Club, and the US Peace Corps. You can find him on the web at www.basilrosa.com.

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and an editor of an online magazine, Literary Orphans.  His work appears widely in print and online journals.  His story collection, “The Dark Sunshine,” debuted from Connotation Press in 2014.  You can also find him at lenkuntz.BlogSpot.com.

Maribella Genova is a writer, single mother of two. She attended Florida State University for both her B.S. and M.S. in Fashion Merchandising. With an extensive and successful Management career, she is now tapping into a new chapter in her life.

Okeme James Jerome is a native of Okpe Kingdom of Delta State. He was born February 18 in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He is currently studying Geology in Delta State University, Abraka. He developed interest and started writing Poetry in the year 2011. He also writes prose. He loves writing, computing, exploring and travelling. He is a success in progress.

Ojo Omeiza is a published author from Nigeria with a novel entitled Cry of an Orphan. Some of his works have been published on Tuck Magazine. He writes prose, poetry and drama; and enjoys conversing with literary minded people.

Osiro Mizpah Unuevho is a lover of free perspectives. He is a poet and a geology student at the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

Owobu O. Amos hails from Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State. He obtained a National Diploma in Mass Communication from Auchi Polytechnic; and a Bsc. in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Benin. He is currently a public servant. He is a wordsmith and enjoys crooning rhymed poems with deep but flowery appeal.  He served as a feature article writer for the Nigerian Observer for a period of two years. He enjoys political analysis and his inspired by them.

Oyin Oludipe is the Nonfiction Editor of EXPOUND: A Magazine of Arts and Aesthetics. He has poems and essays on art journals like Black Boy Review, Tuck Magazine, Kaanem LitMag, Ijagun Poetry Journal and several others. He is a contributing poet to the anthology, ‘The Sky is Our Earth: An Anthology of 50 Young Nigerian Poets.’

Oluwadele Hezekiah K resides in Nigeria and hails from Efon-Alaaye in Ekiti State. He studied Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Abeokuta.

Pijush Kanti Deb is a new Indian poet with around 261 published or accepted poems and haiku in around 90 national and international magazines and journals (print and online) including Down in the dirt, Tajmahal Review, Pennine Ink, Hollow Publishing, Creativica Magazine, Muse India, Teeth Dream Magazine, Hermes Poetry Journal, Grey Borders, Dagda Publishing, Blognostic, Black Mirror Magazine, Dissident Voice Journal , Indiana Voice Journal Aji Magazine Calliope Magazine, Leaves of Ink Magazine and many more. His best achievement so far is the publication of his first poetry collection, ’’Beneath The Shadow Of A White Pigeon’’ published by Hollow Publishing, available on AMAZON.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Writing for six years, his works have appeared in more than a thousand publications including The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Roanoke Review, The Red Cedar Review and The William and Mary Review. He has poems forthcoming in Hawai’i Review, Sugar House Review, Plainsongs, Free State Review and Texas Review.

Robin Vigfusson has an M.A from NYU in Political Science, but his real love is fiction, especially short stories.  His work has appeared in The Blue Hour, Referential Magazine and has been podcast on No Extra Words.  A story of his will be appearing in Caravel Literary Journal in December.

Roxanne Doty has published short stories in Forge Winter 2014 (www.forge.journal.com) and Four Chambers Literary Magazine, Issue 1, Dec. 2013, a prose poem in I70 Review Summer/Fall 2014, another story in Soundings Review Winter 2015 and Lascaux Review May, 2015. Two of her short stories were finalists in the 2012 and 2014 New Letters’ Alexander Patterson Capon Prize for Fiction.

Salaudeen, Habeeb Adebayo is a native of Shao Awonga, Kwara State, Nigeria. A poet, playwright and a Critic with great zeal for scholarship. He holds Diploma in Mass Communication, National Certificate in Education in English and Theatre arts. A graduate of Theatre and Performing arts, from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. He is currently a postgraduate student of Development Communication, department of Theatre and Performing arts, ABU Zaria.

Shakiru Akinyemi is a Poet and Writer who lives in Accra, Ghana. Shakiru shares lineage from both Ghana and Nigeria. He shares his Poems at sharkmellon.blogspot.com and serves as Editor for www.spid-up.com. His Poems highlight the ills of Society. Shakiru focuses his

binocular on Love, Politics and Religion in a satirical manner that  retains the readers’ attention.

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over five-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

William Doreski’s work has appeared in various print and e-journals and in several collections, most recently The Suburbs of Atlantis (AA Press, 2013).


 

 

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Adebayo, Adebusola Felix is a native of Ilesha, Osun state, Nigeria. Adebayo graduated from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He is an Agricultural Economist and a passionate photographer, with the brand name FELIX CROWN FOTOGRAFI (FCF).  He is inspired by works of professional photographers like Emmanuel Oyeleke, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Gavin O’Neil amongst others, as well as his surroundings both within and without. His genres of photography include modelling photography, conceptual photography and portraiture.

Adedamola Adefolahan is a final year student of English at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He Is a profound lyricist, evident in his writing (especially poetry) and songs. He is a vocalist, songwriter and poet. He is a member of various literary organisations in OAU. Adedamola has gained vast readership from his online publications.

Adjei Agyei-Baah is the co-founder of Poetry Foundation Ghana and Africa Haiku Network. He is currently a language part-time lecturer at the Institute of Continuing and Distant Education, University of Ghana, Kumasi Branch and Ghana Baptist College, Kumasi, Ghana.

Ajise Vincent is a Nigerian Poet. His poem “Song of a Progeny” was shortlisted at the Korea- Nigeria Poetry feast, 2015. His works have been published in London Grip Magazine, Kalahari Review, Sakonfa Literary Magazine, African Writer, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Afrikana ng, Poetry Pacific, Commonline Journal, Novel Afrique, Black Boy Review, Tuck Magazine and various anthologies. He is currently finishing a major in Economics at the University.

B.Y Rogers (guest featuring) resides in Utah with his wife of forty years. They are the parents of five children and grandparents of thirteen grandchildren and an inspiring author with much to learn; he is the creator of The Iron Writer Challenge, a weekly flash fiction friendly contest designed to assist aspiring authors in the writing journey.

Bisi Abiola is the nom de plume of Ibrahim A. Odugbemi. He is a poet and a graduate in English from the University of Ibadan. He is the founder of Blueprint Consultant, which offers services in editing and critical assessment of manuscripts for publication, data collection for research and book project, English for academic and communication purposes among others.

Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto (guest featuring) is an ardent lover of literature and studied English language and Literature at Nnamdi Azikwe University. Some of his works have been honoured by reputable bodies: Association of Nigerian Authors (Literary award for Mazariyaa Teen Author Poetry Prize, 2009), National Association of Students of English language and Literary Studies (certificate of honour as the best student poet, 2012, Delsu chapter). He was shortlisted in Etisalat prize for Literature, the Flash fiction category, 2013 for ‘The Dead Nurse who came for her Baby’), runner up in Etisalat prize for literature, flash fiction category, 2014 ‘I saved my Marriage). In addition, his works have appeared in literary journals and magazines like Awka Journal of English Language and Literature, Of Minstrelsy and Mask Matatu Germany.

Coby Daniels Yeboah is a young, upcoming Ghanaian poet, novelist and spoken word artiste, currently schooling at the University of Cape Coast where he is also the president of the Creative Writers Club. He is a social volunteer and aspires to positively impact the society with his writings.

Dami Lare, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, is a lover of the word, the beauty of thoughts and the ironies of reality. He is a radical thinker, an essayist, writer, a poet, and a photographer. As an innovative individual, he expresses himself through his works, which have been featured in various online media and anthologies such as “The Ironology”. He is a member of the Iron Writer, an online writing group that promotes the grandeur of flash fiction. As an eclectic individual, creative in thought: ingenious in delivery, he concerns himself with the various manifestations of Art and Reality as much as he can.

Eduful Ishmael (guest featuring), popularly known in creative fields as Kofi Acquah, was born in Mankessim in the Central Region of Ghana. He is a voice of a pure African culture through his outstanding poetry write-ups. Kofi Acquah is a Certificate holder of the American Poetry Marathon group.

Goodness Lanre Ayoola (b. 1989) hails from Osun State, Nigeria. He lives in Abeokuta where he is a teacher of English Language. He has a B.A(ed) in English from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. His poems have been published and reviewed on poetry sites and online magazines. He loves to work with great minds.

Kingsley Charles is a fusty matted-haired stripling who finds Companionship in his thoughts. He is a medical student at the University of Calabar.

Nana Arhin Tsiwah is a disciple of Pan-African Consciousness, a Folklorist and a student of Akanism. Tsiwah, a linguist- performist of Mfante-Akan ancestry writes from Cape Coast, Ghana.

Nene Tetteh Adusu writes under his indigenous name – Nene Tetteh Adusu. Tetteh is a passionate Poet and dramatist, hails from Ada in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana and lives in Accra. He opines that: just as words were used in creating this world, so can the world be transformed by words. Mirroring life and crashing them when necessary to fit the pieces in life’s dazzling puzzle: his philosophy.

Otareri Enoh Samuel is a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria where he studied Law. He is a lover of music, an introvert who writes poetry and fictions.

Philo Malize King is a philosopher and poet, hailed as The Philosophical Poet because of the esoteric style and thought provoking nature of his poems. He is a native of Ukpor Nnewi – South in Anambra State, Nigeria. He has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria and is currently preparing to defend his M.A thesis in Metaphysics at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. Malize’s first anthology, ‘Palpable Absurdities and Existential Despairing: Poetic Reflections on Some Challenges of Human Existence’ will shortly be published.

Tukur Ridwan Ishola (b. 1994) hails from the city of Lagos. He is a prolific Nigerian poet, creative writer and essayist. His versatility ranging from the Social Sciences, Philosophy, History, Mathematics, Astrology, and Natural Sciences contribute tremendously to his creative and ideological competency. He is currently a final year student at the University of Ilorin, the department of Political Science.