JUANA ADCOCK is a writer and translator working in English and Spanish. She was born in Mexico and has been living in Glasgow for seven years. She completed a masters in Creative Writing in 2009 at the University of Glasgow. Her work has been included in anthologies and literary magazines in Mexico, the UK, the USA, Germany and Sweden. Her first poetry collection, Manca, was published early 2014 in Mexico. Her website can be found at jennivora.com and her Twitter handle is @jennivora.
KHALOUD AL-MUTTALIBI is a poet and translator. She resides in the United Kingdom. Much of her work has been translated into various languages. Her poetry has been published in a vast array of worldwide literary magazines and journals, both in print and online. She has appeared in several books and anthologies. Her published works include Psalms under a London Sky, Under an Icy Sky, A Portrait of Uruk, and The Contemporary Iraqi Poetry Movement.
GARY ALLEN was born in Ballymena, Co. Antrim. He has published thirteen collections, most recently, Mexico, Agenda Editions, 2013. Widely published in international magazines, including Ambit, Australian Book Review, Chapman, Dark Horse, Edinburgh Review, Fiddlehead, Irish Pages, London Magazine, Malahat Review, Meanjin, Poetry Ireland, Poetry NZ, The Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Stand, The Threepenny Review, Westerly, and The Yellow Nib. A selection of his poems was published in the anthology, The New North, (Wake Forest University Press, North Carolina), and in the UK by Salt. A new novel, The Estate, is due out from the Canadian publisher CLP.
DAVINA ALLISON has recently completed a PhD in Text Linguistics. Her poems have been published in numerous literary and online journals in Australia, America, and the UK, including The Australian Poetry Journal, Poetry Scotland, The Lampeter Review, ABC Religion & Ethics, And Other Poems, Eureka Street, Ruminate, Dappled Things, Eremos, Altarwork, and Faith and Theology.
KATE ASHTON was born in Beith and qualified as an RGN from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before spending the mid to late 1970s as a features editor on Nursing Times. She then lived in The Netherlands for many years, publishing full-length fiction and non-fiction and working as a freelance editor and translator. In 2003 she returned to Scotland and now lives in Nairn. Since coming home, her poems have appeared in magazines including Shearsman, THE SHOp and Northwords Now, and a pamphlet, The Concourse of Virgins, came out from Lapwing Publications in 2012.
BRIAN BEATTY‘s jokes, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including The Bark, Conduit, Dark Mountain, Elephant Journal, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Good Men Project, Gulf Coast, Hobart, McSweeney’s, The Moth, Opium, Paper Darts, Phoebe, The Quarterly, RHINO, Seventeen, Southern Poetry Review, Sulfur River Review and The Sycamore Review. His writing has also been featured in public art projects and on public radio. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
WILLIAM BONAR was born in Greenock and grew up in the neighbouring shipbuilding town of Port Glasgow. He is a graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde and he gained a distinction on the MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University in 2008. He recently retired after working in education for 30 years and is now a full-time writer. He is a founder member of St Mungo’s Mirrorball, Glasgow’s network of poets and lovers of poetry, and was a participant on Mirrorball’s Clydebuilt mentoring scheme (2009-10) under the tutelage of Liz Lochhead. His sequence, Visiting Winter: A Johannesburg Quintet, originally published in Gutter 06, was chosen for the Scottish Poetry Library’s online anthology Best Scottish Poems of 2012 and he was shortlisted for a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015. Offering won the James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Prize for 2014.
DANIEL BOSCH was awarded the first Boston Review Poetry Prize (1998) for four poems riffing on films starring Tom Hanks. His work has been published in journals such as Poetry, Slate, The TLS, Agni, Berfrois, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, and The Paris Review, and a collection, Crucible was published by Other Press in 2002. He is Senior Editor at Berfrois.
ALAN BRITT was invited, in 2015, to Ecuador by the Ecuadorian House of Culture Benjamín Carrión in Quito, Ecuador as part of the first cultural exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States. During his visit, he participated in events all across the country including the international literary conference sponsored by La hermandad de las palabras 2015 in Babahoyo, Ecuador. In 2013 he served as judge for the The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award. His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica Radio, January 2013. His latest books include Violin Smoke (Translated into Hungarian by Paul Sohar and published in Romania, 2015); Lost Among the Hours, 2015; Parabola Dreams (with Silvia Scheibli), 2013; and Alone with the Terrible Universe, 2011. He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.
KEVIN CAHILL was born in Cork City. He studied at University College Cork, and later worked with the European Commission. Recently he has been working as a reiki practitioner. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry Ireland Review, Orbis, The SHOp, Edinburgh Review,Crannóg, Agenda, and Berkeley Poetry Review. He is currently seeking a publisher for his début collection titled Tsk.
JIM CARRUTH was born in 1963 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and grew up on his family’s farm near Kilbarchan. He has had six well-received pamphlet collections of poetry since his first, Bovine Pastoral in 2004. He has won both the James Mccash poetry competition and McLellan poetry prize and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2009. He has been involved in many poetry projects, including editing an anthology for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and having his words etched in stone as part of Andy Scott’s Kelpies sculpture. He was appointed Glasgow Poet Laureate in July 2014 in succession to Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan. He will be making his first full appearance in the role as he launches his new collection Prodigal (Mariscat, 2014). In many ways it is the award winning poet’s most personal collection to date, with moving elegies for his mother and grandmother. Read more at www.jimcarruth.co.uk
ELENI CAY is a Slovakian-born poet living in Manchester, UK. Her poems were published in two pamphlets –Colours of the Swan and Autumn Dedications-and featured in MK Calling 2013 & 2015, anthologies (e.g., Mother’s Milk); poetry magazines (e.g., Envoi, Atticus Review) and as the ‘best poetry videos on the web’ (Moving Poems). Eleni is currently studying the MA Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her collection A butterfly trembling in the digital age is due from Parthian Books in summer 2017. Website: www.eleni-cay.com and Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/elenicay
LUCAS CHIB lives in New York. His poetry has recently appeared in Brittle Paper. He has poetry forthcoming FronteraLit Journal (Barcelona).
A C CLARKE is a poet living in Glasgow and a member of Scottish PEN. Her latest collections are A Natural Curiosity, (New Voices Press), shortlisted for the 2012 Callum Macdonald Award, and Fr Meslier’s Confession (Oversteps Books). She has won several prizes, most recently the 2012 Second Light Long Poem competition and the 2013 Campbell Burns competition and has had poems published IN 2014 in two publications connected with Glasgow University, Miscellaneous, an anthology of poems about exhibits in the Hunterian Museum and Quaich, an anthology of translations by authors living in Scotland. She was one of seventeen poets commissioned to write a poem for the Mirrorball Commonwealth Poetry Anthology The Laws of the Game and is currently working on a fourth collection.
AIDEN COLEMAN‘s two collections of poetry Avenues & Runways and Asymmetry were shortlisted for national awards in Australia, including the New South Wales Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. His poetry has appeared in The Australian, Australian Book Review, Blackbox Manifold, Carolina Quarterly, Poetry Ireland Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Warwick Review. He teaches at the University of Adelaide and is a co-designer of the MOOC Shakespeare Matters for AdelaideX. With the assistance of an Australia Council grant Aidan is currently writing a biography of the Australian poet, John Forbes.
DAVID COOKE was born in the UK but his family comes from the West of Ireland. He won a Gregory Award in 1977. His retrospective collection, In the Distance, was published in 2011 by Night Publishing. A new collection, Work Horses, was published by Ward Wood in 2012. His poems, translations and reviews have appeared widely in the UK, Ireland and beyond in journals such as Agenda, Ambit, The Bow Wow Shop, The Cortland Review, The Interpreter’s House, The Irish Press, The London Magazine, Magma, The Morning Star, New Walk, The North, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Reader, The SHOp and Stand. He has two collections forthcoming: A Murmuration (Two Rivers Press, 2015) and After Hours (Cultured Llama Press 2017).
RICO CRAIG’s first poetry collection Bone Ink will be published in 2017 by Guillotine Press. Recent writing can be found in London Magazine, Cordite and Tincture. He has been shortlisted for the University of Canberra Poetry Prize and the Newcastle Poetry Prize. His poem ‘Angelo’ was awarded third prize in the Dorothy Porter prize by Meanjin. For additional work visit twitter.com/RicoCraig
RICK CRILLY is the author of The Tablecloth Trick (ECW Press/2007), described by Rikki Ducornet as “sweetly mysterious and clairvoyant”. His work has appeared in Litmus: the Neurological Issue, Zone Magazine, Molly Bloom, Blackbox Manifold, Taddle Creek and Gone Lawn 3.
SETH CROOK taught philosophy at various universities before moving to the Hebrides. He does not like cod philosophy in poetry, though he likes cod, poetry and philosophy. His poems have appeared in such places as Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now, Poetry Scotland, Southlight, Causeway, Gladrag, The Poets’ Republic, Rialto, Magma and Envoi. One of his poems was selected as one of the Best Scottish Poems of 2014.
MARTYN CRUCEFIX has won numerous prizes including a major Eric Gregory award and a Hawthornden Fellowship. He has published 7 collections of poetry including Hurt (Enitharmon, 2010): “an exceptional ear…superbly intelligent…urgent, heartfelt, controlled and masterful.” (Kathryn Maris, Poetry London). His translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies (Enitharmon, 2006) was shortlisted for the Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation and hailed as “unlikely to be bettered for very many years” (Magma). His translation of Rilke’s The Sonnets to Orpheus appeared from Enitharmon in 2012. Recent original collections include The Time We Turned (Shearsman, 2014), A Hatfield Mass (Worple Press, 2014) and Daodejing – a new version in English will be published in 2016. Martyn’s website is martyncrucefix.com and he tweets @mcrucefix.
BRUNO DIAZ was born in Zurich and brought up in the north of England. He studied English at King’s College London and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He writes poetry and prose, and blogs about travel, culture and cocktails: https://medium.com/@brunodiazwriter.
KEN EVANS gained a Distinction in his Poetry Master’s at Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing. The poems featured below will shortly appear in his debut pamphlet, ‘The Opposite of Defeat’ (Eyewear), publication in Autumn 2016. Ken’s work was longlisted in the UK Poetry Society’s National Competition; highly-commended in the Bridport Prize and shortlisted in the Troubadour Competition, all in 2015. His draft debut collection was also shortlisted in both Bare Fiction’s awards and in the Poetry School/Nine Arches ‘Primers’ selection this autumn. Individual poems have featured in The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Envoi, and Ink. Sweat & Tears.
SALLY EVANS has published several books of poetry including The Bees (Diehard, 2008) and Poetic Adventures in Scotland (Diehard, 2014) both available at Glasgow’s new poetry bookshop Tell It Slant. She is the editor of the Poetry Scotland broadsheet and runs Kings Bookshop Callander with her husband.
GEORGE J. FARRAH has been published widely in journals across the U.S. and internationally. He is the author of The Low Pouring Stars, and the chapbook, Insomniac Plum, both from Ravenna Press. He is also an artist regularly exhibiting his paintings nationally and received an MFA from Bard College NY. He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
MICHAEL FARRELL is from Bombala in New South Wales, and lives in Melbourne. His most recent book is Cocky’s Joy (Giramondo 2015); he also has several chapbooks and a book of poetics, Writing Australian Unsettlement (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). Michael has read his poetry at Glasgow University and the Caesura reading series in Edinburgh. He has collaborated with visual and performance artists, and co-wrote the Dick Diver single “Waste the Alphabet“.
EILEEN FARRELLY‘s poems have been published in From Glasgow to Saturn, Poetry Scotland’s Open Mouse, and included in two anthologies. As well as writing poetry she is also a songwriter and performing musician.
BRIAN ROBERT FLYNN is originally from Denver, but is now currently breathing the fiction and poetry of Washington, DC. His work can be found in (or is forthcoming from) The Moth, LETTERS Journal, Noble/Gas Qtrly, The Rotary Dial, The Learned Pig, Litro Magazine, and elsewhere. He has assured us that no harm came to the endangered Cavendish or any other banana cultivars during the composition of his ‘Dispatch.’
GRAHAM FULTON‘s poems have been widely published in magazines, anthologies, online journals and newspapers in both Europe and the USA, including Ambit, The North, Edinburgh Review, Gutter, Poetry Book Society Anthology, Stand, Stride, Chapman, Raintown Review, Orbis, Envoi, Poetry Scotland, and Valve. Graham has published five critically acclaimed full-length collections, and over fifteen pamphlet collections, many of which combine poetry, photography and illustration. He also recently featured in Look Up Glasgow (Freight, 2014) and has worked on translations of Palestinian poetry for a new book called A Bird is Not a Stone due out in Summer 2014 also from Freight. He runs Controlled Explosion Press, an independent small press publisher in Scotland. For more details of Graham’s work, including future projects, please visit his website.
OWEN GALLAGHER is from Gorbals, Glasgow, and lives in London. His poems have been published widely in the UK, Ireland and abroad. He has awards from The London Arts Board and The Society of Authors. He has won poetry competitions and his poems have been displayed on London buses and in public places in Ireland and on the Listening Wall, Southbank Centre, London at the Poetry International Festival, 2014. His book publications include: Sat Guru Snowman (Peterloo Poets, 2001; Repr. 2004); Tea with the Taliban (Smokestack Books, 2012); and A Good Enough Love (Salmon Poetry, 2015) which has been nominated for a T. S. Eliot award.
MAGI GIBSON poetry collections include Chapman’s best-selling Wild Women of a Certain Age. Her poems appear in Modern Scottish Women Poets (Canongate), Scottish Love Poems (Canongate), The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry, (EUP), New Writing Scotland (ASLS), Original Prints, (Polygon), The Butterfly Rammy (The Commonweal), New Boots and Pantisocracies (Smokestack) and many other anthologies, literary and new writing magazines and The Scotsman and The Herald. She has held three Scottish Arts Council Fellowships and a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship. Former Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women’s Library, she won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Poetry Prize, the Stirling Open Poetry Prize, and was twice runner up in the Scottish Open Poetry competition. Her poetry has been translated into Spanish, German and Polish. Her new poetry collection, Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks will be published in March 2017 by Luath. See magigibson.co.uk
KATY GIEBENHAIN edits the Poetry + Theology rubric for Seminary Ridge Review. She co-hosts a monthly reading series at the Ragged Edge Coffeehouse in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where she now lives after a stint in Germany. Her creative writing MPhil is from University of South Wales (Glamorgan). Poems have appeared in The London Magazine, Appalachian Journal, Tokens for the Foundlings, Spiritus, Water-Stone Review, The Lumière Reader, Better Living through Beowulf and elsewhere.
STEPHANIE GREEN is Irish/English, educated at Trinity College, Dublin, has an M.A. in Modernism in English Literature and Fine Art from Kent University and has an MPhil in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, 2004. Her pamphlet, Flout, will be published by HappenStance in 2015. Her novel for teenagers The Triple Spiral was published by Walker Books (1989) and she has had several drama scripts broadcast on BBC Schools. She has taught at all levels, most recently at the Office of Lifelong Learning, Edinburgh University, but also works as a freelance journalist and drama reviewer. Since 2000, she has lived in Edinburgh with her husband and their son. http://sites.google.com/site/stephgreen1/home
GEOFF GILBERT teaches comparative literature in the American University of Paris. He co-authored the chapbook Hold! West (Eyewear, 2016) with Alex Houen, and has published poems in various journals. He is also the author of Before Modernism Was (Palgrave, 2004), and writes about translation, modern literature, and cultures.
SHEILA HAMILTON is a widely published poet. She has a full-length collection Corridors of Babel available from Poetry Salzburg and a pamphlet, One Match, available from Original Plus. Individual poems have appeared in, among other places: Tears in the Fence, THE SHOp, Envoi and The Rialto. She lives in the NW of England where she mentors and writes.
CHRISTINE HAMM has a PhD in American Poetics, and is a former poetry editor for Ping*Pong. She won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript, Children Having Trouble with Meat. Her poetry has been published in Orbis, Pebble Lake Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Dark Sky, and many others. She has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English at CUNY. Echo Park, her third book of poems, came out from Blazevox in the fall of 2011. Christine was a runner-up to the Poet Laureate of Queens.
W. N. HERBERT is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University. His collections include Forked Tongue and the two-variant, two volume Omnesia.
ALEX HOUEN is author of the chapbook Rouge States (Oystercatcher, 2014) and co-author (with Geoff Gilbert) of the chapbook Hold! West (Eyewear, 2016). His poetry has appeared in various magazines, including Poetry London, PN Review, Stand, The Wolf, Cordite, Fortnightly Review, Molly Bloom, and Shearsman Magazine. Eyewear Press will publish his first full collection in 2017. He’s co-editor of the online poetry magazine Blackbox Manifold and teaches modern literature in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
PAULA JENNINGS‘s poems are published in literary magazines, national newspapers and anthologies. Readings have included StAnza International Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and Dundee Literary Festival. She facilitates poetry writing in many different settings and works with poets in groups and individually. In care homes and other venues, she uses creative communication to encourage self expression in people who have dementia. Her third collection, Under a Spell Place (HappenStance, 2015), is written in the voice of a woman with advanced Alzheimer’s.
BRIAN JOHNSTONE‘s work has appeared throughout Scotland, elsewhere in the UK, in North America and in Europe. He has published six collections, most recently Dry Stone Work (Arc, 2014), and his work appears on The Poetry Archive website. His memoir Double Exposure will be published by Saraband in February 2017. brianjohnstonepoet.co.uk
JILL JONES’ most recent books include Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press 2015), which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize in 2014, The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann 2014) which won the Victorian Premiers’ Literary Award for Poetry in 2015, and a chapbook, The Leaves Are My Sisters (Little Windows Press, 2016). Her work has featured in recent anthologies including The Poets’ Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing), Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher & Wattmann), Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry (Tuumba Press/Giramondo), and Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers). In late 2014 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide. www.jilljones.com.au
RUSSELL JONES is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published four collections of poetry, the most recent being The Green Dress Whose Girl is Sleeping (Freight Books, 2015). He is the deputy editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a science fiction magazine, and is the editor of Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems from the UK (Penned in the Margins) and the forthcoming Umbrellas of Edinburgh: Poetry and Prose Inspired by Scotland’s Capital City (Freight Books). Russell also writes fiction and his first YA novel, The Talkers, was shortlisted for the $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Award. Russell has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh. He enjoys White Russians, Twiglets and karaoke.
MARY KASIMOR has most recently been published in Big Bridge, Arsenic Lobster, Nerve Lantern,Posit, 3 AM, Touch the Donkey, Yew Journal, Otoliths, and The Missing Slate. Her two latest books are The Landfill Dancers (BlazeVox Books 2014) and Saint Pink (Moria Books 2015).
STEPHEN KEELER won the first Highland Literary Salon Poetry Competition (judged by John Glenday) and received a Scottish Book Trust New Writing Award in 2014/15. His poems have been published in Northwords Now and regularly in South Bank Poetry; he frequently reads his work in public. He teaches creative writing in the north-west highlands and is an inveterate traveller.
HENRY KING recently completed a doctorate on post-war English poetry at the University of Glasgow. His poems have appeared in New Poetries V, Magma and PN Review, and are forthcoming in Stand and The Rotary Dial; he blogs at Between Sound and Sense.
DAVID KINLOCH is the author of five collections of poetry including Un Tour d’Ecosse (2001), In My Father’s House (2005) and Finger of a Frenchman (2011), all published by Carcanet. In the 1980s he co-founded and co-edited the poetry magazine, Verse. More recently he helped establish the Scottish Writers’ Centre. He is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
MARY CATHERINE KINNIBURGH is a doctoral student at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where she studies spatiality in medieval literature and modern poetics, as well as digital methodologies for literary study. She has received fellowships at Columbia Libraries and Rare Book School, and works alongside the Lost & Found: CUNY Poetics Initiative publishing series for archival materials. When she is buried deep in the library, she writes poems, too, and also organizes a regular poetry workshop in New York City with friends and tequila. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Underwater New York, Hobart, and Blunderbuss. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and four rescue cats. Be in touch at @mckinniburgh.
RAUAN KLASSNIK is the author of Holy Land (2008), The Moon’s Jaw (2013) and Sky Rat (2014). He lives in Seattle.
SAM KOLINSKI (b. 1988) began writing in Glasgow. He is incalculably indebted to Sam Willetts’ first collection New Light for the Old Dark. Sam’s poems have appeared in numerous publications and he is currently developing material for his first pamphlet.
KIMBERLY KRUGE is a poet and translator based in Mexico. She is a lifelong poet; her first publication appeared in an anthology of children’s poetry, and she began to be awarded for her work as an adolescent. Her recent publications include poems in either English or Spanish in the following reviews: The Wisconsin Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Luvina, Precog and Two Thirds North. Her poem ‘The Rains’ was featured earlier this year as the ‘Poem of the Week’ at The Missouri Review. Her co-translations of baroque sonnets from Spanish can be found in the current issue of Riot of Perfume. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. kimberlykruge.com.
TARIQ LATIF has three poetry collections all published by Arc. His latest The Punjabi Weddings was published in 2007. His most recent publication is the pamphlet Smithereens which is shortlisted for the Callum MacDonald memorial prize and was published by Arc in 2015. Tariq lives in Argyll and loves rambling around the Highlands.
NEIL LEADBEATER is an author, essayist, poet and critic living in Edinburgh. His short stories and poems have been published widely both at home and abroad and translated into several languages including Dutch, Romanian and Spanish. His books include Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, 2011), The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus, 2013) and The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, 2014). He is a regular reviewer for several journals including Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA) and Write Out Loud (UK).
DOROTHY LEHANE is the editor of Litmus magazine and author of Ephemeris (Nine Arches Press, 2014) and Places of Articulation (dancing girl press, 2014). She teaches Creative Writing and is a PhD candidate in Poetry: Text as Practice at the University of Kent. Her research explores perceptual and social experiences of neurological speech conditions; questions concerning the ethics of representational projects, vulnerable subjects, issues surrounding permission and problematized notions of authorship. Recent poems have been published in Snow 3 and Molly Bloom and she has work forthcoming in Tears in the Fence and Shearsman.
JENSON LEONARD is a Pittsburgh based poet and graduate of Duquesne University. His work has previously appeared in Uppagus, The SquawkBack, and Rune Literary Journal. He is currently biding his time on the internet before pursuing an MFA.
JOE LINKER attended El Camino College and California State University at Dominguez Hills, earning a BA in English, with a minor in 20th Century Thought and Expression, and an MA in English, while putting in six years in the ACNG (Army California National Guard). Over a decade of adjunct work bookends 25 years as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter in what Han-shan called the “red dust” of business. Joe was a Hawthorne Fellow at the Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon from April to August, 2012. He writes a blog called ‘The Coming of the Toads‘.
DAVID ROSS LINKLATER is a poet from the Highlands. He is currently studying an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. He is the recipient of a Dewar Arts Award and was shortlisted for a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2015. His work has appeared in The Grind, The High Flight, RAUM and Ofi Press, amongst others. You can follow him on Twitter: @DavidRossLinkla.
PIPPA LITTLE is a Scot from St. Andrews who now lives in Northumberland with her dog, husband and youngest son. Overwintering came out from OxfordPoets/Carcanet in 2015 and was shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre Award. She has been awarded an Eric Gregory, The Andrew Waterhouse Northern Promise Award, the Norman MacCaig Centenary Poetry Prize and was a joint winner of The James McCash Competition. She is also a reviewer and editor. In September 2015 she takes up a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Newcastle University. She is presently working on her next collection, begun during her Hawthornden Fellowship. She co-founded and continues to be involved in Carte Blanche, a women’s writing group.
GERRY LOOSE has lived in England, Ireland, Spain, Morocco (briefly) and now Scotland. A slow-moving nomad, he is poet, writer and land artist who works primarily with subjects from the natural world, as well as the world of geo-politics. His poems and texts are as often found in built and natural settings as on the page. He also designs and makes gardens. His poetry is as likely to appear in these (and ungardened landscapes) as on the page. Among his most recent publications are Fault Line, Printed on Water, New and Selected Poems(Shearsman Books) and that person himself. His awards include a Creative Scotland Award, the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the Kooneen Säätiö Award and the Hermann Kesten Award. His latest collection, An Oakwoods Almanac (with Morven Gregor), is out with Shearsman Books (June 2015). www.gerryloose.com
CONLEY LOWRANCE began writing poetry after an aborted career in punk rock. His interest in lyrics and subculture literature eventually led him to the University of Virginia’s poetry writing program where he received his BA in 2012. His poems have appeared in publications put out by Tupelo Press, Columbia Journal, Underwater New York, and Counterexample Poetics, among others. Currently, he is exploring the intersection of Surrealist poetry and detective fiction while working at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities and Society of Fellows. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and four cats. Follow him @ConleyLowrance.
MATT MACDONALD is a page and performance poet who gigs frequently across the Central Belt and North East of England. He has been writing for nearly 6 years and has been published in several anthologies, magazines and collections. His debut pamphlet Who Are Your People? sold out its first printing in 4 months and the second edition is available now. Having performed in the Edinburgh Fringe for the last 4 years, Matt is looking to bring his second solo show to Edinburgh this August and will be competing in the Scottish National Poetry Slam in early 2015.
ROSIE MAPPLEBECK’s stories and poems come from her deep experience of living among animals and birds and of magic. She loves sharing traditional tales, her stories and poetry with audiences where families and friends share together. She hosts live literary events in Ayr and takes story walks round Ayrshire. She co-owns a boarding cattery, offering holistic and healing care for animals and has studied botany with David Bellamy, been a Special Constable, Veterinary Nurse and once ran a heavy metal disco. She is part of the Living Voices project which shares story, song and poetry with elders and those with dementia. She is presently creating a heritage trail for Ayr. You may also find her wild dancing; foraging plants for gastronomic delectation or caring for her bees. Her website can be found at www.rosiestories.com.
RICHIE MCCAFFERY (b. 1986) is the author of two pamphlets (Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press and the 2014 Callum Macdonald Memorial prize runner up, Ballast Flint). His recent collection Cairn is published by Nine Arches Press. He recently completed a PhD in Scottish Literature (The Scottish poets of World War Two) at The University of Glasgow. He is the editor of Finishing the Picture: The Collected Poems of Ian Abbot (Kennedy and Boyd, 2015) and is working on his third poetry pamphlet, due out in 2017.
PETER MCCAREY was born in Paisley and brought up in Glasgow. His work is accessible on his Syllabary website. Collected Contraptions was published by Carcanet in 2011.
MARION MCCREADY lives in Argyll. Her poems have been published widely including in Poetry, Edinburgh Review, The Glasgow Herald and Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014). Her poetry pamphlet collection, Vintage Sea, was published by Calder Wood Press (2011). She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013 and won the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2013). Her first full-length collection, Tree Language, was published by Eyewear Publishing (2014). She has a sequence of poems titled ‘The Birth Garden’ in Our Real Red Selves, a poetry anthology published by Vagabond Voices (2015).
MICHAEL MCGILL has had poetry published in New Walk, RAUM, Northwords Now, The Haiku Quarterly and in two anthologies by Ragged Raven Press. He has also had work included in the Hot Tub Astronaut e-zine, the Open Mouse website and in the latest Lies, Dreaming podcast. The two poems below are part of Notes for Castrato, an extended poem in five parts. Michael has appeared at Inky Fingers, Blind Poetics and Last Monday at Rio and has also appeared as part of The Accelerator and Big Word Performance Poetry in Edinburgh, at the CCA and Tron Theatre in Glasgow and the Soho Theatre in London. He has also appeared several times on The Verb on BBC Radio 3. Twitter: @MMcGill09
JAMES MCGONIGAL is a poet, editor and translator, formerly a school teacher and educationalist. His co-edited volume The Midnight Letterbox: Selected Correspondence of Edwin Morgan 1950–2010 has just been published by Carcanet Press. His last collection Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat Press, 2010) won the UK Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Award. The Camphill Wren (Red Squirrel Press, 2016) is his first full collection. For more on his work, please visit www.jamesmcgonigal.com
LUCAS MCMILLAN is a student in the MFA program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in The Oklahoma Review, Forge and Gravel Literary Journal.
DAVID MOFFAT is the author of ‘Walking doon the Gallowgate’ an illustrated memoir of a 1950’s Glasgow childhood. His poem ‘Arles’ was a Herald Scotland Poem of the Day.
CHRISTOPHER MULROONEY is the author of symphony (The Moon Publishing & Printing), flotilla (Ood Press), and viceroy (Kind of a Hurricane Press).
ANDREW NEILSON was born in Edinburgh in 1975. His poems have recently appeared in The Dark Horse and he has reviewed for journals including The Poetry Review and Magma. Andrew has also published short stories in Short Fiction 8 and 10. He lives in London.
GEOFFREY NILSON is a writer, editor, critic, and musician whose poetry and essays have appeared in PRISM international, subTerrain, Lemon Hound, The Rusty Toque, and rip/torn. He has won the Bess Coyne Award for Creative Writing and has been shortlisted for The Malahat ReviewFar Horizons Award for Poetry. When not writing, he is an Editorial Assistant for Arc Poetry Magazine and the Web Editor for Pulp, a literature and visual art magazine of student work at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He lives in New Westminster, BC, Canada, with his daughter, Scarlett. Stay in touch @geoffreynilson
ALISTAIR NOON‘s publications include two collections from Nine Arches Press (The Kerosene Singing, 2015, and Earth Records, 2012, shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize), a collaboration with Giles Goodland (Surveryors’ Riddles, 2015, Sidekick Books), and chapbooks of poetry and translations from German and Russian from various small presses. He lives in Berlin. For more on Alistair’s work, see his page on Archive of the Now.
MHAIRI OWENS lives in Glasgow and is a communications worker with the Big Lottery Fund.
TRACY PATRICK is a writer and performer who lives in Paisley. She is currently writer in residence at the Sunshine Recovery Café. Her latest poetry collection is Wild Eye Fire Eye. See www.tracypatrick.co.uk
DEREK PARKES is a poet from the Donny O’Rourke stable. He has been published in anthologies and online and is working on his first collection.
STUART A. PATERSON writes in English & his native Scots. He’s a past recipient of an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors and founder/editor of Spectrum poetry & prose review from 1989-97. His first full collection, ‘Saving Graces’ was published in 1997 before he moved to England to live and work for 14 years in social care. Returning to live in Galloway in 2012, he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014, during which time he collated and finished writing ‘Border Lines’, a 36-page collection of Galloway-themed poems published by Indigo Dreams in 2015. He’s currently the Scots Language Centre’s Virtual Poet-in-Residence. 2016 will see the publication of his first collection in Scots by Tapsalteerie Press, as well as a second full collection.
DAVID POLLARD was born under the bed in 1942 and he has been furniture salesman, accountant, TEFL teacher and university lecturer. He got his three degrees from the University of Sussex and has since taught at the universities of Sussex, Essex and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he was a Lady David Scholar. He has published The Poetry of Keats: Language and Experience (Harvester Press and Barnes & Noble, 1984) which was his doctoral thesis, A KWIC Concordance to the Harvard Edition of Keats’ Letters (Geraldson Imprints, 1993), a novel, Nietzsche’s Footfalls (Geraldson Imprints, 2001), and four volumes of poetry, patricides (Waterloo Press, 2006), Risk of Skin (Waterloo Press, 2011), bedbound (Perdika Press, 2011) and Self-Portraits. He has also been published in other volumes and in academic journals and poetry magazines. His website is at: www.davidpollard.net.
LAUREN POPE is pursuing a Creative Writing PhD at the University of Edinburgh where she organises summer courses in Creative Writing and British Literature. Her poetry has appeared in various print and online publications including Etchings, Gutter, Magma and The Stockholm Review of Literature. She has recently been selected as one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017.
RICHARD PRICE‘s collections include Lucky Day (2005), Rays (2009), and Small World (2012), all from Carcanet. He is Head of Contemporary British Collections at the British Library.
EVELINE PYE studied Statistics at Glasgow University, worked as an Operational Research Analyst in the Zambian Copper Industry from 1975 to 1983 and then taught mathematics at Glasgow Caledonian University for 22 years. She was selected for the Clydebuilt mentoring scheme in 2009 and mentored by Liz Lochhead. One of the poems from Smoke That Thunders is in the Bloodaxe anthology, Hallelujah for 50ft Women.
PRATHEESH RAMACHANDRAN was born in 1987 in Kerala,India. He is a bilingual poet and artist and has published three poetry collections in the Malayalam language. He continues to live and work in Kerala.
SAMUEL REILLY is a graduate of English Literature from Oxford University. He is currently based in Glasgow, where he works with contemporary art in a city-centre gallery, and continues to write poetry and folk music. While a student, he won the Mapleton-Bree Prize from St John’s College for a collection of six poems in 2013, and the Oxonian Review Short Story Competition, 2012. His poetry has previously been published by The Missing Slate.
STEWART SANDERSON is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. His poems have appeared in various UK and Irish magazines, including Gutter, Magma, Poetry Wales, Irish Pages, Poetry Review and The Dark Horse. He is co-organiser of the Verse Hearse reading series.
FIONA SHILLAN is an English teacher in Glasgow. She studied at the University of Strathclyde for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, with a brief stint working in London running an international charity. Now north of the border once more, she is working on developing her reflexive poetic style.
HOWARD SINGERMAN‘s late mother was a survivor of Auschwitz. His initial poems were about the Holocaust and his family; his poems now cover a wide variety of topics. He and his wife, with 2 other couples, created the website www.gatheringthevoices.com. It contains interviews with over 30 refugees from Nazi persecution who settled in Scotland, including Howard’s mother. They have also created a mobile exhibition about these refugees and take this to schools and provide talks.
KATHRINE SOWERBY lives in Glasgow where she runs tell it slant, a poetry bookshop, and makes fourfold, a curated publication. Her poems and translations have most recently been published inGutter, New Writing Scotland, Under the Radar, Poetry Salzburg Review, A Bird is not a Stone andAesthetica. Kathrine’s background is in visual art, she won a 2013 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and has taken part in a Highlight Arts poetry translation project in Lahore, Pakistan.
MICHAEL STEPHENSON‘s poems have appeared in a number of publications including New Writing Scotland, Gutter, The Herald and, most recently, 404 Ink’s The F Word. He lives in Bathgate.
EM STRANG has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, and is now seeking a publisher for a first collection of poems, Habitude. She teaches Creative Writing at Dumfries prison and is tutoring on the MLitt in Environment, Culture & Communication at the University of Glasgow (Dumfries). She is the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2014 and is poetry editor for the Dark Mountain Project.
LAURA TANSLEY’s writing has appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Gutter, Lighthouse, Litro, New Writing Scotland, The Real Story, The Rialto, Southword, Tears in the Fence and is forthcoming in Stand. She is also co-editor of the collection Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determining the Form. She lives in Glasgow and is shy on Twitter @laura_tans.
KNOTBROOK TAYLOR is an Angus based poet and member of the Blue Salt Collective. His first chapbook ‘Beatitudes’ was published in 2007. The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh commissioned his second collection ‘Scottish Lighthouse Poems’ which was published in 2011 and explored the rich history and arcane knowledge related to lighthouses in Scotland. It is available from the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. In 2014 he won the Erbacce prize for his collection Ping-Pong In The Rain, a book which includes themes exploring sexuality, death and the film Bladerunner. He is currently working on new material and is interested in the idea of the muse, the psychoanalysis of dreams and the poem within the poem. www.knotbrook.co.uk
MARIE-THERESE TAYLOR was a librarian in Edinburgh, Fife and the North East of Scotland. She now lives in Glasgow. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Coastword’s Hotel , Glasgow Women’s Library’s Mixing the Colours, Federation of Writers Scotland’s Soundwaves, and online inSnare’s Nest and Nutshells and Nuggets, and are forthcoming in The Fat Damsel, Three Drops from A Cauldron and The Open Mouse.
RACHEL TENNANT is a landscape architect, poet and photographer with an award winning design practice based in the UK and Hong Kong. She aims to distil a physical and emotional response to a location that captures and renders the ‘spirit of a place’. Her work has been included in the Glasgow Anthology Tip Tap Flat, From Glasgow to Saturn, and the Gladrag. A poem is also featured on virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie’s website.
LARRY D. THACKER’s poetry can be found in over eighty magazines and journals including The Still Journal, Poetry South, Mad River Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Mojave River Review, Mannequin Haus, Ghost City Press, Jazz Cigarette, and Appalachian Heritage. His books include Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia and the poetry books, Voice Hunting and Memory Train, as well as the forthcoming, Drifting in Awe. Visit his website at: www.larrydthacker.com
KATE TOUGH‘s novel, Head for the Edge, Keep Walking (Cargo/Freight) has five stars on Amazon. She’s had many poems and visual poems published in journals and exhibitions and held two literature residencies (Cove Park, 2014 and Vermont Studio Centre, 2015). A recipient of two Creative Scotland funding awards (2013 poetry, 2009 fiction) Kate also teaches writing and chairs festival events. “Exciting new voice in Scottish literature. Keep an eye out for this one.” Kevin MacNeil. www.katetough.com
NATHANAEL URIE was born in Saint Albans, Vermont. He attended Keystone College and the University of Glasgow. Two of his poems were recently accepted for publication by The New York Quarterly. He works throughout the United States as a writer and photographer for the American railroad industry and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
RYAN VANCE was born in Northern Ireland and is now living in Glasgow. He is editor of weird lit zine The Queen’s Head (www.thequeenshead.wtf) and edits fiction for The Island Review (www.theislandreview.com) while working in the print industry and as a freelance designer. His own work has appeared in Out There: A Scottish Anthology of LGBT Writing, Until Only The Mountain Remains, Homespun Threads and Crispin Best’s For Every Year. (www.ryanvance.co.uk)
SEAN WAI KEUNG is a poet and performer. He studied at the Universities of Roehampton and East Anglia and now resides near Queen’s Park, Glasgow. His work has been published in Lunar Poetry and Suburban Review amongst others, and he received the 2013 ‘Best Debut Performance’ Farrago Zoo Award as well as the 2015 ‘Funniest Poem’ CafeWriters Prize. His debut pamphlet won the 2016 Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition and will be published later this year. Follow him on Twitter @SeanWaiKeung or via jellyfisharepoemstoo.tumblr.com
RK WALLACE lives in Paisley. He has recently co-edited a local anthology, and he also co-runs a monthly open mic literary event; the facebook group for this is “Nights at the Round Table.”
ROSS WILSON has previously appeared in Edinburgh Review, Horizon Review, Anon, Gutter, Agenda Broadsheet, Northwords Now and many other magazines, with poems forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg Review this autumn. A poem, Anithir Season, has recently been adapted into a filmpoem by artist Alastair Cook.
ALEX WYLIE is a poet and critic who lives in Belfast. He has published poetry in PN Review, The Financial Times, New Poetries V (Carcanet), Stand, Agenda, and Poetry Proper, and is working on his first collection. His next critical publication is an article on Geoffrey Hill in the OUP journal English, and has work on other poets appearing in the near future.