Pushcart Prize-nominated for her fiction Wash Away My Sins, Abigail George is a South African-based blogger at Goodreads (link on Piker Press), essayist, poet, playwright, grant, novella and short story writer. She briefly studied film at the Newtown Film and Television School in Johannesburg. She is the recipient of two writing grants from the National Arts Council in Johannesburg, one from the Centre for the Book in Cape Town and another from ECPACC (Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council) in East London. Her writing has appeared numerous times in print in South Africa, in various anthologies in Africa, the UK and the States, and online in e-zines based across Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, and the United States. She is the writer of eight books including essays, life writing, memoir pieces, novellas, poetry and a self-published story collection. She lives, works, and is inspired by the people and mountains of the Eastern Cape of Southern Africa. She is the poetry editor at AfricanWriter.com and an editor at Mwanaka Media and Publishing. She was born in 1979 and is of mixed race descent. This has informed a large part of her writing. Storytelling for her has always been a phenomenal way of communicating. She has lived for most of her life in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth. Her latest book is The Scholarship Girl (Mwanaka Media and Publishing, 2019, edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka). She has two chapbooks forthcoming in 2019/2020; Of Bloom and Smoke (Mwanaka Media and Publishing, 2019, edited by Antonio Garcia) and The Anatomy of Melancholy (Praxis Magazine, 2019/2020, edited by JK Anowe).
Barbara lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a retired teacher (Mathematics) with a lifelong addiction to writing. Currently a member of International Writers' Workshop, Northcote, New Zealand, Barbara is a musician, playing mandola in The Auckland Mandolinata Orchestra.
Bee is a writer of poetry, short stories and plays. She focuses on exploring love in all it's forms, the oppositions of life and death and the nature of humanity and what it means to be human. She
is passionate about issues such as mental health, domestic abuse, euthanasia, abortion and human sexuality. Bee's work has been published in several anthologies including Collections Of Poetry And
Prose's Love, War, Travel and Happy, The Challenges Of Finding Love, and Uncovered Voices. She has also produced two plays; The Divine Comedy Show in March 2017
and The Journey Home a play about domestic abuse in November 2018.
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“What I create today is who I am at this moment. If my art can touch one soul, save one life, touch one heart then my craft has conveyed it’s message.” In 1990, Bernadette received the Silver Poet Award from World of Poetry. Her work has appeared in The Wishing Well; Musings in 2010, Small Canyons Anthology in 2013 and in Poems 4 Peace in 2014. Contribution to La Familia: La Casa de Colores, and Fix and Free Anthologies. Winner of the Wagner Society of Santa Fe Audience Favourite 'Write Your Own Prize Song' and included in the mega-unity poem by Juan Felipe. Bernadette was also included in The Americans Museum Inscription by Shinpei Takeda, and has been published in over 100 publications between 2015-2018 including a number of Robin Barratt's Collections of Poetry and Prose. When she is not writing, Bernadette works full time as a Corporate Success Leader and balancing her love of poetry as the New Mexico State Poetry Society President.
Bill lives in Aberdeen, Scotland. He started writing in 2014 and won the 2016/17 One Giant Read flash fiction competition. He has had work published in a number of anthologies and online. He
describes his writing as ‘inspiring and transcendent’, but then he would say that, wouldn’t he?
Chrys is a seasoned performer and a widely published and anthologized poet. She has performed in Festivals across the UK in Europe, America, Canada, Finland and India, and written in almost every
genre except the novel. Numerous awards include a National Media Award, an Arts and Business Award, Several Writing Bursaries and a Fringe First from The Edinburgh Festival. She has published seven
books for actors (Pub: Methuen Drama) and nine poetry collections (publishers various). Her poem The Burning was selected as one of the Best Scottish Poems 2012. Her pamphlet Weaver of
Grass was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Her most recent collection, The Punkawallah’s Rope is rooted in a trip to India in 2015 to appear at The Kolkata Literary
Festival. She received a Creative Scotland Bursary in 2017 to research material in The Yukon for her forthcoming collection about the Klondike Gold Rush. She will be The International Poet at the
Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2019. Chrys was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014 for Services to The Arts. She is Artistic Director of BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival, a five
day literary festival in SW Scotland now in its ninth year.
Cynthia resides within the Bermuda Triangle. She is a writer and an award-winning playwright with theatrical works featured Off-Broadway in New York City. She is also a graduate of the Burt
Reynolds Institute and Palm Beach State College. Her stage play Words with a Mummy is published inside 21st Century Literature from the Philippines and the World as a textbook lesson in
“adaptation of a play from literature.” She is also a Faulkner Society Finalist.
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David escaped from the confines of academic writing and now roams the fresh pastures of poetry and theatre, where he encounters far less bull. He regularly earwigs on conversations in a number of cafe haunts under the guise of 'research'. When not reading or writing, he has been known to make wooden dolls' houses, manufacture interesting pieces of firewood on a lathe, or spend many hours in the garden planning what he might do next time the weather conditions are absolutely perfect. He lives by the wise words of a respected friend who advised that most work activities should be given 'a good coat of looking-at' before commencing.
David’s plays have been produced in Switzerland, Croatia, and Lithuania. In the US, his poems can be found at the RavensPerch, New Orleans Review, Nice Cage, and Panoplyzine.
Internationally, his work appears in journals located in India, Ireland, Malawi, Hungary, and Singapore. His fiction can be seen at Dodging the Rain, Terror House Magazine, and
Literally Stories. David’s collection of poetry, MACHIAVELLI’S BACKYARD, was published by Sudden Denouement Publishers. He lives in Tokyo.
Donna was born in Harlem New York and
grew up in Bay Shore, Long island. She went to Brentwood High School, graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2017, and currently works for the New York State Office of Mental
Health at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Outpatient SOCR (State Operated Community Residence). She is a combat veteran who completed two tours in Iraq. She was on active duty army stationed at Hunter
Army Airfield 3rd Infantry Division as a mechanic. Since returning home, Donna enjoys sharing her experiences and storytelling through writing. Donna’s stories most recently have been published
Qutub Minar Review, Bards Initiative, Radvocate, Oberon, Long Island Poetry Association
Donna has participated in various veteran writing workshops throughout NYC. Recently Donna was featured USA Warrior stories took part in Warrior Chorus and Decruit which encourage self-expression
through looking as classical literature and performing it while relating it to your own life with war and trauma. Currently Donna is studying for her licensing in social work. Donna is always seeking
new experiences to learn such as Toast Masters which focuses on public speaking. She is involved in World Team Sports, Wounded Warrior Project and Team Red White and Blue. In her spare time Donna
plays sled hockey for the Long Island Rough Riders.
“I am from Nigeria. I write poetry, I edit works of literature by other writers and I proofread works of literature too. I have made it my life's mission to fight depression, injustice and cultism
in any way I can - usually with my poems. I hate injustice, pride, dishonesty, hypocrisy and oppression.”
Eduard is an artist and a translator and writer of poetry, crime novels and short stories. He is writing haibun, tanka, haiku and poetry in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German, and
holds workshops on Japanese and Chinese style poetry and prose. He is a member of four writer groups in Ireland, and lives in County Kerry, Ireland since more than 25 years, and is a proud Irish
citizen, born in Germany. He was published in 43 anthologies, literary journals and broadsheets in UK, Ireland, Canada and USA. Eduard also writes under his pen name Eadbhard McGowan.