Lavinia grew up in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and France. She studied German and Politics at Nottingham University and went on to train at drama schools in Paris and New York. She appeared in several plays and also wrote for the stage ( 'Célébrité: Mode d'Emploi' and 'The Saint Factory'). In 2015 she wrote and directed 'What Happened to Manfred' which received a nomination for 'Best Screenplay' and 'Best Actor' at the Bucharest Shortcut Cineast and was part of the official selection of the Stonefair International film festival. Recently she wrote and directed 'Kaba', (in post-production), while living in West Africa. She is now based in London. Follow her @laviniasabbott
Chen Chieh-jen was born in 1960 in Taoyuan, Taiwan. He graduated from a vocational high school for the arts. He currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. Since the 1980s, he has been developing a body of work that is closely connected with the history of Taiwan, including Lingchi (2002), Factory (2003), Empire’s Borders I (2008-2009), Realm of Reverberations (2014).
Maryah Converse was a Peace Corps educator in Jordan, 2004–2006, and was studying in Cairo during the 2011 Arab Spring. She has written for From Sac, New Madrid Journal, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Silk Road Review, Newfound, and Stoneboat Literary Journal. She pays the bills as a grant writer in Manhattan, teaches Arabic, and blogs at desertmirror.blogspot.com
Malik Ameer Crumpler
Malik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, fiction writer, rapper and music producer that’s released many albums, short films and five books of poetry. He founded Satori Ideas Media and co-founded the literary journals: Madmens Calling, Visceral Brooklyn and Those That This. He is the new co-curator of Poets Live in Paris, France, has an MFA in Creative Writing from LIU Brooklyn and performs regularly in Paris and New York.
Rebecca Henderson holds a Master’s in German and a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. Best expressing herself through the written word, she enjoys the smell of burning rubber and can recite the ABC’s of the automotive world upon command. Rebecca hopes to shift your world perspective through her words, because looking out the same window every day hardly makes for an interesting life.
Lucy Holden has been published in ARTPublika Magazine, Rollick Magazine, Polaris Lit, Pocket Lint, and Writer’s Slate. She earned degrees in Creative Writing and Theatre at Beloit College where she was a managing editor for the Beloit Fiction Journal. She currently makes her living teaching English in the small Silesian city of Gliwice, Poland. When she's not off gallivanting around the continent, she spends her time writing at home, playing violin, and reading P.G. Wodehouse. You can find more of her work on her online portfolio here: http://lucyholden894.wixsite.com/artistportfolio.
Catherine McGuire has 3 decades of poetry in publications such as New Verse News, FutureCycle, Portland Lights, Fireweed, and on a bus for Poetry In Motion. She has four chapbooks: Palimpsests (Uttered Chaos) and three self-published (www.cathymcguire.com), a full-length book of poetry, Elegy for the 21st Century (FutureCycle Press) and upcoming a deindustrial science fiction novel Lifeline (Founders House Publishing) in 2017. Her website is www.cathymcguire.com.
Benjamin Lawrance Miller
Benjamin Lawrance Miller grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia and currently lives in New York City. He has a MFA degree in Writing from CalArts and is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Queensborough Community College (CUNY).
Born in the United States, and still subject to the long arm of the I.R.S., Richard moved to Britain many years ago where he delved deeply into the culture of public life, that is to say life in a pub, as well as rugby. Moving to Belgium in 1996 he eventually, established himself as a statistical programmer in the Pharmaceutical industry. More recently, however, he's returned to his love of writing and songwriting. He’s currently wrestling with a ragtag bunch of musicians emerging from 1950s Los Angeles, a sleepy town nestled deep in the Appalachian mountains inhabited by eccentrics, a ghost and a (generally) friend black bear, and living in the 21st century. He has also contributed a piece to State of the Union, an anthology containing reflections on the 2016 American presidential election. Each Friday he posts a short, minute form, poem on his website to start the weekend with a smile, which, most of the time, shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Feel free to drop in at: https://vanishingpirates.com/ and watch him grow, very very slowly.
Retired after four decades' prizewinning print and broadcast journalism in Hartford CT, Don Noel received his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2013. His work has so far been chosen for publication by Calliope, Shark Reef, Drunk Monkeys, The Tau, Indian River Review, Midnight Circus, Oracle, Clare Literary Magazine, The Raven's Perch, The Violet Hour, Literary Heist, Dime Show Review, Yellow Chair Review, Meat for Tea, The Penmen Review, 99 Pine Street, KYSO Flash, Darkhouse Books, Simone Press and Zimbell House. His website is www.dononoel.com
Karen Wolf has an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Toledo and a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. She has retired from a 30-year teaching career and is semi-retired from her own pet sitting company. She has been published in Smokey Blue Literary and Art Magazine, Dime Store Review, Tree House An Exhibition of the Arts, The Wagon Magazine (an international publication), Oasis Journal, and Artificium: The Journal, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. She also received the E.E. Cummings Free Verse award and the Creative Challenge Award from PRIZM Art-A-Fair 2016. She says that poetry soothes the savage beast and opens her eyes to the beauty that abounds within the world.
Mantz Yorke lives in Manchester, England. His poems have appeared in a number of print magazines, anthologies and e-magazines in the UK, Ireland, Israel, Canada, the US and Hong Kong.