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Adesuyi, Nike lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.


Asalor, Zino, is a Nigerian based poet. His poems have been published in online magazines like Africanwriter, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Palapalamagazine. Some of his poems are due to feature in the next issue of African-writing and his short fiction is being reviewed by Storytime. He is working on his first Poetry collection, The Diary That Became Man.


Beynon, Byron lives in Wales. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Quadrant, The French Literary Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales, Landfall (New Zealand), Agenda and The Wolf. Recent collections include Cuffs (Rack Press 2008) and Nocturne in Blue (Lapwing Publications) which was launched at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea in March 2010.


George, Abigail studied creative writing, business administration, theology for brief periods and film and television production for a short while which was followed by a brief stint as a trainee at a production house. She is a writer and poet. She has lived in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth but she is currently living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She has had poetry published in print in South Africa and online in South Africa, Finland, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the United States and England. She has had short fiction published online. In 2005 and 2008 she was awarded grants from the National Arts Council in Johannesburg.


Isa, Hajara is from Kebbi state, Zuru local government area in Northern Nigeria. She is a lawyer by profession and she works with the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Her law degree is from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria. She is also a poet and writer of short stories. Her first collection of poems, titled “Cacophony of Mime,” is forthcoming. She enjoys and has been inspired by poets and writers like Pablo Neruda, J.P Clark, Paulo Cehlo, and Chinua Achebe to mention a few. Abuja is her place of residence.


Lantry, W.F. a native of San Diego, received his Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. In 2010 he won the Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (in Israel), Crucible Poetry Prize, CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize and the Birmingham-Southern College National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry. His work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Asian Cha, Gulf Coast and Aesthetica. His chapbook, The Language of Birds, is available from Finishing Line Press. He currently works in Washington, DC and is a contributing editor of Umbrella Journal. His website is:


Makavani, Tendai Tshakisani was born in 1983 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She was educated at Southerton Primary School in Harare and Monte Cassino Girls High in Macheke Zimbabwe. Tendai holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Psychology from the University Of Zimbabwe. In 2002 Tendai won the first prize award in English Literature Essay Writing at The Zimbabwe International Book Fair in a competition sponsored by Coca Cola for A level students. Tendai also writes scripts for theatre and film


Manivannan’s, Sharanya. first book of poems, Witchcraft, was published in 2008. She is currently working on a novel, Constellation of Scars, and a second collection of poetry, Bulletproof Offering. Noted in particular for her unusual charisma on stage, Sharanya has done readings extensively since 2001, at venues as diverse as small indie cafes, an abandoned pier, a cemetery and the Borobudur Temple.

Born in Madras in 1985, Sharanya grew up in Sri Lanka and Malaysia, and has lived in India since 2007. She was the recipient of the Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship for 2008-2009 from Sangam House International Writers’ Residency, Pondicherry, and was a finalist for both the 2008 Srinivas Rayaprol Prize in Poetry and 2010 Toto Funds the Arts Award in Creative Writing (for which she received a special jury commendation). She writes a personal column, The Venus Flytrap, for The New Indian Express.


McDermott, Katie is 21, lives in Ireland and is entering the final year of her undergraduate degree in English in the National University of Ireland Maynooth. She started writing poetry recently and is in the process of writing a novel based loosely around Irish mythology.


Okon, Nsuhoridem was born in Calabar; hails from Uruan, Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. She is early lover of poetry, fantasy, comics and cartoons, and also a member of Abuja Literary Society.


Piryaei, Shabnam lives in New York. His writings have been published in numerous literary journals including _The Florida Review, Runes: A Review of Poetry, and Furnace Review.


Propps, Angel left high school behind to join a heavy metal band, traveling across country and sneaking into clubs to sing. She returned to school to start a nursing career but left that behind as well for music when she became a singing, bass playing riot girl in several punk bands throughout the nineties. She raised her daughter as a single parent while working as a dancer and nightclub manager.  She has written for an online travel sites and magazines. She currently splits her time between NYC and her home in Alabama, where she is hard at work writing and playing music


Richter, Jill studied French literature at the Sorbonne after obtaining a degree in English at Essex University. During the 1960s, she was involved in publishing avant-garde magazines with poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso and helped to produce the first Beat Poetry Reading at the Albert Hall. She and her husband went on to work with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, living with them on their estate at Ascot. When the Lennon’s moved to New York, they followed and Jill was employed for a while as Yoko Ono’s personal assistant. When the marriage broke up, she took her children to live in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Returning to England in 1992, Jill studied autobiographical writing at the City Literary Institute. She is currently seeking publication for The Burmese Sister, a novel based on her travels in Burma. She is also working on a new novel inspired by a recent trip to Tibet.


Ross-Macdonald, Mel is Cornish born and bred. She lived in Wales for a few years, then travelled abroad for a while, but found herself back in Cornwall, due to her insatiable greed for decent pasties. In her past, she has been an English teacher, a careers adviser, a manager and an alien. She is currently teaching English again and enjoying writing whenever she gets the opportunity. She has had a short story published in a Bridge House Publishing Anthology called “Going Places”. She has also been published on the Channel Four website.


Sington-Williams, Amanda has had several short stories published in anthologies or magazines and some have been selected for readings at live events. Her first novel, The Eloquence of Desire’, won an award from The Royal Literary Fund and was published in 2010 by Sparkling Books. She has an MA in Creative Writing and Authorship from Sussex University and teaches novel writing in Brighton.


Smith, Catherine writes poetry, fiction and radio drama. Two of her poetry collections have been short-listed for The Forward Prize. Her first short story collection, The Biting Point, will be published by Speechbubble Books later in 2010.


Sopian, Rusyan is a 90s pop music specialist, kyokushin karate student, and writer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is his first poem.


Spring, Michael was educated at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but lives and works in London now, where he helps to run a small design and marketing company. He has had work published in small press titles in the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada and has great hopes for his (so far, unpublished) novel, Northern Soul


Wong, Nicholas Y.B.  is a creative writer based in Hong Kong. He has recently won the Oblongata Contest Award and is nominated by Asia Writes for the Best of the Net 2010. His poems and short stories have appeared in The Centrifugal Eye, Asia Writes, Taj Mahal Review, The Medulla Review, Fag/Hag: A Scandalous Chapbook of Fabulously Codependent Poetry, 6S: The Green Bike Stories,, Cha, Qarrtsiluni, Fifty-fifty: New Hong Kong Writing, edited by Xu Xi (2007, Haven Books) and among others. He is currently an MFA Candidate at the City University of Hong Kong.



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