Aashish Thakur was born in a small town in India and now works in Mumbai, Maharashtra as an engineer. He writes in both Hindi and English about love, oneness and longing to define his existence in “an absurd world.” He writes, “I was stalked by poetry and kept avoiding her and she kept chasing me. After a long struggle and many fights I surrendered.”
In August 2015 Alan Britt was invited 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. 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. He has published 15 books of poetry, his latest being Violin Smoke (Translated into Hungarian by Paul Sohar and published in Romania: 2015). He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.
Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania, raised in Alabama and reared by the ghost of Hannah Arendt. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her partner and three small people. Her writing has been published by NewerYork, Jersey Devil Press, Mulberry Fork Review, and Negative Capability Press, among others. Alina “aims for a clean ontology”. Find more of her poems here.
Amit Parmessur, from Mauritius, once hated poetry; since that time he has been published in over 140 literary journals, including The Camel Saloon, The Scarlet Sound, Negative Suck, Red Fez and Eunoia Revieware. He has also published a book entitled Lord Shiva & Other Poems.
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Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. Research subjects include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars and the preservation of rare, endangered languages in South Asia. He has published more than 100 poems worldwide in a variety of periodicals and anthologies. Recently his poem “Mother” was published as a prologue to Motherhood and War: International Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan Press: 2014.
After a profound accident and near death experience, Ana Ram Callan’s ground of being was shattered and, through the cracks, Indian mystic Ramana Maharshi flew into her heart. Apart from Ramana, her passions include poetry, silence, and swimming. Her latest book of poems is entitled The Boy Who Would Be Sage – a chronicle of Ramana’s life. Originally from Ireland, Ana now lives in Mt. Shasta, California. More here.
Ananya S. Guha’s poems have been published world-wide and also appear in several anthologies. He has six collections of poetry and one more is forthcoming. Ananya works in the Indira Gandhi National Open University as its Regional Director in Jorhat Assam. He also writes on educational matters, is a columnist and writes book reviews for newspapers.
Arunansu Banerjee from Calcutta, West Bengal, India, has presented his poetry in journals such as thanal online, Kritya and The Peregrine Muse. Arunsansu is a teacher by profession, with a degree in physics and a specialty in softwares. His primary love is listening to Indian classical music. He blogs here.
Changming Yuan, an eight-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China, holds a PhD in English, and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan and operates PP Press. Since mid-2005, Changming’s poetry has appeared in 839 literary publications across 28 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine and Threepenny Review.
Christopher Mulrooney lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA. His poems and translations have been published in Ezra, New Translations, Pusteblune, Tulane Review, Pacific Review, The Los Angeles Review, Orbis, Kaffeeklatsch and Weyfarers.
Poet and writer Daipayan Nair was born in1988 in Silchar in Assam, India. His poems have been published in many international and national magazines and anthologies. His recently published poetry collection, The Frost, has received many positive reviews. Daipayan has also invented a new poetry form called ‘The Tideling’ and is admin of a few active creative writing groups on social media platforms.
David Evans was awakened to the power of poetry by a “tough guy” high school English teacher who had an eye gored out in a college football game. Mr. Rice made it clear that poetry was for tough guys too. David’s later experiences as a US Marine warrior confirms that. He says, “Poetry nurtures the wounded soul”. As a member of Veterans For Peace, David spends much of life working to educate others about the game of Empire, and the unacceptable human cost of war. He says he “resides on land stolen from Native Americans, just north of Vancouver Washington.”
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Dawn Zapletal was born in Illinois, USA and moved to California in 1945. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such publications as Bellowing Ark, Fox Cry, Snake River, Mariposa, Riverrun, Skylark, Le Colibri (France), The Sussex Review (England) and Kookaburra (Australia). Dawn loves caring for her flower and fruit gardens, long walks and nature, reading, and doing community volunteer work.
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Dimitris P. Kraniotis is an award-winning Greek poet, born in 1966 in Stomio (Larissa) and lives in Larissa in central Greece. He has authored 7 poetry books: “Traces” (Greece 1985), “Clay Faces” (Greece 1992), “Fictitious Line” (Greece 2005), “Dunes” (Romania 2007), “Endogram” (Greece 2010), “Edda” (Romania 2010) and “Illusions” (Romania 2010). His poems have been translated into 25 languages and published in many countries worldwide. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international anthology in English “World Poetry 2011” (205 poets from 65 countries).
Dimitris is a Medical Doctor as well, with a specialty in Internal Medicine.
Fide Korkmazer is a Turkish poet, born in Bursa where she lives and works as an English teacher. “Poetry is the meaning of my life…I write my poems in my native language and in English, the international language I love.” Fide’s poems, inspired by nature, have been published in many magazines and on Internet sites such as thanal online and flora riviera.
Indunil Madhusankha is currently studying for a BSc Special Degree in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also successfully pursues a career in the field of English language and literature as a budding researcher, reviewer, poet and content writer, exploring miscellaneous complications of human existence through his poetry by focusing on searing issues in contemporary society. Indunil’s poems have been featured in many international anthologies, magazines and journals.
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The work of Norwegian poet Jan Oskar Hansen appears in many anthologies and magazines worldwide. Many of his books are available on amazon.com. Jan, a former merchant seaman, lives in Portugal. A web search will bring you to many more of his poems and reviews of his work.
Keith Holyoak was raised on a dairy farm in British Columbia, Canada. He has published a volume of translations from classical Chinese poetry, Facing the Moon: Poems of Li Bai and Du Fu (Oyster River Press, 2007), as well as two volumes of original poetry, My Minotaur: Selected Poems 1998–2006 (2010), and Foreigner: New English Poems in Chinese Old Style (2012), both from Dos Madres Press. Keith is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
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Koon Woon, born in China, now lives in Seattle, Washington, USA where he studies philosophy through the University of London. His most recent solo collection, Water Chasing Water, published by Kaya Press (2013), is available through D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers). The Truth in Rented Rooms is available at amazon.com. His website: Chrysanthemum Literary Society. Also see Goldfish Press.
A Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella from Nha Trang, Vietnam has diverse poetry and fiction published and forthcoming in over 170 journals, including a chapbook with Crisis Chronicles Press (Spring 2016), Abyss & Apex, Chiron Review, Coe Review, Columbia Journal, Foundling Review, Fourth & Sycamore, Harbinger Asylum, Galway Review, Literary Orphans, Lost Coast Review, Pinyon Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Quarterly, Roanoke Review, William Jessup University, and elsewhere.
Laurence Overmire is an internationally published poet as well as an actor, educator, and genealogist. He’s an advocate for peace, justice, human and animal rights and the environment. His latest book, featured at The One Idea That Saves the World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action, aims to inspire people all over the globe to come together and take a stand for planet Earth. Laurence has lived in many places in the U.S. and now calls Oregon home. Find some of his publications here.
Lisa Zaran is an American poet, essayist and the author of seven collections including If It We, The Blondes Lay Content and the sometimes girl, the latter of which was the focus of a year-long translation course in Germany. Selections from her other books have been translated into Bangla, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese and Greek. She is founder and editor of Contemporary American Voices, an online journal of poetry.
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Lutfa Hanum Salima Begum is a noted Assamese poet with six collections of poetry to her credit; she was awarded the Munin Borkotoky award for her second collection. Her poems have been translated into major Indian languages and into English, Uzbek and French. She has attended several national poetry festivals and participated in the SAARC Festival of Literature. Lutfa is currently an Associate Professor in the Assamese department of Cotton College, Guwahati, Assam, India.
michael h. brownstein
Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, The Peregrine Muse, Poetry Super Highway and many others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks. He is also the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011). For more bio details, and more poems, please visit The Peregrine Muse.
Mira Prabhu writes poetry to express “intense emotional reactions” to living. She is also a brilliant novelist and short story writer. Whip of the Wild God, on Amazon, evolved over two decades. Two other novels are in the works and a collection of short stories. Mira makes her home in the sacred shadow of Arunachala, the ancient hill of fire considered by millions of Hindus to be Shiva incarnate. Here she lives simply, focusing on her spiritual and creative work.
Nandini Sahu is an Associate Professor of English at IGNOU, New Delhi, India. She is a poet, writer and literary critic, the author/editor of eight books and more than thirty research papers published in India, Pakistan, the U.S. and U.K. She is a double gold medalist in English literature and winner of the All India Poetry Contest and Shiksha Rattan Purashkar. Her work includes her role as Chief Editor of the bi-annual refereed, Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Language (IJLL). For more information, please visit her blog.
Neil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published more than 1,250 poems, most of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, in print and online journals, anthologies and twelve chapbooks throughout the world. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for ‘Best of the Net’. His latest chapbook, Mind Over Matta (Flutter Press, 2015), is based on the work of the Chilean abstract-surrealist, Roberto Matta Echaurren.
Niall O’Connor was born and raised in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland and spent much of his childhood in Roscommon, a landscape that still populates many of his poems. Widely published, he is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee and was longlisted in the Desmond O’Grady 2013 Poetry Competition. His collection, Change in the Wind was published in 2013.
Nigel Burwood, British, lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA and in London and Norfolk part of the year. When he isn’t writing poetry, he sells books on the Internet, travels, attends auctions and plays golf. His favorite poets are Baudelaire, Eliot, Borges, Nabokov and Meades.
Nivedita Dey’s work has been widely published nationally and internationally. In 2006 she won the Best Student Paper Award in Katha Asia International Utsav, Delhi, competing with students from all over Asia. She now holds a post graduate degree from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India and is a full-time poet. Her philosophy is one of Hope and Humanism that seeks to transcend, not deny, the postmodern gloom of stark Realism and she intends to make a positive difference through her writings. More of her poems may be read at Larkspur Lane.
Pris Campbell lives in the Greater West Palm Beach area of Florida. She has published seven chapbooks and books in the Small Press. Her last book, Shadows Trail Them Home, a collaboration, was published by Clemson University Digital Press. Her poetry has also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Hit by ME/CFS in 1990, she leads a quiet life but reminds herself constantly that the turtle won the race.
Rae Evans-Pater lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she was born and works as an adult literacy tutor. Her poetry (also appearing under Rae Pater) has been widely published online and in print, winning many honors and awards. She notes: “Writing poetry, to me, is like tapping directly into my subconscious and writing the contents down. Reading someone else’s poetry, I think, is as close as you can get to being inside someone else’s head.”
Rati Saxena is a Hindi poet and Sanskrit scholar residing in Trivendrum, Kerala, India. Her poetry and prose are published extensively and she is well-known for her Malayalan translations as well. Rati edits and publishes KRITYA, an online bilingual (Hindi and English) poetry journal that also represents a world-wide literary movement.
Richard L. Provencher, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, believes poetry is a global adventure in a land without borders. His work appears in print and online in a variety of periodicals: Tower Poetry, Ottawa Arts Review, Windsor Review, Paragon 111, The Foliate Oak, Parenting Express, In Touch, Pittsburgh Quarterly and many others. Richard and his wife live in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Roshan Doug teaches at Birmingham University (UK). He is also an arts/cultural critic, freelance journalist and former Birmingham Poet Laureate. He has had a number of commissions from a wide range of organizations including The Indian High Commission, London, BBC Broadcasting House, USA Embassy, London, the National Gallery, London, and Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s 75th birthday (2001). Two recent poetry collections have been published by Birmingham University (they still have a few copies in stock). These are The Delicate Falling of a God (2003), a series of elegies about the terrorist attacks on the US on 9/11, and What Light is Light… (2012), a collection of love poems. You will also find Roshan’s poetry at The Peregrine Muse.
Sandeep Kalathimekkad has published two poetry collections, Sheer Echoes of Time (2006) and Complaints of a Selfish Soul (2010), as well as poems online. He is currently working as a researcher at the University of Ghent, Belgium on guiding light in foils with sensor applications. He is also passionate about music, and has studied Indian classical, Carnatic style, and Kathakali music for several years, performing in many concerts and in universities.
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa where there are links to his published poetry and fiction. He is a ‘Best of the Net’ nominee whose words have appeared in over 150 publications, including Yellow Chair Review, The First Line, Harbinger Asylum, and Cavalcade of Stars. Scott’s chapbook Songs of a Dissident was published through Transcendent Zero Press and is available now on Amazon.
Sergio Ortiz is a retired educator, poet, painter and photographer living in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Flutter Press released his debut chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk, in October 2009. Ronin Press released his second chapbook, topography of a desire, in May 2010. He is a three-time nominee for the 2010 and 2011 Sundress Best of the Web Anthology and a 2010 Pushcart nominee.
Shimanta Bhattacharyya, a freelance writer based in Tangla, India, was born and brought up in the town of Shillong in the north-east. He has been writing poems since his school days and has published one collection entitled The Diviner. Shimanta has a Masters degree in English Literature from the North Eastern Hill University, (N.E.H.U), Shillong.
Steve Klepetar teaches literature and creative writing at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota. His work has appeared widely, most recently in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Red River Review, and Thunder Sandwich. Klepetar’s poetry has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Flutter Press recently published two chapbooks: My Father Teaches Me a Magic Word and My Father Had Another Eye.
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Strider Marcus Jones is a poet, law graduate and ex civil servant from Salford, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry listed here reveal a maverick, moving between forests, mountains, cities and coasts playing his saxophone and clarinet in warm solitude. More about this poet here.
Sudeep Adhikari, from Kathmandu Nepal, considers poetry to be an impersonal act, largely deriving its content from unconscious psychic undergrounds. He is a PhD in structural engineering and is currently working in Nepal as a Structural-Consultant/Part-Time Lecturer. His works have recently been featured in Verse-Virtual, Arlington Literary Journal, Zombie Logic Review, DEAD SNAKES and UFO Gigolo.
Mumbai-based Sunil Sharma, a college principal, is also a widely-published Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist and fiction writer. He has published 14 books to date: four collections of poetry, two of short fiction, one novel, one critical study of the novel and has co-edited six anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism. His six short stories and novel Minotaur were recently prescribed for undergraduate classes under Post-colonial Studies at Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012. Recently his poems were published in the UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree.
üzeyir lokman çayci
Üzeyir Lokman Çayci was born and raised in Bor, Turkey. He has a degree in interior architecture and industrial design from the School of Applied Industrial Art in the National Academy of Fine Art. His artwork has won prizes in many competitions. While working in the field of industrial design, Üzeyir has widely published poems, short stories and novels. He currently works in France, where he lives with his wife Neziha. Yakup Yurt is his official translator.
Virginie Colline lives and writes in Paris. Her poems have appeared in Frogpond, Prune Juice, Frostwriting, Prick of the Spindle, Indian Review, Overpass Books, BRICKrhetoric, The Bangalore Review, Dagda Publishing, Silver Birch Press and StepAway Magazine, among others. An online name search will take you to more poems.
Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and came to the USA in 1986. Her many publications include The Last Communist Virgin (stories, 2007) from Coffee House, New Generation and Poetry from China Today (1999) from Hanging Loose Press. Her study, Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (2000, University of Minnesota Press, 2002 paperback by Random House) won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities. Wang has won international acclaim and many awards for her poetry, short stories and novels, as well as for multi-media exhibitions and many other creative and educational projects. More here.
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Warda Al Barbar is the literary name of the Algerian poet and writer Warda Atroun. She is 25 years old and works as a teacher of foreign languages. Warda is also a script writer and translator for World Pictures Australia. She writes and translates in English, French, Arabic, Kayble and Spanish and has authored a poetry collection in Arabic, Lady between the sun and the moon (2013), edited and published by Al Adeeb Editions. Interview, December 13, 2014.
William Michaelian is an American writer, artist, and poet. His work appears regularly on his blog, Recently Banned Literature, and is widely published online elsewhere and in hard copy. His stories and poems have been translated into Armenian, published in Armenia’s leading anthologies and literary periodicals, and read on Armenian National Radio. A complete list of publications can be found on his website.
Poet-writer, artist Yeşim Ağaoğlu was born and lives in Istanbul. She studied at the University of Istanbul, Department of Archaeology and Art History, and has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Istanbul. Her poems have been published in many literary journals. Seven poetry books have been published in Turkey; two more have been published in Azerbaijan and her most recent collection, dressed in time, is being published in January, 2016 in New York, USA. Extended CV
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