Writer Profiles

listed alphabetically by last name

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Barbara Alfaro

Barbara Alfaro is the award-winning author of Mirror Talk: a Memoir, Theatre Mad – a selection of short comedies, and Catbird, a book of poems. When not writing plays or poems, Barbara spends an inordinate amount of time snuggling with her Maltese named Darby. Visit www.BarbaraAlfaro.net.

Dee Allen

African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California U.S.A. Author of 7 books [Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater, Skeletal Black, Elohi Unitsi and coming in February 2022, Rusty Gallows: Passages Against Hate and Plans] and 43 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far.

John Carew

John Carew is from Lough Gur Co Limerick Ireland. He is a seanchaí (storyteller), poet, actor, and a tour guide for Lough Gur, magical and mystical Lough Gur, home of the soíga (fairies). Carew’s work has been published in Ireland, England, America, South Africa, India, and Serbia. His first collection of poetry and short stories “Through The Mist Of Time” was published by Revival Press. Carew is also an award-winning storyteller, including winning the gold medal at the Fleadh Cheol na Luimneagh for three consecutive years.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Maid Čorbić

Maid Čorbić from Tuzla, 21 years old. In his spare time, he writes poetry repeatedly praised as well as rewarded. He also selflessly helps others around him and he is moderator of the World Literature Forum WLFPH (World Literature Forum Peace and Humanity) advocating humanity and peace in the world and in Bhutan. He is also the editor of the First Virtual Art portal led by Dijana Uherek Stevanovic, and the selector of the competition at a page of the same name that aims to bring together all poets around the world.

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Buddy Matt Coughlin

Born on a Friday night in New Jersey, USA. Kidnapped by my mother at six to hide out in a small town in eastern South Dakota. I found a new stepfather, well-to-do with restaurants all around. He was a gambler and soon Mom had to work for the competition across Main Street. From the split-level above the Sears catalog store we landed in a one-room shack near the edge of town. We couldn’t even get a trailer. Stepdad disappeared and Mom decided it was safe – Back to Jersey City. I learned bass guitar. Played my first bar at the age of fourteen. Glamour!


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Mary Coughlin

I am 76 years old, retired from substitute teaching. I have 5 children (3 living) and 6 grandchildren. I lived most of my life on Long Island, NY but have resettled in Westchester County, NY for the past 18 years. I enjoy seeing live music, dancing, reading, writing, cooking, and interior design. Also visiting thrift and consignment shops. I sing in our church choir and am the roadie for my husband who is a fabulous singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is very encouraging when it comes to my pursuit of writing.

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Andrew Crellin

Raised in the shadows of the Eastern United States’ “Get them before they get YOU” ontology, Andrew has flourished, feeling himself superior to most in his limited scope. Versed in fanfiction, wildlife rhetoric, and women’s studies, he continues to learn that communication through well-timed and articulate verse can open any door, close many a window, and keep one from being eaten by wild animals. Andrew’s interests include philosophy, psychology and homosapien engineering while reading many novels within those genres. He writes his best while sipping a Belgian Quad, a Sour Flemish Ale, or cheap bourbon.

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Subrata Das

Subrata Das is working on a novel, titled, Journey of a Freedom Fighter. Born in India, he has written poems and short stories in both English and Bengali. He has directed and acted in Bengali plays, staged live in New York and Las Vegas. A retired computer scientist of the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, he has published extensively and holds many patents in the field of computer speech recognition. He and his wife enjoy visiting the families of their two children and four grandchildren.

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Joseph A Farina

Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. An award winning poet. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Ascent, Subterranean  Blue and in The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue, and appears in the anthology Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, in the anthology Witness from Serengeti Press and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. He has had poems published in the U.S. magazines Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, Philadelphia Poets and Memoir (and) as well as in Silver Birch Press “Me, at Seventeen” Series. He has had two books of poetry published—The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street.

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J.P.J. Fox

J.P.J. Fox writes to appease ideas cluttering his alter ego’s mind. Raised in New England, he then moved to Westchester County, New York, but writes from imaginary places. As an introverted Scorpio and veteran middle child, he knows he’s not easy to live with, so writing alone suits him fine. He finds people to be far more fascinating than their social media.

Shaswata Gangopadhyay

One of the prominent faces of contemporary Bengali poetry, Shaswata started writing in the mid-90s. Born and brought up at Kolkata, he has participated in several different international poetry festivals of Europe and both North and Latin America. His poems are all-time publishing in all six continents through translations in 7–8 languages. His book of Poems: Inhabitant of Pluto Planet (2001), Offspring of Monster (2009), Holes of Red Crabs (2015), and Rhododendron Cafe (2021). His ‘Selected Love Poems’ have been published very recently from Cairo, Egypt. He has also been invited to read his poems in both UK and USA Book Fair, organized virtually this year.

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Janet Garber

Janet Garber is the author of the award-winning satiric novel Dream Job, Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager. When she’s not writing, she’s walking the trails of the lower Hudson Valley, heading off to hear live blues and folk music, teaching her two rescue cats the right way to play. She welcomes visitors to www.janetgarber.com.

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Norbert Góra

Norbert Góra is a 31 year old poet and writer from Poland. He is the author of more than 100 poems which have been published in poetry anthologies in USA, UK, India, Nigeria, Kenya and Australia.

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John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Hollins Critic. Latest books, Leaves On Pages and Memory Outside The Head, are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Lana Turner and International Poetry Review.

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Lisa O’Neil Guerci

Her longest love affair has been with words. Language, creativity, and self-expression are cardinal points on her compass, while authenticity is her True North. To everything, she applies a poetic lens. She believes in the magic of imagination to transport, transform, and create. Lisa resides in New York with her parakeets, Anam and Cara, and twin Hemingway cats:  Ava and Amelie. A proud mom to two successful adult children and besotted Gigi of two young grandsons, Lisa has worn many hats throughout her extremely non-linear and unconventional life. “Poet” fits best.

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Sheldon Hanner

Shelly Hanner is an autodidact of sorts. During his long life, he has been a government employee, mentor, teacher, and stand-up comedian. He is a collector of fossil fish, framed insects and bats, baseball jerseys, history books, and coins. A lover of the outdoors, he tries to reach his goal of 12k steps daily. He is a happy guy who counts his blessings every day.

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Christina Hoag

Christina Hoag is the author of novels Girl on the Brink and Skin of Tattoos (Onward Press) and forthcoming novella Law of the Jungle (Better than Starbucks Press). Her short stories and essays have been published in literary reviews including the San Antonio Review, Shooter, and the Santa Barbara Literary Journal. A former journalist for the Miami Herald and Associated Press and Latin America foreign correspondent, she recently won prizes for essay and fiction in the International Human Rights Arts Festival Literary Awards and the Soul-Making Keats Writing Competition.

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Mark Jabaut

Mark Jabaut is a playwright and author who lives in Webster NY with his wife Nancy and two dogs. His plays have appeared on stage from Florida to Massachusetts. Mark’s fiction has been published in a local Rochester magazine, POST, as well as Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal, Ozone Park Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, SPANK the CARP, Uproar, Corvus Review, Arzono Publishing’s 2021 Annual anthology, and Defenestration.
Visit www.markjabaut.com.

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margie marek

margie marek (marGmarek)’s biology is an unsolved mystery. She’s a knot-doctor, NOT a licensed medical practitioner, therefore doesn’t prescribe following her footsteps. At age eight, she ate a grape out of her grandma’s deceptively tempting fruit display. Her future-self so thoroughly comprehends wax and plastic digestion and has evolved into a one-woman recycling machine. She aims to up-scale her process, ultimately implementing a global effort to the same end. As self-healing as the Terminator, marGmarek and her puppy Hiro skate through life unscathed. She writes reality-fiction, alternate-reality non-fiction, and poetry; using ridiculously big words while surgically altering otHers to suit herself.

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LaVern Spencer McCarthy

LaVern Spencer McCarthy has written and published five books of poetry and four books of short stories. She has been published in From the Shadows, a short story anthology edited by Amanda Steele, Anthology Of Short Stories by Fenechty Publishing, and many others. Her poems have appeared in numerous state anthologies, and she has won over five hundred awards for her writing. She is a life member of Poetry Society Of Texas. She resides in Blair, Oklahoma.

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Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Four Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press publications have accepted her work.  She has four “Best of the Net” nominations and her latest titles are The Muse in Miniature and Love Poems for Michael, both available on Amazon.com.

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Bruce McRae

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with poems published in hundreds of magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press); An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy; (Cawing Crow Press) and Like As If (Pski’s Porch) and Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).

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Arik Mitra

Arik Mitra lives in Kolkata, India. An IT professional, he has been writing for about two years now. He writes mainly short stories and poetry in English and Bengali (mother tongue). His work has been published by Clarendon House Publications, Red Penguin Books, Dyst Journal and more.

P. Muralidharan

Poet, thinker, fiction writer and reviewer, P. Muralidharan’s collection of short stories, Draupadi’s only partner, was published in 2021 and his novel, Boomerang, is ready for publication. He is currently in the panel of judges for an ongoing interactive novel contest. Several of his short stories have been included in anthologies. He is an active member of many global literary societies, and a poetry/book reviewer. Poems so far selected and published by globalpoemic.wordpress.com, otherwiseengagedjournal.com, formerpeople.wordpress.com, ekcentrica.com, subterraneanbluepoetry.com, The Mocking Owl Roost, and thewritersandreadersmagazine.com. He has translated two books including Shashi Tharoor’s Why I am Hindu into Tamil. His blogs on poetry reviews stand out.

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Richard Natale

Los Angeles based writer and journalist Richard Natale’s short stories have appeared in such literary journals as Chelsea Station Magazine, Otherwise Engaged, The MCB Quarterly, Gertrude Press, and the anthologies Our Happy Hours, Love is Love and Off the Rocks. His most recent novel, Pigeon, was published in 2020. Other novels include Cafe Eisenhower, Love on the Jersey Shore and The Rushes, the novella Junior Willis, the YA fantasy novel The Golden City of Doubloon and the short-story compilation, Island Fever.

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Dave Patton

     Thirty years in the Fire service, and was also a union official, which involved writing letters, pamphlets. Travel all over the UK and abroad and took to writing short stories while travelling, waiting, travelling and more waiting.
     Was chatting to an old friend who introduced me to the good people over at the Rum Shack in Glasgow where they did a monthly performance…plays, monologues etc. and after having a few of my pieces performed and meeting up online with the amazing Vivian Lermond, she prodded, cajoled, and bullied me into sending stuff off to various other venues.
     And so, now I’m here, in Michigan writing short plays and monologues mostly.

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Niles Reddick

Niles Reddick is author of a novel, two collections, and a novella. His work has been featured in nineteen anthologies, twenty-one countries, and in over four hundred publications including The Saturday Evening Post, PIF, BlazeVox, New Reader Magazine, Citron Review, and The Boston Literary Magazine.

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Thea Schiller

Thea Schiller, a New York poet and psychotherapist facilitates a poetry workshop at the Somers Library in Somers, New York and practices psychotherapy in Connecticut. Her poem, “Sarah,” was the Orchard Poetry Prize winner in Furrow, University of Wisconsin.  Recently, she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her poems have appeared in The San Diego Annual Poetry Review 2017-2018, Edify Fiction, The Ravens Perch, 4th & Sycamore, Hevria, Lucent Dreaming, and The Tenth Muse as well as numerous other literary journals.

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Katharine Schulz

Katharine Schulz is indescribable: stunning, talented, breathtaking, exquisite, completely unique, and most of all modest. Katharine is a friend to all vermin, as she was one in a previous life. She’s deeply interesting and complex, however she’s handicapped by the fact that she cannot stop breaking the first rule of F**** C***. She would like to point fingers at her 2nd grade teacher for allowing her to write 50 poems in one day instead of doing school work, and thank Martin Scorsese for casting Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets.

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Gabriel Sebastian, Futurist

Capricious vagabond, time-displaced Viking. Gabriel Sebastian has been pretending to write verse and doggerel since Nixon met Mao. Dubious credentials will not be bill-boarded here. Chronic sufferer of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) – political and cultural variant. Suffice it to say, Sebastian’s endeavors include surrealist poetry and contemporary fictions.

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Daniel Tarker

Daniel Tarker is a Seattle based writer and educator. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Oregon State University. His plays have been produced by 14/48, Pacific Play Company, Seattle Playwrights Collective, Actors Theatre Santa Cruz, The Western Stage, Phoenix Theatre, and Spokane Radio Theatre. He has also published his research on leadership in multiple academic publications. You can find more at his website danieltarker.com.

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Judy Voss

Raised in Illinois, Judy attended several universities in Colorado and the Chicago suburbs earning her bachelor’s degree in communications. Early work included commercial writing and marketing communications. She moved to New York in the late 80s where her last job was a director of professional development in the public relations field. Now retired, she focuses on short story fiction. She likes to include humor, sarcasm and farce in many stories but occasionally spends time on more serious topics. Outside interests include gardening, gardening and more gardening.

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Patricia Walkow

Patricia Walkow is an award-winning author of short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. She is the author of The War Within, the Story of Josef, a national and international award-winning biography. She belongs to several writers’ organizations and is a founding member of the Corrales Writing Group. Her work appears regularly in print and online formats. She is both editor and contributor to many anthologies, including the most current: Kale is a Four-Letter Word and New Mexico Remembers 9/11. Co-authored with another writer, Lake Fortuna is a murder/romance story set in New Mexico and scheduled for publication in 2022.

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Westchester County, NY

Patricia Young

Patricia’s passion for writing blossomed during a writing retreat in Montana, far from home, where she was encouraged to write outside of her comfort zone. This newly found confidence led to her first published article in Backroads motorcycle touring magazine and two poems chosen for the book Visions: An Anthology of Ekphrastic Poetry. Presently she is working toward publication of her debut crime thriller novel. She credits her family, friends and beloved, diverse, and talented writing circle for their patience, humor, and unwavering support.



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