Writer Profiles A–C


Writer Profiles listed alphabetically by last name

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Angela Acosta

Angela Acosta is a bilingual Latina poet and Ph.D. Candidate in Iberian Studies at The Ohio State University. She was recently nominated for Best of the Net and she is a 2022 Dream Foundry Contest for Emerging Writers finalist. Her speculative poetry has or will appear in On Spec, Eye to the Telescope, Radon Journal, MacroMacroCosm, and Shoreline of Infinity. She is author of Summoning Space Travelers (Hiraeth Books, 2023).

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Catherine Alexander

Catherine Alexander, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, is the author of DOGS DON’T COOK, published in November 2021. Her stories have appeared in 49 literary journals, including North Atlantic Review, Rosebud (two successive issues), Bryant Literary Review, Rockhurst Review and won “Jurors’ Choice” in Spindrift. She has taught fiction and memoir at the University of Washington, Edmonds Community College, Seattle Public Library, writing conferences, senior centers and to homeless groups. She now leads a private class. Living in Seattle, Washington, with her two dogs and cat, she has completed a novelette and a short-story collection.

Barbara Alfaro

Poet and playwright Barbara Alfaro is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting and winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Memoir for Mirror Talk. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Poet Lore, Variant Literature and Voices de la Luna. Her poetry collection Catbird is published by Finishing Line Press. Barbara’s plays have been produced by PlayZoomers, the Equity Library Theater of New York and small professional theatre companies. She shares her days with a sweet 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.


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R. A. Allen

R. A. Allen’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Quarterly, RHINO, Alba, The Penn Review, B O D Y, The Los Angeles Review, Cloudbank, The Hollins Critic, and many other journals and anthologies. He has nominations for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the net 2020. His fiction has been published in The Literary Review, The Barcelona Review, PANK, and Best American Mystery Stories 2010, among others. He lives in Memphis, a city of light and sound.


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Jeanne Althouse

Stories by Jeanne Althouse have been published in numerous literary journals, two chapbooks, and twice nominated for a Pushcart. Her story collection, BIG Secrets Everywhere, will be available from Big Table Publishing in November 2023. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her favorite husband and snow tigers Sacha and Zara.

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Maureen Mancini Amaturo

Maureen Mancini Amaturo, NY-based fashion/beauty writer with an MFA in Creative Writing, teaches writing, leads Sound Shore Writers Group, which she founded in 2007, and produces literary and gallery events. Her fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and comedy are widely published. Maureen was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and TDS Creative Fiction Award and was awarded Honorable Mention and Certificate of Excellence in poetry from Havik Literary Journal. Her work was shortlisted by Reedsy and by Flash Fiction Magazine for their Editor’s Choice Award. A handwriting analyst diagnosed her with an overdeveloped imagination. She’s working to live up to that.

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C. J. Anderson-Wu

C. J. Anderson-Wu is a Taiwanese writer. In 2017 she published Impossible to Swallow—A Collection of Short Stories About The White Terror in Taiwan and in 2021 The Surveillance—Tales of White Terror in Taiwan. Based on true characters and real incidents, her works look into the political oppression in Taiwanese society during the period of Martial Law (1949-1987), and the traumas resulting from the state’s brutal violation of human rights. Currently she is working on her third book Endangered Youth—To Hong Kong. C. J. Anderson-Wu’s works can be found in a variety of journals all over the world.

Roly Andrews

Roly Andrews lives in Nelson, NZ; he enjoys tramping and the outdoors. After many years of practicing, he is still trying to learn to play the trombone! A champion for everyone, he has mentored rough sleepers and supported people affected by suicide. He advocates for the rights of people living with disabilities.

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Alice Archer

Alice Archer lives in Gainesville, Florida with seven rescued cats, a variety of reptiles, and approximately three thousand books. She is neurodivergent, self-educated, and self-employed. Although she has been writing her entire life, she only recently began sharing her work. Her first published story appears in Issue No. 2 (April 2023) of Dark Yonder and another is forthcoming in the Summer 2023 issue of Streetlight Magazine.

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William Baker

    William Baker’s short fiction is published a number of times since 2013. He thrives and lives a positive and purposeful life in Yeshua in Indiana. He maintains an author website with publication links at www.sylbun.com and can be contacted at: williambakerauthor@gmx.com.
    He is currently working on numerous short stories, a stage play and a novel. He is an amateur photographer, an actor in community theater and has a large family.

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Dennis J Bernstein

Dennis J Bernstein is an award-winning poet. His previous volume, Five Oceans in a Teaspoon, won the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal Award for Poetry and the 2020 Best Book Award for Poetry by the American Bookfest.Bernstein’s previous collection, Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, won the 2012 Artists Embassy International Literary Cultural Award. His artists’ books/plays French Fries and GRRRHHHH: a study of social patterns, co-authored with Warren Lehrer, are considered seminal works in the genre, and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Centre.

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Susan Bloch

Susan Bloch is the author of Travels with My Grief, a memoir. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of publications including The Forward, Entropy, The Citron Review, STORGY, Pif Magazine, and HuffPost, as well as receiving a notable mention in Best American Essays 2017 and placing in the Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards. A lifelong traveler, she lived in South Africa, New York, Tel Aviv, London, and Mumbai before alighting in Seattle.


Janice Boland

Janice Boland is an award-winning children’s book author and former Editorial and Art Director of Children’s Books at Richard C. Owen Publishers. She was an Adjunct Professor at Western Connecticut State University, and taught writing courses at Manhattanville College, Vassar, Continuing ED and Lifelong Learning Programs. Though she now focuses on writing flash fiction, short stories, and Haiku, she is also an artist of fine art oils, etchings, Chinese Brush Painting, and illustrations. Her work hangs in private collections, and in the Trailside Museum and the Katonah Village Library children’s room. Her dry point of a rabbit received the Westchester County Beaux Art Award.

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Mimi Bordeaux

     Brought up in Kent, England, Mimi was swiped away from her family when her parents split up, leaving her bereft for years to come. Her only solace was to write about it and see what the consequences were to be.
     Alas, now a happy and settled Mimi Bordeaux is a published writer for websites, writing primarily for Medium.com as a means for getting it out there.
     She lives in Melbourne Australia and likes smoking and coffee. She doesn’t like alcohol and loves punk music.

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United States

Veronica Brown

Veronica Brown (she/her) is an upcoming author and playwright who lives in the extremely warm central Florida. In her spare time, she writes obsessively between her 9th grade schoolwork and making obscure references. An avid reader, enjoying authors like Rainbow Rowell and Casey McQuiston, she strives to write the type of stories, books, and plays that she would want to read herself. Outside interests include drawing, watching movies with her family, and debate competitions.

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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W Roger Carlisle

W Roger Carlisle is a 75-year-old, semi-retired physician. He currently volunteers and works in a free medical clinic for patients living in poverty. He is on a journey of returning home to better understand himself through poetry. He hopes he is becoming more humble in the process.

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Steve Carr

Steve Carr, from Richmond, Virginia, has had over 600 short stories – new and reprints – published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals, reviews and anthologies since June, 2016. He has had seven collections of his short stories published. A Map of Humanity, his eighth collection, published by Hear Our Voice LLC Publishers came out in January, 2022. His paranormal/horror novel Redbird was released in November, 2019. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice.

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William Cass

William Cass has had over 275 short stories appear in a variety of literary magazines such as december, Briar Cliff Review, and Zone 3. He was a finalist in short fiction and novella competitions at Glimmer Train and Black Hill Press, and won writing contests at Terrain.org and The Examined Life Journal. He has received one Best Small Fictions and three Pushcart nominations, and his short story collection, Something Like Hope & Other Stories, was recently released by Wising Up Press. He lives in San Diego, California.

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Bidisha Chakraborty

Bidisha Chakraborty is a post graduate student in English Language and Literature from University of Calcutta, former intern as an Academic Researcher at Y.E.S Intercultural, Michigan (2020). She is currently pursuing her B.Ed degree, a pedagogic research course from Adamas University, Calcutta. Her area of interests prevails in creative writing, and she is a poet by passion. Bidisha aspires to pursue her doctoral research on Romantic Literature in her future endeavors.

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Matt Chalmers

Matt has lived in Portland, Oregon for almost 25 years, often seeking out cozy coffee shops, big trees, quiet trails, and wide open vistas. He comes from an outdoor education background, and soon thereafter migrated to teaching middle school writing, attempting to open his students’ eyes to the value and power of their stories. Poetry is commonly incorporated into his work, and he is not shy about sneaking in anecdotes about life experiences along the way. Dark chocolate and sunrises, wildflowers and birds, granite spires and steep, snowy mountains often inspire him to write.

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James Cochran

James Cochran is a proudly Appalachian writer, transplanted from the soil of Southeastern Ohio to the hilly streets of Charleston, West Virginia. He embraces the practice of mindfulness through writing, and writing through mindfulness, and enjoys listening to the neighbor’s wind chimes. His work has appeared in Change 7, Poetry Superhighway, West Virginiaville, and the anthology I thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices. Additional work can be found on his blog Oak Crow Sings, creepybabydolls.wordpress.com.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Maid Čorbić

Maid Čorbić from Tuzla, 22 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.

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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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PW Covington

     PW Covington lives two blocks off of Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
     A road-warrior writer in the Beat tradition, he is a multiple Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, and in 2019, his collection North Beach and Other Stories was named a LGBTQ+ Finalist by the International Book Awards. He is a 100% Service connected disabled veteran and a convicted felon.
     His latest collection of poetry, malepoet, is published by Gnashing Teeth Publishing. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

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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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Malcolm Culleton

Malcolm Culleton is a fiction and nonfiction writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. His fiction has appeared in 101 Words. The Roadrunner Review, Floyd County Moonshine, and now confetti. He was nominated for a 2021 AWP Intro. to Journals Prize. He loves trains, dogs, bicycles, baseball, and weird old maps amongst other things. He teaches college writing in Pittsburgh, where he received his MFA from Chatham University in 2023.


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