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Edited by Jim Bennett



Gary Blankenship

A retired federal manager who dabbles in poetry and publishing.  He is CEO of Santiam Publishing and published the online journal, MindFire Renewed and its companion, FireWeed, both at  Gary has been widely published on the web and in a variety of paper publications in the States and abroad.  His day is divided between the cat, poetry forums, and chores.  He published a volume of poetry based on Wang Wei's River Wang poems, A River Transformed, available at  He has two chapbooks out of print – Autumn Reflections and The Garbage Collection – and for Poetry Super Highway produced a chapbook based on the words of George Orwell and George W Bush, By George.  Gary moderates at Wild Poetry forum and for Blueline’s Poem a Day forum. His blog is at

Bob Cooper


Bob Cooper has won 5 pamphlet competitions in 6 years. His full collection, All We Know Is All We See, is avaliable from Arrowhead Press: He lives on Tees-side.


Waiata Dawn Davies


Waiata Dawn Davies is a retired teacher who lives in a fishing crib on the banks of the Waitaki River near Oamaru, New Zealand. She has published two books of poetry and several short stories. When she is not writing she travels.


Patrick Frank 

I am a teacher, counselor, songwriter and poet now living back in the South--Kingstree, South carolina,
USA.  I have been strongly influenced by native American and Taoist philosophy.

Irene Hossack

Irene Hossack was born in Melrose, Scotland but she has spent time living in England and Australia. She writes poetry and short stories and has had work published in journals from the UK, America and Australia since the mid-1990s. She teaches Creative Writing, among other courses, with the Open University.


Sally James


I spend the early part of the morning and late evening writing. Mainly poetry at the moment though have written short stories and have attempted other things too. My writing has kept me going since my husband died. I have been writing since a child. I write poetry about love, loss and nature. I
also write poetry for children and poetry in Lancashire dialect.  I have been published in many small press and eline magazines. Some of my poetry has also been read on local radio. I have been guest poet at various venues within the North West and have an MA in Creative writing from Bolton University.


Catherine  Kanaan


Catherine Sloane Kanaan is an American who lives between England and France.  She read music  at university in the States and later continued her musical studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has always loved poetry but began to write seriously about five years ago. She has three grown children who live in London.


Raud Kennedy


A dog trainer. His poetry chapbook, Glimpses, is available at , and he is currently promoting his new novel, Mad Rabbits. To learn more visit:


Lyn Lifshin 


Just out from Lyn Lifshin: THE LICORICE DAUGHTER: MYYEAR WITH RUFFIAN, Texas Review Press. Also just out: ANOTHER WOMAN WHO LOOKS LIKE ME from Black Sparrow at Godine, selected as the 2007 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize. She has over 120 books & edited 4 anthologies. Her website:  Her last two Black Sparrow books, COLD COMFORT and BEFORE IT’S LIGHT, won Paterson Review Awards. New also: IN MIRRORS,  AN UNFINISHED STORY, THE DAUGHTER I DON’T HAVE, SHE WAS FOUND TREADING WATER. AUGUST WIND, and  AN UNFINISHED JOURNEY. Coming soon: TSUNAMI POEMS and ALL THE POETS(MOSTLY) WHO HAVE TOUCHED ME, LIVING AND DEAD. ALL TRUE, ESPECIALLY THE LIES. She is working on a book about the amazing, beloved Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro.


Lorn Macintyre

Lorn Macintyre, Scottish novelist and poet (at in the Highlands of Scotland, where the Gaelic tradition survives precariously. Interested in the fact that poets will have to confront the changes in the world, physically and psychologically, due to global warming.

Stuart Nunn


Stuart Nunn lives in South Gloucestershire and is a retired college lecturer in linguistics. As well as being a member of the PK List, he belongs to the Cherington Poets and the Cheltenham Poetry Society.
He has been published in Smiths Knoll, Quattrocento, Envoi and South. He recently won the Wyvern Prize in the Wells Festival of Literature International Poetry Competition 


Sherry Pasquarello


Sherry is a 55 year old poet from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.


I've been published in, the Individualist Newsletter, Black Roses, online at, the Amateur Poetry Journal, Alchemy lit. mag, the Writer's Hood and Caught In The Net. a member of the international PK poetry kit list workshop and has been included in the anthology project, dec. 2004 and in national poetry day projects,recently in, Four Volts. UK. and the Picolata review. a list administrator for the PK list.featured poet PK June#20.


I have been writing since the 60's and enjoy many different styles of poetry. i also am an artisan worker in concrete.



Edward Picot


"I was born in 1958 and live in Kent with my wife and daughter. I work full-time in the NHS, but in my spare time I publish hyperliterature and criticism on the World Wide Web. In 1997 the Liverpool University Press published "Outcasts from Eden", a book of literary criticism about landscape poetry and the environmental crisis. In 2000 I ventured online and set up my personal website. In 2003 I launched The Hyperliterature Exchange, a directory and review of hyperliterature. I have published a series of articles about hyperliterature in The PN Review, and another series for the trAce organisation ( Quite a bit of my recent work has been written partly for the benefit of, and partly in collaboration with, my daughter. My most recently-completed full-scale project is a new media adaptation of Wallace Stevens' famous poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."


Rosemary Quinn


Rosemary is a late developer who began to write after taking early retirement from teaching. She writes shorts stories and poetry and has performed and broadcast in Ireland, England and North Carolina. A short film of her poems has been made entitled - ‘SIX’ - using the voices of women from six different countries. This year she was a prizewinner in the PoetryTree competition and came first in the Gasyard Féile poetry slam in Derry Northern Ireland. She lives in Inishowen in the north of Donegal and is a member of Derry Playhouse Writers.


Jonathan Shaw


Jonathan Shaw is an emerging poet -- emerging at the age of sixty from a professional life as an editor of a children's literary magazine.

Ian C Smith


Biog:  ICS lives in Australia with his wife and their four sons.  His work has appeared in Best Australian Poetry, The Dalhousie Review, Descant, Magma, The Malahat Review, and Westerly.  His latest book, Memory Like Hunger, is published by Ginninderra (Canberra).


Laura Solomon


Born in New Zealand in 1974, and has lived in London since 1999. She has an honours degree in English Literature (Victoria University, NZ, 1997) and a Masters degree in Computer Science (University of London, 2003) and currently works as an IT consultant.  She has published two novels in New Zealand with Tandem Press: 'Black Light' (1996) and 'Nothing Lasting' (1997).  Her first play, 'The Dummy Bride', was produced as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, and her second, based on her short story, 'Sprout', was part of the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Short stories published (or scheduled to be published) in the UK include: 'Sprout' (2004 Bridport International Short Story competition anthology), 'The Most Ordinary Man in the World' (2005 Bridport International Short Story competition anthology), ‘Alternative Medicine’, (Pretend Genius anthology 'New Short Stories 1'), 'Piano Lessons/War Stories', (Wasafiri, 2007) and 'The Killing Jar', (The Edinburgh Review, August 2007).  Her poem ‘The Lastest Lighthouse Keeper’ was commended in the Ware Poets Competition, 2007.


She has published various other poems and short stories online and in various literary magazines. 


Lynn Strongin


A short story collection Albino Peacock: Tales of a Southern Jewish girlhood is due in spring 2008 from plain View Press. Her books of poetry "lace-Circled Darkness" (Erbace Press, Liverpool) and Rembrandt's Smock (Plain View Press, Austin, Texas) as well well as The Girl with Copper-Colored Hair (Conflux Press, Arizona) have just been published. She is a four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize.

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