Authors & Artists

Charles Joseph Albert is a metallurgist in San Jose, California, where he lives with his wife and three boys. His work (the poetry and fiction, not metallurgy—that would be pretty cool!), have appeared recently in The Apeiron Review, Dual Coast, Assisi, The Ibis Head Review, Chicago Literati and The Literary Nest.

Shawn Aveningo-Sanders started as a show-me girl from Missouri and, after a bit of globetrotting, finally landed in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in over 130 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee (2015), Best of the Net nominee (2017), co-founder of the The Poetry Box, as well as the managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. She is the proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband.

Renzo Besozzi is a retired physicist, (University of Milan graduate), who has worked in the electronics, aeronautics and space industries. He was born in Lisanza, Italy, raised in Milan, and spent WWII and his student summer holidays in Lisanza. He has written historical articles for Sesto Calende’s municipal magazine and website, including ones about Lisanza and on other topics. He also co-authored the booklet, Siai Marchetti, a history of a 100-year-old, Sesto Calende aeronautics factory.

Peter Neil Carroll has published five collections of poetry including An Elegy for Lovers (Main Street Rag, 2017); The Truth Lies on Earth (Turning Point); Fracking Dakota: Poems for a Wounded Land; A Child Turns to Wave: Poetry of the Lost Places, which won the Prize Americana; and Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem. He lives in Northern California and serves as Poetry Moderator for

Jennifer Clark has two poetry collections, Necessary Clearings and Johnny Appleseed: The Slice & Times of John Chapman (Shabda Press). She co-edited the anthology Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books). In 2019, her third collection, A Beginner’s Guide to Heaven, will be released by Unsolicited Press. Her work has also appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Columbia Journal, Concho River Review, Ecotone, and Flyway, among others. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her website is

Joe Cottonwood has built or repaired hundreds of houses to support his writing habit. His latest book is Foggy Dog: Poems of the Pacific Coast. He’s a pretty good carpenter and a crackerjack grandfather in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.

Jennifer L. Freed’s recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Zone 3, Connecticut River Review, The Worcester Review, and previous issues of Amsterdam Quarterly, and has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, These Hands Still Holding, was a finalist for the 2013 New Woman’s Voices prize. Years ago (before husband, before children), she taught English in China and in then-Czechoslovakia. She now lives in Massachusetts.

Robin Helweg-Larsen’s poetry has been published in the UK, but also in the US and Canada. His chapbook poem on writing poetry, Calling the Poem, is available as a free download from He lives in his hometown of Governor’s Harbour in the Bahamas.

Barbara E. Hunt applies her poet’s heart to many genres (along with a decade overseeing a writers’ conference in Ontario, Canada ending 2016). She has literary journals, anthologies and magazines across North America, the UK, Europe and Australia to her credit, current writings (free) on WATTPAD, and enjoys kudos for the second release of her poetry/colouring book called Devotions (December 2017).

Dianne Kellogg is an Ohio native who married a “country boy.” She has spent the last forty-eight years in Ohio’s rural northeast snowbelt. She has two daughters and seven grandchildren. Family, surroundings and a Welsh heritage have strongly influenced her work. Kellogg has a BA from Hiram College. She studied watercolour under Florian Lawton and has worked as a muralist and interior decorator. Having retired from governmental fund accounting, she now has time to pursue photography, poetry and watercolours.

Lynn M. Knapp is a poet, memoirist, musician, and teacher. She is the author of Giving Ground (2017), a book of poetry celebrating her Spanish-speaking neighbourhood. The grit, grime, and unexpected beauty of the central city inspire her life and her writing. Her poem “Crossing” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Press Awards, for poetry published in 2017.

Jennifer Davis Michael is professor and chair of English at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, USA, specializing in British Romanticism. Her poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Cumberland River Review, Literary Mama, The New Verse News, and Mezzo Cammin, among others. She has also published a book of criticism, Blake and the City (Bucknell, 2006). Her website is

Felicia Mitchell, a native of South Carolina, USA, has made her home in the mountains of Virginia since 1987. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies, including the recent collection, Surprised by Joy, (Universal Table). Waltzing with Horses, a collection of poems, is available from Press 53. (Winston-Salem, NC) Her poem in AQ23 is from a quest to explore and write about roots. Mitchell teaches at Emory & Henry College. Website:

Bryan R. Monte’s poetry has appeared in print journals such as Bay Windows, Friends Journal, Irreantum and Sunstone, online in Poetry Pacific and the South Florida Poetry Journal and in the anthologies Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Press, 2013), and Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books, 2017). He was interviewed by Friends Journal at His book, On the Level: Forty-one Poems about Multiple Sclerosis, is in search of a publisher.

Joyce Parkeshas so far this year published in Meniscus (the University of Canberra), Landscapes (Edith Cowan University), Cuttlefish (Sunline Press), The Journal of the Australian Irish Heritage Association, Creatrix, Not Very Quiet, Heroines – the anthology. Her poems were published in Australia, the UK, Finland, Canada, Germany, the US, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Greece, and the Netherlands. She writes of dense and drifting days.

bart plantenga is the author of Beer Mystic, Wiggling Wishbone, Spermatagonia: The Isle of Man, Paris Scratch and NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor. His books, Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo and Yodel in HiFi, and CD Rough Guide to Yodel, have created the misunderstanding that he’s the world’s foremost yodel expert. His novel Radio Activity Kills seeks publication. As a DJ, he has produced Wreck This Mess (NYC, Paris and Amsterdam) since 1986. He lives in Amsterdam.

Jo-Anne Rosen’s fiction, long and short, has appeared in Other Voices, The Florida Review, FlashQuake, The Summerset Review, Pithead Chapel, Valparaiso Fiction Review and several other literary journals. She is a book and web designer living in Petaluma, California. She also publishes Wordrunner eChapbooks, an online journal of fiction and memoir at and co-edits the Sonoma County Literary Update at What They Don’t Know (2015) is her first fiction collection.

Ian C. Smith’s work has appeared in Antipodes, Australian Poetry Journal, Critical Survey, Live Encounters, Prole, The Stony Thursday Book, and Two-Thirds North. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Meryl Statford is an associate editor for SoFloPoJo, Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets. Meryl’s poems have appeared in nine previous issues of Amsterdam Quarterly.  Her work has also been published online in Rattle and in various print journals and anthologies. A video of her poem, “Ruffian,” first published in AQ19, can be viewed at

David Subacchi lives in Wales where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has published four collections of his English language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016). His Welsh language poetry collection, Eglwys Yng Nghremona (A Church in Cremona), was published in March 2017. You can find out more about David and his work at (Photo: Paul Subacchi).

Rosanne Trost is a retired registered nurse. She lives in Houston, Texas. Since retirement, she has realized her passion for creative writing. Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Chicken Soup For The Soul, Commuter Lit, Seeing Beyond The Surface and Passion Pages.

Bob Ward studied science and then the history and philosophy of science. After a period spent in research, he worked in education eventually becoming responsible for training teachers. Following retirement, he served as a Quaker Prison Minister for several years. An active poet and photographer, he relishes the interplay between texts and visual images. His publications include Trusting at the Last, (Hawthorn Press, 2011) and Lines of Inquiry (Meniscus, 2017).