Authors & Artists

AKaiser is a member of the Sweet Action poetry collective and a contributor to its chapbooks: My Mother is a Tardigrade, created for a benefit; Sampler, published for the Governors Island Poetry Festival; and Buried Paths, donated to a Standing Rock benefit. Her work has also appeared in Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Manzano Mountain Review, ROAR, Temenos and Wasafiri. Her poem, ‘The Sound of Clothes’, is the Sow’s Ear Poetry Journal 2017 Poetry Prize winner. (Photo: Beowulf Sheehan).

Simon Brod lives and works in Amsterdam and writes poetry. He is a member of local and international writers’ groups and has had work published by Arachne Press.

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.

Gabriel Furmuzachi is an author based in Vienna, Austria. He contributes regularly with short stories and translations to international cultural journals and is the winner of the 2017 Austrian Literature Prize – Exil. Some of his work can be found on his blog: and on Instagram:

Amina Imzine is French. She has travelled extensively in Africa and Asia and has a PhD in geology. She has taught French in Asia at university. Recently, she has begun to write fiction and poetry. She’s inspired by local people’s stories. She is the most frequent attender of the AQ Writers’ Group and she is known for her insightful feedback.

Samuel W. James is a new poet from Yorkshire and his poems can also be found in Allegro, The Eyewear Review, The Literary Hatchet, London Grip, Clockwise Cat, Peeking Cat, Scarlet Leaf Review, Sentinel and Ink, Sweat and Tears.

Jury S. Judge is an internationally published artist, poet, photographer, and cartoonist. Her Astronomy Comedy cartoons are also published in The Lowell Observer. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Dodging The Rain, The Ignatian Literary Magazine, and Fearsome Critters. She has been interviewed on the television news program, NAZ Today for her work as a cartoonist. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014.

Carol Parris Krauss is a mother, teacher, and poet who resides in the Tidewater Region of Virginia. She is a Clemson University graduate who enjoys American college football, her cats, and gardening. Her work can be found in online and print magazines such as Storysouth, The South Carolina Review, and New Verse News. (Photo: Kelly Lee-Anne Krauss)

Jayne Marek’s poetry and art photos appear, most recently, in The Cortland Review, The Lake, Shantih, Gulf Stream, Raven Chronicles, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Chroma, River Poets Journal, New Verse News, and as a pamphlet from Red Bird Chapbooks. She has provided colour cover art for several journals and for her two full-length poetry books — In and Out of Rough Water (Kelsay Books, 2017) and The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling (Finishing Line, 2018).

Michael Mingo received his MFA in poetry from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, Harpur Palate, Tar River Poetry, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others.

Bryan R. Monte’s poetry has appeared in print journals such as Assaracus, 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 and Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books, 2017). He was interviewed by Friends Journal at His book, On the Level: Forty Poems about Multiple Sclerosis, is in search of a publisher.

Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a taxi. He is the author of nine books including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and most recently, Atlantic City Lives and Looking for Thelma, which won the 2018 Wilt Nonfiction Chapbook Prize. He is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University.

Keith Perkins is a high school English teacher in New Jersey. His work has appeared in The Irish Post, NY Post,,, and, among others. A father of twin toddlers, Keith enjoys travelling with his wife Emily, writing, reading, hiking, skiing, and naps.

Liz Robbins’ third collection, Freaked, won the 2014 Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award; her second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Adroit Journal, BOAAT, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, and Rattle, as well as on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Pat Seman is an English writer, poet and teacher who now lives between Amsterdam and Crete. Her poetry and travel writing have been published in various anthologies. She is currently writing a book about her recent search for her roots in Ukraine.

Meryl Stratford is an associate editor for SoFloPoJo, Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets. Her poems have appeared recently in Amsterdam Quarterly, Rattle, and Portside, and have been anthologized in MALALA: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press) and Slay Your Darlings (Parson’s Porch Books) among others. A video of her poem, “Ruffian,” first published in AQ19, can be viewed at

Jasmine Nihmey Vasdi is a Canadian poet and artist who is completing her Master of Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Her work has previously appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Graphite Publications, Otoliths, and The Literary Yard, among others. Her next exhibition of artwork can be viewed at the upcoming IAF ANIMA MUNDI International Contemporary Women Artists’ Biennale “NO standART” in Lithuania. She splits her time between Galicia and Holland.

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).