Authors & Artists

Elvis Alves is the author of Bitter Melon (2013), Ota Benga (2017), and I Am No Battlefield But A Forest Of Trees Growing (2018). Alves lives in New York City with his family.

Simon Brod lives and works in Amsterdam and writes poetry. He is a member of local and international writers’ groups. Brod’s long poem, ‘Orion’, was published by Arachne Press in the anthology The Other Side of Sleep.

David Butler’s third novel City of Dis (New Island) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. His second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, was published in 2017 by Doire Press. Arlen House is to bring out his second short story collection, Fugitive, later this year. Literary prizes received for his short stories include the Maria Edgeworth (twice), ITT/Red Line and Fish International Award. His website is:

Ann Cefola is the author of Free Ferry (Upper Hand Press, 2017), and Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014); translator of Alparegho, like nothing else (The Operating System, 2019), The Hero (Chax Press, 2018), and Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007); and recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery.

Janice S. Fuller is a poet who lives and writes in the desert of Tucson, Arizona, and on a lake in Wisconsin. She has degrees in English and Communication Disorders; spent her career as a speech pathologist. Janice’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Gyroscope Review, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, The Remembered Arts Journal, Mojave River Review, and Caesura among others. (Photo: Brian Lesteberg).

Claudia Gary’s most recent chapbook is Genetic Revisionism. Author of Humor Me (David Robert Books, 2006) and poems in journals and anthologies internationally, she also writes health and science articles for VVA Veteran ( She launched her new course, ‘The Poetry of Science, the Science of Poetry’, in 2019 at NIH (GENL355,, and teaches workshops on sonnets, villanelles, and metre at The Writer’s Center ( Readers can learn more at and follow @claudiagary.

Louis Girón grew up in San Antonio, was a battalion surgeon in Viet Nam, spent his professional life in the Midwest, and now lives in Western North Carolina where neighborhood bears — instead of rattlesnakes, greet him at the mailbox. He came to poetry late after a completed poem sprang up unexpectedly in the middle of a budget to a research grant. What began in curiosity — or sign of mental illness, now continues as a necessity.

Gene Groves had 35 poems in Flambard New Poets 2. Her poetry has appeared in various places, print and online, including Pre-Raphaelite Society Review, The Interpreter’s House, Orbis, New Welsh Review, Diamond Twig, Writers’ Cafe, Obsessed With Pipework, Prole and The Poetry Shed. She is originally from Rhyl, Wales but now lives in Northumberland, UK. Before marriage, her surname was Tierney and she was named after an American film star. (Photo: Emma Phillipson)

Daniel Hudon, originally from Canada, is an adjunct lecturer in math, astronomy and physics. He writes nonfiction, fiction and poetry. He is the author of The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos (Oval Books, London) and a chapbook of prose and poetry Evidence for Rainfall (Pen and Anvil, Boston) and his new book is Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals: An Extinction Reader (Pen and Anvil). He can be found at, @daniel_hudon and in Boston, MA.

Bryan R. Monte’s poetry has appeared in Bay Windows, Friends Journal, (interview/reading at, Irreantum, Poetry Pacific, the South Florida Poetry Journal and Sunstone, and in the anthologies Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Press, 2013), Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Press, 2017) and Voices from the Fierce, Intangible World (SoFloPoJo Press, 2019). His poetry collection: On the Level: Fifty-three Poems about Living with Multiple Sclerosis, is in search of a publisher.

Keith Moul is a poet of place, a photographer of the distinction light adds to place. Both his poems and photos are published widely. His photos are digital, striving for high contrast and saturation, which makes his vision colorful (or weak, requiring enhancement). (Photo: Ianthe Moul).

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.

Ian C. Smith’s work has appeared in, Amsterdam Quarterly, Australian Poetry Journal, Critical Survey, Live Encounters, Poetry New Zealand, Southerly, & 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 Stratford lives with her husband, Richard Magesis, in Hallandale Beach, Florida. She is an associate editor for the South Florida Poetry Journal. Her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter, won the 2013 YellowJacket Press Contest for Florida Poets, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A video of her poem, ‘Ruffian,’ first published in AQ19, can be viewed at

Jon Thompson teaches at North Carolina State University, where he edits Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics and the poetry series, Free Verse Editions, which specializes in collections of original poetry and translations. He also edits a new series on American poetics called Illuminations. His most recent collection is Notebook of Last Things (Shearsman Books, 2019).

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, (Hawthorne Press, 2011) and Lines of Inquiry (Meniscus, 2017).

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of poetry collections Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019) and Tending (Aldrich Press, 2013), as well as a handbook of alternative education titled Free Range Learning (Hohm Press, 2010). Her background includes teaching nonviolence workshops, writing collaborative poetry with nursing home residents, and facilitating support groups for abuse survivors. She works as a book editor and teaches community-based writing classes. Connect with her at

Alida Woods lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Retired from a career of teaching and school administration, she is hopeful that poetry will heal this wounded world. She is the author of the recent chapbook, Disturbing Borders. Her poems have appeared in The Great Smokies Review, The Avocet, Front Porch, and Westward Quarterly.