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Rosie Adams is 22 and lives in London. She has just finished a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Westminster and is trying to work out what she is supposed to do next. She has been published by a couple of online literary journals and was a runner up in the recent Waterstone's Books Quarterly short story competition.
Viccy Adams is currently completing her creative writing PhD at Newcastle University. She is addicted to reading fiction, drinking tea, and scribbling notes on any paper or paper-related product close to hand when an idea comes into her head. Read more about her work on www.vsadams.co.uk
Grace Andreacchi is an American-born novelist, poet and playwright. Works include the novels Scarabocchio and Poetry and Fear, Music for Glass Orchestra (Serpent’s Tail), Give My Heart Ease (New American Writing Award) and the chapbook Elysian Sonnets. Her work appears in Horizon Review, The Literateur, Cabinet des Fées and many other fine places. Grace is also managing editor at Andromache Books and writes the literary blog AMAZING GRACE. She lives in London.
Alice Ash is working on her debut novel The Crowded Void in Brighton. Alice is interested in feminism, bunnies and existentialism. You can read more of her writing at: peoplekeepcallingussluts.blogspot.co.uk.
Lane Ashfeldt is an Irish writer whose first short fiction collection SaltWater is published in 2013 as a Kindle ebook and in a paperback limited edition. Lane's short stories have won numerous prizes and been published in anthologies and journals in Ireland, England, the US and Greece. Her website is at www.ashfeldt.com
Jay Barnett produces a blog and podcast: http://theaftermathofmygreatidea.blogspot.co.uk/. His flash fiction piece 'Boy' was published in the first National Flash Fiction Day anthology, and his writing has been featured on BBC Radio 4.
Cath Barton lives in Abergavenny in South Wales, where she sings, writes stories, takes photographs and generally throws herself into the local community.
Paul Beckman is a real estate salesman & writer of short fiction. Sometimes his fiction inadvertently shows up in his real estate ads and vice versa. He's been published in Connecticut Review, Onthebus, Playboy, Litro, Web del Sol, and others. He is the author of 'Come! Meet My Family & other stories' and his website is at www.paulbeckmanstories.com
Mark Berry is an airline pilot with an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University. His stories have appeared in a number of airline magazines and literary journals. He has completed two novels and a memoir, lives in Saint Louis and his website is at www.marklberry.com.
Chelsea Ann Blackburn is originally from Wisconsin. She has a creative writing degree from Carroll University and is now living in Dublin.
Becca Bland is a 27-year-old writer living and working Dalston, London. As well as prose she reviews regularly for Murmur Art and The Dalston Howl, her own music blog with writing partner, Amanda Barokh. She is keen on Aikido and Eastern Philosophy and is currently working on her first book, as well as collating a collection of 'First Days' from immigrants. Becca came to public attention with Non-Photography Day, a performance whereby she encouraged the general public to put their cameras down and live in the moment on July 17th.
Paul Blaney is a British short story writer, now living and working in the United States.
Gavin James Bower's first novel, Dazed & Aroused, was published by Quartet Books in July 2009. He has contributed to 3:AM Magazine, FLUX and the Sunday Telegraph, he is working on his second book, Made in Britain, and he tweets at @gavinjamesbower.
J Bradley is the author of Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You is a Robot (Safety Third Enterprises, 2010), and My Hands Are As Thick As Dreams (Patasola Press, 2011). He is the Interviews Editor of PANK Magazine and lives at iheartfailure.net.
John Brantingham's story 'At the Barbershop' is from his collection, Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods, forthcoming from World Parade Books. His other books include East of Los Angeles and Mann of War, forthcoming from Oak Tree Press.
Kate Brown is a British film-maker and writer living in Berlin. Her films 'Julie & Herman' and 'Absolutely Positive' have been shown at festivals and on television in Europe and the USA. Her short stories are published in The Linnet's Wings, Blue Print Review, Eclectic Flash, Staccato Fiction, BLIP, Cinnamon Press and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 2010.
Mandy Alyss Brown lives in Central Texas, where she writes and manages eSteampunk. Her fiction has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, 50 to 1, and Postcard Shorts. Her website is at mandyalyssbrown.weebly.com.
Bahar Brunton has written four plays, several short stories and two longer novel-length pieces. She has four stories available to buy from www.etherbooks.co.uk. Three of her short stories have been read out at White Rabbit nights and her 4'33'' story 'Earthly Creatures' was shortlisted for the London Short Fiction Award. She has had an article published by Parsiana magazine is currently working on a play based on the life of Sofka Skipwith which will be performed at The Calder Bookshop & Theatre in mid-2012.
Brian Canty teaches English in Plymouth, Devon and has been writing fiction, on and off, for a couple of years.
Lana Citron is an actor and the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, short stories, and radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her latest book, 'A Compendium of Kisses' was described by the Economist as 'an intellectual and indulgent treat.' Her website is www.oneoffkisses.com
James Claffey hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA, with his wife, the writer and artist, Maureen Foley, their daughter, Maisie, and Australian cattle-dog, Rua. He is the winner of the Linnet's Wings Audio Prose Competition. His work appears in many places including The New Orleans Review, Connotation Press, A-Minor Magazine, Literary Orphans, and Gone Lawn. You can read him at www.jamesclaffey.com.
Matthew Claire is a writer, a researcher and the creative director of The Diverse Arts Project. His fiction has been published in Midwest Coast Review, The Intima and amphibi.us. He lives in New York.
Rijn Collins is a Melbourne writer whose work has appeared in anthologies and online journals such as Metazen, Jersey Devil Press, Necessary Fiction, Going Down Swinging and Monkeybicycle. Her work has also been performed at the Melbourne Emerging Writers' Festival and adapted for performance on radio in Australia and the United States. She writes with bare feet, and black coffee. More of her stories can be found at www.rijncollins.com.
Katy Darby's work has been read on BBC Radio, won various prizes, and appeared in magazines including Stand, Slice and Mslexia. She teaches writing at City University, edits the literary magazine Litro and runs monthly fiction event Liars' League. Her first novel, The Whores' Asylum, is published by Fig Tree (Penguin).
Rhuar Dean is a poet, writer and occasional journalist, based in London, England. He grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and has found himself living in some of the world's finest cities inclding Fez, Kathmandu, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Beirut. His website is at www.rhuardean.com.
Born and raised within a 4-mile West London radius, Tom Dearden first started writing when he was 6 years old. He completed an MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University and wrote his debut novel The Doctor Bumfleece Experiment. In December 2009 he completed his second novel Stagger. His short stories and links to his novels are at www.tomdearden.org.uk and his blog is at: thesplenicvein.blogspot.com. He's also branching into scripts, having co-written a sitcom called 'The Bradpole Awakening' and a solo studio-based sitcom 'Junk & Disorderly'.
Thomas DeMary, whose fiction has appeared in Up The Staircase, Monkeybicycle and is forthcoming in PANK Magazine, also contributes a weekly column for PANK Magazine's blog. He currently lives in New Jersey. For more information on the author, visit him at www.thomasdemary.com.
David Feela's work has appeared in regional and national publications and in over a dozen anthologies. He is a contributing editor and columnist for Four Corners Free Press and has an MFA from Vermont College. A chapbook of his poetry, Thought Experiments (Maverick Press), won the 1997 Southwest Poet Series, and his first full length poetry collection, The Home Atlas (2009), was published by WordTech Editions.
Dulcie Few recently graduated from an MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. She co-runs Stray Signals, a monthly performance night in Brighton and is also one of the editors of Leaf, a small creative writing journal.
Craig Fishbane's work has appeared in New York Quarterly, the Boston Literary Magazine, Opium, Flashquake, Prime Number and The Nervous Breakdown.
Gerald Fleming's poetry and prose poems have appeared widely over the past thirty years. He has won numerous awards and fellowships, and between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review. His book of poems Swimmer Climbing onto Shore was published in 2005, and a book of prose poems, Night of Pure Breathing, appeared in 2011. He lives in San Francisco and taught in public schools for thirty-seven years. A new book of longer prose poems, The Choreographer, is due out in spring of 2013.
Jessica Garrison is the author of a short story collection called 'One Dollar Stories.' The collection emerged from a zine series Garrison sold at Los Angeles house parties and bars with the tagline, 'Do you want to buy a story for a dollar?' Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, Flaunt Magazine, Dark Sky Magazine, Penny-Ante Three, Love is the Law Mag, Bringbackpubes.com and more. She was a finalist for the PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellowship 2010.
Bren Gosling's work has previously appeared in guywritersmagazine.org and Decongested Tales. His first novel Sweeping up the Village has been short listed for the 2012 Harry Bowling Prize for new writers. He is a member of Forest Writers Group.
Robert Graham is the co-author, with Keith Baty, of Elvis - The Novel. His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies and on Radio 4. He is the author of How To Write Fiction (And Think About It) and co-author of The Road To Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion and Everything You Need To Know About Creative Writing. His fiction includes Holy Joe, The Only Living Boy and A Man Walks Into A Kitchen. He teaches Creative Writing at MMU's Cheshire Faculty.
Norman Hadley is a poet from Garstang who also dabbles in prose. He has completed three and a half poetry collections, one of them being both small and collaborative. The most recent, full-sized collection is A Whoop Above the Dust. When things refuse to rhyme, he writes prose - usually short, but including a couple of novel-length stories, The Last Munro and The Lucky Krab. Whilst not making stuff up, he designs heavy-duty diesel engines for ships and trains. His website is at normanhadley.com
Nina Hart is a writer and performer living in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Her work has been published in The Ghazal Page and The Great Smokies Review. She has just finished her first book of prose poetry, and loves to perform her stories out loud any chance she gets. She was also an original member of the dance troupe Contraband, in San Francisco, and has toured with numerous bands, playing a purple electric bass.
Tania Hershman's first book, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt Modern Fiction, 2008) was commended, 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Tania was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Binnacle Ultra-Short Contest, and European winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's Short Story competition. Her stories are published or forthcoming in, among others, Smokelong Quarterly, Elimae, the London Magazine, Riptide, BRAND, Dogzplot, Eyeshot, Electric Velocipede and Nature, and a week of her flash fiction was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Tania is currently writer-in-residence in Bristol University's Science Faculty and has just been awarded an Arts Council England grant to work on a collection of biology-inspired short fiction. Her website is www.taniahershman.com and she blogs about writing at TaniaWrites.
Nicholas Hogg was nominated for the IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award for his début novel Show Me the Sky. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award for fiction, and prizes in the Bridport and Raymond Carver short story contests, his writing has also been broadcast by the BBC and now features on the Ether Books app. His second novel, The Hummingbird and the Bear, is due to be published in spring 2011. His website is www.nicholashogg.com.
Richard House’s novels, Bruiser and Uninvited are published by Serpent’s Tail. His collaborative projects with Chicago-based group Haha are documented online at hahahaha.org. His fiction and co-authored short films have received support from the Arts Council and the UK Film Council. He lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.
Gavin Inglis lives and works in Edinburgh. He uses linear prose, hypertext, music, photography and immersive games to tell stories, and performs with the spoken word collective Writers' Bloc. His feedback score on eBay is currently 105. His website is: www.gavininglis.com.
Sam Jay has been writing and traveling for a while.
Lisel Joseph is from San Francisco. Her work has been included in chapbooks published by 826 Valencia, and elsewhere.
Lisa Lebduska is a teacher and writer living in Connecticut and working in Massachusetts. She has published work in The Providence Journal, Worcester Magazine and Writing on the Edge.
Thomas Legendre is the author of The Burning, which was longlisted for the Warwick Prize, and Half Life, a play performed as part of NVA’s art installation in conjunction with The National Theatre of Scotland. He is currently at work on a novel and a radio drama. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham.
Kirsty Logan is a writer and editor based in Glasgow. She has an MLitt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and her writing has appeared inelimae, Pear Noir!, Wigleaf, Gutter, and other publications. She's the founder and editor of Fractured West magazine and the reviews editor for PANK.
D S Maolalai studies English Literature at Trinity College, and has been writing poetry and short fiction for five years.
Pauline Masurel's stories have have been recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and online at New Fairy Tales. She frequently reads her own work with the Bristol-based Heads & Tales storytelling group, and her website is www.unfurling.net.
Shaylen Maxwell emerged from the womb penning novels. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen publications, most notably: Reflection's Edge, New Works Review, and Wild Violet. She is editor-in-chief of State of Imagination and currently resides in exile with her menagerie of wild animals: two red wolves, two deranged felines, four blood-thirsty bunnies, her husband Beldoe, and her infant Sneaky.
Lynsey May lives, loves and writes in Edinburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks A Taste and It Starts So Sweetly. Her frequent musings and occasional creative work can be found on her blog and she babbles on Twitter a little. Her website is at lynseymay.com.
A. L. Michael is currently writing her first novel. She has written features and reviews for online film magazine The Film Pilgrim, and writes a popular blog, Cafe Disaster inspired by how much she hates her day job.
Brian Mihok has had work published or forthcoming in Hobart, Wigleaf, >kill author, Bartleby Snopes, Necessary Fiction and elsewhere. He edits matchbook, a journal of indeterminate prose.
Stephen Moran is from Dublin, and lives in London. He organises the international Willesden Herald short story competition and his website is at http://stephenmoran.blogspot.co.uk/
Nora Nadjarian is a poet and writer from the island of Cyprus. She is the author of three collections of poetry and a book of short stories, Ledra Street. Her work has been published in Cyprus, Israel, the UK, the USA and elsewhere, most recently in Litro magazine, BluePrintReview and Southword. Her micro-novel The Republic of Love was published by Blue Print Press in the summer of 2010 and a chapbook of her short stories is forthcoming from Folded Word in 2011. She blogs at www.bettyboopinspired.blogspot.com
Sally O is a Liverpool-based artist and writer who likes Soviet kitsch, sparkly things, Dia de los Muertos and dead things in jars.
Emer O’Toole is a doctor of drama. She works as a research assistant at Royal Holloway, University of London. She contributes to The Guardian and to the popular feminist blog Vagenda. In her spare time she writes short stories, drama, poetry and terrible terrible songs.
Olyn Ozbick's stories are published or forthcoming in Monkeybicycle, Crack the Spine and splinterswerve and have been shortlisted in the CBC Literary Awards. She is a fiction editor at splinterswerve and an award-winning, non-fiction editor and a publisher. Her essays, journalism, reviews and creative non-ficiton have been published in Chatelaine, Harrowsmith, Equinox, Avenue, The Herald, and other publications. She lives in Calgary, Canada.
Sam Parker is an unaffiliated, unknown and unknowing man who writes in his spare time about nothing at all in particular. For no particular reason, he has a blog of such stories: krazmaz.wordpress.com
Lindsay Parnell is studying for her MFA and living in London. She enjoys writing fiction when the mood strikes her, which can be quite often. She met Amy Winehouse once in Soho and is happy to report she was absolutely lovely.
Dominic Perry lives and writes from his home in London after recently spending some time in Australia and New Zealand. Aside from writing he has a keen interest in photography and contemporary art. After years of threatening to put words onto paper he is now finding a voice and socially tweets @dominicperry01. 4'33'' is his first publication.
Mark Piggott’s first novel, Fire Horses, was published in 2008 and his second novel, Out of Office, came out in 2010. He has been published in magazines and literary websites including Aesthetica, Pulp Books and 3:AM. As a journalist he’s had dozens of major features in the Times, Guardian, Express, Independent, Telegraph, Observer and many others. His website is: www.markpiggott.com.
A M Ringwalt is a writer of fiction and poetry from Racine, Wisconsin. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in BROWN GOD, 4'33", Cargoes, Dum Dum Zine, and Hanging Loose. Also a lo-fi folk songwriter and musician (Anne Malin), her second CD debuts this Christmas.
Tom Ryan was born in London and has lived in England, Slovenia and Spain.
Peter Schwartz's words have been featured in Pank, Wigleaf, Opium, and the Columbia Review. He's also an artist, comedian, and dedicated kayaker. More at: www.sitrahahra.com.
C J Spataro is fiction editor and co-publisher of Philadelphia Stories. Her fiction has been published in Mason's Road, The Baltimore Reivew, XConnect and Wild River Review.
Marcus Speh lives in Berlin. 'Finnegan Flawnt' was a pseudonym he used previously. He blogs at marcusspeh.com. His collection of short fiction, Thank You For Your Sperm is forthcoming from MadHat Press.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Allyson Stack has also lived in New York City, Arizona, and Edinburgh. She holds an MFA from Arizona State Univeristy and a PhD in Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and she has taught writing and literature on both sides of the Atlantic. Her short stories have appeared in journals including Sonoran Review, Vignette, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Natural Bridge, and her fiction has also been featured on National Public Radio. Her first novel, Star Mansion, the prologue of which is featured here, is a work of historical fiction set in the American southwest and in France.
Penn Stewart lives and writes in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Sanchari Sur is a Bengali Canadian who was born in Calcutta. Her photography, poetry and short fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Map Literary, Barely South Review, Red River Review, Black Fox Literary Review, Urban Shots - Crossroads and elsewhere. You can find her at http://sursanchari.wordpress.com.
Caleb True holds an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts ('11). His stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Portland Review, Savannah Art & Literature, Moon City Review and elsewhere. If his fiction interests you, check out his online presence at calebtrue.tumblr.com.
Steve Wasserman is a psychotherapist and writer. He also runs By-Heart poetry courses and podcast called Read Me Something You Love in which word-lovers read and chat to him about poetry and prose they're gaga for. You can find him on Twitter as @RMSYL.
Mike Wendling is a radio producer, writer, and the majordomo of 4'33''.
Recent graduate of the Royal Holloway Creative Writing MA Eley Williams is 24, lives in London and is Deputy Editor of The Literateur online literary journal. Winner of the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and the Hackney Citizen's Valentine's Day competition, she measures out her time scribbling, cadging free WiFi from the capital's cafes and listening to Radio 4 - she hopes she hasn't done the continuity announcers too much of a disservice with her story.
Gregg Williard lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Tattoo Highway, Wisconsin Academy Journal, Anemone Sidecar and Diagram, among others, and he reads fiction three Fridays a month on Fiction Jones, WORT community radio, 89.9 FM.