Dee Allen – California, USA

Dee Allen is an African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. He’s been active in creative writing and Spoken Word since the early 1990s, and the author of seven books [“Boneyard”, “Unwritten Law”, “Stormwater” and “Skeletal Black”, all from POOR Press, “Elohi Unitsi” from Conviction 2 Change Publishing and coming in February 2022, “Rusty Gallows” from Vagabond Books and “Plans” from Nomadic Press], with 42 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far. Dee Allen applies his pen to notebook and responds to current events, long-suppressed historical events, and inscrutable human nature.

Angie Arnold – Michigan, USA

Hailing from Michigan (a “Michigander” as locals say), Angie Arnold is a wife and mother of four children. Growing up in a home filled with music, Angie was inspired to sing, play, and compose from an early age. As a busy mother, she began a new journey of poetry and photography. For where others see a picture, Angie sees a story.

Carla M. Cherry – New York, USA

Carla M. Cherry is a veteran English teacher studying for her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at The City College of New York. Her poetry has appeared in Random Sample Review, MemoryHouse, Bop Dead City, Anti-Heroin Chic, 433, The Racket, and Raising Mothers. She has written five books of poetry: Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings, Thirty Dollars and a Bowl of Soup, Honeysuckle Me, These Pearls Are Real, and Stardust and Skin.

You can find Cherry on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or her website.

PJ DeGenaro – New York, USA

PJ DeGenaro’s current job title is “communications associate,” but she has been a freelance writer, a writing instructor, and—most enjoyably—a graphic designer. A New York native, PJ grew up on Long Island and has lived and worked in New York City. She now lives in White Plains, New York, with her husband, her son, and a large Labrador-mix. PJ’s short stories and poems have appeared in The Westchester Review, The Adirondack Review, River River, and The Write Launch. It’s all well and good, but in her next life she’ll play lead guitar in a postpunk band.

Paul H. de Neui – Illinois, USA

Exploring global cultures, experiencing God in all of creation, producing up-cycled art, promoting organic food production in small urban spaces, vermicomposting, and alley shopping are all part of the joys of Paul’s life. He loves sharing an empty nest with his wife, but is glad to see the kids when they want to come visit. He has over 3,000 pet red wrigglers that never complain.

Barbara Denington – Florida, USA

Barbara is a Christian wife of 27 years, mother, and grandmother living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a graduate of Florida State University with degrees in Clinical Social Work and Psychology, formerly specializing in counseling for families with sexual trauma history. In her spare time, she worked with youth at her church and was often a featured speaker at conferences both professionally and at youth retreats which resulted in the writing and development of training materials for professional staff, retreat programs, and Bible studies. As a teenager, Barbara fell in love with creative writing and now has chosen to pursue writing again.

Kelly Eddington – Missouri, USA

Kelly Eddington was a high school art teacher for seventeen years before deciding to pursue painting full-time in 2010. She specializes in detailed portraits and still life. One of her first fans was film critic Roger Ebert, who recognized one of his books in the background of Kelly’s portrait of a little girl named Mabel. Strathmore produced two pads of watercolor paper with step-by-step instructional material and videos by Kelly in 2016. Learn to Paint Watercolor Flowers and Watercolor Basics are designed for people who are new to the medium. Kelly is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Watercolor Honor Society, among others. Her award-winning paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world. She has shown her work in numerous one-person shows and in China, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, and the United States, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Two of her paintings are part of The Little Museum of Dublin’s permanent collection. She lives with her husband Jeff and their cat Pooj in northeast Missouri.

Follow Kelly: Websites: Achtoon Baby & KellyEddington.com, Prints, Patreon, YouTube, Strathmore newsletter, “Painting What I Love”, Strathmore Learning Series-Learn to Paint Watercolor. Or find her on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Susan H. Evans – Tennessee, USA

Susan H. Evans writes and teaches writing at a community college in east Tennessee, USA. Her contribution speaks of community in an indirect way. In Tennessee alone, there are nearly 400,000 people, or about 1 in 20, who abuse or are dependent on alcohol or drugs. She sincerely hopes this piece helps in some way, gives hope to someone, and inspires all readers. Evans is published in many online and print magazines and journals.

You may follow Suan on Facebook.

Mark A. Fisher – California, USA

Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, CA at the southern end of the Sierra Nevadas just west of Mojave. He ended up here by accident, having inquired about a job with Enron Wind (yes that Enron) and getting hired before the company went bankrupt. He’s been living in the same small town for over twenty years and has acquired a wife (Sharon), a dog (Moonpi), and a cat (Bill).

John Grey – Rhode Island, USA

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, and an avid collector of everything from early editions of Mad Magazine to vinyl to art books, all of which somehow find a way into his writing, along with the view from his study window and the happenings and/or non-happenings in his life.

Julie Hazlett – Indiana, USA

Julie Hazlett, of South Bend, Indiana, creates art using many materials from tinted mica powders to special effects makeup. When not creating this art “officially,” she is driven to learn the things and whys of life and the world.

Heidi Hermanson – Nebraska, USA

Heidi Hermanson is a first-generation Nebraskan. Upon finding herself with an abundance of time due to Covid-19, she is documenting and photographing nearby rivers and cemeteries. A recipient of both the Nebraska Book Award and the Arts Council Fellowship, she organized the first Poets’ Chautauqua at the State Fair. She aspires to found a library of towns that no longer exist and learn dialects of the 17-year cicada. Her books are Waking to the Dream (Stephen Austin University Press, 2018) and Cocktails with God (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press). She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008.

Karrie Huberts – Michigan, USA

Karrington Huberts is from the small town of Hudsonville, Michigan. After trying digital art and finding it wasn’t for her, she returned to traditional mediums – though she often combines the two. With a love for all things black and white, she can usually be found at her desk working on her most recent pen and ink drawing.

Daniel Leonard – Illinois, USA

My name is Daniel Leonard. Daniel lives in Chicago, IL with his beautiful wife and two lovely children. He enjoy reading and writing poetry. His go-to pastime usually involves an independent bookstore and a coffee in hand, or a hike in the woods with his family. He loves each season and uncovering the beauty they conceal. He loves language, words, syntax, and the power they have. A college professor once said, “show, don’t tell”. Every word, structure, and punctuation has its purpose. “I love when they surprise me.”

You can read more of Daniel’s works on his blog.

Tiffany Lindfield – Tennessee, USA

Tiffany Lindfield is a social worker by day, trade, and heart, advocating for climate justice, gender equality, and animal welfare. By night she is a prolific reader of anything decent and a writer.

You may follow Tiffany on Facebook or visit Tiffany’s website.

Ben McClure – Western Australia

Ben McClure is a writer and filmmaker. Born and raised in the United States, he now makes his home in Perth, Australia where he works with a Christian missionary society alongside his wife Liesbeth and their three daughters. He enjoys creating stories for work and for fun. He gets excited about science fiction and superheroes, and is deeply interested in matters of faith.

You can follow his WordPress blog.

EJ Rose – Wales, United Kingdom

E.J.Rose is a Welsh author from a small town in Wales. Growing up as a bit of an introvert, he found writing poetry as a way of expressing himself, and fell in love with it. His other passion is writing for children and is working on a variety of children’s books. When not writing, E.J can be found strolling across the craggy headlands and sandy bays of the beautiful Gower beaches, taking inspiration from the stunning views and mysterious rocky coves.

You may follow EJ on Twitter, get some answers on Quora, or read more of his writings on his blog.

Michelle Marcoux Schuneman – Ontario, Canada

Michelle Marcoux Schuneman is an emerging photographer who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is inspired by the pandemic and cultural events with a strong intent to be seen. She is currently studying to be a yoga teacher and enjoys painting, playing guitar and Ukulele and is looking forward to making new and old connections.

Joris Soeding – Illinois, USA

Joris Soeding’s most recent collections of poetry are Forty (Rinky Dink Press,

Joris Soeding’s most recent collections of poetry are Forty (Rinky Dink Press, 2019) and Home in Nine Moons (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, 2018). His writing has appeared in publications such as Another Chicago Magazine, Columbia Poetry Review, Red River Review, and Spillway. He is a fifth-grade Language Arts teacher in Chicago, where he resides with his wife, son, daughter, and kittens.

You may find Joris on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Donna Townsley – Illinois, USA

Born in Essen, Germany, raised in Chicago, Illinois. Studied Operatic Vocal Technique, majored in Theatre, worked as voice-over talent, and now dabbling in writing.

Rebecca Vickery – Vermont, USA

Rebecca Vickery was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She attended SUNY Plattsburgh and moved across the lake to marry and raise a family in Vermont thereafter. Rebecca writes songs, poetry and prose as often as she finds time to do so. She has published a non-profit children’s book called A Christmas Tale of Two Mountains to benefit JCH orphanage in Bombardopolis, Haiti. She also turned a song she wrote for her children into a colorful picture book called If I Was a Dinosaur. She is hoping to finally record an album or two (or three) in the near future.

You can hear her music on Youtube or follow her on Facebook.

Andrea Vasile – Ontario, Canada

Growing up in Ottawa and New Jersey, Andrea is greatly inspired by nature and the ever-changing city. She has written ever since she won a contest for Valentine’s poetry in The Ottawa Journal in 1979. Andrea found continued success in publications such as Clevermag, Turbula, Jones Ave, and Ascent Aspirations, and most recently in The Basil O’Flarhety, Feminist Voice, and Event Horizon Literary Magazine Issue 9. Andrea received a third-place honour from the Poet Laureate of Ottawa. She finds our world changing in many puzzling and curious ways and feels the need to speak out and also to remind us of the goodness we challenge for.

You may follow Andrea on Twitter.

Jinn Zamayla – Philippines

Jinn Zamayla is a short story writer and an aspiring artist living in the Philippines. Aside from being a writer, she loves fashion, cinema, and any mediums relating to art. She has always loved stories. Her earliest memories were not memories relating to the real world but memories of stories that she has conjured up in her mind. Her daydreaming led her to write down all of her thoughts on paper. Ever since then, she has always been a writer.

You may follow Jinn on Facebook to keep up with her writing.

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