A.D. (Áine Danielle) Mooney is a twenty three year old student from Dublin, Ireland. She is currently in her final year studying English Literature and Creative Writing with The Open University. Along with being published in Stormy Island’s 2019 poetry anthology, she has also been selected by Poetry Ireland to partake in a masterclass with the acclaimed Irish poet Stephen Sexton. When she is not studying, A.D. Mooney can be found teaching ballet and writing short stories for her travel blog MoonlandAdventures.com. A.D. Mooney would like to thank her secondary school teacher Eimir for encouraging her to pursue a career in writing.
A.S. Charly loves to lose herself in fantastical worlds far away between the stars, filled with magic and wonder. She also writes and draws when her head is not stuck in the clouds. Her writing has been published in various anthologies and online publications.
Abigail Wildes is the sweetest dark heart you’ll ever sink your teeth into. With a love of traditional poetry and a wicked sense of humor, she shines light through the darkness and gets you to laugh and squirm in tandem. She’s an artist, a seamstress, a mystery, a lady of class who trips on her skirts and don’t steal her tea cup~ that’s likely straight-up Whiskey. Abigail loves to garden but kills just about every plant she’s ever touched. Somehow though, she has two children and a husband, who somehow manage to survive through the creative chaos that makes up Wildes’ wonderful world. She lives in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. She is working on publishing her first poetry collection: Tea With Death.
Ahrend Torrey enjoys exploring nature in southern Louisiana, where he lives with his husband Jonathan and their two rat terriers Dichter and Dova. He is the author of “Small Blue Harbor” published by the Poetry Box Select imprint (Portland) in 2019. He holds an MA and MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Amelia Jane Ronson is a happy wife to a former Army MP turned musician and IT professional. She is a proud mom to three school-aged children (a girl and two boys). Amelia owns two cats and a dog, who think they own her. She considers herself to be a professional coffee drinker and an occasional wine sipper (sweet and not dry, usually a nice Rosé or Riesling). If she refuses chocolate, she is likely ill or already had her quota for the day. Amelia is a runner, failed vegetarian, crafty DIY personality, and she loves spending time with family and friends she adores.
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Amy O’Shaughnessy is originally from north-east Scotland and studied English at the University of Aberdeen. Amy’s poetry has appeared in publications including Cencrastus, Three Drops from a Cauldron, The Poetry Shed and Southlight. Amy works and lives in Cheshire in the UK and is a member of the Blaze Poetry Society Stanza in Mid-Cheshire.
Ariella Vasquez has always had a passion for writing but is just igniting that desire in 2019. Her dream is for her poetry to deeply resonate and leave a positive imprint on those who need it the most. When she is not writing daily, she enjoys video games, riding motorcycles, and magical adventures. Her current addiction is singing with the ukulele.
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Ashley Lambright lives in humid Houston, Texas with her husband and horde of boys. Besides being a stay at home mom, she runs her own business, so needless to say, she stays busy. She loves to spend what little down time she has reading, writing, and drinking wine. While she’s always had a knack for poetry, she’s currently trying her hand at writing her first novel.
C. M. Lanning is a journalist in Northwest Arkansas with a master’s degree in multimedia journalism. She has been published in the literary magazines Nebo and Foliate Oak. She has accepted a publishing offer for her debut novel, The Last Fire Mage, and it will be released at the end of 2019.
Lanning’s favorite authors are Michael Crichton, Ursula K. Le Guin, Louis L’Amour, and Stephen King. When she’s not writing, Lanning is probably reading, playing video games, or out running.
CLS Ferguson, PhD is a pushcart nominated writer with accolades in film, academia, and creative writing who speaks, signs, acts, publishes, sings, performs, writes, paints, teaches and rarely relaxes. She is author of two full-length collections: God Bless Paul and Soup Stories: A Reconstructed Memoirand two chapbooks: The Way We Were and Tumbleweed: Against All Odds. She is raising her daughter and dog in Alhambra, CA.
To connect with CLS, visit http://clsferguson.wix.com/clsferguson
Cordelia Hanemann is currently a practicing writer and artist in Raleigh, NC. She has published in numerous journals including Turtle Island Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, Dual Coast Magazine, and Laurel Review; anthologies, The Well-Versed Reader, Heron Clan VI and Kakalak 2018 and in her own chapbook, Through a Glass Darkly. Her poem, “photo-op” was a finalist in the Poems of Resistance competition at Sable Press and her poem “Cezanne’s Apples” was nominated for a Pushcart. Recently the featured poet for Negative Capability Press and The Alexandria Quarterly, she is now working on a first novel, about her roots in Cajun Louisiana.
Dale Parnell was born and raised in Norwich, England and now lives in Staffordshire with his wife and their imaginary dog, Moriarty. He has always written stories, and in 2017 he self-published his first collection of short stories, “The Green Cathedral”. It was whilst searching for independant book shops who might like to sell his book, that he was introduced to the wealth of poets living in the West Midlands region. After attending a few open mic events, Dale rediscovered his love of poetry and began trying his hand at writing a few. Eventually, Dale began performing at open mic events and poetry festivals, and in 2019 he self-published his own poetry collection, “If I Were Not Me”. Dale has also been lucky enough to be included in several poetry anthologies, and still enjoys attending and performing at poetry events around the West Midlands. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his second collection of short stories, due to be released late summer 2019, entitled “Bramble”. You can find Dale on Facebook
Born and raised in the Woodlawn Lake area of San Antonio, Texas, Diane Gonzales Bertrand’s first book of poetry, Dawn Flower (2013) earned special recognition from the Texas Writers League. Her new collection The Taco Magician and Other Poems for Kids / El mago de los tacos y otros poemas para niños arrives in bookstores November 2019.Bertrand has been published in The Texas Poetry Calendar and VIA Poetry on the Move. In 2018 she was named a Tri-centennial Poet for San Antonio. As Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary’s University, Bertrand teaches English composition and creative writing in the English Literature and Language Department.
E. M. Eastick was born and raised in northern Australia. She travelled and worked as an environmental professional in Britain, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates before embarking on the writer’s journey during her years spent in the United States. Her poetry can be found in The Literary Hatchet, Alimentum, and a number of anthologies.
Elizabeth Joyce is an essayist, poet, and short fiction author. Her eclectic collection of works can be found in a variety of online and print publications. Elizabeth lives in Illinois with her husband, son, and twin daughters. She is a cancer survivor, mom via IVF/FET & gestational surrogacy, anxiety struggler, family historian, budget traveler, and simple, ordinary life enthusiast.
Connect with her and find out more at about.me/
Gabriella Balcom lives in Texas with her family, loves reading and writing, and thinks she was born with a book in her hands. She works in a mental health field, and writes fantasy, horror/thriller, romance, children’s stories, and sci-fi. She likes traveling, music, good shows, photography, history, interesting tales, and animals. Gabriella says she’s a sucker for a great story and loves forests, mountains, and back roads which might lead who knows where. She has a weakness for lasagna, garlic bread, tacos, cheese, and chocolate, but not necessarily in that order.
More information about Gabriella is available on her author page
Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. You can find her poems in such places as: Eye to the Telescope, Star*Line, Dreams& Nightmares, Eternal Haunted Summer, and others. She also writes fiction in many genres, primarily fantasy—both light and dark, and often centered around mythology—and science fiction and writes romance as Kim Strattford.
Jeanette Loretta is a serial ex-pat, born and raised in New Jersey, USA. Suffering from a chronic travel bug, she has lived in England, Gabon, France and Switzerland. She dabbles in education, international relations, sustainable development, repurposing furniture, and feeds her inner computer geek as much as possible. Love of the Spoken Word led her to create the Geneva Open Mic Poetry Readings in 2016, which she still runs 5 times a year.
Jennifer Carr lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her partner and two children. She is an EMT, Firefighter, Author and Poet. When she is not working or spending time with her family, she spends way too much time reading and writing. Her poetry has been published in print and in many on-line publications. Jennifer loves flying by her own wings and looks for any opportunity to soar to new heights.
Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter @PoetryHaiku13 and on Facebook as Jennifer Carr Munoz.
Jenny Dunbar grew up in the United Kingdom and followed a career in the creative and performing arts. Writing was a natural development for her and something she has always done. Voices and the juxtaposition of the ordinary against the extraordinaryalways inspires her as does the half captured phrase or look, an image or a place.
She is a published author of a novel and a poetry anthology and has recently completed a new novel and another collection of poetry. The next piece of creative work she hopes to begin will be a selection of very short stories and prose poetry.
Jensen Reed is a published author, lead admin of the Facebook group Writing Bad, mama to two young boys, and married to her high school sweetheart. She dabbles in reading and writing genres but particularly enjoys feeding characters to zombies and making readers cry. An all-around nerd, she could spend hours talking about shows and movies.
Find her book links, flash fiction, and connect with her on her page
Jo Barbara Taylor lives near Raleigh, NC. Her poems, fiction and academic writing have appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies, more recently, North Carolina Literary Review and Broad River Review. She has published four chapbooks and a full-length collection, How to Come and Go (2016, Chatter House Press). She chairs the workshop committee for the North Carolina Poetry Society, coordinates a quarterly poetry reading series for a local independent bookstore, and leads a poetry writing “funshop” in Durham.
For Joanne Alfano, writing has been art, craft, necessity, passion, recreation, sedation, seduction, microscope, telescope, celebration, eulogy, and memoir. She has recently published in Poets to Come: A Poetry Anthology, by The Walt Whitman Bicentennial, NOVA Bards: An Anthology of Northern Virginia Poetry 2015, 2016, and 2017 Editions and in Poets Anonymous: 25 and Beyond (all from Local Gems Press.) After a career in federal human resources systems, mostly in the Washington, DC area, she retired and lives in Lakeland, Florida with her life partner. She enjoys family and friends, writing, reading, old movies, and creative play with her granddaughter.
Johann van der Walt was born and raised in a small town in South Africa. He studied BA Arts and communication (with industrial psychology as a main subject) and also did an honors degree in Video Production. His poetry has been published locally and internationally, and he is also the winner of the L’Art Poetic: Ingrid Jonker Poetry Award for 2019. His full-length debut in Afrikaans poetry will be published later this year, and a second English collection is already in the works. He lives in Johannesburg and works as a video editor and freelance writer and has written two international children’s books, Frankie Learns To Fly (2018) and Bhubesi(2019)
Read some of his published poetry at Kalahari Review
Katherine Brown is a Texas girl, a lover of books, and a weaver of words. Her first official publication was of two children’s books in 2017, which has now grown into five books of the School is Scary series; however, she likes to think her career as a writer started when she sold her parents newsletters of articles about school and poetry for fifty cents per copy as a pre-teen. Married to a wonderful husband and mom of a smart, spunky stepdaughter, Katherine enjoys spending time with family and reading as many new books as she can get her hands on. Her YA series, the Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery series, is ramping up in 2019 with books one through four released this year.
Kaustubh Nadkarni is an Indian medical practitioner. He loves to unwind, with a mystery novel and a cup of steaming hot chai. Exploring hidden worlds within pages makes him happy. He dabbles in drabbles, short stories, and poetry. When not scribbling words, Kaustubh enjoys football and photography. His works have appeared in various international anthologies.
Laurie Kolp is an avid runner and lover of nature living in Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs. Her poems have recently appeared in Moria, The Pinch, San Pedro River Review, A-Minor, and more. Laurie’s poetry books include the full-length Upon the Blue Couch and chapbook Hello, It’s Your Mother.
(Not pictured) Lisa Van Der Wielen is a primary school teacher and writer from Perth, Western Australia. Her passions for teaching and writing lead her to become a Children’s Author with her first picture book being published in 2017. Her books; Vegetarian Polony, Luna Lucy, Aqua Dog and The Life of Gus support the charities Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House. Her love for the beach, nature, dogs, family and the importance of virtues provide her with inspiration to write poetry and stories that inspire.
Mark Andrew Heathcote is from Manchester in the UK, author of “In Perpetuity” and “Back on Earth” two books of poems published by a CTU publishing group ~ Creative Talents Unleashed and in creative charge, the direction of two anthologies by the same publisher. He’s an adult learning difficulties support worker, who began writing poetry at an early age at school. Mark enjoys spending his leisure time off work reading and writing and spending time gardening.
To learn more, visit Mark’s page
(Not pictured) Mark Mackey is the author of various self-published book. In addition, Mark has had various short stories published in charity anthologies. They include such captivating titles such as Christmas Lites, No Sleeves and Short Dresses: A Summer Anthology, Painted Mayhem, and Grynn Anthology, among others. A longtime resident of Chicago, when not writing, Mark spends time reading various genres of books.
Maxine Churchman, from Essex UK, writes poetry and short stories to share. Her interests are family, camping, walking and yoga. Some of her work has been accepted for publication by Black Hare Press and Beneath The Rainbow.
Melissa Willis-Sell is a published author and poet, who lives with her husband and four children in Kentucky. She is the author of The Chronicles of Fey trilogy, along with the Ann Montgomery crime novels. She penned a children’s book, The Escapades of Nae that follows the story of pixie in the human world. Melissa has several short stories and poems published in various anthologies. She loves to collect everything related to Doctor Who, cookie jars, and anything with dragonflies. Aside from writing, she loves spending time with her children, gaming with her husband, and reading whenever she gets the chance.
Her websitehosts sneak peeks to her latest novels, and author interviews.
Naida Mujkić was born in 1984. She holds PhD in Literature and she works as a docent behind the front desks at two university in BiH. She is a member of PEN Center BiH. She was a guest artist at Q21 Museumsquartier Wien and Goten Publishing Skopje. So far, she published 5 books of poetry and one book of lyrical prose. She has participated in several international poetry and literature festivals, such as Istanbul international poetry and literature festival, 5. Gol Saatleri Şiir Akşamı, 16 . Evenings International Sapanca (Turkey), 34.Festival des migrations, des cultures et de la Citoyenneté (Luxembourg), SUR (Croatia), and many more. Also, she had been chosen to present her poetry at the Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale (Albania). For more information about Naida, visit her author page and Vimeo
mostly thrillers, and science fiction stories. See Nathan’s work in Illuminations Magazine 2016
Ndaba Sibanda‘s poems have been widely anthologized. Sibanda is the author of The Gushungo Way, Sleeping Rivers, Love O’clock, The Dead Must Be Sobbing, Football of Fools, Cutting-edge Cache: Unsympathetic Untruth, Of the Saliva and the Tongue, When Inspiration Sings In Silence and Poetry Pharmacy. His work is featured in The Anthology House, in The New Shoots Anthology, and in The Van Gogh Anthology, and A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Poetic Intersections. Some of Ndaba’s works are found or forthcoming in Page & Spine, Peeking Cat, Piker Press , SCARLET LEAF REVIEW Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Pangolin Review, Kalahari Review and Botsotso. Sibanda’s forthcoming books include Cabinet Meetings (novel), Timebomb (novel) and Notes, Themes, Things And Other Things (nonfiction). Visit Ndaba’s blog
Short-fiction Author, and Poet, Nerisha Kemraj – resides in Durban, South Africa with her husband and two mischievous daughters. She has work published/accepted in various publications – print and online. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science.
Olivia London is an avid reader, master procrastinator, and a proud muggleborn member of house Ravenclaw. She studied English/Creative Writing at the National University of Ireland: Maynooth and Northern Michigan University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in 2009. In her free time, Olivia enjoys binge watching TV shows/movies on Amazon, baking, playing card games, and spending as much time as possible at the beach with her favorite small human and Siberian Huskies. Olivia currently lives on the shores of Lake Superior in beautiful Upper Michigan with her family and small army of four-legged fluffs. She often forgets to tend her social media garden, but she occasionally posts amusing things on Facebook.
When she’s not wandering around the Underworld, Persephone Vandegrift is a multi award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and playwright hailing from Central Oregon. While she has many film projects in development, she is also working on her illustrated fairy tale series, THE VERY FAIRY SERIES, and a Paleolithic novella. For more information about her work, please visit her website.
Quinn Brown is a 17-year-old author based in Adelaide. When he is not fretting about the state of the world or bingeing Netflix, he writes for young adults. His work is based in the genres of fantasy, horror, and romance. He has been previously published by Write4Fun and he regularly performs poetry at Draw Your (S)words. His work has also been featured at the Feast Festival and the Fringe Festival.
Rich Rurshell is a short story writer from Suffolk, England. Rich writes Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy, and his stories can be found in various short story anthologies and magazines. His story “Life Choices” was published in Salty Tales from Stormy Island Publishing. Poetry is a relatively new venture. When Rich is not writing stories, he likes to write and perform music.
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Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in The Virginia Normal, Credo Espoir, and Chiron Review, among others.
Sara Mosier is a Nebraska author, poet, and recent graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a BA in English. Her writing focus is fiction and poetry of which she enjoys typing on an old 1950’s typewriter. She has poetry published in several issues of Laurus Magazine, Cocky-Tales anthology, and University of Nebraska Press’s 75th Anniversary edition of “Voices of Nebraska”. Her romantic short stories “Sparkling Human Conundrum” and “Summer Dilemma” can be found in the anthologies Love Dust and Salty Tales on Amazon.
Sarah Mahina Calvello is a current student of city College of San Francisco. Her daily motivation consists of coffee and dogs.
For more about Sarah, visit her blog
Shawn M. Klimek is the middle child of seven creative siblings, a globetrotting, U.S. military spouse, an internationally best-selling short-story writer, award-winning poet, and butler to a Maltese.
Almost 100 of his stories or poems have been published in e-zines or anthologies since 2018, and he is thrilled to include Stormy Island Publishing’s Sea Glass Hearts among them.
Sheila Verano is a 20 year old girl who is currently pursuing her studies in college. She is an avid reader of Wattpad and a fan girl of k-dramas since she was in high school. Until she decided to start writing her own novelette that is written in Filipino language. She posted it on Wattpad and she feels proud of herself that someone acknowledges or reads her work. Currently, she has started writing different genres of short stories and novelettes that has become one of her passions.
Shelby Lynn Lanaro is a poet by passion and teacher by trade. She received her MFA in 2017 from Southern Connecticut State University, where she now teaches Freshman English. A New England native, Shelby has an acute attention to nature and capturing its splendor through words and photography. Shelby’s poems and photographs have appeared or are forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Dying Dahlia Review, Stormy Island Publishing, Poetry Breakfast, Young Ravens Literary Review, Voice of Eve, The Wild Word, and Gnashing Teeth.
Sioban Timmer lives in Perth, Western Australia and produces humorous stories and poetry on a wide range of themes. She enjoys sharing her work with both adults and children through readings and writing workshops, self publishing expos, literacy programs and writing competitions. Sioban has three publications, Toughen Up, Princess and Feral Fergus aimed at children, Poetry – Don’t be Afraid for adults. Her work has been published in various anthologies in the US and Australia. She is currently working on several children’s books and hopes to release her story It’s Hard to Hug With Wings(winner of the Underground Writers 2018 Kaleidoscope Festival Bedtime Stories Competition) in the near future as well as continuing to inspire, write and perform for adults and children.
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Sylvia Riojas Vaughn is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has been selected as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet three times. She learned to craft poetry with the Dallas Poets Community. Her work appears in Red River Review, Triadæ, HOUSEBOAT, Diálogo, Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), The Arachneed Journal, Highland Park Poetry’s The Muses’ Gallery, Dragon Poet Review, and anthologies and journals in the U.S. and abroad. Her play, La Tamalada, was produced in Fort Worth.
Tyson West lives in Eastern Washington in smoke and dust on the bottom of an Ice Age flood plain. He enjoys reciting his poetry to magpies and coyotes.
He has published poetry and speculative fiction in various genres in Lovecaftiana, Shot Glass Journal, The Fib Review, Songs of Eretz, Rat’s Ass Review, World Haiku Review, Cattails, and Failed Haiku. He has had two poems nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry collection “Home-Canned Forbidden Fruit” is available from Gribble Press. He received third place in the 2nd Annual Kalanithi Contest for his rondel “Under the Bridge”.
For more information please see his profile on “Haiku Registry” online.
Vonnie Winslow Crist, SFWA, HWA, is author of The Enchanted Dagger, Owl Light, The Greener Forest, and other award-winning books. Her writing is included in “Amazing Stories,” “Faerie Magazine,” “Cast of Wonders,” Best Indie Speculative Fiction: 2018, Sea of Secrets, Midnight Masquerade, Ocean Stories, and elsewhere. A cloverhand who has found so many four-leafed clovers that she keeps them in jars, Vonnie strives to celebrate the power of myth in her writing.
For more information: http://www.vonniewinslowcrist.
William Doreski has published three critical studies and several collections of poetry. His poetry, essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in many print and online journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. His most recent book is A Black River, A Dark Fall. His website is williamdoreski.blogspot.com.
English is Ximena Escobar‘s second language. Originally from Chile, she is the author of a translation into Spanish of the Broadway Musical “The Wizard of Oz” (2012) and of an original adaptation of the same, “Navidad en Oz” (2018). Her poetry and short stories feature online in platforms such as Literally Stories, Spillwords and The World of Myth Magazine, and on print in several anthologies including Dragon Soul Press’s “Organic Ink Vol 1”, Black Hare Press’s Dark Drabbles Series and Clarendon House’s “Fireburst” and “Blaze”. She has a degree in Arts & Communication Science.
Ximena lives in Nottingham with her family.
You can follow her progress on Facebook: @ximenautora