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Neil Adams
was born in Devon, England in 1927, and worked as a teacher and Head Teacher until his retirement.

C.J. Allen has been widely published in magazines from Modern Painters to Poetry Review, and has been broadcast on BBC local radio and Radio 4. A prize-winner in numerous poetry competitions, he is also the recipient of a Writer’s Bursary from East Midlands Arts. His published collections are "The Art of being Late for Work" (Amazing Colossal Press 1994), "Elfshot" (Waldean Press 1997) and "When Copenhagen Ended" (Leafe, 2003).

Ed Baker was born in Washington, DC in 1941. He describes himself as being 'happily divorced', is the father of two adult children, and is a prolific artist and poet. His poems have appeared in numerous print and on-line publications, and he is the author of a number of books, including Butcher of Oxen, The City, and Full Moon.

Fred Beake was born in 1948 and grew up in the rural West Riding of Yorkshire. He has published several books of poetry and translations. He was editor of the magazine "The Poet's Voice" from 1982 to 1992, and from 1994 to 2000, and he also ran the poetry publisher, Mammon Press. He completed a Classics degree at Bristol University in 2003.

Stephen Bett is a Canadian poet who has has had twelve books of poetry published; A thirteenth book is due to come out: The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2012). His work has also appeared in over 100 journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand and Finland, as well as in three anthologies, and on radio. He lives in Vancouver.

John Bloomberg-Rissman was born in Chicago and now lives in California, where he is a librarian at the University of Riverside, California (UCR). He has published "When Real was my Favourite Word - Selected Poems", and his book "The Beautiful Distractions" (Bamboo Books) is distributed in the UK by Leafe Press.

Sam Bloomberg-Rissman is a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work crosses the boundaries between commercial photography and fine art.

Ian Brinton is a full-time English teacher at Dulwich College, London. He edits "The Use of English" and has written a series of articles on Black Mountain Poetry for "PN Review". His book on "Great Expectations" is due out on February 14th 2007 (Continuum) and his edition of essays on the poetry of J.H. Prynne appears from Monogene in the New Year.

Adrian Buckner was born in 1962, and studied English Literature at the University of Cardiff. He is editor of "Poetry Nottingham" and has published a two previous collections of poetry, "A Blameless Life" (NPS), and "One Man Queue" (Leafe Press).

Mairéad Byrne is the author of two plays, a short book on James Joyce, two books of interviews with Irish artists, and a substantial collection of poems from Wild Honey Press, "Nelson and the Hurburu Bird". She earned a PhD in Theory & Cultural Studies from Purdue University in 2001, and lives with her two daughters in Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches poetry at Rhode Island School of Design.

Kelvin Corcoran’s first book, "Robin Hood in the Dark Ages", appeared in 1985 and he has published eight subsequent collections with a range of British small presses. His "New and Selected Poems" is now available from Shearsman Books.

M.T.C. Cronin lives in Queensland, Australia. She is the author of ten well-received collections of poetry, two of them in the UK. An earlier book, "Talking to Neruda’s Questions" is also available from Shearsman Books as an e-book, and will shortly be available in Spanish translation in Santiago.

Catherine Daly's first book, "DaDaDa", a trilogy, was published by Salt Publishing in the UK in 2003. Tupelo Press in the U.S. will publish her second book, "Locket", a book of love poems, in November 2004. She lives in Los Angeles.

Dianne Darby is a poet and fiction writer whose first collection, "Perfect Legs", a combination of poetry and short stories, was published in 1995. In 2000, she was writer-in-residence at the City Voice Festival in Leeds. She is a member of the The Woard Hoard, a cooperative of writers, visual artists, performers and musicians, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England

Peter Dent has published many books of poetry, including versions of Sanskrit, Urdu and other languages. He was Managing Editor of Interim Press for twelve years, and edited a collection of essays on Lorine Niedecker. He was born in Forest Gate, London in 1938, and until recently was a village schoolteacher in Devon. He is now a full-time writer.

Conrad Didiodato
teaches high school English in the Halton region of Ontario, Canada. His poetry has been included in World Haiku Review: The Magazine of the World Haiku Club (e-zine); LYNX: A Journal for Linking Poets (e-zine); Tower Poetry; Ancient Heart Magazine; Serengeti Press; Voices Israel 2007; and Poemata. He blogs at http://didiodatoc.blogspot.com.

Laurie Duggan
has had work in several anthologies (since The New Australian Poetry (Makar, 1978). He has read his work in many Australian venues, at the University of London (1987) and at the New Zealand Arts Festival (1990), and has participated in an Australia Council sponsored reading tour of the USA (1987). He is also the author of Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture, 1901-1939 (UQP, 2001). His books 'Compared to What – Selected Poems 1971-2003' and 'The Ash Range' are both available from Shearsman Books.

Carrie Etter is an American poet resident in England since 2001. Her poetry has appeared in, among others, Oasis, Poetry Review, PN Review, Shearsman, Stand, and TLS, Meridian, The New Republic, Seneca Review, and many others. Online, poems have appeared in Jacket, Slope, Free Verse, etc. Subterfuge for the Unrequitable, a pamphlet, was published by Potes & Poets in 1998. She is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing for Bath Spa University and a tutor for The Poetry Society.

Christopher Glover is a graduate of Lancaster University, where he studied English Literature with Creative Writing. His poems have been published by Forward Poetry, Agenda Poetry, The Dawntreader, Savasrati, United Press, The Cannon's Mouth and Streetcake Magazine. He has been awarded the Topwrite Award at the Swanwick Summer School. He lives in Rickmansworth with his family.

Geoffrey Godbert is the author of 14 collections of poetry. His Collected Poems have just been published. His is co-editor of two Faber poetry anthologies and is the editor of an anthology of prose poems. Of his work, Harold Pinter says: "Geoffrey will certainly end up with the poets in heaven."

Tim Godwin works as an art and antiques dealer, and divides his time between England and northern France. His reviews and articles have appeared in a number of magazines.

Mark Goodwin is a climber, he often travels out of his native Leicestershire in search of the vertical. He recently toured the East Midlands with Inky Fish, a collective of 8 poets who read/perform in small shoals of no more than four. Mark works as a community poet. Poetry recently published in Liminal Pleasures, Stride Magazine and Shadowtrain. His first collection, entitled /Else/, is due out from Shearsman in 2008.

Gordon Hadfield is the author of Distants, forthcoming from Blaze Vox, and co-author of correspondence (with Sasha Steensen), a chapbook published by Handwritten Press in 2005. His poems and translations have appeared in journals including Fence, Circumference, Chain, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in Colorado and co-edits Bonfire Press.

Nancy Hadfield is a French scholar and professor of Medieval Literature at Central Methodist University, USA. Her translations from Abdellatif Laâbi's Fragments of a Forgotten Genesis have appeared in Circumference, Blaze Vox, and Fascicle.

Catherine Hales grew up in Surrey and has lived in Norwich, Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin, where she now works as a freelance translator. She once played bass in a new wave band; her jobs have included a disastrous flirt with teaching and being a nursery gardener and a bus conductor. Her poetry and translations have appeared in print and online magazines in the UK and Europe. Her pamphlet 'out of mind' came out in 2006.

Alan Halsey is a painter, collagist & book-illustrator/designer. The text-graphic work Memory Screen will be shown at the Bury Text Festival in 2005. He is also a poet, with numerous books of poetry to his name, the most recent being "Some But Not Everything Remotely, Selected Poems 1978-2004" (Salt), and “Marginalien” (Five Seasons Press). He has been publisher of West House Books since 1994.

Robert Hamberger's poetry has been broadcast on Radio 4, featured on the Guardian Poem of the Week website and has appeared in British, American and Japanese anthologies. His poems have appeared in various magazines, including The Observer, The Spectator, New Statesman, Gay Times, Ambit, The North, The Rialto and Poetry Review. He has been awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and shortlisted for a Forward prize. He has published three collections Warpaint Angel (1997), The Smug Bridegroom (2002) and Torso (Redbeck 2007). His fourth collection Blue Wallpaper is forthcoming from Waterloo Press.

Mark Hillringhouse has served as Poetry Director of the William Carlos Williams Center for the Arts, and has worked as an editor for the New York Arts Journal and The American Book Review. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, is a winner of the Chester H. Jones National Poetry Competition, and in 1998 was a recipient for the third time of a Fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Council. Hillringhouse teaches creative writing and is a member of the National Book Critics' Circle.

Jeremy Hooker was born in the south of England in 1941. He is a poet, critic, teacher and broadcaster, and has published ten previous collections of poetry. He has taught in universities in England, the Netherlands and the U.S.A., and is now Reader in English Literature and Professor at the University of Glamorgan.

Peter Huchel was born in Lichterfelde, near Berlin, in 1903, and died at Staufen, in 1981. He began publishing poetry in 1924, but a first volume was only to appear, in Berlin, in 1948, to be followed by another in Karlsruhe a year later. Following his release from a Soviet war prison he returned to East Germany, where he served as editor of Sinn und Form, published by the East Berlin Academy of Arts. Thereafter, he lived under house arrest, unable to work or publish in his own country, until he was allowed to emigrate to the West in 1971.

Abdulkareem Kasid is well-known in the Arab world as a poet, essayist and translator. He was born in Basra in 1946, and he left Iraq in 1978; since then he has lived and worked in Aden, in Syria and in Algeria before settling in London with his family. He has translated Saint-Jean Perse and Prevert into Arabic. His work appeared in 'Anthology of Translated Arabic Poetry' (Columbia University Press 1987) and 'Iraqi Poetry Today' (King’s College, London 2003) as well as in various UK print and online magazines.

Christine Kennedy is a Sheffield-based writer and artist. Her publications include contributions to "In Place of an Object" (CFAR/Aldgate Press, 2000) and "RSE 4Pack No 4: Renga Plus". Her most recent collection is "Possessions" (The Cherry on the Top Press, 2003). Work can also be seen online at How2 e-zine. A new collaboration between Christine Kennedy and David Kennedy entitled "Ovid's Keyholes" is forthcoming at the Ahadada website.

David Kennedy's most recent collection is "The Roads" (Salt, 2004) which "Stride" called "a truly fascinating and inventive book". He is currently AHRC Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts 2004-07 at Trinity & All Saints, University of Leeds.

Anne Kind was born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1922, and came to England in 1934, one year after Hitler took power in Germany. She trained as a nurse and married a doctor and now has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Anne was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, 1990, for services to the community. Her poetry has been published in poetry magazines, including Stand, New Hope International, Staple, and is represented in the Bloodaxe anthology Long Pale Corridor and the Northwestern University Anthology USA : Beyond Lament.


Abdellatif Laâbi was born in 1942 in Fes, Morocco. In 1966 he founded Anfas/Souffles, an important literary review, which provided a focus for Moroccan creative energies. It was banned in 1972, but throughout its short life, it opened up to cultures from other countries of the Maghreb and those of the Third World. Abdellatif Laâbi was imprisoned, tortured and sentenced to ten years in prison for "crimes of opinion" (for his political beliefs and his writings) and served a sentence from 1972-1980. He was then forced into exile in France, where he has lived since 1985. He is a member of the Académie Mallarmé, and has been a defender of other writers who are persecuted for their writing, including Salman Rushdie.

Yann Lovelock is a former poet and reviewer who since the new millennium has chiefly concentrated on his work as a Buddhist Executive with especial interest in interfaith affairs and religious education. Two joint translation projects from the French are due to be published later this year.

Tom Lowenstein was born near London in 1941. In the 1970s he worked at the Alaska State Museum, and made his first trips to the village of Point Hope on the northwest Arctic coast. Between 1981 and 1990, he pursued an interest in Buddhist literature and thought, and studied Sanskrit and Pali at Cambridge, SOAS and the University of Washington. His work over the past thirty years has included poetry, Inupiaq (north Alaskan Eskimo) ethnography based on research in Point Hope (1973-1988 ) and books related to Buddhism. In 1986, he settled in London where he continues to write and teach.


Rupert Loydell is the Managing Editor of Stride Publications, Editor of Stride magazine, Reviews Editor of Orbis, Associate Editor of Avocado magazine and a regular contributor of articles and reviews to Tangents magazine. During 2003-2004 he was a Royal Literary Fund Project Fellow, working in Exeter schools, following a RLF Fellowship at Bath University. In 2004-2005 he is a RLF Fellow at Warwick University and Poet in Residence at Sherborne School. He lives in Exeter, Devon with his wife and two daughters. Recent publications include A Conference of Voices, The Museum of Light and Endlessly Divisible, and four collaborative works.(Shearsman).

John Lucas is a poet, critic and jazz musician. He was born in England in 1937, and has taught at the universities of Reading, Nottingham and Loughborough. In 1996 he became a research professor at Trent University, Nottingham. He has been a visiting professor in the USA and Greece, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the universities of La Trobe, Melbourne and Tasmania. His book "A World Perhaps - New and Selected Poems" was published by Sow's Ear Press, in 2002.

Julie Lumsden was born into an army family and travelled widely before settling in Nottingham, where she and her husband now live. Her collections are "Naked by Profession" (Leafe Press 2000), and "True Crime" (Shoestring, 2011).

Mary Maher was born to a family of miners in South Yorkshire, and now lives in Devon. She combines writing with family commitments and teaching and has published three collections of poetry. The Hospice Trust, a rehabilitation centre for recovering alcoholics, and the English Department at UCLA have specifically used her work in their programmes.

André Mangeot's short stories have appeared in London Magazine and his poems have been widely published. He was shortlisted in the 1999 TLS/Blackwells competition and was a Bridport prizewinner in 2002. A chapbook of poems, Natural Causes, was published by Shoestring Press in 2003. His first full collection, "Mixer", is due out in Spring 2005.

Peter Maxwell was born in 1987, and grew up in the highliands of Scotland before taking a BA in English Literature at the University of Warwick. He is currently studying for a MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. His influences include the LANGUAGE poetry of Ron Silliman and Lyn Hejinian, and the Nouveau Roman tradition.

Mary Michaels is a widely published writer of both poetry and prose. Recent pieces have appeared in "Stand" (Short Fiction Issue, 2004), "Poetry Review" and the web magazine "How2". Her New and Selected Poems, "The Shape of the Rock" was published in 2003.

Alistair Noon started his creative literary and artistic activities in the late 1980s. He studied Germanic and Slavic Philology at the Universities of Bristol (England) and Voronezh (Russia) in 1989-1993. Since 1995, he has been actively involved in the area of sound and visual poetry, regularly taking part in collective readings and holding solo poetry readings. He has lived in China and now lives in Berlin.

Bobby Parker was born in Kidderminster, England in 1982. His published books include the critically acclaimed 'Ghost Town Music' (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press) and a collection of poetry and prose 'Digging for Toys' (Indigo Dreams). These new poems are part of a collection he will be looking to place with a new publisher later in the year.

Frances Presley's
latest collection is Paravane. Her 'New and Selected Poems' is available from Salt Publishing, Cambridge (2004). She lives in London and is a member of the editorial board of How2.

Peter Riley
was born in 1940 in Stockport, Cheshire. He studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the universities of Keele and Sussex. He has taught at the University of Odense (Denmark), but since 1975 he has lived as a freelance writer, English teacher and book-seller. His poetry has appeared in ten principal collections. He has also written about music and travel. His long poem "Alstonefield", and his Selected Poems "Passing Measures" are published by Carcanet.

Monika Rinck was born in 1969 in Zweibrücken and lives in Berlin. She studied Religious Studies, History und Comparative Literature at Bochum, Berlin and Yale. Her books include Zum Fernbleiben der Umarmung (to refrain from embracing; Kookbooks 2007), Ah, das Love-Ding (Essays, Kookbooks 2006) and Verzückte Distanzen (enraptured distances, poems; in zu Klampen! Verlag 2004). English translations of her work have been published in Shearsman, No Man's Land, Atlanta Review (forthcoming) and at lyrikline.org.

Ian Seed is editor of Shadow Train - www.shadowtrain.com. His work has recently appeared in Free Verse, Green Integer Review, Milk Magazine, The Penniless Press, Poetry Nottingham, PN Review and Stride.

Gavin Selerie was born in London in 1949. His books include Azimuth (Binnacle Press, London, 1984), Roxy (West House Books, Sheffield, 1996), and (with Alan Halsey) The Days of ’49 (West House, 1999). He is currently working on "Le Fanu's Ghost", which deals with the Le Fanu, Sheridan and Blackwood families, all intertwined by marriage. It is partly a Gothic work and in other ways an exploration of Irish culture.

Janet Sutherland lives in Lewes, Sussex. She has been published in numerous magazines, including Stride and Shearsman. Her collection, 'Burning the Heartwood', is available from Shearsman Books.

Maria Taylor
is a poet and reviewer living in Leicestershire. she has been published in various magazines and has a debut collection, "Melanchrini", scheduled for publication in 2012 with Nine Arches Press. She is married to the writer and lecturer Jonathan Taylor and they have twin daughters.

Shannon Tharp is the author of Each Real Bird (The Elliott Press, 2006) and Determined by Aperture (Fewer & Further Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared in The Cultural Society, Effing Magazine, The New Ohio Review, and The New Yinzer, among others. She is from Wyoming and lives in Seattle, where she is a teacher and librarian. Her latest book, and first full length collection, is "The Cost of Walking" (Skysilll Press).

Aaron Tieger
lives in Ithaca, NY, where he edits CARVE Poems, maintains a blog at aarontieger.blogspot.com and works in a bookstore. His poems have recently appeared in Small Town, Coconut, FRAME, and Drill; as well as the recent chapbooks COLTSFOOT INSULARITY (a collaboration with the poet Jess Mynes) and FEBRUARY. His newest, AFTER RILKE, has just been released from Anchorite Press.

Simon Turner was born in Birmingham in 1980. His first collection, You Are Here, was published by Heaventree in 2007. His work has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including The London Magazine, Under the Radar, Tears in the Fence, Dusie and The Wolf. With George Ttoouli, he edits Gists and Piths, a literary blogzine dedicated to the publication and discussion of contemporary poetry. A pamphlet entitled Spring Notations is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press.

Dr Gareth Twose lives in Manchester, worked formerly as a journalist on national and local newspapers, and has taught English and Linguistics at various universities, including University of Sheffield and University of Manchester. A member of Writers' Forum North, he has recently had poems published in SunFish, Assent & Ink, Sweat and Tears. In 2005, completed a PhD entitled 'Style and Syntax in a Corpus of Early Modern Poetry'.

John Welch was born in 1942 and lives in Hackney in east London. In 1975 he founded The Many Press, a poetry publisher which over the next twenty years published many books, pamphlets and broadsheets. Much of his writing touches on his personal experience of psychoanalysis. He helped run the South Asian Literature Society and he edited an anthology of Asian literature, "Stories from South Asia" (Oxford University Press 1984). His Collected Poems has just been published by Shearsman Books.

Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Experimental Ruminations (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems (Origami Poems Project, 2012), Bye, Donna Summer! (Fowlpox Press, 2014), and Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014).