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Universal Oneness: An Anthology of Magnum Opus Poems from around the World

360 poems by 360 poets from 60 Countries

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     ISBN:    978-93-89110-07-4                    Pages: 565                      Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India

About the Book

The book you are flipping through provides us a sublime opportunity of doing our bit to bridge cultural, secular, biological and geographical gaps in these turbulent and disrupted times which pose a threat to our reorientation as an organic whole.

This anthology features 360 poems by 360 poets from 60 countries: Albania, Algeria, America, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Wales, West Indies & Zimbabwe.

Almost all the poets featured herein are established and award winning. It is, therefore, hoped that the anthology will not only present a rich variety to poetry lovers but also serve as a touchstone and reference book for aspiring poets.

List of 360 Contributing Poets

A. D. Winans is a native award winning San Francisco poet and writer. He edited and published Second Coming Magazine /Press for 17 years. His work has been widely published world-wide and translated into nine languages. In 2006 he was awarded a PEN National Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature. In 2009 PEN Oakland awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Kathy Acker Award in poetry and publishing.

Aaron Hoopes is the founder of Zen Yoga and author of numerous books including Reconnecting to the Earth: Reclaiming Our Connection to Nature and Spirit (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2019). His best-selling Zen Yoga Daily Warm-Up DVD has helped thousands of people integrate breathing and gentle movement into their lives. He is a Zen Shiatsu massage therapist and a long-time student of permaculture and plant spirit medicine. He runs the Dragon Mountain Kung Fu School and teaches Earth-based classes, yoga and qigong at the Zen Mountain Healing Centre in Vermont.

Abir Ghorab, born on November 16th, 1991 in Annaba (Algeria). Graduated from the regional school of music on 2010, and obtained a medical doctorate from the medical school of Annaba on September 2018.

Adele C. Geraghty, is author of the poetry collection ‘Skywriting in the Minor Key’, the Poetry Editor of Gold Dust Magazine and the Publishing Editor of ‘Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual’. Her work is published internationally and has been performed on radio in both the US & UK. In 1987, Adele received The US National Women’s History Award for Excellence in Women’s Related Poetry and Essay.

Agnieszka Filipek lives in Galway, Ireland. She writes in both, her native tongue Polish and in English, and also translates in these languages. Her work has been published internationally in countries, such as Poland, Ireland, India, China, England, Wales, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada and the United States. For more see

Alan Catlin has been publishing since the 70’s in magazine, small, large, obscure, unknown and well known. He has published dozens of chapbooks and full length books. His chapbook, Blue Velvet, won the 2017 Slipstream Chapbook Award. He is poetry editor of the online journal,

Alan Garvey was born in Dublin, Ireland, 1975. Awarded a MA in Creative Writing from The Poets’ House, he is the author of three collections of poetry. He has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. A stay-at-home dad, his fourth collection is due for publication in 2019. Recipient of numerous Arts Council grants to travel and work abroad, a poem of his came second in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Award, 2017.

Alaric Naudé (Ed, PhD), Hwasong City, Republic of Korea, is a professor of linguistics and his poetry usually focuses on the human condition, this poem is a memorial to all those who have died in the mindless genocides of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Albert Russo who has published worldwide over 85 books of poetry, fiction and essays (35) and photography (50), in both English and French, his two mother tongues, and sometimes in Italian, (Italian being his ‘paternal’ tongue) – he also speaks Spanish and German and still has notions of Swahili –, is the recipient of many awards, such as The New York Poetry Forum and Amelia (CA) Awards, The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, The AZsacra international Poetry Award (Taj Mahal Review – US$ 500), the Books & Authors Award, several Writer’s Digest poetry and fiction Awards (winner and finalist), aquillrelle Awards, the Prix Colette and the Prix de la Liberté, among others. His work has been translated into about 15 languages in 25 countries, on the five continents.

Alex Dreppec, born 1968 close to Frankfurt, German author with hundreds of publications (poetry and science) in in journals and anthologies in many countries. He has been awarded the renowned “Wilhelm Busch” Prize for humorous poetry in 2004. In 2004, he invented the so called Science Slam which became very successful in Germany and spread to many other countries.

Alexander Raju (b.1952), an Indian English poet, novelist and short story writer has many books to his credit. He is author of one short story collection, three poetry collections and five novels. The Voice of Ethiopia (2008) is an edited work and The Psycho-Social Interface in British Fiction (2000) is a critical work. Currently he is Professor of Literature in University of Gondar, Ethiopia.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, Plume, Tinderbox, Cleaver, Diode, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. She is author of five books. Her photographs are published worldwide. She’s is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.

Alicia Minjarez Ramírez is a multi-awarded poetess, writer, singer, translator, university professor, broadcast radio and T.V. She was born in Tijuana Baja California, Mexico. Winner of the EASAL medal, European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters, Paris France 2018; Awarded “Pride of the Globe” WNWU Kazakhstan 2018; Winner of a special mention and a medal in the International Poetry Prize NOSSIDE Italy 2015 and 2016. President for Mexico in International Writers Association IWA BOGDANI, Albania. Her poems have been translated into 14 languages and published in more than 125 International Anthologies, journals and magazines around the world.

Amanda Anastasi is an Australian poet and author of two poetry collections. Anastasi was awarded the 2017 Words in Winter Trentham Contemporary Poetry Prize and is a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize.

Educator, lecturer, performance poet, eclectic thinker, mentor with staunch multi-cultural mindset and entrepreneurial attitude, Anca Mihaela Bruma considers herself a global citizen, having lived in four continents. Her eclecticism can be seen in her intertwined studies, she pursued: a Bachelor of Arts (Romania) and a Master of Business Administration (Australia).

Andrew Lafleche is an award-winning poet and author of seven books. His work uses a spoken style of language to blend social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit prose, and black comedy. Andrew enlisted in the Army in 2007 and received an honorable discharge in 2014. Visit for more information.

Andrew Scott is a native of Fredericton, NB. During his time as an active poet, Andrew Scott has taken the time to speak in front of classrooms, judge poetry competitions as well as be published worldwide in such publications as The Art of Being Human, Battered Shadows and The Broken Ones. His books, Snake With A Flower, The Phoenix Has Risen, The Path, The Storm Is Coming and Through My Eyes are available now. Searching is his fifth poetry collection.

Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She lives in Delaware, USA.

Anna Banasiak is a poet, writer and occupational therapist. Her poems have been published in New York, London, Surrey, Australia, Canada, India, Africa, Japan, China and Israel. She is the winner of poetry competitions in London, Berlin and Bratislava. Her works have been published in books, magazines and anthologies. She is interested in art and psychology.

Anna Cates is a graduate of Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English) and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). She is author of two poetry collections. She lives in Ohio.

Anna Keiko, from China, is member of Shanghai Pudong Writers Association, President and Chief Editor of Pretty Breeze Literature Society and Vice President of Haipai Poetry Society in Shanghai. Her poems have found their way into more than 50 publications. Over 1,000 poems of hers have been published and some poetry reviews carried out in major national newspapers. For her brilliant works she has won many awards, and her poem collection entitled The Language of Deep Sleep has been broadcast on Shanghai People’s Radio Station. She is also the authoress of dozens of proses, lyrics, essays, sketch comedies and plays etc.

Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and former Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets. She has authored six books of poetry. Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, two grants from OAC etc.

Annette Hope Billings is an award-winning poet from Topeka, Kansas, USA. Her first book, A Net Full of Hope (2015), won Topeka’s ARTS Connect ARTY Award in Literature. Descants for a Daughter (2016), a collection of affirmations, is her most recent publication. She also has work in online and print journals and the anthologies.

Annette LeBox is an award-winning poet, novelist and children’s writer. Her poetry has been published internationally in literary journals such as Event, Poetry Canada, and the Southern Review. Two of her picture books, Peace is an Offering and Salmon Creek won the BC Book Prize and her novels have been nominated for various awards. She holds a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a certificate from The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser.

Annmarie Lockhart is the founding editor of vox poetica (, an online literary salon dedicated to poetry, and Unbound Content (, an independent poetry press. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, she lives and writes two miles east of the hospital where she was born.

Arno Bohlmeijer is the winner of the National Charlotte Köhler Grant, finalist for the 2018 Gabo Prize, finalist for the 2018 Poetry Matters Project, published in 5 countries (US: Houghton Mifflin, UK: Bloomsbury).

Art Ó Súilleabháin is an FLTA (Fulbright Scholarship Program) from Ireland, assisting in the teaching of Irish at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He is originally from Corr na Móna in north Galway. He held the position of Director of The Mayo Education Centre for sixteen years. Art now writes and fishes full time and has published children’s poetry & story books in Irish. He writes for national Radio and poetry journals in Irish and English. See

Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and lived there most his adult life. He worked as an international lawyer, then he and his wife spent seven years in the Brazilian Amazon, serving with the Franciscans, organizing subsistence farmers in a region of violent land conflicts. Currently they live in North Carolina in the U.S.A. Arthur is the author of A Hero For The People (2014 CALA Award) and The Book of Jotham (2012 Tuscany Novella Prize).

Asoke Chakravarty, BOIMELA-UTSAV Award winner, is a poet, writer, artist, playwright, musician and humanist who is of Indian origin and has lived in Canada for 45 years. Chakravarty’s work appears in 14 publications and has been translated to several languages. Chakravarty has exhibited at 19 solo art shows in three continents. Chakravarty is the founder-director of Krittibas Literary Group of Toronto and was the former President of The International Festival of Poetry of Resistance in Toronto. His collection of poems Vaater thaalaai eto kaantaajhop was nominated for the Sahitya Academy in New Delhi. He is an Engineer with an MBA and holds Fine Arts Diplomas.

Dr. Avdhesh S. Jha is an author, poet, teacher and observer. Presently he works with EDI of India. With ten doctoral scholars, being awarded the doctorate degree, the guide and mentor to Ph.D. aspirants, has presented several papers on different topics at national and international seminars. He has written about more than 200 poetries in English and Hindi. Associated with institutes of national repute, he has organised seminars and workshops and delivered talks and lectures at various seminars, workshops etc. He is awarded with Charottar Gaurav and Bharat Excellence.

Barbara Ann Briggs is a “citizen of the universe” who has devoted her life to spiritual perfection. She is the author of Pilgrimage on the Path of Love, a novel of visionary fiction. She is a poet, a graduate in philosophy from New York University, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, a freelance journalist and a tanpura accompanist. She has composed over 250 poems. Many of her articles have been published in New Age magazines. She resides in India. Her web site is:

Barbra Nightingale’s poems have appeared in over 100 national journals and anthologies. She has eight books of poetry published by small presses, the latest of which is Alphalexia (2017). She lives in Hollywood, Florida, with her assorted menagerie of two and four-legged creatures. She is an associate editor for the South Florida Poetry Journal.

Bashabi Fraser has several poetry collections and has been widely anthologised. Her recent publications include The Homing Bird (2017), Thali Katori: An Anthology of Scottish & South Asian Poetry (2017) and Letters to my Mother and Other Mothers (2015). She is the Founder/ Chief Editor of the academic and creative e-journal, Gitanjali and Beyond. Bashabi’s awards include Outstanding Woman of Scotland (Saltire Society, 2015) and the Word Masala Foundation Award for Excellence in Poetry, 2017. Bashabi is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Dundee University, a Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs), Edinburgh Napier University. http://www. & http://basha

Belinda Riehl is a winning haiku poet, whose short stories and poems are published in, Sonoma Seniors Today, and anthologies by Redwood Writers (RW) – largest branch of the California Writers Club. She writes fiction, memoir, blogs, and edits fellow writers’ work. She has contributed to the RW Board of Directors as Vice President and Membership Chair, along with numerous other volunteer positions since 2014. Most recently she served as Associate Editor of RW 2018 prose anthology Redemption. Belinda was awarded the RW 2015 Pullet Surprise (say it aloud) for her volunteer work. Her musings can be found at

Ben Nuttall-Smith is a Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Publications include several books of poetry, two novels, an illustrated biography, illustrated children’s books and Haiku for children. Ben was the winner of The Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award 2011 for work as a writer and for service to the writing community. He was also awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, May 2013, “in recognition of extraordinary service and dedication to the ideal of Writers Helping Writers”.

Benjamin Kwakye was born in Accra, Ghana. He is the winner of two Commonwealth Prize for Literature Book Awards for his novels The Clothes of Nakedness and The Sun by Night. Kwakye is also the author of other novels, a novella collection, a short story collection, an epic poem, and a collection of poetry. His other literary awards include the 2011 IPPY Gold Award for Adult Multicultural Fiction. He is the director of The Africa Education Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science education in Africa.

Benyamin Bensalah was born in Algeria, Rouiba. Later, he spent his childhood in Hungary which is his mother’s native country. At the age of 21, he went back to his hometown in Algeria to continue his studies on the fields of English Applied Linguistics and Education. He has participated in a couple of poetry and short story contests and done publications, keeping the virtue of his life attached to literature.

Bernard Mann is a landscape architect, novelist, poet and artist.  He is the author of the historical novel, David & Avshalom, Life and Death In the Forest of Angels, published by Amazon in 2018, a semi-finalist for the Chaucer prize. His fiction and poetry have been published in various journals and anthologies. His fiction includes Sea Change and Least Heard Sounds, and other short stories. Non-fiction includes Rivers in the City (1973), a volume on waterfronts in Europe and the U.S., and Groundbreaking, Riverfront Cities on New Frontiers. He has won many prizes for his poetry, including third prize in the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse 2008.

Bernice Lever, a writer, editor and teacher, creates prize winning poetry on Bowen Island, BC. Her 10th poetry book was “Small Acts”, Black Moss Press, 2016. She edited WAVES, Fine Canadian Literature, at York U., Toronto, 1972-1987. Her grammar & composition book (now a free PDF) is “The Colour of Words”.

Betty Scott is the author of Central Heating: Poems of Love, Loss and Planet Earth published by Cave Moon Press in Yakima, WA. She is an award winning poet whose work has appeared in publications and anthologies in Vancouver, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest. She also collaborates with guitarist, singer, songwriter JP Falcon Grady who puts many of her poems to music. She is currently writing a third book of poems, and a collection of short stories. Her website is

Beverly Matherne is the author of six bilingual books of poetry. She is professor emerita of English at Northern Michigan University (in The United States), where she served as director of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing and poetry editor of Passages North literary magazine. She has received seven first-place prizes, including the Hackney Literary Award for Poetry, and four Pushcart nominations. Widely published and widely travelled, she has done over 350 readings across the U.S., Canada, and France and in Wales, Belgium, Germany, and Spain.

Bill Cotter lives and writes in Victoria, Australia. Eight collections of his poetry and a historical novel have been commercially published. He has won a number of literary awards, including the International Library of Poetry competition and the Melbourne Shakespeare Society’s sonnet competition.

Poet, author and consulting educationist, Bob DCosta is a maverick who elopes with travel, honeymoons with fractured sunsets and sleeps with dusk but is married to words. With several published books and giving poetry readings at gatherings at home and abroad he was former Associate Poetry Editor of Eastlit, a literary journal published from Thailand. Bob is a member of Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL), the SAARC Apex body. He can be reached at  and /bobdcosta

Brian Gerard D’Arcy was born in Rossendale, England. His Irish grandparents had migrated from their homes in Counties Mayo and Sligo in the west of Ireland after the Irish famine in the nineteenth century. Brian retired from teaching in Sheffield Hallam University in 1995. He lives in Sheffield with his wife Debjani Chatterjee, who is an internationally known poet. He has two surviving daughters: Michele in Idaho, USA, and Andrea in Lancashire, England. He also has seven grandchildren.

Brian J. Rance is the author of “Finding My Place,” “Walking my Patch” and “A Journey through South – East England”. Three guide books for long distance walks in the south east of England.

Bronislava Volková is a bilingual poet, semiotician, translator, collagist, essayist and Professor Emerita of Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. She authored some twenty books of poetry, two books on linguistic and literary semiotics (Emotive Signs in Language and A Feminist’s Semiotic Odyssey through Czech Literature), as well as a large anthology of Czech poetry translations Up The Devil’s Back (with Clarice Cloutier). Her poetry has been translated into twelve languages. She has also received a number of literary and cultural awards. More info at:

Bruce Hunter, born in Canada, is the author of five poetry books, the short story collection, Country Music Country and a novel, In the Bear’s House, about a young deaf boy raised in the wilderness, which won the 2009 Canadian Rockies prize at the Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival. In 2010, his selected poems Two O’Clock Creek – won the Acorn-Plantos Peoples’ Poetry Award for Canada. In 2017, he was the Calgary Public Library’s Author in Residence.

Bruce Lader is the former Director of Bridges Tutoring, a multicultural organization. Lader’s books include Fugitive Hope, Embrace, and Discovering Mortality, a finalist for the 2006 Brockman-Campbell Book Award. A 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee, he won the international 2010 Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition and has received a writer-in-residence fellowship from The Wurlitzer Foundation.

Bruce Meyer is author of more than sixty books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography, and literary journalism. He is professor of Poetry at Victoria College in the University of Toronto and professor of Creative Writing at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.

Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, USA, Bruce Taylor is author of four collections of poetry and editor of eight anthologies. He has awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bush Artist and Fulbright-Hayes foundations.

C. J. Prince is author of the poetry book Mother, May I?, a novel, Canvas Angels, and Twenty Four Houses, a chapbook. Her work includes pieces in Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West; Last Call: the Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry; 56 Days of August; Peace Poetry, Volumes I & II; Four Hundred and Two Snails. Prince received the Distinguished Poet Award from Writers International Network Canada, is a co-founder of World Peace Poets.

C.L. Williams is an independent author from central Virginia. He is a writer of poetry and fiction. His latest releases are a poetry book titled The Paradox Complex and a horror novella titled Dream Awake. C.L. Williams is currently gearing up for his first romance novella titled The Next Step.

Calvin Olsen is an internationally-published poet and translator originally from Idaho in the United States. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and work has appeared in The London Magazine, International Poetry Review, AGNI, The Interpreter’s House, Tampa Review, and many others. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC, USA, where he is the poetry editor for The Carolina Quarterly.

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry and two collections of short stories. She has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award in Poetry and The Atlantic Poetry Prize and The Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. She lives and teaches in Canada.

Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita, has co-edited three anthologies and published eight poetry books, including The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award. Her poetry, along with that of other Virginia poets laureate, is featured in two art installations as part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Authority, Art in Transit. An abstract artist, Kreiter-Foronda’s paintings and sculpture have been exhibited widely.

Catfish McDaris won the Thelonius Monk Award in 2015. He’s been active in the small press world for 25 years. He’s recently been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin, Yoruba, Tagalog, Italian, and Esperanto.

Chandra Shekhar Dubey is a poet, translator, researcher and teacher. He is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (E), University of Delhi. He has published books, poems, reviews, short stories and research papers. He published three books of his poems. His poems have been widely anthologized nationally and internationally. He edited the translated version of Ramcharitmanas, Richa Publication, New Delhi, 1999.

Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of three collections of poetry including the recent “The Ends of the Earth: Collected Poems (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015)” and “The Ascent of Feminist Poetry”, as well as “I Meet Geronimo and Other Stories” (Avignon Press, 2015) and “Three Seasons: Writing Donald Hall (Collection of the Houghton Library, Harvard University). He created and contributes to The Meaning of Poetry Series for The Gutenberg Project. http://charles

Chella Courington is a writer and teacher. With a Ph.D. in American and British Literature and an MFA in Poetry, she is the author of six poetry and three flash fiction chapbooks. Her poetry appears in numerous anthologies and journals. Originally from the Appalachian South, Courington lives in California. For more information:

Christian Loid Valenzuela, also known as iamloid, is a Humanities and Social Sciences Senior High School graduate from the Philippines. He is an independently published author, a three-time National Novel Writing Month winner and a World Youth Essay Competition 2018 Finalist. As of now, he is a Senior Engagement Ambassador at Wattpad, a Social Media Specialist at 8Letters Bookstore and Publishing and taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education – Major in English.

Christina Lovin’s writing has appeared in over one hundred literary journals and anthologies, as well as five volumes of poetry. She is the recipient of numerous poetry awards, including the Kurt Brown Scholarship from AWP, Passager poet of the year, Southern Women Writers Emerging Poet, and finalist in the 7th Juried Reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago. She continues to receive writing residencies, fellowships, and grants, most notably the Al Smith Fellowship from Kentucky Arts Council, Artist’s Grants from Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Elizabeth George Foundation Grant.

Christopher Buckley lives in Santa Barbara, CA, USA. Recent books are Star Journal: Selected Poems Univ. of Pittsburgh Press; Chaos Theory, Plume Editions; and Cloud Memoir: Selected Longer Poems, Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Agnostic will be published by Lynx House Press in fall 2019. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing, and four Pushcart Prizes. He has edited many books.

Chukwuemeka Akachi is a poet who lives and writes in Nsukka, a beautiful town in Nigeria. He is the current editor of The Muse, a journal of critical and creative writing.

Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, Claude Clayton Smith is the author of eight books and co-editor/translator of two others. His own work has been translated into five languages, including Russian and Chinese. His poem “Until” won first place in the American Aesthetic Sonnet Competition in 2016, was included in Nuclear Impact, a 2017 anthology of poems by Shadbda Press, and his 2017 micro-chapbook, Seven Sonnets, by the Origami Poems Project. For further information see his website:

Claudia Piccinno was born in Lecce, Italy in 1970. Operating in more than seventy anthologies, she’s a former member of the jury in many national and international literary prizes. Her awards include an honorable mention in the Paris 1st Word Literary Prize and a 3rd prize in Lugano, Switzerland, 3rd prize in Albania; She has been the first Italian poetess to be awarded with The Stelae of Rosetta, World Literary Prize in Istanbul on November 2016. She will be conferred with the most prestigious award “World icon for peace” for Wip in Ondo city, Nigeria, on April 2017. She is italian editor for the international literary magazine Rosetta World Literatura in Turkey and for Atunis Magazine in Albania.  She is now continental art director for Europe at world festival poetry.

Claudine Nash is a psychologist and award-winning poet whose collections include The Wild Essential (Kelsay Books, 2017), Parts per Trillion (Aldrich Press, 2016) and the chapbook The Problem with Loving Ghosts  (Finishing Line Press, 2014).  She has also edited three anthologies of poetry, most recently Epiphanies and Late Realizations of Love for Transcendent Zero Press (2019).  Widely published, her poetry has earned numerous literary distinctions including Pushcart Prize nominations and prizes from such publications and artistic organizations as Artists Embassy International, Thirty West Publishing House, The Song Is… and Eye on Life Magazine among others. Website:

Cleber Pacheco is a Brazilian novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright. He has 17 books published in Brazil and he has contributed to various poetry collections in Canada, India, UK, US and Ireland. His book of poetry Mysteries won a contest in US. His play INTIMACY has received two awards.

Clinton Inman was born in England, graduated from SDSU in 1977 BA in philosophy, is a retired high school teacher in Florida where he lives with his wife, Elba.

Twice winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for poetry, Canadian poet Colin Morton has published a dozen books, ranging from visual and sound poetry (Printed Matter; Two Decades) to historical narratives (The Merzbook: Kurt Schwitters Poems; The Hundred Cuts: Sitting Bull and the Major). His other work includes a novel, an animated film, and many reviews and essays. He has collaborated with poets, artists, and musicians in the poetry performance group First Draft and with film-maker Ed Ackerman in the award-winning animated poetry film Primiti Too Taa.

Cynthia Sharp is the author of Rainforest in Russet and the editor of Poetic Portions, an anthology honouring Earth Day. She has been published and broadcast internationally, with over 130 poems in anthologies and literary journals, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. She is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets and Haiku Canada and on the executive of The Federation of British Columbia Writers.

C. Chambial (b. 1950) is PhD in Indian English Poetry; Trilingual (English, Hindi and Pahari of Himachal Pradesh) contemporary Poet, Critic, and translator. Has been published and anthologized in India and abroad. Poems translated into Spanish, French, German, Nepali, Bangla, Hindi, and Pahari. Three books of criticism on his poetry. He is a recipient of several awards including Michael Madhudan Academy Award, Poetry Day Australia Gold Medal, Lachian Art Letters, Campbell, California, Lifetime Achievement by Intercontinental Poets Academy, and others. Ten books of poems to his credit. More than 15 interviews published in various Journals and On-line journals/magazines. Edits Poetcrit (estd 1988).

Dallel Sarnou is an associate professor (at the English department, Mostaganem university, Algeria), poetess and academic researcher. She has already published a number of articles, two monographs and a series of poems in international anthologies. Now, she is working on the human crisis and the de-humanization of non-white minorities.

Dan Georgakas’ poetry has been anthologized in works such as 31 New American Poets (Scribner’s), A Fine Frenzy (McGraw Hill), The Insistent Present (Houghton-Mifflin), Abandon Automobile (Wayne State U Press), The Now Voices (Scribner’s), Campfires of the Resistance (Bobbs-Merill), Always Begin Where You Are (McGraw-Hill), and Millennial Portals (Walt Whitman Association). He has published two poetry chapbooks: And All Things Their Children (Shameless Hussy Press) & Three Red Stars (Smyrna Press). He has also edited Prison Poetry (NJ State Council of the Arts) & Z (Smyrna Press).

Daniel de Culla, is a writer, poet, and photographer. He’s member of the Spanish Writers Association, Earthly Writers International Caucus, Poets of the World, (IA) International Authors, Surrealism Art, and others. Director of Gallo Tricolor Review, and Robespierre Review. He participated in many Festivals of Poetry, and Theater in Madrid, Burgos, Berlin, Minden, Hannover and Genève. He has exposed in many galleries from Madrid, Burgos, London, and Amsterdam. He is moving between North Hollywood, Madrid and Burgos, Spain. His address is in Burgos, just now. He has more than 70 published books.

Daniel Many Owiti is a Kenyan creative writer. He participated in the inaugural Nyanza Literary festival (NALIF-2016) where he was a first runners-up. He is the founder of Eldoret Poets Association.

Daniel Thomas Moran, born in New York City in 1957, is the author of ten collections of poetry. His eleventh collection, “In the Kingdom of Autumn”, will be published by Salmon Poetry in Ireland in 2019. In 2005, he was appointed Poet Laureate by The Legislature of Suffolk County, New York. His collected papers are being archived by The Department of Special Collections at Stony Brook University. He is a retired Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine. He is Arts Editor for The Humanist magazine in Washington, DC. He and his wife Karen live in Webster, New Hampshire.

Daniel Williams is a poet of the Yosemite and Sierra Mountains in California. Several of his poems are found in Yosemite’s time capsule to be opened in 2040. A haiku of his is imprinted on the MAVEN Mars explorer which will orbit the red planet for the next 3 billion years or so. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry by College of the Redwoods in 2015.

Dariusz Tomasz Lebioda, PH. D. (1958) is Polish poet, writer, literature professor, translator and editor. He is the author of more than eighty books of poetry, short stories, novels, diaries, essays, scientific monographs of European romantic poets, contemporary Polish poets and world novelists. He is the winner of a lot of Polish and international literary prizes. He is the President of European Medal Of Poetry And Art – HOMER. 

Dave Kirby is a prolific author and poet. He is author of 12 books. He lives in Sheffield England and writes poetry about love loss and football. He blogs daily. He is currently working as a lecturer at Sheffield College.

David Alpaugh lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 100 literary journals have published his poetry, essays and plays. His first poetry collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press, and he has been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California.

David Groulx was raised in Ontario, Canada. He won the 3rd annual Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards. He has published eleven books of poetry. His book, The Wabigoon River Poems was nominated for the Archibald Lampman award in 2015. Was the Writer-in-Residence for Toronto for November 2012. His poetry has been translated into French, Ojibwa and Cree languages. Red River Review nominated his poetry for the Pushcart Prize in 2012. One Throne Magazine nominated his poetry for the National Magazine Awards in 2014. His poetry has appeared in over 180 magazines in 15 countries.

As a poet, and recently a memoire/short story writer, David J Delaney has had wonderful support, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia and worldwide. His love for writing and the impact it has on everyday people, has, definitely been an inspiration to him. To date he has published 4 books, won several awards and has had his works published in many anthologies worldwide.

David James has published three books and six chapbooks; in addition, more than thirty of his one-act plays have been produced in the U.S. and Ireland. He teaches writing at a community college in Michigan.

David Lohrey’s plays have been produced in Switzerland, Croatia, and Lithuania. His poetry can be found in Otoliths (AUS), Tuck Magazine (UK), Terror House (Hungary), and the Cardiff Review (Wales). His fiction can be read online at Dodging the Rain, Storgy Magazine, and Literally Stories. David’s collection of poetry, Machiavelli’s Backyard, was published by Sudden Denouement Publishers (Houston, 2017). He lives in Tokyo, Japan.

David Stones is a poet, performance and spoken word artist, residing in both Toronto and Stratford, Ontario. He transformed his first book of poetry, Infinite Sequels (Friesen Press, 2013), into a one man show of the same name. Hailed by London Free Press as a “brilliant and beautiful piece of theatre,” Stones performs Infinite Sequels throughout Southern Ontario. Stones’ poetry has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals. He is the recent winner of the Brooklin Poetry Society prize and is readying two manuscripts for publication.

David Supper, poet and artist, founded a poetry group, Serpent’s Tooth, soon after moving to Nottingham in 2007, which involved a bringing together of local poets to learn from each other and to pursue a greater understanding of the medium. David’s work has featured in local, national and international publications including Cornwall – a poetry anthology, Poetry London, Lucidity Poetry USA.

Davidson Garrett is a poet, actor, and former New York City taxi driver living in Manhattan. His poetry has appeared in 2 Bridges Review, Xavier Review, The Stillwater Review, First Liteary Review East, The New York Times, Impossible Archetype, and in Podium: the literary journal of the 92nd Street Y. Davidson is the author of the poetry collection, King Lear of the Taxi published by Advent Purple Press, and three chapbooks, To Tell the Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems, published by Finishing Line Press, and Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem and What Happened to the Man Who Taught Me Beowulf, published by Advent Purple Press.

DC Reid is a past president of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers Federation of BC. His most recent awards are the National Roderick Haig-Brown Award for sustained environmental writing, and the Somewhere My Love Anthology, gold prize winner for poetry. His literary sites are:, and

Debbie Amirault Camelin is a prize-winning poet and 8th generation Acadian with roots in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her poems are described as transporting readers through time and space on a journey both emotional and geographical. Recent anthologies her work has appeared in: Beyond the Sea: Tranquility, Eber & Wein Publishing 2014; Saving Bannister: Niagara Poetry Anthology, Volume 29 2014; Expectations, Ottawa Arts Review2015; Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry, 2015 & 2016; Passages Carleton University 2016; Waiting Ottawa Arts Review 2016. Debbie published her poetry book, Light in the Mist, in January 2019.

Debjani Chatterjee has been called a ‘national treasure’ (Barry Tebb). She grew up in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, and Egypt, before settling in England. An international poet, children’s writer, translator, arts psychotherapist and Olympic torchbearer; her awards include an MBE, Sheffield Hallam University’s honorary doctorate, and Word Masala’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A former Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education, she is Patron of Survivors Poetry, and De Montfort University’s Royal Literary Fellow. She has had notable poetry residencies, including at various universities. Her 65+ books include: Namaskar: New and Selected Poems, and Masala. More at 

Dennis Haskell has published 8 collections of poetry, most recently Ahead of Us (Fremantle Press, 2016) and What Are You Doing Here? (University of The Philippines Press, 2015) plus 14 volumes of literary scholarship and criticism. He is the recipient of the Western Australia Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the A A Phillips Prize for a distinguished contribution to Australian literature, and of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Western Australia. In 2015 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for “services to literature, particularly poetry, to education and to intercultural understanding”.

Dianalee Velie is the Poet Laureate of Newbury NH. She is the author of five books of poetry and a collection of short stories. She is a member of the Vermont Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, the New England Poetry Club, the International Woman Writers Guild, the New Hampshire Poetry Society and founder of the John Hay Poetry Society.

Diane Frank is author of seven books of poems, two novels, and a photo memoir of her 400 mile trek in the Nepal Himalayas (Nirala Publishing, 2018). Her new book of poems, Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines (Glass Lyre Press, 2018) received a Pushcart nomination. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Diane lives in San Francisco, where she dances, plays cello in the Golden Gate Symphony, and creates her life as an art form. She teaches at San Francisco State University. Her website is:

Dike Okoro, poet and essayist, was shortlisted for the 2016 Cecile De Jongh Literary Prize for Poetry. His publications include two poetry collections, Dance of the Heart (2007), and In the Company of the Muse (2016), a book described by World Literature Today as “a work of substance in which the poet deploys versatile techniques to express his experiences in a controlled form.” He is the recipient of a 2017-18 Newberry Scholar-in-Residence Award from the Newberry Library, USA. His poems have appeared in major anthologies and literary journals.

Dilip Mohapatra (b. 1950), a decorated Navy Veteran is a well acclaimed poet in contemporary English and his poems appear in many literary journals of repute worldwide. He has six poetry collections to his credit so far all published by Authorspress. His website may be accessed at

Born in Sydney to Greek parents, Dina Kafiris travelled to Athens at the first opportunity to study philosophy. She was a regular member and collaborator of the prestigious Corais group of the literary magazine Nea Synteleia, (New End of the World), under the eminent Greek poet Nanos Valaoritis. Her poetry collection The Blinding Light Circling Elpida, in one act, was published in 2014 by the British publisher, Original Plus, and is part of the forthcoming trilogy entitled ‘21st-century Modern Greece: The First Decade’. Until recently, she was Writer in Residence and Guest Lecturer at Kingston University London.

DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing, was placed second in the 2015 Data Dump Award for Genre Poetry, and has been published in The Rhysling Anthology 2016, issues of Cyaegha, Carillon, Frostfire Worlds, Illumen, The Pen, Scifaikuest, Sirens Call, Tigershark and California Quarterly, and online at Makata, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Bindweed, Poetry Pacific, Scarlet Leaf Review and The Muse, as well as releasing several chapbooks, including the critically acclaimed Our Story. DJ Tyrer’s website is at

Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based writer, has published poetry worldwide in such diverse journals as Acumen, Shi Chao Poetry, Poetry Salzburg, Journal of Italian Translation, Gradiva, and The Pedestal. She has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and other organization, and is a 7-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her most recent book of poems is EDGES. 

Doris Hambuch, raised in Germany, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English Literature at UAE University. Her publications include essays on Caribbean literature, ecocriticism, film analysis, and trans-cultural feminism. She is a contributor to the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies and to the Routledge Who’s Who in Contemporary Women’s Writing. Her poetry has appeared in Fait Accomplit, the magazine of the Comparative Literature Association of the University of Alberta, and in Women’s Voices, the journal of the Women’s Center at Western Illinois University.

Doug Bolling’s poetry has appeared in Posit, Water-stone Review, Isthmus, Aji, Bangalore Review, The Missing Slate (with interview), and Poetry Pacific among others. His poems have received Best of the Net and Pushcart nominations and several awards, recently the Mathiasen Prize for his poem “Body and Soul” published at the University of Arizona. He holds the MA and PhD from Iowa and has taught at Colleges in the Midwest and elsewhere. He is working on a Collection and lives in the environs of Chicago.

Dragica Ohashi is based in Aichi, Japan. She participated in “Ashita No Hon” project (JBBY Japan), illustrated a story The Biggest Bubble (written by Rachel Wilson) for American School Elementary Library in Tokyo. Ohashi participate in many festivals and art projects for children and her poetry is included in anthologies. Works and cartoons were published in Artissimo Catalogue (Hungary), Palatifini Cartoons (Italy) Catalogue, Book ILL FEST Catalogue, Carp Tale Newsletter SCBWI (Japan), Asahi Haikust Network Issue.

DS Maolalai recently returned to Ireland after four years away, now spending his days working maintenance for a bank and his nights drinking wine. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Duane Vorhees divides his time between Thailand and the US. Among his projects is a daily webzine devoted to poetry and other creative arts,, which features artists from around the world. Hawakal, in Kolkatta, recently published his most recent collection of poetry, “Love’s Autobiography: Selections from The Many Loves of Duane Vorhees.”

Dustin Pearson is the author of two books of poetry. He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and holds an MFA from Arizona State University.

Dženedina Mušanović was born on 29.06.1993 in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), where she finished Philosophical Faculty (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language and Literature). At the moment she is studying for master’s degree. She is a member of several poetry groups and was a participant in various events.

Ed Woods was born in Toronto and now lives in Dundas, Ontario. Ed has self-published chapbooks (11), and creative writing in many anthologies and is a member of Tower Poetry Society, The Ontario Poetry Society, World Poetry Group, and Hamilton Artists and Writers.

Edward Morin is from Chicago and has degrees in English from University of Chicago and Loyola University. His poems have appeared in Hudson Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Collections of his poetry include Labor Day at Walden Pond, The Dust of Our City and Housing for Wrens (Cervena Barva Press, 2016). His co-translations of Arabic and Chinese poems have appeared in Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Asymptote. He edited and co-translated The Red Azalea: Chinese Poetry since the Cultural Revolution (U. of Hawaii Press, 1990). He co-hosts the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series of readings and workshops in Ann Arbor.

Elisabeth Murawski is the author of Heiress, just published by Texas Review Press, Zorba’s Daughter, which won the May Swenson Poetry Award, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks. Recent publications include The Yale Review, FIELD, and Southword. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA. For individual poems she has won the Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize (2016), the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Prize (2015), the Mudfish 11 Prize (2011), Phyllis Smart-Young Prize (2011), Shenandoah’s Graybeal-Gowen Award (2011) and the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize (2006). She has received ten Pushcart Prize nominations.

Elizabeth P. Glixman is the author of four chapbooks. You can read her poetry, fiction and interviews (she was the interview editor for for many years) in numerous print and online publications.

Emer Davis a poet and writer, grew up on the west coast of Ireland. She has lived in London, Ireland, Abu Dhabi and New Delhi. Kill Your Television, a collection of early poems was published in 2010. Over 60 poems and several short stories have been published in Ireland, Mexico, UK, USA and the UAE since 2009. She ran the Drogheda Creative Writers Group and Poetry in the Park in Ireland and organised a Poetry Trail in August 2018.

Emma Miklášová is 17-year-old student from Slovakia. She is very interested in psychology, poetry, and reading. This is often reflected in her poems, as most of them are connected to her feelings and mental hardships. She likes this poem, Petrified, the most because she feels like it sums up her feelings very well.

Emmanuel Udoma is a Nigerian creative writer and poet. He was longlisted in the Top 100 category of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2017, longlisted in the September 2018 edition of brilliant flash fiction contest, shortlisted in the June 2018 edition of Creative Freelance Writers Contest and a runner up at the Brigtte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC) July 2018 Edition. He resides in Uyo, Nigeria where he pursues a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery.

Enesa Mahmić (1989) is a Bosnian travel writer, poet and feminist. She is a member of PEN Center. Her work has appeared in various journals, as well as anthologies. Her poems have been translated into English, German, Italian, Turkish, Slovenian, Albanian and Hungarian.

Eric Paul Shaffer is author of seven books of poetry. More than 500 of his poems have been published in national and international reviews in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, and the United Kingdom. Shaffer received Hawai’i’s 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, a 2006 Ka Palapala Po’okela Book Award, and the 2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry. Shaffer teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.

Erik Ondrejička was born on May 1,1964 in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is an author of 7 collections of poems for adults and 2 books of verse for children. Joint ventures with prominent artists resulted in a number of bibliophile collections of poems and pictures. Erik Ondrejička takes pains to be communicative in his poetry, while striving for aesthetic and ethical quality. He combines a sense of time-transcendence with a contemporary vision of the world. By mastering classical poetic techniques, he seeks to rehabilitate traditional instruments of the poetic art such as rhyme and the music of verse.

Eva Bell is a doctor by profession but also a writer. Her articles and short stories have been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She is also a published author of several novels and non-fiction. Web: Blog: http://muddy

Evelína Kolářová is a young, emerging writer from the Czech Republic. Her poems have been previously published in poetry journals, such as Really System, The Gambler Mag or Genre: Urban Arts and in an international anthology – AIPF di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology 2017. She currently studies at the University of South Bohemia.

Faleeha Hassan is a poet, teacher, editor, writer, play writer born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who now lives in the United States. She is the first woman to write poetry for children in Iraq. She received her master’s degree in Arabic literature, and has now published 21 books. Her poems have been translated into more than 15 languages. She has received many awards in Iraq and throughout the Middle East for her poetry and short stories. She has also been nominated for Pulitzer Prize in 2018.

Farideh Hassanzadeh-Mostafavi is an Iranian poet, translator and freelance journalist. Her first book of poetry was published when she was twenty-two. Her poems appear in various anthologies. She is the author of Eternal Voices: Interviews with Poets East and West and The Last Night with Sylvia Plath: Essays on Poetry. In addition she has translated Selected Poems of various coveted poets. Her new book is “Footprints of Cats in Poetry, Stories, Paintings, Politics, Religion, Medicine, Cinema and Science.”

Federico Federici is a physicist, a translator and a writer. He lives between Berlin and the Ligurian Apennines. His works have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Among his books: the long poem in English and German “Requiem auf einer Stele” (2017), the collection “On a certain practical uncertainty” (2018) dedicated to W. K. Heisenberg and the asemic album “Liner notes for a Pithecanthropus Erectus sketchbook” (2018), with a foreword by SJ Fowler. In 2017 he was awarded the Lorenzo Montano Prize for prose.

Felice Picano is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, memoirs, nonfiction, and plays. Among the latter is his 1995 prize winner, Like People in History. His first book of poems was The Deformity Lover and Other Poems. His second, Window Elegies, received the Poetry Association of America’s Chapbook Award. His most recent poetry, including his “Elegy For W.H. Auden,” has appeared in magazines and anthologies.

Fernando Martinez Alderete is a writer, poet, theater actor, radio producer. Born in Leon Guanajuato Mexico on April 21, 1977. His poems have been published in 63 anthologies in thirteen countries around the world and he is author of two books, one of poetry and another of short stories.

Frank Finale is the author of To The Shore Once More, Volumes I-III, which contain his poems, essays, and art work from local artists. He has co-edited two poetry anthologies: Under a Gull’s Wing and The Poets of New Jersey and has written three children’s books, A Gull’s Story parts 1-3. Frank was poetry editor for the new renaissance from 1996 until its end in 2012. Website:

Frank Joussen is a German teacher and writer. His publications include two selections of his poetry, one of them being a bilingual collaboration with Romanian poet Ana Cicio. He has edited two international anthologies of poetry/fiction in India. His poems and short stories have also been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. His works have been translated into German, Romanian, Hindi and Chinese. Frank is a peace activist with “Pax Christi”.

Frank William Finney’s poems have appeared in over 100 publications. He has taught literature at Thammasat University (Thailand) since 1995 and currently lives in Bangkok.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He lives in New York City.

Gary Young has been awarded grants from the NEA and the NEH. He is the author of several collections of poetry. He is winner of the James D. Phelan Award; the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize; the William Carlos Williams Award; and the Shelley Memorial Award. He teaches creative writing and directs the Cowell Press at UC Santa Cruz.

Gema Bocardo Clavijo, from Spain, is Lawyer, writer, journalist and storyteller. Many of her poems and stories have been published in literary magazines and in collective anthologies as: Banco de Maridos Defectuosos, Viejos Amigos; Diez Voces de la Poesía Actual; Palabra Viva (Alive Word); Sed de Mal. Some of her literary prizes: Prose: Ars Creatio (2012), El Dinosaurio (2013), Marzorelatos (2013), Aste Nagusia (2014), Biblioteca de Godella (2015), Aldaia Cuenta (2015), Ángeles Palazón (2015), Pasión por Leer (2016), Concurso Literario “Por la Igualdad” del Ayuntamiento de Burgos (2017), Poetry: Picapedreros (2012), Aseapo (2013), Tamariu (2015), La Nucía (2016), Bullas en Verso (2017).

George Held writes poems, stories, translations, and book reviews for such periodicals as American Book Review, Home Planet News, Two Cities Review, and Transference. A winner of three Performance Poets Association haiku contests, he has also received ten Pushcart Prize nominations. His new children’s book is Under the Escalator (2018), and his 21st book will be Second Sight (2019).

George Perreault’s most recent collection, Bodark County, features poems in the voices of characters living on the Llano Estacado. He has received awards from the Nevada Arts Council and the Washington Poets Association, and has served as a visiting writer in New Mexico, Montana, and Utah. His poems have been nominated both for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, as well as selected for 16 anthologies and more than 80 journals.

Germain Droogenbroodt, is a Belgian poet, translator and promoter of international poetry. He received many international awards and is yearly invited at the most prestigious international poetry festivals, nominated in 2017 for the Nobel Prize of Literature. He wrote 13 books of poetry published so far in 29 countries. Thachom Poyil Rajeevan compared his philosophical poetry with the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore whereas in Spain his poetry has been compared with Juan Ramón Jimenez. According to Chinese critics his poetry is TAO and ZEN. Several of his books, two written in India, are illustrated by Satish Gupta.

Gerard Sarnat MD’s won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize; has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards; authored Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016); and is widely published including by Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Gargoyle, Margie, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Magazine. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for distribution nationwide Inauguration Day. Poetry was chosen for a 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium.

Gideon Sampson Cecil was born in Guyana. He is a college lecturer and freelance journalist His poetry was published in numerous journals and anthologies worldwide.

Gillian Lynn Katz immigrated to New York from South Africa as a teenager in the 1960s. In 2012, she won Second Place for the poem Midnight in the Greenburgh Poetry Contest, and Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Kaleidoscope. Her poetry has appeared in Inkwell, Epiphany, New York’s Best Emerging Poets of 2017, Austin International Poetry Festival 2017, and Across the Long Bridge Poetry Anthology.

Glenna Luschei has published Solo Press magazines for 50 years. Luschei is the author of many chapbooks, special editions and trade books. In 2016 she released Singing and Dying, published by Penciled In, which received the Nebraska Award Book Prize in 2017. Recently, she was named a “Literary Treasure of the Mid-Coast” by the Ventura County Arts Council. Luschei is Vice President of InterlitQ, an international literary journal published on-line.

Glennise Ayuk is a final year student of medicine at the University of Buea, Cameroon. She’s also a writer and spoken word poet.  Her works are published and/or forthcoming in Parousia, Munyori Literay, Aaduna, Verbal Art and several local blogs and journals. She is currently working on her first novel. Glennise has a thing for flowers. She is also a sexual/reproductive health blogger at

Born in the Chinese year of the Dragon, in 1952, Gloria Keh is based in Singapore. She was a journalist and editor for 20 years, before leaving the workforce to focus on charity work. In 2008, she founded Circles of Love, a non-profit charity outreach programme, using her art and poetry in the service of humanity. She has published several books on art, poetry and prose that are sold 100% to support charities. She has won three international writer’s awards from PATA, an American travel association, for her stories on Nepal, Malacca and Langkawi, Malaysia.

Gloria Sofia was born in 1985 in Praia, Cape Verde. Majored in engineering and Environmental Management at the University of Azores. Develops various activities cultural áreas. Nominated as a candidate for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She has muzicalized poems. Young Poet Festival in Istambul – 2017. She is author of 10 books.

Gonapragasen Naicker AKA Danny was born in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa in 1946, and is a descendent of Indian Indentured Slaves brought from India to work in the British Colonial Sugar plantations of Natal. He has been writing poetry since his early boyhood and has always held a great fascination for all genres of poetry. He has performed his works at various forums including, at the open day session of the Poetry Africa Festival in South Africa. He was the Convenor of the Live Poets Society from 2008 to 2015 a group of poetry lovers from Durban, the City where he lives on the east coast of Natal South Africa.

Gopal Lahiri was born and grew up in Kolkata, India. He is an earth-scientist by profession. Besides, he is a bilingual poet, writer, editor, critic and translator and published in Bengali and English language. He has authored seven volumes of poetry in Bengali and nine volumes in English and jointly edited one anthology of poems in English. His poetry is also published across various anthologies as well as in eminent journals of India and abroad. He is the recipient of the Poet of the Year Award in Destiny Poets, UK, 2016. He can be reached at

A graduate of Medicine from Sydney, Australia, Dr. Greta Ross’s love of language has accompanied her around the world. Now retired, she lives in England and is an active member of ‘Save As’ Writers in Canterbury. Greta has poems published in print and online, including a collection, ‘Facts of Life’, and has been a 1st prize winner and commended in several international competitions. Many of her poems address the beauty and mystery of the world around us. Many of her poems address the beauty and mystery of the world around us, and have appeared in over 30 anthologies.

Gretchen Fletcher’s poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including upstreet, Chattahoochee Review, Inkwell, The Mid-American Poetry Review, and Poetry as Spiritual Practice by Robert McDowell. She won the Poetry Society of America’s Bright Lights, Big Verse competition and was projected on the Jumbotron as she read her poem in Times Square. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbooks, That Severed Cord and The Scent of Oranges, were published by Finishing Line Press.

Guinotte Wise writes and welds steel sculpture on a farm in Resume Speed, Kansas. His short story collection (Night Train, Cold Beer) won publication by a university press and enough money to fix the soffits. Four more books since. A 5-times Pushcart nominee, his fiction and poetry have been published in numerous literary journals including Atticus, The MacGuffin, Santa Fe Writers Project, Rattle and The American Journal of Poetry. His wife has an honest job in the city and drives 100 miles a day to keep it. Some work is at

Hadaa Sendoo is a Mongolian poet and translator. He is author of 15 books. He is editor-in-chief of the World Poetry Almanac. He has won several awards for poetry including The Mongolian Writers’ Union Prize, The Poet of the Millennium Award; World Poetry Prize for Distinguished Poet; The Pinnacle of Achievement Award for poetry; Visionary Poet Award; Poetry prize of DOOS group; The Highest Award of the Eurasian-All-Russian Literary Festival & Matthew Arnold Award. He is also the recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award,  World Icon of Peace Award (2019).

Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, has lived in Israel for 46 years and has had nearly 100 exhibitions of her landscape paintings, 34 of which were one-woman shows. Her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies. Six poetry collections, all illustrated by Helen. She is the Amy Kitchener senior poet laureate and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013. She is the recipient of the Homer European Medal for Poetry and Art. Helen is Assistant to the President of Voices Israel. She lives in Metulla, Israel.

Honey Novick is a singer/voice teacher and poet living in Toronto, Canada. She was awarded the Canada 150 Outstanding Neighbours Award in 2017. She has 9 chapbooks of poetry and 8 CDs. She was one of 4 artists selected to pay tribute to Leonard Cohen at Toronto’s Reference Library.

Huguette Bertrand is a French-Canadian poet and editor. She has published 37 poetry books from 1985 until 2018, a few of them with artists. Her poems have been published in printed and online reviews in Quebec, Belgium, France, U.S.A., Wales-U.K., Romania, India, also in international anthologies. She is the Canadian representative for the Immagine & Poesia Movement. Website:

Ian Salvaña, 22, is a faculty member of the Sociology Department of Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines. He has a political science undergraduate degree and is halting his graduate coursework in development studies at the same university after having been accepted and granted scholarship for an MA in Political Science at the Central European University in Budapest and Vienna. He edited Atenews, among others, has received various fellowships from leading Philippine universities and has published works in numerous journals and anthologies in his country and abroad. As a peace advocate, his literary works heavily illustrate the violent conflicts in Mindanao. The poem below, an ekphrasis to Jose Rizal’s poem of the same name, first appeared in The Brown Orient and is nominated by its editors for the Pushcart Prize.

J.P. Christiansen, the writer is Danish, the poet isn’t. The writer resides in America, the poet doesn’t. The writer is of this place, then is of that place, everywhere looking for the poet.

Tarwood has been a dishwasher, a community organizer, a medical archivist, a documentary film producer, an oral historian, and a teacher. Much of his life has been spent in East Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has published four books and his poems have appeared in magazines ranging from American Poetry Review to Visions. He has always been an unlikely man in unlikely places.

Jack Grady is a founder member of the Irish-based Ox Mountain Poets. His poetry has been widely published and has appeared either online or in print in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, France, Indonesia, and Portugal. He read in Morocco at the 3rd annual Festival International Poésie Marrakech, as the poet invited by its committee to represent Ireland, and he was invited to represent Ireland at the 3rd annual Poesia a Sul, in Olhão, Portugal. His poetry collection, Resurrection, was published by Lapwing Publications in October 2017 and was nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize. 

James G. Piatt, a retired professor, and octogenarian, lives with his wife in California. He has had poems nominated multiple times for pushcart and best of web awards, and has had three collections of poetry, “The Silent Pond,” (2012), “Ancient Rhythms,” (2014), and “Light” (2016), over 1,165 poems, four novels, and 35 short stories, published. He earned his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, and his doctorate from BYU.

James Ragan has authored 10 books of poetry and appeared in 30 anthologies and 15 languages. Honors include 3 Fulbright Professorships, 2 Honorary Ph. D’s, the Emerson Poetry Prize, 9 Pushcart nominations, a Poetry Society of America Citation, London’s Troubadour Int. Poetry Prize finalist, and the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award. He performed for 7 international Heads of State, the U.N, Carnegie Hall, and audiences in China, Japan, India, France, Sweden, Brazil, Russia etc. Ragan’s play Commedia has been staged internationally. He is the subject of the documentary, Flowers and Roots, the Platinum Prize winner at the Houston Int. Film Festival.

James Wm. Chichetto is a priest-scholar and a professor of Communications at Stonehill College (North Easton, Massachusetts, USA). He has been published over 300 times, often with the aid of NEA, NEH, and other grants. He is author of 09 books.

Poetry is Jamie Lynn Heller’s caffeine. She is a mother, wife, and teacher who gets up before the house starts to stir to write. Her second collection, Buried in the Suburbs, was released by Woodley Press in May of 2018. Her chapbook, Domesticated, Poetry from Around the House, was published in 2015 with Finishing Line Press. A Pushcart Prize nominee in 2014 (Little Balkans Review) and Best of the Net nominee for 2016 (805 Lit + Art), she also had pieces selected for honorable mention awards in the Whispering Prairie Press Writing Contest 2012, and the Kansas Voices Contest 2017 and 2011.

Janet Burroway, awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing by the Florida Humanities Council, is the author of essays, poetry, children’s books including the classic The Giant Jam Sandwich; eight novels including Raw Silk, and most recently Bridge of Sand; plays including Sweepstakes, Medea With Child and Headshots. Writing Fiction, the most widely used creative writing textbook in America, appeared in a tenth edition from U. of Chicago Press in 2019. Her novel The Buzzards was nominated for the 1970 Pulitzer Prize. She is Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita from the Florida State University. She now lives and writes in Chicago.

Jason Constantine Ford is from Perth, Australia. He has over a hundred publications of poetry and fiction in various literary magazine, ezines and journals from around the world. Edgar Alan Poe and William Blake are his main influences for poetry. Phillip K. Dick is his main influence for fiction.

Jay Frankston was raised in Paris, France. Narrowly escaping the Holocaust he came to the U.S. in 1942, became a lawyer and practiced on his own in New York for nearly twenty years, reaching the top of his profession, sculpting and writing at the same time. In 1972 he gave up law and New York and moved himself and his family to Northern California where he became a teacher and continued to sculpt and write. He is the author of several books and of a true tale entitled “A Christmas Story” which was published in New York, condensed in Reader’s Digest, translated into 15 languages, and called a Christmas Classic by many reviewers.

Jayanta Mahapatra (b. 1928) is a physicist, bilingual poet, editor, translator and essayist. He holds the distinction of being the first Indian English poet to have received the Sahitya Akademi Award (1981) for the book of poetry, ‘Relationship.’ His other major awards include SAARC literary Award, Allen Tate Poet Prize and Padma Shree Award from the President of India. He is the author of 36 books which include 18 volumes of poetry in English.

Jayne Fenton Keane (JFK) is a multi-award-winning poet who has been delighting, inspiring and challenging audiences all over the world with her mix of performance art, music, song, readings and improvisation. Founding Director of Australia’s National Poetry Week (2002-2007), JFK explores poetry as a personal and social medium for living. She was shortlisted for the Griffith University Medal for her doctorate in poetics and has three published poetry books in addition to CDs, radio plays, sound poems, performance pieces, music compositions and essays. She is particularly interested in collaboration and animal communication.

Jeffrey Zable’s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies. Recent writing in Mocking Heart Review, Awkward Mermaid, Ink In Thirds, Tower Journal, Uppagus, After the Pause, The Bitchin’ Kitch, Chrome Baby, Former Cactus and many others. In 2017 he was nominated for both The Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.

Jennifer Footman, originally from India, spent most of her life in Edinburgh and is a graduate of that university, coming to Canada in 79. Her poetry and fiction have been in most Canadian literary magazines and many US and UK ones. She has four collections of poetry, has won several competitions including the Canadian Authors Okanagan Award, the Envoi poetry award, the LNN short fiction award and the Alumnus\Scotia McLeod Award. She has a collection of poetry, short fiction and four novels looking for publishers.

Jerome Teelucksingh is a lecturer in the Department of History at UWI, St Augustine, Trinidad. His poems have been published in anthologies such as People Poetry, Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse and have also appeared in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, Taj Mahal Review, Poui, Caribbean Intransit, In Search of Fatherhood, Caribbean Voice, Yatra, Journal of South Texas Studies and Diálogos.

Jerry Bradley is University Professor of English and the Leland Best Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is the author of 8 books including 4 full-length poetry collections.

Jerry Ratch published 17 books of poetry, and 7 books of prose including the novel: Wild Dreams of Reality, and the Memoir: A Body Divided, the story of a one-armed boy growing up in a two-fisted world. His work can be purchased through the author’s website: and as kindle books on Also, recently published, an online partial novel: The Great San Francisco Poetry Wars. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, artist Sherry Karver.

Jevin Lee Albuquerque grew up in California, on the local pier in Santa Cruz, fishing for Striped Bass. He recently completed his third full-length novel, Hawgfish. A semi-finalist in the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom competition and recent Pushcart Prize nominee, his prose and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals.

Jim Landwehr has three poetry collections and two nonfiction books. His works are published in various journals and anthologies worldwide. Jim is poet laureate for the Village of Wales, Wisconsin. Web:

Jo Ann Lordahl, PhD now lives in Florida after 14 years in Hawaii and is a published author, poet, workshop leader and speaker. Her psychology background, research and tenacity have produced a breadth of published work, including prize-winning poetry, a lyric play Four Women Speak, and over 20 books [9 non-fiction, 5 novels, 6 romances, 6 poetry, 2 memoir].

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). With Judith Robinson and Sankar Roy, she co-edited the award-winning international anthology, Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts and Rupa & Co, 2005). In 2007, she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International. In 2018, she was a finalist for the John Ciardi Poetry Prize from BkMk Press. For some years, she was a teacher and counselor and now divides her time between Venice, CA and Pittsburgh, PA where she co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series (www.hemingways

Joan Michelson’s poetry book publications include: The Family Kitchen, 2018, The Finishing Line Press, USA, Landing Stage, 2017, competition prize publication SPM Publishers UK, 2017, Bloomvale Home, 2016, Original Plus Chapbooks, UK, 2016, Toward The Heliopause, 2011, and Letting in the Light, 2008, Poetic Matrix Press, USA. Her writing has been selected for British Council and Arts Council anthologies of New Writing and a number of her poems have won prizes: the Torriano Prize, the Bristol Prize, the Hamish Canham Prize from the Poetry Society. Joan teaches creative writing to medical students at Kings College, London.

Joe Williams is a former starving musician who transformed into a starving writer and poet in 2015, entirely by mistake. He lives in Leeds, UK and appears regularly at events in Yorkshire and beyond. He has been published in numerous anthologies, and in magazines online and in print. His debut poetry pamphlet, ‘Killing the Piano’, was published by Half Moon Books in 2017, followed by the verse novella ‘An Otley Run’ in 2018. He won the prestigious Open Mic Competition at Ilkley Literature Festival in 2017 and was runner-up the following year. &

John Allman (1935 – ) has published 8 books of poetry and two collections of short stories. His first book of poems, Walking Four Ways in the Wind (1979) was published by Princeton Univ. Press in The Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, and reissued in 2016. He has been awarded 2 Fellowships by The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize in poetry, as well as the Helen Bullis Prize by Poetry Northwest. He has just finished work on his 9th books of poems, Deep Breath: New & Selected Poems 2004 – 2017. His most recent books are Algorithms (prose poems) 2012 (Quale Press) and A Fine Romance (2016) (Quale Press). He retired from teaching in 1997.

Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford in perpetuity and Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life, John B. Lee is the author of nearly one hundred published books. His work has appeared internationally in over five hundred publications and he is the recipient of nearly one hundred prestigious international awards for his work. His book MMXVII: Sesquicentennial Poems in collaboration with Richard M. Grove was published in a bilingual English with Hindi translations by Sanbun Publishing. He lives in a lake house on the south coast of Long Point Bay where he works full time as an author.

John Casquarelli is the author of two full-length collections: On Equilibrium of Song (Overpass Books, 2011) and Lavender (Authorspress, 2014). He is an Instructor of Academic Writing at Koç Üniversitesi in Istanbul. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Long Island University – Brooklyn. John was awarded the 2010 Esther Hyneman Award for Poetry, 2016 Kafka Residency Prize in Hostka, Czech Republic, and a 2017 residency at the Writer’s Room of The Betsy Hotel on South Beach. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

John Di Leonardo is a visual artist and poet first. His chapbook Book of Hours was published in 2014. His poems have won numerous awards in over thirty poetry anthologies. He is a Director with The Station Art Gallery in Whitby, ON, President of the Brooklin Poetry Society, Editor of Verse Afire, The Ontario Poetry Society Publication. He writes and paints in Brooklin, Ontario, Canada. You can visit him at

John Hart of San Rafael, California, has found the climbing experience to be the live wire of his poetry, often sparking into poems ostensibly on other subjects. His poetry collections are The Climbers (Pitt Poetry Series, 1978) and Storm Camp (Sugartown Publishing, 2017). He edits the international poetry journal Blue Unicorn, published since 1977 in the San Francisco area. A graduate of Princeton University, Hart makes his living as a non-fiction writer on environmental subjects, with fifteen prose titles to his credit; recognitions include the David Brower Award from the American Alpine Club.

John McFarland has published poetry, short stories, and critical essays widely including in The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood and The Book Group Book. He is author of 03 books. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Awarded the Dark Poetry Scholarship from the Horror Writers Association, John Reinhart’s poems and short works have been published internationally. Reinhart’s seven books to date span a wide range, from dark sci-fi to humorous scenes of his family life, experimental word compositions to serious social commentary. Find his work on social media and website at

Jon Davis is the author of five chapbooks and five full-length poetry collections. Davis also co-translated Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces (Tebot Bach, 2017). He has received a Lannan Literary Award, the Lavan Prize, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. He taught for 27 years, then, in 2013, founded the MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Joseph Hart has a BA in psychology. For several years he has had poems published in small magazines, and was twice nominated for a Pushcart. His favorite poets are Keats, Millay and Robinson.

Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate (2014-2019), is the author of 17 poetry collections, including The World As Is: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2015; The Satire Lounge; and Marked Men. He has edited the poetry anthology Legions of the Sun: Poems of The Great War and co-edited Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai and A Song for Occupations: Poems about the American Way of Work. At the University of Denver’s University College, he directs two graduate-level programs, Professional Creative Writing and Arts & Culture Management. Hutchison lives in the mountains southwest of the city with his wife, Iyengar yoga instructor Melody Madonna.

Judith Barrington’s fifth collection of poetry, Long Love: New & Selected Poems was published in 2018. She is also the author of The Conversation (2015), whose title poem was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International poetry award. Her Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the Lambda Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Judith also wrote the best-selling Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art and was a faculty member of the University of Alaska, Anchorage’s MFA Program. She is co-founder of Soapstone Inc.

Judith Pacht’s Summer Hunger (Tebot Bach), won the 2011 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. Her earlier chapbooks, User’s Guide and St. Louis Suite were published by Finishing Line Press. Two collections, A Cumulus Fiction and Infirmary for a Private Soul will be published this spring, 2019 by Finishing Line Press and Tebot Bach. A three-time Pushcart nominee, Pacht’s work includes poems published in Ploughshares, Runes, Phoebe, Nimrod and translated into English, Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia); her poem Undelivered Mothers’ Day took first place in the Georgia Poetry Society’s Edgar Bowers competition and her poems appear in numerous anthologies. Her chapbook, also her first poetry collection, Falcon (Conflux Press), was published in 2004.

Judith Skillman is the author of sixteen collections of poetry and a ‘how to,’ Broken Lines – The Arts & Craft of Poetry. Awards include an Eric Mathieu King Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her recent collection is Kafka’s Shadow, Deerbrook Editions. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Web and Pushcart prizes. Visit

Pankajam is a bilingual poet and novelist retired from BHEL as Dy Manager/Finance with eighteen published works to her credit including ten books of poems and one translated into French. Two of her poetry collections have got reviews in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature 2016. Her poems have been discussed in the book ‘Femininity-Poetic Endeavours’. A scholarly article on her poems has been published in JOELL August 2015. Her poems, book reviews and articles have been published/anthologized widely. She is the recipient of Oriental Poetry Award 2016, 3rd winner in Viswabharathi Research Centre Poetry contest 2017, one of the winners in Bharat Award for short story International and Rabindranath Tagore Award for Poetry – International for 2017 and 2018, Shree Atal Behari Vajpayee Award 2019 and   Rock Pebbles National Literary Award 2019.

Kanwar Dinesh Singh is a poet, storyteller, critic and translator based at Shimla. His publications include several volumes of poetry in English and Hindi, besides books in literary criticism. He is the recipient of the ‘Himachal Pradesh State Sahitya Akademi Award’ for poetry. Currently, he is Associate Professor of English at a Government College affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and Editor of Hyphen.

Karl Elder is Lakeland University’s Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence. His honors include: the Christopher Latham Sholes Award from the Council of Wisconsin Writers; a Pushcart Prize; the Chad Walsh, Lorine Niedecker, and Lucien Stryk Awards; and two appearances in The Best American Poetry. His most recent books of poems are Gilgamesh at the Bellagio from The National Poetry Review Award Book Series and a chapbook, The Houdini Monologues. Elder’s novel, Earth as It Is in Heaven, appeared in 2016 from Pebblebrook Press.

Kathrine Yets lives in St. Francis, Wisconsin and works as an English teacher. She recently received the Jade Ring Award from the Wisconsin Writers’ Association for her poetry. Her works also appear in River & South Review, Fish Food Magazine, and Fickle Muses.

Keith Inman’s favourite lit class was in Ireland; best reading, a cafe in Spain; coolest invite LA; most interesting editor, from Malta (NY based). Keith’s work has won a handful of awards and grants. His books can be found in major libraries in North America and Europe. Home is Thorold, Ontario, Canada, where huge ships climb the continent. ‘That Sweet Fermenting Nectar’ won The Ontario Poetry Society’s 2015 Poeteer Award for its extreme rhyme, a new style called the Mirette.

Kitty Jospé, MA French Literature, NY University; MFA, Pacific University, Oregon. After retiring from teaching French language and literature, she has been teaching poetry appreciation and is a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. She is author of 5 books of poetry. The poem, Twilight Venus appeared in Atlantic Review   v. 23, no.2, 2017 Spring-Summer.

Prof (Dr) Kum Kum Ray is a Senior Cambridge, Honors Graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She was awarded the best thesis award for her Ph.D. Degree on Henry Louis Vivian D, the first Anglo Indian Nationalist Poet. She is an Educationist and Poet Activist. With forty-two years of experience in teaching. She is the Founding Director at Amity School of Language Amity University Uttar Pradesh Lucknow Campus, who was instrumental in the drafting of the Course Curriculum for English/Communication Skills/Buss Communication for, Value Added Mandatory Courses at AUUP. Her 4 books for children: My First Step Book – 1, 2, 3, 4 was published by Macmillan in 2000. She is a certified experienced Writer on ‘Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Poetry and Play by University of IOWA (USA). ‘Flow Free Breathe Free’ is her first anthology has been published by Notion Press.

Born in India, Lalita Noronha came to the U.S on a Fulbright travel grant and earned her Ph. D in Microbiology /Biochemistry. She is a research scientist, science teacher, writer, poet, and editor for The Baltimore Review. She is the author of a short story collection and two poetry books and has received two Individual Artist Awards (fiction, poetry) and Pushcart prize nominations (poetry and creative nonfiction), and featured on National Public Radio. Website/blog:

A four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 450 journals, Acentos Review, Comstock Review, EVENT, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rock and Sling, & Lampeter Review, among others, and work to appear in Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3. Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of NhaTrang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.

From Ireland, author of Dancing the Rainbow (Mercier Press 20017) dance and movement therapist; Lani O’ Hanlon has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her poetry chapbook The Little Theatre was funded by Artlinks and her poems have been published in POETRY, Poetry Ireland Review, Mslexia, The Irish Times, Southword, The Stinging Fly, The Moth, Skylight Poets, the Anthology Halleluiah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe) and broadcast on national radio – RTE’s Sunday Miscellany. Her poetry has won, been highly commended and/or shortlisted for many competitions including FISH, Mslexia, DiBiase, Poetry on the Lake and the Bridport Poetry Prize.

Laraine Kentridge moved to the United States in 1974. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to London, UK to study Drama, Music and Dance. Her love of writing and poetry came from working, as a student at the Royal Library of London, happily scouring the stacks and shelves of this institution. In Austin, Texas, Laraine devotes her time to supporting the Arts and is the founder of Poets and Friends, a monthly creative poetry group.

An Oklahoman, Larry D. Griffin has one book of short stories, eleven books of poetry, and more than four hundred poems, hundreds of essays, and three dozen short stories in journals to his credit. His most recent books of poetry, both published in 2016, include Jane Complete (Mongrel Press) and Cedar Plums (Lamar University Press). His art appears in private collections in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America – he now searches for a venue in Antarctica. Last year he serves the American University of Malta as Professor of English. He presently retires to Flint Creek in the Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation in the Failed State of Oklahoma.

Larry L. Fontenot was a Juried Poet at the 2005 Houston Poetry Fest and a Featured Poet at the 2000 Fest. A chapbook, Choices & Consequences, was the winner of the Maverick Press 1996 Southwest Poets’ Series Chapbook competition. In 2007 his poem “Mowing Deconstructed” was chosen for honorable mention in The Weight of Addition, an anthology of Texas poetry published by Mutabilis Press. His poem “Lost Birds” was selected for inclusion in the 2012 Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) Anthology, di-verse-city. Larry’s latest chapbook, Wish I Could Dance, was published by the Dallas Poets Community Press in 2009.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize, and of A New Hunger, selected as a Notable Book by the ALA. The editor of four anthologies, and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she teaches at the Solstice Low Residency MFA Program. Sungold  Editions published her chapbook Rooms Remembered. Her new book These Many Rooms is out from Four Way Books.

Laverne Frith, a widely published, award-winning poet, lives in Sacramento, California, USA. He is co-founder of Ekphrasis – A Poetry Journal, established in 1997. He has been published in such journals as Verbal Art, The Christian Science Monitor, and Memoir. His most recent full-length collection is Estuaries Of The Mind, AuthorsPress, winner of a 2018 Artists Embassy International Golden Seal Literary Award.

Lawrence T. O’Neill is poet and Vietnam war veteran, tree farmer. Home is Charlestown, RI, USA. He is author of 04 books of poetry. His first poem was published in 1973. Small press publications gave him acceptance and publications. He is listed in The Directory of American Poets and Writers. Prizes Won: Third prize in Light of the Stars Poetry Contest, 2016. Perry Terrell Publishing 2016 Poetry Contest, 6th prize.

Lawrence Upton (b.1949) is a poet as well as a graphic artist, sound artist and curator. His writes and performs in a wide range of styles, including sound and visual aspects; he may take almost anything as his starting subject. Much of his writing is of the inner city; but a substantial amount reflects his family background of Cornwall and Scilly He has performed and shown work throughout Britain and in Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, USA, Canada, Chile and Brazil. He taught English, Theatre and History at Secondary level in the 1980s; and he was Head of Academic Computing at a London F.E. for some years in 1990s. Nowadays he is a professional writer and artist. His recent solo exhibition of 2d and 3d at St James Hatcham was well received. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Leigh Harrison is a poet and short story writer whose books include Tour de Farce (a collection of comic poems and parodies), Our Harps Upon the Willows (poems regarding faith and doubt), and Finding Sermons in Stones (poems about nature and the four seasons). She has edited numerous books and poetry magazines; her poems have appeared worldwide in translation. Her music CDs (Eclectic Chanteuse and Oh, Wow!) include her original songs. She sings with a duo (BlueBird) and several NYC bands, and has produced concerts featuring female musicians. She created the modern poetry form, the Pentina.

Les Wicks, over 40 years Wicks has performed widely across Australia & internationally. Published in over 350 different magazines, anthologies & newspapers across 29 countries in 14 languages. Conducts workshops around Australia, has edited various projects over the decades, latest being To end All Wars (Puncher & Wattmann, 2018) & runs Meuse Press which focuses on poetry outreach projects like poetry on buses & poetry published on the surface of a river. His 14th book of poetry is Belief (Flying Islands, 2019).

Lidia Chiarelli is one of the Charter Members of Immagine & Poesia, the art literary Movement founded in Torino (Italy) in 2007 with Aeronwy Thomas, Dylan Thomas’ daughter. Installation artist and collagist. She has become an award-winning poet since 2011 and she was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from The First International Poetry Festival of Swansea (U.K.) for her broadside poetry and art contribution. Pushcart Prize Nomination in 2014, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Her writing has been translated into different languages and published in Poetry Reviews, and on web-sites in many countries around the world.

Lilija Valis, author of Freedom on the Fault Line, is an award-winning poet whose work has been published in literary journals and e-zines and included in nine anthologies. She reads her work solo or with a musician, at literary, musical, dance and philosophical events, in Greater Vancouver and the United States. She has participated in two Fringe Festival group performances. She hosts poetry readings and literary festivals. She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Royal City Literary Arts Society and is on the Board of Directors at Writers International Network.

Linda Leedy Schneider is a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor. She received The Contemporary American Poetry Prize awarded by Chicago Poetry. Linda has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press). A former faculty member at Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design, Linda facilitates workshops nationally including The Manhattan Writing Workshop which she founded and has led since 2008. She was asked to conduct a workshop, Poetry Therapy, for the National Association of Social Workers’ Annual Conference.

Linda Nemec Foster has authored eleven poetry collections including The Lake Michigan Mermaid, Talking Diamonds, Amber Necklace from Gdansk, and Listen to the Landscape. Her work has appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. and has been published in journals such as Georgia Review, Witness, North American Review, Nimrod, and New American Writing. She has received awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, YMCA’s National Writer’s Voice, Academy of American Poets, and Dyer-Ives Foundation. Foster was the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan (2003-05) and founded the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College.

Lisa Dordal (M.Div., M.F.A.) is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Vinyl Poetry and New Poetry from the Midwest. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize. She teaches in the English Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and her first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of the Dark, is available from Black Lawrence Press. For more information, please visit

Lloyd Schwartz is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. A Pulitzer Prize-winning arts critic, he is also a leading authority on the poet Elizabeth Bishop and has edited the Library of America Bishop: Poems, Prose, & Letters. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry, Paris Review, and many other journals and have been selected for the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. He is the author of four poetry collections, the latest of which is Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Lola Haskins’ thirteenth collection of poetry, Asylum, Improvisations on John Clare, is due from Pitt in Spring, 2019. She serves as Honorary Chancellor for the Florida State Poets Association. Past honors include the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs, two Florida Book Awards, and the Emily Dickinson prize from Poetry Society of America. Her website is

Loretta Diane Walker, an eight-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net for poetry, has published four collections of her work. Her fifth collection, Ode to My Mother’s Voice and Other Questions is forthcoming in 2019 from Lamar University Literary Press. Her poetry can also be found in the  anthology of 60 Texas women poets entitled Her Texas. Her manuscript In This House, published by Bluelight Press, 1st World Publishing won the Phillis Wheatly Book Award for Poetry. Her manuscript Word Ghetto won the 2011 Bluelight Press Book Award. Her work has been honored many times and has appeared in numerous publications.

Louisa Calio an internationally published, award winning author : 1st Prize “Bhari” City of Messina, Sicily (2013), Words of Gold (2016), 1st prize “Signifyin Woman” Il Parnasso” Canicatti, Sicily (2017), Connecticut Commission of the Arts award for individual writers (1987), finalist, Poet Laureate, Nassau County (2013), honored at Columbia Barnard, as a Feminist Who Changed America (2006). Directed Poet’s Piazza at Hofstra University for 12 years, co- founder and Executive Director of City Spirit Artists, Inc. New Haven, Ct. Latest book, Journey to the Heart Waters Legas Press (2014). See Facebook Louisa Calio poet, writer and performer and _Calio.

Lucas Zulu is a South African writer and poet whose work has appeared in many anthologies in Africa, Europe’s, and United States of America and recently in Asia. He lives in Kwa-guqa, Emalahleni, Mpumalanga Province, where he writes and work at the Department of Social Development.

M Shamsur Rabb Khan is an Assistant Professor, Language and Translation department, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. His short stories are published in Muse India, The Statesman, and The Children Book Trust. He has also written six books, several research papers and articles for journals.

M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals, including Leaping Clear, Ekphrasis, Heron Tree, and Naugatuck River Review, and anthologies, including American Society: What Poets See (Future Cycle Press), edited by David Chorlton and Robert S. King, and Ice Cream Poems (World Enough Writers), edited by Patricia Fargnoli. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Maki Starfield was born in Japan, where she studied English and American literature, teaching and business, with further work in Canada. She has published poems, haikus and translations in JUNPA publications (

Writer and photographer Mari Hill Harpur grew up on a farm in the American Midwest surrounded by pastures, oak savannas, and livestock. Later she studied at Bishop’s University in Canada and graduated in 1971.  Her professional life has been divided between property management and the arts. She moved to New Zealand in 2000 and began farming on the South Island; ‘as far from the sea that anyone could be in that country.’ The station, (farm) was tucked beneath the Southern Alps; a large extended snowcapped mountain range. She lived beside a braided river fed by the snow’s waters. It was there she wrote this poem.

Maria Evelyn Quilla-Soleta, from Philippines, started writing poems since she was six. Though, not a regular contributor, she used to submit her poems to local women’s magazines many years ago. In 2000, she published My Twenty Poems book. In it is her collection of simple and honest-to-goodness feelings of her heart most specially as a mother and wife. She is hopeful to be able to publish another book in the near future.

Singer/Songwriter Maria Sebastian has earned 18 Music Awards, mostly in Western New York, including three Global Music Awards, and teaching awards at Niagara, Erie, and Genesee Community Colleges where she teaches undergraduate English, Communication, and Public Speaking. She began writing poetry in 2011 and has since been published in many journals. More at

 Born in Kyoto (Japan), Mariko Sumikura is poet, essayist and translator. Chief-in-editors of online international journal “Poetic-Bridge: Ama-Hashi”. Award: “Mina wo Tonaete” (“Uttering Her Name” by Gabriel Rosenstock) won the Translated Irish Literature Award by Ireland Literature Exchange in 2012. The first prize at the festival Pannonian Galeb festival for poetry book translated in Serbian in 2017. Milos Crnjanski Prize in International Literature Festival-Wien 2017, Naji Naaman Literary Prize (Honour) 2018.

Marion Palm is an internationally published poet and singer. She is the founding director of Poets Under Glass, a writing consortium that was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1987, which has published chapbooks, a newsletter, anthologies, appeared on radio, television, cable, and in print (with funding received as awards and grants.) Marion is bi-lingual in Swedish, but sings in ten different languages. Her poetry is admired for its musicality and universal themes. She is a frequent featured reader on the NYC poetry readings circuit. In 2017, she was inducted into the ANA (Alumni of Notable Achievement) by the dean of liberal arts at the University of Minnesota. Her most recent book is Reflections of an Urban Poet, a 30-year retrospective.

Dr Marium Nesha is a retired doctor and mother of two, who divides her time between Rotherham, India and Bangladesh. She is a bilingual poet in Bengali and English, and has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Sweet & Sour, Daughters of a Riverine Land and A Slice of Sheffield. She is a member of: Bengali Women’s Support Group, The Healing Word, University of the Third Age, and Bharat Integration Group. Her interests include travelling and crafts.

Mark J. Mitchell’s latest novel, The Magic War just appeared from Loose Leaves Publishing. A full length collection of poems will released next year by Encircle Publications. He studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. It has also been nominated for both Pushcart Prizes and The Best of the Net. Two of his chapbooks – Three Visitors, and Lent, 1999, – and the novel, Knight Prisoner are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He lives with his wife, activist and documentarian, Joan Juster and makes a living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco.

Mark Saba is the author of 9 books of fiction and poetry. His work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies around the U.S. and abroad. He is also a painter, and works as a medical illustrator at Yale University. Please see

Mark Scheel was born in rural, east-central Kansas, USA. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1967, he served overseas with the American National Red Cross in Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and England. He later took graduate studies and taught at Emporia State University, and following that was an information specialist with the Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. His stories, articles and poems have appeared in numerous magazines, and his 1997 book A Backward View: Stories & Poems won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award. His most recent book is titled The Pebble: Life, Love, Politics and Geezer Wisdom.

Maroula Blades is an Afro-British poet/writer living in Berlin. She received a High Honourable Mention in the 2019 Stephen A Dibase Poetry Contest Awards and was the first runner up in the 2018 Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, the winner of The Caribbean Writer 2014 Flash Fiction Competition and the Erbacce Poetry Prize 2012, her first poetry collection Blood Orangeis published by Erbacce-press. Works have been published in The London ReaderStories of Music 2Thrice Fiction, Volume Magazine, So It Goes: The Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Theories of HER anthology, Abridged, The Caribbean Writer, Trespass Magazine, Words with Jam, Blackberry Magazine, and by The Latin Heritage Foundation and Peepal Tree Press and other anthologies and magazines. Her poetry/music programmes have been presented on several German stages.

Mary Ann Mulhern is a Windsor poet. Seven books have been published by Black Moss Press. Her first book, “The Red Dress”, received National attention when she was interviewed by Mary Hynes, host of Tapestry, CBC radio. Touch the Dead and When Angels Weep were short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos award. Presently, Mary Ann is writing poems about the Donnelly tragedy in Lucan, Ontario.

Dr. Mayy ElHayawi is an Assistant Professor of English Language & Literature at the Faculty of Modern Languages, Ain Shams University, Egypt. She has held several educational and training positions at different universities and enterprises in US, Canada, Asia and the Middle East. She is the Ex-Leader and member of the Fulbright Humanities Circle in Egypt, a Fulbright Alumna at Stanford University, and a Guest Speaker at different universities including: Yale, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, Stanford, Florida Atlantic University, San Francisco State University, and the University of Texas, Kingsville. She has published a book and a number of articles in international journals.

Mbizo Chirasha, from Zimbabwe, is a poet, writer, publisher, creative arts projects catalyst and a citizens’ justice activist. He is the instigator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. His poetry, writings and blog journals are widely published across the globe. Chirasha is also the Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Creativity Project. He is the Zimbabwe Resident Coordinator of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change-Global and the Women Scream International Poetry Festival. He has led a number of Creative Interventions and Arts-based projects. He was the Poet in Residence of the United Nations Information Centre, Zimbabwe (2001-2007) performing and reading Poetry at annual United Nation Days and other reputable UN events, Young Writers Delegate of Zimbabwe International Book Fair to Sweden (Goteborg Book Fair, 2003).

Toronto-born Melanie Flores divides her time between working as an audio book narrator and editor/proofreader and writing poetry and short prose. Melanie has been a contest winner in several national poetry competitions, including 1st place for “Final Moments” in Polar Expressions’ 2017 National Poetry Contest. Melanie’s poetry has also appeared in “Fresh Voices”, the Fem Caucus newsletter and the literary journal, “The Prairie Journal”.

Dr Merryn Williams is a Cambridge graduate, now living in Oxford, England. She has published four collections of poetry and several critical studies of Thomas Hardy, women novelists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the poets of the First World War. She was the founding editor of the ‘Interpreter’s House’ magazine. Her ‘New and Selected Poems’ will be published in 2019 by Shoestring Press.

Metin Cengiz, from Turkey, is poet and writer. He established the Şiirden Publishing House in 2005, in collaboration with his friends, to publish poems and essays concerning poetry theory. And since 2010 he publishes Şiirden Dergisi/Poetry Magazine (every two months). His poems are translated into several 30 languages and published in foreign magazine. Poetry awards: – Behçet Necatigil Poetry Award (one of Turkey’s most prestigious award) in 1966 with his book Şarkılar Kitabı (The Book of Songs) – Melih Cevdet Anday Poetry Award (one of Turkey’s most prestigious award) in 2010 with his book Bütün Şiirleri 1 (Collected poems 1), Bütün Şiirleri 2 (collected poems 2) – Tudor Arghezi İnternational Poetry Award in 2011 (Romanya). – He received the Literature Prize of the city of Mersin in 2014, one of Turkey’s most prestigious award.

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, After Hours, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review and others. In addition, he has eight poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).

Michael Keshigian, from New Hampshire, had his twelfth poetry collection, Into The Light, released in April, 2017 by Flutter Press. Recently published in numerous national and international journals including The Oyez Review, Red River Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Oklahoma Review, Chiron Review, he is a 6-time Pushcart Prize and 2-time Best Of The Net nominee. His poetry cycle, Lunar Images, set for Clarinet, Piano, Narrator, was premiered at Del Mar College in Texas. Subsequent performances occurred in Boston (Berklee College) and Moleto, Italy. Winter Moon, a poem set for Soprano and Piano, premiered in Boston. (http://

Michael Lee Johnson lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam era and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.  Today he is a poet, freelance writer, amateur photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  Mr. Johnson published in more than 1072 new publications, his poems have appeared in 38 countries, he edits, publishes 10 poetry sites.  Michael Lee Johnson, has been nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards poetry 2015/1 Best of the Net 2016/2 Best of the Net 2017, 1 Best of the Net 2018.

Michael Levy the author of 16 inspirational books including; Cutting Truths, That’s Rich and The Joys of Live Alchemy… Michael’s poetry and essays grace many web sites, newspapers, journals and magazines throughout the world. He is a prominent speaker on health and wellness maintenance, stress eradication, wealth creation and development, authentic happiness and inspirational poetry.

Born in Italy, raised in Montreal, Michael Mirolla lives in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Michael Mirolla is the author of four novels, a novella, four short story collections and three poetry collections. Publications include three Bressani Prize winners: the novel Berlin (2010); the poetry collection The House on14th Avenue (2014); and the short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads (2016). The short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, featuring the year’s best short stories in Canadian magazines; and “The Sand Flea” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. For more, visit his website: https://www.

Michael R. Lane is author of 9 books of mystery, suspense, fiction and poetry. He has studied English Literature and Creative Writing at a variety of universities in order to hone his craft. He has had poetry and short fiction published in numerous literary publications.

Michael Skau is an emeritus professor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. He studied under Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and William S. Burroughs at Naropa Institute (Boulder, CO) in 1975. Skau was named Winner of the 2013 William Kloefkorn Award for Excellence in Poetry, and his collection of poems Me & God was published by Wayne State College Press in 2014. He founded the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series in 2014. His chapbooks After the Bomb and Old Poets were published by Word Tech Editions in 2017 and 2018.

Mickey Kulp is a writer and father who is not allowed to buy his own clothes. His creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous consumer magazines, newspapers and literary journals. He is author of three books of poetry. He is a member of the Gwinnett County Writers Guild and founding member of the Snellville Writers Group. In 2018, he created a quarterly reading series to benefit the local food co-op. He lives with his wife and a dozen larcenous squirrels in Atlanta, GA. His next book is coagulating nicely.

Miki Byrne has had two poetry collections and a pamphlet published, plus over 500 poems included in poetry magazines /anthologies. She was a finalist for Gloucestershire’s Poet Laureate and a nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Miki has read on TV and on Radio many times. She also ran a poetry writing group at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Miki is disabled and now lives near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK.

Milaflor Garcia Barrera Navarro, is an American Filipino poet, residing in the U.S.A. A nurse by profession, she has been writing poetry for four decades. She has published her first book of poetry in Amazon entitled Elusive life to which this poem belongs. It describes her sufferings and traumas inflicted during the WWII when Japanese forces invaded the Philippines. She is married to novelist Manuel Lasso and still has more poetry books and novels in preparation.

Mina Mousavi was born on April 6th, 1985 in Sari (north of Iran). She began composing English poetry in 2006. She studied English Language and Literature in university for BA and MA. Her translation of a Persian poetry book named ‘pour your eyes in me’ was published recently.

Monsif Beroual is a Multi-awarded renowned poet from Morocco, winner of the Neruda medal award 2017. Awarded with the Pentasi B. World International Poetry Award Africa, Ghana 2016. Awarded with the Pentasi B. World Hyderabad Poetry Award India 2017. He is Cultural Ambassador for Morocco in Nigeria, 2018. His poems have been translated in 12 languages and published in more than 120 International Anthologies, journals and magazines around the world.

Moya Roddy recently published her debut collection Out of the Ordinary which was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2017. Her poems have appeared in the Irish Times Saturday slot, Stoney Thursday and Boyne Berries among others. Her novel The Long Way Home was described in the Irish Times as “simply brilliant” and her short story collection Other People was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She also writes for stage, radio, TV and film and is currently working on an adaptation for the screen.

Müesser Yeniay was born in İzmir (Turkey), 1984; She has won several prizes in Turkey. She has books on poetry and poetry criticism. She has translated the books of many world poets. Her poetry books have been translated and published in USA, Hungary, France, India, Colombia, Spain, Vietnam. She studies Phd in Turkish poetry.

Munia Khan is a poet and short story writer. She is the author of three poetry collections. Her words are inscribed on a Memorial Monument in Newry, Ireland (beside Newry Canal: one hundred meters from the town center in honour of all the Irish victims of Hannah shipwreck in the year 1849. Her work has been published in several anthologies, literary journals, magazines and in newspapers all over the world.

Naida Mujkić (1984) is Bosnian poetess. She holds PhD in Literature. She won first prize at literary festival Slovo Gorčina – the most important award to young poet in the collection of unpublished poems in her country (2006). She was a guest artist at Q21Museumsquartier Wien (Austria, 2016.) and Goten Publishing (Macedonia, 2017). She published 5 books of poetry.

Natalia Fernández Díaz-Cabal, born in Suria (Spain). Professor of International and Intercultural Communication & Intercultural negotiation and resolution of conflicts at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and at the University of New Haven in Barcelona. Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and in Linguistics. Translator of 9 languages. Poet since she was a child. Writer, author of several books and articles on language, media, history of translation, history of diseases, and intercultural/ international communication.

Ndue Ukaj (b. 1977) is an Albanian writer, publicist and literary critic. His poems have been included in several anthologies of poetry, in Albanian, and other languages. He has published several books, including “Godo is not coming”, which won the national award for best book of poetry published in 2010 in Kosovo. He has also won the award for best poems in the International Poetry Festival in Macedonia and another prize. His poems and texts are translated into English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish and Chinese. Ukaj is member of Swedish PEN.

Nels Hanson has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. His poems received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations. He lives with his wife, Vicki, on California’s Central Coast.

Nicholas Damion Alexander is a Jamaican writer living in South Carolina, USA. His works have been featured in online and print journals and blogs in Jamaica, the wider Caribbean, USA, UK, Europe and the Pacific. In 2008, he became a fellow of Calabash International Writers’ Workshop and in 2015 he served as Red Bones Blues Café’s Poet of the Year in Kingston. He has been interviewed recently by Hamline University’s Lit Link blog and also on local TV in Jamaica.

Niels Hav is a Danish poet, the author of six collections of poetry and three books of short fiction. His books have been translated into many languages including Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Dutch and Farsi, and his poems and short stories have been published in a large number of journals, magazines and newspapers in different countries of the world. He has travelled widely and participated in numerous international poetry festivals Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. He has frequently been interviewed by the media. Niels Hav today resides in the most colourful part of the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

Dr Nilamadhab Kar regularly writes on various areas; besides scientific articles in the field of medicine, more specifically mental health; he also writes poems, stories and articles for public education in English and Odia (an Eastern Indian language). His articles have been widely published in many countries. He has authored and edited few medical books, an anthology of Odia poems and two books of translated poems from Odia to English. He is on the editorial board of a few medical and literary journals. His literary articles often portray complexities in human relationship, compassion and are mostly inspirational. By profession he is a psychiatrist, based in the UK.

Nino Provenzano was born in Castellamare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy. He is Vice President of Arba Sicula, an international organization that promotes Sicilian culture in the world. Nino has recited his poems in various Universities in the United States, Canada and Italy. He has done translations from English to Sicilian for the movie MAC, directed by John Turturro, and did work for Spike Lee and the actor John Leguizamo in the movie Summer of Sam. Nino also trained the Emmy award winning actor Michael Badalucco for the movie “The Man Who Wasn’t There” by the Coen Brothers. Nino has published three anthologies of poetry.

P C K Prem (p c katoch of garh-malkher, palampur, himachal, a former academician, civil servant and member psc hp, shimla) is an author of more than fifty-five books. A post-graduate (1970) in English literature from Punjab university, Chandigarh, he is associated with several social/literary organizations. He has brought out eleven volumes of poetry besides five books on criticism, four on ancient literature, six novels and three collections of short fiction. Creative writings in Hindi include twenty novels, nine books on short fiction and a collection of poems. A recipient of many literary awards including HP state Guleri & academy awards and Bharat Hindi Rattan award, he is an Indian poet, novelist, short story writer and a critic in Hindi & English and lives with his wife at their farm in Palampur Himachal.

Pamela Porter’s work has earned more than a dozen provincial, national, and international awards, including the Canadian Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award, the Our Times Poetry Award for political poetry, the Texas Institute of Letters Young Adult Book Award, and was a Jane Addams Humanitarian Award finalist (New York). She is the author of 13 books – nine volumes of poetry and four books for children and young adults, including two novels in verse. Pamela lives near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats.

Patty Somlo’s most recent book, Hairway to Heaven Stories (Cherry Castle Publishing), was a finalist in the American Fiction and Best Book Awards. Her previous books, The First to Disappear (Spuyten Duyvil) and Even When Trapped Behind Clouds: A Memoir of Quiet Grace (WiDo Publishing), have been finalists in the International Book Awards, Best Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Reader Views Literary Awards. She received Honorable Mention for Fiction in the Women’s National Book Association Contest and had an essay selected as Notable for Best American Essays 2014.

Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland immigrated from Canada, 1973; since then an UK resident. He has fourteen collections published and been involved in editing a range of others. He’s founding editor of Dream Catcher magazine. He’s been engaged in many projects over decades, receiving awards for his poems and grants to run workshops etc. His New and Selected Poems published, 2017 (Valley Press) was listed by Poetry Book Society. His work is being archived by the University of Lincoln. He offers private tutoring for up-coming writers. He turned freelance in 2004 and became a Sufi Muslim. He lives with his wife in Lincolnshire, England.

Paul Casey’s is the recipient of three writing bursaries from Cork City Arts Office. He edited A Journey called Home (Cork City Libraries, 2018), an anthology of poems and stories from immigrant writers in 20 languages. He also edits the annual Unfinished Book of Poetry for secondary schools and promotes poetry as the director of Ó Bhéal –

Poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp has been lauded as a trailblazer since her first Coach House publication (1972), and a “one-woman literary industry” as London’s inaugural Poet Laureate and Western’s Writer-in-Residence. She edited Canada’s first anthology of women’s writing. She was the League of Canadian Poets’ Spoken Word Artist, 2015. Her 2018 books of poetry are Local Heroes (Insomniac), and Fox Haunts (Aeolus House). Two new plays published in 2017 about local hero Teresa Harris followed her previous books of poetry from Quattro, Barbaric Cultural Practice and Jack Layton: Art in Action. See, and

Pete Mullineaux lives in Galway, Ireland and has published four collections: Zen Traffic Lights (Lapwing 2005) A Father’s Day (Salmon 2008) Session (Salmon 2011) and How to Bake a Planet (Salmon 2016). He’s been interviewed about his work on Irish national radio and published widely in Ireland, UK, USA, Europe and as far afield as India and Japan. His poetry has been described as ‘sensitive and profound’ ‘gorgeous and resonant’ and ‘grimly funny’, while stylistic comparisons have been made with Roger McGough, John Clare, Pete Seeger and John Cooper Clarke. ‘A gem’. (Poetry Ireland Review 123).

Peter Everwine (1930-2018) published seven collections of poetry, including Listening Long and Late (2013), From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems (2004), Figures Made Visible in the Sadness of Time (2003), and Collecting the Animals (1973), which won the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1972. Everwine was the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment and Guggenheim Fellowship. His poetry was featured in the Paris Review, the American Poetry Review, and Kenyon Review. He also translated poetry from the Hebrew and Aztec languages. Everwine taught at the California State University, Fresno, and Reed College. He lived in Fresno, California, until his death in late 2018.

Preeta Chandran is writer and poet, and the author of the books, ‘The Painted Verse’ and ‘The Portrait of a Verse’. Preeta has been featured in International and Indian anthologies. She has won awards from literary journal Muse India and her haikus have won the best haiku prize in The Hindustan Times Brunch Haiku contests. She spoke on the fusion of art and poetry at the Kolkata International Book Festival, which was featured on Doordarshan. She is a former AVP (Genpact) and currently, CEO at eWandzDigital Services. She is a B.Sc (Hons.) Chemistry, an MBA, and is pursuing a PhD in Management.

R. A. Allen’s poetry has appeared in RHINO Poetry, The Matador Review, Amuse-Bouche, JAMA, The Penn Review, Gravel, Amaryllis (UK), and elsewhere. His fiction has been published in The Literary Review, The Barcelona Review, PANK, The Los Angeles Review, and Best American Mystery Stories 2010, among others. He has one Pushcart nomination for poetry and one Best of the Web nomination for fiction. He lives in Memphis, a city of light and sound. More at

Raad Abd-Aun is a Faculty member at the University of Babylon (Iraq) with a PhD in English literature. He teaches English literature there. He has been writing poetry in English since 1994.

Dr Raja Nand Jha (b. 1946) is a poet, lyricist, multi linguist and award winning translator. He retired as a professor of English from L.N. Mithila University Darbhanga. He is a bilingual poet and writes in both English and Maithili. He is the author of 15 books of Maithili and English Literature. He is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award for Translating Bengla Novel, “Kalbela” into Maithili.

Rajiv Khandelwal is an Electrical Engineer by education and is now a business man by profession. Rajiv Khandelwal has published 4 volumes of Poetry – “Conch Shells and Cowries” – published in 1998, “Love is a Lot of Work” and “A Monument to Pigeons” both published in 2013. 4th poetry volume titled “A Time to Forget” – published 2017. Rajiv has been awarded “Literary Creative Award” by Naji Naaman’s Foundation for Gratis Culture, of Lebanon in which the Foundation had 2371 participants in their 2018 competition, from sixty six countries and has declared/rewarded 64 prize winners. Rajiv is one of the prize winners.

Dr Rajnish Mishra is a poet, writer, teacher and blogger born and brought up in Varanasi, India and now in exile. His city has shaped his psyche and his work originates at the point of intersection between his psyche and his city. His blog has his poems and musings on Varanasi: He edits PPP Ezine: His poems can be found at instagram@poetry.mishra.

Prof. Ram Kumar Panday, born in 1946, did M.A., M.Ed. under Tribhuvan University, is a reputed writer of Nepal. He writes in Nepali and English. He has published a dozen Poetry Books. Poet Panday is President of different literary organizations including PEN International Nepal Chapter and Traditional Poetry Writers Association of the World Nepal Chapter. He has written modern poem, ballade, children’s poem, Gazal, Haiku, Sijo, Muktak, humour and satire. He has promoted haiku and sijo poems in Nepal. Emeritus Professor Panday has published about hundred books of different genres of fiction and nonfiction. He is a famous writer of Nepal.

Rasma Haidri grew up the American South with a father from India and Norwegian-American mother. She now makes her home on the arctic seacoast of Norway. She is the author of As If Anything Can Happen (Kelsay Books, 2017) and three college textbooks. Her writing has appeared in literary journals including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Sycamore Review, and Fourth Genre and has been widely anthologized in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She holds a M.Sc. in reading education and is a current MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia. She serves as a reader for the Baltic Residency program where she was a poetry finalist. Other awards for her work include a Vermont Studio residency, the Southern Women Writers Association emerging writer award in creative non-fiction, the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters & Science poetry award, and a Best of the Net nomination. More at

René van der Klooster is multifaceted. Besides an author of poetry and plays (in Dutch and English) and prose (in Dutch), he practices visual arts, including drawing, painting and sculpting, moreover, formerly he worked as an architect and in that capacity he is currently designing lamps. The writing and the arts mainly originate from a vast dream world, a certain grip on the subconsciousness and frequent mystical experiences. These qualities have made him to see himself, with some caution, as a contemporary mystic. René van der Klooster lives and works in The Netherlands.

Rich Quatrone is the Artistic Director of The American Poetry Theater. His novels include Outside the Fascist Church, and The Magic House. His plays include The Bottom of the Ninth, Birth Canal, Criminal Schools, The Bombing of Flint, New Clay, Pop Art, Great Balls, Sarah’s Wedding, Owed To Joy, and Sappo and Bagoni. His poetry books include Specious Skies, Chinese Keys, Love in the Last Year of Earth, One Month, The Jannetta Collection, A Vision of the Golden, and Loving Thuy-Duong.

Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school teacher (remember the hormonally-challenged?) living in Southern California. Like the Transcendentalists and William Blake, he believes that the instant contains eternity. He has been published in: Phenomenal Literature, Scarlet Leaf Review (nominated as Best of the Net, 2016), Birmingham Arts Magazine, The Cortland Review, Mused: Bella Online Literary Journal, Dual Coast Magazine, Everyday Poets, Poppy Road Review (selected as Best of the Net, 2011), Torrid Literature Journal (inducted into the Hall of Fame, 2013), Synchronized Chaos (nominated as Best of the Net, 2013), and others, both print and online.

In 1968 Richard G. Beyer became founding president of The Alabama State Poetry Society, serving a two-year term. He also served as Vice President of The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. 1970-1972 and President of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave from 1979-1980. He helped found the Northwest Alabama Creative Writers’ Workshop and helped develop the Beymorlin Sonnet. He conducted poetry workshops, spoke to student groups, civic clubs and literary organizations, gave poetry readings, won frequent prizes in state, regional and national poetry contests and served on the editorial staffs of Deep South literary magazines.

Richard Hague, a native of Steubenville, Ohio, USA, is author of 18 collections of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. His Milltown Natural: Stories and Essaysfrom a Life was a National Book Award nominee in the USA, and During The Recent Extinctions: New & Selected Poems l984-2012 won the Weatherford Award in Poetry. His latest collections are Studied Days – Poems Early and Late in Appalachia(Dos Madres Press, 2017) and the prose collection Earnest Occupations: Teaching, Writing, Gardening & Other Local Work (Bottom Dog Press, 2018). He is Artist-in-residence at Thomas More University in northern Kentucky, USA.

Richard M. Grove, known to friends as Tai, 1953, Hamilton born, lives in Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, is photographer/writer/editor/publisher. His art and photographs are in over 30 corporate collections across Canada. He has 16 book titles to his name and his images have been used as cover art for more than 40 books. Find his blog at B&B at: Find his Writer’s Blog at:

Richard W. Halperin is an Irish/U.S. dual national living in Paris. His longer collections are published by Salmon Poetry Limited, Cliffs of Moher: Anniversary (2010); Shy White Tiger (2013); Quiet in a Quiet House (2016); Catch Me While You Have the Light (2018). His shorter collections are via Lapwing Publications, Belfast; the most recent of these are Prisms (2016) and Tea in Tbilisi (2018). A ninth Lapwing collection, Lunar Moth, is to appear in 2019. Mr Halperin’s works are part of the University College Dublin’s Irish Poetry Reading Collection Archive, including videos of him reading eight poems.

Richard Weekley is an internationally published poet and the author of 15 book or chapbooks of poetry including Already There released under his pseudonym Zen Nam. He was named Teacher of the Year for the Hart School District, co-published VOL. NO. Magazine 1983-2000, and coordinated many poetry festivals and readings. He resides in Newhall, California, USA.

Rita Anderson has an MFA Poetry and an MA Playwriting, and she is a longstanding member of Poets & Writers and the Academy of American Poets. She is an award-winning writer, and Rita’s work has appeared in almost 100 literary publications. Rita was poetry editor of the literary journal at University of New Orleans, and both of her poetry books: The Entropy of Rocketman (Finishing Line Press) and Watched Pots (A Love-Song to Motherhood), have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Contact Rita at her website:

Robbi Sommers Bryant’s award-winning books include a novella, 4 novels, 5 short-story collections, and 1 book of poetry. Published in magazines including Readers Digest, Redbook, Penthouse, college textbooks, and several anthologies, she was also editor in chief of the Redwood Writers 2018 anthology Redemption: Stories From the Edge. Robbi’s work was optioned twice for television’s Movie of the Week, and she appeared on TV’s Jane Whitney Show to discuss her article, “A Victim’s Revenge.” Past president of Redwood Writers, her professional focus is developmental editing, content editing, copy editing, and proofreading. She is also a writing coach.

Robert L. Giron is the author of seven books of poetry and his poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous publications. He also founded the Ventura Valdez Poetry Contest at Montgomery College for students who write in English and Spanish which ran for 30 years. While at Montgomery College, he founded The Sligo Journal and is currently an associate editor for The Sligo Journal and Potomac Review; he is professor and chair emeritus of English, ESL and creative writing at Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland. Giron is the founder and publisher of Gival Press and editor-in-chief of ArLiJo, a literary journal based in Arlington, Virginia.

Robert L. Martin’s writings have appeared in “Mature Years,” “Alive Now,” “Wilderness House Literary Review,” “Poets’ Espresso,” among others. He won two “Faith and Hope Awards,” Published two chapbooks, and appeared in six anthology books. He is also a jazz pianist and the organist at First UMC of Wind Gap, PA for 25 years.

Robert Maddox-Harle (aka Rob Harle) is a writer, poet, artist and reviewer. His work is published in journals, anthologies, online, and in books. He is on the editorial board of a number of international art and literary journals including Leonardo. His current work is concerned with restoring the “mysterium tremendum et fascinans” which postmodernism has all but destroyed.

Robert Nisbet is a poet from Wales, in the Western part of the United Kingdom, and a graduate of the Universities of Wales and Essex. His work is published in roughly equal measures in Britain and the USA.

Robert Wood is interested in place, relationships and ecology. He is the author of History and the Poet, and, Concerning A Farm. Robert is the Chair of PEN Perth in Western Australia and has family in Singapore and South India. Find out more at:

Roberta Gould’s work has appeared widely in poetry magazines and anthologies. She is the author of the thirteen books, the most recent: “Woven Lightning” Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2018. She lives in the Hudson Valley, New York and studies ants.

Rochelle Potkar is the author of The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories, Four Degrees of Separation, and Paper Asylum. A few of her works been nominated or have won awards. She blogs at

Ron Charach is a poet, essayist, novelist and practicing psychiatrist. Born in Winnipeg, he has lived in Toronto since 1980. His poems are featured in two world anthologies of physician poetry, Blood & Bone and Primary Care. His most recent books of poetry are Forgetting the Holocaust and Prosopagnosia, and his most recent novel is cabana the big, a Canadian response to all things Trump.

Ron Singer read this poem at a memorial for poet-activist Dennis Brutus in Durban, South Africa, in 2011. Look to Mountains, Look to Sea (2013), a collection of Maine poems, was one of Singer’s four Pushcart nominations, and was also the 2014 Editor’s Chap/Book Choice for The Aurorean. His eighth book, Uhuru Revisited: Interviews with Pro-Democracy Leaders (Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, 2015), is available in approximately 100 libraries around the world. Two new books are scheduled for publication by Unsolicited Press: The Promised End (2019), a collection of stories; and Gravy (2020), a mixed-genre collection.

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman taught courses in creative writing and mythology and started a myth/folklore Studies Center at Indiana University of Penna. She has co-edited many books. She has collaborated on 23 pieces with other artists and has been published in many journals and anthologies. The recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Award in the Arts in Pa., and of National Endowment Grants, she was brought to England by the BBC for an interview and taping of work categorized as the “wild and the sacred.” She has read her poems in Mexico, Israel, Ireland and Greece and believes in the healing power of poetry.

Rosemarie Wilson a.k.a. One Single RoseTM is an award winning poet and playwright, spoken word artist, singer, actress and filmmaker from Detroit, Michigan. One Single RoseTM performs nationally and internationally wherever her words are welcomed. For more information on One Single RoseTM, visit

Russ Golata is a central Florida poet. A member of the Florida State poets and a founding member of Orlando Poetry Ensemble. He can be seen running open mics in various locations. His last book Fragments of Other Worlds the 4th book in the Fragments series is on Amazon. Other Fragments titles soon to follow.

L. Peeran hails from an illustrious family of erstwhile Mysore State. His great grandfather was a renowned Arabic, Persian & Urdu scholar & poet and was bestowed with a title of ‘Siraj-ul Ulma’ (Sun among Scholars). His grandfather received the title of ‘Moin-ul-vizarath (Pillar of Ministry) from late Maharaja of Mysore for his services to the State. His father was an Engineer and also Sajjada-Nishin of Darga of Saint Hz-Qader awaliya Srirangapatna. Peeran has been deeply interested in Sufism, in study of human growth & development, Urdu & English Poetry. Poets International Bangalore has also nominated him as “Best Poet for 2003”. International Poetry Academy, Chennai has also awarded him with “Best Poet” award for 2009. He has won Literary Prize 2017 of ‘Naji Naaman’ of Lebanon.

Dr. Sarada Purna Sonty from Chicago USA is one of the foremost thinkers and writers in the field of Art Traditions of India, a poet, scholar, published author of 24 Books. She has received a Doctoral degree in Telugu Literature, a Second Doctoral degree in Sanskrit, submitted Thesis for D Litt from Berhampur University Odisha. Sarada received Honors as one of the “Top Ten Living Telugu Legends of USA”, Paul Harris Award by Rotary, 2017 “Top 15 Women of Excellence award”, Life time Achievement by US Congressman Danny K Davis, 2018 First Hindu Woman Service in Ministry Commissioner of Board Dr. Tony Pretwinkle. Sarada is founder SAPNA ‘Sri Annamacharya Project of North America’ a 501 c (3) not for profit organization, ‘Director for Center for Telugu Studies, Owner and Editor for ‘Brahmi ‘Literary Journal, Sonty Publications.

Sarah Brown Weitzman, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry and twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, was a Finalist in the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman First Book Award contest. She is widely published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including New Ohio Review, North American Review, The Bellingham Review, Rattle, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Miramar, Spillway and elsewhere. Her books are available from Amazon.

Sarah Lipton has written three volumes of poetry, three volumes of short stories, a play, a children’s book, film scripts, song lyrics and educational textbooks. She is completing her first novel: ‘14 Bensham Grove.’ Her poetry has been published in twenty-two anthologies. Her poem, ‘Stagnation,’ was shortlisted in ‘The National Anthology Poetry Competition’ in 2005. She received a ‘Poetry Society’ award for some of her poems. She was awarded commended and honours certificates for some of her poems at ‘The Richmond Music Festival.’ She was The Featured Poet of ‘Bareback Lit Magazine’ in 2012.

Sarah M. Sala is the author of THE GHOST ASSEMBLY LINE published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. Her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR’s hit show Radiolab. Sarah’s awards and honors include: an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Marjorie Rapport Award for Poetry, An Avery Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, and a Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship. Her poems appear in Atlas Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. Her debut poetry collection Devil’s Lake, was a finalist for the 2017 Subito Book Prize. Visit her at

Sarah Sutro, a painter who has focused recently on ink drawings and watermedia, earned a BFA from Cornell and Yale, and an MFA from University of the Arts, London. A recipient of a Pollock Krasner Grant, she has been a resident at the American Academy of Rome, MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Art Dulcinium, Montenegro. She has been a faculty over many years at colleges and universities in the area, including Emerson College, AIB at Lesley University and Mass College of Art and Design, and now lives and works in N. Adams, MA. She is the author of a book of poetry, Études, published by Finishing Line Press. She is also a poet and writes articles and reviews for American Arts Quarterly. Her book, COLORS Passages through Art, Asia and Nature is in its second edition (2011).

Sarala Ram Kamal is a bilingual (English/Malayalam) poet/translator from Trivandrum. She works as a freelance graphic designer and also as a DAISY Technology Trainer for the visually challenged. She has published a book of poems called “The Unfurling: Wordflies and other poems” and translated a book of short stories into Malayalam. Her poems have appeared in many national/international anthologies like The Indo-Australian anthology, The Scaling Heights etc.

Scott Hastie is a successful British born poet and writer, who has been has been commercially published in the UK for over twenty years now. He currently has over ten titles in print, including a novel and five collections of poetry. In recent years, the revealing spiritual tone in his work is starting to draw acclaim from an increasingly worldwide audience, especially in the U.S. Asia & the Middle East. Published in both print & e editions in 2016, Threads is the definitive collection Scott’s poetry to date, featuring many of his readers recent favourites, as showcased on

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17 where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, and books can be found. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Outlar was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Magazine Award for Excellence in the field of literature. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Dutch, Italian, French, Persian, and Serbian. He has been a weekly contributor for the cultural newsletter Dissident Voice since 2014. His most recent book, Abstract Visions of Light, was released in 2018 through Alien Buddha Press. His show, Songs of Selah, airs weekly on 17Numa Radio.

Scott Wiggerman is the author of three books of poetry, Leaf and Beak: Sonnets, Presence, and Vegetables and Other Relationships; and the editor of several volumes, including Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, Bearing the Mask, and Weaving the Terrain. Poems have appeared recently in Softblow, Ocotillo Review, The Ghazal Page, bosque, and Allegro Poetry. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Seán Mac Falls is an Irish poet. He has published four books of poetry. His first collection of poems, 20 Poems (2001) was praised, first from Oxford University don, John Carey, who compared the poet to W. B. Yeats and later by Yale critic Harold Bloom. Several of the poems were Pushcart Prize nominations and were reprinted in major UK magazines such as Agenda, The London Magazine and Stand Magazine. He published a second book, entitled The Blue Falcon, in 2005. He lives in Port Angeles, Washington.

Sevarion Nadiradze was born on October 11, 1962, in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from Tbilisi State University, philological department. His literary activities started from young age: his poems were published in Georgia and abroad. In 1989, S. Nadiradze published the first book of poetry “Two Shores”; A book of poetry “Monologue of Winter” (2002) consists of three poems: “Abel, Cain’s brother”, “Star and Magi”, and “Starting in Our Hearts and Finishing in Love”. In 2003, the first author’s novel, “The way of Flour”, was published. It followed by the collection of poetry “Poems Left in Shadow” (2005). The second novel, “Khaki Color Yashmak”, appeared in 2008. The latest poetic collection, “A Poem, White Chit”, dates to 2013. In 2009, Sevarion Nadiradze was awarded with the Prize of the First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Roelofs, as a winner of contest “Shotaoba”?. The magazine “Our Writers” named Sevarion Nadirdze the Poet of the Year.

Shakwat Sadi alias Md. Shakwat Hossain is a poet, novelist and working in the field of technology. He received Master of Commerce in Business Management. He studies in the University of Dhaka. He also completed Business program from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada and he is the inventor of biometric enable banking system. He completed Supply Chain Management from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He also designed and developed software in demand forecast of Supply Chain Management and working as co-author of flow casting The Retail Supply Chain Management. He has been living in Ontario, Canada over a decade.

Dr. Sharmila Ray is a poet and non-fiction essayist, anthologized and featured in India and abroad. She has authored nine volumes of poetry. Her poems and non fictional essays have appeared in various national and international magazines and journals. She is an Asso-Prof. and Head of the Dept. of History, City College, Kolkata. Her poems have been translated into many languages. She also writes on Art. She conducts poetry and translation workshops and has been reading her poems in India and abroad and participates as a panelist in various seminars organized by Universities and private institutions.

Sharon Cumberland’s poems have been published in many literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Image, and Beloit Poetry Journal. She won Kalliope’s Sue Saniel Elkind Award, The Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s Zola Award for Poetry (2007, 2013), and the Writers Haven Press Bright Side Award. Black Heron Press publishes her full-length collections: Peculiar Honors (2012) and Strange with Age (2017). Her chapbooks are The Arithmetic of Mourning (Green Rock Press), Greatest Hits 1985-2000, (Pudding House Press) and CCausmwbeelrlland (Floating Bridge Press). “The Day No One Died” appears in Strange with Age. She is Emeritus Professor of English at Seattle University.

Sheikha A. is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in over 100 literary venues, both print and online, including several anthologies by different presses. Recent work has been in Uppagus, Mobius, Pedestal Magazine, Visual Verse, and elsewhere. More about her can be found at

Sheila Bello writes poetry, creative nonfiction, and short fiction. She is inspired by nature and human interactions. She is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society, Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada, the Scarborough Poetry Club and Scarborough Arts. Sheila was born in Trinidad and immigrated to Canada in 1972. She lives in Scarborough, Ontario.

Sighle Meehan, an award winning poet from Galway, Ireland, has been published in many journals and anthologies.  She won the Imbas Celtic Mythology short story competition (Australia); is the author of Maum, a bi-lingual play professionally produced for the Galway International Theatre Festival; and writer and co-producer of Brighid, a drama documentary broadcast by TG4 (Irish language television station) several times 1998 – 2016.

Smita Agarwal is a well-known cultural personality and Indian poet writing in English. Her poems have received awards and residencies from the British Council, the Arvon Foundation and the Charles Wallace Trust. She is the author of Wish-granting Words, Poems (New Delhi, Ravi Dayal, 2002) and Mofussil Notebook (Calcutta, Sampark, 2016). She is the editor of Marginalized: Indian Poetry in English (Amsterdam and New York, Rodopi, 2014). Her critical articles have appeared in Poetry Review, Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Plath Profiles (of which she is also an editor and translator). She is a professor of English, and Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Allahabad, India. She is a professional singer with samples of her songs available at, YouTube and Sound Cloud.

Solomon AU YEUNG, from Hong Kong, is currently an in-service teacher, working for a local primary school in Tai O, Lantau Island, this is his third year serving in the school. Some info. about my publication of poetry lately: Three of my non-full-length works, ‘Mong Kok’, ‘A Fashion Show – River’ and Three Poetic Collection are going to be included in the OROBORO Issue 1 under the Death Rattle Writers Festival, the Anapest June Issue under the Paragon Press and the Origami Poems Project respectively.

Sorin Cerin (born November 25, 1963 in Baia Mare, Romania) is an important existentialist poet from the 21st century, quoted next to Sartre or Kierkegaard, philosopher, – the creator of Coaxialism, – compared to Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein. Sorin Cerin is particularly sought after by the great public for the 11,486 structured aphorisms in 14 volumes of thoughts previously published in various publishing houses, and then to be reunited under the aegis of a monumental volume called Wisdom Collection, a title that brought him celebrity and international recognition, for which he is considered to be one of the most representative thinkers of the aphoristic genre in the world, and the thoughts of this work are selected in various prestigious publications or world anthologies. Also, the essays and novels should not be ignored because it recommends him as an essayist and novelist as deep as his poetic, philosophical or aphoristic works.

Soumyen Maitra was born in West Bengal, India; and settled in England. A Surgeon by profession, he retired 7 years back. He is the author of several novels in English and his mother language, Bengali. A lot of his poems were published in various magazines; mostly in Forward Book of Poetry, and Dance of the Peacock. He participated at Library Art festivals in Liverpool, and Regional Art Councils, reading poetry and short stories. At present, he devotes most of his time writing and painting in multiple media.

Stanley H. Barkan, born in Brooklyn, in 1936, is the editor-publisher of Cross-Cultural Communications, a small literary art, noncommercial press focusing on bilingual poetry, which has, to date, published some 400 books and 300 broadsides & postcards, in 50 different languages. His own work, which has been translated into 25 different languages, has been published in 18 different collections, several of which are bilingual. Among the many honors he has received, he most treasures he 2011 Korean Expatriate Literature Association award “for his contribution to the promotion of the globalization of Korean literature through exchanges of Korean and American poetry” and Peter Thabit Jones’s special 2014 “Stanley H. Barkan” tribute issue of the Swansea, Wales-based international poetry magazine, The Seventh Quarry, published with a gathering of poems and interviews and photos and art by the many poets and writers and translators and photographers and artists Stanley has worked with during the last four decades. His most recent award, 2017, is the HOMER European Medal of Poetry & Art.

Stefanie Bennett has published over a dozen volumes of poetry, a libretto and a novel. She has tutored in The Institute of Modern Languages at James Cook University and worked with Arts Action For Peace. Stefanie has been nominated for The Pushcart and Best of the Net. Of mixed ancestry [Italian, Irish, Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Queensland, Australia.

Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, Ph.D. in French Language & Literature, is the author of several collections of poetry published in the United States, Romania and France. She writes poetry in English, French and Romanian and her poems have appeared in a variety of literary magazines in the United States, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Romania. Her last collection of poetry I scrape the window of nothingness – new & selected poems was released in 2015 from Orison Books Press. A new book of translations (by Luke Hankins) of her French work A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems is forthcoming in an international edition from Seagull Books. At the present she lives in Chicago.

Stephanos Stephanides is a Cypriot-born author, poet, translator, critic, ethnographer, and documentary filmmaker. He is a former Professor of English and  Comparative Literature at the University of Cyprus.  His early migration from Cyprus to the United Kingdom and subsequent work and travel in many countries has shaped the transcultural character of his work. As a lecturer at the University of Guyana, he became deeply interested in Caribbean cultural expression and his fieldwork with the descendant of Indian indentured labourers in Guyanese villages and sugar plantations gave rise to various projects including two documentary films:  Hail Mother Kali (1988) and Kali in the Americas (2003). He was awarded first prize for poetry from the American Anthropological Association, 1988, and first prize for video poetry for his film Poets in No Man’s Land at the Nicosia International Film Festival (2012).He has held residential writing fellowships at the University of Warwick, the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy; JNU, India; and the International Writers Program of the University of Iowa.  He was awarded first prize for poetry from the American Anthropological Association, 1988, and first prize for video poetry for his film Poets in No Man’s Land at the Nicosia International Film Festival (2012).  He was a judge for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (2000, 2010),he is a Fellow of the English Association, and Cavaliere of the Republic of Italy. His most recent book is The Wind Under My Lips (To Rodakio:  Athens, 2018).

Steven Heighton is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of fourteen books, including three short story collections, four novels and six poetry collections. Steven Heighton’s most recent books are a novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, and a poetry collection, The Waking Comes Late, which received the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His novel Afterlands has appeared in six countries, was a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice, and was cited on year-end lists in the USA, the UK, and Canada. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals and several editions of Best Canadian Poetry. Heighton also writes reviews for the New York Times Book Review.

Born and brought up in Kenya, Sukrita held the Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at Delhi University till recently. Formerly, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she is also Fellow of the prestigious International Writing Programme, Iowa, USA & Hong Kong Baptist University. Honorary faculty, Durrell Centre at Corfu, Greece, she has been a recipient of many prestigious fellowships and residencies. Her most recent collections of poems are Dream Catcher, Untitled and Poems Come Home (with Hindustani translations of her poems by Gulzar). Amongst her critical books are Narrating Partition, Conversations on Modernism. Her latest co-translated novel, Blind, has been published by HarperCollins India. A guest editor of journals such as Manoa (Hawaii) and Muse India, she has held solo exhibitions of her paintings. Many of her poems come out of her experience of working with the homeless, the street children and tsunami victims. Her poems have been translated into many languages.

Sunil Sharma, Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 19 published books: solo and joint. Recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award – 2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA. For more details, please visit the blog:

Suparna Ghosh has published three books of poetry – Sandalwood Thoughts, a collection of poems and drawings; Dots and Crosses, a prose poem with CD, and Occasionally, comprising free verse and ghazals. Suparna was short-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize; her poem, Unlimited, was published in their Global Poetry Anthology. A grand prize winning poem was choreographed and staged in San Francisco. She has exhibited her paintings in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Mumbai, New Delhi.

Susan P. Blevins, born in England, lived 26 wonderful years in Italy, where she wrote a weekly column for an international newspaper, 14 in New Mexico, writing about gardens and gardening, and now lives in Houston, Texas, publishing essays, fiction and poetry in various literary publications based on her travels, adventurous life and philosophy. She knows with absolute certainty that the only things that matter in life are love and service, and to that end she hopes to spread light and love to everyone she meets, one smile, one laugh, and one hug at a time. We are one.

Syed Ali Hamid (Professor of English, Kumaun University Campus, Almora, Uttarakhand, India) has published four books of poems. His poems have also appeared in several journals as well as anthologies. His Urdu translation of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was awarded by Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy in 1990. He also translates Urdu/English poetry.

T Vasudeva Reddy (b 1943) is a poet, novelist and critic in English. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in India and abroad. He has authored twelve collections of poems, two novels, three critical works, one collection of short stories and a grammar book in English. One volume of collected poems from all his poetry collections ‘Pulse of Life’ has been published by Modern History Press, USA. Four critical works have been published on his poetry, two from India and two from USA. His poems have appeared in French journals in Paris and in a recent anthology in Canada. Many critical articles and research dissertations have appeared on his poetry. He is now Hon. President of GIEWEC (Guild of Indian English Writers Editors and Critics). His poems are translated in many languages. He is a retired Principal and formerly U.G.C (University Grants Commission National Fellow and Visiting Professor in English from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

Tangina Ann started writing years before she finished her first book but because of family and work she wasn’t able to find the time until 2013 she found herself unable to walk for a short time not willing to just sit around and do nothing and now she is an Author of 5 books and enjoys writing Poetry and Wood art.

Tara L. Masih has won multiple book awards in her role as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays. She is also author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories and former Series Editor for The Best Small Fictions annual anthology. Awards for her work include The Ledge Magazine’s Fiction Award, finalist standing for both the Glimmer Train and the Reynolds Price Fiction Prize, Wigleaf Top 50 recognition, and Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and Best of the Web nominations.

Tatjana Debeljački, born on 23.04.1967 in Užice, Serbia. Writes poetry, short stories, stories and haiku. She is member multiple literary groups. Up to now, she has published four collections of poetry. Her poetry and haiku have been translated into several languages. She is Editor of the magazine Poeta, published by Writers’ Association “Poeta” Her poetry and haiku have been translated into several languages.

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in California’s Sierra Nevada, and served as El Dorado County’s inaugural poet laureate (2016-2018). Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere, and she’s included in the anthologies Villanelles (Everyman’s Library) and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University). Her book, The Downstairs Dance Floor, was awarded the Robert Philips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Her latest book is Uplift (Cold River Press, 2016).

Tejdeep Kaur Menon, police officer by profession and poet by passion, has published four anthologies – Caught in A Stampede (1995), Five Feet Seven And A Half Inches (1997), Minnaminni (2002) and Oysters In Pain (2003). Her distinctions include receiving the Charles Wallace Fellowship to the Cambridge Literature Seminar and Poetry Festival. Tejdeep’s poems are in several international collections and have been transformed into theatrical dance productions.

Thomas Heffernan’s latest book of poems is Working Voices (St Andrews Press, 2016). His awards for haiku include the Kusamakura Grand Prize (2006). His Liam Poems (Dragon’s Teeth Press, 1980) received the Roanoke-Chowan Prize in 1981. He has published widely in the United States and Japan and given readings and other presentations in Italy, Ireland, Mexico and China. Heffernan has taught at universities in England, the United States and Japan. He received the Sam Regan Award for contributions to culture in 2009.

Tikvah Feinstein’s poetry is published widely in the US and internationally. Founder of Taproot Writer’s Workshop Inc., she’s edited Taproot Literary Review for 25 editions. Recipient of a Jefferson Award for volunteerism for her literary contributions, she has also earned the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Her short story, “The Purpose of Tears” won 1st place in 2017 from Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival.

Tim Hawkins has lived and traveled widely throughout North America, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America, where he has worked as a journalist, technical writer and teacher in international schools. He has published more than 100 pieces of poetry and fiction and has been nominated for Best of the Net (2018), the Pushcart Prize (2011, 2017) and Best Microfiction (2018). His poetry collection, Wanderings at Deadline, was published in 2012 by Aldrich Press. Find out more at his website:

Tom Sheehan, in his 91st year, has published 37 books (the 38th is near, “Jock Poems for Proper Bostonians,” (from Pocol Press) and has multiple works in Rosebud, Literally Stories, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House Journal, Copperfield Review, TQR Total Quality Reading, Literary Orphans, Frontier Tales, Rope & Wire, etc. He’s received 16 Pushcart nominations, 6 Best of Net nominations with one winner, and other awards. He served as a sgt. in the 31st Infantry in Korea 1951-52, graduated from Boston College in 1956.

Tony Barnstone is Professor of English and Environment Studies at Whittier College and the author of 20 books and a music CD. In addition to seven books of poetry and a poetry chapbook, his selected poems have appeared in Spanish translation. He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary anthologies, and the recipient of numerous national and international poetry awards. His forthcoming books include an anthology of Chinese and American ecopoetry and an edition of the collected poems of Mary Ellen Solt. His website is

Tony Reevy is a David P. Morgan Award winner (2006) and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His previous publications include poetry, non-fiction and short fiction. Reevy spent much of his childhood in Socorro, New Mexico.

Tracy Repchuk, is an 8 Time #1 International Bestselling Author, founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets, founder of Poetry Canada magazine and an and Online Branding Strategist who helps authors to create an online profile that attracts and positions you as the expert and authority. She is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur since the age of 19 (including awards from The White House and President Obama). Tracy who has spoken in over 37 countries is also a featured expert for NBC, Fox, CBS, CTV, City TV, CBC, CW, ABC, HGTV and has appeared in 3 motivational movies.

Trent Busch, a native of rural West Virginia, now lives in Georgia where he writes and makes furniture. His poems have appeared in many journals including The Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Nation, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Chicago Review, Southern Review, Georgia Review, New England Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Kenyon Review, American Scholar, Shenandoah, and more recently Notre Dame Review, Evansville Review, Agni Online, Boston Review,, Sou’wester, Poetry Daily, Winning Writers, and Hudson Review. Poem “Edges of Roads” was the First Place Winner of the 2016 Margaret Reid Poetry Prize, Published by Winning Writers. Poem “Aletha” won an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Margaret Reid Poetry Prize, published by Winning Writers.

Tricia Knoll is a poet who retired after many years of communications work for municipal offices in Oregon. Her work appears widely in journal and anthologies. Her most recent book How I Learned To Be White received the Gold Prize for Motivational Poetry in the Human Relations Indie Book Prize for 2018. Website:

U. Atreya Sarma, from Hyderabad, is Chief Editor of Muse India e-journal. A bilingual poet, freelance editor, writer and translator (English/Telugu), he has authored a poetry collection ‘Sunny Rain-n-Snow’; edited/ translated/ collaborated on 15 books. Guest-edited a Feature ‘India @ 70’ for Setu e-magazine (Aug 2017); co-edited a feature ‘Indian College Fiction’ for Muse India (Issue 77); and as its Contributing Editor (Telugu), presented 4 exhaustive features on Telugu Literature. From Jun 2013 to Jul 2018, he presented poets through the Sunday feature ‘Wordsmith’ in The Hans India English daily. Official critic of Metverse Muse, an international p-journal of metrical poetry; Member, Advisory Board of Teesta Journal; recipient of “Setu Award for Excellence 2017”; and “Shambhabi Samman 2019” for ‘outstanding contribution to literature.’

Usha Akella, author of four books of poetry, one chapbook, and one musical drama, earned an MSt. In Creative Writing, from Cambridge University, UK. Her work is included in the Harper Collins Anthology of Indian English Poets. Her newest poetry book is due from Sahitya Akademi. She was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Austin in 2015. Widely published, she has participated in prestigious international poetry festivals. She is the founder of ‘Matwaala’ the first South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival. She is the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin which offers poetry readings to disadvantaged audience. She was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Austin in 2015 and 2019.

A writer from youth and an M.A. graduate in comparative literature from the University of Rochester, German-born Ute Carson published her first prose piece in 1977. Colt Tailing, a 2004 novel, was a finalist for the Peter Taylor Book Award. Her second novel In Transit was published in 2008. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines in the US and abroad. Her chapbook Folding Washing was published in 2013 and her collection of poems My Gift to Life was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Award Prize. Save the Last Kiss, a novella, was published in 2016. Her new poetry collection Reflections was out in 2018. She received the Ovidiu- Bektore Literary Award 2018 from the Anticus Multicultural Association in Constanta, Romania.

Valery V. Petrovskiy is an international writer from the Chuvashia region of Russia. His prose has appeared in dozens journals from around the world, and he is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist to the 2012 Open Russia Literary Contest. He is the author of short story collection “Tomcat Tale” (Editura StudIS, 2013) and eBook “Into the Blue on New Year’s Eve” (Hammer and Anvil Books, 2013). He has his poems published in Blue Lyra Review, Fine Flu Journal, The Missing Slate, Poetry Pacific, BRICK rhetoric. Valery lives in Russia in a remote village by the Volga River.

Vandana Kumari Jena was a civil servant by profession and is a writer by inclination. While creativity took a backseat when she was in the Indian Administrative Service, she hopes to make up for the lost years now. She has published over 200 middles in all leading newspapers. She has published a novel ‘The Dance of Death’ (HarAnand Publications 2008.); three collection of short stories, ‘The Incubation Chamber’ (Lifi Publications 2014) the ‘The Future is Mine’ (Ocean Books 2015) and `One Rotten Apple and Other Stories’ (Niyogi books 2018) and a collection of middles, ‘In the Middle’ (Ocean Books 2015). Her short stories have been published in 25 anthologies. Her poems have been published in several anthologies, including ‘The Dance of the Peacock,’ edited by Vivekanand Jha (2013) ‘Suvernarekha’ edited by Dr. Nandini Sahu (2014) ‘Songbook Circa 2011’ edited by Karuna Sivasailam (2012) ‘Golden Thoughts’ edited by Mohd. Fakhruddin (1999) ‘Poetry 2000 AD,’ edited by Mohd. Fakhruddin (2000), and ‘She Expresses,’ edited by Meena Nair and Nikita Goel (2018).

Vaughan Rapatahana lives across three countries – Aotearoa New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Philippines. He is widely published internationally in several genre. He won the inaugural Proverse Poetry Prize in 2016, the same year his collection, Atonement, was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines.

Vessislava Savova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has got four books published and is a part of many Bulgarian and international anthologies. Her awarded and honorable mentioned writings have been published in international magazines in nine languages. She is an editor of five books in Bulgarian and one in English language. Four books of Bulgarian authors have been translated into English by her, two of which have been published by Hammer & Anvil Publishing House in the USA.

Author of four books of poems, Vinita Agrawal is an award winning poet, translator and critic. Recipient of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence, USA, 2015, second prize at the TallGrass Writers Guild Award, Chicago in 2017, two consecutive prizes in the Hongkong Proverse Poetry Prize 2017 and joint winner of the Tagore literary prize 2018, her poems have appeared in many international journals. She was co-judge for the Asian Cha contest in 2015 and for RLFPA Awards (International category) 2016. She conducts poetry workshops in colleges and institutions.

Vittoria Repetto is a lesbian butch who grew up in NYC’s Greenwich Village. She is the daughter of immigrant Italian parents. In 1995, she published a chapbook Head For the Van Wyck and in 2006, Guernica Editions published her first poetry book, Not Just A Personal Ad. Vittoria repetto was the vice president of the Italian American Writers Assoc from 1991 to 2016. She hosted a Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam from 1999 to 2018. Her poems have been chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in the Paterson Literary Review for five times since 2003.

Vivekanand Jha, an Air Force veteran and a PhD (English Literature), is an Indian English poet, translator and editor. He has edited, co-edited and authored 15 books in the field of English Literature. His poems, essays and articles have featured in numerous journals and anthologies. Before this poetry anthology, he edited, The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India, featuring 151 Indian English poets, published by Hidden Brook Press, Canada. He is the founder and chief editor of two literary journals, VerbalArt and Phenomenal Literature published by Authorspress, New Delhi.

Weam Namou is an Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 13 books, a filmmaker, journalist, poet, and lecturer. She’s a TV host and an Ambassador for the Authors Guild of America [Detroit Chapter], the oldest and largest writing organization in the United States. Namou is a graduate of best-selling author Lynn Andrews’ 4-year course of study and training in the sacred healing arts and she’s the founder of the Path of Consciousness, a spiritual and writing retreat, and Unique Voices in Films, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

After military service, William Conelly took both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English under Edgar Bowers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Unrelated post-grad work followed, before he returned to academia in 2000. Since then, he’s served in both the US and the UK as an associate professor, tutor and seminar leader. The Able Muse Press published assortment of his verse dating back four decades in 2015; it’s titled Uncontested Grounds and may be reviewed at their website or via Amazon.

William Doreski has published four critical studies and several collections of poetry. His work has appeared in various journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. He is author of 04 full length and 01 chapter books of poetry. His new poetry collection is A Black River, A Dark Fall. Prizes Won: Aesthetic Poetry Prize 2010, Clay Potato Fiction Award, 2004, Poet Lore Translation Prize, 1972.

William Heyen is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at the College at Brockport. He has published more than 30 books of poetry, memoir, criticism, has been a Finalist for the National Book Award, has won Fulbright, Guggenheim, Academy of American Poets, and other awards. His work has been published in hundreds of anthologies and magazines.

Willis Barnstone is author of eighty-one books with university and trade presses. He was born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin, Sorbonne, SOAS, Columbia and Yale, taught in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War, and during the Cultural Revolution he went to China where he was later a Fulbright Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-1985). Former O’Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Spanish at Indiana University.

Yeşim Ağaoğlu was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She took her undergraduate degree from Istanbul University in Art History and Archaeology, then a Master’s in Radio, TV and Cinema. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and her published book of poetry have been translated into many languages. She frequently participates in international literary and poetry festivals, as well as gaining recognition internationally as a contemporary artist. Prizes: 5th International Azerbaijan Poets day (by the honour of Azerbaijani poet, Mikail, Müşvik, 2013), Baku, Azerbaijan & 2015-2016 Coburg Rückert Prize Nominee, Coburger, Germany.

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include ten Pushcart nominations, the 2018 Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, Best New Poems Online and nearly 1,500 others across 43 countries.

Yugo Gabriel Egboluche is a Nigerian born multidisciplinary writer and development practitioner. His poems have appeared in chapbooks and various webzines. He translated a collection of more than fifty Haiku’s into his native Igbo language. In 2017 his poem featured in the Best New African Poets Anthology published by Mwanaka Press, Zimbabwe. He has edited and co-authored numerous community development texts and guidebooks, while his short stories have been published in two Trans-Atlantic Anthologies and available on Project Muse. He is also a lyricist and scriptwriter with up to four adapted screenplays in the public domain. His first poetry collection, ‘Under African Skies’ is expected to be out before the end of 2019.

Dr. Zacharoula Gaitanaki, born in Athens, writes poems, articles, short stories, essays, novels and review of book. She is also a translator of books of poetry. She is a life member of the “World Academy of Arts and Culture” / “World Congress of Poets” (which awarded her the title of the Honorary Doctor of Literature) and of the IWA (International Writers Association). She is a member of the “World Poets Society” and of the “Association Mundial de Escritores – A.M.E.” of Spain (No 3299). Member of “Poetas del Mundo” («Poets of the World»). She has published a good number of books.

Zahra Ramezani (born February 24, 1989 in Tehran, Iran) is a poet writing poems in English. She is also an artist and a translator working for Iran TV channels. She has BA in Tourism Management from Allame Tabatabei University, but her enthusiasm and interest in English literature and art led her to publish a book “Shadow of Darkness” first collection of her English poems translated into Persian and started drawing and painting after graduation. In 2016, one of her poems was published in Verbalart poetry journal. And in 2017, she translated “Harry Potter and the cursed child” into Persian. It took her a long time to master in drawing, but it has always been a very personal passion for her. She finds writing poems and drawing as a way to vent her feelings about human and contemporary complicated life.


Call for Submission, Magnum Opus: A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness

Magnum Opus

A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness


Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight)

Publication Expected: 2019

Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India

Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha



Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle.

Submission Requirements

 It is requested to submit your magnum opus poem.

To submit work, please:

  • Send only one poem, of no more than 50 lines at
  • Include a bio in maximum 100 words.
  • Submission of more than one poem shall be rejected without intimation.
  • Save MS word file with your name, paste your bio, email id and poem into it. Send it as an email attachment.


Mere submission of one’s magnum opus won’t qualify for the poem to be included in the anthology. Editor reserves the right to select the poem suiting the aim of the anthology and his decisions will be final. Final selection will be made after deadline for submission is over. Decision for selection or rejection will be intimated to individual in due course of time. It’s no use making query in between.


We will be accepting submissions from poets all over the world. We are planning to include minimum 500 poets and maximum 1000 poets.

     Copyright and Acknowledgement

Copyright of the selected poem shall remain with the author. It is natural that being one’s best poem it may have published previously at more than one place. We would mention the acknowledgment of the first publisher only. If a poem is submitted to us it would be deemed that either the poet holds necessary copyright or he has taken due permission from its first publisher.


The anthology will be listed on various online stores and like other books of Authorspress this collection too will be made available worldwide through authorized distributors and sub-distributors. The anthology will be published in both print and electronic format.


The contributors physically living in India irrespective of their country of origin will get a free print copy whereas those living overseas will get a free eBook which will be available with us in various forms and formats.


We shall leave no stone unturned to reach the best contemporary poets all over the world. But if every poet, in the possession of this call for submission, forwards to his fellow or friend poets, things will be pretty easier for us and it will be very helpful for the future health of poetry as well. Hence it is our humble request to forward this call to the emails at your disposal.

Looking forward to your submission!

 Best wishes

Dr Vivekanand Jha


Email id:


The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India

The Dance of the Peacock: Released!

The Dance of the Peacock - Front Cover

The  Dance of the Peacock:

An Anthology of English Poetry from India

(Published by Hidden Brook Press, Canada)

(Total Number of Poets to be featured – 151)

List of reviews and other links pertaining to the anthology, The Dance of the Peacock:

1. Review by Rob Harle

2. Review by Dr Rajnish Mishra

3. Review by Prof. Vishal Bhadani

4. Review on Amazon

5. Review on Goodreads

6. Press release of the anthology

7. Review by by Jyothsnaphanija

8. On Bookingly Yours

9. Review by Rashmi Jain

10. Press Release

11. Review by Nidhi Mehta

12. Review by Sanober Kahkeshan

13. Review by Nuggehalli Pankaja

List of the 151 poets featuring the anthology, The Dance of the Peacock:-

1.         A J Thomas,

2.         Abhay K,

3.         Aftab Yusuf Shaikh,

4.         Aju  Mukhopadhyay,

5.         Akhil Katyal,

6.         Akshat Sharma,

7.         Allabhya Ghosh,

8.         Amalan Stanley V,

9.         Amarendra Khatua,

10.       Amarendra Kumar,

11.       Ambika Ananth,

12.       Ami Kaye,

13.       Amol Redij,

14.       Ananya S Guha,

15.       Anita Nair,

16.       Anju Makhija,

17.       Anna Sujatha Mathai,

18.       Aparna Kaji Shah,

19.       Arbind Kumar Choudhary,

20.       Archna Sahni

21.       Arman Najmi,

22.       Arundhathi Subramaniam

23.       Asha Viswas,

24.       Ashoka Sen,

25.       Ashoke Bhattacherjee,

26.       Asoke Chakravarty,

27.       Bibhu Padhi,

28.       Binod Mishra,

29.       Bipin Patsani,

30.       Bishnupada Ray,

31.       C D Norman,

32.       C. L. Khatri,

33.       Chandini Santosh,

34.       Chandra Shekhar Dubey,

35.       Charu Sheel Singh,

36.       D. C. Chambial,

37.       Debjani Chatterjee,

38.       Deepak Thakur,

39.       Devashish Makhija

40.       Durlabh Singh,

41.       Geetashree Chatterjee,

42.       Gopa Nayak,

43.       Gopal Lahiri,

44.       Gopikrishnan Kottoor,

45.       H K. Kaul,

46.       Harish K Thakur,

47.       Hazara Singh,

48.       Hiranya Aditi,

49.       Jayanta Mahapatra,

50.       Jaydeep Sarangi,

51.       K N Daruwalla,

52.       K Pankajam,

53.       K. Satchidanandan,

54.       K. Srilata,

55.       K. V. Dominic,

56.       K.V. Raghupathi,

57.       Kanwar Dinesh Singh,

58.       Karan Singh,

59.       Katta Rajamouly

60.       Kavita Jindal,

61.       Khurshid Alam,

62.       KK Srivastava,

63.       Krithika Raghavan,

64.       Kulbhusan Kushal,

65.       Kumarendra Mallick,

66.       Lakshmi Priya,

67.       Lalita Noronha,

68.       M. V. Sathyanarayana,

69.       Malay Roy Chaudhary,

70.       Mani Rao,

71.       Menka Shivdasani,

72.       Michelle Cahill,

73.       Mihir Chitre,

74.       Mohineet Kaur Boparai,

75.       Mona Dash,

76.       Monika Pant,

77.       Mukta Sambrani,

78.       Mustansir Dalvi,

79.       Naina Dey,

80.       Nandini Sahu,

81.       Nikesh Murali,

82.       Nuggehalli Pankaja,

83.       O.P. Arora,

84.       P C K Prem,

85.       P K JOY,

86.       P K N Panicker,

87.       Pashupati Jha,

88.       Poornima Laxmeshwar,

89.       Prabhanjan K. Mishra,

90.       Prabhat K. Singh,

91.       Prahlad Singh Shekhawat,

92.       Pramila Venkateswaran,

93.       Prathap Kamath,

94.       Pravat Kumar Padhy,

95.       Preeta Chandran

96.       Priscila Uppal,

97.       Pritha Kejriwal,

98.       Puneet Aggarwal,

99.       R C Shukla,

100.     R J Kalpana,

101.     Ram Krishna Singh,

102.     R Raj Rao,

103.     Raja Nand Jha,

104.     Rajashree Anand,

105.     Ramendra Kumar,

106.     Ranu Uniyal,

107.     Ravi Shankar,

108.     Rizvana Parveen,

109.     Romi Jain,

110.     Rudra Kinshuk,

111.     Ruth Vanita,

112.     Samartha Vashishtha,

113.     Sarada Purna Sonty,

114.     Satish  Verma,

115.     Seema Aarella,

116.     Semeen Ali,

117.     Shamsud Ahmed,

118.     Shanta Acharya,

119.     Sharad Chandra,

120.     Shefali Shah Choksi,

121.     Shloka Shankar

122.     Shobhana Kumar,

123.     Sindhu Rajasekaran,

124.     Smita Agarwal,

125.     Smitha Sehgal,

126.     Sneha Subramanian Kanta,

127.     Sonjoy Dutta-Roy,

128.     Sonnet Mondal,

129.     Soumyen Maitra,

130.     Sreelatha Chakravarty

131.     Stephen Gill,

132.     Subhash Misra,

133.     Sukrita Paul Kumar,

134.     Sunil Sharma,

135.     Sunita Jain,

136.     Syed Faizan,

137.     T. Vasudeva Reddy,

138.     Tejdeep Kaur Menon,

139.     Usha Akella,

140.     Usha Kishore,

141.     V.V.B. Rama Rao,

142.     Vandana Kumari Jena,

143.     Vasuprada Kartic,

144.     Vibha Batra,

145.     Vihang A Naik,

146.     Vinay Capila,

147.     Vinita Agrawal,

148.     Vitasta Raina,

149.     Vivek Naraynan,

150.     Vivekanand Jha,

151.     Yasmin Sawhney.

 Bios of the Poets

A. J. Thomas (b. 1952) is a poet and fiction writer; has also translated extensively from Malayalam poetry, fiction and drama over the last two decades, with several books to his credit. Regularly publishes poetry, short fiction, translations, book reviews and features on literary and cultural matters in journals, magazines and websites in India and abroad. He voluntarily retired as Editor, Indian Literature, the English bi-monthly of Sahitya Akademi and was also its Guest Editor (honorary). He is recipient of Katha Award, AKMG Prize and Vodafone Crossword Award.

Abhay K. (b.1980) is an Indian poet-diplomat. Winner of SAARC Literature Award and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, he is the author of eight books including five poetry collections. He has contributed to several poetry anthologies including Natural Spirit, A Moment of Déjà vu, Harmonious Palette. His poems have also been published by literary magazines such as Indian Literature, La.Lit, Pratilipi, Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Kritya, Literary St. Petersburg, Severnaya Aurora, Sphinx, Okno etc.

Aftab Yusuf Shaikh (b. 1989) has been published in Indian as well as foreign magazines. The Poetry Society of America had awarded him the Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Silver Award and also included his poems in their anthologies.

Aju Mukhopadhyay, Pondicherry, India, is an award winning bilingual poet, author and critic. He has authored 30 books. His poems and some stories have been widely anthologised and translated. He writes fictions too. Seven books contain discussions on his poetry. He has written essays on more than 40 books.

Akhil Katyal is a writer and poet, currently teaches literature at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. His poetry has been published in several international poetry journals, including The Houston Literary Review, The Minetta Review, The Literateur, The Taj Mahal Review, Nether Magazine and Muse India. He is currently writing the biography of the Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. He is PhD from SOAS, University of   London.

Akshat Sharma is a poet and filmmaker.  Currently, he is pursuing his Masters of Arts in Filmmaking with specialization in Direction. His first collection, VIATICUM – Journey of a Soul was published in Sep 2010. For his work “Wolf-Man”, he was honored with Azsacra International Poetry Award in July 2011. His second collection God Is Dead was released in April 12.

Allabhya Ghosh (b. 1976) script, story writer and worked as an assistant Director in the short film “Amatir Katha” which was screening in 14th Kolkata film Festival. He wrote and worked for Bengail Television Channel as a Script writer and worked as an actor in so many Bengali film and Serial. His poetry, novel & story have published into the national & international magazine. His first book of poem is “The Mirror” was published at the age of 17.

 Amalan Stanley V (b. 1966) is a poet, novelist, translator and a scientist, involved in scientific and environmental research for more than two decades.  He has authored three poetry collections and a novel in Tamil.  Some of his poems were translated by Sahitya Academy and by literary magazines of other South Indian languages.  He has authored three books in English on science and spirituality and one on the teachings of the Buddha.

Amarendra Khatua (b. 1957) is a bilingual poet. He has authored 14 collections of poetry in Odia and 03 in English. He is also translated in 03 volumes of poetry in Hindi, one each in Telugu & Tamil. His poems are translated in all major Indian languages and also in Spanish, Russian and French. He has won several awards and is a serving Indian diplomat.

Amarendra Kumar (b.1937) is a bilingual poet and short story writer. He has six volumes of poetry and one volume of short stories in English. He has also authored one book of poetry and one book of short stories in Hindi. His essays, research and critical papers have been published in a number of referred journals round the world.

Ambika Ananth (b. 1960) is a bi-lingual poet, a freelance journalist, a translator and a book reviewer with 12 published works.  She has a Masters Degree in Education and has a PG Diploma in Journalism. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies. She is the Chief-Editor of ‘Museindia’, a literary web journal.

Ami Kaye (b. 1956) is the publisher of Glass Lyre Press and Pirene’s Fountain. She edited the Sunrise from Blue Thunder anthology in response to the Japan 2011 disaster. Ami’s poems, reviews and articles have appeared in various journals and anthologies including First Literary Review- East, Tears in the Fence, Cartier Street Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Scottish Poetry Review, and Diode Poetry Journal. Her work was nominated for the James B. Baker award. Ami is the author of What Hands Can Hold. Visit

Amol Redij (b. 1977) is a published poet of Silent Moments of Melancholy, his debut collection of 66 poems. His poems have been published in “The Bruised Peach Press (US)”, “The Brooklyn Voice (US)”, and Destiny Poets (UK). He has completed his second collection of 69 poems – “69: The Otherwise Poetry”.

Ananya S. Guha (b. 1957) lives in Shillong in North East India and works as the Regional Director of the Indira Gandhi National Open University Shillong. He has four collections of poetry to his credit. In addition, his poems have appeared in four anthologies of poetry, and several print/online magazines. He also writes for newspapers and magazines on education and subjects of general interest.

Anita Nair (b. 1966) is the bestselling author of The Better Man, Ladies Coupe, Mistress and Lessons in Forgetting. Her books have been translated into over 30 languages around the world. Her new novel is Cut Like Wound. Anita has also written a collection of poems, a collection of essays, 04 books of children, two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting which is part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2012 and won the National Film Award in 2013.  She was awarded the ‘FLO FICCI women achievers awards 2008 for literature’. She can be reached at

Anju Makhija (b. 1948) is a poet, playwright, translator and columnist. Her works include two books of poems, View from the Web and Pickling Season; All Together, a multi-media that won an award at the National Educational Film Festival, California. She has co-translated an anthology of partition poetry, Freedom & Fissures. Her plays include If Wishes Were Horses and The Last Train. She has won several awards including 1st prize in the All India Poetry Competition, the BBC World Poetry prize and the Sahitya Akademi English Translation award.

Anna Sujatha Mathai has 4 collections of Poetry in English.  She has another volume, MOTHERS VEENA, soon to be published by Authors Press. She has also written Articles and Critical Reviews for The Times of India, The Hindu, India Today, Indian Literature and many other Journals. Her poems have been translated into several Indian and European languages. She has read them at venues all over the world, including London, Struga, Stockholm and Denmark.

Aparna Kaji Shah (b.1956) has published a short story in an anthology, and several book reviews in Canada, Singapore, and India.She has taught English language and literature at the St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and at the George Brown College, Toronto.  She writes poetry, and is working on a novel.

Arbind Kumar Choudhary is a poet, editor, critic, reviewer and professor of English. He is also founder of two refereed literary journals Kohinoor and Ayush. His interviews appeared in various literary journals in India and abroad.  He has nine poetry collections in English. He is also included in the advisory /editorial boards of WEC, Poetcrit, IJML, Mandakini, Spectrum and IJELL. He has been awarded by The International Writers and Artists Association, USA and The International Poetry Translation and Research Centre (IPTRC), China. His name is included in Cambridge Dictionary of English Writers in England, World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia and many other anthologies in India.

Archna Sahni (b. 1968) is an award winning poetess and her debut collection of poems, First Fire, was published by Yeti Books (2005). She is the recipient of the first Agha Shahid Ali Prize for poetry instituted by Poetry Chain and received Honorable Mention for E.J. Pratt Medal and Poetry Prize. She holds an MEd (University of Toronto) and PhD in English (Punjab University).

Arman Najmi (b. 1940) is the Nom-de-plume of Dr S Hassan, BSc, MBBS, FICS. He also writes in Urdu. He writes poetry in the forms of Nazm and Ghazal. He has two collections of Poems, one of Prose and one of Criticism. Many of his articles on literary subjects and Urdu poems have been published in leading Literary Journals in India and Abroad.

Arundhathi Subramaniam is the author of three books of poetry. She has worked over the years as poetry editor, arts critic and curator. Her poetry has been widely translated and featured in several international journals and anthologies. She has been awarded the Charles Wallace Fellowship, the Visiting Arts Fellowship, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship and the Raza Award for Poetry. She has been the editor of the India domain of the Poetry International Web, since 2004.

Asha Viswas (b. 1946) is a Poet, Critic and Reviewer. She is a former professor of English, Banares Hindu University, Varanasi. She has published three collections of poetry, five books of criticism besides numerous papers on diverse topics. Her volumes of poetry Melting Memories (1996) won Michael Madhusudan Academy award, Mortgaged Moorings (2001) got Editors Choice award by the International library of poetry, U.S.A. and The Rainbow cave and Other Poems (2011) won critical acclaim.

Ashoka Sen is an artist born in India and has been living in England for over 40 years. Her achievements include two novels, a collection of short poems, a collection of short stories and two books for children. She gained a BA (English Studies) and MA (Writing) from Sheffield Hallam University. She won the East Midland Writers’ Development Award in 2000 for her literary work and her poems have been broadcast on the radio.

Ashoke Bhattacherjee is a published poet who is currently a Doctoral Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is always in pursuit of beauty and truth that permeates everything, from art to science, maths and literature. His other main interests are playing guitar and composing and recording music.

Asoke Chakravarty (b. 1939), BOIMELA-UTSAV Award winner, is a poet, writer, artist, playwright, musician and humanist. His written work appears in 14 publications and has been translated to Spanish, French, German, Turkish and other languages. He contributes to over 50 leading International magazines and anthologies and has exhibited at 19 solo art shows across 3 continents. He is the founder-director of Krittibas Literary Group of Toronto and was the former President of The International Festival of Poetry of Resistance in Toronto. His collection of poems Vaater thaalaai eto kaantaajhop was nominated for the Sahitya Akademi Award, New Delhi.

Bibhu Padhi (b. 1951) is a prolific poet and his seventh book of poetry, Migratory Days: A Travel Diary in Verse, was published in 2011. His poems have published in all the major Indian literary journals like Debonair, The Illustrated Weekly, Imprint, Indian Literature and Quest. Outside India, his poems have been published in, amongst others, Encounter, Orbis, Outposts, New Letters, Southwest Review and The Toronto South Asian Review. His poems have been included in numerous anthologies (as well as school-and college-level textbooks), the most recent being The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. 

Binod Mishra (b. 1966), an Associate Professor of English in IIT Roorkee, India, is a bi-lingual poet. He has contributed his poems and articles to various journals and anthologies. He has authored several books and edited ten anthologies. His poetry collection Silent Steps and Other Poems has brought good response. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of English Studies.

Bipin Patsani (b.1951) is a poet and he has published three collections of poetry and has manuscripts ready for two others. He worked as a teacher in Arunachal Pradesh for 34 years till his superannuation in September 2012.

Bishnupada Ray (b 1970) is an Associate Professor of English at NBU, West Bengal. His poetry has appeared in Indian Literature, New Quest, Makata, A Hudson View, Revival and Shabdaguchha. His latest book of poems Discarded Self and Selected Poems was published by Hyphen Publications, Shimla in 2012.

C.D. Norman (b. 1922) is a poet 91 years old and he served in the Indian Army during the Second World War, worked as a chemist in Sugar Factories and finally taught Physics in high schools in Maduari and Bombay. He writes both in English and Tamil. His leisure time occupation during his retirement days is to collect his own writings in volumes, one every year. His poems have appeared in “Youth Times” and “Woman’s Era”.

C. L. Khatri is a bilingual poet, reputed, perceptive critic and editor of Cyber Literature. He has two poetry collections in English. He edited an anthology of poems Millennium Mood in 2001. He was awarded Michael Madhusudan Acadmay Award for his poetry collection Kargil in 2002. His poems are widely published, anthologized and translated in different languages in India and abroad. He has produced over 35 papers and 20 books of criticism. Currently he is Associate Professor, Dept. of English, T.P.S. College, Patna.

Chandini Santosh (b. 1964) is a poet and painter with two solo collections of poetry. Her poems have been published in eminent journals and she has held two painting exhibitions, widely appreciated in the media and by the artist community. Her short story, ‘The C List’ has been short-listed and published in the anthology ‘Same Difference’ by J Publishing Co Ltd, Ilford, Essex, UK. Her first novel ‘Blood Brothers’ has been submitted to leading publishers.

Chandra Shekhar Dubey (b. 1959) is a poet, writer, translator and Associate Professor of English, SBSEC, University of Delhi. He has to his credit various books, poems, short stories, reviews, articles and research papers. He published two collections of poems titled Ripples On A Stone and Substance of Shadows.

Charu Sheel Singh (b.1955) has published 08 poetry collections. He has also published The Chariot of Fire: A Study of William Blake in the Light of Hindu Thought, Concentric Imagination: Madala Literary Theory, Self-Reflexive Materiality: Three Essays in comparative Method, among other books. His name is listed in many national and international bibliographies. He is working as Professor of English, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (University), Varanasi.

D. C. Chambial (b. 1950) is a renowned poet and critic. He has brought out 8 anthologies of his poems in English and all eight anthologies have been published in one volume too. A host of critics and students of literature have show keen interest in his poetry. He has also published books on criticism on IEP & figured in several international Who’s Who in Poetry published from England & USA. He has won several awards for poetry from USA and Australia. He also edits POETCRIT, a literary Journal.

Debjani Chatterjee is an award-winning poet, has written, edited or translated over 60 books for children and adults. A cancer survivor, who believes strongly in the therapeutic power of reading and writing, she’s a patron of Survivors’ Poetry and founded the Healing Word support group. Her work has won major awards, including Sheffield Hallam University’s honorary doctorate ‘for outstanding contribution to Literature, the Arts and community service’, and an MBE in 2008. She was selected, in the Arts and Culture category, to be an Olympic Torchbearer in 2012.

Deepak Thakur is Principal, Govt. PG College, Nalagarh Himachal Pradesh, India. He has been teaching English language and literature for the last 28 years. He has published two books of poems and three books on literary criticism pertaining to the Indian English novelists.

Devashish Makhija(b. 1977) is a storyteller, screenwriter, filmmaker, graphic artist and poet. He spends his life bewildered by the world, driven to manic curiosity about little things (like why is the ‘butter-fly’ not called the more befitting ‘flutter-by’). His alter ego resides at

Durlabh Singh is a widely published writer and a poet based in London. Part of his poetry is based on cultural values and metaphysics inherited from India. His aim is to produce innovatory poetry with a fresh outlook. He has published books on poetry and fiction. As an artist he has illustrated his books.

Geetashree Chatterjee (b. 1963) is a graduate from Delhi University and holds various Diplomas. She has completed twenty five years in Petroleum & Natural Gas Sector and de-stress through writing, reading, blogging and music. Her poems and short stories have been published in e-journals like Muse-India, Write Space and &

Gopa Nayak (b. 1963) writes in English and Odia. She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and is currently teaching English in Bhubaneswar. She is the author of one volume of poetry, “Dissension”. Her Odia poems are regularly featured in local publications.

Gopal Lahiri (b. 1957), a bilingual poet from India, has been writing poetry for more than twenty-five years. He has had six poetry collections in Bengali and five collections in English. His poems appeared in print and electronic publications worldwide. He is a regular contributor of poems in poetry journals.,

Gopikrishnan Kottoor has several national prizes of the British Council-Poetry Society, India, for his poetry. He has ten volumes of poetry. His poems have featured inter alia, in Orbis (UK), Verse (Seattle), Nth position (UK), The Illustrated Weekly (India), Ariel (Canada), and anthologies by Bloodaxe (UK), Fulcrum (US), and Poetry Society, (India).  He has published novels (A Bridge Over Karma, Hill House, Presumed Guilty), and plays (The Mask of Death, Fire in the Soul, A Woman in Flames). He edited A New Book of Indian Poems in English and founded Poetry Chain. He was poetry editor for The Southwest Poetry Journal during his MFA stint in Texas State University, USA. His poem, Father, Wake Us In Passing, (translated into German), won him a poetry Residency, in the University of Augsburg, Germany.

H. K. Kaul is a Library and Information specialist, author, poet, bibliographer and institution builder. He has 43 years experience as a Library specialist, the creativity of a poet and the man with a vision who established two institutions, the DELNET – Developing Library Network in 1988 and the Poetry Society (India) in 1984. His first book came out in 1972 and since then he has authored and edited 55 books, besides research papers and over 100 articles, in the fields of  library networking, bibliographical studies, history, poetry and publishing.

Harish Kumar Thakur is Associate Professor of Political Science at (Government College for Girls) RKMV, Shimla, HP. He is author of 10 Books, about 100 Research Papers, Articles, Book Reviews and Essays and over 500 poems. He is also editing a literary journal Conifers Call: Shimla Journal of Poetry & Criticism. He is also Executive Editor, Kafla Intercontinental and Associate Editor of Asia Pacific Panorama.

Hazara Singh (b. 1922) is a poet of 92 years old and retired as HOD of Journalism, Languages & Culture, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He participated in Freedom Struggle against Colonialism, imprisoned thrice during 1942-45. His knowledge is gleaned from tribulation he faced during that ordeal. He is the author of 10 books in English, 4 in verse, 6 in prose. His published work available on

Hiranya Aditi (b. 1993) began writing poetry and painting at age 6. Her poetry has been published in Muse India, and in various poetry collections. She is inspired by Nature and the Human journey. She is also a vocalist, Indian classical violinist, and volunteers in many community service projects.

Jayanta Mahapatra (b. 1928) is a physicist, bilingual poet, editor, translator and essayist. He holds the distinction of being the first Indian English poet to have received the Sahitya Akademi Award (1981) for the book of poetry, Relationship. His other major awards include SAARC literary Award, Allen Tate Poet Prize and Padma Shree Award from the President of India. As a distinguished editor, he has been bringing out, for many years, a literary magazine, Chandrabhaga.  He is the author of 36 books which include 18 volumes of poetry in English.

Jaydeep Sarangi (b.1973) is a bilingual writer, academic, editor, translator, academic administrator and the author of a number of significant publications (including 24 academic books and four books of poems) on English Literature in reputed anthologies and journals. He is the mentor of many academic, literary journals and in the editorial board of several journals. He has guest edited two issues for muse India on marginal literatures from the Eastern India and the North East. Recently, he had been awarded with visiting fellow to the University of Wollongong (2012) and the Westerly Centre, UWA(2013), Australia.

Keki N. Daruwalla (b. 1937) is one of India’s leading poets and short story writers. He wrote his Master’s in literature from Punjab and spent a year at Oxford as a Visiting Fellow under the Colombo Plan. He retired as Chairman JIC and Secretary to the Government of India. He was also Special Assistant to the Prime Minister in 1979. He has nine volumes of poetry and three collections of short fictions to his credit. A volume of his Collected Poems has been published in 2006. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 and Commonwealth Poetry Prize (for Asia) in 1987. He represented the country at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2005. His works have been translated in various European languages like Swedish, Magyar, German and Russian. He wrote regularly for The Economic Times on international affairs for five years. He published his first novel “For Pepper and Christ” in 2009 and a travelogue, “Riding the Himalayas” in 2011.

K Pankajam (b. 1952) is a poet, novelist and bilingual writer. Two collections of her English poems “Look Beyond” and “Echoes” have been published in 2006 and 2009. Her third book of poems “Whispering Waves” is being brought out shortly.  Her works have also been published in many on-line journals.  Her poems have been included in the anthologies “Roots & Wings – An Anthology of Indian Women Writing In English,  Fancy Realm and ‘Poetic Bliss’  She has to her credit one Malayalam fiction titled “Ormakalude Thiranottam”.  Her English fiction “Beads of Memories” is expected to be published in 2013.

K. Satchidanandan (b. 1946) is a poet of national and international repute writing in Malayalam. He has 21 collections of poetry in Malayalam besides 16 collections of world poetry in translation and 23 collections of critical essays and interviews besides four collections of essays in English. He has edited several anthologies of poetry and prose in Malayalam, English and Hindi. He has 27 collections of his poems in translation in 17 languages, including five collections in English, six in Hindi and one each in Arabic, German, French and Italian besides all the major Indian languages. He has won 21 awards for his literary contribution.  A film on him, Summer Rain was released in 2007. He was in the list of probables for the Nobel Prize, 2011.

K. Srilata is a poet, fiction writer, translator and is also a professor at IIT Madras where she researches and teaches Creative Writing, Fiction and Translation Studies. She won the first prize in the All India Poetry competition organised by the British Council and the Poetry Society, India.  She has also been awarded the Unisun British Council Poetry Award and the Charles Wallace fellowship for a writing residency. Her debut novel Table for Four was longlisted for the Man Asian literary prize.  She had earlier translated from Tamil to English Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry. She is also a visiting faculty at the Chennai Mathematical Institute where she takes a course on Readings in Fiction.

K. V. Dominic, English poet, critic, short story writer, editor and a retired professor of English. Besides many publications of poems, short stories and critical articles in various journals, he has authored twenty two books so far which include 04 collection of poetry in English. He is the Secretary of GIEWEC, Editor and Publisher of International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML) and Editor-in-Chief of the Guild’s journal, Writers Editors Critics (WEC).

K.V. Raghupathi (b. 1957) has published 16 books which include 09 books in English Verse. He has attended many conferences and seminars and presented papers on literature, language and philosophy.  A great lover and promoter of classical Karnatic music, he has published a number of articles in various international journals. He is a recipient of several awards that include Michael Madhusudhan Dutt Award, Kolkata in 2001, H.D. Thoreau Fellowship, Dhvanyaloka, Mysore in 2000 and the best chosen poet for 2003, Poetry Chain, Mumbai in association with Poetry Society of India, New Delhi. &

Kanwar Dinesh Singh is a bilingual award winning poet. He has published 10 & 02 collections of poems in English & Hindi respectively. He is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award from the Government of Himachal Pradesh for his poetry book House Arrest, and the Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi Samman for his book of Hindi poems entitled PUT-BHED. His poems, reviews and articles have also appeared in several leading newspapers, journals and magazines. Currently, he teaches English in a College and edits literary journals, LITCRIT INDIA and HYPHEN.

Karan Singh (b. 1931) is a poet and senior politician. He is an M.A. and Ph. D in Political Science from Delhi University.  He received the Padma Vibhushan in 2005. He is author of more than 15 books. He is a member of India’s Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha and senior member of the ruling Indian National Congress Party and titular Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. From 1967 to 1980, and in 1990, he served as a MP in the Lok Sabha; since 1996, he has been a MP in the Rajya Sabha. He served as Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, Jammu and Kashmir University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Katta Rajamouly (b. 1952) is Professor of English by vocation and a poet, short story writer, essayist, critic and translator by avocation. He has published The Poetry of Philip Larkin: a Critical Study, GRAMMAR, Dictionary of Grammatical and Literary Terms, Art of Speaking and Learn English through Conversation. His creative contributions appeared in Muse India, Kakatiya Journal of English Studies, TRIVENI, Commonwealth Review, etc.

Kavita Jindal (b. 1964) is the author of the critically-acclaimed poetry collection ‘Raincheck Renewed’ published by Chameleon Press.  She also writes literary criticism and fiction. Her short story ‘A Flash of Pepper’ won the Vintage Books/Foyles ‘Haruki Murakami competition’ in 2012. Her work has appeared in journals, anthologies and newspapers around the world and her poems have been translated into Arabic, German, Punjabi, and Romanian. Some poems have been set to music.  Kavita regularly reads from her fiction and poetry in London, where she is based, as well as at universities and literary festivals in Asia and Europe.

Khurshid Alam (b. 1974) is a Sr. Technical Writer with an IT company and has been writing web content, technical documentations, and business writing for over seven years. Besides, he writes poems, stories, short flash fiction and screenplays and on literature and culture. Some of his poems have also been included in the anthologies An Anthology of Contemporary Love Poems, PoetsParadise, The Feline Muse, The Fancy Realm and The Poetic Bliss. He is also the founder editor of Contemporary Literary Review India (CLRI) and is working on a novel.

K K Srivastava (b 1960) is a poet with three books of poetry in English. His latest book Shadows of the Real was published in 2012 by Rupa & Co, New Delhi. He is a member of International Writers & Artists Association Ohio USA and was conferred DECREE OF MERIT by Austrian Literary Society in 2010. In 2012, he was declared Poet of the Year 2012 by IWA, Ohio at their Albania Conference. By profession a Civil servant, he is currently posted as Principal Accountant General (Audit) M.P at Gwalior.

Krithika Raghavan is 15 years of age, a student studying in Bangalore. She has been writing since she was 11 years of age. She is on Wattpad,, Writer’s Cafe, Muse India, Mibba, and many more.

Kulbhushan Kushal, Regional Director D.A.V. Institutions, Maharashtra and Gujarat, has worked in the P.G. Dept. of English at B.U.C. College, Batala for more than two decades. He is the author four books of poems in English. A number of research papers on his poetry have been published. He has already co-edited four books on Indian-English fiction. He has been Associate Editor of a prestigious journal Poetry and one of the members of the Editorial Advisory Board of Pragati’s English Journal.

Kumarendra Mallick is an IIT Kharagpur graduate, Ph.D from ISM, Dhanbad and a Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize winner in Earth Sciences. He is a poet and scientist by profession. During 1969-71 he carried out research in Germany as fellow of the German Academic Exchange Programme. He was a senior faculty at IIT Bombay, visiting professor in University of Naples, Italy & visiting scientist in University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He has published three books on Geophysics and a book of verse, ‘Letters to an imaginary pen friend and other poems’. He writes short articles and poems in English, Hindi and Oriya. He is editor of Your Space, Muse India, an e-Journal.

Lakshmi Priya (b 1978) works as an Assistant Professor of English in one of the NSS colleges in Kerala. Her poems have appeared in online and print journals like Indian Literature, Good ole’ Poetry chain, The Criterion: An International Journal in English, Malayala Manorama Yuva, Bhashaposhini Literary Journal. etc. Her Poems can be read in her Personal Blog at

Lalita Noronha is the recipient of a Fulbright travel grant to America and she earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from St. Louis University School of Medicine. She is a widely published research scientist, poet, and fiction writer. Author of an award winning short story collection, “Where Monsoons Cry,”  she has twice won the Maryland Literary Short Story Award, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, National League of American Pen Women Award, and Maryland Writer’s Association Awards in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. She is also a fiction editor for the Baltimore &

M. V. Sathyanarayana is working as Superintendent of Salt at Naupada, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. His poems have won various poetry competitions. He published three anthologies of his poems, viz. (1) Golden Lotus, (2) Plastic faces and other poems and (3) Wheels. Two more anthologies are under publication.

Malay Roy Choudhury is the author of more than 50 books, a Bengali poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, translator, and social critic. He translates his own poems into English. He has been a central figure in the Hungry Generation’s attack on the Indian Cultural Establishment in the early 1960s. Gale Research, based in Ohio, United States, published an autobiography of Roy Choudhury (in CAAS vol. 14), and both the Bangla Academy and the Northwestern University (Illinois), have archives of Roy Choudhury’s “Hungry Literary Generation” publications. He was bestowed with the Sahitya Academy Award for translating Dharamvir Bharati‘s Suraj Ka Satwan Ghora in 2003.

Mani Rao is the author of eight poetry collections, and a translation of the Bhagavad Gita as a poem. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2005 and 2009, and held the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence fellowship. She is co-founder of OutLoud, a regular poetry-reading gathering, in Hong Kong. Her poems have been translated into Latin, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, French and German. She has performed at literary festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Vancouver, Chicago, and at the 2006 New York PEN World Voices. She worked in advertising and television from 1985 to 2004, and was the Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Star (TV) Group Ltd., based in Hong Kong. She has an MFA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Menka Shivdasani (b. 1961) is the author of two books of poetry and co-translator of Freedom and Fissures, an anthology of Sindhi Partition poetry, published by the Sahitya Akademi. She is also a Founding Member of the Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Association. In 1986, she had played a key role in setting up the Poetry Circle in Mumbai. Her work has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, both in India and elsewhere. Her career as a journalist includes a stint with South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and publication of eight books co-authored with Raju Kane. She is also the Mumbai coordinator for the global movement 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

Michelle Cahill was born in Kenya in 1969 and migrated to the UK and Australia. She lives in Sydney and is the author of two collections of poetry, The Accidental Cage and Vishvarupa, shorlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. She has received many awards and fellowships, notably the Val Vallis Award, highly commended in the Blake Poetry Prize, a fellowship at Hawthornden Castle and the CAL/UOW International Fellowship at Kingston University London. She is the editor of Contemporary Asian Australian Poets and Mascara Literary Review.

Mihir Chitre (b. 1988) has. previously been published in magazines such as Indian Literature, Reading Hour, Kritya, Blue and Yellow Dog, Enchanting Verses, Pyrta Journal and The Challenge for both fiction and poetry. He was born and brought up, and is still put up, in Mumbai. He works as a copywriter with an advertising agency.

Mohineet Kaur Boparai (b. 1985) has published three books of poetry, Poems That Never Were (2007), Windows to the Ocean (2012) and Lives of My Love (2012). She is teaching English at the Panjab University Constituent College, Nihalsinghwala. She is 27 and lives at Moga.

Mona Dash is an Engineer in Telecommunications and MBA in Marketing and works as a senior manager in a global Telecom company.  Dawn Drops, her book of poems was published by Writers Workshop, India. Her poems have also been published in journals in the UK and India – such as Moon Dance, Black Rose, Acumen, The Journal, Kavya Bharati to name a few; and anthologies such as In this Life and Bright Voices(United Press UK) and Passion, Cyberwit (India).

Monika Pant (b. 1965) has had her short stories and poems published in several anthologies. She is awaiting the release of her debut novel and her memoir as a cancer survivor; and is currently writing a couple of historical novels. An English teacher for over 15 years, she also writes course books in English Grammar and literature for students. Her real life snippets are published in the ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul’ series and her short story was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

 Mukta Sambrani earned an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her first book of poems was published by Writer’s Workshop. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Verse, EmLiterary, Cipactli, Fourteen Hills, Hyphen Magazine, Laundry Pen, The Scribbler, Poetry Chain, Fulcrum, Bloodaxe book of contemporary Indian poets and Sixty Indian Poets and an anthology of contemporary Indian women’s poetry published by Sahitya Akademi- We Speak in Changing Languages. She is the recipient of the 2003 AudreLorde creative writing award and an honorable mention for the Starcherone prize.

Mustansir Dalvi teaches architecture in Mumbai, India. His poem  ‘Choosing Trains’ was awarded first prize in the Indian national daily Asian Age’s Poetry Contest in 2001. His published translations of Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘Shikwa and Jawaab-e-Shikwa’ as “Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer’ (Penguin Classics, 2012) won the Runner Up award at the Muse India National Literary Translation Award 2012. His first book of poems in English is ‘Brouhahas of cocks’, published by Poetrywala in 2013.

Naina Dey (b. 1973), teaches English at Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, Kolkata under the University of Calcutta. She is a critic, translator, reviewer and creative writer and her works appear in esteemed newspapers, books and academic journals. She has authored two critical books and edited one critical anthology on English Literature.  She was awarded the “Excellence in World Poetry Award, 2009” by the International Poets Academy, Chennai in 2009. She has been anthologized in Roots and Wings: An Anthology of Indian Women Writing in English, Kerala.

Nandini Sahu (b. 1973) is an Associate Professor of English in IGNOU, New Delhi, India. She is a poet, creative writer, literary critic and author/editorof eight books and more than 40 research papers published in India, U.S.A., U.K. and Pakistan. She is a double gold medalist in English literature and the award winner of All India Poetry Contest and Shiksha Rattan Purashkar. She is the Chief Editor of the bi-annual refereed journal, Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Language (IJLL).

Nikesh Murali has appeared in more than 80 publications worldwide which include comics, poems and short stories. His poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French.  He won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Asian region in 2011. His poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Griffith University for which he was awarded the Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence in 2005, and his Masters in Teaching from James Cook University and a Bachelors degree in English Literature and World History from University of Kerala. He is working towards his Doctorate in Creative Writing.

Nuggehalli Pankaja (b. 1929) is an established writer both in Kannada and English. She has many Kannada novels, children’s books, collection of humourous works, short stories and dramas to her credit. Two popular Kannada movies- Sepoy Ramu and Gagana were based on her novels. English publications in Deccan Herald, Times, Illustrated weekly, Women’s era, Mirror, India-Review etc are widely appreciated. She was conferred with ‘Excellence in World Poetry Award’ by the International Poetry Academy.  She is mentioned in ‘Women of India’, ‘Reference Asia’ and ‘Who’s Who’ of Central Academy. Recipient of many prestigious awards, she has been honoured by various literary organisations.

O. P. Arora is a poet and novelist. He has to his credit four volumes of poems and his poems have been published in the leading literary journals, magazines, dailies and anthologies. He has also authored two novels, A Bite of Paradise and The Silken Traps. He has to his credit two books in Hindi – one, a novel, and the other, a collection of short stories.

P C K Prem (p c katoch) is a trilingual author of more than forty books in English and Hindi. He has Master’s degree in English Literature from   Punjab University, Chandigarh and taught English in various colleges of Punjab and Himachal before shifting to civil services. After retiring from IAS, he served HP Public Service Commission as a member.  A recipient of several awards (including HP State & Academy Literary awards) he is a poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist and critic in Hindi and English from Himachal, India.

P K Joy, an Indian poet and author of engineering management books, lives in Chennai, India. He has several volumes of poetry and professional books to his credit. He is the Vice-President of The World Poetry Society Intercontinental. For more details about Joy please visit

P K N Panicker is an accomplished Chemical Engineer, Former President of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and has published several technical articles, including in prestigious publications like Encyclopedia of Chemical Process and Design. A bilingual poet, he has published three anthologies of poems in English. His other titles in English are: Swami Vivekananda, Our Earth and Our Environment; in Malayalam: Lohangalude Lokam (popular science essays), Palamukhangal (One Act Plays), Alcohol (popular science) and seven volumes of folk-stories (78 stories in all), from different parts of the world translated and retold from English.

Pashupati Jha (b. 1952), a Ph.D. on the Poetry of Sylvia Plath from  IIT Delhi, is Professor of English at I.I.T. Roorkee, where he guides research for Ph.D. Degree and teaches various English courses. Besides numerous academic publications, he has published three widely reviewed poetry collections in English so far. He has received the Outstanding Teacher Award of IIT Roorkee twice, in 2003 and 2007, and Star Performance Commendation from the Director in 2005. He has been the Chairman of Indian Association for English Studies from Jan. 2006 to Dec. 2011, and was President of the 57th All India English Teachers Conference.

Poornima Laxmeshwar (b. 1983), an MBA, is working in a reputed BPO in Bangalore. Her collection of poems has been published by Writer’s Workshop, Kolkata. Few of her poems have been previously published in online literary magazines like Kritya and Muse India.

Prabhanjan K. Mishra (b. 1950) is the poet and working as a General Manager in a corporate hospitality sector, a former I.R.S. officer with the central government; has published three collections of poems.  He edited from 1986 to 1996 the poetry journal POIESIS belonging to THE POETRY CIRCLE, BOMBAY, an association of poets writing in English. He also remained the president of this poets’ group from 1990 to 1996. His poems have been extensively published.

Prabhat K. Singh (b.1952) is literary critic, bilingual poet, translator and Professor of English, MGKV University, Varanasi. He has 11 books of critical and creative writings and 30 research papers in Indian and foreign journals to his credit, and has attended/chaired forty national/international seminars/conferences in India and abroad. A recipient of National Millennium Honour 2000 and Michael Madhusudan Award 2003, he has been on academic visits to several countries of South East Asia and Europe.

Prahlad Singh Shekhawat is an Ex-Associate Professor; the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur. He has authored three books on aspects of human development, culture & well-being, and a poetry book. His articles have been published in national and international newspapers and journals such as The Hindu, The Times of India, Tehelka, Resurgence, New Quest, Seeds of Peace (Bangkok) etc. He has presented papers and chaired at several international conferences and has lectured on Indian culture and civil society in Europe and Japan. At present, he is the director of the Alternative Development and Research Centre, Jaipur India.

Pramila Venkateswaran (b. 1959), author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), and Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), is an award winning poet who teaches English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, NY. She is the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year.

Prathap Kamath (b. 1966) holds a doctorate in English literature and is Associate Professor of English. He has published a collection of poems Ekalavya: a book of poems, and his poems have appeared in several journals of national and international repute. He has published two collections of stories in Malayalam. Blood Rain and Other Stories is his first collection of stories in English.

Pravat Kumar Padhy (b.1957) is a widely published and anthologized poet. His poems appeared in The Times of India, The Indian Express, Commonwealth Quarterly, Poetcrit, Literary Endeavour, Art and Poetry Today, Poet, The Enchanted Verses Literary Review, The Houston Literary Review, Diogen, Red River Review, Harvest of New Millennium etc. His poetry won the Editors’ Choice award at Asia American Poetry, Poetbay, USA and Writers Guild of India. His Japanese short form of poetry appeared in many international journals and anthologies. His third collection of verse, “Songs of Love: A Celebration” was published in 2012 by Writers Workshop, Calcutta.

Preeta Chandran (b. 1977) is a writer/poet and a corporate professional. She is the author of the book “The Painted Verse”, an amalgamation of poetry by Preeta and painting by artist Pankaj Kumar Saxena. Her poems, “The Butterfly” and “A Whole New World”, have received Honorable Mention in popular literary journal Muse India.

Priscila Uppal (b. 1974) is a poet, fiction, non-fiction writer, playwright and York University professor. Among her international publications are 9 collections of poetry and 2 novels, including Ontological Necessities (shortlisted for the $50,000 Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology, and To Whom It May Concern. Upcoming in 2013: Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother.

Pritha Kejriwal (b. 1978) is the Editor-in-Chief of Kindle Magazine, a national, political and cultural monthly journal being published from Kolkata. She has completed her Masters in Journalism from Calcutta University in 2001 and was employed with the Hindustan Times and NDTV, before she founded Kindle Magazine. She is currently working on two collections of poetry -’The Book of Questions’ and ‘The Book of Dreams’. Poems from both the collections have been published in various journals including ‘Contemporary World Poetry Journal’ and ‘Pens on Fire’.

Puneet Aggarwal is a student of medicine and a Junior Lecturer in NHL Medical College, Ahmedabad. He is passionate about photography, and is also an avid blogger on food, poetry and photography. His work was exhibited at a leading art gallery of Ahmedabad.

R C Shukla (b. 1943) is a prolific poet and retired as HOD in English from K. G. K. College at Moradabad. He has, so far, published ten volumes of poetry including two trilogies: The Parrot Shrieks and Ponderings. He has published his English poems in several leading poetry journals in India including the Delhi-based Indian Literature.

R J Kalpana is an erudite scholar, a poet and perceptive critic. She has published a three volume set on Feminist Issues in Indian Literature which was released during the International Conference for Commonwealth Literature. In addition, she has published a book of poetry titled – Temple Dreams and a three-volume set of the biography of R. Jagannathiah: An Atheist Disciple, Collected Writings in English, and Collected Writings in Telugu. She won the first prize in the Muse India Poetry contest in 2008. Her second collection of poems is to be published soon.

Ram Krishna Singh is a poet and university professor, teaching English language skills in Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He has authored over 160 articles, 170 book reviews and 37 books, including fourteen collections of poems.  Widely anthologized and translated, he has received several awards and honours, including honorary Litt.D. from the World Academy of Arts and Culture, Taiwan, 1984, Michael Madhusudan Award, Calcutta, 1994 and Peace Museum Award from Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, 1999.

R. Raj Rao (b. 1955) is a poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, biographer, literary critic and professor of literature at the University of Pune. In 1996, he attended the International Writing Program, Iowa. He is the author of 02 poetry collections and 02 novels. He has also authored One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul City (short stories), The Wisest Fool on Earth and Other Plays and Nissim Ezekiel: The Authorized Biography. He has edited Ten Indian Writers in Interview and co-edited Image of India in the Indian Novel in English (1960–1980). He is one of India’s leading gay-rights activists. The Boyfriend is his first novel and the first gay novel from India which won newly-established Quebec-India awards.

Raja Nand Jha (b. 1946) is a poet, lyricist, multi linguist and award winning translator. He retired as a professor of English from L.N. Mithila University Darbhanga. He is a bilingual poet and writes in both English and Maithili. He has authored 15 books of Maithili and English Literature. He is conferred with Sahitya Akademi Award for Translating Bengla Novel, “Kalbela” into Maithili. His anthology of poems in Maithili, “Time Moves Clockwise Only” (once shortlisted for Sahitya Akademi Award, New Delhi) has been translated into English by Vivekanand Jha.

Rajashree Anand (b. 1981) has been an educator in international schools in India and Malaysia, teaching English Literature and Language for the International Baccalaureate and IGCSE. Her writing is an exploration of her Indian idiolect. She continues to share her reflections in her personal blog

Ramendra Kumar (b. 1963) has 27 books to his credit published by well known names and translated into several Indian and foreign languages. His work has found a place in several textbooks and anthologies, both in India and abroad.

Ranu Uniyal (b.1962) is PhD from the University of Hull, U.K and Professor of English at Lucknow University. She has 02 poetry collections in English. She has also written three books of criticism. Her poems have been widely published, including in Northern Poetry Vol. 2 (UK), Sketch Book (USA), and Indian Literature. She has read her poetry at literature festivals both in India and abroad. Her English poems have been translated into Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu and Uzbek languages.  She is currently working on a book of poems in Hindi.

Ravi Shankar (b. 1975) is the founding editor and Executive Director of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has published or edited seven books and chapbooks of poetry, including the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong and an Associate Professor of English at CCSU.

Rizvana Parveen (b. 1973) is an Indian poet based in the UAE. Her work has appeared in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, The World Haiku Review, Taj Mahal Review, Asian American Poetry and Kafla Inter-Continental.

Romi Jain (b. 1979) is an independent researcher, novelist, and Vice President of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs. She did her MBA from San Francisco State University, California. Her creative writings include: The Storm Within (2008; 2011), Poetry! You Resurrect Me (2011) and Voices of Rocks in the Dusk. Her poems have appeared in anthologies titled The Poetic Bond I, The Poetic Bond II, and A Posy of Poesy, and in journals such as Journal of Poetry Society and International Zeitschrift. Besides, she published numerous articles in international journals such as International Journal of Development and Conflict (London) & Asian Profile (Canada).;

Rudra Kinshuk (b. 1971), a poet, transcreator and critic has to his credit a number of publications in English, including Footprints on the Sands (1996), Portrait of a Dog as Buddha (1998), Marginal Tales of the Galloping Horses (2002), Meditations on Matricide (2012) and Fragrant Anchors (2013). His poems have been translated into French and German. A collection of his poems translated into French is in print with the title Ancres Odorantes (2013). He was awarded a fellowship in literature by M.H.R.D, New Delhi for research in Santal Oral Literature.

Ruth Vanita (b. 1955) is a poet, translator, academic and activist. Her book of poems, A Play of Light (Penguin India) was published in 1994. Her second collection A Hidden Player is under submission. Her poetry is appeared in several anthologies and in journals like Wasafiri, Indian Literature, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Ink, Sweat & Tears. She is Professor at the University of Montana, formerly Reader at Delhi University. She was founding co-editor of Manushi: a Journal about Women and Society, from 1978 to 1990.She is the author of several books in lesbian and gay studies, gender studies, and British and Indian literary history.

Samartha Vashishtha (b. 1983) is a bilingual poet. He has published two volumes of poems in English and is working on his first book in Hindi. He has also contributed poems to leading literary magazines like Chandrabhaga, Indian Literature and The Journal of Literature and Aesthetics. He received a Poetry Society India – Poetry Chain Prize in 2003 for his long poem, “Simla.” His work in Hindi has appeared in influential magazines like Pahal and Vartaman Sahitya.

Sarada Purna Sonty is PhD (Sanskrit), PhD (Telugu) and DLit (cont) Musicology. She is Director – Center for Telugu Studies Chicago and Founder, Executive Director SAPNA.

Satish Verma (b. 1935) taught botany for 35 years and was writing poetry, privately and solemnly and published twenty seven collections. He worked silently with social causes. His scions, doctors and engineers are living in USA. He chose to live back in his beloved country and resides in Ajmer (INDIA) with his spouse Kanta running the Charitable Holistic Institute of SEWA MANDIR FOUNDATION.

Seema Aarella (b.1979) is a passionate reader and writer; she published her first book of English poems ‘Letters from the Heart’ in 2009. She is currently pursuing Master Degree in the University of North Texas, in Texas, USA.

Semeen Ali is the author of three books of poetry, Broken Barriers, Rose and Ashes & Origins. The first two have been published by Writers Workshop, Calcutta while the third one has been published by Poets Printery, South Africa. Her poems have also featured in journals like A Hudson View Poetry Digest, Muse India etc.  Her book, Rose and Ashes was nominated for the Young Writers Award at the Hyderabad Literary Festival 2012 and received the Jury Commendation Award.

Shamsud Ahmed is an accomplished poet and has authored many books, including ‘I Am Dirty; I Need Washing,’ which has been critically acclaimed and has got an overwhelming response from the readers. His recently published book “Rousing Cadence” is collaboration with various poets across the world and the book has successfully secured a good number of readers. These days he is busy scripting for a Prime Time TV show ‘Zindagi.Com’ which is on Air (Rang Tv). You can see his work at

Shanta Acharya was born and educated in Orissa, India. She won a scholarship to Oxford, where she completed her doctoral thesis in English, before going to Harvard as a Visiting Scholar. Her study, The Influence of Indian Thought on Ralph Waldo Emerson (2001), was published in the USA. The author of nine books, her latest collection of poems is Dreams That Spell the Light (2010). Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in major publications in the UK, USA, and India. She was elected to the board of trustees of the Poetry Society, UK, in 2011.

Sharad Chandra is a Specialist of Albert Camus and has published over twenty books in English, Hindi, and French which include Short Stories, poetry, monograms, translations from French and Portuguese, and numerous articles and academic papers. Widely travelled, she is a recipient among other awards, of a Grand Prix from the Academie francaise, Paris.

Shefali Shah Choksi (b. 1964) teaches Literature and Composition at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She has an MA (English) and MPhil (Women’s Studies) from the MS University of Vadodara (Gujarat, India) and lived in Florida since 1988, when she immigrated from Mumbai. She published her first book of poetry, Frontier Literature, in 2011, and has published short stories, reviews, and reflective essays in a variety of anthologies and publications.

Shloka Shankar (b. 1989) holds a master’s degree in English Language and Literature, from Madras Christian College. She works as a freelance content/creative writer and has had her poems published in reputed literary journals and anthologies including Urban Confustions, Page Turners’ Cross Cultural Anthology – Traversal of Lines, Ekphrasis, and others.

Shobhana Kumar (b. 1974) is a writer and poet. Her first volume of poetry, ‘The Voices Never Stop,’ was published by Writers Workshop, Calcutta. She has been previously published by Muse India and Kritya Journal of Poetry among others. She has also published four books of non-fiction—Coimbatore, The Emerging Indian Cosmopolis, SIMA—A journey Through 75 Years, Lakshmi, An Inspiring Legacy and An Event Called Life, Dr. P.C. Thomas in Conversation with Shobhana Kumar. She also works as an advertising consultant, communications trainer and storyteller.

Sindhu Rajasekaran (b. 1987) is an emerging Indian novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, short-story writer and Bharata Natyam artiste. Her debut novel, Kaleidoscopic Reflections, was longlisted for the 2011 Vodafone Crossword Book Award. Her experimental flash fiction, ‘Devadasi – The Temple Dancer,’ was chosen to be a part of an anthology of international writers and artists, in the book Two in the Bush. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master’s in Creative Writing in 2011. Recently, she and her husband have set up a production house, Camphor Cinema, and its first film is expected to release later this year.

Smita Agarwal (b. 1958) is a poet and professor of English at Allahabad University. She attended Loreto Convent in Delhi, before pursuing her higher studies in English Literature. In 1999, she was writer-in-residence at the universities of Stirling (Scotland) and Kent, U.K. She also is a Hindustani music vocalist and has performed on All-India Radio. Her poems have been widely anthologized and her critical work has been published in journals such as the Poetry Review (London) and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature (UK). She is also an editor and translator for Plath Profiles, the Sylvia Plath online journal, published by Indiana University, USA.

Smitha Sehgal (b.1976) is a legal professional with a leading Govt of India Undertaking and lives in Delhi. Writing from the age of seven, her early works appeared in Mathrubhumi, a leading Malayalam literary publication and The Indian Express. After a sabbatical, she is back to writing and her works have featured in the Reading Hour, Brown Critique, Kritya and Muse India.

Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a poet, writer, critic from Mumbai, India. She works as a lecturer of English in Mumbai. She is also the Assistant Editor of Rangoli, a journal pulished by Charnwood Arts, United Kingdom. Her works have been featured in several national and international anthologies and journals.

Sonjoy Dutta-Roy (b. 1958) is Professor of English, University of Allahabad. He has directed and acted in several plays; and he has published three collections of poems in English.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Louisiana State University and UC Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar and read his poems at various Universities and venues in the USA and India. His poems have been shortlisted thrice in the All India Poetry Competition organized by the Poetry Society (India) and the British Council, and anthologized in their volumes of shortlisted poems.

Sonnet Mondal is an award winning poet and the founder of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. He has authored eight collections of poetry. His works have appeared in several international literary publications including The Sheepshead Review, The Penguin Review, Two Thirds North, California State Poetry Quarterly and Friction Magazine  to name a few. Most recently, he has been enlisted as a National Record Holder as “The First Indian to write a new type of Sonnet Poetry” at the Indian Book of Records.

Soumyen Maitra was born in West Bengal, India, and now lives with his family in England. He retired from hospital, and writes full time. A doctor by profession, he has worked in the U.K., Saudi Arabia and rural hospitals in India, which is the base for some of his writings. He writes poetry, hospital-based fiction thrillers, crime stories and novels. He is also a visual artist. He regularly contributes to Forward Book of poetry, various magazines, and poems and artwork for the feature Poetising Indian Heritage.

Sreelatha Chakravarty is the author of the novel, An Eternal Romantic. She is M.B.B.S from V.S.S. Medical College, Burla, Orissa. She has worked in various capacities as a doctor and was bitten by the writing bug when she took a breather in life in Accra, Ghana, where her husband was posted for work. She has produced a collection of poetry she hopes to publish someday. She is currently editing and polishing her second novel.

Stephen Gill, Poet Laureate of Ansted University and an Adjunct Professor of EAU, is an expressive voice of Canada, India and Pakistan.  He has authored more than twenty books, including novels, literary criticism, and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than 500 publications, mostly in Canada, the United States of America and India. He received numerous awards and recognitions, including four honorary doctorates. He is also honorary editor/ advisor to several publications.

Subhash Misra is a poet, development worker and UNICEF staff. His book Gangasmriti & Other Poems was published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata, India. He worked for UNICEF and has headed the Tsunami Recovery Program in Andaman & Nicobar and then contributed to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy as an adviser with UNDP, Kabul. He started the development organisation OASES in 1982. He has also contributed personal experiences to various Indian newspapers. He is currently working for UNICEF, Iraq.

Sukrita Paul Kumar is a noted poet and critic, has published several collections of poems and many critical books. An invited poet at the prestigious International Writing Programme, Iowa and a poet-in-residence in Hong Kong, China, she is a former Fellow of the IIAS, Shimla. At present, a Fellow and Programme Coordinator at Cluster Innovation Centre at the University of Delhi, she is also a translator and has held an exhibition of her paintings.

Sunil Sharma is India-born, suburban-Mumbai-based story-teller, poet, critic, freelance journalist, literary editor, reviewer, interviewer and essayist. He is a college principal. His debut novel, The Minotaur, is inching towards critical acclaim, and, short fiction and poetry are featured in many prestigious international and national print and online journals. He also edits NFJ (New Fiction Journal) and is on the board of many literary journals. He is also recipient of UK-based The Destiny Poets’ inaugural award as the poet of the year 2012.

Sunita Jain (b. 1941) completed her M.A. at the State University of New York, Stonybrook, and her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, U.S.A. She chaired the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and was Professor of English at IIT, Delhi till her retirement a few years ago. A bilingual writer, she writes poetry and fiction in both English and Hindi. She has written over 80 books other than her writing for children which includes 8 Poetry Collections in English. She has received numerous awards in the U.S. and in India including the Padmashree.

Syed Faizan (b.1987) obtained his M.B.B.S degree at the Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (M.M.C&R.I) in 2012 and intends to continue his medical studies by specializing in Psychiatry. His poetic efforts have especially been directed at adapting the traditional English poetic idiom and European forms like the Sonnet to an Indian context and vice versa, trying to write English poetry in Indian or Oriental forms like the Ghazal. The rich heritage of Indian literary traditions like Vachana Sahitya, Bhakti and Sufi poetry have profoundly influenced and molded his poetic consciousness.

T. Vasudeva Reddy (b. 1943) is a renowned poet, critic & novelist of international repute. He is the author of seven books of poetry, two novels and two critical books on Jane Austen. He retired as Principal of Govt. Degree College in 2001. He received the Awards of International Eminent Poet, Hon. D. Litt. from the WAAC, San Francisco, Best Teacher Award from the Govt. of A.P., Best Poetry award for his third poetry book The Fleeting Bubbles from Michael Madhusudan Dutt Academy, Calcutta and the prestigious U.G.C Award of National Fellowship. His biography figures in the American Biographical Institute (N. Carolina, U.S.A), International Biographical Institute (Cambridge), Reference India & Asia (New Delhi) and Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi). M.Phil and Ph.D. theses have been produced on his works. Recently he received the international Award of “Excellence in World Poetry” in 2009.

Tejdeep Kaur Menon, Police officer by profession; poet by passion. Has published four anthologies assessed in at least three books by academics on critical perspectives, trends and techniques in contemporary Indian English Poetry. Poems What About Me? (1999) and An Easel Called Life (2002) were presented as dance ballets. Other poems translated into several languages and used by the police and NGOs, including Andhra Pradesh AIDS Society and Red Cross, to heighten awareness about donating blood, pledging corneas and other social campaigns. Awarded the Charles Wallace Fellowship for the Literature Seminar, University of Cambridge, UK, 2003.  Now, Additional Director General of Police (Training), Andhra Pradesh.

Usha Akella, author of two books of poetry and one musical is a widely
published, interviewed, traveling and invited poet to many international poetry festivals. She scripted and produced ‘Ek. An English musical on the life of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba,’ in Austin and Houston.  She writes travel articles and has a passion for interviewing writers and artists. She founded the Poetry Caravan in Greenburgh, New York and Austin that offers Poetry readings and workshops to the disadvantaged.

Usha Kishore (b. 1962) is an internationally published poet and translator. Her work has been anthologised by Macmillan, Hodder Wayland, Oxford University Press (UK) and Harper Collins (India) among others. She has won prizes in UK poetry competitions, including the Ottakars and Faber Poetry Competition (Regional, 2002). She was shortlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize (UK) in 2012 and was recently highly commended in the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Ireland (January, 2013). Her poetry has been included in many international projects and is part of the UK Primary and Indian Middle School syllabus. Her first book of translations from Sanskrit entitled Translations of the Divine Woman is to be published by Rasala Books, India in 2013. Her poetry has been translated into German, Spanish and Gujurati.

V.V. B. Rama Rao (b.1938) is a retired ELT professional.  He has published more than fifty books several genres both in English and Telugu: Novels, Short Fiction, Biography, Hagiography, Criticism and Review. He has translated extensively from Telugu to English and English to Telugu. His poems, essays, short stories and novel-excerpts have also been carried in Kohinoor, Re-Markings, Indian Book Chronicle, Academy of Indo-Asian Lit on the Internet and online journals.

Vandana Kumari Jena (b. 1955) is an IAS officer by profession and a writer by inclination. Currently she is Principal Adviser, Planning Commission, New Delhi. She has published over 250 middles in leading newspapers. Her short stories have appeared in over fifteen anthologies. Her novel “The Dance of Death,” was published in 2008 by HarAnand Publications. Her four upcoming literary projects are two collections of short story and two novels.

Vasuprada Kartic (b. 1969) is a holistic councellor, psychotherapist, Healer and a volunteer, working towards the prevention of disabilities and maitenance of mental health. She is one of India’s first Anthroposophic Psychotherapists. She is a published poet in English, translating the language of human mind and its intricacies.

Vibha Batra is an advertising consultant, author, poet, lyricist, and columnist. Her published books include: Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!), Seventeen and Done (You Bet!), both  Young Adult novels published by Penguin, Ishaavaasya Upanishad, a translation of her grandfather, Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book, Tongue-in-cheek, a poetry collection, and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories.  She has written for various magazines and has contributed short stories and poems to several national and international anthologies.

Vihang A. Naik (b. 1969) is an Indian poet writing in English and translates poetry from Gujarati into English. His poems have appeared in Indian P.E.N., Indian Literature, Kavya Bharati, POESIS, The Brown Critique, Poetry Chain, The Journal of Indian Writing in English etc. He is the author of 03 volumes of poems in English and 01 in Gujarati Language. He now teaches English at Shree Ambaji Arts College, Ambaji in Gujarat, India since 1997. His literary info can be found at  

Vinay Capila (b. 1943) has worked in various organizations and finally retired in 2010. He is now devoting his time to writing, and has published a collection of short stories and another one of poems in 2012.

Vinita Agrawal (b. 1965) is a writer and poet based in Mumbai. She has been published in Mandala, Asiancha, Fox chase review, Golden sparrow literary review, Spark, Constellations, Brown critique, Kritya, Touch-the journal of healing, Poetry24 etc and in several national and international anthologies.

Vitasta Raina (b. 1981) is a Delhi based Architect-Urban Planner and artist. She is author of the novella “Writer’s Block” published by International Authors, Brookline, Mass. Her poetry has also been published in Indian Literature by the Sahitya Akademi in 2008 and 2012; and in Emanations: an anthology of literature (Vol 1 and 2) by International Authors. Her book of Poetry titled “Someday Dream” is currently under publication by the Sahitya Akademi.

Vivek Narayanan is the author of two volumes of poetry. His work has been included in several recent anthologies like 60 Indian Poets (Penguin), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poetry and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W.W. Norton). His poems have appeared in various journals like Graham House Review, Poesis, New Quest, The Little Magazine, Franks Casket, Harvard Review, Rattapallax, Indian Literature, Agni, etc. He is co-editor for the journal Almost Island and has also been an Associate Editor for the poetry annual Fulcrum.

Yasmin Sawhney  started writing at age of  56 and now she is 70 yrs old  with 85% visual impairment due to a degenerative eye  condition and housebound for last 17-16 years. Her first book ‘As the soul flies” published by Writer’s Workshop and in 2006 it was selected by Sage Publishers as part of Commonwealth Literature 2006. She is bi-lingual, English and Hindi, and translates both ways.  As a painter-poet she also exhibits her paintings to give them another dimension. Having lost her young son and her husband to two different freak accidents, some poems have that background. She can be accessed at her website

The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: Themes & Imagery


Most comprehensive book till date on the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra. Published by Authorspress, New Delhi.

(Pages-434, ISBN No. 9788172736736)

Blurb of the Book:

The at hand critical book, The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: Themes & Imagery showcases quaint, comprehensive and surgical appraisal of all facets of Jayanta Mahapatra’s poetry. The book is different from other critical books on Jayanta Mahapatra as it lays special emphasis on his recent books of poetry and in addition there is a revealing and interesting interview with the author. The model of study and elucidation of the book will be instrumental and of tremendous aid to the critics, faculties and the students and will further encourage and turn their attention towards the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra in particular and Indian English Poetry in general.

Review of “The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India” by Rob Harle

RFHThis anthology is a wonderful smorgasbord for poetry lovers. Delicious morsels tempt the reader on every page. Regardless of personal taste you’ll find plenty to satisfy your appetite. One hundred and fifty poets are represented in this extensive anthology which weighs in at well over five hundred pages. Dance of The Peacock does not claim to be a comprehensive collection, “rather it is a genuine and rewarding sampler for the reader who would like an introduction to its riches.” (p. xv) I do not envy Vivekanand Jha’s Herculean task as editor of this important addition to the literature of Indian, and in turn, global literature. As Dr. Chatterjee notes in the Foreword, “This anthology is a brave attempt to capture something of the Indian English global poetry scene…” (p. xv)
Much to his credit he has included well known established poets alongside little known or neglected ones to create a book that is to my mind truly representative of Indian English poetry both in style and subject matter. Poets selected come from all corners of the Indian diaspora, many now living in the UK, Canada and the USA. The evocative title was chosen because of the deep significance and connection of the peacock with Indian culture, and of course the peacock is the national bird of India. The spectacular display of the peacock is also a subtle metaphor referring to the dazzling variety and ‘display’ of poetry under the delightful cover.
The book has a Foreword, Introduction, List of Authors followed by the poems themselves, these are then followed by Acknowledgements, Editor’s Bio. and Author Bios. This is a brief general review of the publication, not a critical literary review of the poems per se. The latter would be nigh impossible given the hundreds of different poems presented. However, having said that, the literary quality of the poetry is generally excellent. I find a somewhat gentle and soft tone pervades much Indian poetry even when the subject matter involved is quite brutal. Shaikh’s poem – Kamathipura (p. 7) chilled me to the bone on both first and subsequent readings. It deals with the subjugation of women, accidental incest and the seedy side of life – a few lines: Fair girl! He orders, a fair girl he will have, Stumbles into the room, three by four, The paint wearing down the walls, And one side of the ply-board, he hears Thumps from the bitter side, The room smells of stale perfume, Of sperm, of sweat of healthy thighs. Clearly in a volume of such numbers I can only give a few examples to ‘tempt’ the prospective reader. Sharma’s poem – A Beach Dawn (pp. 437) also includes a young maiden but in very different circumstances, she experiences the dawn breaking on the beach: From the nearby fisherman’s village, A flower garland in her black hair Kohl-lined eyes darting here-n-there, Like a frightened rabbit crossing a road, The dawn breaks light and crimson, Over the silent seascape.
The wonderful imagery and subtle use of metaphor is evident in Abhay K’s poem – Delhi, here’s the entire poem: My smell my nakedness entices hordes of human flesh from faraway lands traders, emperors, marauders. I pose nude up on the hill below the feast of eagles- possessed, intoxicated. Wonderful lines such as in Sarangi’s poem – My Dream express an almost bitter-sweet desire to recognize young and marginalized individuals, again a few lines: I can arrange the dreams Of Indian youth In indigenous ink, A narrative that lay bare to readers. I don’t know what you feel And what makes you weep. I only reconstruct your stories And flimsy history. The Dance of the Peacock will not only give hours of reading pleasure but also serve as an important reference work for contemporary Indian English poetry. The “indigenous ink” of this volume will stay with you for a long time to come. Highly recommended!

The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India Edited by Dr. Vivekanand Jha, 2013. Hidden Brook Press.pp. 519 pbk. RRP $21 USD ISBN: 978-1-927725-00-9 8-Aug-2013

Rob Harle is an artist and writer, especially concerned with the nature of consciousness and high-body technologies. His current work explores the nature of the transition from human to posthuman, a phenomenon he calls the technoMetamorphosis of humanity. He has academic training in philosophy of mind, comparative religious studies, art and psychotherapy. Rob is an active member of the Leonardo Review Panel. For full biography and examples of art and writing work please visit his web site:

Review of ‘The Dance of the Peacock’ by Dr Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.

Brave New Effort – ‘Epic Anthology’

 -Dr Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.

 Of late there has been an un-orchestrated demur at Indian English poetry that it is hegemonised by desi poets and that the publishers too followed suit. Desi is no un-complementary word or deprecation. Desi ghee is supposed the best by all. How can one stem the so called hegemonists except by bringing out a sumptuous book of poems from the huge fraternity of poets native as well as Diaspora. Editor Vivekanand Jha and the Canadian publisher Hidden Brook Press, designed and displayed a voluminous anthology of one hundred and fifty of multitudinous cadres, professions, age-groups among both the sexes. There was Palgrave who brought out a golden treasury several decades ago. In this millennium Vivekanand Jha spent two years to bring out this anthology printed in our country.

Dr Debjani Chatterjee wrote in her foreword to this book: “…Another egalitarian feature of the anthology is the platform that it offers its contributors; well-known or neglected names.” (Emphasis mine) The editor rightly called the book an epoch anthology. Only a very few poems can be presented in this review as any review does.

Abhay. K’s ‘Qutub Minar’ is a brief and enchanting poem.


poetry in the sky

unrivalled flight

                             or a feast

a toast to time

a tower of victory

                             or a calligraphic feat (p.6)

‘Kamathipura’ tells us of the location of a red light area in realistic terms with a conclusion of heart rending actuality:


The room smells of stale perfume,

Of sperm, of sweat of healthy thighs

…   …   ..

While pulling out and pushing in

He notices the mark that mother gave her

Last time he had ever seen

His seven year old sister, lost for

Fifteen years.

His pleasures became his instant fears

And knowing not what to do further,

He stays still, not knowing how to move any more. (p.7-8)

Ambika Ananth’s ‘When in Love..’ makes the reader think of alluring passion:

Like water with no colour of its own

Looks blue under the blue sky,

I feel lovely

Assuming the beauty of your love’s passion… (p.31)

Anita Nair’s short poem ‘Whisky Whispers’ is safe for it makes us think without inebriating us: uninteresting:

In the night

the undersides that strange light?

Is it the pale fist of the wandering moon?

Or the street lamp with its steadfast beam?(p.48)

Bibhu Padhi’s poem ‘A Sign of Winter’ makes the thoughtful reader look inwards and enjoy a new sensation of either flowering or blight;

‘In the old time, the new year.

Small promises rise up.

…   …   …

Promises. Will the hear

know which ones to choose

in an act of delicate gathering at all?(p.91)

Almost every penman or poet has his or her own perception of the ars poetica. Here is Bipin Patsani’s imagination:

The voyage

More exciting

Than the destination,

Making a poem itself, in itself,

Is a wonderful experience

As intimate and intense

As love making. (p.97)

C.D.Norman thinks deeper about the pre-making pangs in ‘The Unborn Poem’

‘Nothing spills out

but a few halting phrases

assembled limb by limb

to please the prying eyes

which quizzically enquire

can science give birth to poetry? (p.112)

The Himalayan poet D.C.Chambial wrote ‘Om’ which illustrates his devout temperament:


Like a horse


…   …   …

Over a stone

broken heard the sound

Om1 Om! Om!(p120)

Debjani Chatterjee wrote about Angulimala the dreaded finger cutter who turned Buddha’s devotee:

‘…   …   …

How many children whimper through the night,

chased by the finger-monster,

till theyturn around and don his snarling mask?

How many Angulimalas still stalk the earth?

Are any fingers safe?(p.123)

Geetashree Chatterjee descrbies autumn while trees shed leaves and cold winds blow:

Frozen leaves hold their breath

Footfalls are silenced to death

Autumn is yet to recede

But the painter’s brush has a wintry edge

As He hurries a stroke in watery hues… (p.141)

Gopal Lahiri paints a picture of the quality of serious minds:

In a quiet room with no window

Exploring the forms of life in darkness,

A search for strange and unknown depth,

We move to our dreams and destinations.

We fall for the inner mysteries and shadows….(p.146)

The tree is a wonderful trope with many an exposition by imaginative minds. Harish Kumar Thakur pays this tribute in his poem ‘A Lovely Poem is Like a Tree’:

A lovely poem is like a tree

But greens of leaves and strength of stem

In a poem shall we ever see?

A poem is a song, a prayer, a psalm

That tells us to pray and sing of god

But a tree sings of god while raising its arms. .. (p161)

Clouds make us all thoughtful and for poets they give an impetus to imagine high. Poet Raghupathi says this:

I am drunk with the dribbling manna of their joyous spirit

as I sit in the lap of soaked hills

and heat their feeble but penetrating voice calling me

to wake up and race with them to the heavenly heights. (p197)

Karan Singh once the real king and later the learned parliamentarian sings of the Supreme Being in his poem ‘To Lord Siva’:

I am Your play thing.

You can breathe into me

the fire of eternal life

and make me immortal;

or You can scatter my atoms

to the far off corners of the universe

so that I disappear for ever

…     …   ..

I am Your plaything

the choice is Yours. (p203)

The writer of the poem ‘Evolution in Reverse’ is a microbiologist:

‘I am

an amoeba


fluid and shapeless

moving in response

to simple stimuli.

…     …..     …

Tell me,

In all these many millions of years

What have we achieved by evolution?

Were we not


long before we knew it? (p231)

M.V. Satyanarayana mulls over things after life in “Graveyard’;


At last, they found their real home here;

safe and snug in good neighbourhood and scorpions

of vultures, serpents and scorpions

having well escaped from vile human jungle.

This is the grand grave yard

Of life after life

Where every human is dreaded to tread

but ultimately reached when dead. (p.235)

Mani Rao has written this classic poem ‘Classic’:

If everything is impermanent why do you want it

I don’t want anything forever

You will disappoint everyone

Then you will be free. (p.241)

In an age of gadgets, electronic devices and computers and information technology things are imagined accordingly. Nikesh Murali writes ‘The Web-Cam Suicide’:

Death in 1’s and 0’s

The binary expression of muted cries,

The digital murmur of a broken heart.

Tears don’t follow hypertext protocals,

The soul is not coded to turn a blind eye. (p.275)

Nuggehalli Pankaja writes a long poem ‘Ripples of Emotion’ in seventeen ripples and here are a few of them:



Old Age

Shrivelled flowers

Women haggard,


each other

with thoughts unspoken



Stars twinkle

with mockery

over our short-lived glories.



Like so many daggers

At throat

Sins cut our soul. (pp 278-81)

Male behavioural quality has two hands which are shown by P.K.Joy in his ‘Two Hands of a Man’:

In the crowded bus

he slowly looks around

And stealthily stretches

his craving right hand

To touch the young lady

standing by his side

While with the left he protects

his own wife in the crowd…. (p.290)

Here is a mother’s thought in Poornima Laxmeswar’s poem ‘A Letter’:

My dear unborn-

While you silently rest in the warmth of my womb

With those sensitive eyes which cannot even descry

Here I am –

Already knitting you’re your perfect

Diamond like dreams

Unpredictable, yet wished for. (300)

Prabhanjan K.Mishra’s ‘The Dung Woman’ has humane sensibility and a deep apathy for the poor woman, poor in many ways:

The sickly, woman draped in a white sari

Turning gray by overuse and

For want of soap, collects dung

In a basket carried on her head.

…     ….   …

She takes a greying thread

from the hem of her threadbare sari

and wraps it around the sacred Banyan:

“May the memory and sweetness

of our union flower and bear fruit

in my womb. Oh Lord, don’t let

the little angel turn into a mean pig

like his chameleon father.” (p.303)

Raja Nand Jha looks deep into his heart when he writes ‘Poetic Homage’ marked (for my wife) underneath:


I wouldn’t let you die

Till ink’s left in the pen

I vow to write on thee,

Please grant it fulfilment.


Spring of life

With whom I spent

I, an umbrella,

And she, its frame. (343-45)

Ramendra Kumar’s Adultery’ looks into the aetiology of the ailment:

More often,

It is not

The body

But the mind

Which commits

Adultery…. (.350)

‘Freezing Fantasy ‘ is a poem by Semma Aarella expressing the speaker’s heartthrob;

Time slowed the growing chill

Froze its tireless hands as the

Frost crept to every corner and

Settled immaculately on the wall clock.

The tempt (sic) of nature mounted outside

With congeniality to my thoughts

And the poet within was just about to

Transcend the physical and live greater ecstasies

But you vengefully rose from the seat,

Drew toy curtains over the window

And killed a beautiful evening

With the attribute of a jealous lover. (p.374)

Sneha Subrahmanyan Kanta’s poem ‘Death, A Prelude’ holds the mirror up to the busy modern traffic. Hearts of people briskly rushing forward on the road are mostly not in the right place:

She winced in pain

not a soul stooped by

passed away

at an unearthly hour

with silent deep sighs

The moon glazed her

motionless body

which became cold

as hours flitted by

Morning shadows arrived soon

To beckoned closed eyes. (410)

‘Keeping Count of Things I Need’ is Sreelatha Chakravarthy’s poem about the speaker’s wish, desire and hope:

….     ….   …

two eyes that twinkle,

twenty reasons to smile,

I peek for such pretty images

In the mirror for a while;

One word of kindness,

hundred different trends

I search for romance of that kind

from a human being I call friend. (p.423)

Stephen Gill’s ‘The World of Poetry’ is about poetry and it concludes thus:

The soul of poetry

can be reflected but partially

through the earthly mirror of symbols. (p.431)

Tej Deep Kaur Menon’s ‘Charcoal’ is the expression of a horrifying hurt with scalding burns in a woman’s heart:

Charcoal on a white hospital bed.

Who will keep the flies away?

The maggots of dowry that

poach the veins should burn

till no more.

I burn with a mugful of

kerosene kept aside

every time you doused me,

charged with sparks,

when you hit me. (p.449)

Usha Akella also wrote a poem about poetry in ‘Tomorrow’s Poem’:

I want to begin a poem

Without saying ‘I want’,

Wait like a page or

       Undone button in the dust,

A poem that comes like

a blighted ovum,

fading as a body fades into a shroud.   … (p.453)

Vandana Kumari Jena’s poem ‘Angst’ is a realization.

It took me

thirty minutes

to pour out

the pain of

forty years of my existence

all my suppressed desires

and silent screams

withered hopes and

clipped ambitions

into twenty lines

of poetry

How empty

my life

must have been. (p.463)

Vibha Batra’s poem ‘Happy Birthdays’ is about the speaker’s coming to a conclusion:

It’s my birthday

While some people exult and go ‘yay’

All I can do is grimace

And count the lines on my face

…   …   …

I just wish I could be free from birthdays

And they could go away

On a well-deserved holiday. (p.470)\\

Vivek Narayanan’s ‘Wind’ reveals intense cerebration’

If there are others on this page with just,

they are marked by a tapering mound of thatch,

or the yellow shrapnel of a shrine.

Wind is the hint of what could happen. (p.483)

‘Elegy to Animal’, is the poem by Vivekanand Jha, the editor of this anthology which reveals his deep thinking and attitude towards life:

Time turns turtle on tip toes.

Now roaming and bruised souls

of your slayed comrades

wavering over their heads

like rage on the mind of insanity.

They are now parched

For want of each other’s blood.

Soon you’d witness them chewing,

devouring flesh of each other

like a horde of hyenas. (p.489)

All the five hundred and odd poems in the anthology are valuable and each reader has his own taste and ability to rank or grade each poem or poet. The hard reality of life is that nearly all girls get married no matter their pulchritude. Beauty is in the eyes of the one who sees. To talk in terms of percentages – of the very great, pleasant, worthy, absolutely unworthy – is passing value judgements not necessary in literary criticism and still less in reviewing. I remember Sisson’s phrase ‘fishing in a barrel’. This book can be marked AAA – acclaimed with alacrity and aplomb.

The Dance of the Peacock, An Anthology of English Poetry from India, Ed. Vivekanand Jha, Hidden Brook Press, (Canada) 2013 ISBN 978-1-927522, pbk,

pages 518, Price 26.95 USA$

Review Poem on The Dance of Peacock


 Dr. K. Rajamouly

         I am a splendid spectacle

The rarest of the rare for the viewers

The fairest of the fair of the creatures

       Really, it is my sole miracle;

       I am the dance of the peacock

With the unfurl of plumage in all angles

With the luster of images in all spangles

     Truly, a cud of joys in the stock;

     I am for the stupendous display

With the gorgeous glitters in the azure

With the felicitous postures in the sure

     A blue paradise seen in the gay;

      For the thirsty, I am the oasis

For the hungry, a fruit for full satiation

For the avidity, substance in all fruition

       In fact, I am indefinable bliss;

       My dance is seen not to cease

Like time to flow in the agile traverse

Like light to glow in the dark corners

       My utmost aim ever to please;

       I love rhythms in multitude,

An anthology subsuming imagination

In variety to mark beauty in reflection

     A feast of senses in magnitude;

       I fly in the fancy-firmament

With the galaxy of infinite inklings

In the rainbow-hues on own wings

     For sure, life-enlightenment;

       I am a poem-blossom garden

With theme-perfume, melody-honey

With ripe-recipe of beauty-harmony

     Musing-spring all to gladden;


Katta Rajamouly (b. 1952) is Professor of English by vocation and a poet, short story writer, essayist, critic and translator by avocation. He has published The Poetry of Philip Larkin: a Critical Study, GRAMMAR, Dictionary of Grammatical and Literary Terms, Art of Speaking and Learn English through Conversation. His creative contributions appeared in Muse India, Kakatiya Journal of English Studies, TRIVENI, Commonwealth Review, etc.

The Dance of the Peacock: A True Garland of Marvels

The Dance of the Peacock: A True Garland of Marvels

A Review by  Shasikiran Deshetti

 The ‘Dance of the Peacock’ is a true garland of marvels. It is a great collection of poems from around 150 poets from India. I found it as a great read if one is looking for a great diversity in tastes. The anthology speaks for itself in the title. Among the few poems that I have read, here is a review:

In the poem ‘Gifts of Nature’, Katta Rajamouly brings out an immense feeling of gratefulness towards the Mother Nature, from the readers, in words that surpass every other humane expression of gratitude.

         ‘The earth with its wonderful nature all around

      With its rich sights and sounds: the high treasures

All to fill the sunshine of peace and exhilaration for all 

                  With no due goal of its own’

 The poet ends the poem so thoughtfully and yet graciously, leaving us pondering, with a terminal thought of how a human mind, the supreme creation of God, as the poet coins it, comfortably ignores the beauty that surrounds us and the creator of it..

        ‘God’s supreme creation, the best of all species

       Enjoys His gifts of gaiety but forgets to sacrifice

    And never to create a paradise in favor of God’s will

                        With a goal of his own’                 


The poem ‘The Ephemeral Glow’ subtly deals with the overlying gleam of life and lively things, and fairly justifies the mere essence of time. The poet brings out a new vision with an immense depth to our perception of life, for example of a dew drop that shines in eternity till its downfall.

‘Dews strewn on the blades of lush green grass

     In quest of their embrace with the sunrays

                 Like the stars only to twinkle

                Like the pearls only to sparkle

   With shining to dwindle in the earth’s heart

Eventually to trickle down to the lowest dismal’

 The poem, ‘Twilights’, beautifully describes the realm of birds in its true nature. The poem throws light on the painstaking efforts by birds in protecting their little ones from the ecological evil elements of nature. It is indeed a marvelously said piece about the feeling of parenthood providing immense satisfaction to the readers.

The poem ‘At the Temple’, by Seema Arella, is an enchanting devotional verse, delivering peace to the inner mind. The poet beautifies the aura of a temple from inside.

There are huge number of poems that are noteworthy, like ‘Not Enough, Mother’ by H.K Kaul, ‘The Orphan’ by Prabhat K. Singh, etc.,

Thanks to the editor, Dr. Vivekanand Jha for bringing up this anthology

– Shasikiran Deshetti, Software Engineer, M. S, Austin,  Texas, USA.

The Dance of the Peacock: Pick Up and Get Lost In

The Dance of the Peacock: Pick Up and Get Lost In

 A Review by Caren Starry White


From the moment you open this collection you can see how wonderful the title, The Dance of the Peacock, fits this beautiful poetry collection. Just as a peacock’s feathers blend with all different colors, each of the 151 poets included in this anthology brings something diverse and exciting to the collection. As Editor Dr. Vivekanand Jha writes in the introduction, “the collection represents some of the most leading poets of Indian origin… from 15 years old to 92… from doctors, engineers, film makers, bank employees…” At a length of 518 pages, the collection may seem daunting at first glance, but as you flip through pages and poets, you find yourself dancing in a world as wonderful as the title suggests.

 With an anthology of this size, it would be impossible to acknowledge every single poet, but to give you samplings of what to expect inside, we can look at a few poems in particular, which have stuck with me even after finishing the collection. First, Amol Redij’s “Word(l)y Mess” (42) is a fantastic play on grammar function. Reddij writes:

 “Question mark finally defeated

His dear fellow exclamation Mark.

Spilling tornados of semicolons,

and firing rounds of commas.”

 Reddij’s use of metaphor here is fresh and playful, yet the poem in its entirety seems to be making a comment on how grammar and language, or lack there of, are being used in today’s society.

 The reader is certainly not at a loss for form variation within The Dance of the Peacock. Lakshmi Priya’s “Wet Streaks Damp” (229) is a perfect example of this. Priya writes:

 “yellow shade


through velvet strings

of day light GLOW

sun-tan baths



kites and birds

of narrowed beauties

soaked up


in            open air breaths

of wanton ecstasy”

 Apart from the freedom of form displayed through out “Wet Streaks Damp,” the poem’s real beauty lies in the amazing images Priya creates. When you read it, you can feel the sting of “spicy” and the lightness of “the kites and birds” is reflected in the effective use of spacing.

 Finally, we come to “Destiny” (261) by title contributor Mona Dash. One of the great things about this collection is that with its vast themes and subject matter readers can find a poem or rather many poems in which they feel a strong connection to. Dash writes:

 “Seeing others do

I too rushed to fill my Life

Families, jobs, marriages, babies

Gifts given to all.

Not knowing that

A one legged man walked on graves

Ghosts cackled in trees

White geese turned red

On the day I was born.”

 In this poem, the reader is confronted with a surprising change between these two stanzas. While usually the association of “Families” or “marriages” is a happy one, in the case of “Destiny,” Dash presents a stark contrast, but these dark images are still hauntingly beautiful.

 I could name many, many other brilliant poems from the collection, but I will save them for when you open up the collection yourself. With The Dance of the Peacock, Dr. Vivekanand Jha has pieced together a collection of poetry that anyone can pick up and get lost in.

Caren Starry White is a Creative Writing professor at London Metropolitan University. Her poetry has been published in various journals, such as Cutaway Magazine and In Stereo Press. For more reviews and poems, visit her site:

The Dance of the Peacock: Captivating Coruscations

The Dance of the Peacock: Captivating Coruscations

A Review by Dr Rajnish Mishra

Instead of assenting to Romeo’s “What’s in a name?” I must say that there’s a lot in the name, especially after experiencing the sensual treat that Dr. Vivekanand Jha’s The Dance of the Peacock is. Peacock is India’s national bird, and for very good reasons. It not only symbolizes the various hues of the rainbow colours of beauty, but also alludes to the rasas that originate in the sahriday after experiencing beauty. Like the captivating coruscations from the spread peacock plumes, this anthology has the rainbow colours of human emotions, thoughts and experiences in it. The poets given place in the anthology come from various backgrounds, states and diasporic points of origin. It is, in the true sense of the words, an anthology of English poetry from India. The poems may be said to range over the unending ground of human experiences. Every poem is pregnant with meaning, and many of them may be classed with the best in their genre. It has always been very difficult judging one’s contemporaries, especially in the field of poetry. Yet, with a lot of caution, learning from the mistakes of the past: mine and that of others, and placing the caveat lector in the very beginning that my taste is mine alone, and so is my judgement, I dip my metaphorical fingers into the honey bowl and present the same on extraction for the readerly gaze.

I liked many poems in the anthology. In no ordered manner, as they come to my mind, are few lines that spring out from my unconscious:

“The crocodile body betokens memory foot-steps into dustbins of glory”

“And yet, down the steps into the water at Varanasi,

where the lifeless bodies seem to grow human”

“I keep mourning all the times

Love-lorn like a serpent

For its lost gem”…

The process promises to yield my personal hyper-text, and to offer the heady lotos nectar and its accompanying heavenly amnesia. Yet, I can’t persist in enjoying and perpetrating this anarchy, for it challenges the most venerated invention of the modern society: personal and private ownership. Coming back to the individual poets and poems then, linear, well defined, segregated by names and endings, I take up randomly the gems of purest rays, to show their beauty in process. I begin with Ananya S Guha’s “Dusk”:

Clamour of voices turns down

as dusk descends into a beast.

Colours change.

I love dusk.

I love the beast,

the chameleon of changing colours.

The imagery acts as a trigger that starts a chain reaction giving rise to stifled or hidden voices of the past: the voices of tradition in which the poem falls loosely, the tradition of amalgamation of thoughts with feelings. The dusk becomes an all devouring beast, in an unconscious, atavistic hybridization of Eliot’s brown fog and Yeats’s “beast”.

The next few lines that come to my mind are from Aju Mukhopahyay’s “The Paper Boat”:

The paper boat

I set adrift

In my childhood

On the flooded road

Of a metropolis

Has just arrived

This rainy evening

At my doorstep

Mukhopadhyay’s mask of simplicity and plainness works well. It takes in the reader, at least in his first reading, to make him believe in the poem’s being some kind of invocation of the Romantic spirit, which it is, in a way. Deeper and more readings reveal layers of significations that the first and cursory one had missed. Then one comes to know the other meanings: intended and unintended. Why declare the ending of a Hitchcock movie? The poem must be tasted again and again to be fully enjoyed.

Charu Sheel Singh’s “The Gate Keeper” is one more poem that has stuck somewhere, unknown, yet definitely, in my mind. It has the elements of myths, ready-made and invented by the poet too. The various symbols that the poem uses work at two levels of the tradition of Indian classical symbols and the poets’ personally created or used ones too. On a more concretely mythical note, Harish Chandra, the keeper of the gates of the mahashmashan in Kasi that takes his name, is also the epitome of truth in Hindu mythology.

The nine fold gates into the body

beg for tales that empty their

earth. Harish Chandra the gate keeper

patrols death leading to the shrines

of eternity.

Jayanta Mahapatra’s “Sanskrit” woke me up from my dogmatic slumber. Since having tasted it, my views on the “dead-ness” of the language have changed. There’s a strange, sad, slow rhythm in the poem, a rhythm that tends to grow its roots into and around the reader’s mind.

And yet, down the steps into the water at Varanasi,

the shaggy heads of word-buds move back and forth

aware that their syllables’ overwhelming silence

would not escape the hearers now…

The alive and special (due to their commonness) images in Kanwar Dinesh Singh’s “Oak Trees” make the poem’s effect similar to that of a ripe Indian gooseberry that can taste anything, ranging from sweet to pungent, depending on the past memory of the taste buds and also on what is taken after it. His oak tree takes a symbolic form and transcends the limits imposed by time and space, even by its roots. The life power ascribed naturally to the things natural comes in the Indian tradition and the pantheistic Western one too:

Who says their joints are an arthritic sore,

And their gravity’s owing to the old-age?

Outwardly they appear to be somber, bore;

Inwardly each of them is an astute, incisive sage.

They seldom show up their inner blues.

Among bullying deodars they stand artfully –

With warped form, serrated leaves, dual hues,

They carve a niche for themselves cannily, carefully.

Mona Dash presents a woman’s way of looking at love and that of a man, and, in a way, the difference between a man’s and a woman’s weltanschauung in her “Love Lost”. The poignancy with which the narrator recalls her past: times and love, lends the potency of a mini-dirge to the poem: the dirge of love, life and time combined. The lines that portray the loneliness best are also those that reflect the need to get the old times and love back:

I think of these questions now

Long after he has gone

Now realising that, sometimes

There should be no questions

Now worrying that the answer

Has come and gone

The subtly woven yet strong feminist strands make the warp of the poem and the finely arrayed words its woof.

A very strong and haunting poem of the anthology is Raja Nand Jha’s “Poetic Homage” to his beloved, his wife. The power of his emotions is put over the page in the form of words that succeed in touching the reader’s soul and making it resonate at nearly the same wave length as that of the poet. He begins with a declaration; an invocation:

I wouldn’t let you die

Till ink’s left in the pen

I vow to write on thee,

Please grant it fulfillment.

The mature muse never lets the reader’s interest wane, keeping the parts taut and firmly together. The poem’s elegiac note is maintained throughout, yet, it is not a poem of mourning, at least not fully. The bereaved has hope that springs from his love and from his faith. The presence of the lost is so strong that it challenges the material reality, and becomes more real than mere reality.

Since thou persist

In haunting my memory

I keep mourning all the times

Fifty-spring-old in love

And the laceration from its loss-

Another woman, another poem, but so different: Seema Aarella’s “Freezing Fantasy” is in a league of its own. It’s very uncommon in its Janus like duality. It’s definitely not like the prototypical feminist poems galore that sometimes appear affected poems by poseurs. It’s an introspective, personal kind of a poem that takes one intensely felt experience set in the frame of few moments and converts it into a well wrought poem. In it there’s loss again, but the loss is not of someone else. This time round, the poet loses her own self, a part of it at least:

And the poet within was just about to

Transcend the physical and live greater ecstasies.

But you vengefully rose from the seat,

Drew the curtains over the window

And killed a beautiful evening

With the attribute of a jealous lover.

Who was it that talked about that room of their own? She was very right. Personal space and time are essential for the creative process and the creator must be allowed to exist as an individual with an independent identity. How can a non-existing entity create? That would be like going one step further from the creation of the world by God: ex nihilo. Because it’d be creation sans creator.

Syed Faizan’s “The Book of Life” is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s seven ages theme, albeit in a different way. He begins the poem musing philosophically, and very metaphysically too:

What if each breath that every being e’er took,

Has been recorded in a library;

What if each human were a secret book,

Bound in the covers of eternity.

He then goes on, posing the problems one’d have in reading such a book. Each age is depicted creating, in its idiosyncratic manner, its own kind of text. And thus goes on the life, all life, till the end.

But ‘fore we’ve written all that we would wish,

Death scrawls abruptly in one stroke “finish”.

T. Vasudeva Reddy shows how poetry may still act as a tool for social correction. In a way reminiscent of the great past satirists, he takes up the modern sadhu baba in his “Ashram”:

Saffron robe is his shining mask

to realize his cherished tainted task;

helpless religion falls an easy prey

to his sensual lips that feign to pray;

Brimming with desire his lustful eyes

greet fairer beauties, frail butterflies;

This new age sadhu has created his own dictionary and the first word he has redefined is the common noun: sage. He is not at all other worldly. His complete attention is on this world, and now. Not for him are the austere and pure ways of the yore, as satisfying his senses is all he desires. Not for him are Himalayan austerities and a secluded ashram, as he wants the best and travels by air only. On his return, his palace of an ashram awaits him. In a Chaucerian portrayal, with all the details so aptly placed at the right places, Reddy succeeds in actually showing the sadhu to the reader. The poem does not end pessimistically though:

He and his tribe to real sages are a blot,

but dark clouds can never eclipse the sun.

Khurshid Alam tells the tale of the conversion of nationalism to jingoism and war in just six lines. His well crafted poem “Border” begins with “Each border crafted on the land/ engraves a ditch in the heart”. A man made thing that is entirely external and accidental then goes on to make men enemies of one another, as “the divide cannot be unwritten”. Alam’s “The Sun” stands in complete contrast to his previous poem in its simplicity of theme and treatment of the subject. The way he makes the sun speak for himself is quite remarkable. The poem has to be taken in its entirety to be enjoyed. The sun says:

You’ll see me:

dancing along the streak

of smoke when I take

a flight from the river;

The poem ends with the sun’s going away for the night, with a promise to return. He leaves behind a token that generates trust. It’s a “shaft of light/ for the night from where I pick up/ again the next morning”.

And thus may I go on. But then, the reader’s autonomy will be compromised. And then, the pristineness of the poems will also be gone. Therefore, I hold myself from touching any more gems in the treasure that Dr. Jha has succeeded in presenting to the reader in his anthology. It’d suffice if I say that I have only skimmed the surface of the vast ocean of contemporary Indian English poetry that this anthology is. I am quite sure that this anthology will be of great service to the connoisseurs, readers, students, researchers of Indian English poetry and will prove a milestone in the rich tradition of anthologies with roots in the Indian ethos.

The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India Edited by Dr. Vivekanand Jha, 2013. Hidden Brook Press. pp. 538 pbk. RRP Rs. 1500/-

ISBN: 978-1-927725-00-9



Dr. Rajnish Mishra is an Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Science and Humanities, Galgotia University, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has M A in English Literature and was awarded Ph D on the topic of A Critical Analysis of Villains in Shakespeare’s Tragedies. He has more than 12 years of teaching experience and more than 20 critical articles and research papers of his are published in various national and international publications and journals. He has co-edited six critical anthologies on Indian English Literature. He is presently working on the psychogeographical effect of his city, Varanasi, in both creative and critical media.