Amira Awaad is an author and academic dean. She enjoys reading crime, mystery, fantasy and sci-fi. As a product of international upbringing, Awaad’s writing is inspired by the diverse languages and peoples of the world. They intertwine with her ancient soul and pour out in her ebooks, “Silently Yours, Lucienne”, “Living in the Shadows of the Pyramids”, “The Ankhs” series, and the “Asha Renu” series. In them, Awaad carefully folds a piece of herself, opened for readers to see.
I’m an independent author with one book of fiction, two poetry books, and a collection from my blog: https://itisallconnected.wordpress.com/
Bio: I am a husband and father of six children. I have spent the past 20 years in education as a high school English teacher, coach, professional developer, and college instructor. My writing often reflects my own life experiences as well as my personal observations of the world around us.
Kimelene Carr is an author and poet born and living in Trinidad. Before becoming a published author, she was employed as a teacher for ten years as well as tutored both primary and secondary students privately and over the years, she has also done freelance media coverage. Kimelene always had a deep love and strong passion for writing. Sans Espoir is her debut novel. Also published by Kimelene Carr are three poetry collections. At present, she lives with her husband, their three daughters and a mini zoo of pets in her hometown, Arouca.
Be careful as you approach the garden of spinal thorns: some of the flowers and bones are too fragile and too helpless, others are spiky and unbent. They can sting or heal you. The same applies to words. Some of them will soothe you, make you feel loose, and some may hurt you, like an unavoidable truth you never wanted to hear. But in the end, you will know that it was all needed, so you could grow into the beautifully-ornamented skeleton you support, flourished and blossomed. With spikes and all. This is an autopsy of the heart and soul of the young.
Rachel Dacus is the author of The Renaissance Club, a time travel romantic novel involving the great Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, has been called ““Enchanting, rich and romantic…a poetic journey through the folds of time.” Dacus’ book Gods of Water and Air is a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. Her other poetry collections are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Dacus’ poetry and prose have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, is forthcoming in August 2018 from FutureCycle Press.
Trishna Damodar is a Woman of the world. She has spent her life in various cities in India and abroad. Travelling, food and dance are her hobbies, and these reflect in her work.
She started her career off as a Hotelier. After parting ways with the industry, poetry and stories engulfed her world. From 2012 till date she has published two poetry books (Mind & Heart Speak Words Volume I and II) and a novel (Bag Exchange), and continues to write new stories.
The time that her words help people in a small manner, is when she will consider herself as a successful author.
About Bag Exchange:
It’s an exchange of emotions,
An understanding of oneself,
A journey of many,
Linked together to produce the titillating story, ‘Bag Exchange’.
Phyllis Delia is a Poet from Upstate NY and a member of NY Book editors and Creative Penn. Her works have been published in The Buffalo News, Poetic Voices of America, The Blush of Morning, and Glowing Embers. In addition to her passion for writing, Phyllis enjoys creating jewelry and painting with acrylics. Many of the life lessons explored in Joyful Bliss & Broken Hearts have led to her fulfilling current relationship, in which she and her partner enjoy walking hand in hand on park trails, and sharing common interests…but also cherishing the separateness that makes them each uniquely fascinating
Erin Geil Podunk Moon is an anthology of one girl’s poetry from the ages of twenty to thirty-four, starting from recent to yesteryear. The strengths of an educated honed craft unraveling into the words of an inexperienced ingénue dabbling with words and hormonal feelings. Poems followed by a 90 page long excerpt of the soon to be published suspense novel The Great American.
hi, I am Leo. I am 50 years of age and live in Bristol in the UK with my girlfriend of 30 years and our cat Archimedes. I don’t eat meat and adore all animals especially the feline of the species. I suffer with extreme emotional distress disorder and rapid cycling bipolar disorder and find my writing/drawing/reading very therapeutic. I write Fantasy and Fiction novels. The genre is very much Fighting Fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons but, novels not RPG’s. Kandor The Warrior is the first in a saga I am working on. The sequel is half done. In his quest for justice and peace, faced with incredible odds and with time running out, only Kandor has the ability to stop Morgana’s plan to take Cerminian for herself and bring with it the Kingdom’s inevitable destruction. I also write poetry and currently working on an illustrated poetry book. I love nature and strongly believe that All life is precious. All humans; all life; are connected regardless of nationality, religion, colour, creed or persuasion. I also believe that all chaos is by design.
Andrea McKenzie Raine
Andrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post-degree Public Relations certificate program. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Her poetry has also appeared in Mocambo Nights, Canadian Literature journal, Quills, Borderlines anthology (Ascent Aspirations magazine), Tempus anthology (Rubicon Press), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Tongues of Fire anthology, and several Glenairley chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane (Leaf Press). She has also written book reviews and articles for local magazines, celebrating the work of her peers. Andrea is also the fiction editor of the BC Federation of Writers’ WordWorks magazine. She lives with her husband and two young sons and, by day, is employed as a correspondence writer for the provincial government. Turnstiles is her debut novel published by Inkwater Press. She also published her second novel, A Crowded Heart, through Inkwater Press, which is a prequel to Turnstiles.
Lisa C Miller
“Godly Inspirations for the Troubled Soul” and “Inspirations from Heaven’s Gate” are poetry books written to reveal the beauty of life and simplicity of Christ to the ordinary person, the disconnected, the broken and lost souls of humanity. They bring hope and encouragement for daily living. Bible verses are sprinkled throughout the pages of these books to show people the treasure they really are and the promise of another day.
Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight
Rife with existential ponderings, lyrical flights of fancy, comic situations, socio-political commentary, and striking imagery, the poems offer a wide range of styles and subject matters. They also comment on the way even the most delicate and majestic of us tend to be drawn, willy-nilly, towards the crooked moonlight. The collection is obtaining great reviews at Amazon.com, where readers have referred to the book as “a truly impressive collection,” “a fascinating example of the whimsy & folly of the Human Literary Condition,” and “Edgar Allen Poe with balls.”
J. L. O’Rourke is the pen-name of Jenner Lichtwark. Jenner writes contemporary murder mysteries, urban fantasy, stories for children and rambling freeform poems. After the Christchurch earthquakes she quit her regular job to establish Millwheel Press Ltd, publishing her own works and offering editing advice and assistance to other writers. When not writing, Jenner enjoys being in a theatre, either onstage as a singer or backstage where she has been everything from floor crew to stage-manager. She lives on a peaceful olive grove in North Canterbury.
‘Beyond Rock Bottom’ is a tale of love, loss, and healing. The book is an anthology of Kara Petrovic’s experiences with mental illness and how it’s affected her ability to love, be loved, and experience love. It’s a story of healing and finding strength and love within oneself. While dark, there is an underlying optimism behind every poem.
Rajapakse explores identity, values and women’s role in society through the poems in Chant of a Million Women. She also looks at the concepts of beauty and the standards imposed on women to conform. Some of the poems are hard hitting and take on subjects that are uncomfortable to talk about like rape, female gender mutilation, abuse and male dominance. She talks about power and the quiet force that keeps half the world moving even when there is no hope. The language is simple yet the thoughts and ideas are not. They rise from the depth of our very being to swirl through the pages compelling the reader to step into worlds created within the covers. There is magnificence and strength juxtaposed with violence and weakness as are other opposites such as the divine and human frailty. These poems are like a breath of fresh air, provoking, mesmerizing and entertaining.
At our core is a chant, soft, like the susurrus of leaves only breezes understand. Sometimes it opens lips to sing like gurgling waters meandering from here to there, to wherever it flows, or the soft tread of footfalls on the path outside. But sometimes, it’s a roar so loud thunder stops in its tracks in awe.
Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning poet and author. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her collection of short stories, Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Rajapakse’s work appears in many literary journals and anthologies around the world. Rajapakse read for a BA in English Literature from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and has a MA in International Relations from JNU, India. Connect with her on social media. Follow her on facebook.com/shiranirajapakseauthor/, twitter.com/shiraniraj, linkedin.com/in/shiranirajapaks, pinterest.com/shiraniraj/, instagram.com/shiranirajapakse/ and visit her site at shiranirajapakse.wordpress.com
Mona Soorma a.k.a. Manic Sylph
I am Mona. I started writing seriously about 4 years ago under the pen name of Manic Sylph. I have written poetry, poetic prose and inspirational short writes which can be found on my website manicsylph.com and on social media sites like twitter, instagram, google+, wattpad and more. My personal favourite form of writing is poetry. I have recently self published a book of poetry and a book of motivational thoughts and they are available for purchase on amazon.
Joanne Van Leerdam
In addition to writing poetry and short stories, Joanne is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company.
Her hobbies include reading, music, travel and photography.
Joanne loves travelling, and has visited many places in Australia as well as holidaying in New Zealand, Fiji, the USA and Canada at different times.
Poetry: Leaf, Nova, Stained Glass.
Short Stories: New Horizons
Theatre/Drama: The Shakespeare Omelette
David Wasserman currently teaches second grade and lives in the mostly quiet woods of Connecticut with his wife and daughter. Poetry had been calling to him through the growing noise of texts tweets beeps buzzing ringing – and finally got through in its own tiny way. Tiny Footcrunch is David’s first book. Tiny Footcrunch was born out of emotions and sharpened by society’s waning attention span. It delivers vast thoughts through tiny poems. Ten universal emotions. Sadness. Joy. Anger. Kindness. Fear. Love. Confusion. Humor. Curiosity. Hope. Ten petite poems carefully crafted and shepherded into each bloodline.
Lorna Jackie Wilson
Lorna Jackie Wilson was born on April 11, 1964, in Detroit, Michigan to Carrie Jean Wilson. Lorna has lived in Michigan most of her life, outside of U.S. Army military enlistment. At the age of four, Lorna was placed in foster care. At the age of 10, she was reunited with her mother and siblings, only to be separated and returned to foster care at the age of 13. Lorna’s journey and related circumstances surrounding foster care placement presented situational experiences that no one should ever have to face. Feeling lost and abandoned, Lorna began to write. Initially, the harsh realities of life spilled into her journals. However, the journals became a testimony to others, illustrating the life of an overcomer. In Lorna’s last and final foster care home, she was placed with Acie Lee Spraddling. Acie Lee Spraddling was the catalyst toward positive change. She was a true advocate for youth, adopting and caring for 11 children and 17 foster children. As a parent, Acie led by example and truly cared for children. Her legacy lives on through her children. Lorna’s journey continues as she gives back by speaking to youth about foster care experiences and overcoming obstacles. She has four beautiful children that support her writing and encourage its continuance. She holds master’s degrees in teaching and Information Technology. In addition to Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory, Lorna Jackie Wilson is the author of Babygirl: Prequel to Black Butterfly, Game Changers, and Penny Candy: The Hopscotch Trails.
Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of youth or individuals striving to overcome obstacles. This is a young girl’s journey through the foster care system, transformation along the journey, and illumination of real-life issues through faith-based reflections. Black Butterfly showcases circumstances that impact social and emotional development through a lens of determination. THIS IS THE JOURNEY – THE VICTORY!