biographies - issue 63
A multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music
and glitch video. Some of his text and visual work has appeared in Chiron Review, Empty Mirror, Futures Trading, Otoliths,
Sheila-Na-Gig, Slipstream, and Ygdrasil. He has published nineteen books, all available in the usual online markets,
including Savage Magic (poetry) and The Toothpick Fairy (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts
can be found at: http://jeffbagato.com
John Cooper is a self-taught poet, having only taken up writing with any serious intent 2 years ago following an
unspectacular career in local government. He has had some public success in getting his work published,
mostly on-line and in competition anthologies, with a mix of serious and lighter verses. As a poet, he is particularly
intrigued by different forms and ways of constructing poems and as such, try to write poetry in different styles –
both in terms of content and layout.
James Croal Jackson
James Croal Jackson (he/him) has a chapbook, The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017),
and poems in Pacifica, Reservoir, and indefinite space. He edits The Mantle (themantlepoetry.com).
Currently, he works in the film industry in Pittsburgh, PA.
Find out more: jimjakk.com
Seth Crook lives on Mull and is transitioning into a seal. His poems have recently appeared in
The Projectionist's Playground, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Interpreter's House, The Nitrogen House,
Southlight, Stravaig. And in the anthology "Against the Silence" from Indigo Dreams.
David Felix is a youthful septuagenarian English visual poet who lives in Denmark. For more than half a century,
his writing has taken on a variety of forms, in collage, three dimensions, in galleries, anthologies,
festival performances, video and in over fifty publications worldwide, both in print and online.
Born into a family of artists, magicians and tailors he still possesses the skills to stipple a background,
catch a bullet and buttonhole a waistcoat.
Thomas Irvine is currently enrolled on the UEA Creative Writing Poetry MA course, but is based in Hitchin,
Hertfordshire where he co-runs a spoken-word evening ‘Shout or Whisper. He received his
BA in English and American Literature from the University of Leicester, specialising in Modernist Poetry.
He has previously been published in Ink, Sweat & Tears, The New Luciad, and Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal.
Linda King is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent 'antibodies in the alphabet' is forthcoming
from BlazeVOX Books (Fall, 2019). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals ( including streetcake )
in Canada and internationally. King lives and writes on The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Gillian Nevers and Jeanie Tomasko
A Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, Gillian Nevers’ poems have been published in several print and
online literary magazines and anthologies. The True Story, (Fuller’s Windy Acres Farm Press), an illustrated chapbook
of poems in collaboration with artist, Judith Bellinghausen Mayer, won second place in the
Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ 2019 Chapbook contest.
Jeanie Tomasko is the author of a few books of poetry, the first of which was Tricks of Light (Parallel Press),
and most recently, from Red Bird Chapbooks, dear little fist. All of her books published in-between can be found on her website, jeanietomasko.com. including three poetry/art collaborative works she put together with her friend, Sharon Auberle.
Sara Nesbitt Gibbons
Sara Nesbitt Gibbons' poems have been published in literary journals and anthologies, commended in
competitions and performed as theatre in venues that include St Pancras International Station and
a disused operating theatre. She was one of the winners of the National Poetry Library’s 2018 Instapoetry Competition,
with her poem exhibited at Southbank Centre. Sara has an MA Creative Writing (with Distinction) from Royal Holloway.
She teaches creative writing for wellbeing in London.
Paul Robert Mullen
Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has three published poetry collections:
curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018).
He also enjoys paperbacks with broken spines, and all things minimalist.
Magazines/E-zines/Journals/Anthologies published in: Allegro, Anti-Heroin Chic, Bending Genres, Black Bough Poetry,
Bonnie's Crew, Cleaning Up Glitter, Constellate, Crossways, Dodging The Rain, Dreamcatcher, Eunoia Review,
Four X Four, Ghost City Press, Heron Clan, Mojave Heart, Panning For Poems, Pendora, Selcouth Station,
The Canon's Mouth, The Fiction Pool, The Foxglove Journal, The Interpreter's House, The Journal, The Mark Literary Review,
The Pangolin Review, Three Drops From A Cauldron, Words For The Wild.
Alan Parry is a poet and playwright from Southport, Merseyside. He is an English Literature graduate and has been
writing creatively since his teens. Alan is a proud family man, who is training to teach high school English in the coming year.
He cites Dr John Cooper Clarke and Alan Bennett as his biggest inspirations.
Viv Ring is an ad hoc writer now taking the tasks of writing and getting 'out there' more seriously. All of her work is
informed by her experiences as climber, activist and mother; by her work with those who have lost hope; by the
inspiration she receives from local spoken word events and courses in the East Midlands.
Leela Soma was born in Madras, India and now lives in Glasgow. Her poems and short stories have been published
in a number of anthologies, publications. She has published two novels and two collections of poetry.
She has served on the Scottish Writer's Centre Committee and is now in East Dunbartonshire Arts & Culture Committee.
Some of her work reflects her dual heritage of India and Scotland.
Sam Wood is a young experimental and surrealist poet from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. He is currently studying
Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield. It is here that he has begun to immerse himself in and
contribute to the local poetry scene and wider experimental movement.