The Quilled Ink Review Authors
Adesiyan Oluwapelumi, TPC XI, is a Nigerian writer. He received an Honourable Mention in the international Metamorphosis Writing Contest. He was also shortlisted in the August-September 2022 edition of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest. His works are featured/ forthcoming in Brittle Paper, Eunoia Review, Literary Cocktail Magazine, Writer Space Africa, Snowflake Magazine, Lumiere Review, CultureCult Press, Kahalari Review, Icefloe Press & elsewhere. His works have also appeared in various anthologies such as Voice of Revolution, Self-Portrait, and Orchestras of Revolution among many others. He reads poetry for The Kitchen Table Quarterly
Alisa Gillenardo is an emerging poet who finds her inspiration in reflective writing about her past and present experiences in love, loss and life. She is a member of the Academy of American Poets. Alisa is the author of My Heart on Paper Poetry Collection and appears on social media as Alisa G Poetry. She has been featured in Poetry Cooperative Magazine and has been invited to participate in their forthcoming book as a contributor for teen mental health awareness. Alisa is currently working on her second book. When she is not writing in her favorite antique, blue leather, wingback armchair, you can find her thrifting or browsing used bookstores with her grown daughter. Alisa lives in Berks County, PA . Website
Ananya Jay was born and raised in Germany, Ananya has been living in the US since 2009. She is new to the world of poetry and The Quilled Ink Review is honoured to be her first journal submission. Expressing herself has been an essential part of her life and she recently ventured into a more poetic way of writing. Her heart lives in the world of sound healing and energy work. In Her professional life, she raises and trains horses in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
Anne Mikusinski has always been in love with words, whether they have been read or spoken aloud. She has been writing poems and short stories since she was seven years old. Her influences range from Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath to David Byrne and Nick Cave. She hopes that someday, her writing will be as much of an influence on someone as these writers have been on her.
Annie Kile was born in 1956 in Providence, Rhode Island, and was almost immediately transported to Newark, not New Jersey, but the Bay Area just north of San Jose, California. An avid reader since learning letters made words, she was also a precocious juvenile covert author writing stories, including secret yet illustrious illustrations, which she either hid or threw away. Now 66, retired from a career of wide-ranging multiple jobs, including raising two scientists, she lives with her husband and dog in New Mexico, delighted to engage in her childhood desire to write and make art. Cliché, but true. The Quilled Ink Review is honored to be the first to publish her work.
Bob McNeil is a writer, editor, cartoonist, spoken word artist, and author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, a former Queens, NY Poet Laureate, called the book “a fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn’t flinch at the truth.” Among Bob’s recent accomplishments, he found working on Lyrics of Mature Hearts to be a humbling experience because of the anthology’s talented contributors. Compositions on Compassion and Other Emotions, his collection of essays, illustrations, poems, and short stories is forthcoming from Flexible Press
Brenda Gunn returned to writing with a vengeance after a 33-year break to teach elementary school in Edmonton, Alberta. Since retiring in 2017, Brenda earned a certificate in creative writing from the University of Toronto. She is working on a collection of poetry based on family history research and has published poems in several anthologies and journals.
Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Micro Award nominee. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer. Carl is president of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection in Tacoma. PAPA’s MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!
Carl “Papa” Palmer
Carol Edwards is a northern California native transplanted to southern Arizona. She lives and works in relative seclusion with her books, plants, and pets (+ husband). She enjoys a coffee addiction and raising her succulent army. Her work has most recently appeared in anthologies from Southern Arizona Press, The Ravens Quoth Press, and White Stag Publishing, and Space & Time Issue #142. The World Eats Love is her debut poetry collection (The Ravens Quoth Press, 2023)
David Agyei-Yeboah is an artist from Accra, Ghana. He is an honours graduate of English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana after quitting law school twice to pursue a creative degree. David has work published/ forthcoming in The Lumiere Review, GUEST, Ethel Zine & Micro Press, Afritondo Magazine, Tampered Press, Ta Adesa, Icefloe Press, Journal of the Writers Project of Ghana (JWPG), Contemporary Ghanaian Writers Series (CGWS) & elsewhere. He was long-listed for The Totally Free Best of the Bottom Drawer Global Writing Prize 2021 from The Black Spring Press Group, UK. He was also shortlisted for Ursus Americanus, 2022 and was a finalist for Harbor Editions, 2022 (Small Harbor Publishing). David writes music and sings as he sees music as an extension of his poetry. Currently, he stans Asake, Oxlade, Frank Ocean & Taylor Swift.
David McVey lectures at New College Lanarkshire, Scotland. He has published over 120 short stories and a great deal of non-fiction that focuses on history and the outdoors. He enjoys hillwalking, visiting historic sites, reading, watching telly, and supporting his hometown football team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC. David is listed on the Scottish Book Trust, Live Literature Scotland and is a member of the Society of Authors.
E. Martin Pedersen
E. Martin Pedersen is originally from San Francisco, He has lived for over forty years in eastern Sicily, where he taught English at the local university. His poetry appears in Avatar Review, Canyon Voices, Slab, SurVision, and Helix Literary Magazine, among others. Martin is an alumnus of the Community of Writers. He has published two collections of haiku, Bitter Pills and Smart Pills, and a chapbook, Exile's Choice, from Kelsay Books. A full collection, Method & Madness, is forthcoming from Odyssey Press. Martin's poem, "Gull Eggs," was nominated by Flapper Press for the Best of the Net Award 2023. Website
Heidi Kasa works as an editor and lives in Austin. She writes fiction and poetry. Her work has been a finalist for several awards including a Fractured Lit Flash Fiction Prize in 2021 for her story Robot You. She has been published in The Racket, Meat for Tea, The Raw Art Review, Monday Night Lit, The Cobalt Cafe, and Ab Terra, among others. Her fiction chapbook Split was published by Monday Night Press in August 2022. Website
Dr Hiram Larew
Dr Hiram Larew is a Poet, Author, and Poetry X Hunger Founder. A four times Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have been widely published. He has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council for his poetry activities He is the author of Part of, published in 2000 by the City of Baltimore, Maryland (USA) as the winner of the City’s ArtScape competition; More Than Anything (Vrzhu Press, 2007); Utmost (I. Giraffe Press, 2016); Undone (FootHills Publishing, 2019); Mud Ajar (Atmosphere Press 2021); and his latest collection, Patchy Ways, is forthcoming from CyberWit Press. Website
James Evert Jones
James Evert Jones has curated and hosted poetry and spoken word events throughout Los Angeles for over 30 years. He curates and hosts the monthly Spoken World Live international readings, and the twice-monthly Expressions L.A. reading series, through his volunteer work with the Los Angeles Public Library. James is also a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets. His work has been featured in Redshift 5, Spectrum, The Moment, A Decade of Sundays, Voices from Leimert Park Redux, the Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts Omnibus, Onyx: Spoken Word as well as the websites poeticdiversity and the Altadena Poetry Review, among others. His debut collection of poetry, Cinematic Life, is due for released in April 2023. He is a 2017 and 2019 recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Jay Rose Ana is a Worcestershire poet, originally from the heart of the Midlands in the United Kingdom. She explores the world from her laptop and writes her words through lived experiences, a deep soul, and a creative imagination. Jay is the hostess of Words Collide Poetry Open-Mic and The Poetic Podcast. She is the author of Whispers in the Wind. Her work can be found here
Jay Rose Ana
Jennifer Elise Wang is a non-binary femme in STEM from Dallas, Texas. When she's not doing neuroscience research, she enjoys writing, dancing, and learning how to skateboard and snowboard. She has been published in New Verse News, FERAL, Southern Arizona Press’ Dragonflies and Fairies anthology, The Gunpowder Review, and Exist Otherwise.
Jennifer Elise Wang
Joseph A Farina
Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. An internationally award-winning poet, several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, The Wild Word, The Chamber Magazine, Lothlorian Poetry Journal, Ascent, Subterranean Blue, The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue, and appears in many anthologies including Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Canadian Italians at Table, Witness from Serengeti Press, and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. He has had poems published in the U.S. magazines Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, Philadelphia Poets, and Memoir. He has authored two books of poetry — The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street.
J R (Judy) Turek
J R (Judy) Turek is Superintendent of Poetry for the LI Fair, 2020 Hometown Hero by the East Meadow Herald, 2019 WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year, Bards Laureate 2013-2015, editor, mentor, workshop leader, recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations and the Conklin Prize For Poetry. Author of six poetry books, with her seventh forthcoming, ‘The Purple Poet’ has written a poem a day for 18 years; she is an internationally published poet, translated into Korean, Romanian, French, and Italian. She lives on Long Island with her soul-mate husband, Paul, her dogs, and her extraordinarily extensive shoe collection.
Dr. Koshy AV (Ampat Varghese) is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry is widely published and appears frequently in magazines around the world. He is an Assistant Professor at Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, Bengaluru, India in the Department of English and is an expert on Samuel Beckett, modern poetry, and the sonnet.
Lee Eric Freedman
Lee Eric Freedman is the 3rd Poet Laureate of Swampscott, Massachusetts (2016-2018). Since 2011 he's been affectionately titled as the Renegade Poet Laureate of Swampscott (2011-FOREVER). He is a three time winner of the Naomi Cherkofsky Memorial Poetry Contest. When Lee isn't busy being any type of Laureate he leads the Tin Box Poets of Swampscott Workshop Group, hosts the monthly First Friday Open Mic at ReachArts Swampscott and regularly performs at open-mics all over the place. Recent publications: Coauthor: "Mad Men of Lynn Anthology, Writings From the Walnut Street Cafe" (2017, Ring of Bone Press); “Extreme: an Anthology for Social and Environmental Justice” (2108, Vagabond Books); and “Reimagine America, a Poetry Anthology for the Future” (2022, Vagabond Books); among others
Linda M. Crate is a Push Cart nominee from Meadville, Pennsylvania. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has eleven published chapbooks the latest being: fat & pretty (dancing girl press, June 2022).
Linda M. Crate
Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places, and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dreams, fantasy, and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. Her poems appear in numerous publications including: Quail Bell, Apogee, Firewords, Indie Soleil, Light Journal, Snapdragon and So It Goes Journal.
Marianne Tefft is a poet and lyricist who daylights as a Montessori teacher on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Her poems appear online and in print in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Serbia, India and Sint Maarten, and in journals like Panoplyzine Magazine and Lothlorien Poetry Journal. She is the author of the poetry collections Full Moon Fire: Spoken Songs of Love (June 2022) and Moonchild: Poems for Moon Lovers (December 2022).
Melissa Chappell lives in South Carolina where she enjoys a rural lifestyle. She gains inspiration from nature in its every season. She is a 2019 Pushcart nominee and is published in a variety of journals, such as Harbinger Asylum, Ethos Literary Journa, Blazevox, Amethyst Review, and Adelaide Literary Review. Melissa is the author of five books, among them Rivers and Relics and Other Poems, (Desert Willow Press, 2018), and Light, Refracted (Finishing Line Press, 2019). Her latest book is For The Next Earth (Wipf and Stock, 2021).
Naser AlShaikhAhmed is a Saudi Arabian poet who writes in Arabic and English. He is also a translator and has translated several works of poetry from English into Arabic for poets from afar afield as the USA, Japan and Australia. He attended Sonoma State University in California, USA, and though his field of study (Engineering) is a far cry from literature, his soul is immersed in poetry and writing. He is a member of Poets Without Borders, IPF- Anthology Publishing, Soul Asylum Poetry Radio, and Voracious Polyglots, among others. He has published one poetry book in Arabic العرافة، Ara’fa (Arabian House for Science and Publishing, 2013).
Odediran Olamide Deborah is an aspiring author who believes in the hypnotic power of literature and art in general. She is a passionate writer who began writing at an early age. She primarily writes poetry and short stories but her works cover a wide range of subjects including love, war, corruption, economic growth, and so on. She is an avid reader who appreciates the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Femi Osofisan, and Niyi Osundare. Olamide is currently pursuing her degree at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Odediran Olamide Deborah
Ojo Olumide Emmanuel is a Nigerian Poet and Book Editor. He is the author of the Poetry Chapbook "Supplication for Years in Sands" (Polarsphere Books, 2021). His work appeared in and is forthcoming from Ake Review, Feral, African Writers, The Shallowtales Review, Kalahari Review, Quills, Poemify, Melbourne-Culture, TNR, and elsewhere. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Nigerian Review (TNR) and a senior mentor at the Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation. He lives in Minna (Nigeria).
Ojo Olumide Emmanuel
Raj M. Isaac is a retired South African educator who specialized in the teaching of English up to tertiary level. He is the author of The Living Years; Reflections; and Musings. His poems were featured during the apartheid era in the anti-establishment magazine Staffrider. More recently, his poems were published in the online magazines GloMag (Chennai, India), ILA Magazine (Boston, USA) and Scarlet Dragonfly Journal (Texas, USA). Follow his writing journey on fb.
Raj M. Isaac
Sergei Gogin is a freelance journalist, theatre critic, translator, poet, gestalt therapist, singer, and songwriter from Ulyanovsk. Born in 1964, he graduated from a technical university in 1986, worked as a journalist in local print and broadcast media, received his MA in journalism at The American University, Washington, DC, in 1996, and contributed news reports and analyses to Radio Liberty. He published three books of poetry and has stories and poems published in literary journals. He translated a play by Emlyn Williams, five books on gestalt therapy, and numerous texts contributed by authors from UNESCO cities of literature. His poetic cycle of verses libres “A small person with a big heart” was staged at the local theatre and ran for five years. Sergei contributes articles to print and online publications, writes book reviews, andi s a moderator at a literary club and an English-speaking club.
Dr Sreekanth Kopuri
Dr Sreekanth Kopuri Ph.D is an Indian Poet from Machilipatnam, India. He is the current Poetry editor of The AutoEthnographer Journal, Florida. He was Alumni Writer in Residence, Athens and a Professor of English. He was influenced by the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra. He presented his research papers and recited his poetry at Oxford, John Hopkins, Heinrich Heine, Caen, Gdanski, Banja Luka and many other Universities. His poems appeared in Arkansan Review, Christian Century, The Honest Ulsterman, Chicago Memory House, Two Thirds North, Heartland Review, Tulsa Review, Poetry Centre San Jose, Bosphorous Review of Books, to mention a few. His forthcoming book From an Indian Diary was the finalist for Eyelands Book Award 2022, Athens. His book Poems of the Void was the winner of Golden Book of the year 2022. His interests are Silence, Contemporary Poetry, Ecopoetics, Autoethnography and Holocaust poetry. He lives in his hometown Machilipatnam with his mother.
T. A. Niles was a seed planted in the Caribbean soil of Trinidad & Tobago on the cusp of the transformational 60s. He was watered and fertilized in the gardens of Brooklyn, New York and Hartford, Connecticut throughout most of the bell-bottomed era of the 70s. Was forged in trials by fire in the US Marine Corps in the late 70s thru early 80s, budded and bloomed in academia in the 80s and 90s, before his withering began at the turn of the 21st century. T. A. is officially retired and lives with his beloved Stephanie in Mimbres, New Mexico.
T. A. Niles
Tony Dawson has lived in Seville since 1989, having had careers in higher education in both England and Spain. Poems published in print in Critical Survey, Pure Slush - Appointment at 10:30, Otherwise Engaged Literary and Arts Journal, Our Changing Earth Vol., and by Shoestring Press; online at London Grip, The Five-Two, The Syndic Literary Journal, Beatnik Cowboy, Cajun Mutt Press, Poetry and Covid, Home Planet News, Loch Raven Review, Pure Slush, North of Oxford, and Retreats from Oblivion. Flash fiction published in print in Chiron Review, Pure Slush - Marriage, Otherwise Engaged Literary and Arts Journal, and online at Literally Stories. Both genres have also been published online in Home Planet News in Spanish.
Tumwesige Emmanuel is a Ugandan, Busoga and educator of English language and literature. He loves poetry and has had The Broken Pot, The Grace, and Marry me Not published by Mwanaka Media.
Vincent J Calone is a Poet, Playwright, Actor, Director, member of the Brater Agency, and author of UNWOUND. His work explores questions of: Why do we do what we do? How can we change it? And how can we learn, grow and evolve? A New Formalist poet, he studied under Lewis Turco, author of the "New Book of Poetic Forms", New England Press. Vincent’s recent publications include Fresh Words, Wingless Dreamer, Cooch Behar, The 24 Hour Poetry Marathon, Nature and Everest out of India. He regularly appears on Spo-Fest, The MUSE, Jack Jack's, Flash Mob Poetry, Poetry in the Port, and posts daily on Raven Wire Poetry Prompts
Vincent J Calone
Vyacheslav Konoval is a Ukrainian poet whose work is devoted to pressing social problems and has been translated into Spanish, French, Scottish, and Polish. His poems have appeared in Anarchy Anthology Archive, Literary Waves, Sparks of Kaliopa, Diogenes for Culture, Norwich University Research Centre, Military Review, The Lit, Allegro, Fulcrum, Omnibus, Lothlorien, and others. He has been read at Newman Poetry Group, Never Talk Innocence, Voicing Art Poetry Reading for Ukraine, Worcester County Poetry, Brussels Writer's Circle, Poets Anonymous, the Manx Bard group, Allinghman Art Festival, etc. He is a member of the Geer Poetry Group (Wales) and the Federation of Scottish Writers.
Yanjanani L. Banda is a writer from Malawi. She holds a BA in Study of Women and Gender/Comparative Literature from Smith College in Massachusetts, and finished courses for a Master's degree in Political Science and Diplomacy from South Korea's Pusan National University. Her short story, Welcome to Otherhood, was recently shortlisted and published in 2022’s Bristol Short Story Prize’s 15th Anthology. When not writing, she designs and sews for her African print reversible clothing brand and enjoys “playing” movie critics with her husband. Website