Bio: Teaches at L'École de Dessin Technique et Artistique, Paris. She won a Prix de Peinture/Salon d'Automne de Paris, has shown at the Grand Palais (Salon des Artistes Français), was selected for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, a Celeste Prize, & won a Thames & Hudson Pictureworks Prize. Various high-profile commissions. Her paintings are held in several public collections and have been highlighted on television and numerous publications.
Contribution: Author of "It Is All Little Marbles In Our Ears" story in Issue 2
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Bio: Stephen Thom is a 30 year old Scottish fellow who enjoys writing stories. He likes reading and writing fiction with an interpetive element, and where the reader is involved in deciding whatever meaning is applicable. Stephen also plays mandolin in a folk-rock band called 'Dante' (@wearedante). Their debut album, 'Wake', was released in October 2013 to fantastic reviews and features in the Herald's 'Top 50 Scottish Albums of the Year'.
Contribution: Author of "Five Seasons" story in Issue 2
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Bio: Grew up on a tiny island on the mid-coast of Norway and took a ferryboat to school. Moved away from home at the age of 18 and have been studying, travelling and writing terribly privately ever since. As the proper Norwegian I am, I waterski in the summers and go snowboarding and cross-country skiing in the winters. "Five Seasons" is my first and only publication.
Contribution: Author of "The Bird Peddler" poem in Issue 2
Location: Miami, FL
Bio: Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.
Bio: Mike Alexander's first collection, RETROgrade, is available through P&J Poetics. His poems have also appeared recently in River Styx, Measure, Raintown Review, Abridged, The Nervous Breakdown, and other journals.
Contribution: Artist for "The Bird Peddler" and "Cruelty" in Issue 2
Bio: Ella Johnston's drawings and paintings, installation works and occasional forays into video have been shown across London and in the South East. Her illustration is informed by her passions and pursuits - staring in wonder at the simple beauty of the natural world, being in awe of contemporary design, having her soul up-lifted by colour and marvelling at graphic design and lovely typography.
Contribution: Author of "I Gotta Get Outta Here" story in Issue 2
Location: The heart of Maine
Bio: Beckett has taught in a K-8 one-room schoolhouse, worked in retail, and is now employed at UMaine's Fogler Library. He's had short stories published by Black Tome Books, Dark Recesses Press, and Top Shelf Comics, and recently completed a year-long examination of Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons's Watchmen. He does most of his writing in the dark, once his wife and three sons are asleep.
Contribution: Author of "Behind the Frame" story in Issue 2
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Bio: Vaidehi is a graphic designer from India whose mind machinery runs on her daily two cups of ginger chai. She grew up in an artistic environment thanks to her painter parents, and was fed a rich diet of tales from Indian mythology and folklore. Some of the stories she designed can be found in Bartleby Snopes, Vine Leaves Journal and Every Day Fiction.
Contribution: Artist for "Behind the Frame" in Issue 2
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Bio: Chad Geran is a full-time freelance illustrator who provides a wide range of clients with fun, thoughtful, creative solutions. Chad has created illustrations for children's books, greeting cards, musicians, visual identities, web and app design, animation, various printed materials, and a variety of advertising in a diverse range of media. The success of these projects has lead to incredible opportunities to teach, travel, work overseas, and conduct assessments, workshops and presentations for various organizations.
Contribution: Author of "The Man of Harima Province" story in Issue 2
Location: Hampshire, UK
Bio: Under the pseudonom of Alex Davison, Peter worked as an actor before attending the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Formerly a bookseller with Ottakars and Waterstones, and an advisor with CIBAS, Peter is currently the Recreate Programme Manager for Eastleigh, mentoring designer-makers and digital creatives, establishing links for collaborations across the UK and France. Previous work includes You, Me and Everyone in Portsmouth, the UK's largest community crowd sourced literary artwork.
Contribution: Author of "Topping It" story in Issue 2
Location: South-East London
Bio: Ian Shine lives in southeast London and works as a sub-editor. His short stories have appeared in publications including The Stinging Fly, the National Flash Fiction Day anthologies for 2013 (Scraps) and 2014 (Eating My Words), The Fiction Desk anthology Because of What Happened, Belleville Park Pages 20 and Stories for Homes, a collection of stories put together to raise money for homelessness charity Shelter.
Contribution: Author of "After Last Night and This Morning" poem in Issue 2
Location: Glastonbury, Somerset
Bio: Ethan Chapman is a writer and actor who lives in Glastonbury. His fiction has been published in Structo magazine, long listed for the Bookimbo flash fiction prize and short listed for the Frome Short Story Competition. Upcoming poetry to be featured in Agenda magazine. He enjoys weight lifting, motivational speeches and tennis.
Contribution: Author of "Footnote" poem in Issue 2
Location: Casper, Wyoming
Bio: C.C. Russell lives in Casper Wyoming with his wife, daughter, and two cats. His writing has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Hazmat Review, Microfictionmonday.com, and Kysoflash.com among others. He has also lived in Ohio and New York and has held jobs in a wide range of vocations - everything from graveyard shift convenience store clerk to retail management with stops along the way as dive bar dj and swimming pool maintenance.
Name: Roger Farnworth (1937 - 2013) - poem submitted by his daughter Cathy
Contribution: Author of "You Can't Have It All" poem in Issue 2
Bio: Roger was born in Cornwall to parents raised in Manchester. In his early twenties he met Latvian émigrés from WWII. They transformed his world from one of mild interests to a world of wild dance, poetry, literature and laughter. Laura showed him the seethe of bird and plant life, the colour, in Selsey Marsh. They taught in newly-independent Zambia and later settled in Cornwall. Roger became a poet, painter, philosopher, archaeologist, and fighter for human rights.
Contribution: Hand lettering for poetry in Issue 2
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Bio: Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Terence discovered a love for art and illustration at a young age with the help of his mother and grandfather. Now, he's a graphic designer and illustrator and enjoys collaborating on creative art projects with his artistic wife, Jen. He loves a sip of good whiskey, the smell of brand new sneakers, and the sound of a nothing-but-net basketball shot.
Contribution: Author of "Parting Out" story in Issue 2
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Bio: I was born by the light of a kerosene lamp in a small logging community just fifty miles up a dirt road from the nearest public library. I waged war with several secondhand typewriters, until I bought my first computer, at which time I began writing rather than mastering the typewriter. My stories have appeared in several magazines and e-mags, and my novel, World Enough and Time, has just been accepted for publication by Eldritch Press.
Contribution: Author of "Footprints" story in Issue 2
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Bio: John was born in southern Illinois near the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. His parents owned a junkyard where he met a number of characters who would reappear in fictional form after he resettled in Oklahoma. John was a late blooming writer whose first short stories were published after his 55th birthday. His first novel, Owl Dreams was published in 2013. His second, Magic Popsicle Sticks will be released later in 2014.
Contribution: Author of "The Fall" story in Issue 2
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Bio: J.T. Harrell is a writer by passion and teacher by mortgage. Hailing from Memphis, TN, USA, he has won awards for his screenplays and has been published in university presses, anthologies, and online magazines. He currently lives in Seoul, South Korea and is finishing up his first, full collection of short stories, which should be on virtual and physical shelves early next year. His only words of wisdom are: 'Keep the pen moving.'
Name: Richard B. Knight
Contribution: Author of "Seven Minutes in Heaven" story in Issue 2
Location: Clifton, NJ, USA
Bio: Richard B. Knight (The 'B' stands for 'Brandon') teaches Language Arts during the day and writes fiction at night. He has a love of movies, video games, and comic books, and all three influences come through in his writing. He currently lives in Clifton, New Jersey with his lovely wife, Rona.
Contribution: Author of "The Right Words" story in Issue 2
Location: London, UK
Bio: Vicky Walker is a writer, among other things. Her book 'Do I have to be good all the time?' about the meaning of life and awkward moments is available now. A self-appointed social commentator she writes stories, articles and opinion pieces and is very, very slowly working on a book about glorious failure.
Contribution: Author of "Lost in a Familiar Place" story in Issue 2
Location: Winterset, IA
Bio: David is an emerging author of Middle Grade fantasy fiction, having finished his first novel which is currently being queried to agents. David is also an avid reader of the fantasy genre, ranging from Middle Grade through Adult, and is also a studious fan of Medieval Literature. David is in the final year of completing a Master's Degree in English and lives in central Iowa with his wife.
Contribution: Author of "The Rink" story in Issue 2
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Bio: Andrew's flash fiction has featured in, amongst others, With Painted Words, The Were Traveler, and the drabble collection 100 Worlds. His short stories Thirst and Kat's Tale: A Black Cube Short will feature in forthcoming anthologies Happily Never After and Pets Are People Too. His latest project is a sci-fi novel set in 1990s England.
Contribution: Author of "My Evil Twin" story in Issue 2
Location: North West England
Bio: Alison Wassell is a former primary school teacher who now sells bottled gas part-time to pay her bills whilst attempting to become a writer. She has been placed, shortlisted and longlisted in lots of competitions and published in several anthologies, most notably My Baby Shot Me Down, published by Blinding Books. She is a cat mother, worrier and insomniac, and really wishes people would stop asking her when she's going to write a novel.
Contribution: Designer of the "Short Short Stories" spread in Issue 2
Bio: Kenna is a freelance graphic designer living and working in Glasgow. Things she likes: Not owning a lot. Recycling and reusing. Minimalism. Bagels. Swiss design and grid systems. Writing to-do lists. Stripes. Stationery and plants. Printing. Colour co-ordination and geometry. Shirt collars and collecting shopping lists from supermarkets trolleys.
Contribution: Author of "Longing for Strawberries" story in Issue 2
Location: Cockermouth, Cumbria
Bio: Elizabeth Stott has a lifelong fascination with science, but nearly got side-tracked into art. She took a degree in physics and worked in industry, and started writing when her children were small as an antidote to Postman Pat. Her stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Most recently (to her surprise) her Nightjar Press story was included in the Salt Publications' Best British Horror, 2014. There will be a novel, sometime soonish.