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Issue 3 Contributors
The wonderful authors and artists below are the reason Issue 3 is so great. They are listed in the order their work appears in the magazine. If you enjoyed their contribution, please reach out and let them know - or tell us and we can pass on the message. If you would like the chance to see your face here, what are you waiting for? Get submitting! Want a closer look at Issue 3?
Name: Lisk Feng
Contribution: Cover artist for Issue 3
Location: New York City
Bio: Lisk Feng is an award winning illustrator who is originally from China, and now become a New York based freelance illustrator. She graduated from MFA Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014, and at the same time received some awards such as 3X3 Student Award Silver Medal, 3X3 Children's Book Honorable mentioned, American Illustration Archive selected winner, Adobe Design Award Semi–final, AOI Illustration Awards(UK) shortlist etc.
Name: Andrew Mackey
Contribution: Author of "Autumn Birthday" poem in Issue 3
Location: Sussex, England
Bio: After years of travelling abroad Andrew is now typically found struggling to arrange words in the precise order that will unlock the universe, while wondering what's in the fridge. He recently completed a full length childrens' story and is now working on a variety of projects and experimenting with flash fiction, while also doing the boring bits and pieces that enable him to restock his fridge.
Name: Die Booth
Contribution: Author of "Family" story in Issue 3
Location: Chester, UK
Bio: DIY author who believes in make–believe seeks enthusiastic readers. Must have GSOH and enjoy tea, cake and violent historical sports. Debut novel 'Spirit Houses', a tale of peril, betrayal and excellent Scotch is out now. '365 Lies', a collection of one flash fiction for every day of the year, in aid of MNDA, is available 20th November 2014.
Name: Barry Charman
Contribution: Author of "Surviving the Fire" story in Issue 3
Location: Harrow, North London
Bio: Barry Charman is a writer living in North London. He has been published in The Alarmist, Bare Fiction Magazine, Gold Dust Magazine and is soon to be published in Ambit. He has poems published online at Every Day Poets and Postcard Poems & Prose. He has had flash fiction stories published and won the Writers' Forum flash fiction contest 2012, where he was published in the Lakeview International Journal of literature and arts.
Name: Romalyn Ante
Contribution: Author of "The Bicycle" poem in Issue 3
Location: Wolverhampton, UK
Bio: Romalyn Ante grew up in the Philippines and migrated to the UK at the age of 16. Her works appeared in Cannon's Mouth, Ink, Sweat, & Tears, Southlight Literary Magazines, among others. She has performed her poetry at City Voices and Stafford Arts Festival. She currently works as a nurse and studies counselling. She hopes to publish her first poetry collection one day.
Name: Hannah Jacobs
Contribution: Artist for "The Bicycle" in Issue 3
Bio: Hannah is a 2D animator and illustrator from London and a recent graudate of the Royal College of Art. In 2007 she graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA in Illustration. She loves to quietly observe people and situations and then turn those things on their head; finding the surreal and magic in the everyday. She is always open for collaborations and exciting new projects.
Name: Tom Ryan
Contribution: Author of "Cactus" story in Issue 3
Location: Southeast London
Bio: Tom Ryan grew up in south–west London and now lives just across town with his wife and dog. His short and very short stories have appeared in Fractured West, 4'33, and elsewhere, and have been read at Liars' League and Storytails in London.
Name: Rachael de Moravia
Contribution: Author of "The Old Garden of the Alcazar" story in Issue 3
Location: Cotswolds, England
Bio: Rachael de Moravia is a writer, journalist, and senior lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire. She has written for UK and international publications, edited business and lifestyle magazines, and worked as a broadcast journalist and radio news presenter. Her works of poetry, drama and fiction have appeared in numerous journals.
Name: Sarah Dayan
Contribution: Hand lettering for "The Old Garden of the Alcazar" in Issue 3
Location: Paris, France
Bio: Daughter of a painter mother, Sarah Dayan has been drawing since she was a little girl. She discovered computer graphics when she was a teenager, graduated in visual communication and became a webdesigner. She quickly missed drawing and decided to get back to it. This is how she discovered handlettering and immediately fell in love. She's been doing it with passion ever since.
Name: Erika Brumett
Contribution: Author of "Reveille" & "How to Wait for a Plane" poems in Issue 3
Location: Seattle, Washington
Bio: Erika Brumett writes and paints in West Seattle. She runs a portraiture business, and recently received her MFA from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: Whidbey Writers Workshop.
Name: Karl Russell
Contribution: Author of "Acorns" story in Issue 3
Location: Halton, Cheshire
Bio: Karl Russell is 39 and lives in North West England. He posts his writing regularly at Flash Friday, The Angry Hourglass, anywhere else which still lets him join in, and his work features in the forthcoming Flash Dogs anthology. He also collects comics and original comic book artwork and has difficulty paying much attention to anything unless he's wearing his earphones and playing something noisy. He likes his cider a little too much, but he's trying...
Name: Mary-Jane Holmes
Contribution: Author of "Tattoo Abstraction" story in Issue 3
Location: North Pennines, UK
Bio: Mary–Jane Holmes is chief editor of Fish Publishing Ireland and tutors the longest running online Flash Fiction course in Europe dedicated solely to the genre. Recently her work has been shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize and she was the winner of the 2014 Dromineer Flash Prize. She is an article contributor for Flash Fiction Chronicles as well as being fully qualified to remove tattoos with a laser.
Name: Laryssa Wirstiuk
Contribution: Author of "Pink Spoon, Please" story in Issue 3
Location: Jersey City, NJ, USA
Bio: Laryssa Wirstiuk is a writer and writing instructor based in Jersey City, NJ, USA. She teaches creative writing and digital media at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. Her book The Prescribed Burn won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self–Published Book Awards (Mainstream Fiction category). Her writing has been published in IthacaLit, Hamilton Stone Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and A3 and is forthcoming in Instigatorzine.
Name: Emma Laura Filtness
Contribution: Author of "Gag" story in Issue 3
Location: West London
Bio: Filtness is a Creative Writing Tutor at Brunel University London. She has recently published poetry and fiction in Popshot, an illustrated magazine of new writing, and Pins and Needles, a journal of contemporary fairy tales. She likes writing about old ladies and evil road sweepers, among other things.
Name: Louis Rakovich
Contribution: Author of "Night Swim" story in Issue 3
Location: New York, NY, USA
Bio: Louis Rakovich writes literary and speculative fiction. His short stories have appeared in Phobos Magazine, Bad Dream Entertainment and Goldfish Grimm. He grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, and currently lives in New York, NY, where he is working on his first novel.
Name: Jordan Harrison
Contribution: Artist for "Night Swim" & "Wet Weekend" in Issue 3
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Bio: Jordan Harrison is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Yorkshire. Currently trying to find his feet in the creative world, he loves to experiment with various styles within his work and challenges himself by working on a broad range of client & personal projects.
Name: Stephen McQuiggan
Contribution: Author of "Stumped" story in Issue 3
Location: Northern Ireland
Bio: Stephen McQuiggan lives in Northern Ireland where he works in a termite mound. He hates his job, but keeps his head down and works hard hoping for promotion to the gates. Then he will let the wasps in. His debut novel, 'A Pig's View Of Heaven' will be published by Grinning Skull Press in 2015.
Name: Lloyd Mills
Contribution: Author of "The Hexagram of the Heavens" story in Issue 3
Location: Norfolk, UK
Bio: Lloyd has had far too many jobs to list but he is now settling down as he fast approaches sixty. Whilst earning a living as a Parish Council clerk he is also a councillor who is still searching for his inner Captain Beefheart. His garden contains a blue shed, a pink chair, a stone Buddha and lots of interesting weeds. He would rather live in Venice than the desert.
Name: Alex Ingle
Contribution: Photography for "Hexagram" & "Thunderous Hours" in Issue 3
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Bio: In 1989, at the age of five, Alex began experimenting with his first film camera – an Olympus OM1 belonging to his father. After humble beginnings, photography rapidly became an outlet for his creativity. Alex has since worked and travelled worldwide, from Greenland to New Zealand, and now splits his time between Krakow and Edinburgh. Entirely self–taught, his distinctive style has earned him recognition in numerous international publications and has led to a string of solo–exhibitions.
Name: Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
Contribution: Author of "The Old Man Dreams" poem in Issue 3
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Bio: Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over six hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. His novel, Two–Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He's been married for 39 years to the artist Concetta diGesu, and has two adult sons.
Name: Alison V King
Contribution: Author of "These Thunderous Hours" story in Issue 3
Location: Cardiff, South Wales
Bio: Alison has been writing since she was old enough to wield a crayon. Her first success came in 2013 when she won The Writing Competition judged by William Nicholson. She has been featured at www.paragraphplanet.com and in From the Depths literary journal. She has pieces due to appear in Journeyman, When Women Waken and at www.specklit.com. Alison has a degree in Theatre and is still fascinated by live performance.
Name: Benjamin Hobson
Contribution: Author of "Adopted" story in Issue 3
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Bio: Ben Hobson writes a bunch and loves his wife, his son and his future son. Also his dog and friends. He lives in sunny Queensland, Australia, but is no convict, no sir. He's currently working on a novel about whaling, which has much hope and also blood.
Name: Andrea Glenn
Contribution: Author of "Arrangement of Souls on a Plane" story in Issue 3
Bio: Andrea Glenn is an International Baccalaureate Program student that enjoys reading, writing, thinking, and bunnies.
Name: Katie Ponder
Contribution: Artist for "Arrangement of Souls on a Plane" in Issue 3
Bio: Katie Ponder recently graduated from Falmouth University with a 1st class BA honors in illustration and is the winner of this year's AOI new talent, book category award. She is now based in South London working as a freelance illustrator. Artists and musicians who have inspired Katie include: Stravinsky, Joni Mitchel, Joan Miró, Audrey Niffenegger, Gurt and Uwe Tobias and Matisse.
Name: Rachel Stevenson
Contribution: Author of "One Thousand Feet High and Rising" story in Issue 3
Bio: Rachel has been a contributor to Smoke: A London Peculiar, Here Comes Everyone, A Cuppa And An Armchair book (Createspace Publishing, 2011), The Guardian travel section, the Utopia Arts Festival, Are You Sitting Comfortably short story podcast, the forthcoming book, Night Bus To Camden (Smoke Publishing), and has had her work made into a short film, narrated by Christopher Eccleston, for the Tate Modern website. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing.
Name: Mildred Achoch
Contribution: Author of "Men" poem in Issue 3
Bio: When Mildred Achoch is not writing poems, screenplays, notes on Facebook or updating her blog 'Kenya Rock Film Festival Journal', she is busy attending Kenyan rock 'n' roll shows, supporting the local bands and being a Christian Goth! She regularly adds found poems to her blog book 'Lost in Cyberspace and other Found Poems'. Her favourite bands include U2 and Relient–K. Her all time favourite movie is 'Powder'. She also enjoys Bollywood movies.
Name: Sarah Gonnet
Contribution: Author of "The Love of Geeks" poem in Issue 3
Location: North-East England
Bio: Sarah is a writer, journalist and artist. She has written for The Guardian, Luna Luna, Sabotage Reviews, Survivor's Poetry, Firewords and many others. Under the pseudonym Azra Page, she has published two autobiographical collections about her experiences of the UK's mental health system: Catharsis and Dull Eyes; Scarred Faces. IRONPress will be publishing one of her short stories in late 2014. Sarah also writes plays which are going through the development process.
Name: Rose Greenfield
Contribution: Artist for "Men" & "The Love of Geeks" in Issue 3
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Bio: Rose is originally from near Belfast in Northern Ireland where she studied Fine and Applied Art. After graduating she took an unplanned adventure around Europe completing an extensive journal of writings and drawings along the way. She then moved to Manchester and worked as a Postman akin to one of her idols, Charles Bukowski. Rose finally moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne and decided to stay.
Name: Charlie Galbraith
Contribution: Author of "Flutterings from the High Spire" story in Issue 3
Bio: Charlie Galbraith lives and works in London. He has been writing for a little while and means to continue, at least until the clamour for him to stop becomes too loud to ignore.
Name: Joe Lillington
Contribution: Artist for "Flutterings from the High Spire" in Issue 3
Bio: I'm a freelance illustrator based in London. I'm currently working on picture books, narrative and editorial illustration.
Name: Lauren Bell
Contribution: Author of "Wet Weekend" story in Issue 3
Bio: Lauren Bell lives in Birmingham and is often drunk on inspiration. She spends most of her time scribbling her ideas down on post–it notes before they fly away. She will attempt to start work on a novel soon. Her work has been published by Word Bohemia, Synaesthesia Magazine, Bare Fiction, The Casket of Fictional Delights, Inkapture and Storgy Magazine where she is a contributing writer.