Poet, composer of music (Max Able / Abel, Rawls & Hayes), lawyer and spoken-word performer (Scapeweavel), L. Ward Abel lives in rural Georgia, USA, and has had hundreds of his poems published in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is the author of Peach Box and Verge (Little Poem Press, 2003), Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006) and the forthcoming The Heat of Blooming (Pudding House Press) to be published later this year.

Claire Askew's work has appeared in Poetry News, Poetry Scotland and The Edinburgh Review, among others, and was recently selected to appear in The Scottish Poetry Library's 20 Best Scottish Poems of 2008 anthology. Her first collection, The Mermaid and the Sailors, is due from Red Squirrel Press in summer 2009. Claire is the Editor in Chief of Read This Magazine, and also runs Read This Press and the writing advice blog One Night Stanzas. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Oisín Byrne has become known for working with paper, making large scale origami installations, giant back-lit pin-prick drawings, and maps of the visible universe humbly pierced into a cardboard box. Oisín has collaborated with Astrophysicists, with fashion designers and with micro-sound composers in furthering his practice.  His work is included in a number of important collections, including that of the Morrocan Monarchy, and his recent limited edition artist publication Friendly Energy Being is stocked by Printed Matter NYC, and Shakespeare and Co., Paris.

Patricia Byrne lives in Limerick City and has recently graduated with a Masters in Writing from NUI Galway. She has broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland and RTE Lyric FM. Her work has been published in The Stony Thursday Book, New Hibernia Review, Verbal Magazine, Southword, Cuirt Annual, West47, FLOSCA Anthology and in a poetry chapbook Full Colour Sound. She teaches Life Writing to adults.

Conor Callan is an Irish artist/illustrator currently furthering his career in Canterbury, England. His pieces attempt to capture a sense of joy and movement. "Life is hard enough and art should lift the spirits, even if only on a subconscious level".

Niamh Campbell is in her final year of an English degree at UCD. She has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, but her real ambition is to be a novelist. The poetry is secretly a means of blowing off steam; the degree is an example of vast procrastination.

Nessa Darcy became an artist by accident. She ended up graduating from Fine Print in NCAD in 2007, and has found herself exhibiting work on several occasions, including shows in the Talbot Gallery, The Limerick Belltable Theatre, Liberty Hall, The Cross Gallery, The RDS, and Éigse Festival 2007. She is currently working on an album design for Rory Grubb and a collaborative drawing exhibition which will take place in Monstertruck in December. All purely by mistake.

William Doreski teaches writing and literature at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent collection of poetry is Another Ice Age (AA Publications, 2007). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors.  His essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, Natural Bridge

Carol Eakins art is a direct reflection of herself and how she interprets life and the different stages of her life. She uses colour and form combined sometimes hand in hand with poetry to express herself. You can see Carol draws a direct influence from her relationships, situations in life, her own sexuality, youth and Japan in her more resent paintings. Carol spent two months working and painting in Japan and Tokyo’s presence continues reappear in the artwork. Along with a graphic cartoon effect with was also influenced by the city.   Her paintings are energetic, feminine, spiritual and sensual. She loves using color and shape, mixed in with the female form. She captures emotion and writes, paints to express the things that she can’t be put into words.  Her latest collection is a combination of art mixed with poetry.

Derek Fitzpatrick is from Dublin and has a BA in Fine Art from DIT. He has exhibited at numerous galleries around Ireland, including Kilkenny's Watergate Theatre, Cavan's Arts Centre, Belfast's Royal Ulster Academy and Dublin's Ivy House, Loft Gallery and Red Rua. Awards include the Cill Rialaig Studio Residency Scholarship for a Young Emerging Artist.

Noel Harrington lives in Tulla, Co Clare. A regular reader at the White House sessions in Limerick, he has been published in The Stinging Fly, Revival, Boyne Berries, Crannóg, Moloch, Flosca and The Stony Thursday Book. Revival Press published a chapbook of his poems in 2007. He is half way through a short story collection and five years into a prose-poem novel with the working title Harrington's Folly.

Gareth Humphreys was born at an undisclosed military location in the sea and has been growing ever since. Under a number of assumed aliases he held various positions before getting cramps. He currently lives with several of his personalities and their associates just outside of Barking.

Alan King's fiction and poems have appeared in the Arabesques Review, Warpland, The Amistad, and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS, among others. A Cave Canem fellow and Vona Alum, his work was also part of Anacostia Exposed, a collaborative exhibit with Irish photographer Mervyn Smyth that showcases the life and energy of Anacostia.

Laura Knowles is an artist assuming the guise of an editor, hiding out in some of Oxfords famous haunts.  She has an MA in Publishing and took part in the regional judging of the Guardian New Book Awards 2005.  She occassionally writes for Harper Collins 5th Estate blog.

David Kowalczyt lives and writes in Oakfield, New York. His poetry appears in seven anthologies and over seventy magazines, including California Quarterly and St. Ann's Review. He has taught English at Genesee Community College and Arizona State University. He was founding editor of Gentle Strength Quarterly.

Duane Locke lives by an ancient oak, an underground stream, and as an osprey's home in rural Lakeland, Florida. His book Yang Chu's Poems was published by the Canadian publisher, Crossing Cha.

Geraldine Mitchell was born in Dublin and lived in France, Algeria and Spain before settling, like tea in a pot, near Louisburgh, County Mayo in 2000. Her poems have been widely published in Irish journals and one was chosen for the Oxfam Poems for 2009 Calendar. She was the winner of the 2008 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.

Jackie Morrisey lives in Dublin and works in Adult Education. She has previously had work published in; The Turning Tide; West47, The Dublin Quarterly, and on RTE's Sunday Miscellany. In 2004 she won the Molly Keane Memorial Short Story award.

Damien O’Reilly is a freelance Graphic Artist living in Cardiff, Wales. His work as been exhibited at West Wales School of the Arts and at the D&AD exhibition in London. He is the creator of PiNBACK, a new art and design magazine and drinks so much coffee, his blood is now Fair Trade.  For info, commissions, abuse, or magazine submissions email:

Kenneth Pobo teaches Creative Writing and English at Widener University in Pennsylvania. His book Introductions (Pearl’s Book’Em Press) was published in 2003. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals.

Sarah Quigley is a genetics graduate from Dublin, Ireland. She spends her spare time drawing, painting and writing poetry. She
loves rainbows and picture books and hopes that one day some of her own children's stories will be lucky enough to be published.

Seán Ryan, a UCD graduate of Philosophy and English Literature, hails from no fixed abode. He is currently reading for a PhD analysing attempts to authentically re-present the phenomenological and the hermeneutic in American Modernist literature. In between this and his music, Seán writes both prose and poetry. He has been published in Watermarks, Moloch and the Bray Arts Journal.

Peter Schwartz has more styles than a Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon. His work's been featured on such sites as Arsenic Lobster, Diagram, Opium Magazine; and in such journals as The Silt Reader and the Asheville Poetry Review. His third chapbook Ghost Diet will be published by Altered Crow Press in late 2009.