MacLennan, Amy

Amy MacLennan

Amy MacLennan has been published or has work forthcoming in River Styx, Hayden's Ferry Review, Cimarron Review, Linebreak, Pearl, Rattle, South Dakota Review, Folio and Wisconsin Review. One of her poems was included in So Luminous the Wildflowers, An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach). Amy has appeared at the Petaluma Poetry Walk and the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival. She is the Assistant Managing Editor for The Cortland Review.

Malhotra, Neha

Neha Malhotra

Neha Malhotra has been writing poetry since she was 12. Her poems have been published in e-zines and literary journals in India, America and the UK. She's also been a moderator of poetry forums. Neha is working towards becoming a business analyst. Poetry to her is her life's breath and her soul.
Matar, Rafa

Rafa Matar

Rafa Matar is a mother of four grown children; she lives in Beirut, Lebanon. For the last fourteen years, she has been writing poetry with a passion initially ignited by the emotional void she encountered when her children left home for college. She has since amassed volumes-worth on paper napkins, on the backs of household bills and in several treasured notebooks. This is the first time she publishes her work.
McAdam, Gol

Gol McAdam

Gol McAdam lives in the UK, dividing her time between Yorkshire and Kent. Her working life has been spent in Further and Higher Education, teaching Psychology and Women's Studies and, latterly, heading a department of Child Studies. She feels that neither this nor her academic background (a BSc in Behavioural Studies and a PhD in Gender Studies) equipped her for literary pursuits. Nevertheless, she has always enjoyed writing and, in addition to academic and educational texts, has had success with short stories and radio drama. Poetry is a recent development that came as rather a surprise, since she never expected her writing to take off in this direction. She has just completed the MA in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has published numerous poems in literary magazines and anthologies and has received commendations in two poetry competitions. She is working on her first poetry collection.

McKay, Laura Jean

Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is a performer and writer with prose and poetry published in Australia in Best Australian Stories, Sleepers, Etchings, Big Issue, Hecate and Small Packages. Her travel writing has also been published in Lonely Planet and The Advisor, an English-language publication in Cambodia. Although she lives in Australia she has spent some time working and writing in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Laura has recently completed her first full-length work, a young-adult fiction novel set in rural Australia. She is now living by the ocean and working on a series of performances using spoken word.
McKirdy, David

David McKirdy

David McKirdy was born in Scotland and raised and educated in Hong Kong. He is one of the organisers of local poetry group OUTLOUD and a director of the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival. His work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals and his collection of poetry Accidental Occidental was published in 2005. McKirdy currently repairs and rebuilds vintage cars for a living.

McNally, Ellen

Ellen McNally

Ellen McNally loves to write fiction and is always amazed at how stories, once started, emerge from her mind in surprising detail. Most of her writing, however, has been non-fiction. She is the author of the book Shop in Shenzhen: An Insider's Guide, recently updated in 2005. She is currently at work on a shopping guide to Hong Kong and hopes to release it in early 2006. Because of the never-ending changes in the world of shopping, she updates her Shenzhen book yearly and plans to do the same with her Hong Kong shopping guide. She has lived in Hong Kong since 1989. Her two children are teenagers: Daniel is at Reed College in the US, while Kim has three more years to go at King George the Fifth School in Homantin. Her husband, Andy Pleatman, runs a leather tannery in China but is home on weekends. This leaves her plenty of time to write, which she wants to do more of when her shopping-guide days are over.
Middleton, Kate

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton's work has been published in many Australian journals and newspapers, and her poems have been selected for Best Australian Poetry (UQP) in 2004 and 2006, and in Vintage, the Mildura Writers' Festival anthology. She has read at the Melbourne Poetry Festival, the National Poetry Festival, the Emerging Writers' Festival and the Mildura Writers' Festival. She has completed a degree in music, majoring in composition at the University of Melbourne, and has worked collaboratively with many composers. In 2002 she wrote the libretto for the opera Lapse, by Alan Lee, which was performed at Melba Hall and the Museum of Victoria. In 2005 the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra premiered Natalie Williams's orchestral suite Scheherazade's Nights based on her poems. She recently completed her Honours in Literature at the University of Melbourne. She is currently studying in Washington, DC.
Murphy, Leanne

Leanne Murphy

Leanne Murphy is song-writer, pianist, classroom music teacher, children's puppeteer, artist and emerging writer. In 2003, she recorded her debut album of original folk-rock ballads, entitled Portal. She is currently working towards her first collection of poetry. Leanne lives in Beechworth, Australia, with her poet-husband Frank Prem, and illustrated his second book, Memoir of a Dog.

Naoot, Fatima

Fatima Naoot

Fatima Naoot is an Egyptian poet, journalist, and architect. Born in Cairo in 1964, she graduated in 1987 from the faculty of Engineering at Ein Shams University, Cairo. She has published ten books so far: five poetry collections, four translated anthologies from English into Arabic, and one book of criticism. She writes weekly columns for newspapers in Egypt and the Middle East. She won first prize of the "Arabic Poetry 2006" competition in Hong Kong, for her fifth poetry collection, A Bottle of Glue, a Chinese/English edition (Nadwah Press, 2007). She has represented Egypt at the Moutanabbi International Poetic Festival in Zurich and the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam in 2007. Her work has been translated into several languages.

Nicholson, Renee K.

Renee K. Nicholson

Renee K. Nicholson is a former ballet dancer. She earned her MFA in fiction from West Virginia University, and her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Mid-American Review, Chelsea, Paste, and The Gettysburg Review.
North, Kate

Kate North

Kate North currently lives and teaches in Gloucestershire in the UK. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Cardiff University. Her poetry is widely anthologised and can be read in Pterodactyl's Wing (Parthian). Her debut novel, Eva Shell, is published by Cinnamon Press. She edits for iota poetry magazine and writes reviews, articles and interviews for a variety of magazines and journals. Her awards include: Yorkshire Art Circus Writer's Development Programme, (2006); winner of the Arvon/Jerwood Writer's Apprenticeship (2004/5); Taliesin Trust bursary
recipient (2003); and she was also short-listed twice for Forward Poem of the Year (2001/2).

Olds, Sharon

Sharon Olds

Born in San Francisco in 1942, Sharon Olds was educated at Stanford University and Columbia University, where she earned her doctorate in 1972. Shortly after moving to New York, she heard poet Muriel Rukeyser at a reading in 1967 and fell in love with her "musical and fluid" voice. She then took a poetry appreciation class with Rukeyser. However it wasn't until 1972, after being awarded her Ph.D., that she started to write her own poetry. Her first book of poems, Satan Says, was published in 1980, when she was 37. Her poems examine a diverse range of topics from sexual passion and giving birth, to an alcoholic father and nursing a child through a high fever. She is renowned for her vivid language and unambiguous imagery. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry, and other magazines. Since 1990, she has been associate professor in the Graduate Creative Writing Program Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York. She lives in New York City. Sharon Olds has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Satan Says received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second book, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father (1992) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Pacosz, Christina

Christina Pacosz

Christina Pacosz has been writing most of her life and has published six books of poetry: Notes from the Red Zone, Seal Press, 1983; Some Winded, Wild Beast, Black and Red, 1985; This Is Not a Place to Sing, West End, 1987; One River, Pudding House Publications, 2000; and Greatest Hits, 1975-2001, Pudding House Publications, 2002. Shimmy Up to This Fine Mud, Poets Warehouse, Portland, Oregon, 1976, is out of print. Pacosz has assisted Iranian poet Farideh Hassanzadeh in translating Nima Yushij. She has worked closely with Dr. Rati Saxena on various projects associated with the monthly on-line magazine www.kritya.in. Born into a working-class Polish family in Detroit, Michigan, she has lived throughout the United States. She now lives with her husband and Mr. Kitty, their former street cat, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Pamuntjak, Laksmi

Laksmi Pamuntjak

Since 1994, Laksmi Pamuntjak has written columns and articles on politics, film, food, classical music and literature for Tempo magazine and other publications. She translated and edited Goenawan Mohamad: Selected Poems, published the Jakarta Good Food Guide—an annually updated new take on food writing—and co-founded Aksara, a bilingual bookstore in Jakarta. She has written two collections of poetry and one of short stories in English and is currently working on The Blue Widow, a novel set in Buru Island, the site of a large tropical gulag during the Suharto administration (1965-1998), where alleged communists and Communist Party sympathizers were detained for more than a decade without being formally charged or tried in court. Laksmi wrote the preface for Not a Muse.
Panko, Deborah

Deborah Panko

Originally from Thorold, Ontario, near Niagara Falls, Deborah Panko held numerous jobs, from waitress and crematorium receptionist to registered massage therapist, before settling into a teaching 'career' that began with English as a Second Language in Algeria in 1973. She retired early from the Toronto Board of Education having taught a variety of courses, her favourite being Writer's Craft. Being a prolific dreamer, she kept dream journals as a record of her inner travels. Their images and patterns led to poetry writing. She and her husband, Ron, moved to Cobourg in 2004, where she happily discovered other writers at the Cobourg Poetry Workshop. She enjoys biking, playing the piano, watching birds, reading the classics, and is looking forward to the publication of her first collection of poetry.
Payne, Gregory

Gregory Payne

Gregory Payne is from Australia and is a Hong Kong-based dispute-resolution lawyer. Greg loves to read history, pore over books on ancient Chinese weaponry, and to indulge his adventurous imagination through writing. He has been developing the story of the China Exploration Club, which is at the centre of Chase to the Brazen Head, over the last few years.

Petit, Pascale

Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit has published four poetry collections including The Huntress and The Zoo Father, which were both shortlisted for the UK's T.S. Eliot Prize and were books of the year in The Times Literary Supplement. Her latest is The Treekeeper's Tale (2008) and forthcoming in autumn 2009 The Thorn Necklace: Forty poems after Frida Kahlo (illustrated), all from Seren. The Poetry Book Society and Arts Council named her as one of the Next Generation Poets in 2004. She has won numerous writing awards, including two from Arts Council England to complete The Treekeeper's Tale and travel to Nepal and China, and has been shortlisted for a Forward Prize. A bilingual edition of The Zoo Father is published in Mexico and her poems are translated into many languages. In 2008 she took part in the Yellow Mountain Poetry Festival in China and the British Council's New Silk Route project in Kazakhstan. She originally trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, has worked as editor of Poetry London 1989-2005 and is now a trustee. She is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Middlesex University and tutors for Oxford University, The Poetry School and Tate Modern. (www.pascalepetit.co.uk)

Phillips, Emma

Emma Phillips

Emma Phillips teaches in a London primary school and tries to find enough time to write. Her work has appeared in This Poem is Sponsored By ... (Corporate Watch Anthology, 2007), the Bluechrome Poetry Competition Anthology 2006 and she was highly commended in the 2004 Oxfam and 2005 Red Pepper/Iraq Occupation Focus competitions. Emma likes travel, plastic jewellery and people who make her laugh.

Pittar, Karen

Karen Pittar

As a child Karen could always be found tucked away with a book; so her choice to study journalism at university seemed a natural one. She completed her degree at the University of Canberra in Australia in 1992 but it was to be some years before she actually got out her notepad and dictaphone.  Karen spent almost a decade traveling the globe with her husband and finding work in marketing, technology, recruitment and teaching – always incorporating writing into her work.  She arrived in Hong Kong in 2000 and still lives there today.  She works with her business partner, Tara Jenkins, as a professional writer and editor working for commercial clients and as a freelance journalist.  Her work is featured regularly in The South China Morning Post, Cathay Pacific’s Discovery Magazine, Dragon Air’s SilkRoad magazine, Playtimes and others. Karen has also worked as advisor and editor on several books including Life Recipes from my Mother and Hiring and Managing Domestic Help. Karen is also the co-author with Tara of Hidden Gems.

Potos, Andrea

Andrea Potos

Andrea's poems have appeared widely in journals and books, including Women's Review of Books, Poetry East, CALYX Journal, Atlanta Review, Literary Mama, Claiming the Spirit Within (Beacon Press) and Women. Period. (Spinsters Ink). Her poetry collections include Yaya's Cloth (Iris Press) and The Perfect Day (Parallel Press). She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and daughter, and has worked many years as a bookseller at A Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore.
Pucciani, Donna

Donna Pucciani

Donna Pucciani has published approximately three hundred poems in the U.S. and U.K. Her collections of poetry include The Other Side Of Thunder, Jumping Off the Train, and Chasing the Saints. She has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Poets & Patrons, the Frieda Stein Fenster Memorial, and many state poetry societies. She currently serves as Vice President of the Poets' Club of Chicago, and is active in the Chicago poetry scene.