Dana Rabe, To RKN on the Occasion of your 85th Birthday

I am writing to honour this momentous date.  85 years?!? They contain so much life and history.  Although, in all honesty, I should have written before.  I have thought about it multiple times.  Last May would have been appropriate or the preceding October, but procrastination is the watchword.  I know that is such a shocker,…

Faleeha Hassan, Faces of Love

Faleeha Hassan is a poet, teacher, editor, writer born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who now lives in the United States. She was the first female poet for children in Iraq, and the leading poet of the feminist movement in the holy city of Najaf. She holds a master’s degree in Arabic literature, and has…

Tom Gumbert, The Commute

Perpetual daydreamer, Tom lives along the Ohio River with his wife Andrea, in an area that was once an active part of the Underground Railroad. Operations Manager by day, he has been writing for a decade. @TomGumbert Brandon buckles himself into the seat, manages to press the start button on his third attempt and struggles to…

Alexandre Lerman, Artist & Art Curator

“Mifologische Figur mit Feuer” Painted during the apprisal in Kiev. 2014 year. Oil on canvas. 100*190 cm. “Antoine with the sad eyes from Passage Raguinot” Executed oil on canvas in 2012 in Paris. “Dark Irises with the Nigel Thwaites Coats of arms” 80*120 cm. Oil on canvas. 2016.  

G. W. Bollard, The Death and Burial of a Great-Grandmother 

Part One The Blue Dress “When all is said and done, what is clear is that all lives end before their time.” José Saramago The year was 2003 and I was twelve years old. I woke up early on a Saturday morning and could hear the murmurs of my mother and step-father as they talked…

Aine Ni Mhaoileoin, Interview with musician, Dara Mac Gabhann

Dara Mac Gabhann is a singer-songwriter from Co. Monaghan, Ireland. Her recent debut album was launched on 27th January in The Market House, Monaghan. Entitled Release, the tracks are a blend of blues and jazz vibes with some personal touches. Having been played on national radio, and interviewed by Charlie McGettigan, a stalwart of the…

Neil Slevin, Falling Apart

The Storm We sheltered from the rain beneath the diving board, while teenagers watched us become them, their smiles knew before we did. I stood between us and the wind, moved you from their stares, then saw the way you looked at me, as if you’d never look away. We retreated, hid for hours in…

Patricia Walsh, Live Silence

Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork, Ireland, and was educated at University College Cork. Previously she has published one collection of poetry, Continuity Errors, with Lapwing Publications in 2010, and has since been published in a variety of print and online journals. She has also published a novel, The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014.  Inventing Religion Some personal whiplash…

Kevin McDevitt, The Passenger

Kevin McDevitt is a writer who lives in Galway and is from up North somewhere. His short plays have been performed in various venues around Galway and were featured at the Galway Theatre Festival 2016.   – Fine morning says the driver, peering out into a blank wall of rain or snow. The sun not…

Sheila A. McHugh, The Key Keeper and the Tea Leaves

Tea is synonymous with the Irish; a bit like ‘the drink’, but maybe more so. The history of Ireland’s relationship with tea goes back to the mid-eighteenth century. Smuggling was widespread and it was the smuggled, cheaper tea that Irish peasants enjoyed. Although of an inferior quality to that consumed by their aristocratic neighbours, tea…

Joshua Scully, Chicxulub Redux

Joshua Scully is an American History teacher from Pennsylvania. He writes primarily speculative fiction. His work has appeared in several online and print magazines and can be found @jojascully.  The Red Planet grumbled uneasily. This subterranean shuddering was no longer only mildly disconcerting. Rayar understood that no matter how surreal his entire situation appeared, the…

Clifton Redmond, A Child’s Rebellion

Clifton Redmond is an Irish poet, a member of The Carlow Writer’s Co-operative. He has had poems published in various literary journals both in Ireland and internationally. Stealing Potatoes We filed along the ditch on Brennan’s lane, ushered quick steps the tempo of dusk. Adrenaline fuelled through a slip in the fence. We trudged a landscape…