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…

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…

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…

Colin Dardis, the x of y

Colin Dardis is a poet and freelance arts facilitator from Northern Ireland. His work has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA. He edits FourXFour and Lagan Online, and was one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. A collection with Eyewear is forthcoming. @purelypoetry Sleep, perchance to dream! If a dream…

Glen Wilson, Under Unintended Skies

Glen Wilson lives and works in Portadown, Co Armagh. He has been widely published, having work in The Honest Ulsterman, Foliate Oak, Iota, Southword and The Incubator Journal, amongst others. In 2014 he won the Poetry Space competition and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize.  He has just won the Seamus Heaney Award…

Darren Demaree, Emily As An Attempt At Gun Control

Darren Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, from 8th House Publishing). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of…

Anwer Ghani, A Hot Love

Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and author born in 1973 in Alhilla city. His work has appeared in Adelaide, Zarf, Peacock, Otoliths, Algebra of Owls, amongst others, as well as the Inner Child Press anthology, The Year Of The Poet. Anwer is the Editor-in-Chief chief of ‘Tajdeed’ literary magazine.  Recently, he published The Narratolyric Writing (an essay on narrative…

Neil Slevin, I Am

Neil Slevin is a writer from Co. Leitrim, Ireland whose poetry has been published widely, most recently in Skylight 47 and A New Ulster, amongst others. ‘I Am’ is a section of his work-in-progress chapbook, Inhaling Silence, and inspired by Ireland’s Northwest. Read more of Neil via https://twitter.com/neil_slevin  The Gaelic Chieftain I am the starlit…

Ron Gibson, Jr, Default Settings

Ron Gibson, Jr. has previously appeared in Moonglasses Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, apt, (b)oink, Stockholm Review of Literature, Cheap Pop, New South Journal, Jellyfish Review, Whiskeypaper, etc.   He has poetry forthcoming from Gone Lawn, Unbroken Journal, and Crack the Spine. For more, follow him on Twitter via @sirabsurd  Default Settings Authorless, I mouth to the…

Howie Good, Things We Think We Know

Howie Good is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. His other books include A Ghost Sings, a Door Opens from Another New Calligraphy and Robots vs. Kung Fu from AngelHouse Press (both 2016). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely. Finding Them Gone An honors student was shot…

Lynda Tavakoli, An Appropriate Act of Love

Lynda Tavakoli, author of Attachment and Of Broken Things, facilitates an adult creative writing class in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Her poetry and prose have been broadcast on both BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ Sunday Miscellany. Her literary successes include poetry and short story prizes at Listowel, the Mencap short story competition, and the Mail on Sunday…