Skylark Review Issue 1 Contributors

Abegail Morley’s fourth collection, The Skin Diary is forthcoming from Nine Arches. How to Pour Madness into a Teacup was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection. Snow Child and Eva and George are Pindrop books, The Memory of Water an Indigo Dreams pamphlet. She’s co-founder of EKPHRASIS and blogs at The Poetry Shed.

Abi Hynes is a drama, fiction and poetry writer. She is Artistic Director of theatre and film company Faro Productions, and runs Manchester-based cabaret collective First Draft. Follow her on Twitter: @AbiFaro

Aden Thomas grew up in central Wyoming. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Kentucky Review, Up The Staircase Quarterly, Turtle Island, and Third Wednesday. He has a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in Finance, and now lives in Laramie, Wyoming with his family.

Andrea Bowd is a mature student at Nottingham University, in her final year of studying Creative Writing. Having raised three children, she’s now having a wonderful time writing poetry and short stories.

She is looking forward to commencing a Masters Degree in English Literature, also at Nottingham University later this year.

Andrew Hook is a much published short story writer in a variety of genres, with recent pieces appearing in Black Static, Best British Horror 2015, Strange Tales V, and Postscripts amongst others. His most recent novel is the neo-noir “Church Of Wire”, and he is co-editor at Salò Press.

Beth Schneider is twenty-two years old, living in Oswego, New York, hoping for life to start to make sense one of these days. If things were as close to perfect as they could be, she would make money taking pictures of the sunset with a notebook at her feet.

Cheryl Pearson lives and writes in the suburbs of Manchester. Her poems have appeared in publications including 14 Magazine, The Journal, Tincture, and all three ‘Best of Manchester Poets’ anthologies (Puppywolf Press), as well as The Guardian’s “Poetry Workshop” feature. She is currently working on her first full-length collection.

Cris Harris teaches writing and experiential education at an independent school outside Cleveland, OH, and spends his summers growing tomatoes and restoring a barn. His essays have recently appeared in The Flexible Persona and Alice Blue Review and his chapbook “Superposition” was a finalist for the 2015 Epiphany chapbook contest.

Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature, The Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, The Hollins Critic. She’s won an Academy of American Poets Prize, 2 grants and a fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts, an editor’s prize in Margie, honorable mention in Rattle. She teaches for the Department of English at the University of Delaware. Her first book, Pinning the Bird to the Wall appeared from Tres Chicas Books in 2008. Her chapbook, Neither Prayer, Nor Bird appeared from Finishing Line Press in 2013.

Di Slaney is a smallholder, marketing consultant and publisher from Nottinghamshire. She co-owns Candlestick Press, and her poems have been widely published as well as shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Plough Prize, and commended in the McLellan Prize. She won first prize in the 2014 Brittle Star Poetry Competition and first prize in the 2015 Four Corners Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet Dad’s Slideshow is available from Stonewood Press.

Ellen Davies is 23 and lives in the Rhondda. Ellen’s work has appeared in Popshot Magazine, Black Sheep Journal and The Casket of Fictional Delights. Her debut pamphlet, Accent, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2015.

After a decade of travelling extensively Guy Traiber is now pitched again on the soil of his youth. He studies Sociology & Political Science and Chinese Medicine and finds that they all relate. Guy would love to hear from you and can be contacted at

Hannah Dellabella works as an assistant editor in New York City. She is a recent Carnegie Mellon grad, where she studied creative writing and professional writing. She is a native of Bayonne, New Jersey, and is very aware of her Jersey accent. She is a compulsive imaginer.

Jane Burn is a writer and artist based in the North East of England. Her poems have been published in a number of magazines including Butcher’s Dog and Obsessed With Pipework and will soon appear in The Rialto. Her poems have been featured in anthologies from The Emma Press and Kind of a Hurricane Press. Her first pamphlet was published in 2015 by Talking Pen and a full collection will be published in 2916 by Indigo Dreams. Jane also established the online poetry magazine The Fat Damsel this year.

Jane Frank’s work has recently been published in Australian Poetry Journal and the Bimblebox Art Project. Jane teaches a range of writing disciplines at Griffith University in both Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. She has just completed a PhD examining the rise of the global Book Town Movement.

Jane Loechler is a poet and sculptor who lives in the Venice of America, holds down a day job in Boston, and has a handful of poems published in journals such as PANK, Bat City Review, Elimae, Camroc Press, Prole, Burntdistrict, Waterhouse Review, Sugar House Review and Bodega.

Jeffrey Alfier won the 2014 Kithara Book Prize for his poetry collection, Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press, 2013). He is also author The Storm Petrel – Ireland Poems (Grayson Books, 2014). His work has appeared recently in Spoon River Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and The MacGuffin.

Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry. His second, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium.

Judy Darley is a British fiction writer, poet and journalist and has been published by literary magazines and anthologies. Her collection, Remember Me To The Bees, is out now. Judy’s work has been performed on BBC radio, across the UK and in Hong Kong. She runs culture blog

Kate Firth is a voice coach based in Bristol. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies including In Protest, 150 Poems for Human Rights and most recently Poems for a Liminal Age. Her pamphlet Venus Reborn was published in 2013. Formerly an actress, she has performed her poems at the Bristol and Cheltenham Poetry Festivals and at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland where she recently completed a writer’s residency.

Laurie Byro has been facilitating “Circle of Voices” poetry discussion in New Jersey libraries for over 16 years. She is published widely in University presses in the United States and is recently in an anthology: St. Peter’s B List. A full length collection of her work “Luna” was published in October 2015, by Aldrich Press and a chapbook of Alice in Wonderland/Oz poems “Wonder” is forthcoming by Little Lantern Press; all available through Amazon.

Lee Crowell has always maintained a strong interest in creative writing. He attended County College of Morris and Bernard Baruch College, NYC majoring in English/Journalism with a strong interest in creative writing, but dropped out to support his young family and follow a lifestyle of non-conformist ideals, primarily through the practice of transcendental meditation.

Lee is currently in the process of retiring and selling his restaurant and spending the rest of his life on the road traveling with his camper, mountain bike and kayak. He is chronicling this new adventure on his facebook page titled ‘Heaven On the Road’, available to the public.

Meggie Royer is a Midwest writer and photographer. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance, Harpoon Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, and more. She has won national medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and won an Honorable Mention in the Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize.

Michael Dittman lives and writes near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More of his writing and other projects can be found on the web at

Neil Schiller is an IT consultant by day and a part-time, pseudo-academic the rest of the time. He has had some critical work on the authors Charles Bukowski and Richard Brautigan put out in academic circles – journals and stuff – and is currently working on a new collection of short stories.

Pippa Little’s collection Overwintering came out in 2012 from OxfordPoets/Carcanet and she is now working on a themed pamphlet of poems. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University.

Rachel Plummer grew up in Cambridgeshire before moving to Edinburgh to establish an animal shelter. Her poems have won a Troubadour Prize, come second in the Penfro Poetry Competition and were highly commended in the Poetry on the Lake Competition two years running. She has two young children.

Steve Klepetar’s work has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Recent collections include My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto (Flutter Press) and Return of the Bride of Frankenstein (Kind of a Hurricane Press).

Susan Taylor lives on Dartmoor. Her recent collections are A Small Wave for your Form from Oversteps Books and This Given, just out in a limited edition from Paper Dart Press. She co-edits South West poetry journal, The Broadsheet and runs Café Culture, a monthly cabaret of spoken word and music in Totnes.

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