York Literary Review

Spring 2016 Contributors


Martha Batiz is a Mexican-Canadian writer living in Toronto. She has published two short story collections, one in Mexico and one in Puerto Rico, which won an International Latino Book Award last year. Her novella, The Wolf’s Mouth, has been published in Spanish and English and is currently being translated into French.

Jenny Bhatt’s writing has appeared in Femina India, Wallpaper, Storyacious, The Ladies Finger, Litbreak, and the anthology Sulekha Select: The Indian Experience in a Connected World. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland and various parts of the US, she now splits her time between Atlanta, Georgia in the US and Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. Find her at indiatopia.com.

Andy Brown is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Exeter University, where he directs the Creative Writing programme and the Art, Aesthetics & Creativity programme for the Centre for Medical History. He is the editor of The Writing Occurs As Song: a Kelvin Corcoran Reader (Shearsman, 2015), and his recent poetry books include Watersong (Shearsman, 2015); Exurbia (Worple 2014); The Fool and the Physician (Salt 2012); Goose Music (with John Burnside, Salt 2008) and Fall of the Rebel Angels: Poems 1996-2006 (Salt 2006). His first novel, Apples & Prayers, was published in 2015 (Dean Street Press).

Jacob Buckenmeyer is a writer and educator in Washington state. He holds degrees in journalism and creative writing. His MFA is from Seattle Pacific University. His fiction has been published by The Satirist, Icarus Down Review, Through the Gap, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

Dave Coates is a second year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, writing on Louis MacNeice and contemporary Northern Irish poetry. He writes poetry criticism at davepoems.wordpress.com, which won the 2015 Saboteur Award for Best Reviewer.

Roz DeKett is a former BBC and newspaper journalist, with creative non-fiction published in the teen magazine CRICKET. Although British, she currently lives and writes in Philadelphia in the US, and she has an arts blog for which she interviews published authors. She is a graduate of the University of Leeds, with a degree in English Literature and History.

Tim Dooley is reviews and features editor of Poetry London and a tutor at The Poetry School. His collections include The Interrupted Dream (Anvil 1985), Tenderness (Smith Doorstop 2004), Keeping Time (Salt, 2008) Imagined Rooms (Salt, 2010).

J.C. Elkin is an optimist, linguist, and singer. Her poetry collection, World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom (Apprentice House 2014), is based on her experiences teaching English to adult immigrants. Other poetry and prose drawing on spirituality, feminism, and childhood appear in such journals as Kestrel, The Delmarva Review, ZoMagazine and Angle.

Charlotte Gann’s pamphlet, The Long Woman (Pighog Press), was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award, and her first full collection, Noir, is forthcoming from HappenStance in late 2016/early 2017.

Atar Hadari trained as an actor and writer at the University of East Anglia before winning a scholarship to study poetry and playwrighting with Derek Walcott. His plays have won awards from the BBC, Arts Council of England, National Foundation of Jewish Culture (New York), European Association of Jewish Culture (Brussels) and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Young Writer in Residence. Plays have been staged at the Finborough Theatre, Wimbledon Studio Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, Nat Horne Studio Theatre (New York) and Valdez, Alaska. His collection of biblical monologues Rembrandt’s Bible was recently published in the UK.

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 3 short collections and 1 full collection of poetry (“The Green Dress Whose Girl is Sleeping”, Freight Books) and has published travel articles, short stories and research on the poetry of Edwin Morgan.

Robert Kiely’s work has appeared in various magazines, including datableed and the Cambridge Literary Review, for which he also writes reviews.

Mariana Magdaleno’s artwork has been exhibited in various contemporary art fairs around the world: in Argentina, USA, Canada, Italy, Belgium, amongst others. Also, her work has been shown in several exhibitions in Mexico, such as Liminal Animal, solo exhibition at the Museo Universitario del Chopo (México City, 2014), Estudio de trazo at the Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico City, 2014), DRAW at the Museo de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City, 2010), and Mundo Comic at the Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro (Querétaro, Mexico, 2007). Currently, she is an active member of FERAL, an exhibition/studio, whose platform is the drawing discipline and its dialogic possibilities. She has been awarded with the FONCA Jóvenes Creadores Grant in its 2010/2011 and 2012/2013 editions. She lives and works in Mexico City.

Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) is widely regarded as one of the major poets of the twentieth century, both inside and outside of Russia. Work published in his lifetime included the volumes Stone and Tristia, as well as prose, translations and children’s poetry. His later work, including The Voronezh Notebooks, no longer found publication in the increasingly authoritarian Soviet Union of the 1930s, but survived to be published in the post-Stalin era. Mandelstam died in late 1938 in a gulag transit camp in the Soviet Far East.

Rob Miles is based in Yorkshire. His poetry has appeared in publications such as Ambit, Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Borderlines, South Bank Poetry, Angle, Nutshells and Nuggets, Morphrog, Clear Poetry, Lunar Poetry, and The Anthology of Age (The Emma Press) He has won competitions, including the Philip Larkin Society Prize, judged by Don Paterson. Other poems have been placed, commended or shortlisted in competitions including the Bridport, Wenlock, York and Ilkley literature festivals, Live Canon, the Carers UK Creative Writing Competition, the Poetry on the Lake Silver Wyvern, The Gregory O’Donoghue, and three times in the National Poetry Competition. One of his poems was selected by Honouring the Ancient Dead to be offered to museums nationally for display with ancestral remains.

Helen Moore is an award-winning, British ecopoet. Her two poetry collections are Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), described by Alasdair Paterson as being “in the great tradition of visionary politics in British poetry”, and ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), acclaimed by John Kinsella as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”.

Christine Murray is a graduate of Art History and English Literature (UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4) and a City and Guilds qualified restoration stonecutter (OPW). Her poetry is published in the The Southword Journal, Crannóg Magazine, A New Ulster Magazine, Caper Literary Journal, Ditch Poetry, Bone Orchard Poetry, Levure littéraire, Recours au Poème Magazine, and WomenArts Quarterly Journal. Her chapbook Three Red Things was published by Smithereens Press in June 2013. A collection of poems Cycles was published by Lapwing Press in Autumn 2013. A dark tale The Blind was published by Oneiros Books late in 2013. Her second book-length poem, She, was published in Spring 2014 (Oneiros Books). A chapbook Signature was published in March 2014 by Bone Orchard Press.

Alistair Noon has published two collections with Nine Arches Press (Earth Records, 2012, and The Kerosene Singing, 2015), and several chapbooks of poetry and translations from German and Russian, including Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman (Longbarrow Press, 2010). His translations of Osip Mandelstam have appeared widely, including in Asymptote, Cerise, Guernica and Washington Square Review. A full-length selection of his Mandelstam translations is in preparation. He lives in Berlin.

Reena Prasad is a poet/writer from India, currently living in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and journals, including The Copperfield Review, First Literary Review-East, Angle Journal, Poetry Quarterly, and Lakeview International Journal. She is also the Destiny Poets UK’s Poet of the Year for 2014 and one of the editors of The Significant Anthology, released in July 2015.

Mike Sherer wrote the screenplay for the film Hamal_18 (2004) and a novel, A Cold Dish, for which he is seeking publication. His blog can be found at mikesherer.wordpress.com.

Kinga Tóth is a philologist, teacher, communication specialist, copy editor, cultural programme organiser, (sound)poet-illustration, and songwriter.


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