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Issue Five: 'Sci-Fi'

Click here to read our fifth issue, 'Sci-Fi'. 

Inside are twelve brilliant poems that explore our universe and beyond, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations courtesy of our brilliantly talented illustrator, Kelsee!

We recommend reading the magazine with our Issue Five playlist in the background (which you can find here), and a big cup of tea.

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Featured Poets

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Greg Bell

Greg has written all his life as a necessity. It took a critical illness in 2010 to awaken him to publishing. Since then, he’s found homes for some of his working in literary journals and anthologies, was 1st runner-up for the 2019 Fischer Prize and 2020 recipient of the Kowit Poetry Prize. He’s author of hybrid poetry collection Looking for Will: My Bardic Quest with Shakespeare (Ion Drive Publishing, 2015) and two award-winning plays.

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Ken Cathers

Ken was born and raised in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. He has a B.A. from the University of Victoria and an M.A. from York University in Toronto. Ken has been published in numerous periodicals, over twelve anthologies, well as seven books of poetry, most recently Letters From the Old Country with Ekstasis Press. He lives in the country with his family and his trees.

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Mia Clay

Mia is a poet and artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She fervently believes that plants are cool but also sometimes a little bit scary. You can find her work in Stones of Madness press and various museum guestbooks around the world.

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Clive Donovan

Clive Donovan devotes himself full-time to poetry and has been published in a wide variety of magazines include Acumen, Agenda, Fenland Poetry Journal, Neon Lit Journal, Prole, Sentinel Lit, Quarterly and Stand. He lives in Totnes, Devon, quite close to the River Dart. His debut collection will be published by Lead in November 2021.

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John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Penumbra, Petry Salzburg Review and Hollins Critic. Latest books ‘Leaves On Pages’ and ‘Memory Outside The Head’ are available through Amazon. Works upcoming in Lana Turner and Held.

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Natasha King

Natasha King is a Vietnamese American writer and nature enthusiast. Her poetry has appeared in Okay Donkey, Ninth Letter and others, and was also featured in the 2020 Best of the Net Anthology. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, prowling, and thinking about the ocean.

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Andy N.

Andy N is the author of six full length poetry collections, the most recent being ‘Haiku of Life’, and is the co-host of the spoken word open mic night ‘Speak Easy’. He does ambient music under the name of Ocean in a Bottle, has a regular column on the Sunday Tribune and hosts podcasts such as Spoke Label, Reading in Bed, and Kol, Andy, and Amanda Show among others.

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James B. Nicola

James B. Nicola is the author of six collections of poetry, the latest being Fires of Heaven: Poems of Faith and Sense. His decades of working in the theater culminated in the nonfiction book Playing the Audience: The Practical Guide to Live Performance, which won a Choice award.

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Stephen Sanders

Stephen Sanders is a poet that writes in many voices- cowboy, pirate, steampunk, poet. He is currently president of the Forth Worth Poetry Society, the oldest, continually operating literary society in the southwestern United States, and the treasurer of the Poetry Society of Texas.

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Ernest Schell

Ernest Schell is a consultant on software solutions for multichannel merchants. He has been a freelance writer for several decades. Having written poetry since high school, for the last eight years he has participated in a local poetry group in the Atlantic City area with about two dozen members, half of whom have published poetry. The group’s organisers are a local librarian and a professor at Stockton University.

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Margaret Stetz

Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. Although she has spent most of life teaching and writing about literature, she still finds it hard to reconcile academia with the world that she knew as a working-class child growing up in Queens, New York. Many of her poems reflect this class-based tension and disjunction.

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Christopher Ware

Christopher Ware is a poet from South London, where he currently works as a teacher. He has had some works published in a few American publications and anthologies (such as Rue Scribe and the latest Vita Brevis anthology).

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