Below are Biographical Notes for Contributors to morphrog23:
Michael is a semi-retired mathematician and a fairly active poetry editor of the on-line magazine London Grip. His most recent books are Poems in the Case (Shoestring Press) – which embeds a poetry collection in a murder mystery – and The Man Who Wasn’t Ever Here (Wayleave Press) which is a poetic biography of his Irish grandfather.
Daniel was born in Shropshire and lives in London. His poem ‘Clickbait’ was recently commended in the National Poetry Competition 2020 and his work has been published in a variety of places, including: Wild Court, The Manchester Review, The Frogmore Papers, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. His first collection West South North, North South East was published in 2019 by The High Window Press.’
Jane Angué lives in rugged country in the foothills of the Cévennes and teaches English Language and Literature. She contributes in French and English to print and online journals such as Amethyst, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Acumen, Erbacce, Poésie/première, Traversées and Arpa. A pamphlet, des fleurs pour Bach, was published in 2019 (Editions Encres Vives).
Anne-Marie started her writing journey after moving to San Francisco shortly after graduating from University College Cork with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences. Anne-Marie has since then written many poems in America, Australia and Ireland inspired by her travels and worldly experiences. She wishes to start sharing her work as an emerging poet. She has performed in plays throughout Ireland. In Melbourne, she performed in short films, a feature film as well as spoken word. It is the stage where Anne-Marie comes alive and she wishes to bring her own writing to life one day too.
Guy Martyn is a writer and Headteacher. Helped set up a Free School, but with all the best intentions. Has studied Literature, Drama, Psychology, Mysticism and Religious Experience and is training in Psychotherapy. Has work forthcoming in the Crank Magazine.
Aaron is a poet, writer, raconteur, chef and wine expert. He grew up in rural New Zealand and studied Law at the University of Otago, before looking at the world around him and deciding that bringing enjoyment to those around him was a nobler goal. He spent several years running bars and restaurants in NZ before moving to a beautiful country on the other side of the world and undertaking a serious study of the world’s wines. He has published only occasionally over the years and mostly in NZ. He spends his time between his family home on the Marlborough Downs and a vineyard in the Cotswolds.
Lancashire-born Angela Kirby now lives in London. Her poems are widely published. Shoestring Press published her 5 collections and a 6th is due in 2122
Hilary has been involved in the poetry scene since the early 80s. She’s read at venues all round the country and judged several poetry competitions. Her work has been published in over ninety different magazines and anthologies, four pamphlet books and one full length collection. She runs writing workshops in Norwich.
Jenny Hockey’s poems have appeared in The North, Magma, The Frogmore Papers, Orbis and Dreamcatcher and in a poetry card for Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ). New Writing North awarded her a New Poets Bursary in 2013 and Oversteps Books published her debut collection, ‘Going to bed with the moon’ in 2019 (jennyhockeypoetry.co.uk., familyhistoryandwar.com)
Joseph Eastell is a poet from Keighley, West Yorkshire. His poems have appeared in 3am Magazine; Streetcake; Ink Sweat & Tears; Morphrog; The Bohemyth; New Linear Perspectives; Poetry Pulpit & Bare Hands; Burning Eye’s Book Of Alternative Young Poets: Rhyming Thunder; Regardless of Authority; Fur Lined Ghettos. His collection Blossom Boy Beta Test received an Eric Gregory Award in 2018
Gregory has had poetry, fiction and other material published in various journals, including Catalyst, Popshot Quarterly and Takahē.
Poems by J.S. Watts have been widely published. Her books include: Old Light (novel), Vagabondage Press – ISBN 978-1946050205; Witchlight (novel), Vagabondage Press – ISBN 9780692406908; A Darker Moon (novel), Vagabondage Press – ISBN 9780615706528; Cats and Other Myths (poetry), Lapwing Publications – ISBN 9781907276644; Songs of Steelyard Sue (poetry), Lapwing Publications – ISBN 9781909252028: NOMINATED for BOTH SFPA and Saboteur Awards Best Poetry Pamphlet 2013; Years Ago You Coloured Me (poetry), Lapwing Publications – ISBN 9781910855157; The Submerged Sea (poetry), Dempsey & Windle – ISBN 9781907435591.
IAN C. SMITH
Ian’s work has been published in Antipodes, BBC Radio 4 Sounds, cordite, The Dalhousie Review, Griffith Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Southword, & The Stony Thursday Book. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island.
DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing, was placed second in the 2015 Data Dump Award for Genre Poetry, and has been published in issues of Amulet, California Quarterly, Carillon, The Dawntreader, Haiku Journal, The Pen, and Tigershark, and online at Atlas Poetica, Bindweed, Poetry Pacific, and Scarlet Leaf Review, as well as releasing several chapbooks, including the critically acclaimed Our Story. The echapbook One Vision is available from Tigershark Publishing’s website. SuperTrump and A Wuhan Whodunnit are available to download from the Atlantean Publishing website.
Alexandra Fössinger is a German/Italian native speaker from the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. She has lived in Italy, Germany and Sweden and is fluent in several languages; her poems, which she writes mainly in English, try to express those multilingual experiences. She works for an Italian advertising agency.
Ian was born just outside London, where he still lives. He studied at UCL and SOAS and works with the homeless. His poetry has been published recently in the High Window, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Cha, Antiphon, South Bank Poetry, London Grip, Under the Radar, FourXFour, the Moth, Acumen and elsewhere.
Marian is an Irish writer based on the west coast of Ireland. She has, in the past, been a teacher at senior level, worked professionally in education and management for an Aids Organization, and reviewed fiction and non-fiction for the Sunday Business Post, Ireland. She attended the Seamus Heaney Centre summer school at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013. She has been published or is forthcoming at Prelude (US), The Louisville Review (US), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Crannog (IRL), Ofi Press (Mexico), Frogmore Papers (UK), Cyphers( IRL), Apalachee Review (US), Foliate Oak Literary Magazine (US,) New Contrast (Cape Town), Quiddity (US), Right Hand Pointing (US), Grey Sparrow Journal (US), Off The Coast (US), The Galway Review (IRL), The Liner (US), Into The Void (IRL), Roanoke Literary Journal (US), The Rockhurst Review (US), Banshee Literature (IRL), The Catamaran Literary Reader (US), The Worcester Review (US), The Stonecoast review (US), The Main St Rag, (US), Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal, (US), Poetry in The Park, Athlone. The Poetry collective, Clare Champion, The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, (US, Spring & Summer 2018), The Cape Rock: Poetry (US), The Curlew (UK), The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, (US, Fall 2018), Crossways Feb’ 2019, The Qutub Minar Review ( Intl,’ 2019 ) Southbank Poetry London , The Normal School (US), Beyond Words Literary Magazine (Berlin) CHILLFILTR – art is truth (US) , The Trouvaille Review (US), Shot Glass Journal (US), Albany Poets (US), and others. She was featured poet on Poet head – Contemporary Irish women poets, January 9th – 16th 2018. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Dermot Healy International prize for poetry. She was placed on the long list for the 2019 Fish Poetry Prize. She was shortlisted for the Dalkey Creates Writers Prize 2020. She joined the editorial board of Beyond Words International Literary Magazine, Berlin, for Issue 5, July August 2020. She presented her work on national radio, RTE Lyric FM, Poetry File in 2021 Her book, The Heart Uncut was published by Words On The Street publishers, Galway in October 2020.
YUAN HONGRI AND MANU MANGATTU
Yuan Hongri (born 1962) is a Chinese mystic, poet, and philosopher. His work has been published in the UK, USA, India, New Zealand, Canada, and Nigeria; his poems have appeared in Poet’s Espresso Review, Orbis, Tipton Poetry Journal, Harbinger Asylum, The Stray Branch, Acumen, Pinyon Review, Taj Mahal Review, Madswirl, Shot Glass Journal, Amethyst Review, Fine Lines, and other e-zines, anthologies, and journals. His best known works are“Platinum City”and “Golden Giant”. His works explore themes of prehistoric and future civilization.
The translator of his poems, Manu Mangattu, is an English Professor, poet, editor, director and rank-holder. He has published 7 books, 73 research articles and 36 conference papers apart from 14 edited volumes with ISBN. He serves as chief editor/editor for various international journals. He has done UGC funded projects and a SWAYAM-MOOC course (Rs 15 lakhs). Besides translations from Chinese and Sanskrit, he writes poetry in English as well as in Indian languages. He was named “Comrade to Poetry China” in 2016. A visiting faculty at various universities and a quintessential bohemian-vagabond, he conducts poetry readings, workshops and lectures when inspired. After an apprenticeship in Shakespeare under Dr Stephen Greenblatt, he currently guides 23 research scholars and mentors NET English aspirants.