1. Laura is a Brisbane based artist and poet. She works with teenagers as a librarian. A love of writing and words is a hazard of the profession. Laura came to Australia from Africa as a child as part of the exodus of the 80’s. She has two invisible disabilities that keep life interesting.

  2. Margaret O’Brien co-founded The Story House Ireland (2014 – 2018) and lectured in English and Creative Writing at Waterford Institute of Technology. She curates the annual Brewery Lane Writers’ W/E and runs the monthly open mic, Poetry Plus, and her own workshops, Writing Changes Lives, in Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir. She is an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists and her work has been published by Southword, The South Circular, RTE/O’Brien Press, Flash Frontier, The Pickled Body, Hinterland and The Irish Times.

  3. Mike Finley has been writing and performing in St. Paul, Minnesota for over 50 years. He has authored over 160 books.

  4. Peggy Schimmelman is a San Francisco Bay Area writer. Her work includes the poetry chapbooks Crazytown (Writing Knights Press) and Tick-Tock (Finishing Line Press) and the novel Whippoorwills. She is co-author of Long Stories Short, by Wild Vine Writers. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in North American Review, Sparkle ‘n Blink,, NovellaT, Aleola Journal of Poetry and Art, Pacific Review, Comstock Review, Wild Musette Journal, and others.

  5. Tim Major’s novels include Snakeskins and the upcoming Hope Island, both published by Titan Books. Other books include short story collection And the House Lights Dim and a non-fiction book about the 1915 silent crime film, Les Vampires, which was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award. His short stories have appeared in Interzone, Not One of Us and numerous anthologies, including Best of British Science Fiction and Best Horror of the Year.