Don Bogen was born in 1949 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and grew up there and in California (where he studied at the University of California, Berkeley). He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently An Algebra (University of Chicago, 2009).
He is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati, and will spend spring 2011 as a Fulbright scholar in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University, Belfast.
Issue 6: Three poems
Kevin Cahill was born in Cork City, Ireland, in 1975, where he still lives. After graduating from University College Cork with an honours degree in Government and Politics he worked on European Commission projects in France. On returning to Ireland he worked on the library staff at Cork Institute of Technology, and he has also been a reiki practitioner.
He is currently working towards a first collection of poetry. To date his work has appeared in journals including Orbis, The London Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, Magma, Cadenza, The New Writer, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Nottingham, Envoi, Crannóg, and The SHOp; and he is about to publish work with The Red Wheelbarrow (St. Andrew's).
Issue 6: Exile
Jennifer Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, Emerald City and Other Stories and, most recently, The Keep, which was a bestseller in the US. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, McSweeney's and other magazines. Her non-fiction articles appear frequently in the New York Times Magazine.
'A to B' is an extract from Jennifer's forthcoming novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, published by Corsair.
Issue 6: A to B
Anna Jackson lives in Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand where she lectures in English at Victoria University. Her most recent collection of poetry is The Gas Leak (Auckland University Press, 2006) and a new collection, Thicket, will be published by AUP in July this year.
Issue 6: Three poems
Bernard O'Donoghue grew up in Cullen, Co Cork, where he still spends part of the year. He moved to Manchester in 1962, and since 1965 he has lived in Oxford where he teaches Medieval English at Wadham College. Farmers Cross (due from Faber in June 2011) is his sixth volume of poems; his Selected Poems was published by Faber in 2008.
Issue 6: Three poems
Rebecca Perry was born in London in 1986. She graduated from the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester in 2008 with a master’s degree in Creative Writing, and now edits children’s books in London.
Rebecca has had work published, most recently, in New Welsh Review, The Frogmore Papers, Iota and Smiths Knoll. She has work forthcoming in The Rialto, and also contributed to an anthology of contemporary British prose poetry, due to be published in summer 2011.
Issue 6: Four poems
Ian Pople was born in Ipswich and has taught in Sudan, Greece, Saudi Arabia and the UK. He currently teaches at The University of Manchester.
His book of poems Saving Spaces is forthcoming from Arc.
Issue 6: The Aerial Orchids
Geoff Ryman is the author of several successful novels, mostly science fiction. The Unconquered Country (1984) won both the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award and the World Fantasy Award. The Child Garden (1989) won the Arthur C Clarke Award and the John W Campbell Memorial Award (First Place). An extract published in Interzone also won a BSFA Award. Geoff recently edited When it Changed, an experiment between leading scientists and literary authors to create a brand new strain of the SF bug; one that extends the scientific repertoire of the genre beyond the commonplaces of space-travel, time-travel or AI.
Issue 3: Writers Talk with China Miéville
Issue 6: The Storyteller
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Rob McClure Smith's work has appeared in Chapman, Gutter, Barcelona Review, Warwick Review, Confrontation, Gettysburg Review, StoryQuarterly and Other Voices. He is a winner of the Scotsman Orange Short Story Award.
Issue 6: Slash
Gerard Smyth was born in Dublin where he still lives and is a Managing Editor with The Irish Times. His poetry has appeared widely in publications in Ireland, Britain and America, as well as in translation, since the late 1960s. He is the author of seven collections, the most recent of which, The Fullness of Time, New and Selected Poems was published by Dedalus Press last year.
Issue 6: Two poems
Paul Farley is the author of four collections of poetry and has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the E.M. Forster Award. Michael Symmons Roberts has published two novels and four collections of poetry; including Corpus, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James Macmillan.
Their new book Edgelands is about the blank spaces on the A-Z, the hinterlands of Britain that are not urban and not yet country: the lost, the liminal and the unloved. It is published by Random House.
Issue 6: From 'Edgelands'