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Gary Blankenship

A retired federal manager who dabbles in poetry and publishing.  He is CEO of Santiam Publishing and published the online journal, MindFire Renewed and its companion, FireWeed, both at  Gary has been widely published on the web and in a variety of paper publications in the States and abroad.  His day is divided between the cat, poetry forums, and chores.  He published a volume of poetry based on Wang Wei's River Wang poems, A River Transformed, available at  He has two chapbooks out of print – Autumn Reflections and The Garbage Collection – and for Poetry Super Highway produced a chapbook based on the words of George Orwell and George W Bush, By George.  Gary moderates at Wild Poetry forum and for Blueline’s Poem a Day forum. His blog is at

Jennifer Compton


Jennifer Compton is a poet and playwright who sometimes writes prose. She lives in Australia but will be in residence at the Randell Cottage in Wellington, New Zealand for six months in 2008.
In 2007 she spent a month at the Ligurian Study Centre in Bogliasco.


Bob Cooper


Bob Cooper has won 5 pamphlet competitions in 6 years. His full collection, All We Know Is All We See, is available from Arrowhead Press: He now lives in Birmingham.


Sally James


I spend the early part of the morning and late evening writing. Mainly poetry at the moment though have written short stories and have attempted other things too. My writing has kept me going since my husband died. I have been writing since a child. I write poetry about love, loss and nature. I
also write poetry for children and poetry in Lancashire dialect.  I have been published in many small press and eline magazines. Some of my poetry has also been read on local radio. I have been guest poet at various venues within the North West and have an MA in Creative writing from Bolton University.



Stuart Nunn


Stuart Nunn is a retired lecturer who divides his time between poetry, athletics and the marking of A Level English exams.
Judy Hill was a childhood friend who became a nurse in the Canadian Arctic. She set out from her isolated Inuit community with a young boy and a pregnant lady who needed more complex treatment. Their plane was found a month later. Judy had been killed instantly on impact. The two Inuit had died some days after the crash. The German pilot was still alive.   A fund set up in her name pays for British nurses to study and work in Canada



Frank Prem


Frank is a Beechworth (Victoria) based poet and psychiatric nurse.


His writing has appeared in print and online in Australia, the UK and the US, and ranges from poignantly sensitive to humorously hard-edged, often reflecting upon his Croatian heritage, his childhood growing up as a new migrant to Australia, his love of the Beechworth goldfields area, and his extensive experiences working in mental health.


He has self-published two poetry collections in free-verse style, The Book of Evenings (2003) and Memoir of a Dog (2009). A third collection Small Town Kid will be completed in May 2009.



Grant van Wingerden


is a poet from the wheat belt of Western Australia. He has found a cooler clime in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales and commutes to the city where he works as a records manager at one of the major universities. He has two grown children and his other hobbies, besides poetry, include punk rock and comic books. He also enjoys walking.


Tammara Or Slilat


Born 1960 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Graduated from Thelma Yelin High School for the Arts in Plastic Art.

Served in the army as a commander in the Nahal.

1984 – BA from Tel Aviv University in English Literature and Philosophy.

1986 – Teaching License in English from Tel Aviv University.

1991 – Published her first book of poems "Children are made of Dream Stuff", edited by Natan Yonatan, Sifriyat Poalim.

1994 – Published her second book of poems "Only Love Can", edited by Itamar Yaoz Kest, Martef 29, near Eked.

2006 – is the graduate of a 2 year program for teaching creative writing by Matan.

2007 – is the graduate of a 2 year program of teaching LD children English.

2008 – Started her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing in Bar Ilan University.

Published poems in various e-zines and literary magazines such as "Kav Natui", "Mashiv Haruach", "Iton 77", "Shdemot", "Glittering Train", "The Potpourri" and more.


She is also an active painter and participated in many group exhibitions.

1996 – Solo exhibition in Ziurim, Kibutz Urim.

1997 – Solo exhibition in Beit Gavriel, Jordan Valley.

2004 – Recieved the Jordan Valley Creativity  Award for her poetry and painting.

2006 – exhibition with 2 other artists in Galleri 24, Gordon st. Tel Aviv.


She lives in moshav Arbel (near Tiberias) and teaches English in Bikat Kinarot High School








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