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Robert James Berry was born in Redhill, England in 1960, and was educated in the U.K., Ulster, and Scotland. Since 1991 he has lectured in English Literature and Language in England, New Zealand, and Malaysia. He currently lives and works in Selangor in West Malaysia. His poems have been published in poetry magazines and journals in the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Malaysia, Sweden, and Trinidad. Most recently his poems have been translated into German. He was a prize winner in the NST - Shell Poetry Competition. He is married to Ahila. He loves cats, especially his Siamese, Sheba, classical piano, and poetry.

Janet Buck teaches writing and literature at the college level. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Sapphire Magazine, The Oracular Tree, Medicinal Purposes, 2Rivers View, In Motion, The Beaded Strand, Conspire, The Free Cuisinart, and many other journals and e-zines world-wide.

Ted Burford was born in Hunslet, a suburb of Leeds (England), among slums, derelict mills, iron foundries, railway engine and minto makers, a brewery, old and shabby chapels. Now lives in London among motor cars and trees.

Chris Byrne is a student mental health nurse from Aldershot, Hampshire in England. He has a website at http://FLY.TO/CWJB. Contact him at

Alice Keir Casey is a sixteen year old girl living in Newcastle. She has two cats, is not married and has no children, as she feels that this would be rushing things somewhat. She hopes to be incredibly successful at something or other in the not too distant future but at present must be satisfied with taking A-levels in English Literature, History, Art, and Latin.

Douglas Clark is a poet and editor of the influential Lynx: Poetry at Bath internet web-site and magazine.

Johnathon Clifford is the founder of the National Poetry Foundation and author of several books, including "Vanity Press & The Proper Poetry Publishers" and "Metric Feet and Other Gang Members"
Johnathon Clifford's Vanity Publishing page

Jon Corelis lives near San Francisco. His poetry and criticism have appeared in British literary magazines, and his Roman Erotic Elegy, a book of verse translations, was published in 1995 by Salzburg University Press

Peter Davis graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, 1961; and Goddard College, 1969. He sailed as a deck officer on a research ship and various ships of the U.S. Merchant Marine until 1969.
From 1969 -1996, he held management positions with steamship and stevedoring companies on the Philadelphia waterfronts. He has published occasional prose pieces: short humor, trade articles, and profiles of a teacher and a pool player. He lives in a small town in Massachusetts His poetry has appeared Poet's Guild, Worcester Magazine, Emotions, and other print publications, as well as ezines such as Disclosures, Moondance, and Conspire.

Chris Emery was born in Oldham in 1963. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Blade, Oxford Poetry, PN Review, Poetry Wales and the forthcoming New Writing 8. He is currently working on two collections, "Scally" and "A Warming". He lives near Cambridge where he works as Production Manager at Cambridge University Press.

Gerald England. is a British poet, living on the edge of the Pennines with his lace-making wife, a son and a Manchester terrier.. He has been active on the small press scene for almost 30 years and edits New Hope International. He has published eleven collections of poetry and been translated into several languages. His latest collection "Limbo Time" was published early in March, 1998. His work has also appeared on various websites and he is a member of Cyberscribers, a group of writers on the Internet. Email Home page.

Brad Evans is founder and editor the Australian poetry magazine Red Lamp, a journal for realist, socialist and humanitarian poetry. He was born in Sydney, 1971. After being placed in various institutions he finally escaped in 1997 when poetry became too influential in his life. His earlier poetry was first published all-too-easily by some vanity publishers in Australia and the United States. In 1995 Brad co-organised, with Andrew Shillam, the Green Room Writers, a small group of younger writers dedicated to writing and performing their poetry. He then began to focus on the publishing aspect with the release of two co-authored chapbooks. The first, Sauce & Thorn (1996) with Andrew Shillam and the second TERSE (1997), with Martin Doy. Work from both chapbooks was performed in cities like Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. Some of his poems, related articles and short stories have been featured in magazines such as spindrift (Aust), ant ant ant ant ant (U.S.), Manifold (U.K.), Rebellious (Aust), Poetic Voices of America, New Horizons (Aust), Breakfast All Day (U.K.), Pearl (U.S.), Five Bells (Aust) and Blue Print (U.K.). Brad has been the Poetry Editor of Green Left Weekly, an Australian university students' newspaper. He has also performed his poetry on Community and University radio.

Peter Finch was recently appointed head of the new Welsh Academy National Literature Promotion Agency. He is a poet and short story writer living in Cardiff, Wales. He works in both traditional and experimental forms and is a performer on the reading circuit. In the sixties and seventies he edited the ground-breaking literary magazine, second aeon, exhibited visual poetry internationally and toured with sound poet Bob Cobbing. In the eighties he embraced performance poetry, was a founder member of Cardiff's cabaret 246 and of the trio Horse's Mouth. Today he is much in demand as a reader as well as a lecturer at festivals and venues up and down the country. He is the author of 'How to Publish Your Poetry'. He has a web site at

Eric Goldsworthy is a poet and publisher, and founder of Poetry Update, now incorporated into The Poetry Kit.

Coral Hull is a full time writer and a member of The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and The Australian Society of Authors. She is an animal rights advocate and the Director of Animal Watch Australia, an online publishers directory and resource site on animal rights and vegetarian issues. For more detail, see her Who's Who entry.

Larry Jaffe's work can be found in a variety of anthologies, magazines and prominently on the Internet where he has been a poetic pioneer with Web Sites that feature the works of others as well as his own. Currently, he has four books available, Unprotected Poetry, Hate's Not Natural, Winter Rose and Jewish Soulfood. Jaffe has also featured at a variety of venues throughout the United States as well as appearing on radio. He hosts the very successful weekly poetry reading Poetic License (featured poets as well as an open microphone) every Tuesday at 8:00.

Anthony Lawrence's sixth book "Skinned by Light: New and Selected Poems" was published in 1998 by University of Queensland Press. His first novel "The Missing" is due out from Pan Macmillan (Picador)late in 1999. He is currently working on a new book of poems.He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

Meg Peacocke is a poetry tutor with the Open College of the Arts. She lives in East Cumbria where she keeps a smallholding, does some counselling and writes, mostly poetry. She runs workshops in creative writing for children and adults, and gives readings of her own work. She has been widely anthologized, and has won numerous poetry prizes. Her first collection, Marginal Land, was published by Peterloo Poets in 1988. Another collection is in preparation.

Fiona Robyn When these pages were posted Fiona Robyn was Fiona Hall; then she discovered there is already a published poet of that name. So now she is Fiona Robyn. This Fiona was born in 1974. She lives and works in Reading, Berkshire. Only recently gathered the courage to put together her own poems, and found she sometimes likes the results. Took an Arvon and started to get published in small magazines. Remember you saw her first on The Poetry Kit. See also her Who's Who entry.

Michael Rothenberg is a resident of Pacifica, CA. His poems have appeared in Cafe Review, Isibongo, Sycamore Review, Exquisite Corpse, Berkeley Poetry Review, Lungfull!, Mudlark, Pearl, Pyrowords, Rockhurst Review, Zuzu's Petals, and many other publications. He is editor and publisher of Big Bridge Press and Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else: He is most recently editor of Overtime, Selected Poems by Philip Whalen due out with Viking Penguin in 1999.

Ernest Slyman was born in Appalachia--Elizabethton, Tennessee. Attended East Tennessee State University. He has been widely published in The Laurel Review, The Lyric, Light:A Quarterly of Light Verse (Chicago), The NY Times, Reader's Digest and The Bedford Introduction to Literature, St Martins Press, edited by Michael Meyer, as well as Poetry: An Introduction, St Martins Press, edited by Michael Meyer. He has a home page at His e-mail address is

C K Tower is editor for the online literary journal, Conspire. She lives in Lansing, Michigan and attends Michigan State University, where she is continuing her studies in literature and creative writing. She also serves as poetry editor for the internet literary journal, Recursive Angel. More details can be found in Who's Who