notes on issue 6 contributors
Isabelle Baafi is a writer and poet from London. She was the winner of the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Poetry Review, Magma, Anthropocene, and elsewhere. Her debut pamphlet, Ripe, will be published in Autumn 2020 by ignitionpress. Miguel Barretto Garcia writes poems in English and Cebuano and performs in poetry slams and spoken word events in both London and Switzerland. Their poems have appeared in Rattle, The Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cordite Poetry Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and on the inaugural issue of TLDTD, a biannual journal for Filipino poets and poetry. They are currently finishing their PhD in decision neuroscience. Nora Blascsok is a Hungarian poet who moved to the UK in 2006. Her latest poems can be found online in Dust Magazine, Perhappened and Streetcake Magazine. Michael Elias is a writer of essays, prose, poetry, plays, and anything in-between. They are currently studying comparative literature, arts, and history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Their writing has so far appeared in Gold Flake Paint, Jewish News Detroit, Pass The Mic, The Niche, The Wrangler, Passengers Journal, and Homologylit. Imogen Forster does not claim to speak the ‘Scots leid’, but reads it fairly easily. It was her mother’s tongue/her mother tongue, and she has the taste of it in her mouth. She would never call a big meat plate anything but an ashet; spring onions are always sibies. She lives quietly in Edinburgh. Amaan Hyder is the author of At Hajj (Penned in the Margins, 2017). His poem ‘duas’ won second prize in the Poetry London Clore Prize 2019. Ioannis Kalkounos grew up in Corinth, Greece and currently lives in Edinburgh. He won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2020, and his poetry has appeared in Ambit, Gutter, and The Scores. In 2011, his poetic sequence dakryma was published in Athens. He is the Programme Manager of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Jessica Kim is a writer based in California. Her works can be found in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Eunoia Review, and Variant Literature. Rosanna Montemayor is an undergraduate taking up comparative literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She works with UP Writers Club and is currently based in Rizal. Amy B Moreno writes multilingual poetry and prose for adults and children, in English, Scots, and Spanish. She has recently been published by The London Reader, The Scottish Book Trust, The Glasgow Women’s Library blog, The Ogilvie Literary Review, Writers HQ, and Seahorse Publisher. She has upcoming work in several publications, which she adds to her Twitter feed: @Amy_B_Moreno Antonela Pallini-Zemin graduated as an English Language and English Literature Teacher in Buenos Aires. She writes both in English and Spanish. Her poems have been published in different newspapers, literary magazines and journals across Argentina, Spain, the US and the UK. She is currently attending the MA in Creative Writing Poetry at the University of East Anglia. Peter Scalpello is a poet and sexual health therapist from Glasgow, currently living and working in east London. First published in harana poetry, his work is also featured and forthcoming in Pilot Press, Visual Verse, New River Press, Sonic Boom, POLARI, Fruit Journal, fourteen poems, and by the Show Me Yours Prize and HIV Humanities, University of Manchester. Tweets @p_scalpello Laura Theis grew up in Germany, moved to Oxford in 2011, and writes poems, stories and songs in her second language. An AM Heath Prize recipient, she has won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Prize, the Hammond House International Literary Award for Poetry, and the 2020 Mogford Short Story Prize among others. Her debut poetry pamphlet is going to be published by Demsey & Windle later this year. Her website is http://lauratheis.weebly.com/ April Yee is a writer interested in colonialism, climate change, and other effects of power. Her work is in Newsweek and The Boston Globe, commended by Ambit, longlisted by Live Canon, and winner of the Ware Sonnet Prize. She translates from French and Spanish, and reported in more than a dozen countries before moving to London, where she tweets @aprilyee.