Author profile: New Contexts 2

Moira Andrew has written poetry for children, and books on the creative arts for teachers. Her most recent collections of poetry are Geese and Daughters, (IDP), Looking through Water, (Poetry Space) and Imagine a Kiss, (D&W).
Lizzie Ballagher’s work has appeared in magazines and webzines on either side of the Atlantic. Find her blog at
Clare Bercot Zwerling is a newer poet. Her work appears in numerous journals and publications. She resides on the Mendocino Coast of California.
Margaret Beston is widely published, the author of two collections – Long Reach River (2014) and Timepiece (2019) – and also the founder of Roundel in Tonbridge.
Riley Burke is a student at George Washington University studying communications. She has poems published in Polyphony Lit (2018) and a self-published collection entitled Aftershock. She lives in Sacramento, California.
Sarah Butkovic recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Dominican University and aims to Master in Modern Literature. She is an aspiring writer, and plans on teaching or working in publishing upon graduation.
James Callan lives on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand on a small farm with his wife, Rachel, and his little boy, Finn. His latest work is Neon Dreams, a science fiction novel.
Wendy Taylor Carlisle is the author of four books and five chapbooks and is the 2020 winner of the Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Award for The Mercy of Traffic.
Richard Carpenter has been writing poetry since retiring. He is a member of York Stanza. He has a self-published collection of poems concerning the adventures of Dippy after leaving The Natural History Museum: Dippy Thumbs a Lift.
Joseph Chaplain is a new writer currently living in the Peak District. His short fiction has been published by Crystal Peake in their Dark Folklore anthology.
Allison Collins is a journalist and editor, with fiction published by Blast Furnace Press, Havok, Shark Reef, and Easy Street. Allison lives in upstate New York with her family.
Nigel Ferrier Collins is a writer and visual artist whose poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review. In a career in education he contributed to journals and had books published by OUP and Heinemann.
Annemarie Cooper lives in Tower Hamlets and has had poems in various magazines. She has two published pamphlets: Seeds (Flarestack) and The Flight of Birds (Soaring Penguin). She loves walking and gardening.
Charlotte Cosgrove is a poet and teacher from Liverpool. She is published in DreichTrouvaille Review and The Literary Yard. She has work forthcoming in Beyond Words and Confingo.
Erin K. Davis is a multimedia artist and writer with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her most recent collections of poetry include Ribbon of Darkness Over MeAridity, and A Girlhood in Fragments.
Sara Davis is a member of Roundel poets in Kent. Her poems have been published in South Poetry and in the collection Links in the Chain. She is joint winner of the Sir Philip Sydney poetry prize 2020.
R C de Winter writes in several genres with a focus on poetry, which appears in several top literary journals. Her work is also included in many anthologies.
A poet, educator, and artist, Andrea Janelle Dickens’ work has recently appeared in New SouthRuminate, and The Wayfarer, among others. 
Brian Docherty is the Beach Bard of St. Leonards. He has published eight books, most recently The View From the Villa Delirium, (Dempsey & Windle, 2021). 
William Dubie teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His poems have appeared in many literary, small press, and college publications.
Willow J Fields’s (@willows_field) recent titles include, Casualty of History (flash fiction), A Break-In Reality (short story) and The Humidified Series (flash fiction). 
Jim Friedman lives in Beeston, Nottinghamshire. On retirement he took up writing poetry again. He is a member of the Derby Stanza group.
Timothy Kenny’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in more than two dozen U.S. and European magazines. His essay collection Far Country, Stories From Abroad and Other Places, was published in 2015 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 
A novelist and poet, Ian Gouge is the creator of Coverstory books and the driving force behind New Contexts. His latest works include On Parliament Hill (a novel) and The Homelessness of a Child (poetry).
Gill Learner’s poetry has been widely published and won several awards, including the Hamish Canham Prize 2008. Her third collection, Change (Two Rivers Press) is due in October 2021.
Michael Lund is author of At Home and Away, a novel series that chronicles an American family from 1915 to 2015, and two volumes of short stories related to military experience.
Jayden Martin is a First Nations poet and writer with disability from Australia. His works have appeared in anthologies by The Poet’s Haven and Wingless Dreamer.
Penny McCarthy, commended in Poetry Business and Poetry London competitions, has published one pamphlet, The Stealing Shadow, and poems in AmbitLRBStand.
Alfie Ormsbee (he/him) is a transgender poet and English teacher from Michigan. His latest work will be featured in The Heart of Pride anthology by Quillkeepers Press.
Carol Park loves exploring Asia and her native California. Find her poetry on-line at MiGoZine and Monterey Review. Her fiction at Her novel set is forthcoming.
Janet Philo is published online and in print. Her two pamphlets include: Cheap Fish for Kings (Black Light Engine Room, 2020). She also has work included in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019-2021 (The Black Spring Press Group) 
Jenna Plewes’s latest collections A Woven Rope (V.Press) and The Salt and Sweet of Memory (Dempsey and Windle) are both being sold by her in aid of Freedom from Torture. Find her on Poetry PF or on Facebook.
David Punter lives and works in Bristol, and has published eight poetry collections, the latest of which are Those Other Fields (Palewell, 2020) and Stranger (Cinnamon, 2021).
Jenny Robb has written poetry since retiring. In 2020/21 she’s been published in online and print magazines, and anthologies. Her debut pamphlet will be published by Yaffle in 2021.
Gillie Robic was born in India and lives in London. Her collections, Swimming Through Marble and Lightfalls, were published by Live Canon in 2016 and 2019.
Stephen Roe is a retired Lancashire Secondary Headteacher living in Accrington and for several months of each year in France. He is a Poetry Society member of the Ribble Valley Stanza group.
Graeme Ryan was born in Lancashire and now lives near Exmoor. A Drama teacher and playwright for many years, he has now returned to poetry, his work featuring on Bard Window and in a range of competitions and publications.
Yvonne Sampson has had stories and plays shortlisted for many competitions, including the BBC Writersroom Prize. She recently won second prize in the Green Stories competition.
Barbara Sapienza, a retired clinical psychologist and novelist – Anchor Out, 2017; The Laundress, 2020 – lives with her husband in Sausalito and is working on a memoir.
Recently “retired” from working in local government and the voluntary sector, Helen Scadding is now focusing on writing and volunteering. Her poetry has recently been published in ArtemisSouth and Reach Poetry.
Dave Smith, a retired English teacher, is certain that the perceptive fellow-poets in Derby Stanza have been vital in helping him to find his voice.
David Smith lives and writes in North Yorkshire where he conducts Creative Writing classes. His work has appeared in The Sid Chaplin Short Story AnthologyRed Squirrel Press and Assent. His third collection is The Stencil Room (2018).
Kathleen Strafford s the author of two collections of poetry: Her Own LanguageWilderness of Skin. She is chief editor of Runcible Spoon webzine & publishing.
Kate Swann is a Northern, rural poet with an eye for detail.  Family, friends and travel are important to her life and none escape her pen when she is writing.
Arthur Tarley is a writer, activist, and union member. His work has appeared in Current Affairs and The Dillydoun Review, and his as yet unpublished novel is Built Upon Freedom.
Antonia Taylor is a British Cypriot writer, poet and communications expert. She lives in Reading and is currently working on her first collection.
Julia Usman has had numerous articles and poems published in the UK and Australia. Her debut collection She Who Sings Is Not Always Happy was published by Coverstory Books (2021).  She lives in Swaledale, North Yorkshire.
Lyndsey Kelly Weiner is a graduate of Stonecoast MFA and teaches writing at Syracuse University. She blogs at