Author profile: New Contexts 3

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 a pamphlet When the Ground Crashed Upwards, 2020 – also the founder of Roundel in Tonbridge.
Zanna Beswick’s poetry has been published in The IndependentThe International TimesThe French Literary ReviewResurgence etc., in several anthologies, and read on R4’s ‘Poetry Please’.
Christina Buckton lives near Cambridge. So far she has three Guernsey awards and has poems published in The North, Orbis and Stand. Her collection, Holding it Together, is published by Lamplight Press in April 2022.
James Callan grew up in Minneapolis, and now lives in New Zealand, with his wife, Rachel, and his son, Finn. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bridge Eight, Beyond Queer Words, The Tiny Journal, and The Plentitudes Journal.
Ray Clark is author of the highly acclaimed IMP series: gritty, crime fiction novels featuring detectives Gardener and Reilly, set in the West Yorkshire city of Leeds.
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.
Adele Cordner’s pamphlet The Kitchen Sink Chronicles was published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2021 and her new collection Tea & Toast will be published in 2022. Her poems have been placed in numerous competitions.
Charlotte Cosgrove is a writer and lecturer from Liverpool, England. Her first book of poetry Silent Violence with Petals will be published later this year. Charlotte is the editor for Rough Diamond poetry journal.
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.
Phil Dunkerley lives in South Lincolnshire, where he takes part in a range of poetry groups and open mic events. His poems have appeared in a fair number of journals, webzine and anthologies. He reviews for Orbis.
Marie-Rose Goto-Švić is an emerging writer from Australia, living in Japan. Her crime fiction novel The Kids Aren’t Alright was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Page Turner Writing Award.
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).
Kris Green lives in Florida with his wife, two-year-old son, a new baby daughter. Last year, he had three short stories published. As of March of this year, he’s had 6 stories and 2 poems published.
Lucy Heuschen is a London-born poet living in Germany. She is the founder of The Rainbow Poems online community. Her pamphlet We Wear The Crownwill be published by Hedgehog Press in Summer 2022.
Diana Killi is a retired language teacher and translator, currently living in York. She has been writing poetry since retirement and has built up a collection of poems. This is her first try at publication.
Richard Knott’s books include The Sketchbook WarThe Trio and The Secret War Against the Arts. His poetry collection Perfect Day was published in 2020. His poems have appeared in Selcouth Station, The Cannon’s Mouth and Line Breaks.
Richard Lester draws you into stories of people and places. His work is carved in the Radius sculpture, published in international magazines and is a celebration of ordinary magic perceived by a keen eye.
Lindy Newns is a poet and playwright from Manchester. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including the Poems for Grenfellanthology. She was shortlisted for a Northern Writers’ Poetry Award in 2021.
Dante Novario is a writer from Louisville, KY. Nominated for both the 2020 pushcart and rhysling awards, his writing has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and podcasts. 
Alfie Ormsbee is a transgender poet and educator from Michigan. He has been published in numerous anthologies, including The Heart of PrideNew Contexts: 2, High Shelf Press, and Aurora.
Carol Park reads, teaches, gardens, hikes and writes of California and Japan. Both have shaped her. She studied writing with Seattle Pacific University. Her novel, forthcoming, is set in 1990’s Tokyo. Find her at
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 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.
Stephen Poole is a retired policeman. His poems have appeared in The Ekphrastic ReviewPoetry on the Lake, and LPP MagazineNew Contexts: 3 is the third anthology to publish his work.
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. From 2020 – 2022 she’s been published in online and print magazines and anthologies. Her debut collection, The Doll’s House, will soon be published by Yaffle Press.
Graeme Ryan lives near Exmoor. His poetry is featured on Bard Window and in various competitions and publications. In March 2022 he published his debut poetry collection Valley of the Kings with Coverstory Books.
Barbara Sapienza lives in Sausalito and is a retired clinical psychologist. She has a novel being published in Spring 2023, The Dream Being, A Novel, to add to Anchor Out, 2017 and The Laundress, 2020.
Helen Scadding has had work published in ArtemisSouth, Orbis, Reach Poetry and several anthologies. She has a distinction in Creative Writing (MA Exeter) and is now working on her debut pamphlet.
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 in North Yorkshire. His work has appeared in The Sid Chaplain Short Story AnthologyRed Squirrel Press and Assent. His latest book Only Rumour Survives was published by Coverstory books in 2021.
Travis Stephens is a tugboat captain who lives and works in California. His book of poetry, “skeeter bit & still drunk”, is available at Finishing Line Press or on Amazon.
Megan Marie Sullivan graduated from Northwestern University with an MA in Creative Writing in 2012. Her work has previously appeared in In Parenthesis, and OPEN: Journal of Arts and Literature.
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.
David Thompson is a poet from Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. His work has featured in magazines and anthologies such as AtriumMagmaOrbis and New Contexts: 1 (Coverstory Books, 2021).
Simon Tindale was born in Sunderland, wrote songs in South London and found poetry in West Yorkshire and is currently working on a 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 
Owen Williams, a graduate of Loughborough University and a teacher by profession, has always enjoyed reading poetry and has been writing seriously since 2016.