Contributors 2020

Taher Adel is a British-Bahraini poet and spoken word artist. He is currently completing his MA in Creative Writing and Poetry at the University of East Anglia. His poetry has also been published in Ambit, SMOKE Magazine, The New European and Poetry Salzburg ReviewButterfly years

Barbara Alfaro is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting. Her memoir Mirror Talk won the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Memoir. Barbara’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Boston Literary Review, Trouvaille Review, The Blue Mountain Review, and Voices de la Luna. The Lifespan of a Cricket – a personal essay

Edward Alport is a proud Essex Boy and retired teacher. He occupies his time as a gardener and writer for children. He has had poetry published in a variety of webzines and magazines. When he has nothing better to do he posts snarky micropoems on Twitter as @cross_mouse 

Pancake Day

Southwark Cathedral – a poem by Edward Alport

Based in Modesto, California, Matthew J. Andrews is a private investigator and writer whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Dewdrop, Deep Wild Journal, Braided Way Magazine, Song of the San Joaquin, and Red Eft Review, among others.Writing Poetry – a poem by Matthew J. Andrews

Jane Angué teaches English Language and Literature in France. Writing in French and English, work has appeared most recently in Le Capital des Mots, Amethyst, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Acumen and Poésie/première. A pamphlet, des fleurs pour Bach, was published in 2019 (Editions Encres Vives). Readings – a poem by Jane Angué

If I write this – a poem by Jane Angué

Umbrella – a poem by Jane Angué

A writer, speaker, and spiritual director, John Backman writes about ancient spirituality and the unexpected ways it can affect postmodern life. This includes a book (Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart) and personal essays in such places as Tiferet Journal, Amethyst Review, and Belmont Story ReviewNo Good Meditation – a reflection by John Backman

Ray Ball grew up in a house full of snakes. She is a history professor and an editor at Alaska Women Speak. Her chapbook Tithe of Salt came out with Louisiana Literature Press in the spring of 2019, and she has received nominations for Pushcart and Best of the Net. Ray has recent publications in descant, Gingerbread House, and Psaltery & Lyre. You can find her in the classroom, in the archives, or on Twitter @ProfessorBall.Parthenogenesis – a poem by Ray Ball and Caroline Streff https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/03/lateral-waters-a-poem-by-caroline-streff-and-ray-ball/

KB Ballentine’s sixth collection, The Light Tears Loose,
appeared this summer with Blue Light Press. Published in Crab Orchard
Review and Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, among others, her work also
appears in anthologies including Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of
Peace (2017) and In Plein Air (2017). Learn more at
www.kbballentine.comIn Praise of Oceans – a poem by KB Ballentine

Wind, Whispering – a poem by KB Ballentine

Between Sky and Sea – a poem by KB Ballentine

Elodie Rose Barnes is an author and photographer. She can usually be found in Spain, Paris or the UK, daydreaming her way back to the 1920s, while her words live in places such as Dust Poetry, Bold + Italic and trampset. Current projects include two chapbooks of poetry, and a novel-in-flash on the life of modernist writer Djuna Barnes. Find her online at http://elodierosebarnes.weebly.com, and on Twitter @BarnesElodie. Myself, Looking Back – a poem by Elodie Rose Barnes

Wayne-Daniel Berard, PhD, teaches Humanities at Nichols College, Dudley, MA. He publishes broadly in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. His novella, Everything We Want, was published in 2018 by Bloodstone Press. A poetry collection, The Realm of Blessing, will be published in 2020 by Unsolicited Press. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/14/the-sun-speaker

Passover in Plague Time

art of enlightenment

NO DISTANCE

Christine E. Black’s work has been published in Aura Literary Arts Review, Antietam Review, 13thMoon, American Journal of Poetry, New Millennium Writings, Nimrod International, Red Rock Review, The Virginia Journal of Education, Friends Journal, The Veteran, Sojourners Magazine, Iris Magazine, English Journal, and other publications. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Pablo Neruda Prize. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her family. Writing the Self Back In – a poem by Christine E. Black

Annie Blake (BTeach, GDipEd) enjoys experimenting with Blanco’s Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Logic to explore unconscious material and consciousness. Her work is best understood when interpreting them like dreams. She is a member of the C G Jung Society of Melbourne, Australia. You can visit her on annieblakethegatherer.blogspot.com.au and Facebook. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/23/ichthys-an-essay-by-annie-blake/

Divine Comedy – a reflection by Annie Blake

Watched by crows and friend to salamanders, Lisa Creech Bledsoe is a writer living in the mountains of North Carolina. She has two books, “Appalachian Ground” (2019) and “Wolf Laundry” (2020) out, and new poems in American Writers Review, The Main Street Rag, and Jam & Sand, among others. The sleepy sadness of things ending

Lost and found

Coleman Bomar is a writer  who currently resides in Middle Tennessee. His works have been featured by and/or are forthcoming in Drunk Monkeys, Plum Tree Tavern,  Nine Muses Review, Showbear Family Circus Liberal Arts Magazine, Prometheus Dreaming, SOFTBLOW, Eunoia Review, Beyond Words, Bewildering Stories, Isacoustic, Nine Muses Poetry and many more.A visitor wears down the lock – a poem by Coleman Bomar

By day, Julia Bonadies is an 8th-grade English teacher at Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle, and by night she is a professional writing tutor at Manchester Community College. Her work most recent work can be found in The Chronicle, Halfway Down the Stairs, and NEATE’s The Leaflet. Ode to Elijah’s Laughter – a poem by Julia Bonadies

Elizabeth Bolton is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto where she researches poetic literacy practice and education. Her stories and poems have appeared in Existere, Open Minds Quarterly, EVENT and Mothers Always Write. You can find her on Instagram: @elizabethboltonwriting. When the Wound Reopens

Patsy Kate Booth is a lifelong adventurer, poet and writer. Her work has been published in several anthologies, including Lummox Press, The Sandhill Review, Willow Creek Journal, A Walk Along the River, and recently prose in Why We Boat, a compilation of river stories. She is currently working on poetry and stories of her life in the upper Rio Grande of Colorado. You can visit her new blog at patsykate.wordpress.com. spin-out

Don Brandis is a retired healthcare worker pursuing his passion for poetry.  He’s had poems published in Leaping Clear, Free State Review, Neologism Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, and elsewhere.  A book of his poems, Paper Birds: 40 Poems,  is pending publication with Unsolicited Press.The Halfway House of the Sea – a poem by Don Brandis

S. T. Brant is a teacher from Las Vegas. Publications s in/coming from Door is a Jar, Santa Clara Review, New South, Rejection Letters, Quail Bell, Mineral, Dodging the Rain, La Piccioletta Barca, Cathexis Northwest Press, a few others. Twitter: @terriblebinth A Poem in the Margins of Leonard Cohen – a poem by S. T. Brant

A Poem in the Margins of Cavafy – a poem by S. T. Brant

Richard Britton is a theologian, elder and a worker in the criminal justice sector. His writing links the sacred to the everyday. He is published in The Ruskin Review and Bulletin, Philistine Press and Another North. He has a book out with Semeia SBL next year on metaphor in Romans.LADDER HILL

Jennifer Brough is usually writing, editing or reading. Outside of these wordy pursuits, she is learning Spanish and dreaming of Mexico. Her work has most recently appeared in Re-side, RIC Journal, Burning House Press and is forthcoming in Barren Magazine. She can be found @Jennifer_Brough and on jenniferlbrough.comPrayer to the High Priestess of Pain 

Jill Buckley is a member of the Stirling – based Cowane Street Writers, a group of writers in central Scotland with a broadly Christian focus. She is also a secondary school English teacher. New View of Neptune

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, eight chapbooks & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) & BestNewPoemsOnline, among 1,609 others across 43 countries. Creative Matrix

Elaine Fletcher Chapman (formerly Elaine Walters McFerron) is the author of a volume of poems, RESERVOIR forthcoming with Saint Julian Press in late 2020, Hunger for Salt published by Saint Julian Press and a letterpress chapbook, Double Solitude published by Green River Press. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Literature at Old Dominion University, Chapman worked on staff at The Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College for 18 years. She founded The Writer’s Studio where she teaches poetry, nonfiction and an ongoing class, On Keeping a Journal. She also provides editing services and organizes Poetry Readings and Crossing Over Writing Retreats.  For the last 39 years she has worked as a therapist in private practice. Also she is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation teacher. She has poems forthcoming in Hoot Review, Cloudbank and Poetry Pacific. Her poems have been published in 8 Poems, Rabid Oak, The Tishman Review, The EcoTheo Review, The Cortland Review, Connotation, The Sun, Calyx, Poet Lore, 5AM, Salamander, and others. She was guest blogger on The Best American Poetry Blog and The Solstice Literary Magazine blog. She now lives on the West side of the Chesapeake Bay near the James River in Newport News, Virginia. She also spends a great deal of time in the San Francisco Bay area. Trailer and Poetry Videos for Hunger For Salt: www.vimeo.com/elainefletcherchapman or http://www.elainefletcherchapman

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Melissa Chappell is a writer native to South Carolina where she lives on land that has been in her family for over 130 years. Besides writing, she also loves music, and plays guitar, piano, and lute. Music and the land are her great inspirations. She lives with her family and two miniature schnauzers. For the Sorrowing 

So Long Remembering 

Small Graces 

Flush with Joy

Ellen Chia lives in Thailand and whilst pondering over the wonders and workings of her tiny universe finds herself succumbing time after time to the act of poetry making. Her works have been published and forthcoming in The Ekphrastic Review, Nature Writing, The Honest Ulsterman, Zingara Poetry Review, Poetry Hall, The Tiger Moth Review and Chiron Review. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/28/waterlily-pond-vignettes-a-poem-by-ellen-chia/

David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in Manchester, England, and lived in Vienna before moving to Phoenix in 1978. The Bitter Oleander Press published Shatter the Bell in my Ear, translations of poems by Austrian poet Christine Lavant, and a long poem, Speech Scroll comes from Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library.https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/19/the-meaning-of-a-poem-by-david-chorlton/

Marian Christie’s poetry has appeared in, among others, Allegro, Black Bough, Independent Variable and Pushing out the Boat. When not writing or reading poetry, Marian looks at the stars, puzzles over the laws of physics, listens to birdsong and crochets gifts for her grandchildren. She lives in Kent.
Website: https://marianchristiepoetry.net/
Twitter: @marian_v_o.  Limen – a poem by Marian Christie

Cape of Good Hope – a poem by Marian Christie

Discontinuity/ At infinity

Nancy Christopherson‘s poems have appeared in Helen Literary Magazine, Peregrine Journal, Raven Chronicles, Third Wednesday, Verseveavers and Xanadu, among others, as well as various regional anthologies. Author of The Leaf, she lives and writes in eastern Oregon. Visit www.nancychristophersonpoetry.comLives of the Seraphim – a poem by Nancy Christopherson

Todd Copeland’s poems have appeared in The JournalHigh Plains Literary ReviewSouthern Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry ReviewSewanee Theological Review, The Wallace Stevens JournalThe Antigonish Review, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications. He won Descant’s Baskerville Publishers Poetry Award in 2018. He lives in Waco, Texas. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/24/hibernal-a-poem-by-todd-copeland/

Jill Crainshaw is a professor at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a PCUSA minister.Her poems have been published by Amethyst Review, The New Verse News, Panoply, Poets Reading the News, and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. Her poetry explores connections between the sacred and everyday life.Beneath our Feet and In Our Hands – a poem by Jill Crainshaw

 snowdrops on ash wednesday – a poem by Jill Crainshaw

the space between us – a poem by Jill Crainshaw

American poet Victoria Crawford has lived in various Asian countries and now calls Thailand home. Her poems have appeared in Samsara, Time of Singing, Parousia, Braided Way, Heart of Flesh, and other journals.Buddha Smile, Siam – a poem by Victoria Crawford

T. S. Davis is the author of Sun + Moon Rendezvous, a book of poems, and is the former producer of the Seattle Poetry Slam. He’s performed his work around the US, including Manhattan, Chicago, and Seattle. Most recent publications include poems and essays in Rattle. Mr. Davis is a retired Registered Nurse who lives in rural Arizona and writes creative nonfiction and Shakespearian sonnets. The Cosmos in My Coffee – a poem by T. S. Davis

https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/29/first-law-of-thermodynamics-a-poem-by-t-s-davis/

Dennis Daly has published seven books of poetry and poetic translations. He writes reviews regularly for The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene and on occasion for the Notre Dame Review, Ibbetson Street, Wilderness House, and the Somerville Times. He occasionally reads his poetry at various venues. Please see his blog at dennisfdaly.blogspot.com. Presence

Diane Elayne Dees’s chapbook, I Can’t Recall Exactly When I Died, is forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing House; also forthcoming, from Kelsay Books, is her chapbook, Coronary Truth. Diane also publishes Women Who Serve, a blog that delivers news and commentary on women’s professional tennis throughout the world.(http://womenwhoserve.blogspot.com)

Considering the Lilies – a poem by Diane Elayne Dees

Ariana D. Den Bleyker is a Pittsburgh native currently residing in New York’s Hudson Valley where she is a wife and mother of two. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family and every once in a while sleeps. She is the author of three collections, twenty chapbooks, three crime novellas, a novelette, and an experimental memoir. She hopes you’ll fall in love with her words.What If in Some Alternate Universe I Had My Heart & Lungs on Display? – a poem by Ariana Den Bleyker

Craig Dobson has been published in Acumen, Agenda, Antiphon, Butcher’s Dog, Crannóg, The Frogmore Papers, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House, Lighten Up Online, The London Magazine, Magma, Neon, New Welsh Review, The North, Orbis, Pennine Platform, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Prole, The Rialto, Stand, Southword and Under The Radar.New Age – a poem by Craig Dobson

Morgan Driscoll is a commercial artist looking to express himself in ways that do not involve selling things. Poetry seems the the form most expressive, and least mercenary, so he is giving it a try. When not running a business, or raising 5 children, or drinking coffee, he occasionally explores the spiritual, quickly losing his way and retreating back to the profane.Scenic Vista – a poem by Morgan Driscoll

Matt Duggan was born in Bristol 1971 and now lives in Newport, Wales with his partner Kelly. His poems have appeared in many journals including Potomac Review, Foxtrot Uniform, Dodging the Rain, Here Comes Everyone, Osiris Poetry Journal, The Blue Nib, The Poetry Village, The Journal, The Dawntreader, The High Window, The Ghost City Review, L’ Ephemere Review, Confluence, Marble and Polarity. In 2015, Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry with his first full collection of poems Dystopia 38.10 (erbacce-press). Matt won the Into the Void Poetry Prize in 2017 with his poem, Elegy for Magdalene. Matt has previously published two chapbooks: One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) and A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House). In 2019 Matt was one of the winners of the Naji Naaman Literary Prize (Honours for Complete Works). His second full collection Woodworm (Hedgehog Poetry Press) was published in July 2019.  His latest chapbook collection “The Kingdom” (Maytree Press) came out on the 10th April (2020). Matt is working on his third and last full collection ‘Lemminkainen’. HUMMINGBIRD – a poem by Matt Duggan

Beatriz Dujovne is a licensed psychologist with a private psychotherapy practice. She is the author of In Strangers’ Arms: The Magic of the Tango (McFarland, 2011) and Don’t Be Sad After I’m Gone (McFarland, forthcoming) and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed psychoanalytic journals.White Shadow – a poem by Beatriz Dujovne

Diana Durham is the author of three poetry collections: Sea of Glass, To the End of the Night and Between Two Worlds; the novel The Curve of the Land and two nonfiction books: The Return of King Arthur and, most recently, Coherent Self, Coherent World: a new synthesis of Myth, Metaphysics & Bohm’s Implicate OrderOn Dartmoor – poetry by Diana Durham

Listening for Updates 

Jonathan English works as a lawyer in Washington, DC, playing a bit part in our common quest for justice.  He also writes short stories, poetry, and other creative genres, besides writing on law. Architectonics – a poem by Jonathan English

Sara Epstein is a clinical psychologist from Winchester, Massachusetts, who writes poetry and songs, especially about light and dark places. Her poems are forthcoming or appeared in Silkworm, Paradise in Limbo, Mom Egg Review, Chest Journal, Literary Mama, and two anthologies: Sacred Waters, and Coming of Age. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/18/conversation-with-my-guts-after-looking-at-the-tangka-of-the-wrathful-god-aksobhya-a-buddha-associated-with-transforming-anger-a-poem-by-sara-epstein/https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/27/air-a-poem-by-sara-epstein/

Anna Evas: Published internationally in literary journals such as Irises (The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize), Michigan Quarterly Reviewand, soon, Long Poem Magazine (England), Anna Evas works as a lyricist, recording artist and composer. Flowers for the Body – a poem by Anna Evas

On Holiday – a poem by Anna Evas

Susan H. Evans writes and educates college students in East Tennessee.  She is published in Deep South Magazine, Ornery Quarterly, Six Hens Literary Journal, and Christian Science MonitorDid Katie? – a Reflection by Susan H. Evans

Jonathan Evens is Associate Vicar for HeartEdge at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Through HeartEdge, a network of churches, he encourages congregations to engage with culture, compassion and commerce. He writes on the Arts for a range of publications including Artlyst, ArtWay and Church Times. He is co-author of ‘The Secret Chord,’ an impassioned study of the role of music in cultural life written through the prism of Christian belief. He blogs at Between: https://joninbetween.blogspot.com/ 

are/are not – a poem by Jonathan Evens

Attend, attend – a poem by Jonathan Evens

Lynn Finger’s work has appeared in the Ekphrastic Review, MineralLitMag, Night Music Journal, Journal of Compressed Arts, and is forthcoming in Drunk Monkeys, Feral, and Tiny Seed. Lynn also works with a group that mentors writers in prison. Bonfire Travelers

Robert Ford‘s poetry has appeared in print and online publications in the UK, US and elsewhere, including The Interpreter’s House, Brittle Star, Butcher’s Dog and San Pedro River Review. More of his work can be found at https://wezzlehead.wordpress.com/

Holocene – a poem by Robert Ford

Kate Garrett is a writer, witch, mama, and drummer who sometimes haunts 450 year old houses (as a heritage volunteer). Her next book, A View from the Phantasmagoria, is due out in October 2020 from Rhythm & Bones Press. She lives halfway up a hillside in Sheffield, England. www.kategarrettwrites.co.uk

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Gently does it – a poem by Kate Garrett

Miserere – a poem by Kate Garrett

Susie Gharib is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde with
a Ph.D. on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Her poetry and fiction have
appeared in multiple venues including Down in the Dirt, Impspired
Magazine, Mad Swirl, A New Ulster, Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Ink
Pantry, and the Pennsylvania Literary JournalBeads – a reflection by Susie Gharib

Yellow – a poem by Susie Gharib

Ken Gierke started writing poetry in his forties, but found new focus when he retired. It also gave him new perspectives, which come out in his poetry, primarily free verse and haiku. He has been published at Amethyst Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Vita Brevis, Tuck Magazine, Eunoia Review and formidable woman sanctuary. His website: https://rivrvlogr.com/

The Beat of Wings

After earning his Master’s Degree, Mel Goldberg taught literature in California, Illinois, Arizona, and at Stanground College in Cambridgeshire, England.
After an early retirement, he and his artist wife traveled in a motorhome for seven years throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. They currently live on a small income in Mexico.ON SEEING PICASSO’S GUERNICA FOR THE FIRST TIME – a poem by Mel Goldberg 

Phil Goldstein is a journalist and writer who has been living in the Washington, D.C, area for more than a decade. His poetry has been published in the journals In Parentheses and The Ideate Review, and his work is also forthcoming in Awakened Voices. By day, he works as a senior editor for Manifest, a content marketing agency.Wandering in Search of Truth – a poem by Phil Goldstein

Marilyn Grant has taught writing at Cerritos College and journal writing to Hospice nurses.  She belongs to a weekly Sangha with like-minded spiritual seekers, which is the inspiration for much of her poetry.  Her poems have appeared in Amethyst Review and Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry.In the Meantime – a poem by Marilyn Grant

The Day Mary Oliver Died – a poem by Marilyn Grant

Deborah Guzzi writes internationally. Her poetry appears in Allegro, Shooter, Amethyst Review & Foxglove Journal in the UK – Blue Nib &Automatic Pilot, Ireland – Existere, Ekphrastic Review, Scarlet Leaf & Subterranean Blue, Canada – Tincture, Vine Leaves & Ariel Chart – Australia, mgv2>publishing- France, Cha – Hong Kong – Greece – pioneertown, Sounding Review, Bacopa Literary Review, The Aurorean, Liquid Imagination & others in the USA. Deborah was nominated for the Pushcart Award & Rhysling Awards. The Lotus Blossoms – a poem by Deborah Guzzi

Charles Haddox lives in El Paso, Texas. He has worked in fair trade marketing, and as a grant writer and community organizer. His poetry has appeared in Commonweal, America, The Christian Century, and San Pedro River Review.Icon – a poem by Charles Haddox

Though born in humble circumstances, Clarice Hare received a privileged education and has lived a fascinating life, traveled widely, and never said no to an opportunity for exploration or enlightenment. She currently lives in obscurity in the southern U.S. with an assortment of furry and scaly pets.Anattā: Promenade Beach, Pondicherry – a poem by Clarice Hare

Vishwam Heckert is a Heart Of Living Yoga Teacher & Trainer, a former academic, and a gentle revolutionary mystic. His joy is helping others (and himself) to relax and discover peace. He currently Matlock, Derbyshire, with his partner and their garden. http:/ flowingwithlife.org.

Ocean of Light

Sister Lou Ella Hickman, I.W.B.S. is a certified spiritual director whose poems and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and journals as well as four anthologies. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017. Her first book of poetry entitled she: robed and wordless was published in 2015. (Press 53) and He breathed on them – a poem by Sister Lou Ella Hickman

Sam Hickford spent a lot of time in a silent monastery, and so now talks compulsively to make up for lost time.On Running Naked on a Golf Course – York, 2015 – a poem by Sam Hickford

Fredric Hildebrand is a retired physician living in Neenah, WI. His poetry has appeared in Art Ascent, Bramble, Millwork, Tigershark, and Verse-Virtual. He received the Mill Prize for Poetry Honorable Mention Award in both 2017 and 2018. When not writing or reading, he plays acoustic folk guitar and explores the Northwoods with his wife and two Labrador retrievers. Beatitudes of January

October Morning

Laura Reece Hogan is the author of Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press, forthcoming Fall 2020), winner of the 2020 Paraclete Poetry Prize, the chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and the nonfiction book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock, 2017). Her poems are featured in America, The Christian Century, Dappled Things, Anglican Theological Review, First Things, The Cresset, Whale Road Review, and other publications. Find her online at www.laurareecehogan.comRibbons – a poem by Laura Rees Hogan

Jack Houston is a writer from London. His work has been shortlisted for the Basil Bunting and Keats-Shelley prizes, the Live Cannon Pamphlet competition and was runner-up in the 2017 Poetry London Competition. His online lockdown poetry workshop with Hackney Libraries can be joined by emailing jack.houston@hackney.gov.uk

If the Early Days of Our Relationship were The Holy Trinity

Joan M. Howard’s poetry has appeared  in  the Aurorean,  Lucid Rhythms, The Road Not Taken: The Journal of Formal Poetry, The Deronda Review, Victorian Violet  Press,  POEM, The Wayfarer, Mezzo Cammin and other literary journals. She has written two books: Death and Empathy: My Sister Web in 2017 and  Jack, Love, and the Daily Grail  published by Kelsay Books. Joan is a former teacher with an MA in German and English Literature and is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network (www.netwestwriters.blogspot.com) and Georgia Poetry Society, She enjoys birding and kayaking on the beautiful waters of Lake Chatuge near Hiawassee. Marcescent Leaves – a poem by Joan M. Howard

Andrew Hutto is originally from north Georgia but currently writes out of Kentucky. He recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in English. His sonnet was selected for the Hands and Feet Poetry Derby at Churchill Downs. In the summer of 2019, he served as a preliminary judge for the Louisville Literary Arts Writer’s Block fiction prize. His poetry appears in Thrush and is forthcoming in Barnhouse and Eunoia Review. For more information visit www.andrewhutto.org

Re- (A, The, A) – a poem by Andrew Hutto

Canto II – a poem by Andrew Hutto

M.J. Iuppa’s fourth poetry collection is This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017).For the past 31 years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog: mjiuppa.blogspot.com for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew. epiphany-in-january

This Wasn’t What I Thought – a poem by M.J. Iuppa

Christopher James is an emerging poet from Birmingham. His work has previously been published in Lumpen Journal, and discusses issues of class, upbringing, and urban environments. He currently co-edits The Utopia Project, a political arts and literature magazine. Communion

D. R. James has taught college writing, literature, and peace-making for 36 years and lives in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan. His latest collections are If god were gentle (Dos Madres) and Surreal Expulsion (Poetry Box), and a new chapbook, Flip Requiem, will release in March 2020 (Dos Madres). https://www.amazon.com/author/drjamesauthorpage

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Wry Duty – a poem by D. R. James

A.W. Kindness: Born in N.E. Scotland, long-time London dweller. Published round the end of last century in mags including And, Angel exhaust, Fire, Memes, Terrible work, more recently in Molly Bloom.https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/13/from-noise-offering-a-poem-by-a-w-kindness/

Stephen Kingsnorth, retired to Wales from ministry in the Methodist Church, has had pieces accepted by a dozen on-line poetry sites, including Amethyst Review, and Gold Dust, The Seventh Quarry, The Dawntreader & Foxtrot Uniform Poetry Magazines. https://poetrykingsnorth.wordpress.com/

Writing and the sacred: a short essay

Sacred Sound

Cushions

Mary Kipps is a US writer whose poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies around the world since 2005. She is also the author of three Kindle eBooks: All in Vein, A Sucker for Heels, and Bitten: A Practical Guide to Dating a Vampire.The Word – a poem by Mary Kipps

Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Prof. of English (Emeritus) at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi has published nine collections of poems, the most recent being Emmett Till in Different States: Poems (Third World Press, 2015) and Reaching Forever: Poems (Cascade Books, Poiema Series, 2019). He has published more than 350 poems in such journals as Spiritus, Christian Century, America, The Cresset, Theology Today, US Catholic, Sojourners, St. Austin Review, Christianity and Literature, Michigan Quarterly Review, Louisiana Literature, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry,
Emmanuel, and Vocations and Prayer.Epiphany

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences with an emphasis on new play development and networking. He tells stories on stages as producer of new plays, and tells stories in writing with lineated poems, prose poems, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, haiku, haibun, and microfiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in print and on-line in journals from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Ireland, Dubai (UAE), England, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and the USA, including The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Elsewhere Lit, Frogpond, and Mudlark. @kimpeterkovac – www [dot] kimpeterkovac [dot] tumblr [dot] com https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/08/the-ghost-the-angel-and-the-boundaries-of-belief-a-poem-by-kim-peter-kovach/

Janet Krauss, who has two books of poetry published, “Borrowed Scenery,” Yuganta Press, and “Through the Trees of Autumn,” Spartina Press, has recently retired from teaching English at Fairfield University. Her mission is to help and guide Bridgeport’s  young children through her teaching creative writing, leading book clubs and reading to and engaging a kindergarten class. As a poet, she co-directs the poetry program of the Black Rock Art Guild.

Winter Leaves

“Death is the mother of Beauty” – a poem by Janet Krauss

Facing the Ocean – a poem by Janet Krauss

The Corona – a poem by Janet Krauss

The Stars Above, the Flowers Below – a poem by Janet Krauss

Oneg Shabbat

Margaret Krell lives in suburban Boston, and on occasion still  teaches privately. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, The Providence Journal and The Boston Globe.  Her most recent publication was an essay in the anthology, Family Stories from the Attic

Constancy

Irina Kuzminsky is a widely published poet and writer; she is also a dancer, singer and composer, who has combined a life in the arts with a rigorous academic background including a doctorate from Oxford. Her passion has long been a quest for the feminine faces of the Divine across spiritual traditions  https://irinushka.net

Images of Oneness – a poem by Irina Kuzminsky

Kristin LaFollette is a writer, artist, and photographer and is the author of the chapbook, Body Parts (GFT Press, 2018). She is a professor at the University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN, USA) and serves as the Art Editor at Mud Season Review. You can visit her on Twitter at @k_lafollette03 or on her website at kristinlafollette.com. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/12/prayer-a-poem-by-kristin-lafollette/

If I Wake – a poem by Kristin LaFollette

Kyle Laws is based out of the Arts Alliance Studios Community in Pueblo, CO where she directs Line/Circle: Women Poets in Performance. Her collections include Ride the Pink Horse (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019), Faces of Fishing Creek (Middle Creek Publishing, 2018), This Town: Poems of Correspondence with Jared Smith (Liquid Light Press, 2017), So Bright to Blind (Five Oaks Press, 2015), and Wildwood (Lummox Press, 2014). With eight nominations for a Pushcart Prize, her poems and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany. She is the editor and publisher of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press.Book of Hours Manuscript 186, Walters Art Museum – a poem by Kyle Laws

Waystation – a poem by Kyle Laws

Adam Lee lives and works as a bid writer in Manchester. Over the years he has studied 18th c. English Literature, Psychology and History. His poetry is largely concerned with time, death, loss, resurrection and renewal.Lazarus – a poem by Adam Lee

Sonnet: On the superiority of bird song – a poem by Adam Lee

Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and professor. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013).  In 2014, her poem “Written on Skin” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author of several books on human rights and sustainability. She advises companies around the world on social and environmental issues. Her poems have been published in Salamander, Voices Israel, POESY, Wilderness House Review, Ibbetson Street, and the Muddy River Poetry Review. She is the founding co-editor of Soul-Lit.  http://flowermap.net/

If I must wear a mask – a poem by Deborah Leipziger

I stand vigil – a poem by Deborah Leipziger

The Broken Tulip – a poem by Deborah Leipziger

Barbara Leonhard is a writer, poet, and blogger at Extraordinary Sunshine Weaver.  Her podcast Poetry: The Memoir of the Soul explores universal themes such as Grief, Kindness, and Presence. She taught writing for many years at the University of Missouri and is the author of Discoveries in Academic Writing. She is also a regular contributor to Free Verse Revolution, Phoebe, MD:Medicine + Poetry , and Go Dog Go CaféReclamation – a poem by Barbara Leonhard

Kathleen Brewin Lewis writes about the natural world and family life. She’s the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Fluent in Rivers and July’s Thick Kingdom. Her work has also appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Christian Century, Southern Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. V: Georgia. She’s a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best of the Net nominee.

The Shoal Lilies

A Cup of Grace

Kali Lightfoot‘s poems and reviews of poetry have appeared in journals and anthologies, and been nominated twice for Pushcart, and once for Best of the Net. Her debut collection is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press in 2021. Kali earned an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, find her at kali-lightfoot.com. Mystery – poem by Kali Lightfoot

Mountain Dharma – a poem by Kali Lightfoot

By day R.A. Lott works in academic administration at the University of Toronto, and by night she writes and translates poetry. Her pieces have appeared in First Things, Christian Century, and a number of smaller periodicals.Easter Haiku – a poem by R.A. Lott

Rupert Loydell is a writer, editor and abstract artist. His many books of poetry include Dear Mary (Shearsman, 2017) and The Return of the Man Who Has Everything(Shearsman 2015); and he has edited anthologies such as Yesterday’s Music Today (co-edited with Mike Ferguson, Knives Forks and Spoons Press 2014), and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh: manifestos and unmanifestos (Salt, 2010).WHAT GOD SAID TO ME – a poem by Rupert Loydell

COLOUR BLIND 

Tony Lucas has lived and worked in inner South London for many years.   Hs work has been published both in the UK and America, with the most recent collection of his work, Unsettled Accounts, issued by Stairwell Books in 2015. DAWN CHORUS – a poem by Tony Lucas 

FROM THE SUMMIT – a poem by Tony Lucas

Marilyn McCabe‘s work has garnered her an Orlando Prize from A Room of Her Own, the Hilary Tham Capital Collection contest award from The Word Works resulting in publication of her book of poems Perpetual Motion, and two artist grants from the New York State Council on the Arts. Her second book of poems, Glass Factory, was published in 2016. Her poems and videopoetry have been published in a variety of print and online literary magazines. She blogs about writing and reading at Owrite:marilynonaroll.wordpress.com.

C.T. McClintock lives her best life in Brooklyn. She is a Doctoral Fellow at St. John’s University in Queens where she teaches undergraduate writing and works as the Assistant Editor of the St. John’s Humanities Review. Follow her on Instagram (@c.t.mcclintock) for her latest writing.BOOM – a poem by C.T. McClintock

Megan McDermott is a poet and Episcopal priest living in Western Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Susquehanna University. Her poetry has been published in various publications, including The Christian Century, The Cresset, Psaltery & Lyre, Amethyst Review, Rogue Agent Journal, Gyroscope Review, and Saint Katherine ReviewGiant Inflatable Whale, $19.59

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Ian McFarland is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University. Currently, Ian works as a substitute teacher and lumberjack. His first published work is scheduled to appear on the online journals failbetter, and Ariel Chart in the coming months.The Prophet – a poem by Ian McFarland

Kathryn MacDonald is the author of A Breeze You Whisper (poems, 2011) and Calla & Édourd (fiction, 2009). She has a second poetry manuscript currently seeking a publisher. Recent poems have been published in Orbis(U.K.), Devour: Art & Lit Canada, and on Spirit of the Hills’ “Pandemic” literary blog. Website: https://KathrynMacDonald.comHONEY LIGHT – a poem by Kathryn MacDonald

Kim Malinowski earned her B.A. from West Virginia University and her M.F.A. from American University. She studies with The Writers Studio. Her chapbook Death: A Love Story was published by Flutter Press. Her work has appeared in Faerie Magazine, War, Literature, and the Arts, Mythic Delirium, and others. Dancing the Wheel

https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/10/oh-mortality-a-poem-by-kim-malinowski/

Margaret Marcum is currently a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. She graduated with a B.A. and her literary interests include animal rights, healing the collective through personal narrative, vegan studies, and ecofeminism. Her poems previously appeared in Literary Veganism and Children, Churches, and Daddies. Four-Corner Travel

I Spoke Into Heaven

Naomi Marklew lives in Durham in the North of England, where she moved to study poetry in 2007. She writes poems and blogs at poeticpotential.blogspot.comThe thin silence – a poem by Naomi Marklew

Cope – a poem by Naomi Marklew

Phoebe Marrall, orphaned at the age of nine, was a survivor of The Depression and of a grueling childhood. When she died in 2017 at the age of eighty-four, her daughters Jane Hendrickson and Camille Komine inherited hundreds of poems she had written. They remained unpublished during her lifetime, but it is the intention of her daughters that a collection be compiled for readers to appreciate. Relief, Have You a Name? is currently a work in progress, being edited by Gayle Jansen Beede. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/18/the-same-privacy-a-poem-by-phoebe-marrall/ https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/11/out-from-the-epicenter-a-poem-by-phoebe-marrall/

Basins of Sound – a poem by Phoebe Marrall

D.S. Martin is the author of four poetry collections, including Ampersand (2018),  & Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — both from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, and the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series.IN THE EARLY MORNING – a poem by D.S. Martin

ANGELIC MANIFESTATIONS – a poem by D.S. Martin

Victoria Martin is a senior studying for a Creative Writing BFA. She worked for The Evansville Review as an Assistant Editor for three semesters. Currently, she is a Managing Editor of the Newman Newsletter for UE Newman Club members and alumni. She is also a co-op intern at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL. The World to Come

Carl Mayfield has recent work in Miramar, Wales Haiku Journal and Slipstream. His most recent chapbook is I Would Also Like To Mention Biscuits & Gravy.https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/17/when-december-runs-off-with-the-light-a-poem-by-carl-mayfield/

Rosie Garcia

In The Midst Of Grace

Blank Look #599

MEH is Matthew E. Henry, a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated poet with works appearing or forthcoming in various publications including Amethyst Review, The Anglican Theological Review, The Other Journal, Relief, Rock and Sling, Spiritus, and The Windhover. The author or Teaching While Black (Main Street Rag. 2020), MEH is an educator who received his MFA from Seattle Pacific University, yet continued to spend money he didn’t have completing a MA in theology and a PhD in education.

Say prayer’s correctly rubbing God’s back – a poem by MEH

Say gravity is grace enough for god- – a poem by MEH

Mark J. Mitchell was born in Chicago and grew up in southern California. His latest poetry collection, Starting from Tu Fu  was just published by Encircle Publications. A new collection is due out in December from Cherry Grove.He is very fond of baseball, Louis Aragon, Miles Davis, Kafka and Dante. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster where he makes his meager living pointing out pretty things. He has published 2 novels and three chapbooks and two full length collections so far. A meager online presence can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MarkJMitchellwriter/

Church – a poem by Mark J. Mitchell

Sitting Soundly – a poem by Mark J.Mitchell 

Marjorie Moorhead writes from a New England river valley, surrounded by mountains and four season change. She is an AIDS survivor, and mother, who tries for a daily reverent walk. Finding a voice in poetry has brought Marjorie much joy, and a needed sense of community. Her work is found online at many journal sites, in several anthologies, and two chapbooks. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/21/whisper-a-poem-by-marjorie-moorhead/

Who Stopped? – a poem by Marjorie Moorhead

A Song for This Morning – a poem by Marjorie Moorhead

Hello Yellow! (Forsythia) – a poem by Marjorie Moorhead

Jake Morrill is a minister and therapist in East Tennessee. He holds degrees from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Harvard Divinity School, and is a recipient of the post-graduate Michener-Copernicus Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His 2011 novella, Randy Bradley, was published by Solid Objects (New York). He has upcoming publications of narrative nonfiction pieces in River Poets Journal, Braided Way, Round Table Literary Journal, and Adelaide Literary MagazineSinging Out for Love’s Return – a reflection by Jake Morrill

Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Terminal Destination (Spartan Press, 2019).Chrysler Aspen

hypothesis

Susan Morse lived in Maine for thirty years, but moved to the Willamette Valley in 2016.   A member of the Oregon Poetry Association, she also frequently reads at the Salem Poetry Project.   Her chapbook,  In the Hush was published June 2019 by Finishing Line Press, and she has other poems in publications such as Cream City Review, Willawaw Journal, and The Mom Egg.  Me, Dissembling 

Joel Moskowitz is an artist and retired picture framer who lives with his wife and cat in Sudbury, Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in J Journal, Midstream,Naugatuck River Review, The Healing Muse, MuddyRiverPoetryReview.com, BostonPoetryMagazine.com and Soul-Lit.com. He is a First Prize winner of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire National Contest.Communing with the Owl

Mary Mulholland came to poetry after careers in journalism and psychotherapy. She has a Poetry MA from Newcastle and has been published in magazines and anthologies. She won the US Momaya prize in 2019, and has been commended and shortlisted in several national competitions. She co-edits The Alchemy Spoon.
www.marymulholland.co.uk 

Who is she who comes?

JBMulligan has had more than 1000 poems and stories in various magazines over the past 40 years, and has had two chapbooks published: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, as well as 2 e-books, The City of Now and Then, and A Book of Psalms (a loose translation). He has appeared in several anthologies, among them: Inside/Out: A Gathering Of Poets; The Irreal Reader; and multiple volumes of Reflections on a Blue Planet.Explorers – a poem by JBMulligan

Daryl Muranaka lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.  He enjoys aikido and tai chi chuan and exploring his children’s multiple cultures. His poems have appeared in Gyroscope Review, the Roanoke Review, and Spry Literary Review. He has published one collection and two chapbooks.

Mindlessness 

In One Lifetime 

John Muro: A life-long resident of Connecticut, John is a graduate of Trinity College. He has also earned advanced degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut. His first volume of poems, “In the Lilac Hour,” was published in October 2020 by Antrim House, and the book is available on Amazon. He has spent most of his professional career serving as an executive and volunteer in the fields of environmental stewardship and conservation.  John currently lives on the Connecticut shoreline with his wife, Debra Ann.

Joseph Murphy has been published in numerous literary journals and authored four poetry collections, The Shaman Speaks, Shoreline of the Heart, Having Lived and Crafting Wings. He is a member of the Colorado Authors’ League; for eight years was poetry editor for a literary publication, Halfway Down the Stairs.

The Second Hand 

Mike Neis lives in Orange County with his family, and works as a technical writer for a commercial laboratory. His work has appeared in Stonecrop Review and Anti-Heroin Chic. Besides writing, his outside activities include church music, walking for health, and teaching English as a second language.All I Ever Had – a short story by Mike Neis

L.W. Nicholson is an educator and grower of tomatoes from Southeast Missouri. Her work has appeared in Moon City Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and others. Blackberry Winter

Carolyn Oulton has been published in magazines including AcumenArtemis, Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, from the edge, Ink Sweat & TearsNine Muses, Orbis, The Poetry Village, The Moth and Seventh Quarry. Her most recent collection Accidental Fruit is published by Worple Press. Her website is at carolynoulton.co.uk https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/26/new-years-eve-a-poem-by-carolyn-oulton/

Brian Palmer is inspired by the idea that everything lies in beauty along a continuum of emergence and decay and at any given moment has the capacity to inspire. Recently, he’s been published at The Ekphrastic Review, in Small Farmer’s Journal, and The Light EkphrasticOn a Northern Shore – a poem by Brian Palmer

To Basho

Magpie – a poem by Brian  Palmer

Dayna Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in POETRY, Crab Orchard Review, and Passages North. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetrydaynapatterson.com May Day – a poem by Dayna Patterson

Bernard Pearson’s work  appears in many publications, including; Aesthetica Magazine , The Edinburgh Review, Crossways, Patchwork, FourxFour, The Gentian  In 2017 a selection of his poetry ‘In Free Fall’ was published by Leaf by Leaf  Press. In 2019  he won second prize in The Aurora Prize for Writing for his poem Manor Farm  Wilderness

Jeffrey Perkins received his MFA from Bennington College and his poems have been published in Memorious, The Massachusetts Review, The Southampton Review, The Cortland Review, Mid-American Review, and The Adroit Journal, among other journals. His first book of poems, Kingdom, is due out in Spring 2020 from Spork Books. He was a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Watermill Center and lives in Los Angeles, California, USA. You can find him online at https://thekingdompoems.com/ https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/04/seek-a-poem-by-jeffrey-perkins/

Darrell Petska‘s poetry has appeared in journals such as Muddy River Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Star 82 Review, Clementine Unbound, and After the Pause (see conservancies.wordpress.com). He’s tallied thirty years on the academic staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 40 years as a father (seven years a grandfather), and longer still as a husband. That Something – a poem by Darrell Petska

Cynthia Pitman has had poetry or prose published in Amethyst Review, Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Arts (Pushcart Prize nominee, 2019), Third Wednesday (contest finalist), Vita Brevis, Leaves of Ink, Ekphrastic Review, Adelaide Literary Review, Right Hand Pointing, Dual Coast Magazine, and others. Her poetry collection, The White Room, is forthcoming. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/17/vanishing-point-a-poem-by-cynthia-pitman/Awakening – a poem by Cynthia Pitman

Martin Potter (https://martinpotterpoet.home.blog) is a poet and academic, and his poems have appeared in Acumen, The French Literary Review, Eborakon, Scintilla, and other journals. His pamphlet In the Particular was published by Eyewear in December, 2017. Newman at Edgbaston

A few of Jennifer Reek‘s poems have previously appeared in Amethyst Review. She is the author of A Poetics of Church: Reading and Writing Sacred Spaces of Poetic Dwelling (2018).Noli Me Tangere – a poem by Jennifer Reek

F.W. “Skip” Renker has recent poems in Presence, Leaping Clear, and The Awakenings Review.  His poems have appeared in numerous journals as well as the Atlanta Review, Poetry Midwest, and Passages North anthologies, and he has a Pushcart Nomination.  His books are Birds of Passage (Delta Press), Sifting the Visible (Mayapple Press), and Bearing the Cast (St. Julian Press).  He lives with his wife Julia Fogarty in the beautiful lakefront town of Petoskey, MI.Lead, Lights – a poem by Skip Renker

Jacob Riyeff (jacobriyeff.com, @riyeff) is a translator, poet, and scholar of medieval English literature. His primary interests lie in the western contemplative tradition and medieval vernacular poetry. He is a Benedictine oblate of Osage Deanery and lives on Milwaukee’s Lower East Side. On Knowledge and Love

John Rock grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in the United States and spent many years making and showing experimental films in San Francisco and on the shores of Lake Superior working on poetry.  He is the author of the poetry collections Dancing the Solitudes and The Diary of Snow Arisen and the novels Report the Earth, The Night Flying Collective, To the Well of Earth and Orders of the Moon.  Books and audio recordings at www.johnrockpoetry.com   Dear Dreamer – a poem by John Rock

Emalisa Rose is a poet, dollmaker, animal rescue volunteer. She has worked in Special Education and hospice.  Living by a shore town has provided the inspiration that fuels her artwork.  She has had her work in Parrot Poetry, B Street and Arrow Journalbluejay bolero

Hamayle Saeed is an accidental wielder of the stethoscope with a deliberate interest in poetry. Her work has previously appeared in Papercuts and is forthcoming in Rough Cut Press.
http://desiwriterslounge.net/articles/details/

Godded – a poem by Hamayle Saeed

HereAfter – a poem by Hamayle Saeed

Heather Sager lives in Illinois, USA. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Sandpiper, The Wild Word, Remington Review, Cacti Fur, Third Wednesday, CircleShow, Ariel Chart, and Northwest Indiana Literary Journal. Heather also writes short fiction. The Redwoods – a poem by Heather Sager

A widely published poet, Julie Sampson edited Lady Mary Chudleigh’s Selected Poems, 2009 (Shearsman). Her two poetry collections are Tessitura (Shearsman, 2014) and It Was When It Was When It Was(Dempsey and Windle), 2018. She was highly commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 2019. Field Workings 3 – Mardon in Christow  

Field Workings 4 – East Ogwell Tithes

Janna Schledorn’s poetry has appeared in Adanna Literary Journal, Revelry and other journals. In 2016, she won the Thomas Burnett Swann Poetry Prize from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association of Florida. Poems from this series have also appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry. Daniel the Prophet and a Spear of Grass – a poem by Janna Schledorn Daniel the Prophet Complains to Gabriel – a poem by Janna Schledorn

Michael Seeger lives with his lovely wife, Catherine, and still-precocious 16 year-old daughter, Jenetta, in a house with a magnificent Maine Coon (Jill) and two high-spirited Chihuahuas (Coco and Blue). He is an educator (like his wife) residing in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, California. Some of his poems have appeared recently either published or included in print anthologies like the Lummox Press, Better Than Starbucks, and The Literary Hatchet.Keyhole Portrait – a poem by Michael Seeger

What’s Requisite – a poem by Michael Seeger

Sanjeev Sethi is published in over 25 countries. He has more than 1200 poems printed or posted in venues around the world. Wrappings in Bespoke, is Winner of Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux organized by the Hedgehog Poetry Press UK. Its his fourth book. It will be issued in 2020. He lives in Mumbai, India.

Bestowal

Opening

Attentiveness

Limpidity

Heterochromatic

Claire Sexton is a fifty year old librarian living in Berkshire, but originally from Wales. She lived in London for twenty years and is currently detoxing from this experience. She has been published in Ink, Sweat and Tears, Foxglove Journal, Amethyst Review, and Light: a Journal of Photography and Poetry.I want to believe – a poem by Claire Sexton

My therapist – a poem by Claire Sexton

John Short lives near Liverpool. In 2018 he was a Pushcart Nominee and has appeared internationally in magazines like Barcelona Ink, French Literary Review, Poetry Salzburg, The Blue Nib, Envoi, Zingara Poetry, Eunoia Review and South Bank Poetry. His pamphlet Unknown Territory is recently published by Black Light Engine Room.CATHEDRAL – a poem by John Short

Thomas Simmons is a professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law and a lifelong South Dakotan. His scholarship focuses on trusts and estates. He teaches courses in estate planning, professional ethics, and the Holocaust. His poems have been published in, inter aliaEl Portal, Corvus Review, Nebo, and North Dakota Quarterly. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/31/venetian-landing-crafts-a-survey-a-poem-by-thomas-simmons/

Rachel Barga Simpson lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and three children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology, and zero accreditations in parenthood. Her poetry can be found in Ever Eden Literary Journal, In Parentheses, and hereFace, Hands – a poem by Rachel Barga Simpson

The Gods We Make – a poem by Rachel Barga Simpson

Lu Skerratt is a non binary Anglican exploring embodiment through Christian leadership and queer non conforming experiences of faith. They are currently doing a DthM at Durham University looking at bodies and boundaries at the Eucharistic table, and are part of St Mark’s, Sheffield. Feminist Angelus – a poem by Lu Skerratt

Emily-Sue Sloane lives in Huntington Station, NY, where beautiful vistas hide beyond crowded roadways. Writing poetry helps her to frame her personal observations within wider, more universal truths. Her work has appeared in Front Porch Review, The Bards Annual 2019 Poetry Anthology, Avocet, The Weekly Avocet, and other anthologies.Thrill Seeker – a poem by Emily-Sue Sloane

Prime Real Estate – a poem by Emily-Sue Sloane

Thomas R. Smith lives in Wisconsin, USA, and have seven published collections so far, and was included in Diamond Cutters, edited by Jay Ramsay and Andrew Harvey. He has also edited several books, most recently Airmail, the correspondence of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer, published in the UK by Bloodaxe. Windy Day at Kabekona: New and Selected Prose Poems was published in 2018. His first prose book, Poetry on the Side of Nature: Writing the Nature Poem as an Act of Survival, is forthcoming from Folded Word Press in 2020. Don’t Forget Why You Came – a poem by Thomas R. Smith

Lynne D. Soulagnet was born on Long Island and grew up in Dix Hills where she worked for many years as a nurse tending to people in all stages of life.She will never forget the influence her wonderful English teachers had on her giving her the lasting gift of a love for poetry which has followed her all her life. She has been published in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Paumanok: Interwoven, The Avocet, Better Than Starbucks, The Paterson Review, Blue Collar Review, Months to Years and others. She remains active in many poetry venues in New York.The Potter’s Wheel – a poem by Lynne D. Soulagnet

In His Presence – a poem by Lynne D. Soulagnet

Susan Delaney Spear is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Colorado Christian University where she serves as English Department Chair. She earned an MFA in Poetry with an Emphasis on Verse Forms from Western Colorado University in 2012. She is former Managing Editor of THINK, a journal of poetry, essays, and reviews.  Her collection, Beyond All Bearing, was published by Wipf and Stock. Her poems have appeared in The New CriterionThe Christian CenturyAcademic QuestionsFirstThings, The Anglican Theological Review and other journals. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/30/vinyasa-a-poem-by-susan-delaney-spear/. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/07/shavasana-a-poem-by-susan-delaney-spear/

Cynthia Cady Stanton is a hospice chaplain, writer, and speaker. Her inspirational blog, Becoming and Beholding, can be described as “an exploration of a personal journey of awakening.” She is currently available to provide spiritual services and counseling to those in need.

Blog: BecomingAndBeholding.com
Professional Site: CynthiaCadyStanton.com

GOD’S REACH

John W. Steele is a psychologist, yoga teacher, assistant editor of Think: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction and Essays, and graduate of the MFA Poetry Program at Western Colorado University, where he studied with Julie Kane, Ernest Hilbert and David Rothman. John lives in Boulder, Colorado and loves hiking in the mountains.The Bellows – a poem by John Steele 

William R. Stoddart is a poet and short fiction writer who lives in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Neologism Poetry Journal, Adirondack Review, Ruminate Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Every Day Fiction and other publications. https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/01/16/the-better-reflection-a-short-story-by-william-r-stoddart/

Caroline Streff is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has been pursuing poetry in earnest for the past year and a half, investigating themes of family, ecology, and space. Her work has recently appeared in Alaska Women Speak, Anchorage Press, and Human/Kind Journal. She has been nominated for Best of the Net.Parthenogenesis – a poem by Ray Ball and Caroline Streff https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/03/lateral-waters-a-poem-by-caroline-streff-and-ray-ball/

Ann Thomas lives in Iowa. Her narrative nonfiction has appeared in Dappled Things, Image Journal, and is forthcoming in RuminateShell Shock

Marsha Timblin received and MFA from Chatham University and her work has appeared in The Occulum, Cold Creek Review and Boston Accent Lit. She writes fiction from her home near Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives with her husband, son and Shiba inu puppy. Follow her on Twitter @MarshaLena. Her Own Kind of Cloister – flash fiction by Marsha Timblin

Mark Tulin is a former family therapist from California.  He has a poetry chapbook, Magical Yogis, and two upcoming books, The Asthmatic Kid, and a poetry collection, Awkward Grace. He has appeared in Fiction on the Web, Free Verse Revolution, Leaves of Ink, among anthologies and podcasts. His website is Crow On The Wire.Icarus Imposter – a poem by Mark Tulin

Ocean Whispers – a poem by Mark  Tulin

Blue Collar Angel – a poem by Mark Tulin

Reed Venrick lives in South Florida and usually writes poems with nature motifs.Spirits in the Grove – a poem by Reed Venrick

Donna Walker-Nixon was a full professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she received the distinction of receiving the Mary Stevens Piper award for excellence in teaching. She currently serves as an adjunct lecturer at Baylor. She lists her five primary professional achievements as 1) founding Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literaturein 1997, 2) co-editing the Her Texas series with her friend and mentor James Ward Lee, 3) co-founding The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas 4) publishing her novel Canaan’s Oothoon, and 5) serving as lead editor Her Texas, which has boosted Donna’s faith that the voices of women writers and artists truly mean something to both men and women. Texas Gypsies

Paul Waring is a retired clinical psychologist from the Wirral. His poems have been widely published in print journals, anthologies and webzines. He was runner-up in the 2019 Yaffle Prize, commended in the 2019 Welshpool Poetry Competition and has a pamphlet ‘Quotidian’ (Yaffle Press, 2019). www.waringwords.blog

 All Because

Moonwatching

Ann Weil is a former teacher and professor. Her third act includes writing poetry that explores and honors the continuum of human emotion. Renewal – a poem by Ann Weil

Walking with Aiko – a poem by Ann Weil

It Was the Bird That Drew My Eye – a poem by Ann Weil

Angelica Whitehorne is a recent college graduate who writes for the Development department of a refugee organization in New York. At home she writes her poetry and stories with her 10 plants as backdrop and her future on her tongue. She has forthcoming work in the Magnolia Review, Crack the Spine, and Breadcrumbs Magazine.The Divine Parental (A Contrapuntal Poem) – by Angelica Whitehorne  

Sacrament of Girl – a poem by Angelica Whitehorne

Anne Whitehouse is the author of six poetry collections Meteor Shower (2016) is her second collection from Dos Madres Press, following The Refrain in 2012. She is the author of a novel, Fall Love, as well as short stories, essays, features, and reviews. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and lives in New York City. You can listen to her lecture, “Longfellow, Poe, and the Little Longfellow War” here.

SURREALIST MUSE

Retired in Pacific Grove, California, poet Neal Whitman and his wife, Elaine, a photographer, find that the meeting of land and sea inspire his word-pictures and her visual-pictures. Neal is a member of Bay Area Poets Coalition, Ina Coolbrith Circle, and California Coalition of Chaparral Poets.Nothing Ordinary about This Fellow – a poem by Neal Whitman

Paul Williams is a poet and musician from Chester in England. He currently lives and works in Milton Keynes. His music can be found here: https://paulwilliams2.bandcamp.com/ https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/02/05/little-hands-a-poem-by-paul-williams/

Jesse Wolfe is a professor of English at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy (Cambridge UP, 2011) and the recipient of an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wolfe is the winner of the Hill-Müller Poetry and August Derleth Poetry Contests, and his work has been published in New Millennium WritingsPenumbraRed River ReviewRiver Poets JournalHenniker ReviewShanti, and elsewhere.Planetary – a poem by Jesse Wolfe

Lynn Woollacott is a reviewer for Reach Poetry Magazine, and has had reviews in Envoi and Ink Sweat and Tears. Lynn has been widely published and won prizes for poetry, and has two collections with Indigo Dreams Publishing. Her historical romance is available on Amazon. www.lynnwoollacott.co.uk 

THE SECRET OF ARCHERY by Alessio Zanelli – review by Lynn Woollacott

Hongri Yuan (b. 1962) is a Chinese mystic poet and philosopher. His work has been published in journals and magazines internationally in UK, USA, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada and Nigeria. He has authored a number long poems including Platinum City, The City of Gold, Golden Paradise, Gold Sun and Golden Giant. The theme of his work is the exploration about human prehistoric civilization and future civilization.

The World is just A Lie

An Illusion in The Bright Mirror of Eternity

Madison Zehmer is a poet, writer, and wannabe historian from North Carolina, with published and forthcoming work in Déraciné, Drunk Monkeys, Gone Lawn, LandLocked, and elsewhere. She is editor in chief of Mineral Lit Mag, and her first chapbook, “Unhaunting,” will be released by Kelsay Books in 2021.Mi Chamocha – a reflection by Madison Zehmer

Lisa Zimmerman’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Florida Review, Poet Lore, Chiron Review, Trampset, Amethyst Review, SWWIM Every Day and other journals. Her first book won the Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award. Other collections include The Light at the Edge of Everything (Anhinga Press) and The Hours I Keep (Main Street Rag). Saint Clare of Assisi: At the Beginning of My New Life – a poem by Lisa Zimmerman

San Juan Diego and the Virgin of Guadalupe – a poem by Lisa Zimmerman

After Reading a Poem Titled “The Entrance to Purgatory” by Iain Lonie – a poem by Lisa Zimmerman

John Zurn has earned an M.A. in English from Western Illinois University and spent much of his career as a school teacher.  In addition, John has worked at several developmental training centers, where he taught employment readiness skills to mentally challenged teenagers and adults.  Now retired, he continues to write and publish poems and stories.  As one of seven children, his experiences growing up continue to help inspire his art and influence his life. Uriel Fox and the Wishing Machine – a story by John Zurn