Pete Able (The English Teacher) lived in Japan from 2007 to 2010. His stories have appeared in Philadelphia Stories, The Fiction Pool, Thorn Literary Magazine and HASH Journal, among others. He lives in southern New Jersey.
Jevon Allen (Anything You Want) has lived in Japan for around twenty years teaching in almost every different sector from Elementary Schools to Universities. He now runs his own English School in the Higashi Mikawa area. He has been creating stories since he was a child and continues to write to this day. Jevon has published several times for the Font and is working on a book. Please go to the Font’s Library to check out his previous work.
Timothy Ang (What’s in a Name) has a Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Alcalá. He teaches English part-time at Kansai University, Osaka Gakuin, and Otemae University. His current interests include Task Based Learning, Student Motivation, Computer Assisted Learning, and Curriculum Development.
Ruben D. Escudero, Jr. (Bagwis) has written feature stories and poems that were published nationally and internationally. He was awarded as one of the Outstanding Story Writers in the Department of Education, Region IX, Philippines. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Andres Bonifacio College, landed Top 3 in the 2010 Mock Bar Examinations, a condition sine qua non for graduation of the School of Law and had written legal articles that were published in the school’s Law Journal. He also holds a degree in Mass Communication. He teaches English and Filipino subjects at Sulangon National High School. He once worked in one of the banks in the nearby city as a Legal Researcher for four years but soon realized that he loved teaching the most. He loves painting and playing volleyball. He hails from Ma. Cristina, Dapitan City, Philippines.
Sue Granzella’s (Speaking English) writing has been named Notable in Best American Essays. She was runner-up for the Bechtel Prize with Teachers and Writers Magazine, and was winner of the Naomi Rodden Essay Award and a Memoirs Ink contest. She judges the Humor category of the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Masters Review, Teachers and Writers, Full Grown People, Gravel, Ascent, and many other journals. She recently completed a collection of essays about teaching, and is searching for a publisher. Contact her at www.suegranzella.com .
Titus Green (Sewage, Sand and Sisyphus) was born in Canada but grew up in the UK. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous online and print magazines, including The Collidescope, Adelaide Literary Magazine, HORLA, Literally Stories, Sediments Literary Arts, Fear of Monkeys, Stag Hill Literary Journal, The Chamber, S.A.V.A Press and The Font. He teaches English as a foreign language for a living. His published work can be found at http://titusgreenfiction.com/
David L. Gregory’s (Fish Tales and Tips: Hillel Wright’s Life, Stories, and Advice) short essays on and stories about Japan life and lives have been broadcast by Japan’s NHK Radio and published in Tokyo Notice Board magazine. From Chicago, he earned engineering and graduate business degrees and worked in technical marketing before coming to Japan for a year to teach business English language and management skills while learning Japanese. Decades later, he is still in Japan, operating his own industrial products sales and consulting company, and still learning Japanese.
Jaipreet Grover holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management. She has an
excellent academic record both at school and college level. At present, she is working as a teacher in a renowned school in Pune, India. As an educationist, she has been appreciated for her creative work and innovative teaching aids. She was bestowed with the Teachers’ Recognition Award in 2019. She loves to pen down her thoughts in the form form of motivational and message-driven poems. Her work has been appreciated and published in national and international platforms, e-zines, and a school magazine. For her, learning is a continuous process and she keeps add medley in varied spheres.
Jane Joritz-Nakagawa’s (A Long Winter) tenth book of poetry titled Plan B Audio was published by Isobar Press in 2020. She is also the editor of an anthology titled women : poetry : migration [an anthology] (theenk Books, 2017). Jane’s fiction and essays have been published in numerous journals. She lives in Hamamatsu Japan and can be reached at janejoritznakagawa(at)gmail(dot)com.
Kate Klein (three poems) is a junior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is majoring in Second Language Studies, and wishes to pursue a career teaching English as a second language abroad. Kate plans to attend graduate school in hopes of obtaining a PhD. As a child she suffered from hearing loss which left language a challenging subject, despite the added challenges Kate became multilingual in several languages.
Casey Loken (Gray Kimono) spent two years teaching English in Japan in the 1980s. When she returned to the United States, she earned a teaching degree and spent the next 30 years teaching students from first grade through graduate school. She has an MFA from Hamline University, and lives in Minneapolis with her family.
Dianne Loyet is contributor of The Font’s regular column, In Love with Language. She was born and raised in Illinois, and became determined to study languages at the age of nine when her much older brother told her she was a ‘mala puella,’ and refused to explain what it meant. That determination carried her through bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Russian at the University of Illinois in Champaign. She briefly taught Russian but then switched to TESOL, earning an MA from UCLA and a PhD from New York University. She has been teaching composition to advanced non-native speakers of English since 1993. Currently she is an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois at Springfield Intensive English Program.
Peter Marsh (The Farewell Song) was born in the UK and has lived in Grenada, Tanzania, Germany and currently, Japan. He has made a living by teaching Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Theory of Knowledge as the occasion demanded. His writings include an anthology of tales about a fictional Caribbean island, numerous independent short stories and memoirs and, most recently, a full-length musical for which he has written book, lyrics and music. A long-time member of the Tokyo Writers’ Workshop, Peter has given presentations at the Japan Writers’ Conference on dialogue, humour and plotting. His work has been published in The Caribbean Writer, Dark Fire, The Lowestoft Chronicle and Fabula Argentea.
Justin Mejia (Stained) is a lecturer of English at several universities in Nagoya, Japan. He has spent the last several years watching the film and TV adaptations of novels he likes to tell people he’s read.
Michael Pronko (Before I Taught a Poem I’d Ask to Know) became a professor of American Literature and Culture at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo after years of traveling, an M.A. in ESL, an M.A. in Comp Lit and a PhD in English from the University of Kent. His seminars focus on contemporary novels and film adaptations and he teaches classes in American film, music and art.
Michael has published three award-winning collections about Tokyo life and two mystery novels, The Last Train and The Moving Blade. The latter was selected as one of the best indie mysteries and thrillers of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews. Michael has written regular columns for many publications, including The Japan Times, Newsweek Japan, ST Shukan, and Artscape Japan. He runs his own website, Jazz in Japan (www.jazzinjapan.com). More at: www.michaelpronko.com www.facebook.com/pronkoauthor @pronkomichael
Robert Slentz-Kesler (Mr. Beaumarchais) grew up in Belgium, Turkey, the United States, and Germany. He has spent much of his career working in public school libraries and classrooms, most often teaching English and history to middle school students. His fiction has appeared in STORGY Magazine, the Rappahannock Review, and Litro Magazine. He resides in Durham, North Carolina. More of his work can be found here: https://robertslentzkesler.com
Meredith Stephens (Pride, Regret, and Rust-buckets) has taught French in the UK, Japanese in Australia, and English in Japan. Her recent work has appeared in The Journal of Literature in Language Teaching, The Blue Mountain Review, The Muse, Borderless, and anthologies published by Demeter Press. Her professional passions are language education and writing. In her free time she enjoys caring for her border collie and sailing.
Kevin Ramsden (Monkey Want Banana) was born in London, England, in 1959, although he has also lived, worked and studied in several different countries over the course of his sixty three years. For the past thirty of these, he has resided in Kyoto, Japan, and has taught English and various other subject matter at all levels of the Japanese education system. He is currently serving as a professor in the Department of Global Studies at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, where he is also the Deputy-Director of the Community Engagement Center. Married with two grown sons, he has a very happy home life, in which he pursues his twin passions of reading and writing. His other interests include reggae music, the various sauvignon blancs of New Zealand, and complaining about the performances of West Ham United football club.