Author Bios: 2014 – Vol. 1

 Mary J Breen Mary J. Breen lives in Peterborough Ontario Canada where, among other things, she teaches memoir writing. She is a retired ESL and literacy teacher, and the author of two books about women´s health. Her fiction, articles, and memoir pieces have appeared in national newspapers, essay collections, travel magazines, health journals, and literary magazines.
 Paul Rossiter Paul Rossiter has taught English as a foreign language for more than thirty years. He retired from the University of Tokyo in 2012. He has published English language textbooks (most recently First Moves: An Introduction to Academic Writing in English, articles on stylistics, creative writing and language learning, cross-cultural pragmatics, literature, and the teaching of academic writing; and four books of poetry. The most recent of these is From the Japanese, which is published by Isobar, a press which he founded in 2013.
 Blair A New Zealander, Blair Reeve has been living in Asia since the turn of the millennium, 7 years in Japan and 7 in Hong Kong, teaching in schools for much of this time. Besides short stories (appearing in The Asia Literary Review, Soundings) he also writes dada performance poetry and in 2014 completed an MFA at the City University of Hong Kong.
 Eimile_Green Eimile Máiréad Green (MEd, TESOL, CELTA) is an English and ESL teacher who currently resides in Toledo, Ohio. Over the past decade, Eimile’s teaching career has taken her to South Africa, Lesotho and Montréal. She has presented at conferences and published with professional organizations, including the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts and Ohio TESOL. She also serves as editor of TESOL International’s Secondary Accents digital newsletter. Eimile’s creative writing has appeared in Skive, The Linnet’s Wings and The Atlantic.
 peterphillips Peter Phillips is a Sydney-born writer who has lived in Hong Kong for the past seven years. In 2012, he received his MFA in fiction from City University of Hong Kong, where he has also lectured in the English Department. He has been a finalist in the Indiana Review’s 1/2K Prize and his short story “The Troubled Boyhood of Baldwin Wong” is forthcoming in The Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong. Phillips endured brief stints as a lawyer, TV writer and utterly hopeless mobile phone salesman before retraining as an English teacher, a role he passionately enjoys at a Hong Kong secondary school.
 Piponides-263x300 Zoe Piponides was born in the UK, studied at Keele University and now lives in Cyprus where she teaches English in state schools. She writes poetry, has edited fiction and is currently working on her first novel.
 steve June 2013 (2) Steve Redford first came to Japan in 1988. He’s a professor of American literature at Shizuoka University. He’s published ESL textbooks, short stories, and most recently, a novel, Along the Same Street. His homepage is here: www.persimmon-dreams@com.
 Brian Drier Brian Drier took his first and last Stateside breaths in New York City.  What happened in between—and thereafter—is  described in his first contribution to The Font.  An “in-the-moment” type, Brian’s artistic tastes run to Surrealist paintings; Beat literature; and all that jazz—speaking of which, some of his musical adventures can be found at now makes his home in the “Snow Country” of Niigata Prefecture. 

Sue Sullivan Susan Laura Sullivan currently lives in Aichi prefecture, Japan where she teaches comparative culture. She was shortlisted for the 2012 T.A.G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished novel in her hometown of Perth, and her writing has been published and performed both in Australia, and overseas. She has held an emerging writer in residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard’s Writers’ Centre in Western Australia, and she has led and designed various creative writing courses, both at a tertiary and community levels. Susan is a co-founder of the Toyohashi Writers Group. She holds a Master’s in creative writing, and another in TESOL/Linguistics.

New PictureBeth Lindsay went to Japan to teach English in the 1980s for a year but somehow stayed for almost twenty. As well as teaching English in Tokyo to students of all ages and levels, from 4 years old to 75, she worked as a freelance journalist and an editor for a Buddhist institute. Now living in New Zealand, she is also a reader and editor for Fine Line Press.


Kenji-1070860Kenji DuBois Lee’s unique transpacific lifestyle is the source of his thrilling life endeavours. From his birth and upbringing in Hawaii to graduation at Portland State University, from his days as a naughty school boy to his years as an English instructor in the countryside of Japan, Kenji has quite the collection of stories.  Currently an independent filmmaker based in Kyoto, Japan, Kenji continues the art of storytelling.

Mike GuestMike Guest is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miyazaki (Faculty of Medicine). A Canadian citizen but a 25-year resident of Japan, Guest is a regular columnist in The Japan News (newspaper) and a blog entitled The Uni-files at He has published loads of academic papers as well as a few textbooks and English guidebooks, but The Little Suicides is his first novel. It is available at and

Carly VogelsangCarly Vogelsang has landed as an instructor in the English Language Program at Kansas State University after bouncing around different teaching positions in the Midwest and Turkey.  The only thing Carly loves more than writing and teaching students how to enjoy the art of writing is her dog.


Kelly Quinn was born in Agana, Guam and went to high school and university in Michigan, in the United States. He teaches English at Nagoya Institute of Technology. He is the author, most recently, of Japanese History You Should Know, published by IBC Publishing. He has worked as a screenplay developer for Nameless Films Productions and has written several mediocre academic articles. In his free time, he writes humorous fiction.

MarieKjeldgaardMarie Kjeldgaard first came to Japan as a high school student.  She has been bouncing between the USA and Asia ever since. She has a Master’s in TESOL, and she enjoys learning and writing about the interaction of language and culture.  She currently teaches English at Aichi University. 



James DanteOriginally from Western New York, James Dante has lived most of his life in Northern California, USA. After graduating from the University of California at Davis, he caught the teaching bug in South Korea, where he taught English in Songnam City. He is the author of The Tiger’s Wedding, a novel from Martin Sisters Publishing. His fiction has also appeared in literary journals such as Rosebud and Toasted Cheese. He continues to write and teach adult learners.


Jevon Allen has been an English teacher since 1999 and has been writing as a hobby since high school although he has yet to publish. He is an avid outdoorsman, musician and chef. What little free time he does have, is spent with the written word.



Leah Ann Sullivan is a poet from western Mass, a long-term Japan resident. Her poems have been published in Modern Haiku, bottlerockets journals in Pirene’s Fountain.  Sullivan is a former arts columnist for the Valley Advocate Newspaper, Amherst and Springfield, Mass. She founded the Nagoya Writers group Open Reading series in 1991, managed it and institutionalized the event in the expat community of Nagoya. Twenty-two years later, the series is still running. She appears occasionally with the 20 squared (Nijyu-Nijjyu) collective of musicians, spoken word and media artists. She appears at open mics around Japan, most recently at Ben’s Cafe, Tokyo, and at the JIPS (Japan International Poetry Society) event for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a simultaneous world event for global change.