Author Bios: 2015 Vol. 2

Chella CouringtonChella Courington is a writer and teacher. She’s the author of three chapbooks of poetry along with three flash fiction chapbooks. Her poetry and stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including SmokeLong, The Los Angeles Review, Nano Fiction, and The Collagist. Her novella, The Somewhat Sad Tale of the Pitcher and the Crow, has been launched by Pink.Girl.Ink.Press and is available at Amazon. Born and raised in the Appalachian South, she now lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with another writer and two cats. Visit her Facebook page at

Harry GallagherHarry Gallagher lives and writes in North East England, where he performs regularly.  He has been widely published and has two pamphlets available – Dark Matter III (Black Light Engine Room Press, 2014) and How It Is; Snapshots From A Northern Town (Heddon Quarry Press, 2015).  His next pamphlet is called Chasing The Sunset, due for release in January 2016. His blog is at

Michael Greco

Michael Greco dabbled as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, California, and now teaches writing in Kyoto, Japan. His first work of fiction, called The Cuckoo Colloquium, will be available in spring 2016.



Daniel HarrisDaniel Harris teaches Composition and Literature at Long Island University in New York, where he also reads fiction for the literary journal Confrontation. His poems have appeared in Agenda and Forklift, Ohio, among others. A fan of science and satire, he recently performed at the Festival of Bad ad Hoc Hypotheses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Heather MallettHeather Mallett was born and raised in Canada, educated in Scotland, and worked in Africa. She moved to Japan after marriage five years ago where she teaches English  at Kwansei Gakuin University and other universities in Kobe. Japan is full of surprises which she delights in exploring with her husband.


Kelly McNamaraKerry McNamara was born in Ontario, Canada and has lived and taught in Virginia Beach, VA for the past eight years. She has a Master’s in Education from Brock University and is currently working on her MFA in creative writing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA. She has taught English for fifteen years and has worked with various school boards on improving and restructuring English curriculum instruction. She is currently working on a collection of perspective essays for a memoir. Her work has been published in Equus and a Canadian Women’s studies journal.

Brendan Joseph RiesBrendan Joseph Ries enjoys gathering stories from his travels. He has taught in South Africa, Turkey, and now teaches at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He is a writer, Aikidoist, singer/musician, mindfulness practitioner and student of Vajrayana Buddhism. He’s now finishing a short novella entitled, The Future Now.


Jeff SchiffIn addition to That hum to go by (Mammoth books, 2012), Jeff Schiff is the author of Mixed Diction, Burro Heart, The Rats of Patzcuaro, The Homily of Infinitude, Anywhere in this Country, and Resources for Writing About Literature. His work has appeared internationally in more than eighty periodicals, including The Alembic, Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, The Louisville Review, Tendril, Pembroke Magazine, Carolina Review, Chicago Review, Hawaii Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and The Southwest Review. He has been a member of the English faculty at Columbia College Chicago since 1987.

Connla StokesConnla Stokes is a Dublin-born, Vietnam-based writer. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City where he divides his time neatly between writing for money and writing for nothing. 

His fiction has been published online by Litro Magazine, Eastlit, Prick of the Spindle, Barcelona Review and Zouch Magazine and in print by Total Cardboard (Australia), Sleepers Almanac (Australia) and Esik Cini (Turkey). His day to day blog can be found at