Author Bios 2016 Vol. 2


Danny P. Barbare resides in the Upstate of the Carolinas. His poetry has recently appeared in Hollow, The Tau, BLYNKT, and many other magazines and journals. He lives with his wife and family and small dog Miley in Greenville, SC. And loves to travel locally and go on long walks.



John Gribble is a Southern Californian who has resided in Tokyo since 1993, teaching at various universities and the Japan National Police Academy.  His poems and other writing have appeared in journals and collections in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Japan. A Pushcart nominee, he is an organizer of both the annual Japan Writers Conference and the Tokyo Writers Workshop. Books currently available include Another Wrong Fedora and Ueno Mornings.



Mike 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 was a regular columnist in The Japan News (newspaper) on EFL matters for 13 years, and now authors a blog entitled ‘Methods and Musings’ for Language Teaching Professionals (LTP) . He has published loads of academic papers, a few textbooks and guidebooks in both Japanese and English, as well as The Little Suicides, his first novel. He writes whenever the urge becomes irresistible.


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Having scampered through Australia and China teaching how to dig for bones the Australian way, Jack Hayashi is now working with Japanese shibas and akitas to improve their barking skills. Other than his regular sessions with the locals, he divides his time between sitting on the couch, leaving presents on the floor and barking at his human brothers and sisters, postmen, delivery vans, insurance salesmen and anyone else who rings his doorbell. It has taken some time for him to admit that he is long in the tooth so after a 30 year career he is thinking of hanging up his collar, taking off the tie and returning to the sun, surf, and sand of Australian beaches. Ruff!


Akua Lezli Hope is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, and metal, to create poems, patterns, stories, sculpture, music, adornments and peace. She has won fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for The Arts, among others. She is included The Doll Collection, The 100 Best African American Poems, and DARK MATTER, (the first!) anthology of African American science fiction and many other anthologies and journals. She has published 114 crochet patterns. Her manuscript, Them Gone, won Red Paint Hill Publishing’s Editor’s Prize and will be published in 2016. Visit her website at


Sophie Lyle has been an EFL teacher since 1988 and has worked in the UK, Spain, Switzerland and Argentina where she delivered training for Argentinean teachers of English sponsored by the Ministry of Education there. She has spent several years working as a teacher trainer and is now also an examiner for 3 exam boards. 



Heather Mallett

Heather 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.




Peter Mallett is a university professor and writer based in Kobe, Japan. Originally from the UK, he has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Former Arts editor of Kansai Time Out and publisher/editor of Artspace, he has written for The Asahi Evening News, Gramophone Japan, Opera News, The New Internationalist etc. His textbook From Word to Letter was published in 2007. He is seeking publication of his first novel Appassionata and is now working on a historical novel. He won the 1st Writers in Kyoto Writing Contest this year with his flash fiction piece Kimono Memories. 

Vine and Gall is a satire informed by 30+ years teaching in Japan and inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall.

Carol Murphy has an MA in Speech-Language Pathology and lives in La Selva Beach, CA where she started a business that specialized in pediatric speech-language disorders. She served for eight years on the CA State Speech-Language Pathology Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. Today she is a writer and consultant who lives with her husband, two cats and a horse. Besides publishing a newsletter, Learning Express, for over 20 years, she has written essays, interviews, stories and poems about children, language development, learning disabilities, the therapeutic and almost mystical influence of animals, and the many ways language, or a lack of it, colors life’s experiences.  A few of her stories were “Likely Story”, published by, “Dispersion” in Latchkey Tales: Afternoon Storms by Solarwyrm Press, “Whiffs”  in Disorder by Reddashboard Press, and “Words” in Children, Churches and Daddies magazine by Scars Publications. She finds daily inspiration for writing through her experiences with the interplay of communication and the many ways lives can go awry, or be set straight, simply by a precise word at a pivotal moment.  A favorite quote is “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”  (Ludwig Wittgenstein)  She can be reached through her website


Clara Prado is a Doctor in Applied Linguistiscs from Brazil with a Master in Education and Arts. She works as an English teacher and textbook writer in São Paulo – Brazil and has published aticles about technology and games in ESL. The idea for the article came from being a volunteer interpreter at Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.





Michael J. Salovaara was born in Sudbury, Northern Ontario. He came to Osaka in 1993 to teach English. A few years later started an open mic monthly gathering of writers, musicians, and artists called Writers Anonymous (WA) along with like-minded expats. He also published four issues of f-mag, an extension of WA. Currently he teaches at a Japanese university.