Authors 2023 – Vol. 1

Gale Acuff (Two Poems) has had poetry published in hundreds of journals in over a dozen countries. He has taught tertiary English in the US, China, and Palestine.



Martin Bennett (Two Poems) lives in Rome where he teaches, proofreads and translates while contributing occasional articles for the magazine ‘Wanted in rome.’. He was 2015 wiinner of the John Dryden translation prize.



Isabelle B.L (Dysfunctional Word Families) is an Australian TEFL teacher and writer based in France. She has been teaching English since 2005 to students in France, French Guiana and New Caledonia. Her writing can be found in the Best Microfiction 2022 anthology, Flash Fiction Magazine, Visual Verse, Ample Remains, and elsewhere. Her novel inspired by the life of a 1940s feminist and politician, Jeanne the Woman in Red, is available on Amazon.


George Braine (Suckered Twice) taught English for more than 40 years in four countries before his retirement.




Marc Carver is the author of Off the Wagon and other poems.

Sue Brennan (Far From home) is an Australian writer who has taught English in Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam, and worked as an examiner in China. Her short stories have been published in Australia in ACE – Contemporary Stories by Emerging Writers, Meniscus, Meanjin, and in the USA in The Peauxdunque Review, New Feathers Anthology and Big City Lit. She currently lives in Tokyo and teaches English at Seikei University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Michael Donohue‘s(Second Language) first novel The Cry of Wolves has been published by Editions Textes Gais in Paris. He has been shortlisted twice for the Hennessy Literary Awards for new writing in Ireland. His work has been published in The Sunday Tribune, Vice Magazine, The New Word Order among other literary journals. In 2016 he completed the MA in Creative Writing in University College Dublin for which he won the tuition bursary award. He currently lives in London.

Robert Donohue (The Viewless Wings of Poesy) lives on Long Island, NY. His poetry has appeared in Amethyst Review, Better Than Starbucks, Freeze Ray Poetry, and Pulsebeat, among others.


Elliott Eglash (Why (school)?) is a writer and teacher living in Brooklyn. Some of his reviews and interviews have appeared in The BelieverMusée Magazine, and Grape Collective. He’s currently at work on a memoir.


Chris Green (The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Learning) was born in Middlesbrough, UK, and grew up in various locations in the UK, Germany and South Africa. He writes short stories and children’s stories, sometimes illustrated by Jenny Fionda, his sister. A long-time resident of Japan, he lives near Tokyo with his wife and daughter. His children’s book “On The Beach” was published in March 2023. For more information, please visit

Titus Green (Dazed, Drenched, and Confused) 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

Brian Grover (Making Love in the Disco Room over Hirohito’s Dead Body) is creator of the ELTon-nominated classroom game Truth or Dare for English Language Learners and author of the first ever “multi-touch” iBook for ELT, Catalyst: A Conversation Taskbook for English Language Learners. Outside of language teaching, Grover has published a breakthrough outdoor guidebook, BC Car-Free: Exploring Southwestern British Columbia Without a Car and a collection of short fiction and poetry called Elegant Corpses. Recently retired from the English Education Department of Andong National University in South Korea, Grover logged over 30 years in the TESL trenches in Canada, Japan and France. Grover is an avid long-distance cyclist and accomplished photographer. He can be reached through or you can tweet this twit @SpeekeezyDotCa.

Jaipreet Grover (Animal Kingdom) 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.

Mark Gorey (Embracing Ambiguity), originally from southeastern Virginia, has been teaching high-school English in Boothbay Harbor, Maine for twenty-five years. He earned his BA in English at Dartmouth College and MA in English from the University of Maine at Orono. Mark has published essays in SagetriebEnglish Journal, and Maine Memory Network, as well as nonfiction features in the Portland Press HeraldThe Maine Sportsman, and Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is currently working on a memoir ‘Martyr Mode’ in Postcard, ME: The Calendrical Journal of Abe Ambiguity, English Teacher.

Paul Hostovsky is a sign language interpreter and Braille instructor living in Boston. His poems have won a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net Awards, and have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. Website:



Yuka Kato (Invisible Exile) was born in Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan. She works as a translator and language
teacher, and is also the author of three Kindle books, “Llewyn the Cat”, “Nandin
Branch/The Taste of Hoshigaki”, and “Wisteria Brothers” (English version available). Her
another passion is photography. You can find her works on her Instagram page @rmirrors7.

Muhammad Khurram Salim (Boat to Heaven): I was born on the 23rd of June, 1967, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I started taking an interest in writing when I was a child and wrote poems and short stories for the Bangladesh Observer newspaper, from 1977 to 1985. I was awarded a silver medal in Shankar’s Children’s Competition of India (1983) for a short story I wrote. I have
been published in various anthologies and magazines, over the years. I take a keen interest in writing stories and novels, poetry and plays and essays too. Many of my writings have been published, online, over the years. I have lived in the U.K. most of my life, but have spent some of my years studying and writing in Bangladesh and the USA too. Writing and creativity make my life most enjoyable.

Maniku Jein (Without a Word) Jein Maniku was born in Indonesia, East Borneo in 1992. I am a Magister of English Education and now I am a lecturer in English Education Department, Prisma University. As a lecturer, my subject concentration on teaching English and Literature English. I love literature and enjoying teaching English and piano.

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Vyacheslav Konoval (Voice from Ukraine) is a Ukrainian poet who writes poems in English. The main goal of his work is to convey for the world the finest features of the Ukrainian view across current challenges, to show the essence of the Ukrainian soul in the language of poetry. Vyacheslav’s works have been published in more than 24 literary magazines, as well as translated into French, Polish, Spanish, Czech and Scottish languages. Over the past year, Vyacheslav work has been filled with lines of poetry dedicated to the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Jared Michael Kubokawa (Yonsei) is currently an assistant professor in the department of humanities and social sciences at Aichi University in Japan and has been working as an EFL teacher for the past 15 years in Japan, Malaysia, Italy, Ukraine, and Abu Dhabi. His research interests include second language writing, second language creative writing, multilingual/translingual creativity, learner and teacher agency, and teacher education. He has published academic research, creative writing, and journalistic articles in various international journals and websites. More information on Jared can be found here:

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.

Janet Pollock Millar (Foreign) is a writer, educator, and editor living on lək̓ʷəŋən territory in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was educated at Simon Fraser University, McGill University, and the University of Winnipeg, and has taught writing and literature to adults. Janet writes fiction, poetry, essays, creative non-fiction, and book reviews, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in HerizonsUnited Church ObserverIsland WriterThis Magazine, and Pangyrus. Janet works in the Writing Centre at Camosun College, coaching both English-first-language and EAL students.

Writing on topics lurking in the margins of history, Susan Signe Morrison (Behind the Iron Canon: Teaching Literary Theory in East Germany) Professor of English at Texas State University. Susan has published award-winning books on medieval literature and culture, including the novel Grendel’s Mother. Having taught in the former German Democratic Republic in the 1980s, she is working on a memoir about her Stasi—secret police—file which has some unusual (and false) assertions. Her experiences in East Germany have been featured in ForumThe LocalThe Ekphrastic Review, and the podcast Cold War Conversations. For more information, please visit her website:

Jane Joritz-Nakagawa’s (Pronunciation Practice) 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.

Nolo Segundo (Three Poems), pen name of retired English/ESL teacher  [America, Japna, Taiwan, Cambodia] L.J. Carber, became a published  poet in  his mid-70’s in 140 literary journals in 11 countries and 3 poetry books: The Enormity of Existence; Of Ether and Earth; and Soul Songs.

Michael Pronko (Turnabout is Fair Play – Wedding Speech) 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 ( More at: @pronkomichael

Tony Ryan (Tea in Taiwan) started teaching at primary schools in Australia in 1986 before heading off to China and then eventually winding up in Japan in 1992. He’s been here/there ever since, and is currently working at Nanzan University in Nagoya. An avid reader, he would also love to be able to write more creative and personal stories/memoirs, but his real job gets in the way. Well, that’s his excuse anyway. One of these days, he’ll…

Gerard Sarnat (Three Poems) has been nominated for the pending 2022 Science Fiction Poetry Association Dwarf Star Award, won San Francisco Poetry’s 2020 Contest, the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for handfuls of 2021 and previous Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published including in 2022 Awakenings Review, 2022 Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County Celebration, 2022 Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology, BigCityLit, HitchLit Review, Lowestoft, Washington Square/NYU Review, The Deronda Review, Jewish Writing Project, Hong Kong Review, Tokyo Poetry Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Arkansas Review, Hamilton-Stone Review, Northampton Review, New Haven Poetry Institute, Texas Review, Vonnegut Journal, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, Monterey Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, and The New York Times as well as by Slippery Rock, Northwestern, Pomona, Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Penn, Columbia, North Dakota, McMaster, Maine, University of British Columbia and University of Chicago presses. He is a Harvard College and Medical School-trained physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO.Currently he is devoting energy/ resources to deal with climate justice, and serves on Climate Action Now’s board. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with progeny consisting of four collections (Homeless Chronicles: From Abraham To Burning Man, Disputes, 17s, Melting the Ice King)  plus three kids/ six grandsons  — and is looking forward to potential future granddaughters.

David Sheskin (Word Games) is a writer and artist who has been published extensively over the years. Most recently his work has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Satirist, Chicago Quarterly Review, Tamarind, Shenandoah and The Journal of Irreproducible Results.  His most recent books are Art That Speaks, David Sheskin’s Cabinet of Curiosities and Outrageous Wedding Announcements. A former university professor, he is the author of The Handbook of Parametric and Nonparametric Statistical Procedures.

Ervita Carolina Tania  (Brave Soul Wins Heart) was born in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. I’ve been teaching English to Indonesian students since 2011, and currently working as English lecturer at Prisma University Manado. I love literature and enjoy writing poems as much as reading them. Find me at



Erika Tavesa (You don’t look native enough to teach English) was born in Indonesia to Chinese parents, grew up in Singapore, and currently resides in Japan. Pursuing a Masters in Applied Linguistics in Osaka, she aspires to work as a university researcher in the field of education.



William Walters (Teachers) has been a professor of English and linguistics at Rock Valley College, in Rockford, Illinois (US), for the past thirty-four years.  His mother was the kindergarten teacher in a little Southwest Kansas farm town for twenty-five years.