No 18 - September 2002
DAVID AIVAZ is aged 76, began writing poetry when 70, and has subsequently had poems published in Belgium, Ireland, and in many USA magazines.
JOANNA ASHWELL recently completed two creative writing diplomas. Her poetry has appeared widely in magazines and her first collection appeared from Flarestack in 1998.
JASON BENTSMAN is a young US writer of poetry and prose, his work in Fire no.14 was his first to be published.
LORA BISHOP is also a young writer whose work here, as far as I am aware, is her first publication.
JOSHUA BODWELL is a young US writer and publisher who runs Clamp Down Press from Cape Porpoise, Maine. As well as producing beautiful books from fine USA writers, he is also a fine writer himself with work beginning to appear widely, including two prose works accepted by Ambit (London).
KEVIN BORMAN’s most recent collection was Inside the New Map (Redbeck, 1999). His work appears regularly in Fire.
GILL BRIGHTMORE, as writer, publisher, workshop facilitator and organiser of readings, has been a stalwart of the Cardiff alternative poetry scene for many years.
PADDY BUSHE was born in Dublin and now lives in Co. Kerry. His collection To Make The Stone Sing (Sceilg Press, 1996) was his fourth since 1989, with two further volumes (one in English and one in the Irish language) due recently.
DAVID CADDY is a greatly respected figure on the British poetry scene, firstly for his own writing, but also for his long-term editorship of Tears In the Fence (one of our best magazines) and organiser of the Wessex Poetry Festival. His main collection so far has been Desire (Stride, 1997).
LESLEY COBURN is a young writer from South Wales whose work here is her first publication.
SUSAN DARLINGTON’s work has appeared in Fire no.11 and in numerous other magazines.
JOHN DAVIES is a fine, but relatively little-known and little-published poet from Manchester. Had work In Fire no.9.
OWEN DAVIS was a well known poet throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, publishing several collections and appearing widely in magazines. He also edited South West Review for several years in the 1980s. Recent work has appeared in previous issues of Fire, most recently no.14.
ANDREW DETHERIDGE teaches at Sandwell College, where he is poet-in-residence. His poems have won many awards and been published widely.
DAN DUGGAN is aged 27 and from an Anglo-Irish family. He is a musician in South London, an Open University student, a researcher and writer, with work published in several magazines.
JAMES DUKE has had poems appearing in various US magazines, as well as some success with short stories and a one-act play. He is a former sailor, newspaper reporter, editor and husband, now concentrating on writing.
ANDREW DUNCAN is Britain’s foremost critic and essayist on post-modern poetry. Check out his editorial and review pieces in Angel Exhaust, the magazine he co-edited for many years. His own poetry has also appeared in various magazines to much acclaim.
A. C. EVANS is a major British poet who appears regularly in Fire and other magazines, and whose major collection, Colour of Dust, appeared from Stride in 1999.
JANICE FIXTER’s work is beginning to appear in various magazines, including Tears In the Fence.
JEAN FLORENCE’s work has appeared in various issues of Fire, and is also beginning to appear in other magazines, again including Tears In the Fence.
WENDY FRENCH is a poet, teacher and therapist living in S. London. She recently ran a project in which poets worked with young people at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and which resulted in an anthology of writing by participants, Dog Bark (Rockingham Press).
ZOË FROGGATT is aged 13 and from Coldstream in the Scottish Borders. Her poetry, some of which appeared in the Children’s Poetry section in Fire no.16, is in the editor’s opinion some of the finest work he has encountered from the younger generation of poets.
GILES GOODLAND’s fifth and most recent book is A Spy In The House Of Years (Leviathan, 2001). He is a widely published and respected poet, and a frequent contributor to Fire.
MARK GOODWIN is a mountaineer and poet from Leicestershire who is also widely published and appeared in Fire nos. 12 & 15.
JOHN GREEVES is an emerging young writer from Gwent, S. Wales, beginning to publish his work in various magazines.
DAVID GRUBB is one of Britain’s most widely published poets. Among his many collections has been the recent An Alphabet of Light (Oversteps Books), he has also published very widely in magazines and edited several anthologies.
PAULA HARRIES is a recently emerging performance poet from Swansea, this is I believe her first publication outside the performance poet circuit.
GRAHAM HARTILL is a widely published writer, also a translator from Chinese, creative writing teacher and workshop facilitator with a particular interest in the links between writing and healing. His work was recently collected in Tilt (The Collective Press 1996), and a more substantial collection is due from the same press next year.
GRAHAM HIGH’s work previously appeared in Fire no.9 and other magazines.
RIC HOOL’s work appeared alongside Graham Hartill’s in Tilt (The Collective Press, 1996) and has begun to appear more widely and to much acclaim, including Fire no.12.
DANIELLE HOPE was born and brought up in Lancashire and now works as a doctor and teacher of medicine in North London. City Fox (Rockingham Press 1997) is her second collection, and her poetry has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She formerly edited Zenos, a magazine of international poetry.
ELIZABETH HOWKINS is a prize-winning and very widely published US poet and writer of fiction. Poems previously in Fire no.11 and a short story in no.15.
HELEN KITSON’s poetry was collected in Love Among The Guilty, (Bloodaxe, 1995) and her short stories have won awards and appeared in various magazines.
KENNY KNIGHT is editor of the magazine Tremblestone and a widely published poet. He is also active in poetry circles In Devon.
PHILIP LEVINE is one of America’s foremost poets. Recipient of many awards, highly regarded and widely published in his native country, his neglect in Britain is greatly to be regretted and needs rectifying. Born and raised in Detroit, he has taught literature at various US universities, currently dividing his time between New York and California, Of his many books since 1963, there have been several Selected and Collected, and What Work Is (Alfred A. Knopf, 1992) is another highlight. More of his poems will appear next year.
LOUISE LUCAS is a young poet from Nottingham who has appeared in Steve Urwin’s Moodswing as well as regularly in Fire.
PHIL MAILLARD is another Fire regular who has also published some major work in a recent edition of Scintilla.
PRASENJIT MAITI is Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Burdwan University, West Bengal, India. He is looking to publish his first English Language poetry collection.
DIANE MANGAL’s poetry has been published in previous issues of Fire, nos. 7 and 11.
JOHN MANSELL is also a regular in Fire, he self-published his first collection Kakemonos in 1999.
ALAN MARSHFIELD has been self-publishing his entire output in a series of booklets from Abraxas Press, he has also appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, on the radio and the Internet, and in two books (Anvil Press and Oasis).
ALAN MAY works as an information specialist for Safe State Environmental Programs in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His poems have appeared in several US publications.
DAVID McCANN reads his poems regularly at Oxford poetry events. This I believe is his first time in print.
WALLACE McKITRICK works as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in rural South Australia. His poetry appeared regularly in the 70s and 80s in Australian magazines, and more work will appear in future issues of Fire.
CHLOË MEAKIN is in her mid-twenties and is one of the most innovative and challenging writers of her generation. As well as appearing regularly in Fire, she has appeared in various other magazines, including Tears In The Fence.
STEPHEN MEJIAS’s poem in Fire no.13 was his first to be published.
JOHN MINGAY is a widely published poet and is also an active promoter of contemporary poetry through his Raunchland Publications.
TOM MURRAY is a playwright, screenwriter and fiction writer as well as a poet. Currently living in the Scottish Borders, he has had drama performed at various venues in Scotland, a collection of stories published entitled Out of My Head, and he is also a co-editor of the Eildon Tree magazine.
BEN MYERS is a London musician and writer with work in issues no.14 and 15 of Fire, and a book of short stories due out from Wrecking Ball Press, Don’t Forget To Live.
FIONA OWEN’s work is starting to appear in various publications in Wales and beyond.
CHRIS OZZARD works tirelessly to promote poetry and other arts in Wales, particularly in the Carmarthen area where he lives. He published the magazine Kite in the 1980s and helped me launch Fire in the mid-90s. His own work is less in evidence, but the extended sequence of Llansteffan Poems published in Fire no.15 represents a major achievement of contemporary poetry.
MIKE PARKER has had short stories and poems appearing in many publications across many countries.
SEAN PEMBERTON is a young fiction writer from Derry, N. lreland, just beginning to get published.
JAY RAMSAY is a poet, healer and tireless promoter of the importance of the spiritual in poetry, through his own writing, teaching, performances, publishing, and the many anthologies he has edited.
SHIREEN SHAIKH is a young London poet whose work appeared in issues no.12 and 14 of Fire. She is a lawyer by profession.
CATHERINE SIMMONDS’ work appears regularly in Fire. She recently self-published Aegis, a collection of fifty poems written 2000-2002, and frequently reads her poetry in the Dorset area.
PHIL SIMMONS combines a day-job and a family with very busy writing commitments in which his own poetry and fiction appears in various magazines and he writes regular articles and reviews for magazines such as Prop and Poetry Quarterly Review.
COLIN SIMMS is a freelance naturalist as well as an acclaimed contemporary poet. His work has appeared in magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and in many of the major anthologies of postmodernist poetry. His most important collection to date was Eyes Own Ideas (Pig Press, 1987).
JASON J. STEVENSON is a young emerging US poet who works as a teacher in Orange County after graduating from the University of California. Work in the anthology The Fires of Sunset and other US publications, and due to appear also in Australia. I believe these are his first poems to appear in UK.
PAUL SURMAN is a previously unpublished poet from Oxford. More of his poems will appear in future issues of Fire.
GERALDINE SWAIN’s work is beginning to appear in several UK magazines, including Fire no.15.
KIM TAPLIN’s third and most recent poetry collection From Parched Creek, (Redbeck, 2001) has been very highly praised, and her acclaimed prose work The English Path was republished by Perry Green Press in 2000. Her poems have appeared frequently in many magazines and she is currently working on a long poem from which the piece published here is taken.
DARREN TATTERSALL is a young poet from Lancashire who recently completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield and had several poems accepted for publication in magazines and anthologies. Work appeared in Fire no.12.
STEVEN TAYLOR’s work is appearing widely to much attention and acclaim. Poems appeared in Fire nos. 13 and 15.
SUSAN TAYLOR is active in poetry circles in South Devon, but I believe this is her first publication outside that area.
MICHAEL WYNDHAM THOMAS is a frequently published poet and a Fire regular. His collection God’s Machynlleth appeared from Flarestack in 1997.
DEBORAH TYLER-BENNETT is an acclaimed writer of poetry and prose who also edits The Coffee House magazine. Recently she has been concentrating on short stories, having had several accepted for publication.
STEVE URWIN has published two collections of poetry from Redbeck Press, including Tightrope Walker in 2000.
He also publishes the excellent little magazine, Moodswing.
RYAN G. VAN CLEAVE is a major US poet who is Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Creative Writing. He edited the anthology American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press, 2001), which comes with a strong recommendation from me, his work appeared recently in TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Southern Humanities Review, and American Literary Review, among others, and his most recent collection is Say Hello (Pecan Grove Press, 2000).
ZENOBIA VENNER is active in West Dorset poetry circles, and her work is beginning to appear more widely, including regularly in Fire.
BOB WOODROOFE is active as a writer and conservationist in the Evesham area of Worcestershire where he lives. Poems have appeared in Obsessed With Pipework and other magazines.
A number of writers appearing in this magazine I know virtually nothing about, namely John Andrews, Vincent Berquez, Debra Cazalet-Hyams, Chris Hardy, Carlos Hiraldo, Marie-Louise Hogan, Jonathan Jones, Patricia Karlin-Hayter, J.L.Kubicek, Paul Look, J.K.Murphy, Steve O’Brien, Scott Pearce, Jan Porter, Marc Rattue, Dave Seddon, and Paul Skinner. Very sorry to leave you out of the notes, especially if you HAVE sent me information which I’ve mislaid.
- 10th Muse
- Angel Exhaust
- Blithe Spirit
- Brando's hat
- Brittle Star
- Cannon's Mouth, The
- Coffee House, The
- Dream Catcher
- Floating Bear, The
- French Literary Review, The
- Frogmore Papers, The
- Global Tapestry
- Grosseteste Review
- Homeless Diamonds
- Interpreter's House, The
- Journal, The
- Lamport Court
- London Magazine, The
- Modern Poetry in Translation
- Monkey Kettle
- Neon Highway
- New Welsh Review
- North, The
- Obsessed with pipework
- Oxford Poetry
- Painted, spoken
- Paper, The
- Pen Pusher Magazine
- Poetry Cornwall
- Poetry London
- Poetry London (1951)
- Poetry Nation
- Poetry Review, The
- Poetry Salzburg Review
- Poetry Scotland
- Poetry Wales
- Private Tutor
- Purple Patch
- Rain Dog
- Reach Poetry
- Review, The
- Rialto, The
- Second Aeon
- Seventh Quarry, The
- Smiths Knoll
- Strange Faeces
- Tabla Book of New Verse, The
- Tolling Elves
- Ugly Tree, The
- Wolf, The
- Yellow Crane, The