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Meet our Editors, Poets, Artists, Musicians, and Authors

A Growing List of Our Contributors 

Jonel Abellanosa

Poet

Jonel Abellanosa resides in Cebu City, the Philippines. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince (Night Ballet Press), 2015 Dwarf Stars Anthology (Science Fiction Poetry Association), Rattle, Anglican Theological Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Carbon Culture Review, Penwood Review, Star*Line, Inkscrawl, Pedestal Magazine, Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction and Bangalore Review. He has two chapbooks, “Pictures of the Floating World” (Kind of a Hurricane Press) and “The Freeflowing All” (Black Poppy Review).

Leroy Ralph Abrahams

Poet

Leroy Ralph Abrahams was born in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and was raised by his mother and grandparents. He attended school at Fontein Primary School and Chapman High School. Leroy got involved with gangsters and drugs, also ended up in jail and, as a result, ended up sleeping in toilets and on the streets. He later met Eileen, got married to her, and they have three children. By the grace of God his life was transformed. In 2015 he discovered his gift for writing and in 2016 his first anthology, " Verse en Inspirasie " was published and launched by Milborrow Media. His poetry can also be found in an online magazine called Glomag in India. His second anthology was published by Poetic Productions and launched in July 2018. He has a passion to encourage young and old and visit the sick at hospitals and pray for them. He so wants to work in communities, permanently trusting that God will fund him and look after him and his family.

Kimberly Ariel Abreu

Poet

Kimberly Ariel Abreu is from Trinidad and Tobago and a graduate of Saint Leo University in the United States. She studied Biomedical and Health Science and is hoping to attend veterinary school in the near future. She shared that she's not a habitual poet or writer but learned to enjoy writing even more in school through her English courses. Her faith in Christ is the most important part of her life; and her inspiration for writing stems from her grandmother, whom she shared was a very talented poet. Kimberly wrote this in memory of her.

David Allen

Poet

David Allen is a retired journalist and full-time poet living in Central Indiana. He has been published in many online journals and has two books of poetry, "The Story So Far" and "(more)," both available from Amazon.

Surbhi Anand

Poet

Surbhi Anand is a young poetess from the city of Patna, in Bihar (India). She has completed her MSC and is preparing for competitive exams. Her hobbies are singing, painting, and photography. She is a contributing poetess for an English anthology and a Hindi anthology, and loves to express her feelings through writing.

Prerna Bakshi

Poet/Author

Prerna Bakshi is a writer, poet and activist of Indian origin, currently based in Macao. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the recently released full-length poetry collection, Burnt Rotis, With Love. Her work has been published widely, most recently in The Ofi Press, Chiron Review, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, and Prachya Review: Literature & Art Without Borders, as well as anthologized in several collections. More here: http://prernabakshi.strikingly.com/

Shola Balogun

Poet/Author

Shola Balogun, playwright, poet, and writer, is from Yoruba in the southwestern part of Nigeria, West Africa. He was the winner of the First Educare Trust's Olaudah Equiano Poetry Prize (2002) and the Festival of Peace Poetry Award (2OO5) organized by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Cornwoman of Jurare & Other Poems (2007), The Wrestling of Jacob, Death and Suicide in Selected African Plays, and Praying Dangerously: The Cry of Blind Bartimaeus.

Don Beukes

Poet/Photographer

Don Beukes is a South African and British writer. He is the author of The Salamander Chronicles (CTU) and Icarus Rising --Volume 1 (ABP), an ekphrastic collection. He taught English and Geography in both South Africa and the UK. His poetry has been anthologized in numerous collections and translated into Persian, French, and Albanian. He was nominated by Roxana Nastase, editor of Scarlet Leaf Review, for the Best of the Net in 2017 as well as for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2016. He was published in his first SA anthology, In Pursuit of Poetic Perfection, in 2018 (Libbo Publishers). He is also an amateur photographer, capturing nature scenes and images which are thought-provoking and conversational.
 

Bevan Boggenpoel

Author/Poet

Bevan Boggenpoel was born in Salt Lake, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He attended Soutpan Primary and matriculated at Westville Secondary School. Boggenpoel completed a Baccalaureate in Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He launched his debut Anthology in December 2016. He is also an author at a South African website known as Litnet (Literature Network in South Africa). Although his poetry is written in a South African context that covers different issues in daily life, his writings also strive to tell a story or teach a lesson that will inspire and motivate readers globally. He is currently a teacher at Bethelsdorp Road Primary in the northern area of Port Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Brooks

Columnist/Staff Writer for Spirit Fire Review

Elizabeth P. Brooks is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and now calls Tampa Bay home. She is deeply concerned about human dignity and the need for social justice. She is outgoing, loves the sound of laughter and the power of the word. She is a performance poet and has had several poems and two non-fiction essays published in Indiana Voice Journal. She is the author of a recently published chapbook, “You May Applaud Now and Other Poems” and she is currently working on a novel and many other projects. Elizabeth is a reference librarian at Saint Leo University in Dade City, Fla., and volunteers as an adult literacy tutor in Tampa. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post. 

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