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Laara C Oakes:

Laara C Oakes writes children’s books, poetry, serious articles, and silly little stories. She has a picture book, The Sunflower Squirrel, set for publication in summer 2018.
Her writing has previously been published in Tampa Bay Wellness Magazine and The Pangolin Review.

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Lights Out!

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Rod Bartchy:

Rod Bartchy followed the family tradition and accumulated two engineering degrees by his mid twenties before coming to his senses. After 20 years in hazardous waste disposal, Rod tried to manage other people’s money but found it equally toxic. He then survived 5 years with the IRS, but recovered most of his sanity in a Tibetan ashram.
Rod has written two novels, Enigma and Dol Guldor, and one novella, Key West Story.  All have been withheld from publication, two to spare the reader any permanent trauma, and Dol Guldor, after the nice lawyers from the Tolkien estate came for a little chat.
Rod is now ready to reveal the shocking inside stories of America’s largest collection agency, at least until he’s audited.  Rod’s essays have been published in the Chestnut Hill Local and True Humor
Rod lives in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia with his daughter, her boyfriend, two turtles and cat. When not writing humor, he tutors kindergarten, suffers from inept golfer syndrome, and plays way too much Scrabble.

Married Filing Joint
Telemarketing Tunes
IRS Beset by Bed Bugs!
Beloved Wolverine
Dogs: The Poop and the Passion
The Tyranny of the Queen – The Cutlery Caper
You’re Fired!

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Jon Sindell:

Jon Sindell wrote the story collections The Roadkill Collection and Family Happiness.
His humor has appeared in The Big Jewel, Points In Case, Thrice Quarterly, Feathertale, riverbabble, Hobart, and The Higgs-Weldon, and before captive audiences in petting zoos everywhere.
Much of his writing hides in plain sight at

If—Doggerel By Junkyard Kipling
A Remembrance of Tom by his Longtime Companion, an English Bulldog named Wally
The Craven
Joe's Funeral, Starring Me, Joe's Cat!
Classic-Rock-Lyric Outtakes
A Historical Round Table On Civility
The New Weekly Studies Studies This Week's New Studies

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Dave Ludford:

Dave Ludford is a writer of dark and weird fiction from Nuneaton, England. His short stories have appeared at a variety of locations worldwide, and his first collection, A Place Of Skulls and Other Tales, is available from Parallel Universe Publications or via Amazon.

Warning: Mrs Abercrombie May Be Armed and Dangerous

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Michael Fryd:

After an award winning scientific career Michael Fryd returned to the passion of my youth; writing.
He has had short stories published in Easy Street, Intrinsick, and Literary Yard.
His memoir, My Mother’s War, was a semifinalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition for creative non-fiction.
He has also  just finished editing his first novel, It’s not Easy Being Green.


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Jerry Robbins:

I am a graduate of Gettysburg College, Yale University Divinity School, and the Hartford Seminary Foundation, where I earned a Ph.D. I served in campus ministry for over three decades. I am the editor of The Essential Luther (Baker) and the author of Carevision (Judson) and Provocables (C.S.S.). I have published several articles and over 100 book reviews.  I received the Joseph Sittler Award for Writing.  Since retiring to Florida in 2001, I have turned my attention to novelty writing projects. Recently, I was published in MilitaryRapid RiverHumor Times , and Senior Outlook Today.

All the President's Words
The Trials of Noah
Composing and Decomposing
Who is Happy?
Shop Knives
When Aphorisms Go Bad

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Kieran Judge:

Kieran Judge is a student of MA Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. He writes articles for, The Film Magazine, and reviews fiction and film for Horror Reviews by The Collective.

Made On Mars
Sir Gorleth and the Torch Lighter

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Zsolt Stanik:

Zsolt Stanik was born in Kosice, Slovak Republic. He is a nuclear engineer graduated from the Czech Technical University, Prague. Before his retirement he held  the position of information  manager at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria.
Inspired by the everyday life of people, his stories and books spring from this revelation and deal with absurd situations and common human challenges. His publication details, etc. can be viewed at
At present he lives in Alhaurin el Grande, Spain.

Rabbit in Paris

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Jeffrey Ross:

Jeffrey Ross is an Op-Ed writer, rockabilly musician, and former full-time community college teacher who lives in Gilbert,  Arizona, USA. He has had four "Views" pieces published on since 2007, has authored and co-authored several op-ed articles on community college identity, purpose, and culture, and has had several pieces published on the Cronk News higher education satire website.

Five of his books have been published by Rogue Phoenix Press (Salem Oregon USA):
College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair (2011) (Higher ed satire)
Love in the RV Park (2013) (Romance parody)
Silent Sonora (2015) (Life history set in 1920’s Scottsdale Arizona)
The Auroran: Cold Front Redemption (2016) (A mature love story)
1040 Taxes Could be Replaced by One-Cent Fees (2018) (A researched policy proposal)

The Professor and the DNA
An Unsuccessful Faculty Protest for Better Pay

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Judy Cabito:

Judy Cabito reads and writes from Lake Tahoe in the state of Nevada, USA. She has been published. She also has a weird sense of humor. 


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Franck Vanhee:

Franck Vanhee was born in 1963. He is Flemish and, as of 1st October 2018, he started work as a copywriter.
He has had flash fiction published on and
Franck says that, as a non-native-English speaker, he likes to discover and to dissect (of vivisect, if you wish) words that seem evident to English speaking persons.
He says that's it's his way of writing Flenglish (English from a Flemish angle). He hopes his style should enrich English with an exotic touch.


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Carol McKenzie:

Carol McKenzie is a free-lance writer living in Las Vegas, Nevada.She is working on several short stories and one manuscript. She enjoys writing humor about the day-to-day mundane events that surface in everyday life. She hopes to publish more in the near future.

Should I Say Anything - About That Growth?
Curling, My Kind Of Olympic Sport
Goat Yoga, Is That How Goat Cheese Is Made?

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Mick ” SeasnŠin:

Mick ” SeasnŠin has continually attempted to farm his quarter acre lot in the small town of Wooster, Ohio while catering to the diverse and often unanticipated needs of his tripod-ish dog and three rowdy children. His wife tolerates his creative habits and occasionally enables his binges of writing and photography.
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What Only Parents Say

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Ed Ahern:

Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had two hundred stories and poems published so far, and three books. Ed works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of five review editors.

The Urchin Response
Primal Urging
The Dead Birds of Christmas

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John Ohno:

John Ohno is a software engineer and freelance essayist. In his free time, he experiments with generative art.
He participates in NaNoGenMo every November -- wherein he writes programs that generate novels.
He has released over 40 albums of experimental music under the name Infocalypse, many using his own command-line music composition and synthesis toolchain.
John lives in Connecticut with his cat.

She Awaited the Turkeys

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R.D. Ronstad:

R.D. Ronstad is retired and lives in Phoenix, Az, USA. He writes humor pieces and poetry. His work has appeared or is to appear on the literary humor sites The Big Jewel and Defenestration and the poetry sites Bindweed Magazine and Rat's Ass Review.

Too Violent Movies For Children
Movies Peter Rabbit Declined To Apper In Because He Feared They Would Damage His Image
Movies I'd Rather See Than AVP; Alien vs. Predator
Scary Movies For Queasy Stomachs
Pro Wrestling Memoirs: A List As Real As Professional Wrestling Itself
Names The Lone Ranger Considered Adopting Before He Officially Became Known As The Lone Ranger
Signs You May Be A Butterfly Dreaming You're A Man
Plays Written By A Roomful Of Monkeys With Typewriters
Ways To Annoy The Passenger Sitting Next To You On A Long Distance Train Ride
Vampire Westerns
Product Names You Could Use For A Snooty Rich Guy's Name in That Screenplay You're Writing With A Snooty Rich Guy In It
Shocking Revelations About The World's Most Interesting Man
What Not To Say To Food
Things To Do While Waiting In A Long Supermarket Checkout Line
Reality TV Shows That Would Be Worth Watching (At Least For 10 Minutes)
Not So Intimidating Wrestling Moves
To Do List For The Extraterrestrial's Last Week On Earth
Track List From An Album Titled The Moody Guitar
From The Conversations Of Birds On A Wire
Reasons To Reconsider Buying A Car
Negative Book Jacket Blurbs
Spice Up Your Halloween Menu With These
Reasons To Go Greyhound
Ifs And Buts, Etc.

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Luke Dalton:

Luke Dalton is the pen name of Luke Saldanha. Luke is a writer, currently living in Europe.
He has compiled a lot of humorous material by simply working in ordinary jobs.


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Hari Manev:

Hari Manev is an emeritus professor from Chicago who, while working as a neuroscientist and neuropharmacologist, published extensively in the scientific literature. Now he writes fiction, which he publishes as stories made of up-to-140-character tweets. Although his novels may be classified as “twitterature” or “Twitter fiction” Hari doesn’t use Twitter.
Author’s motto: In a culture where everybody’s tweeting about themselves, it’s a storyteller’s duty to remain as silent as possible and let the tweets talk.


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Michal Malek:

Michal Malek is a television director, producer and writer from Cape Town, South Africa. He is working on his first novel (March 2019), and he writes flash fiction and short stories for the fun of it!

The Laughing Wallflower

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Jay Adair:

Jay Adair is an office worker and music instructor. His work has appeared in Beneath the Rainbow and his music with Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish and with Chad McCoy has been heard on CBC radio.

Incident Report

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Brendan Smith:

Brendan Smith is a writer from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

I May Not Talk To A Lot Of Girls But Me Holding The Door For Them Is Going To Lead Somewhere

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Kelly Kon:

Kelly Kon is an author of short fiction, flash fiction, and novels from America's Corn Belt.
She enjoys breathing life into compelling characters and seeing the humor in everyday situations.
Life is only as good as the people in it - take the time to see them.

Too Quiet

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Flora Jardine:

Flora Jardine writes plays, fiction, and non-fiction from her home on the edge of the woods.

Support Payments
Archetypes On Meds

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Rebecca Rhodes:

Rebecca Rhodes is an author from Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, and she attends college for creative writing in California.
She writes everything from narrative poetry to sci-fi novels, and plans to publish several books and collections in the summer of 2019.


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Edmund Conti:

Edmund Conti lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he divides his time between night and day.

Little Willies
Across Narragansett Bay and into the Trees
Not Ready for my Bucket List
Hard Rhymes, Hard Times
Pretending to be a Song Writer
Light Game
How to Write a Sestina
Braving the Elements
A Couple of Guys Called Ben and Don
The Ed C. Scrolls
Weather or Not

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Gail White:

Gail White is a formalist poet whose books ASPERITY STREET and CATECHISM are available on Amazon.
She is a contributing editor to Light Poetry Magazine. (
Gail lives in Breaux Bridge, LA, with her husband and cats.

Looking For An Agent

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Andrew Sansom:

Andrew Sansom graduated from Bath Spa university in 2019, having studied creative writing. He was one mark off of a first, but IS NOT BITTER ABOUT IT.

Snuffle in Silence

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Priyanka S. Raj:

Priyanka S. Raj (Pseudonym: Mahi) is an international Poet, English Author, Journalist by profession and an enthusiastic young Research Scholar hailing from Shillong, India.
She is a lady of letters many trades. Her interest and passion for literature and poetry set her apart from the crowd.  Her passion for British Romantic poets and Turkish poets casts a spark in her works.
She has sincere love for Nature, Art, Music , Culture and a believer in peace and harmony. She is an author of her debut poetry book Social Blues; Beyond Solemn Balladry recently published on Feb5, 2019. Her poem Beacons of Mariner got featured in the Indian Navy literary magazine Quarterdeck 2019
Recently her poems got featured in New York October Hill Magazine  - Soul Blossom in spring Issue 2019 and her poem Let Me Fly got featured in Issue 11, The Pangolin Review.
Priyanka is the winner of All India Poetess Competition 2016.
Currently, her poems are featuring on the various literary magazine, and on REALISTIC POETRY INTERNATIONAL, Arizona US. She is now designated with Literary Colonel by for her incredible contribution.

Priyanka can be reached as follows:
EMAIL:  mahipriyankaraj (at)

The Old Cruel Rain And The Wind

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John Yelavich:

John Yelavich has published five books of poetry to date, Serendipitous Mindscapes; Barefoot Ballet; Hued Horizons; Dream-Hunters; and Fate’s Haven
He is an active member of two Writers Groups in New Jersey. He is retired and writes for his community newspaper.
A near death experience in 1998 instilled John with a unique perspective on family, friends and life. 
He is a graduate of Heidelberg University, BA and New York University, MA.

Feels Like Barbed Wire
Hands Of Steel, Not Today
Breathless And Fried
When I Hold You
A Crazy Lady
Her First One
The Boys Of Summer
Peering Tenderly At You
I Still Love Her So
A Natural Beauty
Oh So Cute

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Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri:

Mir-Yashar is a graduate of Colorado State's MFA program in fiction. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Terror House Magazine, Unstamatic, Scarlet Leaf Review, Ariel Chart.
He lives in Garden Valley, Idaho.

A Professor Explains His Dissatisfaction With Jagger's Satisfaction
Professor Botkin Explains Why “White Christmas” is a Racist Song

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Igor Kluev:

Igor Kluev is a graduate of MEPhI in Moscow, Russia. He is an active member of two Writers Groups in NJ, and two Poetry Groups in Moscow.

Any Mission Is Possible
What A Day!

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Alex Andy Phuong:

Alex Andy Phuong graduated from California State University-Los Angeles with his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2015 and was an editor for Statement Magazine.
He currently writes articles and film reviews online. His writing has appeared in The Bookends ReviewSociety of Classical Poets, and Wilderness House Literary Review #12/4.

Kate Winslet

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