Announcement: Contributors to The Tomorrow Issue
In The Tomorrow Issue (July 2018), “everyone” was…
JASON A. BARTLES – The Erasure
Jason A. Bartles is a writer and scholar of Latin American literature. His work can be found in Revista Hispánica Moderna and Punchnel’s, among other venues, and his current writing projects centre on the possibility of restoring utopian thought in the present or near future.
CHLOE BELCHER – Stop Building So Much S**t
“The friction that arises in new housing developments; an unnecessary amount of green belt areas consumed with houses, just. Stop. Please. Over recent years, there has been a rapid increase in ‘affordable homes’, that seemingly appear to be bypassing the systems in place to prevent building on green areas. As cities in the UK increase in population, as does the demand to place those in accommodation. Where exactly are people going to go in the near future?”
RACHEL BURNS – Winter Coat
Rachel Burns is a poet and playwright. She has a short story published in Mslexia and recently her poem Sightseers was published in The Herald newspaper. Currently, she is an Arvon/Jerwood mentee in playwriting.
MIKI BYRNE – Awakening. 3010. AD
Miki has had three poetry collections published and had work included in over 170 poetry magazines and anthologies. She has read on Radio and TV and is active on the spoken word scene in Cheltenham. Miki also ran a poetry writing group at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire, UK). Miki lived on a Narrowboat for years and began performing her poems in a bikers club in Birmingham. Miki is disabled and now lives near Tewkesbury.
PAUL B. COHEN – See You in the Future
Paul B. Cohen read English at Leeds University, and holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern California. His short stories have appeared in a number of journals and magazines, including Prole, Conclave, Spelk and Gold Dust. His story ‘Lecha Dodi’ won first place in Moment’s 2014 Short Fiction Awards, judged by novelist Alice Hoffman.
MARY COURTNEY – Tomorrow
Artist and poet from Coventry. Organiser of Big Draw events with poetic titles: The Coventry Elephantastic and the Mappa Magnificellaneous. Leverhulme Artist-Poet in Residence at the Chemistry Department, University Warwick 2016. Artist-Poet in Residence at Nuneaton Library 2017. Poems on the Pavement with the children of Spon Gate Primary School as part of the Spon Spun Festival. Poetry Awards include from the National Poetry Competition and Cambridge University. Front page cover and poem in the European Journal of Chemistry 2016. Originator of the words for the mad poem that became the song The Singing Sock of Spon End. Former lives as a nurse, manager, tutor, telephonist, chambermaid. Future lives combining art and poetry in animation and film www.marycourtneycoventry.com
JODIE DAY – Future Selection and Inner Dimensions
Jodie has been creating analogue collage since 2015. She currently lives and works in London, UK. More of her work can be found on Instagram at: Sacred_Cuts_Collageart
MICHELLE DIAZ – Pterodactyl by a Static Sea
Michelle Diaz has been writing since the late 90s. She has been published by Prole, Live Canon, Amaryllis, Amethyst Review and was included in the recent Mind anthology Please Hear What I’m Not Saying. She was also awarded 3rd place in the 2017 Mere Literary Poetry Competition. She has a son with Tourette’s Syndrome and had a colourful upbringing. Both of which inspire her writing. Michelle lives in the crazy town of Glastonbury.
HELEN DRING – Shale Shocked
Helen Dring is a poet, fiction writer and teacher from Liverpool, UK. She likes poems about time and place, and fiction about the missing.
JOHN GREY – The Tourist Trade on Vuyuca
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Examined Life Journal, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East and Midwest Quarterly.
EMILIE LAUREN JONES – Envelope Children
Emilie Lauren Jones is a published writer of flash fiction, short stories and poetry. A member of the SWWJ and Coventry Writers Group, she is also a regular performer at open mic nights, including Fire & Dust in Coventry. She is also a regular performer at festivals and events, including: The Feel Good Festival of Creativity, Spon Spun Festival, Stonefest, Positive Images Festival, Coventry Peace Festival and Coventry’s Holocaust Memorial Day. Emilie regularly works as a guest speaker and runs workshops on both poetry and short story writing. Her debut poetry collection Sitting on the Pier is available to order from Amazon and Waterstones. Check out her website: www.emilielaurenjones.co.uk or social media pages for more information.
JOHN KITCHEN – Passing the Turing Test
John is based in Leicester. He writes plays and poems. The latter have been published in HCE, IS &T, From Dusk to Dawn and others. He has been read on Radio 3 by Imogen Stubbs.
TIM MAJOR – Read/Write Head
Tim Major’s novels and novellas include You Don’t Belong Here, Blighters and Carus & Mitch. Upcoming titles include YA novel Machineries of Mercy, short story collection And the House Lights Dim, and a non-fiction book about the silent crime film, Les Vampires. Tim’s short stories have appeared in Interzone, Not One of Us and numerous anthologies, including Best of British SF 2017 and Best Horror of the Year 10, edited by Ellen Datlow. Tim is also co-editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction journal, BFS Horizons. Find out more at: www.cosycatastrophes.wordpress.com
BARRY PATTERSON – Depleted Uranium
Barry Patterson is a writer & performer living in Coventry in the West Midlands. His alter ego, the Wild Man of the Woods is Britain’s widest travelled & longest running green man performance, but he is also a well known figure on Coventry’s poetry scene. His first collection, Nature Mystic was published by Heaven Tree Press in 2008. In 2012 his poem Advice to a Geordie Miner Lad at Pooley was mounted as public monument at Pooley Pit Head near Polesworth in N. Warwickshire. He is currently the Poet Laureate of Wroth Silver, one of the oldest continuously recorded public ceremonies in England & his most recent collection Freed from Distance (2016) is available from redsandstonehill.net
MARTIN PEDERSEN – Broken Worlds
Martin Pedersen, originally from San Francisco, has lived in eastern Sicily for over 35 years. He teaches English at the local university. His stories have appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, American Athenaeum, Literary Orphans, Bareback Magazine and others. Martin is a 2011 alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
MARTIN JON PORTER – Android Accent
Martin Jon is a teacher who lives in Melbourne. His most recent poetry has featured in ArtAscent, Medusa’s Laugh Press’ μtxt 3 and Wanderlust Journal. His debut chapbook, Traits, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2016.
IAN RICHARDSON – There’s Always Snow on Kilimanjaro
Ian is a London writer who has published with the literary magazines Bartelby Snopes and Litro, has various short stories in anthologies and has had theatre work runs in community productions. His author’s page and contact details are at www.writerista.eu
LUKE RICHARDSON – Thought Order
Luke Richardson is a writer, English teacher and blogger from Nottingham, England. He loves travel and telling stories, and is currently writing his first novel.
WANDA FRAGA SÁNCHEZ DE LA CAMPA – Cosmic Continuum
Wanda Fraga Sánchez de la Campa was born in 1994 in the city of Santa Clara (Cuba), the daughter of a single mother and an emigrant father. Art occupied much of her childhood and was her company, and she accumulated a great number of prizes for an astonishingly profound vision of life. In 2010, Wanda presented her first personal exhibition and graduated several years later from the Professional Academy of Arts. Her work, where man is always contrasted with the social environment, as if it were a fragmented reality, makes definitive contact with her own interiority and reflects the loneliness and feeling of abandonment that have been constant in her life. Presenting fragments of memories, people, situations and objects that have determined her as a person, Wanda alludes to these with the responsibility of sharing them, perhaps seeking to restore that bond that she never felt to have with the world. The artist describes her art as “dialoguing obsessively about her experiences of childhood, what she has seen and experienced as: girl, now woman and human being. From the pain of living on an island surrounded by water, which surrounds but separates at the same time, from growing into a country that is a collage, from cultures to races and influences.” She also explores “the visuality of Bad Painting, Minimal Art and the poster, as well as the presuppositions of Conceptual Art, in search of a technique that is better suited to the emotions she is trying to communicate” and regards the collage as her best starting point and ally in developing her artistry.
MICHELE SHELDON – The Potato Eaters
Michele’s short stories have appeared in literary magazines including Here Comes Everyone, Storgy and Rosebud and anthologies like Stories for Homes 1 & 2. They’ve also been shortlisted in different competitions including Bridport, HG Wells, Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award. She co-hosts storytelling nights for Hand of Doom in Kent.
SAM SMITH – The End of the World
Sam Smith is a former Creative Writing and Scriptwriting student. His preferred genres of writing are sci-fi, horror and comedy. Among his influences are George Orwell, H.G.Wells, Charlie Brooker, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King. His stories have been featured in Maudlin House, Lit Cat, Visitant Lit, Two Words For and Baphash.
MIKE TOOK – S.O.S.
Midlands-based Mike Took has been a writer, poet and performer for decades, mostly specialising in screenplays; but, having published a full-length Shakespearean stage play in 2016 written entirely in rhyming couplets, he then went on to discover the many-layered appeal of performance poetry. Mike is preparing a one-hour poetry show entitled ‘Overpriced Zeitgeist’ to take to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and runs the monthly ‘Scriptstuff Open Mic Poetry Night’ in Leamington Spa.
LINDA TYLER – Lost in Wonder
Linda Tyler was born in London and now lives in a village on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has been published by Ouen Press, D C Thomson, Bards and Sages, Riding Light, Alliteration Ink, Blink Ink, Thema, Alban Lake and Firewords. Stories in forthcoming publications include Wild Musette. A retired lecturer, she now runs self-catering holiday accommodation, sings in a choir and is walked daily by her Labrador.
JORDAN WOODS – What Happened to the Future?
Jordan Woods is a writer who has spent most of his life writing short stories and screenplays, inspired by the books and films that influenced his childhood. His studies at Coventry University have given him the opportunity to widen his interests and find different ways to express his creativity, leading him to explore new forms and genres of creative writing.