LAURA ROBERTS is obsessed with sexy stories, political satire and religious epiphanies. Having published several books on sex and one on politics, she’s debating whether to fully shun herself from polite conversations with the inevitable conclusion to this trio. She may, however, decide to start writing about hackers and robots instead, just to spend even more time pressing buttons and collecting archaic machinery like her 1950’s-era Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter.
Armed with a degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University and a sex journalist’s eye for titillating details, Laura seamlessly blends fact and fiction to create work that has been described as both sassy and insightful.
Laura helms the indie literary salon Black Heart Magazine, and lives with her artist husband and literary kitty in a magical world filled with strewn paper and dirty dishes. She is currently publishing her next book, Naked Montreal (loosely based on life in the Underground City), in serial format on this site. Subscribe to The Buttontapper for the latest installments direct to your inbox, or follow her on Twitter @originaloflaura.
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HAIKU FOR LOVERS CONTRIBUTORS
S. Alex is a Canadian writer and artist from the Niagara region of Southern Ontario, residing with her mammalian companions. She studied general arts and science at Niagara College and holds a professional writing certificate. She studied poetry under Oberon Press author Dean Serravalle, and a two-part writing for publication course under Huffington Post contributor Anya M. Wassenberg. Her writing has previously appeared in InkTank Magazine, Featherlit, BareBack Magazine, and Writers Haven. Her photography and art have appeared in The Entroper and S/tick. She is currently an editor for the comedy magazine and blog Authored By Schrödinger’s Cat.
Katya Amchentseva is an interdisciplinary artist originating from Kazakhstan. She divides her time between photography and other forms of expression, including various visual media and writing. She is currently living and working out of a studio in NYC.
Elizabeth Ashe earned her MFA in creative writing from Chatham University and her MFA in multidisciplinary studio art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In Pittsburgh, she was Associate Editor for Fourth River and the host of a Dinner Workshop Series. Her poetry has appeared in Vagabondage Press, Glass: A Literary Journal, Battered Suitcase, Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination and The Legendary, among others. She lives in Washington, D.C. and can be found online at elizabethashe.com.
Angela “Carina” Barry has a soft spot for romantic poetry. She and her husband fell in love from writing romantic poetry back and forth one night after going out with friends. The friends were less amused with the silence and the note-passing, but they managed to get married, so it all worked out in the end. Her husband’s passion for writing is what finally tempted her to try her hand in the field. This is the first literary piece that she has had accepted into an anthology. That it happened to be a piece about love seemed entirely appropriate.
Susie Berg is a Toronto writer and editor. She spends part of every day in what Stephen King calls the “writing coma” and also takes his advice to read as much as possible. To support this decadence, she is a freelance editor. She is also a mother to two teenagers, and although that is neither a paying gig nor decadent, it has more than its share of moments. Her work has most recently appeared in the anthologies Desperately Seeking Susans, Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep, and Body and Soul. She has been a featured reader at Plasticine Poetry, the Art Bar, and Hot-Sauced Words.
Bridget Brewer has done lots of awkward things and lived in many weird places in her young life. Right now she teaches, writes, makes art and does improv comedy in Austin, Texas. Most recently, her short story, “Credo,” was published by Carve Magazine. You can follow all that stuff at bbrewer06.tumblr.com.
Cathy Bryant won the 2012 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize for the worst opening line of a novel, and is a former blogger for the Huffington Post. Her stories and poems have been published on five continents, so her ambition is to break into the Antarctic market. Also in 2012, Cathy won the Sampad “Inspired by Tagore” Contest, the Malahat Review Monostich Contest and the Swanezine Poetry Contest. In 2013 Cathy won the M.R. Jordan Writing Contest. She co-edits the annual anthology Best of Manchester Poets, and her collection, Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature, was published recently.
SuzAnne C. Cole, MA Stanford, former college English instructor, enjoys being a wife, mother, and grandmother; traveling and hiking the world, and writing from a studio in the Texas Hill Country. Her haiku have been published in Potpourri, Piedmont Literary Review, Bear Creek Haiku, Heron Quarterly, USA Today, Texas Poetry Calendar, Sol, Nite-Writers International Literary Journal, Point Judith Light, and Cicada and anthologized in Prairie Sunset: An International Haiku Anthology. One haiku was also a winner in the Suruga-Baika Literary Festival in Japan. She’s also published more than 450 essays, short fiction, plays, and… poetry.
Linda Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh and raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her love for writing began when she was thirteen years old, and she has been writing ever since. She has a degree in English-Literature from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her poetry and short stories have been published in a myriad of collections. Her love of writing is only overcome by her love for God. A devote follower of Jesus Christ, she believes that kindness and a dedicated presentation of truth is essential in one’s life. She enjoys a variety of films and books in both the fantasy and adventure genres. She loves wolves.
Shannon J. Curtin is a displaced Yankee currently residing in Portsmouth, Virginia with her husband and dog. Her poetry has been featured in Short, Fast, and Deadly, Vox Poetica, and The Camel Saloon. She holds an MBA, competitive shooting records, and her liquor. She would probably like you.
Miguel Eichelberger writes out of Vancouver, Canada with his authoress wife. He travels, hits pucks with sticks, kicks balls with feet (soccer and other), and sings opera. His work has appeared in the Vancouver Review as issue #27’s featured poet, and in OCW Magazine, Kindling (US), three issues of the Poetic Pinup Revue (US), Existere (Canada), The Resurrectionist (UK), Chrysalis (Canada), and is forthcoming in Bareback (Canada).
Tristen Matthew Fournier grew up in the frigid environment of Yellowknife in Canada’s far North. Finding that typing warmed his numb and frost bitten fingers, Fournier set out to be a writer of prose fiction and poetry, exploring human nature while blending humor and philosophy. This led him to study at Concordia University in Montreal where he is in his final year of a degree in creative writing.
Joy France is predominantly known for her performance poetry in the North West of England. She has been described as “a quirky poet who refuses to be pigeon holed.” She has won several cash prizes and has enjoyed numerous guest poet appearances at spoken word events, festivals, etc. Introducing new audiences to the vibrancy of poetry gets her very excited, and she is lucky to be able to share this enthusiasm through her work with young people. She has recently begun to focus on “page poetry,” and has been delighted to see her work appearing in print and online.
Lola Howard is a singer and songwriter in Austin, Texas. She spends most of her time dreaming of world peace and puppies. The other hours of the day she casts the demons out of her head by writing erotica and making out with old Leif Garret posters hanging in her closet, in her quiet suburban home. This is her first submission to Buttontapper Press. With great hope and stars aligned, this will pave the way for a successful and fruitful swan dive into a world of abundant riches. Or maybe a date. Either way, the adventure begins.
A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published six collections of poetry, all available on Amazon.com. She has also published her work in numerous national and international literary journals. Most recently, she has accepted the position as editor for six online poetry journals for Kind of a Hurricane Press. Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work on Facebook and Twitter.
A.J. Johnson is a defender of the missionary position, former sex radio host, and passionate advocate for revamping sex education.
Fiona Johnson lives in Argyll, Scotland and mostly writes under the name “McDroll.” Her latest short stories dwell on the darker side of life with a twist of Scottish humor, and can be found in her latest collection Feeling It and the hardboiled anthology All Due Respect. You can follow her blog at http://imeanttoreadthat.blogspot.co.uk and on @mcdroll on Twitter.
Clyde Liffey lives near the water.
Domenica Martinello is studying literature and creative writing at Concordia University, where she was shortlisted for the Irving Layton Award for Poetry in 2012. Her work has appeared in The Void and Headlight Anthology, as well as scrawled in bathroom stalls and on mirrors in lipstick. She lives in Montreal.
Sue Mayfield Geiger writes for several regional and national publications and has interviewed celebrities such as Shirley MacLaine, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson and Ted Turner, among others. Recent poetry has appeared in The Binnacle’s Ninth Annual Ultra Short Competition, Write Place at the Write Time and future work will appear in a book featuring the paintings of artist Virginia Dehn being published spring of 2013 by Grayson Books. Her own book of prose and verse, Gibbons Street, is available on her website smgwriter.com. She has a BA in English and lives on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Janet McCann is a crone poet who has been teaching at Texas A&M University since 1969. Her most recent collection is Carlos Cafe, winner of the 2011 Sacramento Poetry Center chapbook contest. She won an NEA Poetry Fellowship in 1989. She and her husband Hugh have been married for more than 45 years.
Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A prolific writer and member of the Horror Writers Association, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry and playwriting. Jessica has had twelve books published in four years, including the bestselling Rabbits in the Garden, The Sky: The World and the gritty coming-of-age thriller, PINS. More info on her speculations and publications can be found at JessicaMcHughBooks.com.
Native Texan Kimberly Morgan lived a colorful early life of misadventures, trailer houses and – at the behest of her WWII Marine stepfather – pistol shooting. She began writing poetry and fiction at the start of adolescence and claims a native command of Spanish. One of her haikus is inspired by skate culture. Morgan graduated from high school early, on the heels of a life-threatening accident which transformed her from an ordinary parrot handler into a full-fledged, hook-handed pirate. While earning a BA in Sociology from UT-Austin, she worked for the Austin Chronicle and modeled and acted for student art photography/films. You can find her on Facebook.
h. l. nelson is Fiction Editor for Black Heart Magazine, a Raymond Carver lover, call center survivor, and former sidewalk mannequin. (Yes, that happened.) She has been published or is forthcoming at Metazen, Gutter Eloquence, The Fat City Review, Pure Slush, GlassFire, Black-Listed, BH, and Screaming Orgasms of Bizarro Love. She is pursuing an MFA at Queens U. Hopefully she can catch the bugger. Manicures and Vicodin in Palm Valley is her WIP, which she describes as a mix between Fight Club and Desperate Housewives. Dinner parties, LSD, a homeless intersexual prostitute. Hopefully, Chuck approves. Tell her your favorite planet: hlnelson.com.
Vuong Pham is a Brisbane-based teacher and poet. Well-known for his humorous twist in the haiku form, he is a member of “The League Of Extraordinary Poets,” known as “The Haiku Master.” Traveling around Australia to festivals, gigs and slam competitions, his slam-ku always makes audiences interact with him somehow, burst into laughter, ponder the cosmos deeply, and generally gawk in surprise. His haiku was commended in the Free XpresSion Haiku Competition (2011). Vuong will release his first short-collection of poems, Refugee Prayer, in April 2013. He blogs at versesoftheinnerself.blogspot.com.au, and loves to make new friends on Facebook.
Winston Plowes is a prize-winning and widely published poet from Hebden Bridge in the North of England. He composes his words with his two cats on a narrowboat on the Rochdale Canal. Through his poetry he hopes to make people pause and ponder the hidden details of life. He has recently enjoyed correspondence with World Trade Centre architect Daniel Libeskind and ceramicist Gordon Baldwin after writing about their work. And also with the local butcher who enjoyed his poem “A sonnet to bacon” and slipped an extra rasher into his order. His collection of ghazals, First of all I wrote your name, is due to be published this year. You can find him online at winstonplowes.co.uk.
M. Douglas Poole is a writer from Ontario, Canada. Fueled by the desire to share his dreams, Poole’s work is undertaken with a passion for seeing the humor and beauty of the opposing forces that exist in all aspects of life. His writing is expansive in scope and varies from poetry to prose, with a focus on the inventive use of the form and style of the English language to provoke and entertain. Keep an ear and an eye out for his work.
Winslow Pious Porter is a poet from Austin, Texas. Born in 1988 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he grew up not far away in a suburban town near Rutgers University. After high school, he attended Ramapo College of New Jersey where he started studying and writing music. During school, he received an internship with Saddle Creek Records and moved out to Omaha, Nebraska for a year. While out there, he continued to write, taking a liking to memorable authors such as e.e. cummings, Bob Dylan and Charles Bukowski for their styles, which tended to reinvent the rules while critiquing them in a satirical manner. As the years went by and upon completion of college, he took a road trip across the United States where he took more from the writings of Jack Kerouac, Khalil Gibran and Robinson Jeffers. From these characters he learned it could be more amusing to play around with words and look more toward bending the boundaries of writing. He currently plays music and works in a downtown Austin coffee shop and theatre.
Kenneth Pobo has a new chapbook out from Finishing Line Press called Save My Place. In 2011 he won the qarrtsiluni chapbook contest for Ice And Gaywings, published in November 2011. His work is forthcoming from Two Thirds North, The Same, Revolver, and Crannog. Catch his radio show, Obscure Oldies, on Saturdays at wdnrfm.org from 6 to 8:30 PM (EST).
Chantelle Rideout lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been published in several Canadian literary journals and her poetry chapbook, Sotto Voce, was published this year with Frog Hollow Press.
April Salzano teaches college writing in Pennsylvania and is working on her first several collections of poetry and an autobiographical novel on raising a child with autism. Her work has appeared in Poetry Salzburg, Convergence, Ascent Aspirations, The Rainbow Rose, The Camel Saloon, The Applicant, The Mindful Word, The Weekenders Magazine, Deadsnakes, Montucky Review, Daily Love, Visceral Uterus, Crisis Chronicles, Windmills, and is forthcoming in Inclement, Poetry Quarterly, Decompression, Work to a Calm, Bluestem, Connotation Press and others. The author also serves as co-editor for several online journals at Kind of a Hurricane Press.
Richard Scarsbrook is the author of the books Cheeseburger Subversive, Featherless Bipeds, Destiny’s Telescope, and The Monkeyface Chronicles. His poetry collection, Outtakes, will be published in Fall 2013 by Turnstone Press, and his next novel, The Indifference League, in 2014 by Dundurn. His books have been short-listed for the CLA Book of the Year Award (twice), the Stellar Book Prize, and ReLit Award, and the OLA White Pine Award (twice), which he won in 2011 for The Monkeyface Chronicles. His prize-winning poems and short stories have been published widely. You can find out more about Richard’s literary adventures at richardscarsbrook.com.
Quill Shiv is a freelance editor and writer living with Alarm Clock Cat in the Boston area. Rumor has it her birth occurred at some arbitrary point between the initial releases of Star Wars and Return of the Jedi. Catching a Quill Shiv in the wild requires a blanket fort with fresh coffee as a lure. Or, if you prefer to hunt in a different way, choose your literary weapon at her web site: QuillShiv.com.
Craig W. Steele resides in the countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from Lake Erie. He is a biology professor at Edinboro University. His haiku have appeared recently in/at Asahi Haikuist Network, a handful of stones, the Aurorean, Modern Haiku, South by Southeast, Boston Literary Magazine and elsewhere, and are forthcoming at Shamrock Haiku Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, Halcyon and Eskimo Pie.
James J. Stevenson is a hopeless Romantic(ist) teaching and writing in Vancouver. He thinks Leonard Cohen has only gotten sexier with age and is hoping to be that charming when his “friends are gone and his hair is grey.” The poetry chapbook illiterature and the anthologies Robot Hearts, What the Wild Things Read, and Fearsome Fables have been kind enough to publish his work, and he has poetry forthcoming in Vallum. He promises to start posting more music and literary reviews on his website writewithlightning.com if you visit and say hello.
Jessica Van de Kemp was born on Old Beltane in 1989. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and is currently pursuing an MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo. Her poetry is forthcoming in Vallum magazine.
Don Webb has written 17 books. He is in the Norton anthology of Texas writing, Lonestar Literature. He is best know for his mystery novels, science fiction and horror. He and his lovely wife Guiniviere LOVE Austin and each other.
Curtis Woodcock is a young poet, science fiction and horror/thriller writer. He resides in Kelowna, BC, Canada with his fiancé. Curtis is currently working on his diploma for creative writing and publishing at Okanagan College. His main writing project at the moment is a series of short stories. As infamous as Bigfoot, Curtis is hard to track down outside of school, but on rare occasions he can be spotted working at a local health food market and walking his slightly obese Pomeranian.
Dave Wright lives, writes and works near Nashville in Middle Tennessee.