The Authors

Vanessa Baker is from Windsor, Ontario and holds a bachelor of journalism with combined honours in human rights from Carleton University in Ottawa. In addition to her short stories, she writes and performs slam poetry. Her fiction has been published in Wordlegs. She can be contacted at

Melony Bethala grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, she moved to the East Coast and graduated from Emory University with a degree in English literature. She taught English in Barcelona before moving to Dublin. She is working on a book of poetry as she pursues a teaching career.

Malu Bremer was born in the Netherlands. She received an MA in film and theatre from Antwerp, Belgium and travelled across Europe performing her poetry before being accepted to Trinity College, Dublin. Part writer, part filmmaker, she independently filmed, directed, and is currently editing a documentary about the Italian artist village Bussana Vecchia. She can be contacted at

John Dodge is from Denver, Colorado. He received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He came to Dublin after living several years in Prague, Czech Republic. His short stories have been published in Blue Crow Magazine, Matchbook Magazine, and Icarus. He is working on a collection of short stories. He can be contacted at

Zach Hively comes from the tilted landscape of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has since resided in Germany and Ireland, but he will always be a bit of a desert rat. He writes both fiction and non-fiction of all lengths, and his writing has been published in Line Zero. He can be contacted at

Hsiang-En劉 was born in southern California and raised by Taiwanese parents who encouraged her to study away from home from the age of 15. In the last eight years she has lived in Ireland, England, and Hong Kong. In 2010, while living in Hong Kong, she accidentally started writing poetry.

Eamonn Lynskey, BA (University College Dublin, 1973), MA (Dublin City University, 1990), lives in Dublin and is a retired teacher. He has published two books of poetry: Dispatches and Recollections (Lapwing, Belfast 1998) and And Suddenly the Sun Again (Seven Towers, Dublin 2010).

Katie McDermott is from County Meath. She studied English and classics in NUI Maynooth. She reads and writes anything but prefers fantasy and science fiction. She recently completed her first novel, Rapeseed, which she is currently trying to get published. She lives off coffee and works late into the night. She can be contacted at

Yaseena McKendry was born in Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec with a major in creative writing and a minor in Irish studies. She is currently in the process of finishing her first novel, of which the passage ‘October’ is an excerpt. She can be contacted at

Liz McManus was born in Canada in 1947. A former Labour TD and Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, she is a winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writing award, the Listowel Short Story award, and the Irish PEN award. Her first novel, Acts of Subversion, was shortlisted for an Irish Times/Aer Lingus First Novel award. She can be contacted at

Brent Dougherty Mueller was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attained his bachelor’s degree in English from Wittenberg University in 2009. He has published two illustrated short stories through Ink & Drink Comics, and he is currently working on his first novel, Children of the End, an excerpt of which appears in this anthology. He can be contacted at

Sara Mullen hails from County Mayo. She lives in Dublin, where she works as a teacher. ’On the Hill of Speculation’ is her first published story.

Clodagh O’Brien is a history and political science graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. She has spent most of her professional life working in international development and human rights for the EU in Bruxelles and overseas. She currently lives in Wicklow.

Eimear Ryan grew up in County Tipperary. Her stories have appeared in New Irish Writing, The Stinging Fly, Horizon Review, and Necessary Fiction. She won the Hennessy First Fiction Award 2008, the Sean Dunne Young Writersf Award 2011, and the Over the Edge New Writer Award 2011.

Alice Youell was born in London in 1988, and grew up in Winchester, Hampshire. She graduated from Exeter University in 2011 with a degree in English literature. She is currently working on a series of short stories. Alice has fallen in love with Dublin and isn’t sure she’ll be able to leave. She can be contacted at

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