Dan Holloway (http://danholloway.wordpress.com) was a founder member of Year Zero Writers (http://yearzerowriters.wordpress.com), and runs eight cuts gallery press (http://eightcuts.wordpress.com). He is the author of the collection of urban and transgressive stories and verse: (life:) razorblades included (http://danholloway.wordpress.com/work-in-progress/life-razorblades-included/) Dan is an inspiring man.
Arjun Basu is an author based in Montreal, Canada. His story here, The Defeatist, is part of a published collection called Squishy. His first novel is due out soon. He likes The Pixies and Morrissey, and bourbon. He produces 140c stories, ‘twisters’ on Twitter as @arjunbasu. Arjun is the most succinct man Quiet Riot Girl has ever encountered. http://www.arjunbasu.com
Marc Nash is a novelist who has completed 4 novels and decided to self/indie/POD one himself. “A,B&E” is now out available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (edited for typo ‘Nobel’ – can clearly see where my mind is reaching for), you can sample the opening. Marc turns his writing into flesh, through some wonderful gender-bending performances.
M De Winter is a mystery wrapped in an enigma.
Penny Goring is a writer and artist of great imagination and evocative power. Quiet Riot Girl is a little bit in awe of her. http://yearzerowriters.wordpress.com
Quiet Riot Girl is a writer and the editor of Games Perverts Play. She revels in culturally unacceptable expressions of our sexuality and ourselves. She is very honoured to find herself in such perverted company as this. http://quietgirlriot.wordpress.com/
Robert James Russell lives in Detroit with his dog, Chewie, and has known he wanted to be a writer since he was ten years old. His stories tend to take place, at least partially, in Michigan, falling under his self-imposed moniker Midwestern Gothic. In addition to writing fiction and poetry, Robert currently writes five on-going series for Saint James Comics, the indie comic book publisher he co-founded in 2009: Ex Occultus, Indego Blue, MinuteMen, The Strange and Youth is Sweet.
Marc Horne is a novelist. He wrote Tokyo Zero and This Unhappy Planet and will be releasing his third novel this year. He was born in England but doesn’t live there anymore. He is 38 years old.
Elliott Deline is Elliott DeLine. His novel, REFUSE, was described as “funny, cynical, tough, vulnerable, honest, deluded, sagacious, self-loving, self-loathing, and irresistible.” He lives in New York State.
– Tom of Finland
In his own words: ‘I’ve been writing stories to give myself a boner since I was fourteen. Not until I was twenty-two did I begin to get serious about what I was doing.’
You could say that Elise Moore doesn’t publish much. She won the 1995 Canadian Authors Association Award for Drama for a bioplay about Joe Orton. Years later she briefly attended the National Theatre School of Canada. Her first contribution to Games Perverts Play, “The Opposite of Marriage,” grew out of a ten-minute one-woman piece she performed at NTS, playing two women. Elise, 36, is researching a novel, a biography,and a radio documentary, and has a blog.
James Maker first trod the boards in 1982 as dancer and backing vocalist with The Smiths, and was erroneously known as ‘The Fifth Smith’. He later became lyricist and lead singer with 1980s Indie group Raymonde and 1990s ‘gay’ Hard Rock group RPLA, releasing the albums “Babelogue” and “Metal Queen Hijack” respectively.
He has appeared in the film “Middleton’s Changeling” opposite Ian Dury and Billy Connolly.
In 2004 he supported the New York Dolls on their comeback at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
His memoir Autofellatio is nominated for the 2011 Polari Prize. He is currently working on his first novella in addition to performing spoken word sets.
Magda Sullivan is somebody who thinks she’s a writer. She’s three years into her novel about serial murdering lovers and hopes it will be on shelves by 2013–it, like most of her writing, explores the philosophies of transgressions in love, violence, and sex, and psychology. She’s twenty, lives in Tucson, and once managed to publish a vignette about a necrophiliac. Obviously, these people need to stop encouraging her.
Sarah-Clare Conlon is a writer and editor based in Manchester, where she has been described as “the lit scene’s most chic starlet”. As well as purveying fine frocks, she is the dirty mind behind the city’s first-ever Smut Night and the editor of flash fiction anthology Quickies: Short Stories For Adults. She runs the Manchester Literature Festival blog and writes about the arts on her own award-winning site Words & Fixtures (http://wordsandfixtures.blogspot.com/). Quickies is available to buy at: http://flashtagmcr.wordpress.com/buy/
SLAVA MOGUTIN Siberian-born artist and writer Slava Mogutin was exiled from Russia for his queer writings and activism at the age of 21. In 1995, he was granted political asylum in the US with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center. Mogutin is the author of two hardcover monographs of photography, Lost Boys and NYC Go-Go, and seven books of writings published in Russian. In the past decade, Mogutin’s photography, video and multimedia work have been exhibited internationally, including MoMA PS 1 and Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Estonian KUMU Art Museum in Tallinn, The Haifa Museum of Art in Israel, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) in Spain. Mogutin’s work has been featured in a wide range of publications including Flash Art, ArtUS, Modern Painters, L’Officiel Hommes, L’Uomo Vogue, Stern, and The New York Times.
Jonathan Kemp’s debut novel, London Triptych, was published in 2010 and was immediately shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. It went on to win the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. His second novel, Because We Must, will be published later this year. A collection of short prose, entitled Twentysix, was published in November 2011. He teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Birkbeck.
Danni Antagonist is a performance poet from Milton Keynes. But please don’t hold this against her. She’s also the current Bard of the historic town of Stony Stratford, and she tells wryly comic, poignant and sometimes erotic, rhythmic and rhyming stories from the heart. Her first collection, “Empty Threats”, will be available soon.
Bruce Coker has been writing for almost twenty years, and hopes to finish something one day soon. Having been runner-up in a national writing competition in 1990, he sometimes worries that he may have peaked too soon. His first novel was short-listed by a major publisher, but ultimately rejected on the grounds that it was ‘out of touch with its target audience’. He is now considering a career in marketing.