Issue V

Get to know our Issue V contributors!

Adam Kluger AKA Dreck

Adam Kluger AKA Dreck is a New York City short-story writer and artist and a distant cousin of famed British sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein and a descendant of Sigmund Freud. Kluger attended the same high school as Jack Kerouac and draws inspiration from diverse literary sources that include Charles Bukowski, John Fante, Ernest Hemingway, and Herman Melville as well as artists Jean Dubuffet, Andy Warhol, Bob Ross, Eric Payson, and Pablo Picasso. Kluger is one of the leaders of New York’s Anti-Art movement. His book Desperate Times: Short Stories is available on Amazon in paperback and as illustrated ebooks.

Cormac Culkeen

Cormac Culkeen is a writer of poetry, fiction and short stories. He lives and works in Galway and is completing a BA Connect in Creative Writing in NUI Galway, returning to university full time as a mature student in 2018. His work has been published in The Burning Bush, Skylight 47 and The Wild Word poetry magazines. He believes writing should knock the air from a reader’s lungs, give them something to go into the world with or sit in their head like a waiting spider. Sometimes all three, but it must be line by line, no wasted words.

Lori Huth

Lorem Lori Huth (she/her) teaches and writes in Western New York. She lives with her partner, her child, and many goofy animals, from dogs and cats to beetles and frogs.

Bríd McGinley

Bríd McGinley hails from Co. Donegal. She writes flash fiction, short stories and has recently dabbled in creative non-fiction. Her work has appeared in Sonder Magazine, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Honest Ulsterman, The Bramley and FlashFlood, and she has read at TenX9.

Aaron Kellerstrass

Aaron Kellerstrass’ work has appeared in The PinchThe Spoon River Poetry ReviewThe Portland Review, SilkwormDodging the Rain and Honest Ulsterman. He is a freelance writer and amateur farmer who works and lives in the north of Ireland.

Paula Bonnell

Paula Bonnell’s poems have appeared widely in the U.S. including in The American Poetry Review, RattleThe Hudson ReviewSpillway and dozens more, and in print and online journals based in Canada, the U.K., India, and Australia, as well as in four collections: Message (1999);  Airs & Voices, selected for a Ciardi publication prize by judge Mark Jarman; and two chapbooks:  Before the Alphabet; and tales retold.  Recognition for her poems includes a 2020 Pushcart Prize nomination, awards from the New England Poetry Club, and selection for the Boston Mayor’s Poetry Program by the City’s Poet Laureate.

Christine Anne Foley

Christine is a Dublin based writer from Kilkenny with a degree in English from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Creative Writing from Oxford University. Her play ‘Let Your Hair Down’ was performed at the Burton Taylor Studio in Oxford. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals, Skirting Around and NeuroLogical. Christine also runs a sustainable fashion blog called Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. 

Lauren Mackenzie

Lauren Mackenzie was born in Sydney but now lives in Dublin with her family. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the 2018 Cuirt New Writing Prize and Hennessy New Irish Writing. She has been published in The MothBanshee, The Irish Times and The Lonely Crowd. Recently she was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland and is a joint winner of the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair 2021. 

Daniel Paton

Daniel Paton is a young writer who studied Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. He has had short fiction published in anthologies and online journals, and also writes screenplays and stage plays, one of which was performed at Stroud Theatre Festival 2018. He currently lives in Belfast, having just completed his MA at Queen’s University, where he looks to work on his debut novel. 

Sinéad McClure

Sinéad McClure is a writer, radio producer and illustrator.   Sinead’s poetry and prose have appeared in Crossways Literary Magazine, Meat for Tea—The Valley Review, Live Encounters—Poetry & Writing, Poethead, Drawn to the Light Press, The Cormorant Broadsheet, Dodging the Rain, A New Ulster, StepAway Magazine and the Ekphrastic Review. In March 2021 Sinéad won the O Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Prize.   Sinéad has written 15 dramas for RTEjr Radio on the themes of Ireland’s Natural Environment and conservation.

Ruth Atkins

Ruth Atkins is from Tipperary. She works in publishing in London, and has a podcast about folk and fairy stories called Unreal Irish Folklore

Karissa Venne

Karissa Venne is a writer who lives in Western Massachusetts with her soon-to-be wife and their epileptic kitten. She received her MFA from The New School and works as a Digital Resource Development Editor at Oxford University Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Okay DonkeyF(r)iction’s Dually NotedPure Slush: Growing Up, and Bridge House: Resolutions. Find her online at @kvenne717 or

Shane McDonnell

Shane McDonnell is a writer from Dublin. He is a student of English with Creative Writing at University College Dublin. His fiction has appeared in various literary journals, such as Silver Apples Magazine, The New Word Order and Caveat Lector, as well as the anthology, ‘Brevity is the Soul: Wit from Lockdown Ireland’. He is the Eagarthóir Gaeilge for The University Observer at University College Dublin and was nominated for a Student Media Award this year. 

Beth Kilkenny

Beth Kilkenny writes poetry, short fiction and essays. She has had work published in the
Galway Review, Lunate and the York Literary Review.

Caitlin Lydon

Caitlin Lydon is a fiction writer who graduated from a professional writing MA at Falmouth University. She has been published by Passengers Journal, and a story of hers was shortlisted for the London Independent Story Prize. She is slowly but surely working on a novel. 

Fiona McPhillips

Fiona McPhillips is a journalist and author. Her work has appeared in Barren magazine, Atticus Review, Hobart and other lovely places. Her first novel, Underwater, was runner-up for the 2021 Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger award. She is a reader for The Forge literary magazine and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Dublin City University.

Eoin McGuigan

Eoin completed a BA in English & History in UCD and enjoys reading a writing in his spare time. 

Lucy von Stefenelli

Lucy von Stefenelli is a 17 year old student from École Dr. Charles Best Secondary. She is new to poetry and has found an interest in writing about different though provoking concepts. She is very excited and grateful to have her first published piece in the Sonder Magazine. 

Cheryl Vail

Cheryl Vail, originally from New Jersey, and now calling Dublin Ireland home, is a software product manager by day, and strives to be as non-technical as possible outside of the office. While previously unpublished, she has been writing since she could scribble on any available surface. She writes essays, short stories, but mainly focuses on her first love, poetry. When not working or writing, she can be found traipsing around Dublin looking for inspiration or spending time with friends.

Conor Fallon

Conor Fallon is an amateur mathematician and writer from Dublin. He is the founder of the ‘acid realism’ literary genre, or at least gave it its name. He cites Leonid Kantorovich and Eric Andre as influences on his work. In 2021, he received an Emerging Young Artists Award from South Dublin County Council.

Luke Power

Luke Power is a writer living and studying in the west of Ireland. His work has appeared in New Irish Writing, ROPES, The Ogham Stone, Tír na nÓg and various online publications. He’s writing a novel.

Katie Freeney

Katie Freeney is a multidisciplinary artist, working with photography, video, performance and writing. She is obsessed with the surreal and the mysterious, taking cues from artists like David Lynch and Miranda July, and enjoys creating emotive work that brings audiences to their own conclusions.

Jeri Griffith

Writer and artist Jeri Griffith lives and works in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has published stories and essays in literary quarterlies and is currently working on a collection of essays and a collection of short stories, as well as organizing exhibitions of her art.

Amy Clarkin

Amy (she/her) is a writer from Dublin. She is currently working on an essay collection exploring illness and identity, and a novel about paranormal investigators. She can generally be found drinking coffee, reading books, and asking people if they know any good ghost stories/if they would like to see a photo of her dog. 

Caroline Lawless

Caroline Lawless, hailing from Dublin and living in Wexford, writes creative non-fiction short stories and essays carved from her life experiences. Her work has appeared in Tether’s End Magazine and The Irish Times.

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