Linda Opyr was the Nassau County Poet Laureate 2011-13. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Hudson Review, The Atlanta Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The New York Times. Her work also appeared in Crannog 45 in the summer of 2017. She was the Visiting Poet in the 1999-2000 Writers Series at Roger Williams University. In addition, she has been featured in the 2012 Walking With Whitman Series and the 2002-03 Poetry Series at Long Island University, the C.W. Post Campus; and has served on the poetry faculty of the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf. In April of 2001 the Suffolk County Legislature presented her with a Proclamation for her work. The poet holds a Doctor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from St. John’s University. The poet lives on Long Island, New York.
Patrick Chapman was born in Co Roscommon.
His poetry collections are Jazztown (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1991); The New Pornography (The Cliffs of Moher, Salmon, 1996); Breaking Hearts And Traffic Lights (Salmon, 2007); A Shopping Mall On Mars (Buffalo, NY, BlazeVOX Books, 2008); and published by Salmon, The Darwin Vampires (2010); A Promiscuity of Spines (2012); and Slow Clocks of Decay (2016).
His stories are collected as The Wow Signal, (Portishead, Bluechrome, 2007), and two novellas are published as The Negative Cutter (Dublin, Arlen House, 2014).
His audio plays include Doctor Who: Fear of the Daleks (London, Big Finish, 2007) and Dan Dare: Operation Saturn (London, B7 Media, 2016). He has written for children’s television internationally.
Chapman’s work was shortlisted for the Ian St James Award in 1990, and for a Hennessy award in 1995 and 1999, and his story, ‘A Ghost’, won first prize in the story category of the 2003 Cinescape Genre Literary Competition in Los Angeles.
He adapted his own short story for the film, Burning The Bed (2003), which stars Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen, and was a prizewinner at the 2004 Worldfest in Houston, Texas.
Noel Monahan was born in Granard, Co Longford.
His collections are Opposite Walls (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); Snowfire (Salmon Poetry, 1995); Curse of the Birds (Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon Publishing, 2001); The Funeral Game (Salmon Publishing, 2004); and Where the Wind Sleeps: New and Selected Poems (Salmon Publishing,2014).
In 2001 he won the SeaCat National Poetry Award, organised by Poetry Ireland. Also in 2001 he won the RTÉ P.J. O’Connor Award for his play Broken Cups. In 2002 he won the ASTI Achievements Award for his contribution to literature at home and abroad. Other awards include The Allingham Poetry Award and The Kilkenny Prize for Poetry.
He is co-editor of Windows Publications with Heather Brett and lives in Cavan.