Eel's Contributors.

The Eel is an unusual fish. The Eel loves reading, particularly poetry, short stories and flash fiction. Three times a year, the Eel collects together her favourite writing that has been sent to her and puts them in a little zine. The result is an eclectic mix of writing from around the world, the result is Eclectic Eel's second issue! She is very proud to present the biographies of the writers featured in Issue Two.


Miles Cain is a writer, storyteller and musician based in York, UK. Miles has written two books: A Song for Nicky Moon for teenagers, which was shortlisted for The Times/Chicken House book award in 2010. The Border is a book of poems for adults which was published by Valley Press in 2011. Miles has also written for BBC Radio and his journalism has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Yorkshire Post and Northern Echo. 

Heather Cairns is the co-editor of Misjudge Your Limits zine. She currently lives in Leeds and is working on her first sitcom.

Julie Corbett writes poetry and flash fiction. Julie is a Pushcart nominee for 2011 by Folded Word with the publication Colours of Honey (Heron 4). A chapbook called Reading the Humber is due to be released in Spring, 2011, also with Folded Word.

Lind M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native. She was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the rural town of Conneautville. She has an English Literature degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is something of a grammar Nazi, but don't worry. She won't correct your Facebook posts out loud- just in her head. So far, her works have been published by Magic Cat Press and Black Listed Magazine.

Janet Dean spends a lot of time thinking about writing. She has been doing this for forty years. She publishes little in magazines and anthologies, and sometimes reads at festivals and workshops. She lives in York, works as a freelance consultant, and feels very busy. One day her life will change.

Mary Stone Dockery's first poetry collection, Mythology of Touch, was released by Woodley Press this year. She is also the author of two forthcoming chapbooks, Aching Buttons and Blink Finch. Her poetry and prose has appeared in many fine journals. She lives in Lawrence, KS.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the new poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing. All proceeds from the sale of his book go to a crisis center, which you can read about here: He is also the author of a number of chapbooks. The two most recent are The Devil's Fuzzy Slippers from Flutter Press and Personal Myths from Writing Knight Press. He has another forthcoming chapbook called Fog Area from Dog on a Chain Press.

Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer and musician, whose latest poetry collection, The Illuminated Dreamer (Oversteps, 2010), has led to readings from Glastonbury Festival to the United States, via countless back rooms in pubs. By day he is programme leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University College.

Jade Kennedy is 27 and lives in Hull, UK. She has been featured on the website and has had poetry published by Magic Cat Press, Rain Dogs and the first issue of Eclectic Eel. She would best describe her poetry as vivid, spiritual and a little bit dark.

Mamta Madhavan is a freelance journalist based in India. She has been writing poems in her second language English, since the age of 13. Her poems are forthcoming in various literary journals from the UK and US. She is a curator at and teaches conversational English to under-privileged children in a small village in Kerala, India.

Alain Marciano is French, but writes in English because he finds it easier to use words that don't have the same weight in his own language or for a native speaker, and he feels he can laden them with the value and meaning that suits him. He also works in a French university as a professor. For years, writing essays and books was substitute to writing fiction. One day, after having followed a class of creative writing, he decided to switch to fiction. Maybe someday he will go back to French after having lost his identity in another culture. He has published short stories in Scifi short story magazine, Animal Farm, Death of a scenester and Forge Down in the Dirt. He has also published poems in Every Reason, Decades, Scissors and Spackle and Gloom Cupboard. 

Denny E. Marshall lives in the Midwest. While he has done art and poetry for a while, he has just started writing haiku in 2010 and fiction in 2011. He has had art and poetry published recently. An example of this would be interior art in Edge and Night to Dawn. 

Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock and Barbara Hull. His work has appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty years, as well as in the anthologies Good Poems, American Places Hunger Enough and Line Drives. His chapbook, Three Visitors will be published by Negative Capability Press later this year, and his novels, The Magic War and Knight Prisoner will be published in the coming months. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian and film maker, Joan Huster. He's currently seeking gainful employment since poets are born and not paid.

Thomas Pescatore grew up outside Philadelphia. He is an active member of the lit/punk scene in the city, and hopes to spread the word  on Philadelphia's new poets. He maintains a poetry blog: His work has been published in literary magazines both nationally and internationally, but he'd rather have them carved on the Walt Whitman bridge or on the sidewalks of Philadelphia's old Skid Row.

Gary Robinson lives in Ottawa, Canada, where he writes poems which have been published throughout the country and short stories- one of which was published by Carleton University. He's thrilled to have a poem swimming with the Eclectic Eel!

Meg Tuite's writing has appeared in numerous journals including Berkeley Fiction Review, Epiphany, One, the Journal, Monkeybicycle and Boston Literary Magazine. She has been a Pushcart nominee several times, and is fiction editor of The Santa Fe Lit Review and Connotation Press. Her novel, Domestic Fiction is available through San Francisco Bay Press, and her chapbook, Diseperate Pathos (2012), is available through Monkey Puzzle Press. She has a monthly column, 'Exquisite Quartet' published in Used Furniture Review. 

Richard T. Watson started writing at a young age, and luckily for all those concerned he has moved on from his early, (faintly plagiaristic) attempts. Having grown up a bit and moved to Hull, he now writes mostly as a critic and playwright, dabbling in poetry and short fiction. He has won The Sunday Times Harold Hobson Student Drama Critic Award and the International Student Playscript Competition. He is currently Artistic Director of Hull's Merge Arts Festival and Fiction Editor for Sabotage Reviews.

Philip Wexler lives in Bethesda, Maryland US, where he works for the federal government. 120 of his poems have been published in magazines over the years. He reads his work publicly in the Washington DC area, and also organizes, as well as emcees HearArts- a spoken word and music series at the VisArts visual center in Rockville, Maryland. In addition to writing poetry, Phil spends his spare time working on mosaics.

Changming Yuan is the co-author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009), and Three Poets, (2011). He is a   4-time Pushcart nominee. He grew up in rural China and published several monographs before moving to North America. He has a Canadian PhD in English, and teaches in Vancouver. His poetry has appeared in over 400 literary publications in 18 countries, including Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cortland Review and Exquisite Corpse.   


Mike Berger is an MFA. He is retired and writes poetry and short stories full time. He has been writing poetry for less than two years. His work has appeared in 71 journals and has published two books of short stories and five poetry chapbooks. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets.

Helen Burke has been writing poetry for the last 35 years. She is widely anthologised and has won many national prizes including the Manchester, the Suffolk, as well as the Devon and Dorset prize. Her latest collection, The Ruby Slippers by Valley Press, was launched in London earlier this year. She is currently writing and illustrating her own children’s book.

Miles Cain is a writer, storyteller and musician based in York, UK. Miles has written two books, A Song for Nicky Moon for teenagers, was shortlisted for The Times/Chicken House Children’s book award in 2010. The Border is a book of poems for adults, published by Valley Press in 2011. Miles has also written for BBC Radio and his journalism has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Yorkshire Post and Northern Echo.

Harry Calhoun has so far survived three broken ribs and three marriages, the latest by far the best and still active. He has had work published at odd poetry whistlestops for the past 30 years, including the books and chapbooks The Black Dog and the Road, Something Real, Near Daybreak, with a nod to Frost and Retreating Aggressively into the Dark. While not born in the Southern USA, he believes that he embodies the mortal words of Tom Petty: ‘With one foot in the grave, and one foot on the pedal, I was born a rebel’. His most recent chapbook, The Insomnia Poems, has just been released from Flutter Press and is selling briskly.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Magnolia’s Press, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals and will appear in the upcoming editions of A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. She can be found at:

Counting to Zero (c2z), is a phonic art graduate currently moving in synth punk circles, but has also written numerous songs, poetry and prose in more traditional formats. The written word is also the artist’s creative stomping ground and an informed approach and love of language allows c2z to cut through conventional means to true expression in a futuristic yet timeless beat-style.

Colin Dardis is a poet, artist, and sometimes musician. Born at the tail end of the seventies in Northern Ireland, he edits Speech Therapy, an online zine focusing on poetry from Ireland and beyond. His first collection left of soul is available via Colin’s work has previously been published in 34th Parallel, Fire, Stimulus Respond, Fuselit, Decanto, Revival, Blazevox, Gutter Eloquence and elsewhere. His poem ‘Perhaps’ won the EditRed.Com 2006 Writer’s Choice Award for Poetry.

Claire T. Feild is an English composition instructor. She was born and grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the town where the hills meet the Mississippi Delta. Her most recent poetry book, (Mississippi Delta Women in Prism) was published by NewSouth Books in Montgomery, Alabama. A portion of her memoir, A Delta Vigil, was published in Boston’s Full Circle: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.

Jim Higo is a writer, poet and performer based in Hull, UK. In 2010 he wrote and performed a one-man play at the Edinburgh Festival. He has written and performed comedy and poetry across the country, and is currently writing a show which will combine the two. His poetry has been published in several anthologies recently.

Jade Kennedy is 26 and lives in Hull. She has been featured on the website She has only been writing seriously since 2009, but is quite a prolific writer and has written over 130 poems. She would best describe her poetry as vivid, spiritual and a little bit dark.

Robert McGowan’s fiction and essays are published in numerous prominent literary journals in America and abroad, including The Black Herald (France,) Chautauqua Literary Journal, Connecticut Review and Etchings (Australia), The Louisiana Review, New Walk Magazine (UK) and South Dakota Review. McGowan is the author of the story collections NAM: Things That Weren’t There and Other Stories, (Meridian Star Press UK 2011), and the forthcoming Stories from the Art World (Thumbnail Press, 2011). He lives in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Katie Metcalfe is from Teeside and is an author, poet and the editor/publisher of Beautiful Scruffiness Literary Magazine. She has a degree in Creative Writing, and is currently working on a novel and a poetry collection about spending summer 2011 in Iceland.

Kushal Koddar (1977-) resides in the city of Kolkata, India. Apart from poetry, he has written fiction and scripts for TV mini-series. His English poetry has been published in online and print magazines all over the world- some of which include Shine, Apparatus, Heron’s Nest, Word Salad Magazine, Turbulence, Birds on line, Four and Twenty and Dr. NI’S NEWS. He is the author of All Our Fictional Dreams, and has been published in Poor Poet’s Pantry: Collaborative Poems. His forthcoming book is Surviving Cyber Life.

J.J. Steinfield is a Canadian fiction writer, poet and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books- ten short story collections, two novels and two poetry collections- along with five chapbooks, the most recent ones being Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2009), A Fanciful Geography (Poetry Chapbook, erbacce-press, 2010), and a Glass Shard and Memory (stories, Recliner Books, 2010). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over 40 of his one-act plays have been performed in North America.