Contributors

Laurence Rivers

Laurence Rivers

Hero of the Minimum Wage

Laurence is a writer and worker of dead end jobs. He lives near the Costa del Sol. His works feature on VICE magazine from time to time.

Brandon Christopher

Brandon Christopher

The Job Pirate

Brandon Christopher has survived 83 jobs at last count, but writing is the only occupation that has ever mattered. He is the author of The Job Pirate, Nightville, and the soon-to-be-republished Dirty Little Altar Boy.

Simon Mason

Simon Mason

Simon Mason is the author of 'Too High Too Far Too Soon: Tales from a dubious past'. Available now on Amazon and book stores.

Leah Mueller

Leah Mueller

Leah Mueller is an independent writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of one chapbook, “Queen of Dorksville” (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2012), and two full-length books, “Allergic to Everything” (Writing Knights Press, 2015) and “The Underside of the Snake” (Red Ferret Press, 2015). Leah is a graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Her work has appeared in Origins Journal, Talking Soup, Silver Birch Press, Semaphore, MaDCap, Cultured Vultures, and many other publications. She is a regular contributor to Quail Bell magazine, and was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival.

Holly Watson

Holly Watson

Born in Coventry, Holly writes about her childhood, growing up on the outskirts of the city, in her blog The Coventry Conch. She now lives in East London and can be seen reading her blog and other works at spoken word and stand-up comedy nights.

Chase Burns

Chase Burns

Chase Burns is a writer + performer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He loves mochi, summer walks on the Mississippi, and watching people behave badly. He can usually be found wandering around Minneapolis' Eat Street, or performing with his performance company HOMO HOTDISH.

Julian Beach

Julian Beach

Temporarily marooned in Rio de Janeiro, Julian grew up in Staffordshire and East Anglia, before trying (pushing) his luck in London where, among other things, he was a manager of pop stars, with varying degrees of success. He has recently returned to writing after a two-decade estrangement from the muse and is currently grappling with completing and compiling his first poetry collection, 'The Needwood Poems'.

Aj Binash

Aj Binash

A.j. Binash is a post-modernist poet from La Crosse, WI. He has released a book of poetry entitled Cautionary Tales of an American Boy Out Past Curfew. He is currently working on a new manuscript and will be releasing books for years to come.

Alessandra Bergamin

Alessandra Bergamin

Alessandra Bergamin is a freelance writer based in Australia. Her writing has been published in Bay Nature, the San Francisco Public Press, Flint Mag and Writer's Bloc. You can follow her below.

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor

Freelance journalist working in London.

Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher is a 28 year old actress, musician, teacher, composer, dancer, writer, artist, yogi, foodie, and general lover of life. Surviving and thriving through a coma, 27 surgeries and other trauma has inspired Amy to share her story with the world through her passionate desire to create and help others.

Andrew Dickinson

Andrew Dickinson

Andrew Dickenson is a creative writer from London who enjoys writing short stories, feature pieces and screenplays.

Ant Pippas

Ant Pippas

Ant Pippas is a professional poker player by night and a diplomatic speechwriter/shitmuncher by day. If you've spent any amount of time on the Levantine diplomatic circuit, (which, let's face it, who hasn't!) chances are he's written something you've had said at you. Ant is 23 years foolish from Cambridge and East London a bit. And was whelped by a Greek Cypriot emigre peasant and her compatriot accomplice, who, while he forgot it was their 30th wedding anniversary yesterday, still lovingly tolerates her and her many kind madnesses.

Anton Rose

Anton Rose

Anton lives in Durham, U.K. He writes fiction and poetry while working on a PhD in Theology, all fueled by numerous cups of tea. His work has appeared in a number of print and online journals, including Structo, The Alarmist, and Jersey Devil Press.

BAM

BAM

Bertram Allan Mullin aka BAM has a degree in English and has publications in several places including Bartleby Snopes where his piece was voted story of the month and Writer’s Ezine who awarded his piece with the Exceptional Short Story Award.

Ben Dunant

Ben Dunant

Ben is an occasionally employed person with a diverse skill set and a strong commitment to delivering sustaining project deliverables. He is also a contributing editor to Talking Soup.

Briana Silva

Briana Silva

Briana is currently an undergraduate student at Rhode Island College, graduating Spring 2016 with a Creative Writing Degree. An MFA is on the cards after taking a year off.

Caitlin McGregor

Caitlin McGregor

Caitlin McGregor studies creative writing at the University of Melbourne. She writes poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction and has had work published by 'The Lifted Brow' and 'Scum'.

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Caitríona is twenty-six and lives in Dublin, Ireland. She's had work published in print and online, including The Eunoia Review, RTE's "100 words, 100 books" anthology, "Second Chance" anthology (from Original Writing), Nailed magazine, Rocky Mountain Review, Platform For Prose, The Narrative Journal, The Manifest-Station, Silver Birch Press, Sick Magazine and The Bitchin' Kitsch. A story of hers has just been shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Imbas prize.

Carter Vance

Carter Vance

Carter Vance is a student and aspiring poet originally from Cobourg, Ontario, currently studying at Carleton University in Ottawa. His work has appeared in such publications as A Swift Exit, (parenthetical) and the Scarlet Leaf Review. He received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2's Young Buck Poetry Awards in 2014. His work also appears on his personal blog Comment is Welcome .

Cate Hennessy

Cate Hennessy

Cate grew up in the Midlands, where by virtue of misdemeanour she received an education rich in Blake and Beowulf and light on algebra. She trained as a lawyer, an artist, and a teacher, and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing while finishing a suspense series featuring Sim Halton.

Darren Lee

Darren Lee

Darren Lee lives in London and has had work published in Transportation: Islands and Cities, Storgy, Londonist and in the Scaremongrel, Fugue, Lover's Lies and Fifty Stories For Pakistan anthologies. Several of his stories have also been performed on stage at the Liars' League.

Deanna Willmon

Deanna Willmon

Deanna Willmon is a writer, philosopher, organizer, and failed tall building leaper. She can be found lurking about Las Vegas or on her site below.

Dennis Milam Bensie

Dennis Milam Bensie

Dennis Milam Bensie’s poem “Eight Ball” was published in Greater National Society of Poets, Inc in 1980 when he was a freshman in high school. It was featured thirty years later in his memoir, Shorn: Toys to Men. Bensie’s short stories, poetry and essays are all over the internet. His latest work, Flit: A Poetry Mashup of Classic Literature will be released by Coffeetown Press in October 2015.

Dominic Bucca

Dominic Bucca

A graduate of Goddard College, Dominic studied creative nonfiction and psychology, the intersection of which informs his work.

Dominik Prinz

Dominik Prinz

Born in Germany, Dominik Prinz is currently living in New York City. He discovered his passion for photography and the power it has to tell simple yet powerful human stories during his work in the developing world, where he has dedicated a large part of his time to educational projects with children in Brazil and Haiti. Dominik strongly believes that a good picture does not simply capture a moment, but must start a dialogue with the viewer and evoke emotions.

Doug Buresh

Doug Buresh

Doug Buresh lives in Valparaiso, Nebraska. He works as a Water and Wastewater Operator. He is currently polishing his first novel. His writing has appeared in Good Water News and will soon be published in Paper Nautilus.

Douglas Quill

Douglas Quill

Douglas Quill is a Los Angeles based film producer, writer, and director. Native to Boston, MA., Quill co-founded film production company QUILL Film, and has directed several music videos for artists such as Jedi Mind Tricks, Robby Krieger of THE DOORS, and R.A. the Rugged Man.

Dr Angus Zaius

Dr Angus Zaius

Writer and scientist, Angus Zaius, lives and works in Germany. He has recently received a doctorate for his study of monkeys and other primates.

Faye Lucinda

Faye Lucinda

Faye is a writer living in London and is currently editing her first novel, 'How do you eat an elephant?' She is also a keen artist and baker and hopes that these can feed into her writing one day too... or feed her whilst writing.

Frank Sonderborg

Frank Sonderborg

Frank Sonderborg lives in the UK and does his best to write interesting stories.

Frederick McCraw

Frederick McCraw

Freddie is a British guy living in Beiruit

Gemma Brosnan

Gemma Brosnan

Gemma Brosnan is a British writer and journalist based in London. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including The Sunday Telegraph, The Evening Standard, Sabotage Times, The Big Issue, State of the Arts, The London Daily News and Blues and Soul Magazine. She is Co-founder and Editor of Unshredded Magazine and currently working on her first novel.

Gulyás Virág

Gulyás Virág

Virag is a former ballet dancer. Her sensitive and artsy soul finds her creative outlet in writing and coaching others with major career transition. She is a freelance writer for numerous online platforms, as well as her own blog. Currently she is working on the kick off edition of a new intercultural women magazine: 'MissCareerLess'.

Gus Purdy

Gus Purdy

Gus Purdy is a California transplant residing in Minnesota with his wife, their two daughters, and a big, black Lab, Grizz. He writes literary, gritty, depressing, and/or weird short stories, and poems about marriage, fatherhood, and finding a sense of place.

Hanna Abi Akl

Hanna Abi Akl

Hanna Abi Akl is a Lebanese-born English writer. He started writing from an early age and was influenced by writers such as Camus, Sartre, Nietzsche, Bukowski, Fante, Hemingway and Kerouac. He enjoys reading dark humor, dirty realism and all-around fiction stories. A troubled realist who struggles to make it through the day job, Hanna finds comfort in writing poetry and short stories. He is currently working on his first novel.

Heidi Kingstone

Heidi Kingstone

Heidi is a journalist with wide experience covering human rights issues, conflict and politics. She has written for some of Britain’s leading publications, including The Financial Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Spectator, The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday. Reporting important and neglected stories has taken her to some of the most desperate places on the planet, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where she was based for more than a year. When she’s not elsewhere, you’ll find her in London. "Dispatches from the Kabul Café" (Advance Editions), is a memoir of her time in Afghanistan. It is due for release on the 5th of May, 2015.

Imogen Gang

Imogen Gang

Imogen Gang is a wannabe writer stuck in a nurse's body. She lives in London and does her best work in fits of rage (writing work, not nursing the sick, obviously). She likes noodles and hates cats....

Jake Taylor

Jake Taylor

Jake Taylor runs the blog the 'Alternative View' that aims to divulge, reveal and evaluate all things culture.

James Richardson

James Richardson

Originally from Reading, James Richardson, works in corporate finance for a reputable company in the City. Apart from going to work he rarely leaves the SW4 postcode.

Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson writes short fiction and poetry. He is from the North East of England, but lives in the South West. Links to his work can be found at his website below.

Jeff Burt

Jeff Burt

Jeff Burt lives in Santa Cruz County, California, with his wife and a July abundance of plums. He has work in Thrice Fiction, Eclectica, and Indiana Voice, and won the 2011 SuRaa short fiction award.

Jeff Nazzaro

Jeff Nazzaro

Jeff Nazzaro commutes five hours a day by train and bus to and from Los Angeles, California. Rest assured, he loves every minute. His work has appeared in Flash: The International Short-short Story Magazine, Angel City Review, ClockwiseCat and BareBack, among other fine literary venues.

Jim Gibson

Jim Gibson

Jim Gibson is from Nottinghamshire and writes about what he knows. He is the co-editor of Hand Job Literary Zine and has been published in a range of similar underground publications.

Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse and many more. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net. Four of her books have been published by fine small literary presses and she has four e-book titles.

Joseph Meehan

Joseph Meehan

Joseph Meehan is a writer who lives in Oakland, CA. He enjoys reading, writing, hiking, gardening and cooking. Along with his girlfriend and his dog, he can often be found hiking throughout the greater Bay Area.

Joy Saint James

Joy Saint James

Joy grew up and went to school in the U.S. She now lives and works in Europe, where her day job is in the banking sector focusing on climate issues. She regularly posts her writing on Medium: [email protected] She can be followed on Twitter @ScholarlySlut.

K E Garland

K E Garland

Writing helps K E Garland to think about her place in the world, past and present. It also helps me process a view of society and what some might deem as mundane.

Kat Klima

Kat Klima

Kat is a writer based in Minneapolis, MN. Her short stories have been featured in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's literary magazine, The Catalyst. As a former Teach For America teacher, she moved across the country and is dedicated to her quest as a storyteller constantly in search for The Next Big Adventure.

Kate MacCarthy

Kate MacCarthy

Kate MacCarthy is a writer in the fields of culture, comment and a myriad of other 'lifestyle' related things. She writes for magazines, websites and her own blog.

Katherine Thome

Katherine Thome

Kate Thome is a freelance writer and consultant. After majoring in philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, Kate pursued a career in banking and payments. She holds an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Her essays have appeared in Mutha! Magazine, The Grief Healing Blog, and on LinkedIn. A member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children, she blogs about her memoir in process. Kate lives with her husband and daughter in Northern California.

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown is a yogi, egg-eater, and Web Content Editor living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Writing from Grand Valley State University. She is currently working on a short story collection.

Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Laura is a freelance writer from Lincoln, Nebraska. She thrives on adventures, beer and puns. When she isn't grinding out the hours of 9 - 5 she's often found avoiding getting hit while biking around town. She once got a job by pretending to be a mime and planning a dinner party. It was almost her big break.

Leanne Jenkins

Leanne Jenkins

Leanne Jenkins is a former pianist and mother of four, living in sunny Suffolk, England.

Lyka Boss

Lyka Boss

My name is Lyka and I'm in my mid-20s. I am a single mommy to a baby boy named Niko. I am inappropriately honest, and I have no couth whatsoever--and I blog about it.

Marjorie Witt

Marjorie Witt

Marjorie Witt lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She leads a busy life working part time, raising her teenage grandson, enjoying the company of her Red Hat Society chapter, blogging at wittbits.com, and working on her memoir.

Mark Blickley

Mark Blickley

Mark Blickley is a widely published author of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. HIs most recent book is the story collection, 'Sacred Misfits' (Red Hen Press). He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the PEN American Center.

Matt Micheli

Matt Micheli

Matt Micheli is a writer out of Austin, TX, and was the Wild Card Winner of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival. He has several fiction and non-fiction pieces featured in various literary magazines. He is a loving husband and father by night and spends his days in advertising.

Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips lives in San Diego and was born in Palm Springs, California. He was raised in the Coachella Valley and nearby Mojave High Desert. He has worked as a busboy, pool attendant, waiter, bartender, restaurant manager, film festival administrator, and reporter. He has written three noir novellas: BAD LUCK CITY, REDBONE and MESA BOYS.

Maureen O'Leary

Maureen O'Leary

Maureen O'Leary is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in writing. Her works have also recently appeared in Gravel and Bartleby Snopes.

Maxine Winch

Maxine Winch

Single mum and "wanna-be" author, writer of social commentary & promoter of fair and safe internet dating. Owner of quirky character, Tottie Cadsure, who works in collaboration with friends to document the hilarities of dating.

Michael Herrington

Michael Herrington

Michael is a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, graduating in December 2016 with a journalism degree. He loves reading, watching movies, and traversing Deep East Texas with his girlfriend.

Michael Stark

Michael Stark

Michael Stark is a Glaswegian writer and self described bam-pot. He is currently residing in Egypt and has lived and written extensively on the Middle East.

Mike Finley

Mike Finley

Mike Finley is a winner, not a nominee, of a Pushcart Prize. He's published over 200 books of different kinds. His latest is ROBERT BLY AND THE MONK IN HIS CELL (Kraken Press, 2015), with master bread baker Danny Klecko.

Mitchell Grabois

Mitchell Grabois

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over eight hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for work published in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in Denver.

Natalie Pitimson

Natalie Pitimson

I have been sociology course leader at Brighton for three years and previously completed my PhD at the University of Warwick, exploring the role of social media in anti-war activism.

Pablo Smittenov

Pablo Smittenov

Latin flavour with Slavic charm.

Paul Beckman

Paul Beckman

Paul Beckman's latest collection is due out in Feb 15 from Big Table Publishing. It's 65 flash fiction stories called, "Peek", that are anything but your mother's short stories. He's been published often online, in print in magazines as diverse as Playboy and the New Vilnius Review.

Petrice Graham

Petrice Graham

Petrice Graham is a screen writer/director living in Sydney. She frequently travels to interesting places without leaving her apartment and sometimes does that too. By day she is also a production manager in television. She holds high regard for the arts and occasionally dapples in theatre, visual arts and music herself. Her passion for storytelling sits atop her sundae.

R.D. Blanchflower

R.D. Blanchflower

Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower (10 February 1926 – 9 December 1993) was a former Northern Ireland international footballer and football manager, and journalist who captained Tottenham Hotspur F.C. during its double-winning season of 1961. He was ranked as the greatest player in Spurs history by The Times in 2009. He is perhaps best known for his quote: "The game is about glory. It’s about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom."

Rachael Revesz

Rachael Revesz

I’m a US news reporter for Independent.co.uk, covering everything from politics and crime to women’s rights. Previously I was the editor of ETF.com (Europe), which covers one of the world’s fastest growing segment of investment products.

River King

River King

Currently homeless in the Bay Area, River sheds a rare light on the plight of homelessness in the USA, while at the same trying to raise money to build a house for herself and her son. Follow her progress and get involved below.

Rosemary May Richings

Rosemary May Richings

Rosemary May is a Toronto based, freelance writer and blogger that specialises in web and arts writing for websites, online magazines, and local businesses.

Rowan Kane

Rowan Kane

Originally from Connecticut, Rowan is the founder of the Volterra, an online magazine based on culture, politics and sports. He currently lives in Bali, Indonesia.

S.F. Wright

S.F. Wright

S.F. Wright lives and teaches in New Jersey. His work has previously appeared in The Tishman Review, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Steel Toe Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and Thieves Jargon.

Sam DeLeo

Sam DeLeo

Sam DeLeo is a music writer for The Denver Post. He is also a published playwright and novelist. His music writing can be found on 'Reverb' and selected works on his website.

Sara Swaidek

Sara Swaidek

Sara Swaidek is a Libyan-Canadian writer. She speaks three languages and has lived in more than four countries. Currently resident in Calgary, Canada, her art based writing can be found below.

Sean Preston

Sean Preston

Sean Preston is the editor of Open Pen Magazine, an ‘open literature’ magazine that has been called “unpretentious, edgy, and utterly readable,” by author and broadcaster N Quentin Woolf. He is a thing-maker for record label Ninja Tune, and retired professional wrestler. He lives in East London, by the Docks, where he battles bravely against doing things, and now and again writes.

Sonia Gandiaga

Sonia Gandiaga

Sonia Gandiaga is a writer and environmental scientist from Spain based in San Francisco, CA. She is finishing her first sci-fi novel and also writes short stories and articles on environmental issues.

Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen is a monthly showcase of different artistic genres. We will feature a different genre each month.

Stacey Orth

Stacey Orth

Stacey Orth writes on her blog and enjoys a good rant.

Steve Colori

Steve Colori

I have had schizoaffective disorder since age 19 and I'm currently 29. I have eight articles published with Oxford Medical Journals and I've been writing freelance since 2011 and lecturing regularly since 2012. I regularly write for the Health & Wellness and Social Justice Sections of The Good Men’s Project. My memoir "Experiencing and Overcoming Schizoaffective Disorder" is currently available on Amazon.

Steve Slavin

Steve Slavin

Steve, a recovering economics professor and resident of Brooklyn, NY, makes a living from writing maths and economics books.

Steven Bradbury

Steven Bradbury

Steven Bradbury is a UK based writer. His work has been featured in publications such as VICE and London in Stereo.

Tadhg Muller

Tadhg Muller

Tadhg Muller was born in Bristol and grew up on the island of Tasmania. He has spent the past decade in London. He was one of the co-founders of the Transportation London & Tasmania literary project. His days are spent in the usual grind of bullshit, hard work, human beings & drudge machines. At night he writes like there's no tomorrow. He is completing his fist novel.

Talking Soup

Talking Soup

Articles written by our staff writers.

The Ultimate London Pub Crawl

The Ultimate London Pub Crawl

Greg and Andy are two friends with one 23-year-long dream. To have a night out in the environs of all 270 London Underground stations. Follow the lads' progress on their site below.

Thomas Cannon

Thomas Cannon

Thomas Cannon's story about his son is the lead story in the anthology Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism. His self-published novel The Tao of Apathy and two short selections are available online. In addition, his poems and short stories have been published in many print and electronic journals. Tom grew up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin and lives in Oshkosh, WI.

Tina Martel

Tina Martel

Tina Martel is a Canadian artist whose practice includes mixed media, painting, drawing, books, photography, installation and video. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she began drawing at the age of four, and later, (much later) received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has exhibited across Canada, the United States and in Europe. She has been teaching fine arts in the post-secondary system for the last 15 years. This is her first book.

Tom Scotcher

Tom Scotcher

Tom is a BA Graphic Design graduate from Central Saint Martins, London. He specialises in Illustration and animation. He has worked with clients such as Penguin Books, Folio Society, Tod's, Stones Throw Records and VICE.

Vius LeRoi

Vius LeRoi

Vius LeRoi is a writer, commentator and native of Louisiana.

Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi, Egyptian-American, is the author of five books in four genres. His sixth book, Balancing Acts: Collected Poems (1993-2014) is forthcoming from Press 53 Silver Concho Poetry Series. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by World Literature Today magazine, Lababidi has been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, and in the Guardian, among other places.