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Congratulations to Knot's Pushcart Nominees 2014



"The Calisia" by Carmel Mawl - Fiction 

Carmel Reid Mawle is the founder of Writing for Peace, and serves as president of the Board of Directors. Carmel lives inColorado, where she and her family enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  She is a member of the Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where she is focusing on completing her first novel.


Mawle has an English Literature Degree from the University of Washington, and a varied career that includes piano instruction, as well as operating a martial arts school, teaching women’s self-defense, child safety awareness, and traditional Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu Karate.  She served as executive director of a youth orchestra, and as president of a chamber music organization.


Her work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly Review, Contemporary World Literature, SPACES Literary Magazine, Rocky Mountain Scribe Anthology, and is forthcoming in KNOT Literary Magazine.

"True Peace" by Sam Hamill - Poetry

Sam Hamill, revolutionary poet and scholar, is the author of more than forty books, including fifteen volumes of original poetry, four collections of literary essays, and notable translations of ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Latin classics. He is the founder of Copper Canyon Press, where he served as editor for thirty-two years. He directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference for nine years, taught in schools, prisons, and worked extensively with women and children who have been victims of abuse. As a former marine and conscientious objector, Hamill is an outspoken advocate for peace, and the founder of Poets Against the War. 


Sam Hamill serves on the Advisory Panel of Writing for Peace, an organization founded to connect young writers from all over the world with literary activists who inspire, educate, and empower them to find their own voices.

"My Grandfather Shakes Me Awake" by Penny Perry - Poetry

Penny Perry has been widely published as a poet, most recently in Lilith and the San Diego Poetry Annual. Her fiction has appeared in Redbook and California Quarterly. She was the first woman admitted to The American Film Institute screenwriting program, and a film based on her script, A Berkeley Christmas, aired on PBS.


A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee in both fiction and poetry, she was born and raised in Santa Monica, the setting for her first collection of poetry ,Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage (Garden Oak Press, 2012), available at Amazon via CreateSpace.

"The Man from the Seaside"

by Zak Mir- Fiction

Zak Mir is a Healthcare Project Manager by profession, with a passion for English and Bengali Literature. He likes to write short fiction and currently working on a screenplay inspired by a true story of a war hero, a true patriot who gives his life for the freedom of his country, Bangladesh.


Tagore, Nazrul and D.H. Lawrence are among some of the writer's favorite writers. The writer currently lives in NJ with his family.


"For Lyssa and Leeson
Forty-two Years Later,
I Understand Now"
by Marian Haddad - Poetry 
"Aldebaran" by Oriana Ivy -

Marian Haddad, MFA is a Pushcart-nominated poet, writer, manuscript & publishing consultant, private writing mentor, lecturer and creative workshop instructor.  Her collection of poems, Wildflower. Stone., (Pecan Grove Press 2011), is the first hardback in the nearly-25-years the press was in existence.


Haddad's recent collection has been endorsed by Pulitzer Prize poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. 


Her work has been covered by The Huffington Post, and The Hallmark Channel featured an extended feature on Haddad's literary work. Haddad's chapbook, Saturn Falling Down, was published at the request of Texas Public Radio in correlation with their Hands-on Poetry workshops (2003).  Her full-length collection, Somewhere between Mexico and a River Called Home (Pecan Grove Press, 2004) approached its fifth printing before the passing of editor/publisher H. Palmer Hall.

Oriana Ivy was born in Poland and came to the United States when she was 17. Her poems, essays, book reviews, and translations from modern Polish poetry have been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry 1992, Nimrod, New Letters, The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Black Warrior, Wisconsin Review, Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Review, Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals and anthologies. A former journalist and community college instructor, she teaches poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego.

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