Potcake Poets

Although immutably English, Brian Allgar has lived in Paris since 1982. His humorous verse has appeared in many publications, and he is the author of ‘The Ayterzedd’, a bestiary of (mainly) Alien Beings. He also drinks malt whisky and writes music, which may explain his fondness for Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

Not much is known about Marcus Bales except that he lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, and that his work has not been published in Poetry or The New Yorker. However his “51 Poems” is available from Amazon.

John Beaton’s metrical poetry has been widely published and has won numerous awards. He recites it from memory in spoken word performance. Raised in the Scottish Highlands, John lives in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.


Jerome Betts edits the quarterly verse webzine Lighten Up Online in Devon. His work has appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, Angle, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Pennine Platform, Light, The Rotary Dial, and Snakeskin, other American, British and Canadian publications and two Iron Press anthologies.


Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in Agenda, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Moth, New American Writing, New Writing Scotland, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Review, The Stinging Fly, Threepenny Review, and the TLS, among many other journals. Her collection Shot Silk was listed for the 2017 Poets Prize.


Edmund Conti has recent poems published in Light, Lighten-Up Online, The Lyric, The Asses of Parnassus, newversenews, Verse-Virtual and Open Arts Forum. His book of poems, Just So You Know has been recently released by Kelsay Books.


Ann Drysdale now lives in South Wales and has been a hill farmer, water-gypsy, newspaper columnist and single parent – not necessarily in that order. Her sixth volume of poetry, Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots, has recently joined a mixed list of published writing, including memoir, essays and a gonzo guidebook to the City of Newport.


Daniel Galef writes poetry, fiction, musical plays, science journalism, sketch comedy, death threats, and about everything else. His poetry, mostly rhymed and metered, has appeared in Light, Measure, The Lyric, Word Ways, Caterpillar, Verbatim, Snakeskin, and the Scrivener Creative Review. He’s one of those millennials you keep reading articles about.


Robin Helweg-Larsen is British-born but Bahamian-raised. His chapbook “Calling The Poem” is available as a free download from Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, issue 236. He edits Sampson Low’s “Potcake Chapbooks – Form in Formless Times” series from his home in Governor’s Harbour on Eleuthera.


Chris O’Carroll appears in New York City Haiku and The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, yet has won British poetry prizes from Flash 500, Literary Review, the Spectator, and elsewhere.  His collection The Joke’s on Me is forthcoming from Kelsay Books.


Martin Parker lives in Dorset, UK. Founder and first Editor of Lighten Up Online. The 102 poems of his 2017 collection, I Think I Thought, make an ideal gift for those ageing curmudgeons whose remaining laughter lines would appreciate exercise more than the habitual new socks for Christmas! Extracts appear at:

George Simmers used to be a teacher; now he spends much of his time researching literature written during and after the First World War. He has edited Snakeskin since 1995. It is probably the oldest-established poetry zine on the Internet.


Gail White is the resident poet and cat lady of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Her books ASPERITY STREET and CATECHISM are available on Amazon. She is a contributing editor to Light Poetry Magazine (lightpoetrymagazine.com). “Tourist in India” won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award for 2013.