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Michael A. Skrien:

I am a lifelong attorney specializing in criminal defense of indigents. I have a wife, three children, two ex-wives, and several debt collectors who depend upon me. My hobbies are travel, guitar, outdoors, and writing. I ran a marathon once and learned 26.2 miles is a long way on foot.
As an ex-bartender at the Ritz-Calton, and ex substitute teacher, and lawyer, I have been exposed to an extraordinary amount of mankind's follies.
I hope I can relay some of that humour in an acceptable manner for your enjoyment.  

Jake and Fez at the Pharmacy
Jake and Fez at the Casino
Jake and Fez Go Bowling
Jake and Fez Go Snorkeling
Grand Ma-Ma
Chef Larry

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Charles R. Bucklin:

After many years of "hard livin" - Charles R. Bucklin decided it was time to write some stuff down. 
He is an Author, Humorist, Horror & Thriller enthusiast, and creator of the ongoing short story blog
Charles lives in Sonoma County, California with his beautiful wife, Laura, and two lovable dogs named Roxi and Camille.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
The Old Man Comes Through

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Peter L Oughton:

I am a Chartered Surveyor, living in Cambridgeshire with my wife and mini dachshund. In part of what passes for my spare time, I record audio books for a national charity for the visually impaired so, whilst I do have a love-affair with words, they are always someone else’s!

My Son
Be Careful What You Ask For!
That Demon, Work

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Chandrika R Krishnan:

Chandrika R Krishnan, a Bengaluru-based writer and educationist likes all things beginning with a ‘T’ - talking, teaching, tales and tea. 
Her two hundred odd published articles, poems and stories are as eclectic as her reading and are mostly experiential. She believes that most people have solutions for other people’s problems so she writes for a wider audience.  Besides writing, she likes to read. She often poses questions by way of quizzes for which she has no answers!  
Social media handle:

Baking a cake with a toddler

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Nancy Bowker:

Nancy Bowker lives in Palo Alto, California, USA, with her grown-up triplets—a college student, a barista, and a rap artist—along with their two cats Feathers and Potato. Nancy likes to write and to laugh.

The Carol Sing
Buying Socks

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Will Nuessle:

Will Nuessle holds a third-degree brown belt in ninjitsu; rides a Harley; primary caregives a five- and two-year-old (with the third due in April) and claims he can recite the alphabet backwards in less than ten seconds. He also writes occasionally.

Good To Be The King

a serialised tale

Second Tour
a second serialised tale

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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James Freeze:

James Freeze was born in the mid 1940s, but only started writng in 2012.
By early 2021, he had written over 180 stories with 71 having been published.

Professional Sales

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Ian Curtress:

I started with limericks when at school. These were popular (not with the Masters) but as they were thought entertaining by my peers I continued on an off for some years.
However, all that was to change dramatically. From an idyllic childhood I was thrown into the horrors of war. I am in my 95.year [Feb 2021]. Born and bred in a London we were in no hurry to leave, the result of which was bedtime was in an Anderson shelter with fingers crossed night after night.
In the fullness of time I was in the Services. (Royal Horse Guards)(Horses were Scout and Armoured cars in Recce unit).
Did not take up writing again until retirement with the exception of a request or a particular event in the Family. I was jolted back into consistent efforts following the loss of my Wife of 65 years, a few years ago. It became a panacea and saviour.
Now my two loves are the Environment and Humour. The former not being humorous.
I have also dabbled in “long” short stories.
I have been published occasionally in Cotswold Life and I had a book of poems published a few year ago,
Do They Really Know Me.

Being in my ninety fifth year I have experienced happiness, horror, grief and of course love.
Together with my late beloved Wife had the indescribable joy of a wonderful family.
Times were difficult in my early years, not that I knew that at the time but those years sowed the seeds of values. A time when people mattered more than possessions, emphasised by the war of course.
These values have once again been tested in 2020. The tragedy of history is that it takes experience of untold horror to impress upon us that which is of true worth.
The environment and the love of our families.
Hold on to these and we will survive.

The Good Old Days
Taking The Piscatorial
Course Golf 
Ode to Katie
Sunset Thoughts
Copper Bottomed
Misplaced Sympathy
The Battle of Ageing Court
Never Kissed
Sands Of Time
The Checkup

Two Bites
Many a True Word.....!
No More Opaque
Old Habits
The Sailor
Bound Over
Ball Of Fire
A Gripping Tale
Checkup TOO

A Special Friend
Pussy Nomore
In Our Hands
Ballad of Syros
The Dining Table
Reply to Nurse Clare
The Lucky Man
Upon Reflection
Never Say Never
The Peaceful Walk
Cotswold Gems
Rock of Ages
A Sandy Mound
Leading Question
Past Caring
Shopping Around
Wasting Away
The Grudge
Home and Colonial
Four Weeks
Big Bang Theory
Hope Cove
The Branch
Another Town
The Lady of the Wold
Featured Event
Troop Movements
Are We There
Miss Understandings
Shipmates - Part 2
Dog Tired
For Jessica
Lucid thoughts of an Nonagenarian
The Box

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Kim Wedler:

Kim Wedler has been a teacher and globetrotter for over 20 years. Her passion for the Theatre has been a constant, both in her professional and private life. She has performed in over 60 plays and is a NODA award winning actor who, recently was also Barnet Drama Festival’s best Female Lead for two years running. 
Her experience on the Stage and behind the scenes has led to her writing a number of plays and monologues. Her work both epitomises - and gives a fresh twist to - the tradition of Great British Comedy.  
Her play “I love you Moore” is available from Silver Birchington plays. She is from North London. 

Show and Tell
My Khaki Parker
Wobbly Tooth
A Decent Man

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Neil Ferguson:

Neil Ferguson has been writing during lock-down and has produced short stories that nobody has read.
His last publication was several months ago. It was entitled 'When I was famous'.
It appeared in the online Memoirist Magazine. He hasn't tried humour writing before. Obviously?

How to be Welsh in Wales
My Best Moment Ever

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Jeffrey Wald:

Jeffrey Wald’s writing has previously appeared in publications such as Dappled Things, Shotgun Honey, Stinkwaves Magazine, and Philosophy Now.

Original Sin Thwarted: Thank You Siri for Saving the Human Race
Bill and the Beggar
Philosophy 101

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Barkley Davie:

Barkley Davie lives in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
In March 2021, he was the youngest contributor to the Short Humour Site at 11 years of age.

Jokes, Yolks, And Pranks

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Yuan Hongri:

Yuan Hongri (born 1962) is a renowned Chinese mystic, poet, and philosopher. His work has been published in the UK, USA, India, New Zealand, Canada, and Nigeria; his poems have appeared in Poet's Espresso Review, Orbis, Tipton Poetry Journal, Harbinger Asylum, The Stray Branch, Acumen, Pinyon Review, Taj Mahal Review, Madswirl, Shot Glass Journal, Amethyst Review, The Poetry Village, and other e-zines, anthologies, and journals. His best known works are Platinum City and Golden Giant.
His works explore themes of prehistoric and future civilization.
Yuanbing Zhang (b. 1974), is Mr. Yuan Hongri's assistant and translator. He is a Chinese poet and translator He works in a Middle School inYanzhou District , Jining City, Shandong Province, China.
He can be contacted through his email -
Manu Mangattu is an English Professor, poet, editor, director and rank-holder. He has published 7 books, 73 research articles and 36 conference papers apart from 14 edited volumes with ISBN. He serves as chief editor/editor for various international journals. He has done UGC funded projects and a SWAYAM-MOOC course (Rs 15 lakhs). Besides translations from Chinese and Sanskrit, he writes poetry in English as well as in Indian languages. He was named "Comrade to Poetry China" in 2016. A visiting faculty at various universities and a quintessential bohemian-vagabond, he conducts poetry readings, workshops and lectures when inspired. After an apprenticeship in Shakespeare under Dr Stephen Greenblatt, he currently guides 23 research scholars and mentors NET English aspirants.

Golden Giant - translated by Yuanbing Zhang
Platinum City - translated by Manu Mangattu
Gold Heaven - translated by Yuanbing Zhang
Four Poems - translated by Manu Mangattu
Six Poems - translated by Yuanbing Zhang
Golden Paradise - translated by Yuanbing Zhang
Four Poems (2) - translated by Yuanbing Zhang
Four Poems (3) - translated by Yuanbing Zhang
Three Poems - translated by Yuanbing Zhang
Five Poems - translated by Yuanbing Zhang

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Bhargavi Chatterjea Bhattacharyya:

Dr. Bhargavi Chatterjea Bhattacharyya, a 52 year old Indian woman, is a practicing psychiatrist in Kolkata. She was awarded the Morris Markowe Public Education Prize by The Royal College of Psychiatrists, England.
After journal and newspaper publications, she recently started experimenting with stories. Her diverse experience as a doctor in England and India provides the rich tapestry for her stories. They display a beautiful blend of emotions and reflections.

The Last Laugh
Wear a Mask

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Salini Vineeth:

Salini Vineeth is a Bengaluru-based fiction writer. She worked for ten years as an engineer before turning to full-time writing. She has self-published four books.
Her stories have appeared in Funny Pearls UK, Café Dissensus, Kitaab International, and The Bombay Review.
Author website:

A Stroke of Karma

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Sangeetha Vallat:

Sangeetha Vallat had a memorable career spanning 14 years in the Indian Railways after which she opted for voluntary retirement. She now stays at home surrounded by books and picked up writing recently.  She believes that life is a roller coaster ride and the adventures one encounters while soaring or plunging are worth sharing.
Books, friends, and conversations spice up her life.
Two of her short stories were published as a part of anthologies titled – 21 stories for ’21 and Everything changed after that.  

My Imperfect Look

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Mike Denny:

Mike has been educated far beyond his intelligence. He is a retired trauma nurse and has a BA in political science from the University of Nebraska/Omaha, a MA with honors in disaster management from American Military University and attended Loyola Law School in New Orleans. His master’s thesis, “Pandemic Influenza and the Navajo Nation”, has proven to be a dark prophesy. He was honored to have unique elements of his Moot Court appellate brief on 4th Amendment Search and Seizure law plagiarized by his law school classmates.
Mike worked in West Africa during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak. He is Bipolar and takes his meds. He lives in the American Southwest with his tolerant wife, a retired military officer.

Nakangiakok Vapors

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Albert Russo:

Albert Russo is an award-winning bilingual author (English and French) of about 35+ books of prose and poetry, and 60+ photobooks, published worldwide and translated into 13+ languages on the 6 continents. 
Here is his website:

Zapinette goes to New York
On The Subway
Settling Down in New York
The Soho Loft
Freezing Indoors
On Top of the Empire State Building
Rockefeller Center
Tofers, Goofers

Zapinette in Gay Paree
I Have A Sister
At The Paris Gay Pride 1
At The Paris Gay Pride 2
At The Paris Gay Pride 3
At The Paris Gay Pride 4

Zulu Zapy wins the Rainbow Nation
Our South African Boer Cousins 1
Our South African Boer Cousins 2
Our South African Boer Cousins 3
Our South African Boer Cousins 4
Cousin Tuk in Durban 1
Cousin Tuk in Durban 2
Cousin Tuk in Durban 3
Cousin Tuk in Durban 4
Cousin Tuk in Durban 5
Cousin Tuk in Durban 6
Cousin Tuk in Durban 7
Cousin Tuk in Durban 8

Corona Zapinette
Corona ... Morona
Doctor Grimm
Speaking in Babelese
Stranded in Corona Tel Aviv
Airbag Lodging
South Tel Aviv
First Cowvid Shot
Beach Stuff
Two New Friends
Gay Tel Aviv

Figure This Out:

Sleeping Gods
Shanty and Mahmood
Going to a Nightclub
Stunned and Stoned
Ah, to Live in Sin!
Terrorist becomes Journalist
The Fate of Gods
Shrinking … shrunk!
Immanuel aka Mani
Zapinette's Bible Odyssey
Eve and Adam
So Sayeth I
Lilith Comes and Goes
Abel and Cain
Cain’s Punishment
Goddess and her Follies
Cain Settles Down
My Favorite Actors
The Great Destruc-stress
Noah’s Zoo
The Rabble-rousing Tower
When Sweet Talk Sours
Job, Goddess' Favorite
Thanking Goddess
Trekking to the Promised Land
The Clownish Clan
The Stink of Jealousy
Chosen for What?
Isaac Replaced by a Sheep
Bless Isaac’s Heart
Joey the Diviner
Joey and Pharaoh Potty
Joey and his Treacherous Brothers
Back to Egypt with Benji
Famiy Reunion

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Bob Iozzia:

Bob Iozzia lives in Pennsylvania, USA with his current wife, “…a definite keeper…” and several pet peeves. He counts among his influences Monty Python, Kurt Vonnegut and George Carlin.
When not writing, he can be found not writing.
His Twitter handle is
@BobIozzia. He hopes everyone gets home safely.

If I Ever Become a Greek Orthodox Jew
Nostradamus Foretells Four Julie Andrews Films While Being Mistaken for Someone Else
Where’s Granny? — an Inappropriate Life Lesson for Kids
A Request to JK Rowling
Travels with Bob’s Your Uncle—Scotland
William Shakespeare’s 5th Grade Progress Report
The Saga of Guffaw the Lighthearted—An Abbreviated History of Standup Comedy
Endings to Stories (Beginnings and Middles Have Been Omitted So as to Not Waste Your Time with the Small Stuff) Vol. 1
How to Win at Poker—Another Inappropriate Life Lesson for Kids
Living Letters to Dead People—Vlad the Impaler
Yukapalooza DragonFest
An Open Letter to Mystic, Connecticut
Air Karma Sneakers
Hello, America, It's Me, God

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Susan Cornford:

Susan Cornford is a retired public servant, living in Perth, Western Australia. She has had pieces published or forthcoming in Across the Margin, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Antipodean Science Fiction, borrowed solace, Cafe Lit, Crow’s Feet Journal, Ethel Zine, Flora Fiction Website, Frost Zone Zine, Granfalloon Magazine, Meet Cute Press,  Mono, Mystery Tribune, The Mythic Circle, Quail Bell Magazine, Thriller Magazine, Worthing Flash and others.

The More Things Change

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Sue Granzella:

Sue Granzella’s writing has been recognized as Notable in Best American Essays. She has won the Naomi Rodden Essay Award and a Memoirs Ink contest, and was runner-up for the Bechtel Prize with Teachers and Writers Magazine. 
She judges the Humor category of the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.
Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Masters Review, Teachers and Writers, Full Grown People, GravelAscent, and many other journals.
She recently completed a collection of essays about teaching, and is searching for a publisher.
Contact her at:

Plant Life

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Zvi A. Sesling:

Zvi A. Sesling, Brookline, MA Poet Laureate (2017-2020), has published numerous poems and flash fiction. He edits Muddy River Poetry Review. His work has won international prizes and nominated for local and national awards. He is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has published four volumes of poetry, King of the Jungle, Fire Tongue, The Lynching of Leo Frank and War Zones and three poetry chapbooks, Simple Game, Baseball Poems; Love Poems From Hell and Across Stones of Bad Dreams. His flash fiction book is Secret Behind The Gate (Cervena Barva Press).  He lives in Brookline, MA. with his wife.

Fish Story
Angel Hair
She Really Remembered Me
Lester Bildorp Becomes An Orphan
A Dime’s Worth
Hearing Aids
Herbert Never Told
Do Not Flush Paper Towels Or Foreign Objects

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Arva Bhavnagarwala:

Arva Bhavnagarwala is a pediatrician by day, a writer by night, and a struggling mother to two boys 24x7. Her short stories have found their place in various Indian anthologies. When not busy with pediatrics and writing, she loves to travel. She is also a voracious reader and can devour books-food and water forgotten. She prefers chai over coffee and hates liars and latecomers.

Artificial Love

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Bill Tope:

Bill Tope is a retired public assistance caseworker living in Illinois with his mean little cat, Baby. He is also a former cook, construction worker, nude model, you name it.    

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Doug Dawson:

Doug Dawson hails from Brooklyn, New York, wrote extensively for the US Defense Dept. and as a freelancer had some 40 articles and fiction published by car magazines (“Vette Vues,” “Corvette Enthusiast,” “Corvette” magazine).
He holds degrees in music and computer science, studied fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University and has had his short stories accepted for publication by Academy of the Heart & Mind, Ariel Chart, Aphelion Webzine, Literary Yard, Scars Publications in the U.K. (3 stories), Scarlet Review, HellBound Books, LLC (story “The Poetess” appears in “The Devil’s Doorbell 2” anthology), Goats Milk and others and poetry accepted by Page & Spine.

The Closet
Three Mother Goose Poems
Hedge Your Bets
Battle Royal
The Clearing House
Eau de Commode
Drop the Chalupa!
Greeting Card Poems
Two Poems
Burger du Jour

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David Mascellani:

David Mascellani is a writer and poet who lives in Sydney Australia. He has a BA in Semiotics from the University of Sydney. He’s published poetry and stories in Sound and Silence, Verse Libre, Word Riot, Meeting of The Minds, Divine Pleasures, Oz-Wide Tales, Pounding Tales, and Down in the Dirt.

His Blog; Laugh,Cry,Think, is at:


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