Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing

Our Poetry page:

At Two Drops of Ink, we proudly collaborate with other writers. Most bloggers work hard to brand themselves and push their own sites, and that’s fine; however, here at Two Drops of Ink, we have created a unique and powerful epicenter for collaborative writing. Along with our writing team and the blogs we post, we accept submissions of all genres (see our submissions guidelines). This is a huge win-win for our literary blog and for writers that are either well established and are looking to expand their audience, or relatively new writers looking for exposure. We dedicate this page to those writers, and their works, that were good enough to publish on our blog. Congrats to them. Please take a moment to scroll down through the list and enjoy and share their writing.

Scott Biddulph | Editor-in-Chief

Submit your work for publication here: Submissions 

Dr. Alex Johns



Dr. Alex Johns (goes by Alx) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in the Athens, Georgia area. Alx is the recipient of the 2013 Pavement Saw Press Chapbook Prize for Robot Cosmetics, and his poems have appeared in Stray Dog Almanac, Chaffin Journal, The Oklahoma Review, Red River Review, Kota Press, Scrivener`s Pen, and Bellemeade Books, and were featured in the No Small Measure Georgia Broadsides project. Alx is the managing director of Athens Word of Mouth, a popular monthly reading series bringing together nationally known and local talent.

Athens, Georgia Word of Mouth monthly open mic: https://www.facebook.com/athenswordofmouth and http://www.athenswordofmouth.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Alx Johns poetry

Linda Imbler

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Linda Imbler is the author of the published poetry collection “Big Questions, Little Sleep.”  Her work has appeared in numerous journals.
Linda’s creative process and a current, complete listing of sites which have or will publish her work can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.
This writer, yoga practitioner, and classical guitar player lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Linda Imbler

Benjamin Fletcher Helton

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Benjamin Fletcher Helton is a poet, lyricist, and writer. Having been clinically diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a young teenager, he’s been on an often arduous journey, but maintained a ridiculous sense of humor, developed a love for linguistics, and despite experiencing moments of anguish and questioning his purpose, finds identity and and comfort in Jesus Christ. He cannot thank his mother, late father, brother, sister, and close friends enough for their unwavering support and affirmation in his life, and hopes to inspire readers through transparent honesty and vulnerability.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) ‘Poetry Break’ by Ben Helton

Ken Allan Dronsfield

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Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran, poet, and fabulist. He is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net in 2016-2017. He has been published in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. His work can be read in Literary Orphans, The Burningword Journal, Belle Reve Journal, Blue Heron, The Literary Hatchet, Two Drops of Ink, The Stray Branch, Now/Then Manchester Magazine UK, Scarlet Leaf Review, EMBOSS Magazine, and many more. Ken loves writing, thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night during a full moon and spending time with his cats Willa, Hemi, and Turbo. His book, “The Cellaring”, a collection of light horror, haunting, paranormal, weird and wonderful poems, is available through Amazon.com. He is the co-editor of two poetry anthologies, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze and Dandelion in a Vase of Roses also available at Amazon.com.
Facebook Groups: Contemporary Poets, Their Works, Current Poetry Projects, News, Links, https://www.facebook.com/groups/807679459328998/ Contemporary Poets Global: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1782986578682087/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Ken Allan Dronsfield

2) ‘Poetry Break’ by Ken Allan Dronsfield (2)

Alyssa Trivett

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Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the Midwest. When not working two jobs, she listens to music and scrawls lines on the back of gas station receipts. Her work has recently appeared on VerseWrightsIn Between HangoversYour One Phone Call, and Spillwords. She has fifteen poems in a poetry anthology entitled Ambrosia. All proceeds from the anthology are being donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org). A print edition can be purchased here:

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

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Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, andThe Oklahoma Review.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Wayne Russell

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Wayne Russell is a creative writer that was born and raised in Florida, he has traveled the world and has resided in Dunoon, Scotland and Wellington, New Zealand, currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

As of March 2016, Wayne leads an all-star cast at Degenerate Literature you can find them at the following link.


Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) ‘Poetry Break’ by Wayne Russell

Ann Christine Tabaka

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Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware.  She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer.  She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats.  Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Ann Christine Tabaka

Michael Lee Johnson



Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. He is a Canadian and USA citizen. Today he is a poet, editor, publisher, freelance writer, amateur photographer, small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  He has been published in more than 930 small press magazines in 33 different countries or republics, and he edits 10 poetry sites.  Author’s websitehttp://poetryman.mysite.com/.  Michael is the author of The Lost American:  From Exile to Freedom (136 page book) ISBN:  978-0-595-46091-5, several chapbooks of poetry, includingFrom Which Place the Morning Rises and Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems.  He also has over 134 poetry videos on YouTube as of 2015:  https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videos  Michael Lee Johnson, Itasca, IL nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry 2015 and 2 Best of the Net nominations poetry 2016 and 2017.  Visit his Facebook Poetry Group and join https://www.facebook.com/groups/807679459328998/  He is also the editor/publisher of anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Hazehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/1530456762  A second poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses, Editor Michael Lee Johnson, is now available here:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1545352089

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Michael Lee Johnson

2) ‘Poetry Break’ by Michael Lee Johnson #2

Neil Leadbeater



Neil Leadbeater is an author, poet, essayist, and critic, born in Wolverhampton, England and now based in Scotland. He was educated at Repton and is an English graduate from the University of London. His work has been published widely in anthologies and journals both in the UK and abroad.

His publications include Hoarding Conkers at Hailes Abbey (Littoral Press, 2010); Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, 2011); The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, 2014) and The Fragility of Moths (Bibliotheca Universalis, 2014). An e-book, Grease-banding The Apple Trees is available as a PDF from Raffaelli Editore, Rimini.

Leadbeater is a member of the International Association of Writers and the Federation of Writers (Scotland). He is a regular reviewer for the online magazine Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA), an external contributor for the UK to the Romanian journal, Orizont Literar Contemporan (Contemporary Literary Horizon) based in Bucharest and a participant in two translation projects associated with the University of Bucharest.

His work has been translated into Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.

Neil Leadbeater’s other links

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Neil Leadbeater Interviews Dutch Poet Albert Hagenaars

Gabriella Garofalo



Born in Italy some decades ago, Gabriella Garofalo fell in love with the English language at six, started writing poems (in Italian) at six and is the author of “Lo sguardo di Orfeo”; “L’inverno di vetro”; “Di altre stelle polari”; “Blue branches.”

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:


Michael H. Brownstein



Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the
small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review,
American Letters and Commentary
, Skidrow PenthouseXavier ReviewHotel
, After HoursFree Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary
, The Pacific Review and others. In addition, he has eight poetry
chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems
from the Body Bag 
(Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press,
2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Michael H. Brownstein

John (Jake) Cosmos Aller 



John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in ten countries – Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand. and traveled to 45 countries during his career.  Jake has been an aspiring novelist for several years and has completed three novels, (Giant Nazi Spiders, the Great Divorce, and Jurassic Cruise) and is pursuing publication.  He has been writing poetry all his life and has published his poetry in electronic poetry forums, including All Poetry, Moon Café, and Duane’s Poetree and literary magazines.   He is looking forward to transitioning to his third career – full-time novelist and poet after completing his second career as a Foreign Service officer, and his first career as an educator overseas for six years upon completion of his Peace Corps service in South Korea.


Linkinlin: https://kr.linkedin.com/in/jakealler





Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by John (Jake) Cosmos Aller

Satish Kumar Shukla



I am a practicing poet willed to force humankind, per my art with thought and word, to do a rethink on its ‘much ado about nothing’ that is our modern technical civilization, a bitter fruit actually. I am Dr.rer nat (Kiel), a research scientist by profession, a cosmopolitan world citizen. To the art of poetry itself, I bring along some substance as of science. On balance, I have definitely definitive to add to humans’ civilizational store a la Ved and Upanishad. So is my work irreplaceable, hand on heart.

Satish’s Links:

  1. Niume
  2. Google books: Panjab Moods

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:


Jennifer Brown Banks



JENNIFER BROWN BANKS is an award-winning poet, award-winning blogger, author and content creator.
She blogs about the writing life and other lessons on her popular site, Pen, and Prosper.
She is a contributing author to “The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook, Adams Media, 2016.
When she is not at the keyboard, she loves being creative in the kitchen.
To learn more visit: http://Penandprosper.blogspot.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) ‘Poetry Break’ by Jennifer Brown Banks

Barbara Drewry



My name is Barbara Drewry. I’m a mom, a grandma, a writer, a quilter, a gatherer of little pieces of life that many have, indeed, deemed worthless. They were wrong, of course! Every little piece can be put together with myriad others to make something beautiful.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: ‘Story of a Life’

2) Poetry Break by Barbara Drewry





Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: By Mel Waldman, Ph.D.




Marcelle is a mum to a toddler boy and baby girl from South Wales. She blogs to share words and poems about being a mummy and family life. These words came tumbling out – after not much sleep. Her words aim to remind of the wonder of it. The wonder of you and of them.  https://marcellenewbold.wordpress.com/blog/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: ‘Go Away Morning’

Lily Antony (L. Joseph)



Lily Antony (L. Joseph) is an Engineer by profession with a post graduation in Business Administration. Her first attempt at writing was at the age of thirteen. Her other interests are painting and handicraft.

Other links:

Carol Hind (Ladycee)



I’d describe myself as a God-seeker and recovering perfectionist. I’d also like to consider myself as a word-artist, although my husband often refers to me as a word-junkie! Now, as you’ve probably guessed, I love reading and I love words. I’m fascinated by and admire the way skilled writers use them and, I’ve long cherished a desire to join the ranks of prolific published writers, whose words are feted, followed and feasted upon by fans and word connoisseurs.

Prior to me becoming a blogger, I failed to apply myself to the joys of writing and publishing consistently, despite always declaring (to myself anyway) that writing is my passion!

Words are powerful! They have the potential to impart life or orchestrate death. And so my heart’s desire is for the ultimate creator and wordsmith to use my writing gift, infuse my words with his anointing, love, and power. I write to encourage and inspire both myself and others—to maximize our potential and live our best lives.




Twitter: https://twitter.com/LadyCee4Christ

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Carol Hind (Ladycee)

2) Will the Real Writer Please Step Forward?

Anwer Ghani



Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer. He was born in 1973 in Alhilla city. His name had appeared in Adelaide, Zarf, Peacock, Otoliths, Algebra of Owls, and others. And also had appeared in Inner Child Press anthology “The Year Of The Poet”. Anwer Ghani is the chief editor of “Tajdeed” literary magazine.  He had, in Arabic, forty books in literature and religious sciences. Here is his website: https://anwerghaniwriting.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html  
Anwer Ghan is the chief representative of the World Nations Writers Union (WNWU) in Iraq, the member in international writers association (IWA),  and the establisher of “Tajdeed Literary Institute (TLI)” and the annual “Tajdeed” Prize for expressive narrative.

Danielle Bernock



Danielle Bernock is a published author and writer. Her first book Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heals takes you on her journey of personal transformation. It is available around the world. Danielle is passionate about helping others discover the personal freedom and happiness she has found. Her blog daniellebernock.com addresses issues of the heart encouraging readers in personal growth and validating their value. Danielle is dedicated to her own learning and growing, taking courses and reading continually.  She is a member of Tribe Writers, Rochester Writers’ Group, and the owner of 4F Media (a writing, publishing, and marketing company).

Danielle was born and raised in Michigan, the granddaughter of European immigrants. She has traveled around most of the United States and visited 3 countries. Due to the economy and the hand of God, Danielle lived in Arizona for 5 life-changing years but is happy to be back in Michigan near her family. She has been happily married since 1980, has two married children, and four living grandchildren she adores, and who call her Mima. Danielle is forever young at heart, loves nature and new adventures (like zip lining). She loves spending time with family and friends, playing games, going for walks, having bonfires, heart to heart talks, and laughing. Lots and lots of laughing.

Get a copy of Danielle’s book here

Subscribe to her blog and get a free ebook HERE 
Like her author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniellebernock/
Follow her on Twitter @dbernock https://twitter.com/DBernock

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Write Your Story: Even if you’re not the Best Writer

2) Poetry Break: ‘YOU ARE MY GRACE’

Mark Cayou



Mark Cayou is a new and unique voice in the literary world. As a retired high school English teacher, Mark knows his way around everything from essays to Shakespearean sonnets. Although remaining active in education at a local middle school, Mark now has the time to pursue his more creative passions. Mr. Cayou’s work can be found on prose.com under the pen name Dark. Mark lives in the high country of Colorado with his wife Rebecca and their English Bulldog, Peanut.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry & Prose by Mark Cayou

2) Poetry Break: Sonnet V

John Grey



John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Other links for John Grey:

  1. An interview with John Grey at The 3288 Review
  2. HEArt Online
  3. Google results for John Grey’s work

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by John Grey

2) Poetry Break: By John Grey (#2)

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D



Claudia chose an abstract painting of herself as a photo for her bio. She is an artist as well as a writer.

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., taught English, journalism and creative writing at the University at Albany, SUNY for 14 years, and did a year-long teaching sabbatical at Georgetown University in 2009. Formerly a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, she is now a freelancer writing both hard news and feature stories. She turned to fiction writing in 1991 and earned her Ph.D. in English (Teaching, Writing and Criticism) from SUNY Albany in 1996. Her first novel, Dreaming Maples, was published in 2002 after it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her second novel, Seeing Red, appeared in January, 2011. Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines nationwide including Alaska Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly, BayouYemasseeBarkeaterThe Adirondack ReviewThe MacGuffin, and Another Chicago Magazine.  Ricci’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, Parentsmagazine and The Washington Post. She has been writing for the Huffington Post since 2008 and keeps her own blog at http://www.mystorylives.blogspot.com.

Claudia’s paintings: http://www.claudiariccipaintings.squarespace.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: ‘Red Bird Alert’ by Claudia Ricci

2) Gabriela’s Moon

Carol Es



Carol Es is a self-taught visual artist, writer, and musician who was born and raised in Los Angeles. Known for creating narrative paintings and Artists’ books, she has used past experience as the fuel for her subject matter, transforming a broken history into a positive and spiritual resolve. Candid experiences are laid bare and forged directly into her paintings, video installations, writings, and handmade books.

Carol’s works are featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Getty Research Library, Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Library Special Collections, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and Zimmer Children’s Museum. She is also a two-time recipient of the ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation, awarded a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship in 2010, and the Wynn Newhouse Award in 2015. She was recently nominated for a 2017 Fellows of Contemporary Art Award.

As for publications, Carol has been published by small presses such as Bottle of Smoke Press, NY; Pig Ear Press in the UK, Chance Press, Berkeley, CA, MWE Press, NC, and Islands Fold in British Columbia. She has also written feature articles for Coagula Art JournalWhitehot MagazineArt Thought JournalArt Collector Magazine and the Huffington Post. She is currently finishing up a memoir about growing up on the streets of Los Angeles entitled, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley.

Carol Es is represented by Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and her Artists’ books can be purchased through Vamp & Tramp, Birmingham, AL.

Carol’s Blog/website: http://esart.com/blog/

Full CV available upon request.


Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Centre Pompidou, Bibliotheque Kandinsky, Paris, France
Cowles Memorial Library, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

J. Paul Getty Trust, Research Institute Library, Los Angeles, CA

The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

Otis College of Art & Design Library, Artists’ Books Collection, Los Angeles, CA

UC Irvine Library Special Collections, Irvine, CA

UCLA Library, Special Collections, Los Angeles, CA

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Carol Es

2) Memoir: ‘Bloody Knees’

Jack Phillips Lowe



Jack Phillips Lowe is a lifelong Chicago-area resident. His poems have appeared in Clark Street ReviewNerve Cowboy, and Creativity Webzine. Lowe’s most recent poetry chapbook is Jupiter Works on Commission (Middle Island Press, 2015). And he believes that Drooper, of the Banana Splits, is the most underrated rock bassist of the 1960s.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: By Jack Phillips Lowe

2) Poetry Break by J.P. Lowe

3) ‘Poetry Break’ by Jack Phillips Lowe

Gene McCormick



Gene has had twenty books published, a mix of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. His writing regularly appears in small press publications throughout the United States and Europe. He has a novel, in narrative poetry form, coming out this fall from Middle Island Press: Obsessions. He also paints and has paintings in commercial and private collections nationwide. He has illustrated ten or so books (covers and interiors) and is the illustrator for Misfitmagazine.net.

Gene’s website

Gene’s books

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Gene McCormick 

2) ‘Vignettes of Prose’ by Gene McCormick

3) Vignettes of Prose: West Hollywood Waitress

Jeffery Thompson

Jeffery Thompson


Born in Saint Louis, Missouri. Selected Awards won in lifetime:
2008 OPSU all states 2nd team defensive back. 2009 National player of the week (Canada), special teams, 2010 national player of the week (Canada), special teams. 2010 McGill University special teams player of the year award. 2014 Super Nove 9th Brazil MVP, Brazil American football champion.
Entertainment accomplishments: wrote and published a comic book 2013 (Diaries of the Invasion). The comic book received positive reviews on in, black sci-fi, comic vine. Animation short film: Chance the Nightmare Dare, screened in a few film festivals, wrote and directed. XXL hip-hop breaking new artist 2012, hip-hop dx artist feature.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poem: These Moments

2) Poetry Break: ‘Memories’

Rev. Dr. K.T. Coughlin Ph.D.



Rev. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC

Reverend Coughlin is a Founder and the Director of New Beginning Ministry, Inc., an evidence-based, twelve-step residential addiction recovery program for adults that is accredited by the A.A.C.T.. Rev. Coughlin has helped thousands of people to change their lives over the past eighteen plus years.  He is an Addiction Expert, Blogger/Writer at Addicted Minds and VIP Interventions, and a Professional Associate member of Gemini Behavioral Health.   He is a two-time World Champion and nine-time National Champion and State and National Record holder powerlifter, a gentle giant who has championed many in his career.

Websites:  www.theaddiction.expert or www.revkevsrecoveryworld.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poem: Valhalla

2) Poetry: Butterfly

3) Poetry Break: ‘Tree’

4) Memoir: A Few Thoughts About My Life

Gerry Aldridge



Gerry Aldridge is an English sculptor and writer who lives in Portugal. He spent many years traveling and has published two memoirs about his journeys on Amazon- Kill Daddy, and I Don’t Believe God Wrote The Bible by Gerald Freeman (pen name). He writes to share his experiences on this planet and to hopefully inspire people to follow their dreams, instead of settling for a life they feel they have been told to have.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry by Gerry Aldridge

2) Poetry Break: by Gerry Aldridge #2