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Wuthering, Wuthering, Wuthering Heights
by Cathy Bryant

Kate Bush sang of her just as I
had imagined her: Cathy, Cathy,
at the window, shrieking
to be let in, like the wind.

I longed to be Kate, too,
wild and beautiful as she was,
just as the Cathy of whom she sang.
She gave me hope
that Cathys could create
and escape.
I just let out, now,
my inner Cathy, my inner Kate.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Writing this was a joy. I loved and identified with Cathy in Wuthering Heights, but was not exactly filled with hope for myself, given her end! Kate’s song was so beautiful and so eerily perfect that it rekindled my joy, and the fact that Kate has triumphed through difficulties of her own, makes her one of my idols. It was a pleasure to write about both of them, and my relationship with them.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cathy Bryant worked as a life model, civil servant, and childminder before writing full time. She has won 22 literary awards and writing contests. Her work has been published in over 200 books and litmags, such as The Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Eye to the Telescope, and Futuredaze. Cathy’s books are: Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature and Look at All the Women (poetry), How to Win Writing Competitions (nonfiction), and Pride & Regicide: a Mary Bennet Mystery (a novel). See her listings for cash-strapped writers at Cathy lives in Cheshire, U.K.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: The photo is of me in my wedding dress last September, by the Unicorn Gate in Macclesfield, just before I married my Heathcliff (only he’s much better than Heathcliff).

by Cathy Bryant

I have never wanted to be a queen.

I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels
or a lot of husbands.

The Krupp is an extraordinary stone.
It has such life and brilliance
when light shines through it.

I am the temporary custodian.

The real Cleopatra had an incredibly complicated life
and she had to be very, very canny
to survive as long as she did.

I always wanted to be able
to connect with people in other ways
than through film.

The things that are important to me
were borne out of great passion.

Richard – we would be married again,
but it’s not up for discussion.

I have known great love.

We know too much about our idols
and that spoils the dream.

I have never wanted to be a queen.

SOURCE: “Elizabeth Taylor Talks with Kim Kardashian,” Harper’s Bazaar (Feb. 9, 2011).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I always loved Elizabeth Taylor – that mix of great beauty with great vulnerability and humanity. She wore the endless husbands and jewels better than anyone else could. She was to me what Marilyn Monroe is to others – my ultimate idol, flawed yet still somehow perfect.


ABOUT  THE AUTHOR: Cathy Bryant worked as a life model, civil servant, and childminder (among other jobs) before writing full-time. She has won ten literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize in 2012, and blogged for The Huffington Post. Cathy’s work has been published all over the world in such publications as The Moth, The Rialto, Third Wednesday, and The Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She coedited the anthologies Best of Manchester Poets Vols. 1, 2 and 3, and her latest book, Look at All the Women, was published in 2014. Cathy lives in Hope, UK. See more at , and see Cathy’s monthly listings for financially challenged writers at


We extend our gratitude to the 60 writers who participated in our SAME NAME Poetry & Prose Series, which ran from Jan. 16-Feb. 13, 2016. Many thanks to the following authors for a fun and engaging series!

Daisy Bala (Wisconsin)
Rose Mary Boehm (Peru)
Cathy Bore (England)
Cathy Bryant (England)
Jane Burn (England)
Abbie Burrow (Georgia)
Jacalyn Carley (Germany)
Alexandra Carr-Malcolm (England)
Tricia Marcella Cimera (Illinois)
Joan Colby (Illinois)
Crystal Cook (U.S.)
A.B. Cooper (England)
Isobel Cunningham (Canada)
Cullen Downey (Georgia)
Jennifer Finstrom (Illinois)
Vijaya Gowrisankar (India)
Torrin A. Greathouse (California)
Geosi Gyasi (Ghana)
Tina Hacker (Kansas)
Stephanie Barbé Hammer (Washington)
Patrick Cabello Hansel (Minnesota)
Françoise Harvey (England)
Jennifer Hernandez (Minnesota)
Veronica Hosking (Arizona)
Mark Hudson (Illinois)
Nina Johnson (Indiana)
Brent Jones (Japan)
Mary Kendall (North Carolina)
Sofia Kioroglou (Greece)
Jacqueline Kirkpatrick (New York)
Jennifer Lagier (California)
Joan Leotta (North Carolina)
Betsy Mars (California)
Patrick Lee Marshall (Texas)
Danielle Matthews (England)
Mary McCarthy (Pennsylvania)
P.R. McDowell (England)
Rachel McGladdery (England)
Hal O’Leary (West Virginia)
Jimmy Pappas (New Hampshire)
Lee Parpart (Canada)
James Penha (Indonesia)
Charles Pennington (Georgia)
Kenneth Pobo (Pennsylvania)
Patrick T. Reardon (Illinois)
Kerfe Roig (New York)
Alex Simand (California)
Leslie Sittner (New York)
R.H. Slansky (California)
Christopher Sloce (Virginia)
Donna Smith (Maine)
Clifton Snider (California)
Carol A. Stephen (Canada)
Caitlin Stern (Texas)
Marianne Szlyk (Maryland)
Alarie Tennille (Missouri)
Thomas R. Thomas (California)
Sylvia Riojas Vaughn (Texas)
A. Garnett Weiss (Canada)
Kelley White (New Hampshire)

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In June 2014, Silver Birch Press issued a call for submissions for poetry, prose, art, photography, and other work inspired by Lewis Carroll’s masterwork, Alice in Wonderland.

We received submissions from authors and artists around the world, and have prepared the Alice in Wonderland Anthology to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the book that continues to offer inspiration and insight generation after generation. The Alice in Wonderland Anthology has an official release date of November 26, 2015, exactly a century and a half after its namesake’s publication.

Published in 1865, Alice in Wonderland remains one of the world’s most popular books—and is still relevant and respected in 2015, a phenomenon that is sure to continue in the years to come.

The Alice in Wonderland Anthology features work by 63 writers, artists & photographers: Mary Jo Bang, Virginia Barrett, Sabina C. Becker, Roxanna Bennett, Rebecca Bokma, Ed Bremson, Kari Bruck, Cathy Bryant, Kathy Burkett, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Maureen E. Doallas, Kallie Falandays, Nettie Farris, Jamie Feldman, Jennifer Finstrom, Jackie Fox, Kristin Geber, Sandra Herman, Joanie Hieger Fritz Zosike, Trish Hopkinson, Valerie Hunter, Tatiana Ianovskaia, Justin Jackley, Mathias Jansson, Laura M. Kaminski, Kevin Korb, Jo Anna Elizabeth Larson, Ae Hee Lee, Renee Mallett, Char March, Alwyn Marriage, Karen Massey, Kim Naboshek, Michael O’Connor, Donatella Parisini, Erin Parker, Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Jayme Russell, Rizwan Saleem, Albert Schlaht, Anita Schmaltz, Elvis Schmoulianoff, Dustin Scott, Shloka Shankar, Sheikha A., M.M. Shelline, A.E. Stallings, Katarina Stanic, William Stok, Wendy Strohm, Robyn Sykes, Eileen Tai, Christina Tam, John Tenniel, Pablo Valcarcel, Amy Schreibman Walter, Lynn White, Martin Willitts Jr, Rachelle Wood, Andrew Woodham, Emily Yu.

The 148-page Alice in Wonderland Anthology is available in a black and white version for $12 USD and a full-cover version for $20.

The books are also available on Amazon sites around the world. 

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Thank you to the 59 poets from Canada, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and across the United States who contributed their work to the Silver Birch Press Celebrity Free Verse Poetry Series, which ran from September 1-30, 2014.

We extend our gratitude to the following poets:

E. Kristin Anderson / Texas
Tara R. Andrews / California
Sue Hyon Bae / Arizona
Sue Barnard / U.K.
Susan Beem / California
Roxanna Bennett / Canada
Mark Berriman / Minnesota
Steve Bogdaniec / Illinois
Sarah B. Boyle / Pennsylvania
Cathy Bryant / U.K.
Candace Butler / Virginia
Heidi Czerwiec / North Dakota
Andrea Janelle Dickens / Arizona
Erin Dorney / Pennsylvania
Magdalena Edwards / California
Barbara Eknoian / California
Jackie Fox / Nebraska
Gary Glauber / New York
Stephanie Barbé Hammer / Washington
Donna Hilbert / California
Trish Hopkinson / Utah
Debra B. Hori / California
Stephen James / U.K.
Mathias Jansson / Sweden
Sonja Johanson / Massachusetts
Victoria M. Johnson / California
Wm. Todd King / Kentucky
Merie Kirby / North Dakota
Laurie Kolp / Texas
Ira Lightman / U.K.
Lisa Mangini / Connecticut
Karen Massey / Canada
J.R. McConvey / Canada
Daniel McGinn / California
Virginia M. Mohlere / Texas
Katie Darby Mullins / Indiana
Sarah Nichols / Connecticut
Suzanne O’Connell / California
Daniel A. Olivas / California
Brianna Pike / Indiana
Winston Plowes / U.K.
Patrick T. Reardon / Illinois
Sonya Gray Redi / California
Fay Roberts / U.K.
Sarah Rogers / New Mexico
Greg Santos / Canada
Meg Scott / Michigan
Michael Dwayne Smith / California
Marija Smits / U.K.
Massimo Soranzio / Italy
Scott Stoller / Illinois
Claire Trévien / U.K.
Peter B. Valentine / New York
Sylvia Riojas Vaughn / Texas
J.S. Watts / U.K.
A. Garnett Weiss / Canada
Leah Welborn / Colorado
Eileen Wesson / California
Liz Worth / Canada

logo_poetry1 Silver Birch Press extends a heartfelt thank you to the 175 poets from around the world who participated in our ME, AS A CHILD Poetry Series during April and May 2015. Our deepest gratitude for your brave and beautiful work!

Sue A’Hern (Wales)
Tobi Alfier (California)
Sandra Anfang (California)
Maria Luisa Arroyo (Massachusetts)
Stephanie Baird (Massachusetts)
Chloe Balcomb (England)
Danny P. Barbare (South Carolina)
Julie Brooks Barbour (Michigan)
Jim Barron (England)
Renee Bartovics (Connecticut)
Ruth Bavetta (California)
Roberta Beary (Maryland)
Esmeralda Bernal (Arizona)
Rick Blum (Massachusetts)
Greta Bolger (Michigan)
Alina Borger (Iowa)
Anne Born (New York)
Patricia Brooks (U.S.)
Mandy Brown (Texas)
Cynthia Bryant (California)
Kathleen S. Burgess (Ohio)
Laura Byro (New Jersey)
Alexandra Carr-Malcolm (England)
Angela M. Carter (Virginia)
Kevin Casey (Maine)
Barry Charman (England)
Sudasi J. Clement (New México)
Wanda Morrow Clevenger (Illinois)
Joan Colby (Illinois)
Ginny Lowe Connors (Connecticut)
Patrick Connors (Canada)
Beth Copeland (North Carolina)
Jesseca Cornelson (Alabama)
Grace Curtis (Ohio)
Edelma D’Trinidad (California)
Gabrielle Daniels (Wisconsin)
Diana Decker (New York)
Lenny DellaRocca (Florida)
Julian de Wette (South Africa)
Irina Dimitric (Australia)
Marcie Eanes (Wisconsin)
Barbara Eknoian (California)
Teri Elam ( Georgia)
J.C. Elkin (Maryland)
Terri Kirby Erickson (North Carolina)
Jessica Evans (Ohio)
Mike Finley (Minnesota)
Jennifer Fliss (Washington)
Louis Gallo (Virginia)
Frances Garrett (Canada)
Gail Fishman Gerwin (New Jersey)
Phillip Giambri (New York)
Vijaya Gowrisankar (India)
James Graham (Scotland)
Carol Coven Grannick (Illinois)
Lori Gravley (Ohio)
Merrill Elizabeth Gray (Canada)
John Grey (Rhode Island)
S. Eta Grubešić (Croatia)
Joyce Gullickson (Texas)
Sonia Gutiérrez (California)
Deborah Guzzi (Connecticut)
Geosi Gyasi (Ghana)
Stephanie Han (Hong Kong)
Maryanne Hannan (New York)
Barry Harris (Indiana)
Peggy Harter (New Jersey)
Sandra Hartley (England)
Amie Heasley (Michigan)
Steven Hendrix (California)
Emily Jane Henry (Canada)
Lindi-Ann Hewitt-Coleman (South Africa)
Brenda Hines (England)
Kevin M. Holgate (Canada)
Trish Hopkinson (Utah)
Howard Huber (Wisconsin)
Robin Dawn Hudechek (California)
Regina Jamison (New York)
Sonja Johanson (Maine)
Pamela Johnson Parker (Kentucky)
Brent Jones (Japan)
Oonah V Joslin (Northern Ireland)
James Ross Kelly (California)
Adele Kenny (New Jersey)
Marie Kilroy (New York)
Alan King (Maryland)
Miodrag Kojadinović (China)
Olufunke Kolapo (Nigeria)
Laurie Kolp (Texas)
Anja Konig (Switzerland)
Linda Kraus (Florida)
Jennifer Lagier (California)
Paula J. Lambert (Ohio)
Gina Larkin (New Jersey)
Rosalind J. Lee (England)
Mary Leonard (New York)
j.lewis (California)
Sarah Lilius (Virginia)
Elline Lipkin (California)
Joyce Lorenson (Rhode Island)
Susan Mahan (Massachusetts)
Jacqueline Markowski (United States)
Christina Marrocco (Illinois)
Carolyn Martin (Oregon)
David Mathews (Illinois)
Cathy McArthur (New York)
Catfish McDaris (Wisconsin)
Kieran McKiel (Canada)
Tiffany Midge (Idaho)
Roy Moller (Scotland)
Catherine Moore (Tennessee)
Sarah Frances Moran (Texas)
Vicki Morley (England)
Frank Mundo (California)
Lee Nash (France)
Robbi Nester (California)
Suzanne O’Connell (California)
Michael Mackin O’Mara (Florida)
Ashley Parker Owens (Kentucky)
Pattie PalmerBaker (Oregon)
Richard King Perkins II (Illinois)
Puma Perl (New York)
Kenneth Pobo (Pennsylvania)
Mila Podlewski (California)
Steven M Quakenbush (Texas)
Shirani Rajapakse (Sri Lanka)
Anandam Ravi (India)
Jonaki Ray (India)
Patrick T. Reardon (Illinois)
Glenis Redmond (North Carolina)
William Reichard (Minnesota)
Susan Rich (Washington)
Kellie Richardson (Washington)
Robert Rosenbloom (New Jersey)
Roslyn Ross (Malawi)
Christopher Ryan (United States)
Christne Saari (Michigan)
April Salzano (Pennsylvania)
Trish Saunders (Hawaii)
Ira Schaeffer (Rhode Island)
Susan Scheid (Washington, DC)
Marsha Schuh (Canada)
Seni Seneviratne (England)
Shloka Shankar (India)
Katherine Simmons (Indiana)
Ritika Singh (India)
Billie Holladay Skelley (Missouri)
Merna Dyer Skinner (California)
Corinne H. Smith (Pennsylvania)
Joan Jobe Smith (California)
Jen Stein (Virginia)
Paul m. Strohm (Texas)
Shawn Nacona Stroud (Ohio)
Maureen Sudlow (New Zealand)
Susan Beall Summers (Texas)
Eric Torgersen (Michigan)
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer (Colorado)
Dennis Trujillo (United States)
Bunkong Tuon (New York)
Richard Vargas (New Mexico)
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios (California)
Bob Wakulich (Canada)
Alan Walowitz (New York)
Mark Lee Webb (Kentucky)
Mercedes Webb-Pullman (New Zealand)
A. Garnett Weiss (Canada)
Eileen Wesson (California)
Kelley Jean White (New Hampshire)
Lynn White (Wales)
Martin Willitts Jr (United States)
Sarah Ann Winn (Virginia)
Abigail Wyatt (England)
James Wyshynski (Georgia)
Catherine Zickgraf (Georgia)
Anna Ziegler (Canada)