Impspired Authors

What weaves the fourteen stories together in Stepping Up, are characters who on the brink of change must choose between fear or transformation. Whether it’s because of sexism, racism, or homophobia, the stories lay bear the valor of the human spirit. Diamondopolous brings humor and hope to her award-winning stories.

This incandescent collection of stories by writer DC Diamondopolous knocked me to the ground. Heartbreaking, revealing, numbing, and provocative, each page touched me, not lightly, but with a fist of shards.
– Sharon Lovejoy, author of Running Out of Night

This collection is a vigorous examination of American culture—a gutsy probe into social divide, including fractious family dynamics. Diamondopolous writes with exuberance and emotional understanding. It’s the human element that reaches out and pulls us in.
– Sherry Shahan, PURPLE DAZE: A Far Out Trip, 1965

Each story in this collection is a passport to places where characters are challenged to be their true selves, no matter the risk. Every protagonist compels the reader to revisit them. Their diverse stories span eras and genres, yet always target the heart. DC Diamondopolous creates worlds with striking images and surprising twists that resonate long after the last line. Stepping Up is an astonishing tour de force.
– Cindy Rankin, author of Under the Ashes

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Stolen by Candace Meredith – Jolene Conroy, a recently widowed writer and photographer, is approaching her fortieth birthday living in modern day Southern California. After losing her wealthy corporate attorney husband in a tragic car accident, Jolene tries to rebuild her life and make sense of her loss. One serendipitous day, Jolene meets handsome police officer, Jodi McCain. After her journals are stolen and Jodi responds to the call they begin to plan a future together and Jolene further discovers that Jodi may be keeping secrets from her. After the death of a close acquaintance, Jodi’s true identity is called into question, and it is up to Jolene to discover who, exactly, is the real Jodi McCain. 

Candace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, The Backbone Mountain Review, The Broadkill Review, In God’s Hands/ Writers of Grace, A Flash of Dark, Greensilk Journal, Saltfront, Mojave River Press and Review, Scryptic Magazine, Unlikely Stories Mark V, The Sirens Call, The Great Void, BAM Writes, Foreign Literary, Lion and Lilac Magazine and various others. 
Pondering the Shoreline of Existence by Christine Ann Tabaka

In moments of warmth and echoing heartbreak Christine Tabaka explores our lives with insight and intimacy. Touching tenderly both our memories of joy and bitterness, then expressing that insight in a way that makes it impossible not to be drawn in by the emotional journey in “Pondering the Shoreline of Existence”. You won’t be able to stop yourself from turning the page! .
– Elaine Marie Carnegie-Padgett, author

Tabaka reflects upon her life as she comes to a new age in a year filled with tragedy. She ponders her existence in a time where so much is changing. These pieces accompanied by photographs tell stories of pain and how one continues after loss.
Tim Heerdink, author of Razed Monuments, The Human Remains, and Red Flag and Other Poems

This is poetry from the friend who understands your pain and your joy, because she has felt them both; who shares her dreams, and takes you on her journeys, both real and imagined, because being alone isn’t a desired option; and who reminds us all of our humanity and the universal need to give and receive love.
– Steve Carr, author
The Blue, Red Lyrea by MehreenAhmed is a twin novella book, Offing and The Cheshire Grins. They have both been written in a stream-of-consciousness style. 
Either way both stories are tied like the constellations of the lyre of the deep skies. Hence, the title The Blue, Red Lyrea to mean the colours of two of five main constellations. Blue is indicative of hot and red, indicative of cold, an existential allusion to life, dancing at cosmic tune of a symbolic harp that Lyra stands for.
Portrait of a City on Fire – by Reece Beckett Portrait of a City on Fire is a collection of poems (centered around a short story) consisting of glimpses into the lives of a group of people, seemingly stranded in an unnamed city. As they fall prey to various, increasingly harmful pressures, the origins of which are unknown, it becomes clear that there may be no escape from the Hell on Earth they’ve had the misfortune of landing in.
Masquerading as a Poet – By Charlotte Neal Fresh from her wandering travels this is Charlotte Neal’s first collection of poetry.
P.O.N.D – By john Stanizzi
With a poet’s voice and a naturalist’s eye, John Stanizzi takes us on a daily journey in verse and photographs to a pond near his home where he reveals the secrets of nature hidden in plain view. These artfully crafted four-line acrostics using the letters P.O.N.D., cycle through the seasons, painting a bold phenological picture of nature’s ever-changing events. He takes to heart Thoreau’s comment that a pond “is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Stanizzi’s keen observations and metaphorical connections not only delight in the reading, they forever enlarge and give meaning to our experiences outdoors.
David K. Leff, author of Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash; former deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.Visit my website at http://www.davidkleff.com
Visions of the World and Other Poems by Pranab Ghoshis an intriguing collection of finely structured poetry, nuanced and compact, wherein word-play and concerns about the self and the world are skillfully fused. This is poet Pranab Ghosh’s third volume of published poetry. The titles of his earlier books of poems Air and Age followed by Soul Searching and Other poems indicate a consistent and concerted effort by the poet to balance the vagaries and variations of life experiences from the deeply subjective to the realm of spiritual transcendence. Ghosh therefore invites the readers to explore the world without and the world within by enticing their attention by referring to the inexplicable unspoken love to the kiss of death, from bullet-riddled poetry to prose poems of existential dilemma. These poems will linger in the mind long after they have been read and appreciated.
 
By Sanjukta Dasgupta, Poet, academician, translator.
Member, General Council,  Sahitya Akademi, India
When Moonlight Falls – By Angelina Der Arakelian – A collection of poetry thriving off both the irony and mastery of existence, cut into bits and pieces of an endless puzzle known as life. Written by one soul for another, it invites you to have a seat onboard a plane of stargazing into the abyss.
 
“There lies, 
A truth ever so strong
Euphoria unbound to present sight 
I crave it in doses, 
Reality aims to provide.”

– Memories of Never 
Winters Breath by Polly Richardson Munnelly Winter’s Breath, Polly Richardson-Munnelly’s riotous, rambunctious first collection is jam-packed with poems that trot, canter and gallop across the page. The poet’s deep and abiding love of horses takes centre stage, ably supported by a host of other themes: family, legends, sensuality, the insistent pull of Dublin in one direction, and of earth, sea and shoreline in the other. The poems reveal a poet reveling in her life, choosing to inhabit it fully, on no one’s terms but her own.

 Language is often deployed with scant regard for convention or form, obeying only the poet’s swooping, soaring, inner flights of fancy. Here is a poet enjoying herself thoroughly, relaxed in the saddle, giving each poem free rein to do as it pleases, trusting it knows how to find its way home.
  – Anne Tannam
Impspired Volume One
By Impspired Magazine
Impspired Magazine is a print anthology, combining the work of a host of international writers. The work was first sourced and published on the online literary magazine impspired.com. This edition contains work from issues 1 & 2 online.
Faking Nature
By Stephen Meek
‘Faking Nature’ is my third collection of poetry, the previous two being ‘the Bad Traveller’ and ‘July’.  Many of the poems were written to commission – many for a Cruse Bereavement poetry event and others for Arts Council funded exhibitions and performances, notably the Bird After Bird and After Bird exhibitions in Brigg.
Conveniently for these events, many of my poems cover the same themes – the beauty and permanence of nature contrasted with the transience of human existence. However, I also perform at poetry readings at venues where more light-hearted and (hopefully) comedic poems are what the crowd expects – so hopefully some of these poems will force the reader, if not to smile, at least to grimace!



Shouting At Lesbians
By Robbie Taylor
A book for those people who really shouldn’t judge books by their covers… or their titles.
Notes from the STATE of OMNESIA
By Henry Bladon
Somewhere in the near-future, the State of OMNESIA is ruled over by the TYRANT. Bureaucracy and an obsession with rule-making are paramount within this semi-dystopian social structure. Paperwork is done in triplicate, people actually measure pavement widths, and numerous departments and sub-departments ensure the efficiency of their unique system of Bureaucratic Idealism.


Impspired Magazine Volume Two
370 pages by 90 writers from across the world. It contains all the published works from Issues 3 & 4 online.