Representations of Home Creative Journal

ROAM - Winter/Spring 2022 - ROAM 2


Author bionotes


Carlotta Micale is currently writing her PhD dissertation in Chemistry of Materials while travelling between Italy and Portugal, teaching Yoga, and singing in choirs. Her scientific research is focused mostly on materials for renewable energies and circular economy. Her personal mission is to disseminate the link between Yoga practice, creativity, and therapeutic writing. After the intense experience of scientific writing, she promised that she would never write anything else in her life; she lied. Among her achievements she can proudly mention having read and reviewed 95 books over the last year.
She’s still looking for the eternal.

Crystal Hurdle, after teaching English and Creative Writing at Capilano University (North Vancouver) for 35 years, is reinventing herself by practicing yoga cycling, powwow dancing, tapestry weaving, and hand-building with clay.  Poetry collections  After Ted & Sylvia (2003),  on Hughes and Plath, and Sick Witch (2020) were published by Ronsdale Press. Teacher’s Pets, a teen novel in verse, was published by Tightrope Books in 2014.  Her work, poetry and prose, has been published nationally and internationally. She can be reached at 

Diana V. Almeida

MA and PhD in American Studies, FLUL, where she was Invited Assistant Professor from 2007 to 2020. Post-doctoral project in Visual, Gender and Museum Studies. In 2013, she edited Women and the Arts: Dialogues in Female Creativity (Peter Lang) and co-edited, with Sandra M. Gilbert, a thematic feminist issue of Anglo Saxonica. She has published short story and poetry in journals and anthologies and her first poetry book came out in 2021 — Cosmos e casas (Urutau). Now, she dedicates herself to the healing arts in three areas — energy (Tuning the Heart); creativity (Writing the Heart); vision (Photographic Rituals). For more info, please visit her site at and follow her Instagram and Facebook pages.

Jane Arsenault comes from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She writes creative non-fiction about mental illness, mothering, and social (in)justice. She has published in several magazines, including The Waggle and The Pomona Valley Review. In response to the most famous novel of her home province that highlights the life of the British settler-invader at the turn of the twentieth century (Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables), she intends to write an English-language novel about her French Acadian family in the same time period.

Kaja Rakušček is, among other things, a Slovenian writer and a poet, an editor, a film enthusiast, a graduate of English language and literature, an eager traveler and, above all, a cat lover. Her work has been published both online and in print.

Margarida Vale de Gato translates, writes, teaches and researches in the areas of Translation and US Literature at Universidade de Lisboa, School of Arts and Humanities. As a translator, she has produced versions of French and English literary works in Portuguese, and as a writer she has published four collections of poetry.

Sarah Day was born in England and grew up in Tasmania where she now lives. Her works have received a number of awards including the Anne Elder and Queensland Premier’s Awards and Michel Wesley Wright Prizes, and have been shortlisted for the NSW, Tasmanian Premier’s, and Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She has read and published her work internationally. She has taught creative writing over the past twenty years, has collaborated with musicians in Australia and UK, and judged national poetry, fiction, and nature-writing competitions. She lives in Hobart, Tasmania. Her ninth book of poems will be published in 2022.

Savia Viegas is an academic, fiction writer and artist. She has had solo and group exhibitions in India and abroad. She curates a book club known as the Margao Book Club in Goa where she lives. 

Simone Lazaroo’s award-winning novels and most of her short stories have explored individuals struggling for survival and meaning at the juncture of cultures and within consumerist societies. Her fiction has been taught in Australian, North American and European schools and universities. Her short fiction has been published in Australia, United States, England, Spain and Cuba. Her forthcoming sixth book, an autobiographical fiction, will be published in Australia in early 2023, and her novel The Australian Fiance is currently optioned for film. She is an honorary research fellow at Murdoch University, and lives near Fremantle, Western Australia - arguably one of the most isolated regions of the world during the Covid pandemic.

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