André Narbonne currently teaches English at The University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. He is a former chair of the BS Poetry Society (Halifax), and his poetry and prose have won several awards and appeared in Pottersfield Portfolio, Sage of Consciousness and The Antigonish Review, among other literary journals.
Muriel Nelson is the author of Part Song (Bear Star Press, 1999). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, The Prague Post, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Marlboro Review, Northwest Review, The Christian Century, and others. She holds master's degrees from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the University of Illinois School of Music.
Tom Noe is a professional writer and the editor at Greenlawn Press in South Bend, IN. He has published hundreds of articles, along with two books, The Sixth Day and Into the Lions' Den, and poems in Hillsdale Review, The Rockfinder and Center Journal. He translates Anglo-Saxon and Latin verse into English as a hobby—among many other interests—and is currently compiling a book-length manuscript of poems. He is genuinely pleased to moderate an irregular workshop for local poets and short-story writers.
Lisa Norris' book Toy Guns won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize in 1999 and was published by Helicon Nine Press. Her stories, poems and creative nonfiction have been published in Fourth Genre, Ascent, Notre Dame Review, an anthology called Kiss Tomorrow Hello (Doubleday 2006) and others. “Claim Jumpers” is part of a completed manuscript titled Viewfinder. She is an assistant professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
New Yorker Carol Novack is the author of a chapbook of poems published in Australia , where she received a writer's grant equivalent to an NEA. Her writings can and will be found in many publications, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Anemone Sidecar, Diagram, Big Bridge, BlazeVOX, Del Sol Review, First Intensity, 5_Trope, La Petite Zine, LIT, Milk, Notre Dame Review, Orphan Leaf Review, and Word Riot. Carol publishes and edits the offbeat multimedia e-journalMad Hatters' Review. Her prose poem "Destination" was a “best of web del sol fiction” selection (Series 20). She is co-editing an anthology of innovative short fictions and teaches inventive fiction writing at an arts organization.
Maurice Oliver spent almost a decade working as a freelance photographer in Europe. Then, in 1995, he made a lifelong dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months, recording his experiences in a journal instead of pictures. And so began his desire to be a poet. His poetry has appeared in The Potomac Journal, Circle Magazine, Bullfight Review, Tryst3 Journal, The MAG, Eye-Shot, The Surface, Wicked Alice, WordRiot, Taj Mahal Review (India), Stride Magazine (UK), Retort Magazine (Australia), & online at SubtleTea, Underground Voices Magazine, Frigg, Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry, zafusy, Girls With Insurance, and Interpoetry (UK). He lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a tutor.
Keith Onstad completed his BA in Religious Studies and English in 2004 at California State University, Northridge, where he is currently a graduate student.
A former Russian linguist and interrogator during the Cold War, Martin Ott currently works as a writer and editor in Los Angeles. He has option several screenplays and has had more than a dozen stories published in literary magazines. His poetry has been published in over fifty magazines and anthologies, including The Anthology of Monterey Poets, Cimarron Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hotel Amerika, New Letters, Poetry East, Tampa Review, Third Coast, and XConnect. He has been a finalist for the Bluestem Poetry Award, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry and the Carnegie Mellon University Press (Open Reading). His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press.
Charlotte Pence’s poetry is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, and other journals. She has received the New Millennium Writing Award for Poetry, a poetry fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and most recently the Libba Moore Gray poetry award. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate concentrating in creative writing at the University of Tennessee and poetry editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers.
Julio Peralta-Paulino is a writer currently at work on several projects. Some of his recent work is featured in Jack Magazine, Metro Seven, and Stylus Poetry Journal.
Allan Peterson is the author of two books, All the Lavish in Common (2005 Juniper Prize) and Anonymous Or (Defined Providence Press), and four chapbooks. Recent print and online appearances include Blackbird, Perihelion, Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, and Massachusetts Review. Peterson has work forthcoming in Boston Review, Notre Dame Review, and Swink.
Elisha Porat, the 1996 winner of Israel's Prime Minister's Prize for Literature, a Hebrew poet and writer, has published 19 volumes of fiction and poetry, in Hebrew, since 1973. His works have appeared in translation in Israel, the United States, Canada and England. The English translation of his short story collection The Messiah of LaGuardia (Mosaic Press) was released in 1997. The English translation of his second story collection Payback was published 2002 by Wind River Press.
Ren Powell is a writer and teacher living in Norway. Her first book of poetry was published in a bilingual edtion in 1999. Her work has also been included in Barnes and Nobel's Voices from the Cutting Edge: New Works for Theater series in Los Angeles.
Jesse Ratner is a writer from the Bay area. In addition to writing poems, he is writing a novel about an interracial relationship.
Stephen Roger Powers is a PhD candidate in the English department at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he also teaches undergraduate courses in literature, composition, and creative writing. He has poems and stories in Reed Magazine and The Licking River Review, and he has read some of his poems on Hotel Milwaukee, a music and comedy variety show on Wisconsin Public Radio. He is at work on a book-length collection of poems about his pilgrimages to Dollywood and his travels around the country to see Dolly Parton in person. Tentatively titled Chasing Dolly, Stephen is worried the first reviewer of it will call it Stalking Dolly.
Nate Pritts’ new work can be/will be seen in print from The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Conduit, Greensboro Review, POOL and Forklift, and online at Diagram and Bedazzler. The poems in this issue are from his new chapbook, Big Crisis (Forklift, Ink). The editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal of poetry, poetics, &c., Nate lives in Natchitoches, LA where he is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University.
Luis Arturo Ramos was born in Minatitlán, Veracruz, Mexico in 1947. He has published four books of short stories: Del tiempo y otros lugares, Los viejos asesinos (translated as The Old Assasins), Domingo junto al paisaje and La señora de la Fuente y otras parábolas de fin de siglo ("Rainbows at Seven Eleven" is included in this volume). He has also published five novels: Violeta-Perú (1980 Colima Literature Prize), Intramuros (translated as Between These Walls), Este era un gato (1989 Latin American Colima Prize), La casa del ahorcado and La mujer que quiso ser Dios. With his book Melomanías: la ritualización del universo, una lectura de la obra de Juan Vicente Melo he won the José Revueltas Essay Prize. He is currently a Professor of the Bilingual Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Emily Rapp recently received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin where she was a fellow in fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in The Clackamas Literary Review, Serpentinia, StoryQuarterly, and The Texas Observer. She is the recipient of the Robie Macauley Prize for Fiction and was nominated for "Best New American Voices 2003." She has received grants from the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. She won first prize for nonfiction in the 2003 Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Competition.
Francis Raven is editorial assistant at the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Broken Boulder published two chapbooks of his called Notestalk and Notationing. Poems of his have been published in Mudlark, Conundrum, Untitled, Pindeldyboz, Big Bridge, Le Petite Zine, Poethia, Beehive, The In Posse Review, and The East Village. Essays and articles of his have been published in Clamor, In These Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, Sauce, Pavement Saw, and The New Colonist.
Eve Rifkah is editor of the literary journal Diner and co-founder of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education, promoting local poets, and publishing Diner. Poems have or will appear in Bellevue Literary Review, The MacGuffin, 5 AM, Parthenon West, newversenews.com, poetrymagazine.com, Chaffin Journal, Porcupine Press, The Worcester Review, California Quarterly, ReDactions, Jabberwock Review, Southern New Hampshire Literary Journal and have been translated into Braille. Her chapbook At the Leprosarium won the 2003 Revelever chapbook contest. At this time she is a professor of English at Worcester and Fitchburg State Colleges and a workshop instructor. She has been nominated for the 2007 Associated Writing Program Community Service Award for her work with Abby’s House Shelter for Women, running a celebrated reading series in Worcester, and support of Gertrude Halstead in editing and submitting manuscripts including “memories like burrs” plus many poems of which numerous have been selected by respected journals. She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College and lives withher husband, poet Michael Milligan.
Traci Roberts-Camps is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific. She received her doctorate in Latin American literature with an emphasis on the contemporary Mexican novel from the University of California, Riverside. She has published articles on Bárbara Jacobs, Patricia Kolesnicov, and Gabriel García Márquez. She is finishing a book on the representations of the female body in contemporary Mexican novels written by women.
Susan Ruether lives in Washington DC. She has published in a handful of journals including Sniperlogic and Square One. She co-writes the online poetry project found at www.dotda.com. When she’s not writing she can be found playing a game known as pin the fair trade lobby on the donkey.
Jhoanna Calma Salazar is the editor of Prose Ax, a zine of prose, poetry and visual art. Her work has appeared in Stirring: A Literary Collection, Bamboo Ride, Hybolics, Virginia Adversary, and, shamelessly, in the early Prose Ax doses. She lives in Hawai'i with her wonderful husband and step-son.
Poet Hélène Sanguinetti was born in Marseille in 1951. Author of De la main gauche, exploratrice (Flammarion, 1999), D'ici, de ce berceau (Flammarion, 2003) and Alparegho, Pareil-à-rien (Comp'Act, 2005), she also appears in 49 Poets: A Collective (Flammarion, 2004) and in the forthcoming 20 Contemporary French Women Poets by Canadian scholar John Stout. Hélène lives and works in Arles, where she takes much of her poetic imagery from the stark landscape, sky and nearby Mediterranean.
Kate Schapira has recently moved from upstate New York to Providence, RI, where she writes, teaches, and draws comics. In the early part of 2003, thanks to a Community Action grant from the American Association of University Women, she taught U.S. Women's History at Camp Beacon Women's Correctional Facility. Two of her poems won the Grolier Poetry Contest for 2003, and her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications.
Matthew W. Schmeer holds an MFA from the University of MissouriSt. Louis and edits Poetry Midwest. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in 42opus, The River Oak Review, Cairn, The Rio Grande Review, The Connecticut River Review, The California Quarterly, The Curbside Review, mélange, The Hawai¹i Review, Crab Creek Review, The Potomac Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook Twenty-One Cents is forthcoming from Pudding House Publications. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.
Barbara Schweitzer has received the Merit Fellowship in Poetry from the RI State Council on the Arts, 2002, the Galway Kinnell Poetry Prize, 1999, Potpourri Magazine’s Best Poem for 2002 Award and a handful of other prizes for her poems. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in RiversEdge, Peralta Press, Potpourri, Midstream, The Providence Journal, Touchstone, The Newport Review, riroads, and in the anthology, Sundays at Sarah’s.
Tamara Kaye Sellman's work has appeared in journals both regionally and nationally. In 2002, her poems were published by the King County bus poetry project in Seattle, as well as Edge City Review, Peralta Press, The Griffin, ByLine, Alligator Juniper and the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council's Poetry Corners Project. Her work has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (1997, by Rosebud). Sellman is editor of MARGIN: Exploring Modern Magical Realism. She is also an active member of PEN USA West (Washington chapter) and Jane's Stories Press Foundation, a women's writing collective. An avid scavenger of clams, oysters and Dungeness crab, she splits her time between Bainbridge Island and Birch Bay, WA.
Alan Semerdjian is an Armenian-American writer/teacher/musician who has been recognized for his work. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in several literary journals including most recently Chain and Lyric Poetry Review, Colere, Ararat, Whalelane, canwehaveourballback, and Poetry Midwest. He currently teaches at Herricks High School and in workshops for various audiences in Long Island and New York City, and performs regularly in the metropolitan area in a myriad of musical outfits including Surreal, Milquetoast, and Watercats. He also writes for The Music Column at longislandmusicscene.com.
Birute Serota was born of Lithuanian parents in a refugee camp in Germany after the war. She grew up in Chicago and now lives in Santa Monica, California with her two children. She teaches disabled high school students and has published short stories in: Spectrum, West/Word, New Hampshire College Journal, New Digressions, Southern New Hampshire University Journal, Lituanus, and in an anthology of short stories about growing up Catholic called, Bless Me, Father. Currently, she is finishing a novel about 19th century Lithuania.
Mark Spitzer is the best damn translator of French lit nobody ever heard of. He has books out by Rimbaud, Celine, Bataille, etc. He has also published some novels like Bottom Feeder and Chum. He lives in Missouri, where he somehow became a professor. Visit his web site here.
Michael Standaert is a freelance journalist and writer currently living in Illinois, after two years abroad. While based in Brussels, Belgium during 2002 he helped establish http://www.euro-correspondent.com. He is currently working on a novel called The Adventures of the Pisco Kid, about a rodent exterminator, among other things.
Donna Baier Stein, MFA Johns Hopkins, Adjunct Professor of Writing at Fairleigh-Dickinson University. Publication credits include Virginia Quarterly Review, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, Kansas Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, New York Stories, Beloit Poetry Journal, Washingtonian, Simon & Schuster, BkMk Press, Story Line Press. Grants and awards include PEN/New England Discovery Award, Bread Loaf Writers Conference Scholarship, Pushcart nominations, prizes from the Poetry Society of Virginia, Virginia Commision on the Arts grant, Iowa Fiction Awards Finalist. She has taught at The American University, Johns Hopkins, Boston Center for Adult Education, Gotham Writers Workshop, and elsewhere. Her non-fiction book on writing is published by McGraw-Hill. She is Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and also publishes Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature.
Paul Stewart is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Intercollege, Nicosia, Cyprus. He has published a number of articles in international journals on the works of Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. Creatively, he has been writing fiction and poetry for a number of years, producing a host of short stories and two unpublished novels Erosion and Now Then. “Remote” is his first story to appear in the US. Although British, Paul now lives permanently in Cyprus with his wife and young son. He is currently working on a series of short stories set in his adopted home.
Lynn Strongin was born (1939) New York City, and raised in New York and parts of the rural South during WWII when her father was a re-stationed Army psychologist. Early studies in musical composition branched out into writing poetry. During the sixties in Berkeley, she worked for Denise Levertov. Poems in thirty anthologies, fifty-five journals (print & on-line) and seven published books. Two PEN grants, one NEA Creative Writing Grant. Her anthology The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy, will be published June, 2006 by the University of Iowa Press. She currently makes Canada her home, her second land.
Terese Svoboda's honors include a nonfiction Pushcart, an O'Henry for the short story, a translation NEH, three NYFAs in poetry and fiction, a NYSCA and a Jerome Foundation grant in video, the John Golden Award in playwriting, the Bobst Prize in fiction and the Iowa Prize in poetry. A UBC and Columbia University graduate, she has taught poetry and fiction at Sarah Lawrence, Williams, the College of William and Mary, the Universities of Hawaii and Miami, Wichita State, San Francisco State, New School and St. Petersburg, Russia. She published four books of poetry, three novels and a book of translations from the Nuer. Her writing has been featured in the New Yorker, Atlantic, Slate, Bomb, Lit, Columbia, Yale Review and the Paris Review. Her first novel, Cannibal, was named one of the best books in print by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. She has also written WET, an opera premiering at Disney Hall in 2005, following a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s retreat in Bellagio, Italy. Tin God, her fourth novel, will be published next spring. She is also the co-curator of "Between Word and Image" for the Museum of Modern Art. Her videos have been shown at MoMA, MoCA, Ars Electronica, American Film Institute, Cal Arts, the Getty and PBS, and distributed by Women Make Movies and the MacArthur Foundation.
R.L. Swihart currently resides in Long Beach, California with his lopsidedly feminine family: his wife Ania, and his two girls Katia (9) and Nadja (5). He teaches high school math to pay the mortgage; writes poetry just because; travels whenever he can. A few of his recent poetry credits include: Stirring, Poet's Canvas, Snow Monkey, Three Candles, Urban Spaghetti, and The Cafe Review.
Margaret Szumowski grew up in Winterset, Iowa, the oldest of seven children. She learned to tap dance and twirl a fire baton—An experience that required wrapping the end of the baton in asbestos, dipping it in kerosene, then lighting it and hoping for the best. Twirling with fire and breathing the freezing air at football games led her to poetry. She graduated from the University of Iowa and shortly thereafter took off for the Peace Corps and served in the Congo and Ethiopia. As a hostage in Uganda, she had the distinction of having her photo taken by Idi Amin—a sort of keepsake for him. Szumowski received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, and at the end of her orals with Jim Tate, she commented on how much she enjoyed the program. Tate's response: "Even more than being a hostage of Idi Amin?" accompanied by that great laugh of his. Szumowski is currently Associate Professor of English at Springfield Technical Community College. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Willow Springs, American Poetry Review, Poetry East, The Agni Review, River Styx, as well as in a chapbook, Ruby's Cafe. Her first book-length collection of poetry, I Want This World, was published by Jeffrey Levine of Tupelo Press. She is the winner of the 2002 Peace Corps Writers prize for poetry.
Girija Tropp lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her short fiction has been published in Agni, The Boston Review, Best Australian Stories 2005 and 2006, Southword, sleeping fish, Fiction International, Denver Quarterly, Diagram, and Mississippi Review. Other work is forthcoming in Re;al; microfiction, and online at snow*vigate, elimae, and Café Ireal, amongst others. Tropp was a finalist in the Faulkner Awards for the Novel 2006, and winner of the Josephine Ulrick Literature Award 2006.
Mark Tursi is co-editor of the online literary magazine, Double Room: A Journal of Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction. He is a current PhD. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, and he received his MFA from Colorado State University.
Kathrine Varnes is co-editor with Annie Finch of An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art (U of Michigan P 2002). Her poems and essays on poetry have appeared lately in Salt River Review, Comstock Review, The American Literary Review, and Parnassas. She’s currently the Events Coordinator for the Center for the Literary Arts, University of Missouri-Columbia.
Peter Vaudry-Brown was born in Seattle and raised in Canada. After college, he spent two years teaching English in Venezuela and Colombia. He has just graduated from Southern Miss with a PhD. in Literature (with a Creative Writing emphasis and a minor in Rhetoric and Composition). He teaches writing at Jackson State University and lives with his three-legged dog Tutu. He has previously published in Third Coast, the Mississippi Review, and the Georgetown Review.
Guatam Verma has poems appearing in Art Times, The Gihon River Review, Folio, Free Verse, Envoi, Poetry Digest, Mangrove, Manifold, and other magazines.
Benjamin Vogt is pursuing his MFA at The Ohio State University-Columbus, where he's completing his first book-length collection of poetry. He has been published most recently in The Evansville Review and the Comstock Review.
Martin Walls is a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellow of the Library of Congress. He has published two poetry collections—Small Human Detail in Care of National Trust (New Issues, 2000) and Commonwealth (March Street Press, 2005). New poems appear in Salt Hill, Epoch, and Blackbird. His other awards include a 1998 The Nation/Discovery prize. Walls is assistant editor of International Musician and Making Music magazines, both published in Syracuse, New York.
Bryan Walpert's poems have appeared most recently in AGNI, Gulf Coast, and Poet Lore. He teaches writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
William Walsh’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in New York Tyrant, Juked, Lit, Press, Rosebud, Crescent Review, Quarterly West, McSweeney’s (online) and other journals. Selections from his series of derived texts sourced from the many (many) books of Calvin Trillin have appeared or are forthcoming in Caketrain, Opium, elimae, Bleeding Quill, and Turnpike Gates. He has taught writing and literature at Stonehill College, Dean College, Newbury College, Fisher College, and the Brown University Learning Community. He currently serves as director of advancement communications at Brown University.
Leslie Whatley is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Florida State University and the graduate assistant to the director of the program. He has formerly been an assistant editor of the Southeast Review, and his poetry has previously appeared in Hotel Amerika, Slant, Atlanta Review, Absinthe, and elsewhere.
Lex Williford holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas and has taught in the writing programs at Southern Illinois University and the University of Alabama. His book, Macauley’s Thumb, was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Fiction, W. W. Norton’s Flash Fiction, Glimmer Train Stories, Hayen’s Ferry Review, Kansas Quarterly, Laurel Review, Natural Bridge, The Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2002, Poets & Writers, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Sou’wester, StoryQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Witness, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Blue Mountain Center, the Centrum Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Villa Montalvo, the Wurlitzer Foundation and Yaddo. He is coeditor, with Michael Martone, of the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. A Distinguished Visiting Writer in the MFA program at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, in 2002, he teaches in the bilingual writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Martin Willitts Jr. is co-editor of hotmetalpress.net where he was judge of their first chapbook contest and co-judge of their current contest. He has two chapbooks by Pudding House Press, Falling In and Out of Love (2005), and Lowering Nets of Light (2007). Two online chapbooks appear online: Farewell—the journey now begins (LanguageandCulture.net, 2006), and News from the Front (Slow Trains, 2007). Willitts also edited a poetry anthology about cancer, Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press, 2007), and a full length book of poems with his artwork called The Secret Language of the Universe (March Street Press, 2006).
Bradley D. Woods lives outside of Madison, WI where he works as a Consulting Software Architect and semi-professional Artist. His art work has appeared in national advertising, numerous web sites, web site designs and a variety of public displays including a touring exhibit with the Lollapalooza musical festival. More work by the artist and additional information can be viewed at: www.bradleyDwoods.com.