Ken Autrey coordinates the composition program at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. His work has appeared in Chattahoochee Review, Poetry Northwest, South Carolina Review, Tar River Poetry, Texas Review, and other magazines.
Michael Danko is a member of the adjunct faculties at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Liberal Arts Department and at Lakeland Community College’s English Department, where he teaches writing and literature. The title of his essay is a variation of a line from a song, ‘Exit 2-3,’ by Bustin’ Out.”
John Davis’ work appears in Cream City Review, Cutbank, Poetry Northwest and Sycamore Review. He lives on an island west of Seattle. He formerly edited The Duckabush Journal.
Chanda Feldman received her MFA from Cornell University. Her poems are forthcoming in Arkansas Review, Bellingham Review, and Blue Mesa Review. She teaches creative writing in the San Francisco Bay area.
Nick Foster lives in London. He has had stories and poems published in Porcupine, Quarterly West, Nebraska Review and elsewhere.
Paul Gasbara lives and works in Wilmington, North Carolina. When not learning to surf, he occasionally teaches English Composition. He has work forthcoming in Smartish Pace.
Lauren Goodwin’s work has recently appeared in The Journal and Words on Walls. She is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction and poetry at The University of Alabama.
Bradley Greenburg grew up along the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and now lives in Chicago where he teaches English literature. He has stories forthcoming in the South Dakota Review and First Intensity, as well as a long narrative poem due out in the Beloit Poetry Journal.
Abby Hubenthal, a Wyoming almost-native, is currently attending school in Missouri, where she student-edits for Pleiades.
Thomas L. Kelly first traveled to Nepal in 1978 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and has since worked as a photo-activist, documenting the struggles of marginalised people and disappearing cultural traditions all over the world. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, Natural History, Smithsonian, Le Figaro, Stern and Geo, as well as in many other publications. He has published four books—Fallen Angels: Sex Workers of South Asia; Tibet: Reflections from the Wheel of Life; The Hidden Himalayas; and Kathmandu: City on the Edge of the World—and produced and directed numerous films. His photographs of sadhus are currently featured at <http://www.asianart.com/exhibitions/sadhus/index.html>. He also started the SojournAsia study abroad program, which is featured at <http://www.sojournasia.com>. He lives in Kathmandu with his wife, Carroll Dunham, and his two sons, Liam and Galen.
Dean Kostos is the author of the collection The Sentence that Ends with a Comma (Painted Leaf Press, 1999), the chapbook Celestial Dust (Red Dust Press, 1994), and also the coeditor of the anthology Mama’s Boy (Painted Leaf Press, 2000; a Lambda Book Award finalist). His poems have appeared in Boulevard, Chelsea, Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen, Rattapallax, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. His translations from the Modern Greek have appeared in Talisman and Barrow Street, and his reviews in American Book Review and elsewhere.
Regina Su Mangum lives in Los Angeles where she teaches creative writing to inner-city youth. A recipient of the Ruth Brill Memorial Prize in fiction, she studied creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently at work on a novel.
Frank Matagrano, born in New York, is the author of two chapbooks— Moving Platform and How to Breathe in Case the Plane Goes Down—both published by Pudding House Publications. A full-length collection of poems, Fighting for a Place to Park, will be released by Black Lawrence Press in Autumn of 2004.
Nicole Mazzarella teaches creative writing at Wheaton College. She has presented her fiction at Norfolk’s Prince Books Reading Series and the Virginia Beach Arts Celebration Series.
Katherine Toy Miller has been a Working Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, and twice a resident at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. Her fiction has been published in Mademoiselle, The Best of The Missouri Review, and most recently in Fiction and Provincetown Arts.
Missy-Marie Montgomery is a professor at Springfield College, where she teaches writing and literature. She has had recent work published in Crab Orchard Review, Southern Humanities Review, Chattahoochee Review, Northwest Florida Review, Hubbub, Sow’s Ear, and Phoebe, among others.
Catherine Neuhardt-Minor holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MA in Visual Studies from Hunter College, and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her work has won many conference prizes and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Portable Workshop, Chelsea, Chariton Review, Mindprints, Owen Wister Review, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Peregrine, Bloomsbury Review, Folio, and was a finalist for the Lullwater Review’s Lullwater Prize.
In addition to previously appearing in Cimarron Review, Elizabeth Rees’ poetry has also appeared in Agni, Kenyon Review, Partisan Review, and Seneca Review, among other journals. Her chapbook, Balancing China, was published in 1999 by Sow’s Ear Press, and a second chapbook, Hard Characters, was published in 2002 by March Street Press
Katherine Riegel’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology. She currently teaches at SUNY, Oswego.
Ravi Shankar is poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat <http: //www.drunkenboat.com>. Instrumentality, his first book, is due out in summer 2004 from Word Press. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in such places as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, and Gulf Coast, among many other publications. He is currently editing an anthology of South Asian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern poetry. You can read an interview with him at <http://jacketmagazine.com/16/dev-iv-shank.html>. He does not play the sitar.
Adi Shankaracharya was born in the village of Kaladi in South India around 500 B.C.E. and became Hinduism’s most famous reformer and philosopher. His doctrine of Advaita, or non-duality, informed his teachings and subsequently influenced all of Hinduism. Although most famous for his rigorous scholarship, he also composed hymns of devotion and insight such as the “Bhajan Govindam,” a hymn to Lord Krishna.
Andrew Schelling is a poet, author of ten books, student of natural history, and amateur mountaineer. Lives in the Southern Rocky Mountain ecosystem. His translations from classical India are celebrated and have received an award from the Academy of American Poets and two Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry grants. Recent titles include Tea Shack Interior: New & Selected Poetry (Talisman House) and a collection of essays, Wild Form Savage Grammar: Poetry, Ecology, Asia (La Alameda). Schelling teaches poetry, Sanskrit, and bioregional writing at Naropa University.
Richard Teleky teaches in the Humanities Division of York University. His books include The Paris Years of Rosie Kamin which received the Ribalow Prize (U.S.) for the best novel of 1999, a recent novel, Pack Up the Moon, and Hungarian Rhapsodies: Essays on Ethnicity, Identity and Culture.
Deno Trakas is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center at Wofford College. He’s published fiction and poetry in magazines such as The Denver Quarterly and Oxford American. He’s also published two chapbooks of poetry and is working on two novels.
Debbie Urbanski’s poems have been published in Born Magazine, Natural Bridge, Rosebud and Verse. Her fiction has been published in The Sun. She works at Boxcar Press, a letterpress shop based in central New York.
Charles Harper Webb’s latest book of poems, Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies, was published in 2001 by BOA Editions, Ltd. In 2002, the University of Iowa Press published Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, edited by Webb. Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, he teaches at California State University, Long Beach.
Wright’s most recent poetry collection, Seasons of Mangoes
and Brainfire (Lynx House Press, 2000), won the Blue Lynx Prize, the Oklahoma
Book Award for Poetry, and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus
Foundation. The poems included here are part of a manuscript in progress
tentatively entitled The Discipline of Becoming Invisible. After four
years of teaching in Oklahoma, Wright is Visiting Associate Professor
of English and Affiliated Scholar at The College of Wooster in Ohio for
2003-2004. Wright, a native of Seattle, was elected to the Board of Directors
of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) for 2004-2008.