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Lavonne J. Adams, winner of the 1999 Persephone Poetry Award for Everyday Still Life, read as an emerging artist at Vanderbilt University’s “Millennial Gathering of the Writers of the New South.” Her poems appear in The MacGuffin, Many Mountains Moving, Karamu, and numerous other literary journals. She teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Karen Auvinen’s writes and lives in the West. She recently completed her Ph.D in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her poetry and fiction has appeared most recently in The Monthly Review, The Iron Horse Review, and Kalliope. Past gigs include Writer-in-Residence for the State of Colorado, editor, book-buyer, and guest chef. She lives at 8500 ft with her dog, elvis, and teaches at the University of Colorado and Front Range College.

Gay Baines lives in East Aurora, New York, and is a member of the Roycroft Wordsmiths. She won the National Writers Union Poetry Prize in 1991, as well as other prizes. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Rattapallax, RE:AL, Icarus, Baltimore Review, Rio Grande Review, Soundings East, South Carolina Review, and other journals.

Todd Balazic is a poet living in Bigfork, Montana.

Shane Book is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He holds undergraduate degrees from the universities of Western Ontario and Victoria and graduate degrees from New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He won Grain Magazine’s 2004 Poetry Contest and has poems forthcoming in Fence, VOLT, and Boston Review.

Mike Dockins is Poetry Editor of Terminus magazine and a founding editor of Redactions. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, The Gettysburg Review, Paragraph, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere, and have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. A Pushcart prize nominee, Mike received his MFA from UMASS Amherst.

James Doyle ‘s book, Einstein Considers A Sand Dune (2004), won the 2003 Steel Toe Books contest, judged by David Kirby. Doyle is married to poet Sharon Doyle. He has poems coming out in Limestone, Willow Springs, Terminus, Hunger Mountain, and Birmingham Poetry Review.

Matthew Duffus lives in Minneapolis, where he is a student in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. His fiction recently appeared in Grain magazine. He is currently at work on a novel.

Diana Festa, Professor of French at the City University of New York, is also a psychotherapist with a private practice. She is the author of four books in literary criticism and three of poetry (Arches to the West, Ice Sparrow, Thresholds). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Guizot Award, some poetry prizes and honorable mentions.

Valerie Fioravanti’s fiction has appeared in North American Review, Green Mountains Review, and The Baltimore Review, and received special mention in the 2004 Pushcart Prize.

After Fulbright grants in Poland and Hungary, David Francis returned to teach at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He also serves as the Humanities Advisor for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, Verse, Poetry Northwest, and other journals.

Juan Carlos Galeano is the author of Baraja Inicial ( poetry, 1986), Pollen and Rifles (essay, 1997), a book on the poetry of violence, and Amazonia, (poetry, 2003). In the United States his poems have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Field, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly among others. He teaches Latin American poetry at Florida State University.

Ginny Grimsley teaches Creative Writing at Florida State University and holds a Ph.D. in English from The Center for Writers, University of Southern Mississippi. She has published work in The Quarterly, Apalachee Quarterly, The Mississippi Review, and Rock Falls Review.

James Grinwis’ poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Mississippi Review, The Literary Review, Wisconsin Review, Conduit, Mudfish, Faultline, Epicenter, and Rhino.

Ava Leavell Haymon lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and teaches at Louisiana State University. She has published poetry in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Sun, New Orleans Review, and Zone 3. The Strict Economy of Fire, and Choosing Monogamy will be published by Louisiana State Unversity Press next year.

Patrick Hicks teaches creative writing at Augustana College and has lived in England, Northern Ireland, Germany, and Spain. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in more than twenty international journals and he has just completed his first novel.

Maria Hummel is the author of Wilderness Run, a novel, and City of the Moon, winner of the 1999 Harperprints Poetry Chapbook competition. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Georgia Review, Meridian, Manoa, and Los Angeles Magazine. She is a writer/editor at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

James Kimbrell has published poems in Poetry, The Nation, Field and The Boston Book Review. A volume of poems, The Gatehouse Heaven (1998) was published with Sarabande Books. A volume of his co-translations with Yu-Jung-yul, Three Poets of Modern Korea: Yi Sang, Hahm Dong-seon and Choi Young-mi was published by Sarabande in July, 2002. He is currently teaching in the creative writing program at Florida State University.

Annie Lighthart’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in CALYX, So to Speak, and Good Foot. She lives in a green corner of Portland, Oregon, and is working on her MFA at Vermont College.

Edward O’Connell has published fiction in Black Warrior Review, Northwest Review, Greensboro Review, and River Styx. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and lives in Washington state with his wife Julie and baby daughter Amelia. In his spare time he plays mandolin with The Prozac Mountain Boys.

Iván Oñate is a poet and contemporary writer born in Ecuador. Publications of his poetry include Estadía Poética (1968), En casa del ahorcado (1977), El ángel ajeno (1983), El hacha enterrada (1988, short stories, six editions); Anatomía del vacío (1988), and La nada sagrada (1998). His poetry has been presented and anthologized in Anthologie de la literature hispano-americaine du XX-e siecle (France, 1993); Erzalungem aus Spanisch Amerika (Germany, 1992); Diccionario de la literatura ecuatoriana (1980). He lives in Quito where he teaches at the Universidad Central de Ecuador.

Claudio Parentela lives and works in Catanzaro, Italy as an illustrator, painter, photographer, mail aritst, cartoonist, and freelance journalist. His work has been published widely in magazines such as Bathtub Gin, Omnibus, Breakfast All Day, and Oyster Boy Review. View more of Claudio’s works at:

Veronica Patterson is the author of two full-length collections of poetry—How to Make a Terrarium (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1987) and Swan, What Shores? (NYU Press, 2000)—as well as a chapbook of prose poems—This Is the Strange Part (Pudding House Publications, 2002). She has twice received creative writing fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poetry has appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Cimarron Review and elsewhere. See Magic, Illusion and Other Realities at for a complete bibliography.

Shawn Pittard’s poems appear recently in Berkeley Poetry Review, Carquinez Poetry Review, Confluence, RiverSedge, Salamander, Slipstream, South Dakota Review, Spillway, West Wind Review, and Poetry Now. A chapbook is forthcoming from Rattlesnake Press. He lives in Sacramento, California.

Bobby C. Rogers’ work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah and numerous other journals. Recent work is just out or forthcoming in The Literary Review, Poet Lore, New Millennium Writings, Washington Square Review, The Southwest Review, and Nimrod. He is Professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He lives in Memphis with his wife and son and daughter.

Don Russ has had poems published in Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, Tar River Poetry, Westview, Xavier Review, Passages North, Cold Mountain Review, The Antigonish Review, and many other periodicals.

After a successful career in advertising, Harmon Smith took early retirement to write. His short stories have appeared in the Ontario Review, the North American Review, and the Nebraska Review. Two were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. His study of male friendship, My Friend, My Friend, is now in paperback. He is currently completing his first novel.

Jill Talbot received her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she recieved the 2002 Jovanovich Prize in Poetry and the 2003 Jovanovich Manuscript Prize. She has a PhD in Contemporary American Literature from Texas Tech University, poems published in Blue Mesa Review, Concho River Review, Hard Ground 2001: An Anthology of Life in the Rockies (Pronghorn Press), and It’s All Good, a forthcoming anthology to be released by Manic D Press. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Utah University.

James Wagner is the author of the false sun recordings (3rd bed). Poems from his manuscript, Trilce, have appeared or will appear in Bridge, gam, Parakeet, and Typo Magazine. Stories from Workbook, his nonfiction manuscript, have additionally appeared or will appear in/on Castagraf, Fence, 5_Trope, and McSweeney’s. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

Ellen Doré Watson ’s Ladder Music won the New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. Her poems have appeared recently in Boulevard and APR. Watson is director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, and editor of The Massachusetts Review.


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