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Valerie Bandura received her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College where she was nominated for the Ruth Lily Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Crazyhorse, Hubbub, and The Comstock Review. She is currently the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson.

Dick Bentley is the author of Post-Freudian Dreaming currently available from He has taught creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Western New England College, and has a dark non-literary past in real estate, state government, and as Chief Planner for the Mayor’s Office of Housing in Boston.

David James Callan has had work in The Tampa Review, Cimarron Review, Exquisite Corpse, Birmingham Poetry Review, Frisk, Figdust Review and Delmar. He writes and draws the e-mail only cartoon magazine SMOKER. MP3’s of his songs can be found at: http:

Susanna Childress has published in The Missouri Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Mississippi Review and forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Image, and the anthology And Know This Place: Poems of Indiana. Her first volume of poems, Jagged with Love, was chosen by Billy Collins for the 2005 Brittingham Poetry Prize.

Noel Conneely lives in Dublin, and has taught Irish for many years. He has had poems in Poetry Ireland, Willow Review, Common Ground, and many other publications in Britain and the US.

J. P. Dancing Bear’s poems have been published in Shenandoah, Poetry International, New Orleans Review, National Poetry Review and many others. He is editor of the American Poetry Journal and host of a weekly poetry program on KKUP. His latest book of poems is Billy Last Crow (Turning Point, 2004).

Darren DeFrain’s fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals across the U.S. His novel, The Salt Palace, is forthcoming from New Issues Press in October of 2005. He is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, and lives in Appleton with his wife, writer Melinda DeFrain, and their two daughters and just one dog. You can read more of his work at

Daniel Donaghy is completing his Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Rochester. His poetry collection, Streetfighting, will be publishedin early 2005 by BkMk Press. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Poet Lore, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Letters, and Texas Review. He lives in Spencerport, NY, with his wife and daughter.

Gary Fincke’s most recent collection of short stories, Sorry I Worried You, won the 2003 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; Writing Letters for the Blind (poems) won the 2003 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Poetry Prize. Amp’d: A Father’s Backstage Pass, his nonfiction account of his son’s rock and roll life in two signed bands, was published by Michigan State in 2004.

Gillian Freebody, a teacher, writer, photographer, and actress never tires of the riches life has to offer. Inspired by such poets as Amy Gerstler, Philip Levine, and Ai, Ms. Freebody is honored to find her work in Cimarron Review. She brings her love of poetry and the arts to the classroom and has helped over thirty students receive international recognition for creative writing and photography.

Yvonne Green read law at the L.S.E., practised for 20 years as a Barrister and has now stopped in order to publish the poems she's always written. They have appeared in England in Poetry Review, Arete, Modern Poetry In Translation, P.E.N. and on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.

J. Allen Hall’s poems and essays have appeared recently in Bellingham Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and New Orleans Review. He’s currently a doctoral student at the University of Houston, where he edits non-fiction for the journal Gulf Coast.

Herberto Helder has been awarded most of Portugal’s major literary prizes and has turned them all down on principal. He lives in semi-reclusion on the outskirts of Lisbon. Beyond Portugal, his work is best known in Spain, Italy, France and Germany. Here in the USA, Alexis Levitin has placed his authorized translations of Helder in: Absinthe: New European Writing, Barrow Street, Beacons, Boulevard, Confrontation, Cream City Review, Grand Street, Osiris, Portugese Literary & Cultural Studies, Salamander, Sulphur River, Two-Lines and The Temple.

Dore Kiesselbach’s work has appeared in a number of magazines, including Boulevard, The Malahat Review, and Field. He is a past recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in poetry, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar Award. This is his first appearance in Cimarron Review.

Dale Kushner studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland and teaches writing workshops. She is widely published in journals, including Crazyhorse, Poetry, Quarterly West, Salmagundi , and elsewhere. Her new poetry manuscript is entitled Via Magdalene. She is currently working on a novel.

Melody Lacina grew up in Iowa and now lives in Berkeley, California. Private Hunger, her first book, was published by the University of Akron Press. Her work has also appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review and North American Review.

Alex Lemon’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Black Warrior Review, Swink, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Washington Square, CutBank, Sonora Review, Butcher Shop, Octopus and typo among other publications. He teaches Creative Writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Walter B. Levis is the author of the novel Moments of Doubt. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bridge, Quarto, RE:AL, The Pannus Index, The Owen Wister Review, The MacGuffin, North Dakota Quarterly, The Distillery, yefeif, and Paper Street Press. He lives in New York.

Alexis Levitin has placed translations in over 200 literary magazines, including Kenyon Review, Partisan Review, American Poetry Review, New Letters, Chelsea, and Prarie Schooner. He has also published twenty volumes of translations, most recently Forbidden Words: The Selected Poetry of Eugenio de Andrade (New Directions, 2003). His Guernica: Selected Poems of Carlos de Oliveira will appear in June, 2004. He is currently completing a collection of Herberto Helder translations under a 2003-2004 NEA Translation Fellowship.

Karyna McGlynn is originally from Austin, Texas. Her poems have appeared in Worcester Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Wisconsin Review, Porcupine Magazine, Good Foot Magazine, and DMQ Review. Winner of the Bart Baxter Award for Poetry in Performance, she is a recent graduate of the creative writing program at Seattle University.

John Moore was born in 1968 in the Delta region of Mississippi. A self-taught artist since his childhood, he has had little formal training in the arts. After decades of mainly pen and pencil drawings, he was introduced by a friend to the 3d digital media. Since 1997, he has continued his pursuit in many other digital fields. His work ranges from burlesque girls to politically charged propaganda. His website,, has been online since 2001 and has received national attention and praise.

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. Paul Muldoon’s main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002).

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Paul Muldoon has won the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize, a 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the 2003 International Griffin Prize, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and the 2004 Shakespeare Prize. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”

Jill Neimark is author of the novel Bloodsong (Random House/Plume), writes frequently about science for magazines such as Discover and The Economist, and has published poetry in the Massachussetts Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and the Columbia Review. She is at work on a memoir.

Kate Nuernberger’s work has previously appeared in The Missouri Review and Slipstream. She has work forthcoming in Small Brushes. These days she lives in Missoula, MT where she pays the rent by working in web development and marketing. She spends her spare time reading, writing and chasing her wayward dog through the mountains.

Alison Pelegrin’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Daily’s website, and Black Warrior Review. She is the author of The Zydeco Tablets, as well as two chapbooks: Dancing with the One-Armed Man, and Voodoo Lips

Christina Pugh is the author of Rotary (Word Press, 2004), which received the Word Press First Book Prize. Her poems have recently appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and in the anthology Poetry 180, edited by Billy Collins. She is a visiting assistant professor of English at Northwestern University.

Doren Robbins’ poetry has appeared in over 75 literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Indiana Review, Poetry International, Hawaii Review, Paterson Literary Review, Sulfur, New Letters, 5 AM, Exquisite Corpse, Willow Springs and Hayden’s Ferry Review. His most recent collection, Driving Face Down, won The Blue Lynx Prize, Lynx House Press, 2001. This year Cedar Hill Press published his book of short prose, Parking-lot Mood Swing: Autobiographical Monologues and Prose Poetry. In 2005, Eastern Washington UP will publish a book of poems, My Piece of the Puzzle. Currently, he is Professor of Creative Writing/Literature at Foothill College.

C.C. Russell was born in Ohio, grew up in Wyoming, and is currently living in New York. He works in Retail management with previous jobs as hotel desk clerk, convenience store clerk, maintenance man, and as a d.j. in a small bar. His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New York Quarterly, Good Foot Magazine, Xconnect, and The Hazmat Review among others. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short story “Slow.”

Renée Roehl is a writer and an owner of a small business dealing in wild mushrooms. She lives with her son, partner, cats, dog and fish in Spokane Washington.

Ian Strever teaches poetry at Danbury High School, where he coordinates the DHS Poetry Festival. His poems have appeared or will appear in various publications, including Connecticut Review, The Pine Island Journal and Mad Poets Review. He is currently enrolled in the M.A. English Writing program at Western Connecticut State University.

Juned Subhan is a young writer from England who is also a 2003 graduate from Glasgow University. He had been published in North American Review and has currently completed his first short story collection entitled Will You Remember Me?, and is also seeking a career within advertising in London.

Brian Turner has work forthcoming and published in The Georgia Review, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, and in Rattle. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest after having served on active duty in Mosul, Iraq, with the 2nd Infantry Division. He can be contacted at


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