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Neil Azevedo is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for Zoo Press, editor of the Nebraska Review and an adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His book, Ocean, will be published in 2005 by Grove Press.

Sandra Beasley lives in Washington D.C., where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Folio, A Literary Journal at American University. Her poetry can be found in journals including Rosebud, Dogwood, Poetry Motel, Gargoyle, and Rhino. She has held fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, the Indiana University Writer’s Conference, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Rebecca Bednarz is a former poetry editor of Sycamore Review. She currently lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poems are forthcoming in Hunger Mountain, Sou’wester and The North Dakota Quarterly.

Hollywood Painter Metin Bereketli is a Los Angeles-based artist of international reputation, renown for his empowering and explosive painting series like “Diversity” and “Cities of the World.” With works auctioned by Sotheby’s of London and exhibited by museums like Peterson Automobile Museum of California, Bereketli continues to donate artwork to dozens of charities a year to help ailing children. Praised by the U.S. Presidents, Senators and other luminaries for his charitable creativity, Bereketli’s original works have also adorned the sets of many popular TV series like Friends, Frasier, Will & Grace, ER, Becker, Seventh Heaven, Two And A Half Men, Chicago Hope, Passions, The Bold and The Beautiful, and General Hospital.

Scott Brennan lives in Miami Beach, Florida. Recent work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sewanee Review, and Carolina Quarterly. He has a BA in English from Truman State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.

Kelly Daniels’ writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, South Dakota Review, Eyeshot, Orange Coast Review and other literary journals. In 2002, John Updike selected one of his essays as the winner of the Agnes Scott College annual award for nonfiction. He currently edits fiction for Third Coast magazine.

This is Jennifer Denrow’s first publication.

Bryan D. Dietrich has won the Paris Review Poetry Prize, the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Writers at Work Fellowship, and the Eve of St. Agnes Prize. His poetry has appeared in the Paris Review, The Nation, Yale Review, Harvard Review, Shenandoah, and other journals. His first book, Krypton Nights, was published by Zoo Press. He is Professor of English at Newman University in Wichita.

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author of six full length books of prose and poems including Nightshift Belonging to Lorca (2004 Mammoth Books). He is editor of the critical book Maria Mazziotti Gillan (2005 Guernica Editions). Recent awards include a 2004 PA Council for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He teaches all three genres in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at Penn State Erie and is a contributing editor for Lake Effect.

Cheryl Gatling is a registered nurse in Syracuse, New York. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Wisconsin Review, Flyway, and the online journal Born.

Alex Grant is a native Scot now living in N.C. He works up and down the eastern seaboard for a not-for-profit healthcare organization, whose address you can read by the moon. He was a finalist for North American Review’s 2004 James Hearst Poetry Prize, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review’s 2004 contest and NCSU’s 2005 poetry contest, received honorable mentions in NCSU’s and Arts and Letters 2004 poetry contests, was the 2004 winner of Western Michigan University’s Pavel Srut Poetry Fellowship in Prague and was a 2005 ‘Discovery/The Nation’ semi-finalist. His work has recently appeared or is upcoming in Connecticut Review, North American Review, Cimarron Review, Sycamore Review, Cream City Review, Seattle Review and Arts and Letters, among others. He divides his time between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, where he wears his hair too long and indulges his Celtic fondness for excess.

Nancy Hall James received an MFA from Western Michigan University where she won the John Woods Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Poetry Miscellany, Poetry International, and elsewhere. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband and cats.

Loretta Collins Klobah is an Associate Professor in the English Department, Humanities Faculty, of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She teaches Caribbean literature and creative writing, also serving as the editor of the bilingual literary journal Tonguas. Her poetry has been published in such journals as TriQuarterly Review, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, The Missouri Review, The Antioch Review, The Caribbean Writer, and Poui. Poems have also been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, TriQuarterly New Writers, and the California collection How Much Earth?

Jeanne Larsen’s new book of translations, Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China, will be published in November 2005 by BOA Editions. Recent poetry and creative nonfiction appears in Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, The Florida Review, New Delta Review, Tusculum Review, The Literary Review, Tiferet, Southern Poetry Review, Fourth Genre, and Pleiades. The author of three novels and a book of poems, she had a short story out this summer in The Sewanee Review.

John Lewter grew up in South Carolina and has lived in New York City for the last twenty-five years. He is a produced playwright and member of the Writers Guild of America. Shishing the Kark is one of a set of monologues set in different New York landmarks on September 9, 2001, the last Sabbath before 9/11/01.

Chip Livingston received his MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College in 2005, a year in which his work appears in Ploughshares, Apalachee Review, The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, New American Writing, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Stories from the Blue Moon Café, and other journals and anthologies. He lives in New York City.

Richard Lyons directs the Creative Writing Emphasis at Mississippi State University. He has published two collections of poems These Modern Nights with the University of Missouri Press and Hours of the Cardinal with the University of South Carolina Press. Recent poems have appeared in Brilliant Corners and Karamu.

Frank Matagrano, born in New York, has appeared in ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Exquisite Corpse, Chiron Review, Gargoyle, Roanoke Review, The Canary, Northwest Review and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, among others.

Liz Lynn Miller, Iowa City, Iowa, has published work in My Favorite Bullet, Andrea’s Newsletter, and I Typed for Miles. She combines poetry and book arts as the designer/publisher of Get-the-Lead-Out Projects. In her spare time she is employed at an elementary school library.

Jenny Noller grew up in Macon, GA, and now lives in Greensboro, NC, where she teaches at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her MA in creative writing from Hollins University. Currently, she is at work on a novel.

Brent Pallas lives and works in New York City as a craft designer and illustrator. His most recent poems have been in or will be in The Southern Review, 2RV, POETRY,The Gettysburg Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal and others.

Nate Pritts poems have been in/will be in POOL, Rattle, TYPO, 5AM, DIAGRAM & Forklift, Ohio with critical work appearing in New Writing (UK) & Midwest Quarterly; my chapbook, The Happy Seasons, is online in its entirety from Swannigan & Wright. He is the editor & sole shareholder of H_NGM_N, an online journal of poetry, poetics &c. Originally from Syracuse, NY, he lives in Natchitoches, LA, with his wife, Rhonda, & kids Dylan & Laney (& Oscar the dog).

Susan Rich is the author of The Cartographer's Tongue / Poems of the World, which won the PEN West Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, Poetry International, and Witness. Recent awards include an Artist Trust Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Susan is an alum of Cottages at Hedgebrook, an editor for Floating Bridge Press, and teaches writing at Highline Community College. Her second collection of poems, Cures include Travel, is due out from White Pine Press. Visit her at to find out more.

Bob Robbins lives in Northern Vermont, where he has worked as a French teacher, librarian, warehouseman, and merchandising analyst. His least lucrative but most enjoyable work has been as an amphibian researcher in the woodlands near his home. Bob’s poetry has previously appeared in Nimrod, The Exquisite Corpse, and Albatross.

Dennis Saleh’s poetry, prose, and artwork appear widely in magazines and collections, including ArtLife, New Millennium Writings, Psychological Perspectives, and forthcoming anthologies, Great American Poetry Show, Poems for the Mountains, and Reeds. He has read from his poetry, and a novel-in-progress set in Ancient Egypt, at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA.

Mark Spitzer is a novelist, literary translator, creative writing prof, and environmental luddite. He speaks for all the big ugly fish of the world when he notes that his website is

Beth Thomas’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Seneca Review, Poet Lore and River City, and were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives and works in rural Maine with her daughters and husband.

Neela Vaswani is the author of Where the Long Grass Bends, a collection of short stories. Her stories have appeared in Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, and American Literary Review, among other publications. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, and teaches in the brief-residency MFA in Writing program at Spalding University. She lives in New York City.

Steven Winn is the Arts and Culture Critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Florida Review, Indiana Review, Sports Illustrated, Utne Reader and others. He is co-author of Great Performances: A Celebration and a contributor to The Writer’s Journal: 40 Contemporary Writers and their Journals (Delta).

Rodney Wittwer lives in W. Medford, MA His poems have appeared most recently in Barrow Street, DIAGRAM, Diner, Elixir, The Literary Review, Memorious and Pleiades. His manuscript, “Gone & Gone,” has been a semi-finalist/finalist for several book awards.

William Wright’s first book of poems, Dark Orchard, recently won the 2005 Texas Review Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in many journals, including Poet Lore, Texas Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Red Owl, Phoebe, StorySouth: The Best from New South Writers, and Yemassee. Co-editor with Stephen Gardner of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Wright teaches and tutors writing and literature at Sam Houston State University and Montgomery College.


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