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David Bajo lives in South Carolina where he writes, teaches English and translates Spanish and Portuguese social science. His fiction has appeared in The Sun and Zyzzyva. His wife, novelist Elise Blackwell, and daughter, Esme, travel Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Spain and usually bring him along to read the menus.

John Bargowski’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, and Tar River Poetry, among others. He is the recipient of the Theodore Roethke Prize and a 1999-2000 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

Paul Kaidy Barrows has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, where he is currently completing his MFA. Recently, his poetry appeared in the journal Mizna, and his fiction in Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review.

Tara Bray‘s poetry has most recently appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, New Orleans Review, Green Mountains Review, National Poetry Review, and The Massachusetts Review. She completed her MFA at the University of Arkansas and currently teaches English at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Steve Cartwright is a staff member  of  Skyline  magazine  in  New  York.  His  art  has  been  published  in  magazines  such  as  Georgia  Journal,  Potpourri, Georgia  State  Review,  Indigenous Fiction, Liquid  Ohio, Contraband, In  the  Spirit  of  the  Buffalo,  Starblade, Medicinal Purposes, Skylark, The  MacGuffin, Urban  Spaghetti, Heist, Iconoclast and  others.  His  art  work  has  also  appeared  in  Seeing  Through  Symbols,  a  literary  anthology  published  by  Chrysalis  Books.  You may view more of his artwork at 

Richard Cecil’s fourth collection of poems, Twenty First Century Blues, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2004. He teaches at Indiana University, and in the Spalding Brief Residency MFA Program.

Patricia Chao is the author of the novels Monkey King and Mambo Peligroso, published by HarperCollins. She is based in New York City, where she also writes CD reviews and dances salsa and Argentine tango.

Adam Clay lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and co-edits Typo Magazine. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, CutBank, The Literary Review, The Iowa Review, Forklift Ohio, Good Foot, and elsewhere.

James Everett Crizer teaches at Bowling Green State University and is an assistant editor for Mid-American Review. Recent poems of his appear or are forthcoming in publications such as Another Chicago Magazine, The Canary, The G. W. Review, New Orleans Review and Washington Square.

Melanie Dusseau received an MFA from Southern Illinois University. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Folio, Heliotrope, Alaska Quarterly Review and River Styx. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

Tara Gorvine holds an MFA from UNC Greensboro, where she won the Academy of America Poets Program Prize. Her poems have or will appear in Rattle, The Ledge, Seattle Review, Madison Review, Greensboro Review, Lake Effect, and Talking River Review among others.

Benjamin Scott Grossberg teaches English Renaissance literature and creative writing at Antioch College in Ohio. His poems have appeared in journals such as Pleiades and Mid-American Review, and in the 2005 edition of the Pushcart Prize anthology. Work is forthcoming in The Paris Review and The Bellingham Review. The Auctioneer Bangs His Gavel, a chapbook, will be published by Kent State University Press in 2006.

Joyce James’ poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Missouri Review, and others. Wings Press published her chapbook, The Wild Canaries. A graduate of the University of Houston’s creative writing program, James received a 1993 NEA grant in poetry. She lives and writes in Houston, Texas.

Rose Jenkins works as a writer for the Piedmont Environmental Council in Virginia. She holds Masters Degrees in Literature and Creative Writing, and has served as Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been published in Delmar and the Crab Orchard Review and has won awards including an American Academy of Poets Prize and a Virginia Press Award.

Jen Karetnick is the co-author of Raw Food/Real World (ReganBooks, July 2005) and editor of Enopoetica: A Collection of Poetry Inspired by Wine (Story Line Press, 2006-7). Her poems are forthcoming or have been published in North American Review, Blue Unicorn, River Styx, The Greensboro Review, Sou’wester and others.

Michael Lind’s first collection, Poems, will be published by Zoo Press in November.

Peter McKee Olds works as a metal sculptor in the Catskills, and has recently built a sculpture garden for the town of Mountaindale. He taught English at Nassau Community College on Long Island for thirty years, and has written a memoir of his early life, Stepping into the River Twice.

Blair Oliver teaches at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he’s also founding editor of Front Range Review. His work has been published in The American Fly Fisher, Matter, Yale Anglers’ Journal, Iron Horse Literary Review, CutBank, and elsewhere. His outdoors writing appears in Yellowstone Journal.

Robert Parham serves as Dean of the Katherine Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences at Augusta State University. He edits the Southern Poetry Review. His poetry has recently appeared in Shenandoah, Connecticut Review, and South Carolina Review. Other poems appeared in Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, Rattle, Rattapallax, and many other journals. His chapbook Greatest Hits recently appeared from Pudding House Press. An earlier work, What Part Motion Plays in the Equation of Love, won the Palanquin Competition.

Liza Porter’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, Hotel Amerika, Slipstream, The Montserrat Review, Diner, Pebble Lake Review, Gingko Tree Review and others. She is director of the monthly Other Voices Women’s Reading Series in Tucson, and owner of last house press, a home-based press that designs and publishes poetry chapbooks, journals and other paper designs. "In Plainview" was a finalist for the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award (Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC) in 2003. She may be reached at:

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.

Ron Spurga grew up during the anti-war movement of the 1960’s and worked as a community organizer on Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He subsequently founded L.E.S.C.I.A., a political satire theatre company, which is producing his latest play about the aftermath of 9/11, “Alphabet City.” His poems have been published in France and in the Netherlands.

Bob Vance has published poetry in magazines in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. He lives on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan where he works as a hospice counselor. He writes plays and essays, and is a photographer and a gardener.

Doretta Wildes lives in Portland, Connecticut, where she works as a freelance writer. At present, she is working on a novel as well as poems and shorter fiction. She received her education in New England (including an MFA from Brown University in 1982) where she has lived most of her life.

Cyril Wong is the author of four published collections of poetry in Singapore. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Fulcrum, and Slope. His poems have been set to music, dance, film and adapted for the stage. He is the winner of the Young Artist Award for Literature in his country.


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