Paul Benton works as a security guard at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. His poems have appeared in Margie, Confrontation, Poet Lore, Pleiades, Forklift, Ohio, Quercus Review, Square Lake, and others. Other poems are forthcoming in Poetry Motel, Blue Unicorn, HazMat Review, Liquid Ohio, and Tundra.
Paula Bohince’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, Field, Shenandoah, Beloit Poetry Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review and Best New Poets 2005. She has won the Grolier Poetry Prize, held a residency at the MacDowell Colony, and received an artist’s grant from the Puffin Foundation.
Amy Clark is an MA student at Iowa State University where she serves as poetry editor for Flyway: A Literary Review. She hails from the Midwest but will soon call Portland, Oregon home. Her work has appeared in Mid-American Review.
A native New Yorker, Mike Dockins currently lives in Atlanta. He is poetry editor of Terminus magazine and co-founding editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. His poems and prose have appeared in various journals. Mike’s a singer-songwriter. His band CLOP recently released its second full-length album of original tunes. Drop him a line at email@example.com.
Gregory Fraser is the recipient of a 2005 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poetry has appeared in literary journals including The Southern Review, The Paris Review, and The Chicago Review. A two-time finalist for the Walt Whitman Award, Fraser’s first book of poems, Strange Pietà, was published in 2003 by Texas Tech University Press. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia.
Philip Fried has published two books of poetry, Mutual Trespasses (Ion, 1988) and Quantum Genesis (Zohar, 1997). His third collection, Big Men Speaking to Little Men, will be published by Salmon in the spring of 2006.
Susan C. Greenfield is an associate professor of English. She is author of Mothering Daughters: Novels and the Politics of Family Romance (Wayne State Univ. Press, 2002) and co-editor of Inventing Maternity (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1999). Her scholarly articles have appeared in numerous journals, including ELH, PMLA, and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. She lives with her family in New York City.
Charles Haverty’s stories have recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Agni, Colorado Review, and Ecotone. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, children, and dog.
Linnea Johnson is founder and director of Red Stuga Studio & Espelunda 3 Productions, a Writing, Creativity, & Mentoring Consultancy in creativity, poetry, prose, and play writing; Play, CD, and Staged Reading Productions. Individually, her poems are found in Spoon River Poetry Review, North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ekphrasis, American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner, among many others.
Anna Journey currently serves as Associate Editor for Blackbird. She is the recipient of the 2005 Sycamore Review Wabash Prize for Poetry, and the Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry is forthcoming in Sycamore Review. Her critical work appears in Blackbird.
Alex Lemon’s first collection of poems, Mosquito, will be published by Tin House Books in Fall/Winter 2006. In 2005 he was awarded a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts. Currently, he teaches atMacalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Nathan Leslie has published two collections of short fiction, most recently A Cold Glass of Milk (Uccelli Press, 2003). His next book, Drivers, will be published in November by Hamilton Stone Editions. Nathan’s work has been published or is forthcoming in over 100 literary magazines including North American Review, South Carolina Review, Chattahoochee Review, Sou’wester, Tulane Review, and Orchid. Nathan is currently the fiction editor for The Pedestal Magazine.
Scott Miles is currently seeking his MFA at Columbia College Chicago. He has published stories in Pindeldyboz, The 2nd Hand, The Fiction Warehouse and The 2005 Columbia College Story Week Anthology of New Writing.
Matthew Edmund Miller works as a freelance editor and translator. His poems and stories appear in journals including Quarterly West, New Orleans Review, and The Southeast Review. He co-directs Poetry Upwellings, an Orlando reading series featuring Florida poets. He maintains no permanent address.
Michael Montlack’s work has appeared in New York Quarterly, The Cream City Review, Christopher Street, The Ledge, Lodestar Quarterly, Skidrow Penthouse and other journals. This year he received a University of Connecticut Soul Mountain Retreat Fellowship to finish his manuscript, Liz Taylor in Levittown. He was also a Semi Finalist for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center’s Winter 2005 Fellowship and the First Place Winner of Gertrude magazine’s 2005 Poetry Contest. He lives in NYC, where he teaches at Berkeley College, acts as an Associate Editor for Mudfish magazine, and recently completed his MFA at New School.
Robert Nazarene is founding editor of Margie/The American Journal of Poetry. His first collection of poems, Church, is new from IntuiT House Poetry Series. Educated at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, JAMA, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.
Chad Parmenter is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s MFA program. His writing has appeared in Poetry, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Literary Review, Words on Walls, American Book Review, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. Poems of his are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, 32poems, Smartish Pace, The Diagram, and Hotel Amerika, where one poem won the 2005 poetry contest.
Robert Anthony Siegel is the author of All the Money in the World, a novel. His short fiction has appeared in Story, Fiction International and Post Road, as well as on the web site Nerve, and in the anthologies Men Seeking Women and Full Frontal Fiction. He is an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Jenneffer Sixkiller is a 24-year old native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently a librarian in Stillwater, Oklahoma, she completed her BFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in painting and drawing at Oklahoma State University in 2004. Her oil paintings are done on a large scale, primarily 6’X8’, and are abstracted from nature. She uses rags, drip and splatter methods, and palate knives in order not to distract from the piece by using brushstrokes. She tries to create environments that envelop the viewer and incite emotion, be it negative or positive, rather than make a “painting.” Working abstractly, rather than figuratively or literally, lends wonderfully to serve this purpose.
Stephanie Smith is an MFA graduate from the University of Miami, where she also received her undergraduate degrees in creative writing and photography. A South Florida native, she now lives in Homestead with her husband Chris and teaches at the University of Miami as well as Miami Dade College.
John Tranter has published twenty collections of verse, including Heart Print, Studio Moon, and Trio (all published by Salt in the U.K.). In 1992 he edited (with Philip Mead) the Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry, which has become the standard text in its field. He has lived at various times in Melbourne, Singapore, Brisbane and London, and now lives in Sydney, where he is a company director. He is the editor of the free Internet magazine Jacket, at http://jacketmagazine.com/
Laura Van Prooyen’s poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Rattle, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first book is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press in 2006. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three young daughters.
Julie Marie Wade was born in Seattle in 1979. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Western Washington University and works for Carnegie Mellon University as a researcher and amanuensis. This poem is for Angie.
Theodore Worozbyt has received grants from the NEA and the Georgia and Alabama Councils for the Arts. His poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Image, Kenyon Review, New England Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Daily, Smartish Pace, Southern Review and Verse Daily.