Alicia Denai Aiken is a graduate student at Mississippi State University where she is a fiction editor for the Jabberwock Review. Her work has appeared in The Muse, the Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association 2005, Valley Voices, and The Rectangle.
Deborah Allbritain’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Antioch Review, The Taos Review, In the Palm of Hand, (Tilbury House), and The Unmade Made Bed, (Harper Collins.) A native Californian, she lives and teaches in San Diego.
Shane Brown is a photographer and native Oklahoman. He is continuously working on a project photographing the cultural landscape of the Great Plains. At present, Shane is working on an MFA in Photography at the University of Oklahoma. The Great Plains photographs can be seen at his website: www.shanebrownphotographic.com
Cathleen Calbert is the author of two books of poetry: Lessons in Space (University of Florida Press) and Bad Judgment (Sarabande Books). She has been awarded the Discovery Prize from The Nation, the Gordon Barber Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a Pushcart Prize. Currently, she is a Professor of English at Rhode Island College.
Nona Caspers was awarded the 2005 AWP Grace Paley Short Fiction Prize and her story collection, Country Girls, is forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press. Other stories have received the Iowa Fiction Award from The Iowa Review and the Cooper Prize from Ontario Review. She is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University.
Gary Fincke’s fourth collection, Sorry I Worried You, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2004; new stories are in Black Warrior Review, The Texas Review, Shenandoah, and The Idaho Review.
Anne-Marie Fyfe is a freelance teacher of literature and creative writing who lives in West London and has organized the Coffee-House Poetry Monday-night readings and Saturday themed workshops and poetry classes at The Troubadour in London’s Earls Court since 1997. Since first appearing in London Magazine in 1993, her poems have been widely published in anthologies and magazines and awarded prizes in major poetry competitions including Arvon, Bridport and National, and she has given readings and taught creative writing at a wide range of venues, festivals and poetry groups throughout the UK. Her third and latest poetry collection is The Ghost Twin (Peterloo Poets, 2005).
Bradi Grebien-Samkow is a graduate student at Eastern Washington University’s MFA poetry program located in Spokane, WA, and works as an assistant editor at Eastern Washington UP. She was born and raised in Portland, OR.
Christopher Hennessy is the author of Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press), which contains interviews with Frank Bidart, Alfred Corn, J.D. McClatchy, Mark Doty, Carl Phillips, Henri Cole, and others. His poetry has appeared in the Ploughshares special “Emerging Writers” issue and his poetry, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in American Poetry Review, Verse, Bloom, The Writer’s Chronicle, Crab Orchard Review, Natural Bridge, Wisconsin Review, Brooklyn Review, the Gay and Lesbian Review—Worldwide, and elsewhere. His poems also appeared in a 2003 anthology of new gay male poets, edited by Rudy Kikel. He has taught writing at Emerson College in Boston.
A recent runner-up for the Wilner Award, David William Hill is an MFA student at San Francisco State University, where he also teaches an undergraduate course in creative writing. This is his first publication. He lives in Vallejo, CA.
Annie Holmes is a Zimbabwean filmmaker, with a background in teaching and publishing. In 2002, she moved to California to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she is still happily in pursuit. She has published stories in Lip from Southern African Women and in Writing Still, a collection of Zimbabwean short fiction from Weaver Press.
Jennifer Juneau’s work has appeared in California Quarterly, Cincinnati Review, Poetry International, Seattle Review and other journals in the US and abroad. She is the recipient of two poetry prizes from the California State Poetry Society. She resides in Zurich, Switzerland.
Lorraine M. López, author of Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, has published or has stories forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Latino Boom, Alaska Quarterly Review and New Orphic Review. Her second book Call Me Henri is forthcoming from Curbstone Press in 2006. She teaches fiction writing at Vanderbilt University.
Kathryn Maris’s first collection, The Book of Jobs, will be published in October 2006 by Four Way Books. She has held two poetry fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Centre in Provincetown and a residency at Yaddo. An editor at Poetry London magazine, she also teaches creative writing at Morley College in London. She divides her time between London and New York.
Frank Matagrano, the author of I Can Only Go As Fast As the Guy in Front of Me (Black Lawrence Press, 2005), has appeared or is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), Crab Orchard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Rhino Magazine and Many Mountains Moving, among others. He currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.
Matthew Edward Myers completed his MFA in Fiction at Colorado State University, where he taught courses in Environmental Writing and Creative Writing. He has written a novel and is at work on a nonfiction book about the lead poisoning superfund site near his hometown of Vinita, OK. Currently, he lives with his beautiful wife in Denver and works as a web content writer for an internet company. His fiction appears or is forthcoming in The Florida Review and The Macguffin.
John Poch’s first book, Poems, is published by Orchises Press. He teaches at Texas Tech University and is the editor of 32 Poems magazine.
Martin Pousson’s first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Award in Fiction and has been translated into French. His first collection of poems, Sugar, was recently released by Suspect Thoughts Press. He teaches at Loyola University and lives In New Orleans.
Laura Powers is currently a student in the MA program at the University of Idaho; her academic focus is on proto-feminism in Victorian literature. She is also an instructor of English composition.
Emily Rapp received her MFA at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Sun, Clackamas Literary Review, and other journals. Her first book, Poster Child: The Story of a Broken Girlhood, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2007.
Fiona Sampson has published twelve books: four poetry collections, and other books on philosophy of language and the writing process. She has won many awards, including the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia, 2003) a Hawthornden Fellowship, the Newdigate Prize, and awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales and the Society of Authors. Published in fifteen languages, her books in translation include The Self on the Page (Hebrew, 2002), Travel Diary (Macedonian, 2003), Folding the Real (Romanian, 2004) and The Distance Between Us (Romanian, Macedonian, 2005). The pioneer of writing in healthcare in the UK, she is the editor of Poetry Review.
D. H. Tracy’s poetry and criticism appear widely. He lives in Illinois.
Charles Harper Webb’s book Amplified Dog won the Saltman Prize for Poetry and was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His book of prose poems, Hot Popsicles, was published in 2005 by the University of Wisconsin Press. Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, he directs Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach.
Melora Wolff was Philip Roth Resident in Poetry at Bucknell University, in 2004-2005. She has published prose poems and lyric essays in recent issues of The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, West Branch, and Fugue. She teaches at Skidmore College, in New York.