Anastasia Afanasieva (b. 1982) lives in Kharkov, where she works as a physician at a psychiatric ward. She has published in the journals: Vavilon, îìO, ÷ÏÚÄÕÈ, Textonly, äÅÅÕÛËÁ Ó ÷ÅÓÌÏÍ, óÏÀÚ ðÉÓÁÔÅÌÅÊ, íÏÌÏÄÁÑ òÕÓÓËÁÑ ìÉÔÅÒÁÔÕÒÁ, and ôÏÐÏÓ. She was shortlisted for the Debut Prize in Poetry (2003), and the Debut Prize in Criticism (2004). She has one book of poems: âÅÄÎÙÅ âÅÌÙÅ ìÀÄÉ (Moscow: ARGO-RISK, 2005).
Hadara Bar-Nadav’s recent publications appear or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Chelsea, Indiana Review, The Journal, TriQuarterly, Verse, and other journals. Her book of poems, A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, was chosen by Kim Addonizio for the MARGIE First Book Prize.
Sharon Black is the librarian at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She has poems published or forthcoming in The South Carolina Review, Slipstream, The Jacaranda Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mudfish 11, Rhino, GW Review, White Pelican Review, FEMSPEC, and Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts. She lives in Wallingford, PA with her husband and two children.
Emma Bolden’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as VERSE, Margie, Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Pool, Hiram Poetry Review, So to Speak, Cranky, the Southern Humanities Review, Broken Bridge Review, Briar Cliff Review, and the Georgetown Review. She teaches English at Auburn University.
Gerald Cournoyer is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe from Marty, South Dakota. He earned a BA and MA from the University of South Dakota and an MFA from the University of Oklahoma. His recent paintings are featured in a Spring Exhibition 2007 at JRB Gallery at the Elms, Oklahoma City, OK, and recently have been shown at RB Ravens Gallery, 2006; Taos, New Mexico; Vermillion, South Dakota; Troy University, Alabama; and Shanghai, China, 2006. His work can be viewed at: http://www.geraldcournoyer.com/index.html.
Chris Ellery teaches poetry and poetry writing at Angelo State University. His books include All This Light We Live In (Panther Creek Press, 2006) and Quarry (Mountain Muse Press, 2005), a chapbook of poems on creativity. He is completing a collection of poems based on travels in the Middle East.
Blas Falconer teaches at Austin Peay State University and serves as poetry editor for Zone 3 Literary Magazine. His work has recently appeared in Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review and Southern Poetry Review. In 2007 The University of Arizona Press will publish his first book-length collection of poems, A Question of Gravity and Light. He lives in Nashville.
Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Marlboro Review, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, among others. She was a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Frank Waters Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. In 2005, she received both Swink Magazine’s Award for Emerging Writers and the Marlboro Poetry Prize. She lives and writes in Austin, TX, where she is the co-managing program director of Grrl Action, a writing and performance program for teenage girls.
John Foy’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Parnassus, The New Criterion, Southwest Review, and many other publications. His first collection of poems, Techne’s Clearinghouse, was published in 2005 by Zoo Press. He is currently working on his second book. Note: “The Book of Common Tasks” is based upon, and sometimes borrows from, text in Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks--Skill Level 1, published by the U.S. Army (Soldier Training Publication No. 21-1-SMCT, October 1994).
Peter Golub is currently working on his MFA at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has a poetry translation forthcoming in Caketrain. His poetry has also been translated into Russian and can be found online.
Benjamin Gotschall grew up on a ranch and dairy farm in the Sandhills southwest of Atkinson, Nebraska. He holds a degree in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He currently lives in Troy, Idaho, and is working toward his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
When not scribbling in a notebook, Darren Jackson spends his free time climbing rocks. His poems have appeared in both print and online journals including Pivot, Terrain, and Smartish Pace, and his first manuscript is currently seeking a home.
Christopher Kang received his BA from Cornell University, and his MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is a graduate student in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, jubilat, and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.
King’s work has appeared in magazines such as The Cream
City Review, New Delta Review, The Laurel Review and The Chattahoochee
Review. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and currently
resides and teaches in Ohio.
Chip Livingston’s fiction and poetry have appeared most recently in Apalachee Review, Barrow Street, McSweeney’s, Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, Rhino, and Smartish Pace. He lives in New York City.
James Magorian’s recent poems appear in Denver Quarterly, The North American Review, and The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal. His latest novel is Hearts of Gold and his most recent book of poetry is Littorals.
Courtney Mandryk has poems included in The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southeast Review, DIAGRAM, and Good Foot, among others. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan and is a candidate for an MFA in Visual Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
James Davis May is a native of Pittsburgh, and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Texas Review, the Atlanta Review, and Sojourn.
When Jeffrey McRae isn’t teaching at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, he’s drumming in JazzX, southern Vermont’s and the Berkshire’s hippest quartet. His poems have appeared in RATTLE, Pool, and Hayden’s Ferry Review among others. He lives in Bennington, Vermont with his wife and son.
Janie Miller is a painter with a nomadic, military-brat background. She is currently earning her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and is working on an exhibition-style art show that explores the relationship between language and image.
Keith Montesano is completing his MFA in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2006 his work was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and other poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Redivider, Diner, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Pebble Lake Review, Copper Nickel, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.
Anne Britting Oleson lives and writes from the mountains of central Maine. Her work has appeared in such places as Exit 13, Poetry Motel, Confluence, The Tulane Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her first book of poetry, The Beauty of It, is scheduled for publication in 2007.
Riggle writes novels and short stories in Michigan, with short
fiction previously published in the e-zines The Scruffy Dog Review, Espresso
Fiction, Net Author’s E2K, and Literary Mama, where she also serves
as an editorial assistant for fiction.
J. Chris Rock is an alumnus of Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his short fiction has been featured in Hobart, Barrelhouse, Opium, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Science Creative Quarterly and Wild Blue Yonder, the in-flight magazine of Frontier Airlines.
Shane Seely is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis. Poems have recently appeared in Prairie Schooner and Southern Poetry Review, among other journals. His manuscript, The Snowbound House, was a finalist in 2006 for the University of Arkansas Poetry Series and the New Issues Press First Book Prize.
Patty Seyburn has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998). She is an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach, and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles.
Wendy Shreffler received her MBA from Oklahoma Christian University. “After Balthus’ Girl and Cat” is her first published poem.
Onna Solomon’s writing has appeared in 32 Poems, Diner, Van Gogh’s Ear, and Punk Planet, but her only critical acclaim was a restaurant review in the Toledo City Paper. Tom Szor wrote, “Special mention must be made to our server, Onna, who with style and a smile, waited on us exceptionally well, engaging us with her trenchant insights into the existential condition of life, love and dining, enhancing our already well-presented table.”
Spera’s first collection of poems, The Standing Wave, was
selected for the 2002 National Poetry Series and also received the 2004
Literary Book Award for Poetry from PEN USA-West. He lives in Los Angeles.
Matt Williamson lives in Iowa City, where he teaches legal writing at the University of Iowa College of Law. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, The Portland Review, and Barrelhouse.