Joel Brouwer's first book of poems, Exactly What Happened (Purdue University Press, 1999), won the Verna Emery Poetry Prize and the Larry Levis Reading Prize. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, Chelsea, Paris Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares, The Progressive, Southwest Review, and other publications. He lives in Carbondale, Illinois, and teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University. For fun, he kicks puppies.

Paul Hardacre is an Australian poet who has published in his home country, in addition to the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and Greece. He is the editor of papertiger--Australia's first CDROM poetry journal (check out <> for more details).

Philip Metres's poems and translations of Russian poets have appeared in numerous journals, including Artful Dodge, Crab Orchard Review, Exquisite Corpse, Field, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry New York, Ploughshares, Spoon River Poetry Review, Visions International, xconnect, and in the anthology In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era (Zephyr, 1999). He translated A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky and recently received an NEA grant for Regular Writing: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinshtein. He is currently completing a Ph.D. and MFA at Indiana University, and will be teaching at John Carroll University in the fall.

Ann Silsbee is a composer whose works have been performed and recorded in the USA and abroad. Her poems have appeared in many poetry journals, including the Seneca Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, and others. Her poem "Dovecote" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A chapbook, Naming The Disappeared, is forthcoming from Threshold Press. Married to the physicist Robert Silsbee, and mother of three grown sons with families, she lives in Ithaca, New York.

Susan Thomas lives in northern Vermont where she writes and grows whatever she can. She has published work recently in Nimrod, Columbia, Kalliope, Crab Orchard Review, and Lullwater Review. New work is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Cimarron Review, and Many Mountains Moving. In 1999 she won the Editors' Prize from the Spoon River Poetry Review and the New York Stories Annual Short Fiction Contest. This year my collection, Saturday Morning At The River Run Café, was a finalist for the Beatrice Hawley Prize from Alice James Books and The Brittingham and Pollak Prize from University of Wisconsin Press.

James Wackett has a Ph.D. in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of North Dakota. Taught for five years, originally with the US Peace Corps, later on his own, at J.E. Purkyne University in the Czech Republic. Now in his third year as Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. His work has appeared in the Cream City Review, Jabberwock Review, Fugue, Rio Grande Review, and Red River Review, among others.

Derek White currently works as a technical writer for Universal Music in New York City. He holds a masters degree in physics from the University of Arizona, and a bachelors in Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz. He can be reached at <> or <>.