* We believe in the serial comma.

* We prefer to avoid dishing about our contributors' undoubtedly impressive degrees, as we just don't care that much.

Kismet Al-Hussaini is pursuing her MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has poems forthcoming in CutBank, Word For/Word, and elsewhere.

Brent Armendinger lives in San Francisco. He teaches poetry to senior citizens and humanities at New College. He also works at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. His poems have recently appeared in Fourteen Hills, The Concher, and Parthenon West, and are forthcoming in CutBank and Good Foot.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati and an echocardiographer. Her chapbook The Small Anything City won the Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Contest for 2006. Her book reviews have and will appear in Jacket, Octopus Magazine, Galatea Resurrects, DIAGRAM, and Word For/Word.

Sarah Blackman grew up in D.C. but now lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she teaches English and Creative Writing. Her most recent prose has appeared in Oxford American Magazine, The Greensboro Review, and The Gettysburg Review.

Jack Boettcher is the author of The Surveyic Hero, a chapbook forthcoming from horse less press. New poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Past Simple, Noo, Absent, the Hat, The Denver Quarterly, and La Petite Zine. He lives in Mississippi. [email]

Stephen Burt grew up in and around Washington DC, really liked living in St Paul Minnesota, but will likely be living in Massachusetts (he likes it there too) by the time this bio note appears. His website, and his wife Jessie's and their son Nathan's, is [here]. [email]

Blake Butler has appeared or is forthcoming in Caketrain, Sleepingfish, The Rambler, Burnside Review, etc. He was shortlisted in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005. Visit his [website]. [email]

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals. Be assured she has won writing awards. Also she once raised the grand champion Jersey cow at the Kalamazoo County Fair, and, even today, if she loves you well enough, she will make you special chocolates from old recipes; these chocolates will make you dream wild dreams of abandon. [email]

Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Manhattan Country School. She has danced with the Charleston Ballet Theater and Ballet New England, and is currently a teacher at Ballet Academy East.

Jay Chen was born in Tangshan, China, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. In-between, she attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has forgotten seven years of French lessons. [email]

John Estes is a student and teacher in Columbia, Missouri. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Circumference, Zoland Poetry, Ars Interpres, The Journal, Notre Dame Review, and Literary Imagination. A chapbook, Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön, is now for sale at Finishing Line Press.

Andrea Fitzpatrick is ____. Her work has appeared (or is shortly forthcoming) in a number of journals, including Hobart, Night Train, and elimae. [email]

Christoph Girard is a 24-year-old MFA student at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is a vegan queer radical whose poetry has recently been published on Fourteen Hills and Mirage Periodical; and his chapbook entitled TRY ME is soon to be released by Taxt Press this fall. [email]

Paul Guest is the author of Notes for My Body Double (University of Nebraska Press, 2007), winner of the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Exit Interview (New Michigan Press, 2006) and The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World (New Issues, 2003), winner of the 2002 New Issues Prize. He is a visiting professor of English at the University of West Georgia.

Claire Hero lives in sheeply New Zealand, where every night is animal. She has published poems recently in horse less review, CROWD, How2, and Tinfish, and soon in The Hat and Pleiades.

Marie Larson is a brand-spanking new resident of Boulder, Colorado. Her previous existence was as Marketing Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is currently a student at Naropa University.

Stephanie Lenox has published poems in Swink, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Hayden's Ferry Review, among others. Her work has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2006 and published as a limited-edition broadside by the Center for Book Arts. She is currently working on The Business, a book-length collection of poems inspired by white-collar work in the age of the cubicle, for which she received a 2007 Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. With co-editor Heather Hummel, she runs the literary arts journal Blood Orange Review.

Karyna McGlynn's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Quarterly West, LIT, Coconut, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, ACM, and Fence. A three-time Pushcart nominee, Karyna is the recipient of the Hopwood Award for poetry and the Helen Zell Postgraduate Writing Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her chapbook Scorpionica is forthcoming from New Michigan Press. [website]

Marc McKee lives in Columbia, MO with his wife, Camellia. Recent work appears in or is forthcoming from Forklift, Ohio, The Concher, Conduit, 32 poems, Low Rent, & Boston Review. He misses you, too.

Nick McRae studies English and Creative Writing at the University of West Georgia, where he writes poetry and experiments in digital art. He is currently an exchange student at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. His art has been published in a previous issue of DIAGRAM. [blog] [email]

More of Deborah Wardlaw Pattillo's poems can be found in recent editions of Bird Dog, CROWD, Hayden's Ferry Review, the tiny, and online at No Tell Motel. She lives in Patagonia and blogs [here].

R. Salvador Reyes is a writer living in Mill Valley, CA; poems and stories can be found at [his website].

Chad Reynolds is from Oklahoma and lives in Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in Swink, Redivider, Verse Daily, RealPoetik, Washington Square, Meridian, Puerto del Sol, The Amherst Review, and elsewhere.

Brian Russell has lived the majority of his life in the various but identical-looking states of the Midwest. He's now sweating it out in Houston, Texas, where he takes classes on some days and teaches classes on others. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Epoch, and Gulf Coast. [email]

Patty Seyburn has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998). She's co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles, and teaches at California State University, Long Beach. Poems have appeared recently in 5AM, Arbutus.com, smallspiralnotebook.com, and Cimarron Review. [email]

Leigh Stein is the co-author of A Pocket-Sized Map of My Heart, a collaborative chapbook with Jason Bredle. Other work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in H_NGM_N, Ocho, No Tell Motel, MiPOesias, and Barrow Street, among others. She lives in Albuquerque.

Steven Wingate's short story collection Wifeshopping won the 2007 Bakeless Prize for fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin in 2008. [website]

Rodney Wittwer's poem have appeared in many journals, most recently in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, Memorious, Pebble Lake Review, and Pleiades. [email]