* 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.

* Or, well, we obviously care a litle since we like to let our contributors mention other things. But not that thing. We don't like it. It's kind of weird. We admit it.

Ted Burke was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1952 and moved to San Diego, California in 1969, where he works as a bookseller, writer and a blues harmonica player in occasional bands. His writing has appeared in the magazines The San Diego Reader, The San Diego Door, Roadwork, Crawl Out Your Window, Poetry Conspiracy, Pacific Poetry and Fiction Review, Revolt In Style, Zeitgeist, among others. His poems were included in the anthologies Small Rain: eight poets from San Diego (1996. D.G.Wills Books), and Ocean Hiway: 8 Poets in San Diego (1981, Wild Mustard Press). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including Open Every Window and No One Home through his Old House imprint. He currently works for the University of California and he writes the blog Ted Burke, Like It or Not. [email] [blog]

It is too soon to tell whether the sorties that have appeared recently in Word Riot, SmokeLong Quarterly, Beat the Dust, and 3:AM Magazine under the name "Edmond Caldwell" are primarily defensive or offensive, but we have a high degree of certainty that they originate somewhere in or around Boston. [email]

Matthew Cooperman is the author of DaZE (Salt Publishing, 2006) and A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/LSU, 2001), as well as three chapbooks, Still: (to be) Perpetual (Dove | Tail Poetry, 2007), Words About James (Phylum Press, 2005) and Surge (Kent State, 1998). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in New American Writing, Electronic Poetry Review, Pool, Cannibal, Free Verse, Denver Quarterly, and Gutcult, among others. A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, and current poetry editor of Colorado Review, he teaches poetry at Colorado State University. [email] [website]

Weston Cutter's from Minnesota and is thrilled about the MN Twins's chances this year. [email]

Lightsey Darst lives in Minneapolis. In 2007 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Her chapbook Ginnungagap is forthcoming from Red Dragonfly Press. Publications include The Antioch Review, The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, and New Letters. [email]

Nicole Cartwright Denison lives on a trout farm in western North Carolina, is author of the chapbooks The 4th Stage of Grief (blossombones, 2008), Purview to Undoing (Gold Wake Press, 2008), and Recovering the Body (dancing girl press, 2007) and a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominee. Work is forthcoming or has appeared in No Tell Motel, Spider Vein Impasto, Taiga, 13 Myna Birds, Press 1, Arsenic Lobster, WOMB, Spooky Boyfriend, Blue Fifth Review, tattoo highway, Poetry Midwest, elimae, and others. With founder Rachel Mallino, she co-edits Tilt Press. [email]

Ashley Farmer is pursuing her MFA at Syracuse University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Progressive, elimae, SmokeLong Quarterly, Faultline, and elsewhere. [email]

Idris Goodwin is an award winning cross disciplinary writer and performer. Idris' numerous stage plays and solo performances have premiered across the country. Idris' break beat poetry was featured on season six of Russell Simmons' HBO Def Poetry and published in the Spoken Word Revolution Redux Anthology. Upcoming publications include the literary journals Rattle and Blood Lotus. Idris frequently teaches, performs and lectures at institutions on themes of arts, culture and activism. [email] [blog]

B. J. Hollars lives in Alabama with his wife and his dog and their books.

Tim Horvath's stories are published or forthcoming in Alimentum: The Literature of Food, Fiction, Puerto del Sol, Web Conjunctions, and many other journals. His novella Circulation was released as a book by sunnyoutside press in March 2009. He won the 2006 Raymond Carver Short Story Award and a 2008 fellowship to Yaddo, and he teaches fiction writing at Chester College of New England and Boston's Grub Street Writers. [email] [website]

Sophie Klahr enjoys her West African dance class, drawing monsters & gardening. Her chapbook ______ Versus Recovery was published by Pilot Books in 2007. She lives in Pittsburgh with a bossy cat. [email] [blog]

Rickey Laurentiis is a native of New Orleans and current undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College. His poetry has appeared in Thieves Jargon, Swell Zine, At-Large Magazine, and others. He shares a birthday with Charles Dickens and Sir Thomas Moore. [email] [website]

Yew Leong Lee knows that he is no alphamale from the number of gazes he gets back marked "return to sender." Still, quite a few pieces of poste restante mail, addressed to him, remain uncollected. A Singaporean writer and video artist, Yew Leong has written for the following bonnes adresses: The New York Times Magazine, H.O.W. Journal, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), Cha, Chaise Magazine, Lianhe Zaobao (a Chinese newspaper), and not least, Journeys: Words, Home, and Nation: An anthology of Singapore Poetry. [email] [blog]

Marius Lehene is a a Romanian painter, sculptor, conceptual artist and writer. An Art Professor at Colorado State, Lehene teaches all levels of drawing courses and works with graduate students in the Department of Art. His creative work has been shown in Romania, Hungary and the U.S. and is part of public and private collections in this country and Europe. Currently, his paintings and drawings tend to focus on the tension between image and the objective quality of the surface. [website]

George Moore's poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, North American Review, Colorado Review, Orion, Meridian, Chelsea, Nimrod, and elsewhere. His most recent poetry collections are Headhunting (Edwin Mellen, 2002), a travelogue of ancient ritual practices of love and possession, and All Night Card Game in the Back Room of Time (Pulpbits.com, 2006). He teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder. [email]

Gregg Murray is teaching middle school math in New Haven, CT, preparing for PhD exams, and writing a complete "translation" of Beowulf. [email]

Jennifer Tamayo does not know where she came from or where she is going. Some say Bogota, others D.C. Who knows! One day, JT found herself living in Baton Rouge with a red-headed friend and four-legged friend. So far, things are fantastic. Most of the time, JT can be found working on a project, editing the non-fiction section of The New Delta Review, watching movies into the early morning hours, or trying her hand at baking. She is interested in obsessions, inconsistencies, made-up histories, secret-secrets and things that make your spleen hurt. She is thrilled to be included in DIAGRAM—she is now (officially) cool! Other work forthcoming this spring at Ghoti/Fish. [email]

J. Townsend's poetry has been published in Bombay Gin, The Cultural Society, and Gam. His critical study of the work of poet Frank Samperi appeared in the late 2008 issue of JACKET magazine. He is a member of the New Philadelphia Poets, and currently lives in Port Richmond, Phila with his wife Rachel. [email]