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Issue 13: Free Form

Issue 12: The Necessary Ear

Issue 11: The Necessary Eye

Issue 10: Out on a Limb

Issue 9: The Missing Body

Issue 8: The Lily

Issue 7: Passages

Issue 6: No More Tears



   Michelle Mitchell-Foust

Michelle Mitchell-Foust is a Poet in Residence at the Poets' House in Ireland and a teacher of writing in California. Her book Circassain Girl was the winner of the Elixir Prize. Her chapbook Poets at Seven was published by Sutton Hoo Press, and her chapbook Exile was published by Sangha Press. She is a winner of the NATION/Discovery award, the Columbia Poetry Prize, the Missouri Arts Council Award, and her work has appeared in The Nation, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Columbia, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Interim, Black Warrior Review, and Rain Taxi. Her book of poems Imago Mundi is forthcoming from Elixir Press.

Ms. Mitchell-Foust is this issue's Featured Poet.


   Benjamin Paloff

Benjamin Paloff's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Fulcrum, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. His translation of Dorota Maslowska's novel Snow White and Russian Red has just been published by Grove Press.


   Allan Peterson

Allan Peterson is author of Anonymous Or and the Chapbooks: Stars On A Wire and Small Charities. Recent work appears in Gettysburg Review; Many Mountains Moving; West Wind; Arts & Letters; Northwest Review; Belleview Literary Review, Agni; Blackbird; and others, and he has work forthcoming in Prairie Schooner; Beloit Poetry Journal; Mid America Review; Octopus; Rosebud. Peterson has received several awards, including 2002 Arts & Letters Poetry Prize; Florida Arts Council Fellowship; NEA Fellowship, and his work has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize.


   David Blair

David Blair is on the faculty at The New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Massachusetts. His work has recently appeared in The Greensboro Review, Lady Chuchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Hotel Amerika, and Fence.


   Alan May

Alan May's poems have appeared in The Laurel Review, Interim, Willow Springs, Phoebe, and Words on Walls among others. He works as a academic librarian.


   Stephen Benz

Stephen Benz lives outside Atlanta. Formerly a writer for the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald, he has published numerous feature stories on the Latin American/Caribbean region. One of these articles appears in Best American Travel Writing 2003. Benz has also published two books of travel narrative: Guatemalan Journey (University of Texas Press) and Green Dreams (Lonely Planet Publications).


   Allison Titus

Allison Titus has work published or forthcoming in Salt Hill and Indiana Review. She currently attends the writing program at Vermont College.


   Barb Peters

Barb Peters grew up across the street from the school in a small Northern Wisconsin town with less than a thousand people where even today keys are left in the ignition, house doors are not locked, and the UPS man leaves packages in your car if he sees it uptown. The traveling dotted line on the world's map included a year in Europe, a year and a half in Africa and stays in Madison, Wisconsin, long enough to fulfill the Wisconsin Idea and earn a PhD in African Languages and Literature and a law degree. She lives in suburban Bellevue, a few miles due east of Seattle, where you lock your doors when you garden the backyard. Poetry provides the counterbalance to the disparate portions of Barb's life.


   Mark DeCarteret

Mark DeCarteret's work has appeared in AGNI, Chicago Review, Conduit, Phoebe, and Salt Hill, as well as such anthologies as American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2000) and Thus Spake the Corpse:  An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 (Black Sparrow Press, 2000).  Recently his work has been featured online at Maverick Magazine and Mudlark.  His books of poems are Over Easy (Minotaur Press, 1991), Review: A Book of Poems (Kettle of Fish Press, 1995) and The Great Apology, published three years ago by Oyster River Press for which he also co-edited the anthology Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets.   


   Anita Simonjetz

Anita Simonjetz lives in Dortmund, Germany and works for Westdeutscher Rundfunk. She was born in Poland and studied library science. She has published in literary journals in Poland and received several awards for her poetry.


   Mark Stricker

Mark Stricker received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh.  His poems have appeared in Fell Swoop, Sidereality, M.A.G., and Tin Lustre Mobile.  He lives in Hamden, CT.


   Lorene Delany-Ullman

Lorene Delany-Ullman is a native Californian, and earned her M.F.A. from the Graduate Program in Writing at University of California, Irvine. She has recently been published in Elixir, Crab Creek Review, and Washington Square. She was the managing editor for Faultline, Volume 12, 2003, UC Irvine's literary journal. She currently teaches composition at UC Irvine. 


   Louis Giron

Louis Giron's poetry has appeared in Revue (Kansas City) and Sunflower Petals. "I live in Kansas City; and dream of countries that I have visited and those that I want to visit but have not. I vividly recall my tour as Battalion Surgeon in Viet-Nam. I do Neurology in the day (and sometimes in the evening).  Poetry draws me with a constant strong and irresistible invitation."


   Sam White

Sam White's first book of poems The Goddess of the Hunt is Not Herself is forthcoming from Slope Editions. He lives in Providence, RI.


   Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish is the poet-laureate of Palestine and is the one of the most important poets writing in Arabic today. He has published more than thirty books of poetry and prose and has received numerous international literary awards. He is a Knight of the French Arts and Belle Letters. In 2002, he received the Lannan award for cultural freedom.


   Paula Bohince

Paula Bohince received an MFA from New York University's graduate creative writing program and recently completed a residency at The MacDowell Colony.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Mid-American Review, Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere.  She lives and teaches in New York City.


   B.E. Petronelli

B.E. Petronelli is a poetry and fiction writer who lives with her children in northeastern Ohio, where she is currenlty completing an undergraduate degree in English. 


   R. Wojaczek

R. Wojaczek, a Polish poet, was born in 1945 and committed suicide in 1971. A controversial figure during his life, over thirty years after his death he retains cult status in Poland and is widely read. His poetry often combines formal virtuosity with provocative sexuality, cruelty and torment.


   Jordan Powers

Jordan Powers is a graduate of Oberlin College and a former social worker in Madison, Wisconsin: “I love jazz and have had two shows since college in American Public Radio; one in Madison and one in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. In Rhinelander I made more as a fundraiser than the Polka show, which had been the number one fundraiser 'till I went on the air. I'm very proud of that. More seriously, my love of jazz has inspired me to read about the African experience in the United States and to read about Africa herself. Asana [poem's name] was a friend of mine and the place references are to places in Ghana. I am married, have two children and live in Boston, Massachusetts."


   Susan Denning

Susan Denning has had poems recently in Cake Train, Melic Review, Redactions, and elsewhere. She edits the online magazine Caffeine Destiny. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.


   Diana Adams

Diana Adams is a writer living in Edmonton, Alberta. Diana's work in literary journalism has appeared in the Edmonton Journal, and Barnes& Noble NY. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Pagitica, Jones Av., Pindeldyboz, Literary Potpourri, Burning Word, and most recently the Del Sol Review.


   S. Brady Tucker

S. Brady Tucker is currently writing a novel, finishing his first poetry collection, and pursuing a doctoral degree in Literature at Florida State University. He is originally from Wyoming, and served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the Persian Gulf.  He has taught Shakespeare in London, and was at one time a collegiate basketball player. He has poetry and fiction that have appeared or are forthcoming in the Indiana Review, the North American Review, Mississippi Review, Slipstream, C/Oasis, A Gathering of Tribes, the Southern Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, and the Spoon River Poetry Review.


   Laurel Szymkowiak

Laurel Szymkowiak, whose poetry has appeared in The Del Sol Review, lives in western Pennsylvania with her family.  She is a literacy tutor and encourages all who have the gift of reading to share it with others.


   Rosemarie Johnstone

Rosemarie Johnstone's recent work has appeared in The Sow's Ear, ZYZZYVA and Del Sol Review.


   Adam Chiles

Adam Chiles' work recently appeared or is forthcoming in Prism International, Cue, The Indiana Review, The New Delta Review, The Sycamore Review and Barrow Street. He was the 2003-2004 Tickner Writing Fellow at Gilman School in Baltimore and was recently nominated for a Pushcart prize. He currently teaches English and Creative Writing in Washington D.C.


   Johannes Goransson

Most recently, Johannes Goransson has has poems and translations (of Swedish poets Henry Parland and Aase Berg) in jubilat, Hanging Loose, Circumference and Typo. He is co-editor of Action Books.


   Katy Lederer

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry book Winter Sex (Verse, 2002) as well as the memoir, Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown, 2003). The poems herein are from a chapbook-length sequence entitled The Lies.


   Mary Girard

Mary Girard lives in Arlington, Massachusetts where she writes and raises her four children. She is currently working on a series of poems using nature to portray the interior life.


   Todd Romanowski

Todd Romanowski lives in Maynard, Massachusetts with his family and friends, and works in a book store in North Cambridge, Massachusetts.


   Marcin Jagodzinski

Marcin Jagodzinski lives in Warsaw, Poland. He has a degree in paleontology but makes his living by selling t-shirts. He maintains his own online poetry portfolio and is currently working on his first volume of poetry.