Aitken has lived all over the world -- from
the small farming towns of Saskatchewan, Canada, to the industrial
districts of Taipei, Taiwan. His work was recently nominated for
a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO,
Washington Square, DIAGRAM, and several other
journals. He presently serves as the editor of Boxcar
Aiyar's poems have appeared in various publications
in India, Sri Lanka, Canada, England and the US. Recent credits
include Atlanta Review and The Formalist. He
lives in Washington, DC.
Bhatnagar did his M.A. in English Literature
from the University of Mumbai (India) and plans to do research
on aspects of Indian Writing. He is the Honorary Assistant Editor
of New Quest, a literary journal published from Pune,
India. He currently works as a chief officer in the merchant navy.
Bohm is a poet and culture writer. He was born in Queens, NY. His credits include two books, one chapbook and work published in a variety of print and online publications, including the current Spring 2006 Pemmican. More information about Bohm, as well as excerpts from new as well as older writings, can be found at his recently launched website, Unburials: The Writer as Graverobber.
Bradshaw is a programmer living in Redwood
City, California. He is a huge fan of the Rolling Stones. Recent
and forthcoming work of his can be found at Eclectica,
Slow Trains, Half Drunk Muse, Banyan Review,,
Quill And Ink, Paumanok Review and 3rd Muse.
He received a 2005 Pushcart nomination from Verse Libre Quarterly.
T. Castleberry is a co-founder and director
of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe, a literary performance
group, and co-editor/publisher of the Flying Dutchman Writers
Troupe poetry publication Curbside Review. Mr. Castleberry
has been publishing poetry and fiction since the early 1970s,
most notably in Borderland, Pacific Review,
RiverSedge, Common Ground Review and Eclipse.
In April 1999, he won the Houston Press/ National Poetry Month
writing contest. He won the online magazine Liquid Muse 2003 poetry
contest. He was Epiphany magazine's featured poet of the month
in April 2004. He was included in the Best of Branches 2004 issue.
Chaffin edits The
Melic Review. Widely published on the net and more
narrowly in print, he has been the featured poet in over twenty
magazines, most recently in Tryst. He teaches a poetry
tutorial online for a fee to help support Melic, and can be reached
A second-generation native Californian and retired
family doctor (FAAFP), on disability for manic-depression and
intractable spinal pain, he is married to Kathleen Chaffin, whom
he considers a better poet. They are blessed with three daughters,
a son and grandson. If you'd like to read more of his work, put
"C.E. Chaffin" in Google and plenty of references should appear,
but ignore any books; his are out of print.
Christopher Cincala works for a private
investigator in Manhattan and studies graduate English at Brooklyn
College. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 5 AM,
MOBIUS Magazine, Poetz.com, and the Absinthe
Cole has been published in The Connecticut
River Review, Louisiana Literature, Cumberland
Poetry Review, and Midwest Quarterly. He won the
Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry for a selection of work called
"The Open Ward," a chapter from a full-length manuscript. He lives
in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two sons, and teaches
writing and literature at Seattle Central College, where he is
also the advisor for the literary journal, Corridors.
Curtis's chapbook of poetry, Milk and
Honey, was published by Trillium Press in 1994 and is available
through Border's. Other publications by Dr. Curtis include medieval
scholarship in Neuphilologische Mitteilungen: Bulletin de
la Societe Neophilologique Bulletin of the Modern Language Society
and The WVACET Journal. Her name appears in the Working
Bibliography for Cotton Nero Ax Project. Journalism, stories,
and poetry under her by-line, Meg Curtis, have also appeared in
The Morning Call, The Saucon News, Our Cats,
3rd Muse Poetry Journal, and Crescent Blues.
Under this name, her art work has been published, too, in Black
Bear Review. For the academic year of 2005-2006, Margaret
Curtis is Visiting Assistant Professor of English/Professional
Writing at Kutztown University.
Di Fruscia spent most of his childhood years
away from the city, having been raised mostly in the Canadian
countryside. From the time of his birth in 1970, Patrick’s experiences
in nature were to become a large influence in affecting his ultimate
passion for the beauties of the natural world.
His love for the arts has grown throughout
the years, and he attributes his devotion to interpreting nature
in an artistic manner to his parents’ participation in the arts.
His father, Joseph, was a professional photographer during a period
in his life. His mother, Michele, was gifted with artistic talents
such as drawing, painting, and decorating. Her fine eye for details
was an influence on Patrick’s perception of nature.
In August of 2000, his employer tasked him
with learning to take images of the company’s products in order
to save money from hiring professional photographers. Patrick
started reading everything he could get his hands on about photography;
he realized that this was an art form that would enable him to
express his inner feelings about the world around him.
He also started searching for a style, and
it was not long before he was producing images of everything around
him, and attending several classes on photography. The crux of
his search was found while visiting the magnificent Gaspe’ Peninsula
in Quebec Canada. On a warm Fall morning he approached the summit
of Mont Ernest LaForce and discovered the breathtaking views spread
out before him. At that point he knew this was it! Nature was
calling his name loud and clear. This was a magical memory that
Patrick will remember forever. The art of photography turned to
a true passion. Homepage: www.difrusciaphotography.com
Evtimova as born in 1959 in Bulgaria. In
her native country she has published several books of fiction
and has won the Gencho Stoev National Short Story Award and The
Best Contemporary Novel Award for her novel Thursday
(2003). Her short stories have appeared in American journals such
as Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, Adirondack
Review, Bellvue Literary Review, Night Train,
as well as in various journals in United Kingdom, Canada, Australia,
Germany, Japan, France, Russia, India, Czech Republic, Poland,
Hungary, Argentina, Turkey, Nepal, Macedonia and Serbia. Her short
story "Vassil" was one among the 15 prizewinning stories in the
international short story competition of Radio BBC Worldwide UK
2005, and her short story "It's Your Turn" was one of the ten
prizewinning stories by authors from all over the world in the
"Utopia 2005" short story competition in the town of Nantes, France
in 2005. Her short story collection, Somebody Else, was
published by MAG Press, San Diego, California, in 2004, and another
collection Bitter Sky (published by Skrev Press, UK,
2003) has been recently reprinted by Route Press, UK.
Zdravka lives with her husband, two sons and her
daughter in Pernik, Bulgaria. She works as a literary translator
from English into Bulgarian
Fraley works at an investment firm in West
Virginia and is pursing his M.B.A. His wife and cat see him occasionally.
He has been published in Redactions, Confluence,
Whistling Shade, Words on Walls, Pebble
Lake Review, and others.
Grinwis lives in Amherst, Massachusetts,
with his wife and son. His work has appeared in 3am,
Quick Fiction, Snow Monkey, Sleepingfish,
Fourteen Hills, Opium, Cafe Irreal,
M. Hellem attends the MFA Program at the
University of Massachusetts in Amherst. His work has most recently
appeared in Antimuse, Ascent, Facets Magazine,
the Bitter Oleander, and the Timber Creek Review.
Also, new work is forthcoming in Liquid Ohio, the Gihon
River Review, and the Pisgah Review.
For several years
Susan L. Helwig
produced and hosted the literary programme "In
other words" at radio station CKLN-FM in Toronto. Her broadcasting
stint closed with a flourish as she interviewed Yann Martel about
Life of Pi during the September 2001 launch. Her work has been
widely published and anthologized throughout North America, from
ACTA victoriana to Zygote. A lifelong obsession with food has
started to pay dividends with the inclusion of one of her pieces
in a book on Appalachian home cooking. She nourishes her musical
appetite by singing in the alto section of the Toronto Choral
Society and coaxing pop tunes from her 1911 Martin Orme piano
at home. Her first book, Catch the Sweet, was published
to great acclaim in 2001. Her second collection, Pink Purse
Girl, is due out in the fall of 2006.
B. Hogan is a fiction writer and poet living
in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His latest writing credits include:
"Last Flight" (creative non-fiction), Copperfield Review,
Vol. 5, Num. 4, Autumn, 2005; "We Do It Every Time," "Why Wars
Get Fought," "Some Places We've Been" (poems), Poets Against
War, October 25, 2005; "Blue Haze at Signpost 279" and "God
Is a Metaphor" (poems), Poesia, Vol. III, No. 4, October
2005, pp. 10-11); "In the Rain" (fiction) The Square Table,
Summer 2005, Vol. III, Issue II; "Campesino" (fiction), First
Prize winner, Sager Creek Arts Center (Siloam Springs, AR) Short,
Short Fiction Contest, May 2005; "Police Action: October 17, 1951"
(fiction), The Copperfield Review, Vol. 5, Num. 2, Spring
2005; "He Liked It That Much" (fiction), Megaera, Issue
21, Spring 2005; "Gorki in New York" (creative non-fiction), The
Copperfield Review, Vol. 5, Num. 1, Fourth Anniversary Issue,
In addition, he has had other short stories, poems,
and non-fiction in, The Pedestal Magazine, Poesia,
Ascent, Megaera, Mastodon Dentist,
The Square Table, Mid-America Folklore Journal,
Mobius, Viet Nam Generation, The Mark Twain
Journal, and San Francisco Review of Books.
Holland's first book, The Spectacle
of the Body, was published by Knopf. What Begins with
Bird, her second collection, was published in September 2005,
from FC2. Holland's short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions,
The Quarterly, Open City, NOON, Columbia:
A Journal of Literature and Art, Black Warrior Review,
Glimmer Train, and Ploughshares, among others.
She taught at Phillips Academy, Andover, and at the University
of Florida, before coming to the MFA Program for Writers and Poets
at the University of Massachusetts in 1997. She served as the
Director of the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts
for three years. Currently, she directs the Writers in the Schools
project, and is co-director of the Juniper Initiative for Literary
Arts and Action. In 2004, she collaborated with the University
of Massachusetts Press in the founding of the Juniper Prize in
Holland was educated at Middlebury College and earned
her MFA from the University of Florida. She received a National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2003. She has been a John
Gardner Fellow at Bread Loaf, a finalist for a Massachusetts Cultural
Council Individual Artist Award, and a resident at the MacDowell
L. Holmes has been published in print journals
such as The South Dakota Review, Phantasmagoria,
WordWrights, Talking River Review, The Minnesota
Poetry Calendar, Porcupine, Sidewalks,
Skyways and Ice Houses (a Walker Art Center exhibition
catalogue). Her internet publications include Eclectica,
Full Circle, Gin Bender, The Front Street
Review, Facets, Rio, Ygdrasil,
whimperbang, and The King's English where she
was nominated for a Pushcart in Poetry. When not writing, she
works with used and rare books.
Hunt is a writer and graphic designer. She
lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two children
and a big, lazy dog. In addition to her short-story writing, Patricia
is currently putting the finishing touches on a young adult novel.
The big, lazy dog thinks she should focus on petting her.
Kean's "Pills & Peaches" is part of
a collection of fables, parables and prose poems he is writing
called Too Much of Himself in the Thing. He is also at
work on a political novel. Other work of his has appeared in Eclectica,
The New Pantagruel, Bewildering Stories and Science.
In the meantime, he writes appointmentinsamarra.blogspot.com,
a site for maxims, clerihews and other short, fun things to make
out of words.
Kimball has published two novels, The
Way the Family Got Away (which has been translated into Italian,
Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Hebrew) and How Much
of Us There Was (the paperback version of which was just
published: March 2006). He has also published many pieces in many
literary magazines, including, most recently, Open City,
Prairie Schooner, and Post Road. He lives in
Baltimore with his wife.
Lawry was born and raised in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, and has lived in Seattle over twenty-five years.
She has published poetry in such journals as Poetry,
Rhino, Nimrod, Fine Madness, Seattle
Review, Crab Creek Review and others. She has also
published some fiction, as well as stories and poems for children.
Among the honors she has received are awards from the Seattle
Arts Commission, Hugo House, and Artist Trust. She has also held
a residency at Hedgebrook.
Le Winter has been published widely in
such journals as Shenandoah, Sewanee, Contact,
the noble savage, Epoch, The Adelphi,
Argonaut, Hudson Review, Paris Review,
The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit
Poetry Journal, New Mexico Quarterly, Snakeskin,
Richmond Review, Semit, Tarpaulin Sky,
Niederngasse, Avvenimenti (Rome) Botteghe
Oscure, Kuerbiskern (Germany), Chelsea,
Absinthe Literary Review, Ygdrasil, Eclectica,
Mississippi Review, Marlboro Review, Blue
Fifth Review, Omega Magazine, Quarterly Review
of Literature (Singapore), Snow Monkey, Erosha,
Best Poems of the English Language, 1962, and many more.
His poems have been translated into eight languages. A new collection,
Ages of Chaos and Fury: Selected Poems, 1949-2005, was
published by Ravenna Press in 2005.
Mackenzie was born in Glasgow in 1964 and
ended up in Edinburgh via Seoul and Turin. His chapbook, The
Clown of Natural Sorrow, was published in 2005 by HappenStance
Press. His poem, "In the Last Few Seconds," received a commendation
in the 2005 UK National Poetry Competition. He blogs at http://robmack.blogspot.com/.
May grew up in rural North Central Texas,
started painting at the age of 12 or so, and has remained remarkably
stubborn about it despite considerable puzzlement from all and
sundry. She received a BFA from University of North Texas, with
a concentration in Painting and Drawing, an uncomfortably long
time ago. She moved to Austin, and following a number of odd jobs
and more education, worked for around six years at Mexic-Arte
Museum in Austin, Texas, doing communications and development,
with heavy graphic design, writing, and Spanish translation duties,
and eventually sharing some curatorial responsibility as the Museum
grew from a small alternative nonprofit to a more major Latino
visual art institution. Following the death of a family member
in late 1997, she took a sabbatical to grieve and focus on her
own artwork. The sabbatical grew into employment as an artist.
She returned to work for two years from early
2003-05 as the lead visual art reviewer and visual art listings
editor for the Austin Chronicle, but resigned from regular
weekly writing duties last year to once again fully focus on her
artwork. Last year, in addition to her regular Austin exhibits,
she was accepted into her first show in Chicago, did a lecture
series at the Benini Foundation, and was featured as the cover
artist for the hardcover college text, Complex Analysis for
Mathematicians and Engineers, which is currently in nationwide
distribution. She currently lives comfortably in Austin with her
two cats, and exhibits as often as possible, writes articles when
the mood strikes her or someone asks nicely, enjoys many extracurricular
activities, howls at the moon, and feels pretty lucky, all in
McNeil isn't watching TCM, scanning bar
codes at FedEx, taking care of his 4 kids, or adoring his beautiful
wife he tries to squeeze out a short story or two. He has managed
to finagle being published in Quick Fiction, Stories
from the Blue Moon Café IV, and Mississippi Review Online.
Mesler has published prose and/or poetry
in Turnrow, Paumanok Review, Yankee Pot
Roast, Monday Night, Elimae, The American
Drivel Review, Poet Lore, Forklift OH,
Euphony, Rattle, Dicey Brown, Cordite,
Cellar Door, Heat City Literary Review, In
Posse Review, Cranky, and others. He has a chapbook
of poems, Piecework, from the Wing and a Wheel Press.
He won the Moonfire Poetry Chapbook Competition 2003 and his chapbook,
Chin-Chin in Eden, was published by Still Waters Press.
Another chapbook, Dark on Purpose, appeared from Little
Poem Press in 2004. Two more are due in 2006: Short Story
and Other Short Stories, from Parallel Press, and Noctambulation,
from Wood Works.
His novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published
by Livingston Press in 2002. His novel, We are Billion-Year-Old
Carbon which is also from Livingston Press, was released
in February. He has been a book reviewer (for The Commercial
Appeal, BookPage, The Memphis Flyer), fiction
editor, university press sales rep, grant committee judge, father
and son. With his wife, he owns Burke's Book Store, one of the
country's oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores.
K. Miles's writing has appeared or is forthcoming
in W49 Magazine, Uprooted, Hyperdrive,
and Tangents. His website: www.furthersignals.blogspot.com
Miller recently retired after 36 years of
college teaching. He's now catching up on all that reading he
wanted to do but didn't have time to before.
Moore, a Tennessee native, moved to Salt
Lake City, Utah, from Atlanta, Georgia, in order to complete her
MFA in Photography. While studying at the University of Utah,
she became interested in the dying Utah roadside. Her latest body
of work reflects her interest in the abandoned manmade Utah landscape
and its remnants. By using moving light boxes, her pieces imply
the way most of her subjects are seen, by automobile. The entire
body of work, entitled Motion Pictures, gives the viewer
a unique perspective of a once dominating roadside culture. The
final products are unique art pieces that create a system of forgotten
places and nostalgia.
O'Carroll is a writer, actor, and comedian.
His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Blue Unicorn,
Folly, Iambs & Trochees, The Melic Review,
The Raintown Review, and other print and online journals.
Seeds of Jay
Patel's appreciation for beautiful places
were planted early in his childhood on numerous trips to some
of the most breathtaking locations on the Indian subcontinent.
His passion for such magnificent places now manifests itself in
a continuous search to capture nature's majestic beauty with his
camera. Jay’s career in photography began in the summer of 2001
when he purchased his first digital SLR. In subsequent years,
he spent much time reading photographic magazines and Internet
articles and studying the styles of great landscape photographers.
He has had no formal education or training in photography.
Although Jay produces most of his work in rich
vibrant colors, he also enjoys the creativity and latitude offered
by B/W photography in digital format. His photographs try to capture
both the physical and emotional nature of light. “Light in nature
takes on astonishingly diverse shapes, forms and colors that allow
us to interact with the world around us. The calm deep blue of
twilight, the dynamic fiery red glow of lava, the piercing beams
of sun breaking through the clouds and the soft romantic moonlight
reflected in a glacial lake all affect our mood, our feelings
and our very outlook on life". It is this physical and emotional
nature of light that he passionately struggles to capture through
his photographs. He is well aware, however, that his photographs
can convey only so much of the wonder as it is beyond his abilities
to replicate the awe and magnificence of the natural world. He
is not sure his efforts will endure the test of time, but he certainly
hopes they will provide inspiration for others who may also try
to capture the nature of light. Homepage: www.jaypatelphotography.com
Rimbaud is an artist, poet and novelist.
He is author of two full-length poetry collections, The Bad
Seed & Dropping Ecstasy With The Angels; and
one novel, Stealing Heaven From The Lips Of God. He edits
The AA Independent Press Guide, which is hosted at his
alongside his art. He maintains a writer's blog at http://deerimbaud.blogspot.com/
and a travel blog at http://aaron-aardvark.blogspot.com/.
You can buy postcard, posters, t-shirts etc with Dee's art on
them at http://rimbaud-products.blogspot.com/
D. Schroeder edits The Eleventh Muse,
the literary journal of the Poetry West organization, and works
as a Certified Professional RÃ©sumÃ© Writer. His poetry has recently
appeared or is forthcoming in The National Poetry Review
(where he won the Laureate Prize), 32 Poems, The
American Poetry Journal, Bat City Review, and elsewhere.
Stansbury points to his paintings as "a
visual concept that relates to the complexity involved in living
an inspired life." His works are on display at the Univeral Art
Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee.
A Michigander by birth,
R. L. Swihart
now resides in Long Beach, California. His poetry
has been published in various e-zines and in print. Currently,
he teaches high school mathematics in Los Angeles, California.
Trame is an Italian teacher of English.
He lives in Venice and teaches in a Liceo Scientifico in S.DonÃ
di Piave. He has been writing poetry exclusively in English since
1993. His poems have appeared in around 150 magazines, most print
magazines, only lately on-line, since 1999.
Vaughn is the author of the novel-with-poems
Rhyming Pittsburgh (lbfbooks.com) and a regular contributor
to Writer's Digest. He lives in Tacoma, Washington. Home
Vicari was born in New York City. His work
appears in American Poetry Review, Interim,
Rhino, Eclipse, Slant, Third Coast,
Spillway, Disquieting Muses Quarterly, Gin
Bender Poetry Review, Poetry Motel, Stirring,
Poems Niederngasse, The Adirondack Review, Memorious,
and other reviews. He is the author of the chapbooks In a
Garden of Eden (Plan B Press, 2005) and Woman Bathing
Light to Dark (Toad Press, 2006).
Watson earned a B.A. in English from UC
Berkeley in 2002, and an M.A. in English from CSU Sacramento in
2004. During his time as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he printed
a poetry booklet entitled The Silent Wonder that was
featured in select bookstores in cities Berkeley, Davis, and Sacramento.
Westland grew up in Kentucky where she graduated
from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in English and Creative
Writing, and an M.D. and daughter, Natasha, from the University
of Kentucky. Son Max arrived on the cusp of a Pensacola tornado.
Maggie reads the OED for fun, cooks, hikes, swims,
travels, and photographs wildflowers and sunsets. Her poetry has
appeared in The Guardian Unlimited, Never Bury Poetry,
Daybreak, The Forge, Grinnell Review,
New South Revue, North Carolina Award Winning Poems,
The muse has followed her from Florida to Michigan,
North Carolina to Texas, and London, England. A three time Californian,
she now resides in Thousand Oaks with her husband Richard.
Wheeler lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
where she holds the Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell University.
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Painted Bride
Quarterly, The Journal, Pindeldyboz, Caffeine
Destiny, Octopus, Brooklyn Review, GutCult,
can we have our ball back?, and the anthology Bedside
Guide to No Tell Motel.
Williamson III is a self-taught painter
and pianist, who has published poetry and visual art in over forty
five online and print journals. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English/Creative
Writing from the University of Memphis. Currently, Ernest is a
doctoral student at Seton Hall University in the field of Higher
Education and a member of The International High IQ Society based
in New York City. His website address is www.eyeoftheart.com/ErnestWilliamsonIII.
Michael Ziewacz began, around the age of
six, lying in bed in the dark just before the shroud of sleep
would envelop him, asking out loud, and trying to both speak and
listen, "who am I...who am I...who am I..." The existential fear
that grew out of that exercise has been his best friend ever since;
well, next to his wife.
To see where this ambient idée fixe has led, with
links and occasional photos, visit his site, Erratum.
He is currently trying to edit and let go of a novel.
His stories are waiting for the send key to allow them their manifest
destiny. And all manner of distractions intrude upon his metaphysical
dialogue, like the smell of that grilled cheese that is calling