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Rachel Barenblat is co-founder and Executive Director of Inkberry, a literary arts center in the Berkshires (learn more).  She holds an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington.  Her second chapbook of poems, What Stays, was published in 2002 by the Bennington Writing Seminars Alumni Chapbook series.  Her work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, among them Lilith, Phoebe, Confrontation and Is this Forever or What? (Greenwillow Books, 2004); she also maintains a weblog and can be reached here.


Marqus P. Bobesich received his BFA from York University majoring in visual arts and creative writing. His poems have appeared in Lichen, Carousel, Foliate Oak, and as lyrics for Toronto pop band PoorMarqus. He has received writing awards from McLaughlin Fellows, Vandoo Newsmagazine, and Books In Canada. He now works in Toronto as an actor and musician.  You can reach him here or check out his music.

Deborah DeNicola edited the anthology Orpheus & Company; Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology, published in 1999 by The University Press of New England. She was awarded a Poetry Fellowship in 1997 from the National Endowment for the Arts, received The William T. Foley Award in 2000 from America, The Barbara Bradley Award in 1996 from The New England Poetry Club, and a Special Mention from The Pushcart Prizes 1992.  She is the author of Where Divinity Begins  (Alice James Press 1994) and two chapbooks, Psyche Revisited  (1992), which won the Embers Magazine Chapbook Contest, and Rainmakers (Coyote Love Press 1984).  She teaches poetry and dream workshops online and in the Boston area.

Robert Klein Engler lives in Chicago and New Orleans. He is an award-winning poet whose work can be found in print and on the web. Just Google his name or go to for his books, or here for an interview. C. J. Laity, editor of says of Engler, "There are literally thousands of poets in Chicago who are better writers. Engler is simply a rotten human being [whom] I prefer not to associate with." 

Roy Frisvold was born in Berkeley, California.  He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He has produced four miniscule chapbooks of poetry -- Squirms in Radiance; Wyvern; Video Creek Road; and Eroded Home -- and is currently working on a study of Surrealism and Consumerism.  You can reach him here.


Mark Fry. Mark writes poetry because his banjo began to sound intensely plinky, and his choir was too sonorous, and his garden spirits turned into vegan zealots. He lives in Portland with his beautiful wife and two great sons. ZYZZYVA liked one of his poems enough to print it. He wonders if writing about himself in the 3rd person makes himself sound tawdry. E-mail Mark here.


Most recently Britton Gildersleeve's work has appeared in Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, Calyx and Florida Review, among other journals. Her chapbook The Privilege of Breath was published last spring by Pudding House. Currently she is director of the Oklahoma State University Writing Project in Stillwater, where she also teaches. During her lengthy daily commute from Tulsa to Stillwater, she daydreams of returning to her childhood in southeast Asia, and writing the great American essay cycle...


Leonard Gontarek's Déjà Vu Diner was published by Autumn House Press in 2006. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Volt, and The Best American Poetry 2005. He was a 2004 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Poetry Fellow. You can reach him here or at his website


Faith S. Holsaert has lived most of her adult life in West Virginia, where she raised her children and worked so many jobs for money that her resume makes the eyes blur. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson and has published in literary journals since 1979. E-mail Faith here.


Katherine L. Holmes' published work has appeared in Wordwrights Magazine, Porcupine, The South Dakota Review, Minnesota Poetry Calendar, Talking River Review, River Images, The Wolf Head Quarterly, Skyways and Icehouses (a Walker Art Center exhibition catalogue) as well as the internet journals Full Circle, Gin Bender, Front Street Review, and in the current issues of two online journals, Rio and Facets. In 1993, she received an honorable mention in Minnesota Monthly magazine's Tamarack Awards.  Recently, she received an Arrowhead grant for emerging artists in Duluth, Minnesota, where she lives and works with used books and antiques. You can reach her here.


After many years spent in academia, translating and publishing in reviews and magazines -- Sonora Review, Prairie Schooner, Fiction International, Exact Change Year Book, These are Not Sweet Girls, Brutarian Quarterly, Libido -- Kathryn A. Kopple discovered a whole new Kafka based on newer translations that attempt to take us closer than ever to the original works.  As a translator, she is deeply inspired by this fidelity; as a reader, she is simply overjoyed. You can reach her here.


Hiram Larew's work has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Stirrings, Antietam Review, RHINO, Words on a Wire, and Sea Change.  His poetry has received awards, including the Southern Poetry Association's poetry ribbon, the Louisiana Literature poetry prize, and Baltimore's ARTSCAPE Poetry Award, which resulted in publication of his chapbook, Part Of.  He has been invited to read his work in Philadelphia, Buffalo, San Francisco, Baltimore, New York and Washington D.C.  His doctorate is in entomology, and he directs the Office of International Programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He lives in Upper Marlboro, MD and is very, very tall. You can e-mail him here. 


JB Mulligan. Married, with three grown children, poems and stories in dozens of magazines, including recently, Horsethief's Journal, Copperfield Review, Riversedge, Voices in the Roses, Lily, and Brutal Imagination, as well as two chapbooks: The Stations of the Cross and This Way to the Egress (Samisdat Press).


Christopher Mulrooneyauthor of notebook and sheaves.  poems and translations in Talus & Scree, Sojourn, Wazee Journal, Euphony, Kennesaw Review, Folio, Perihelion, The Northridge Review, Watershed, Zaum, Loop, Spillway Review, The Breath, Qwerty, Fire, Tiger, Cordite, Text, Makata, etc. 


Suzanne Nielsen teaches writing at Metropolitan State University and at The Loft Literary Center in Minnesota. Her publications include poems, short stories, and essays in anthologies as well as national and international literary journals. Most recently her work has appeared in The Comstock Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, The Minetta Review, Mediphors, Moondance, Asphodel, Xaxx Quarterly and 580 Split. She was awarded the 2003 DeAnn Lubell Professional Writer’s award for her essay: "Bruce Chatwin, He’s a Real Nomad Man.” She writes a monthly column, "Cool Dead People," for "Cool Dead People" also appears in print quarterly through Whistling Shade Literary Journal.


Colleen M. Payton teaches English and humanities at American Intercontinental University, in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to teaching, she enjoys an active career in journalism, fiction writing, and poetry. Her essays and reviews on the arts appear in many national and international publications.  E-mail Colleen here.


Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poetry has appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. Readers interested in learning more about him are invited to read Magic, Illusion and Other Realities at his web site, which lists a complete bibliography. Library Journal said of Perchik in 2000 that he was "the most widely published unknown poet in America."  You can e-mail him here. 


Allan Peterson is winner of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, the 2002 Arts & Letters Poetry Prize, and the Florida Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry.  He has work forthcoming in Passages North, Arts & Letters, Quarterly West, Typo, has published the book Anonymous Or, chapbooks Stars on a Wire, Small Charities, and Lucky for Us.  His recent work has appeared in print in Gettysburg Review, Water-Stone, Marlboro Review, Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, West Wind Review, Roanoke Review, and Birmingham Poetry Review, and online at Blackbird, Drexel Online Journal, Three Candles, Stickman Review, and Blaze. 


A'Dora Phillips, soon to return New York City, has been living in France and Italy for the past two and a half years, writing and studying classical painting and drawing. She has a degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Carnegie Mellon University. Her poetry and essays have appeared in the Three Rivers Poetry Review, the Ruminator Review and South Dakota Review. You can e-mail her here.


Recent fiction by Charles Prowell appearing in Great River Review and Alaska Quarterly Review has received Pushcart nominations. His non-fiction appears regularly in Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, This Old House, and Old House Journal, among others. His novel, Possessing The Seasons, is currently under consideration by Elizabeth Fitz at Milkweed Editions.  You can e-mail him here or check out his woodworking website.


Gordon Purkis.  Gordon's poetry has appeared recently at and in Potpourri and Ancient Paths.  He has a B.A. in English from Eastern Connecticut State University and currently lives in Georgia (where the weather is much better).  He's launched an e-zine devoted to poetry at  You can e-mail him here.


Shannon Saia works as a Business Continuity Planner in the Washington, D.C. area.  She earned an M.A.L.A. from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland in 2003, and is currently finishing her first novel.  You can reach her here.


Brett Alan Sanders is a writer, translator, and teacher living in
Tell City, Indiana . His short prose and translations from the Spanish
have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as New Works Review and Perihelion (online) and Spectacle, The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Chelsea, The Saint Ann's Review, The Antigonish Review, Stand Magazine, Artful Dodge, and Place Quarterly. His novella, A Bride Called Freedom, was published in November of 2003 in a bilingual edition (English text with Spanish translation by Sebastián R. Bekes) from Ediciones Nuevo Espacio, an online publisher of print-on-demand literature and academic studies in Spanish, English, and bilingual editions (


Martha Schulman lives in New York City, where she has just completed her MFA at Columbia University.   Her short fiction has been published in Gulf Stream, The Beacon Street Review, and The Seattle Review.  She is finishing (Deo Volente) her novel that features the characters from "The Gellman Memorial." You can reach her here. 


Martin Scott is an assistant professor at Eastern Illinois University (yes, out in the cornfields, but it’s rather nice) where he teaches creative writing. He's published poems in such journals as Elixir, American Literary Review, Southern Poetry Review, Rockhurst Review, Tampa Review, Drunken Boat, and Rhino, as well as essays in Fourth Genre, Profession 2001, Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Blue Mesa Review, Under the Sun, and Many Mountains Moving. In 2000 he won the Larry Levis Editors’ Award for Poetry at The Missouri Review, and a $3,000 fellowship in Creative Nonfiction from the Writers’ League of Texas.


LB Sedlacek's poetry has been published in Inkburns, Grit, Circle Magazine, Would That It Were, Aoife's Kiss, Lite, The Foliate Oak, sidereality, Hadrosaur Tales, and The Hurricane Review.  LB's chapbooks include Alexandra's Wreck (Kitty Litter Press, 2002).  LB lives in the mountains of North Carolina and likes to read, swim, travel and find homes for stray animals.  You can reach her here, or visit her website.


Jim Snowden recently turned 32.  He lives in Seattle, where he is finishing his final year in the University of Washington's MFA program in fiction writing.  When the program concludes, he hopes to emerge with a finished novel, currently entitled The Ice Age.  His fiction has appeared in The Seattle Review, Pulphouse, and Mind in Motion. 


Jan Steckel is an Oakland, California writer and former pediatrician whose fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Margin, Lodestar Quarterly, Lit Pot/Ink Pot, and elsewhere.  She also writes reviews for Affaire de Coeur magazine. You can contact her or find more of her work on her website.

Suzy Vitello is a Portland, Oregon essayist, reviewer, and award-winning short fiction writer.  Her reviews and essays have appeared in The Portland Mercury, Mount Voices, and the anthology, The Spirit of Pregnancy.  Suzy’s short stories have appeared nationwide in literary journals including Tarpaulin Sky, Kalliope and Plazm, and she has received awards for her short fiction from Willamette Week and STORY.  She holds an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and The Atlantic Monthly honored one of her stories with a runner-up prize for their 2002 Student Writing Competition. Suzy is a recipient of a 2003 Oregon Literary Fellowship for her collection, The Graceful Plumber and Other Love Stories.  Currently, she is working on a novel. You can interrupt her by sending her e-mail.





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