Shane Allison is a black, gay,
southern boy from Florida who wishes he was from any place but the
Sunshine State. He has managed to cross the great bible belt into
the great Northeast where he attended New School University, recieving
an MFA for his troubles and studied with the poet, David Lehman
in the process. His poems have graced the pages of Mississippi
Review, New Delta Review, Oyster Boy Review, Chiron Review, Coal
City Review and online journals such as Suspect Thoughts,
Velvet Mafia, Babel, Mississippi Review.com and Unlikely
Stories. He has work forthcoming in The Glut, Frigg Magazine,
Gargoyle, Open Wide and others.
Daniel Brenner grew up
near Harrisburg, PA, graduated from Bard College in 1998, and currently
lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he has worked as an English
teacher, an accountant, and a researcher. His poetry has appeared
in several print and online journals, and he was a finalist for
the 2002 Penumbra Poetry Prize.
John Bryan has been published in various journals such as: Unlikely
Stories, Taint Magazine, The Quill & Ink, Retort Magazine, 3AM Magazine,
River King Poetry Supplement, Locust Magazine, GetUnderground and
Ink Magazine to name a few.
Janet Buck is a six-time Pushcart
Nominee. Her poetry has recently appeared in Octavo, The Pittsburgh
Quarterly, CrossConnect, Poetry Magazine.com, The Montserrat Review,
Offcourse, The Pedestal Magazine, MiPo, PoetryBay, Facets Magazine,
and hundreds of journals worldwide. Tickets to a Closing Play,
her second print collection of poetry, won the 2002 Gival Press
Poetry Award and is now available at www.amazon.com,
Janet can be reached at her website, www.janetbuck.com.
James Buchanan is a freelance writer living in Newmarket, New
Hampshire. His nonfiction work has appeared in numerous newspapers
and magazines and he is currently working on a book on the politics
of the Internet to be published by The MIT Press. His fiction has
been published online at The Square Table and Another
Sun. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Frank M. Carvino lives near
Boston, Massachusetts and is currently a Masters candidate in Critical
And Creative Thinking and Historical Archaeology at the University
of Massachusetts, Boston. First published as a journalist in his
high school paper, The Red & White, he has also had both
artwork and poetry published in Prometheus, his high school's
literary journal, and was the creator of the comic strip 'Political
Anarchy' which appeared in Bloomsburg University's The Voice.
Plum Ruby Review is his first short story publication.
Mikey Cofer spent most of her
formative years in Dallas, Texas and now lives in Seattle, WA. She
attended the University of North Texas where she studied Biology
and Environmental Science. Cofer moved to Seattle two years ago,
where she began pursuing photography. Her love for photography naturally
led her to painting. She is intrigued by the movement of light and
how it is perceived by each individual. Cofer strives to illustrate
the simplicity of life in an all too complicated world by finding
beauty in everyday items. Cofer can be reached through her Web site,
Then You Discover.
To purchase prints of Cofer's images, please visit her
Christopher Daniels lives with his wife in the north hills
of Kyoto, Japan, where he teaches English and generally putters
around. He has been previously published on the web in Carvezine
and Hackwriters, and tries to keep his blog updated (http://blogs.salon.com/0002393/).
Mike Estabrook is "a Marketing
Communications Manager for a tiny division of a gigantic billions-of-dollars
company, and man, going into an office every day can be excruciating.
The stuffy air, the florescent lights are killing me. Thankfully
I can retire in 10 or 15 years. But I still think that somehow I've
got to get myself on some boat collecting phytoplankton, or into
the rich brown hills of Montana searching for TRex bones. Then again
maybe I simply should've stayed on Northfield Avenue where I belong
and learned to fix cars like my Daddy did." Some of his publications
include: The Devil's Millhopper, Dog River Review, Elements,
Embers, Envoi, Experiment in Words, Hampden-Sydney Review, Hummingbird,
Hodge Podge Poetry, Hung Ruse, The Iconoclast, Illya's Honey, Impetus,
Quickenings, Radio Void, Rant, Reflect, Renegade, Renovated Lighthouse,
Riverrun, River Styx, Roanoke Review, Ship of Fools, Sisyphus, Slipstream,
Small Pond, The Space Between, Stovepipe, Suffusion, Sulphur and
Sawdust, Sulphur River, The Sun, Synaesthetic, Taggerzine, Talus
and Scree, TAPJoE, Thirteen, Thistle, Thorny Locust, Tucumcari Literary
Review, 24-7 Quarterly, Veins, Verve, Voices, Vox, Wail!, Whisper
and many more. Estabrook can be reached at mestabrook AT
Melanie Faith lives in Pennsylvania, where she works as an
English, American History, and French tutor at the Mercersburg Academy.
She has also taught American History courses for international students.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 from Wilson College, where
she majored in English, with a concentration in professional writing.
Her writing has appeared in print and online in more than twenty
literary journals, including The Pedestal Magazine, 3rd Muse, Promise,
Thought Magazine, Verse Libre, Coelacanth Magazine, Flashquake,
Adagio Verse Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review,Whalelane and forthcoming
from Carillon, Lit Pot (online)and Ink Pot (print). Her first poetry
chapbook, Restless: Relative Poems, is available from Foothills
Publishing. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard Good is a professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz
and the author of nine books, the latest being Educated
Guess (ScarecrowEducation, 2003). Good's poetry has appeared
in numerous journals and e-zines, including Stirring, Rose &Thorn,
Conspire, Wilmington Blues, Midstream, and 2River View.
Rob Hardy has been a college professor, stay-at-home Dad,
secondary school Latin teacher, middle school poet-in-residence,
and writer for Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac." Hardy's
writing has appeared recently in River City, English Journal, North
Dakota Quarterly, and The Lion and the Unicorn. He lives in Northfield,
Lori Hahnel's short fiction, nominated for the Journey Prize
in 2002, has appeared in The Amethyst Review, lichen literary
journal, Forum, C/Oasis and Tickled by Thunder’s 2002
Best Fiction Anthology. She is currently marketing her first novel.
Hahnel's reviews and essays have appeared in numerous journals including
Books in Canada, Canadian Author and West Word.
AnnLouise Jones is an artist, amateur photographer, and life-long
Massachusetts resident. Her particular photographic interest is
in capturing the natural beauty and diversity of New England.
Orval Lund is
a retired English professor who lives in Winona, Minnesota. He has
read his poems widely--from Japan to Alaska to Vermont--but mostly
in his native Minnesota. He has also published widely--including
two chapbooks from Dacotah Territory Press; the Minnesota Voices
Competition winner, Casting Lines (New Rivers Press, 1999);
and just recently (summer 2003) in From Blue Herons to White
Cranes, a Japanese-English bilingual chapbook. The poems in
this issue are from his current project, a manuscript of Swede poems
featuring an alter-ego based on Lund's small town and Swedish heritage.
Menzies has poetry published in Spire Press, Astropoetica, Subjective
Substance, and poems in Listening To The Birth Of Crystals,
a U.K. poetry anthology which can be purchased at Amazon
UK or at this
Erin Noteboom has appeared in many of Canada's literary magazines,
including Malahat, Grain, Event, Fiddlehead, PRISM, and
The New Quarterly. She reads in schools, give workshops, edit,
and scrounge for grants. It's not a living, so she also does clerical
work at a psychiatric hospital. Her first book, Ghost Maps: Poems
for Carl Hruska, was published in 2003 by Wolsak and Wynn. The
manuscript won the CBC Literary Award, and was featured on the CBC
Program Between the Covers. She's Catholic by birth and by choice,
a feminist by upbringing, particle physicist by training, secretary
by day, New Quarterly editor by night, and writer by religious vocation.
Noteboom lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, with her husband,
fellow geek, fellow writer, and great love of her life, James Bow.
Together they have one cat, two woks, three domain names, four full
filing cabinets, five seasons of Buffy DVDs, and thousands of books.
Noteboom can be reached via her Web site, Vivid.
Claudio Parentela is a painter, illustrator, mail artist,
and cartoonist who resides in Italy and is very active in the international
underground scene. He collaborates with many zines, magazines and
with publishers in Italy and around the world, such as: Stripburger,
Lavirint, Sunburn, The Cherotic Revolutionary, Chance, Lucid Moon,
Pitchfork, Mani Art, Unwound, Moon Magazine, Staplegun, The Lummox
Journal, Bathtub Gin, Experimental Forest ,Stardust Memories, and
The White Buffalo Gazzette among dozens more. In 1999 he was guest
at the Break 21 Festival in Ljubljana (Slovenja). His strange artworks
are in many art galleries across the World Wide Web. Most recently,
he has exhibited art at the Association Microcosmo (Torino ); at
the Girasole(Villa Basilica-Italy); at the Tabula Rasa (Barcellona-Espain);
at the Galerie Slaphanger(Amsterdam- ), and has future exhibitions
planned at the Gallery Soqquadro(Rome) and at ''La Cueva''(Milan).
In addition, Parentela ollaborates with various musicians and record
labels in the areas of industrial, noise, metal, and punk music.
He has illustrated stories and poems of: Vittorio Baccelli, Lisa
Massei, Alberto Rizzi, Cristiano Quadalti, Shannon Colebank, Gavin
Burrows, Gary Sneyd, Robert Smith, Michael Kriesel and Mark Sonnenfeld.
He has published several books of comics and illustrations including:
The Slavering Rat and The Halved Nightmare (Innovation
Studio-BGA Comix-Italy); Fashion Robot (David Lasky-Seattle/USA).
Stories and Il Bombarolo (Progetto Siderurgiko-Italy);
The Sacrificial Lamb and the hanged Salamander at the Patè 666'
(Medicina Nucleare-Italy); Claudio Parentela '(Romantika
Productions-Italy); Eudemoni and Small Black Trilogy
(Poems of Alberto Rizzi and of Cristiano Quadalti, illustrations
of Claudio Parentela-Criatu Productions-Italy); Jeanne Dark you
got Balls and The Frogs' Ballet (Self-produced); Black
Kisses and Other Stories and The Book of Secrets (La
Cafetiere Editions-Belgium). Cladio Parentela may be reached at
To purchase prints or merchandise with Parentela's images, please
visit his Gallery
(Italian) or his Cafe
Ben Passikoff is
a retired engineer. His poems have appeared in The Quarterly
Review of Literature, the Atlanta, Harvard, Sarah Lawrence
and Texas Reviews, Literal Latte, Orbis, Pedestal Magazine
and a truckload of other journals. His pursuits are poetry and
J.Rubino has been published
in Apollo’s Lyre, The Travel Rag, Spillway Review, Buffalo Spree
Magazine and Vegetarian Times magazine. He's a teacher
of English as a foreign language (EFL) and have lived and worked
overseas for the last 7 years. Currently, he is working on a novel
and teaching English at Arab-American University in the West Bank.
Rubino can be reached at email@example.com.
Ben Stivers is a
poet and novelist, living in Louisville, KY, USA with his wife and
two of his four children. In 1997, Stivers published his first book
of poetry, A Thousand Lifetimes Wide. He has published 500 or so
poems in various poetry magazines in the U.S. and Canada, including:
Poet's Edge, Portals, Emotions Literary Journal, Maelstrom, Parnassus
Literary Journal, The Burning Cloud Review, and Beauty for
Ashes Poetry Review.
Doug Tanoury is
primarily a poet of the Internet with the majority of his work never
leaving electronic form. His verse can be read at electronic magazines
and journals across the world. Collections of poetry by Doug Tanoury
can be found at Funky
Dog Publishing and Athens
Avenue. A number of Tanoury's ebook collections can be read
and downloaded at this
link. Tanoury grew up in Detroit, Michigan and still lives in
the area. He credits his 7th grade poetry anthology from Sister
Debra's English class, Reflections On A Gift Of Watermelon Pickle
And Other Modern Verse, (Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders and
Hugh Smith, (c) 1966 by Scott Foresman & Company) as exerting the
greatest influence on his work. He still keeps a copy of it at his
Paul A. Toth lives in the United States. His novel
Fizz is now available from Bleak
House Books. Toth's short fiction has appeared in The Barcelona
Review, Iowa Review Web, Mississippi Review Online and many others,
with nominations for the Pushcart prize and Best American Mystery
Stories. Please see www.netpt.tv
for further details.
Chris Vaillancourt is a Canadian
poet who has enjoyed publication in numerous small poetry magazines
and newsletters. He is married, and has been for 12 years, with
two young children, ages 11 and 8. He has been writing since as
long as he can remember. In younger years, he enjoyed publication
of a few chapbooks of his work. Vaillancourt is currently working
on a new poetry chapbook to be hopefully published sometime in 2004.